Wednesday 11 Nov 2015
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on Wednesday the victim of a road rage incident in Canberra.
Abbott was among a group of riders who were reportedly on the recieving end of an angry motorist who lent on the car horn while weaving between the riders and crossing the yellow lines.
"We were riding along near the Southern Cross Yacht Club," a witness to the incident told Fairfax media. "Then a bigger group of cyclists went past us, having no trouble leaving us behind.
"She was appalling, she lent on the horn and kept it on while weaving between cyclists and crossing yellow lines. She picked the wrong time, wrong place and definitely the wrong person."
However the deposed PM, who is a keen and regular cyclist, enlisted the help of nearby Australian Federal Police detail who then dealt with the motorist.
The Movistar team are the first cab off the rank to reveal what it will be wearing for the 2016 season.
With their existing sponsors confirmed for 2016 there is not much change, but the Endura manufactured clothing features a bit more white and more rounded and stylised logo.
Cycling Australia has announced the first inductees into its new Cycling Hall of Fame. The nine men and three women will be celebrated at the 2015 Jayco Cycling Australia Awards on Friday 13 November in Melbourne.
“Cycling has etched an indelible mark on the Australian sporting landscape and the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame allows us to celebrate those who have contributed to the success of Australian cycling over the past 100 years,” CEO of Cycling Australia, Nick Green said.
“The inaugural group of inductees exemplify those that have achieved greatness or reached the pinnacle of our great sport - the best of the best - and on behalf of Cycling Australia, I congratulate them on their selection into this elite group."
Sir Hubert Opperman headlines the inaugural selections along with Edgar ‘Dunc' Gray, Russell Mockridge and Sid Patterson.
Also to be inducted is the first ever non-European to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France in Phil Anderson, 1992 Olympic Games gold medallist Kathy Watt OAM and dual UCI World Cup winner Anna Wilson, Robbie McEwen, who boasts 24 Grand Tour stage victories and 2004 Olympic Games gold medallist Sara Carrigan.
Recognised in the general category for their ‘off the bike’ contributions to the success of the sport are Ray Godkin, Charlie Walsh and Orica-GreenEDGE owner Gerry Ryan.
Luke Roberts has returned to the WorldTour in a coaching capacity with the Giant-Alpecin team.
Roberts has been a member of the Australian national track team for more than 10 years and has spent several years with professional road teams.
Since ending his career as a pro rider in 2014 he has been a sports director at the ProContinental CULT Energy
“Since ending my career as a professional cyclist I have wanted to move forward in my career as a coach," Roberts said. "I was looking for a team that fit my philosophy in cycling, and I found that team in Team Giant-Alpecin.
"I have a lot of respect for the team and its approach to modern cycling, as it is always pushing the development of the team and the sport of cycling itself. So I was keen to make a deal to work together and to progress as a coach.
"In my first year I will integrate into the team and begin to show my value to the team.”