Interviews

Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’

In an interview last week with the Adelaide Advertiser, Australian track and road cyclist Jack Bobridge revealed he was retiring from professional cycling at age 27. The news came three months after he’d mooted the possibility of leaving the sport, having ended his 2016 road season ahead of schedule. CyclingTips’ Australian editor Matt de Neef …

One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport

Several weeks ago the topic of whether or not Team Dimension Data would be a WorldTour squad in 2017 was one of the biggest talking points in the sport. The UCI had originally said that 17 rather than 18 WorldTour licences would be issued for next season and, with the new Chinese-backed TJ Sport squad …

Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’

Michael Gallagher answers the phone. He’s upbeat, friendly, and happy to chat. The connection isn’t great — he’s in his car, speaking via hands-free, having just left work for the day. He’s in a new full-time job, as a building estimator — the same career he had before he became a full-time athlete. But since …

Future uncertain, but giving back: How Songezo Jim is helping African cycling

With the end of the year approaching and the new season looming on the horizon, there are many professional riders still hoping to land a last-minute contract for 2017. The demise of the IAM Cycling and Tinkoff WorldTour teams has affected the market and tightened up on slots. Even if those two places look set …

Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’

It’s been an up-and-down first season in the WorldTour for New Zealand’s Paddy Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac). He’s put in some strong performances, taking a number of top-10s — including third in the Paris-Nice prologue — but he’s also had his fair share of bad luck and injuries. The versatile 25-year-old caught up with reporter Russell Jones …

The redemption of Tyler Hamilton

He’s a stage victor in all three Grand Tours, and the winner of the 2003 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He’s also a former pro rider, past doper and current anti-doping advocate. Tyler Hamilton spoke this month to a crowd of students and academics in Oxford, England. He opened up about his past in the sport, using his example …

Interview: Louis Meintjes, future Tour de France star?

In assessing the likely future stars of cycling, the white jersey competition in the Tour de France can be a very good place to start. Over the course of the past four decades years that best young rider classification has been won by some of the biggest names in the sport, including Francesco Moser, Laurent …

A team on the brink: Avanti-IsoWhey Sports’ fight for survival

When it comes to men’s domestic road racing in Australia, there’s little doubt which team is top of the list. Avanti-Isowhey has won the Australian National Road Series (NRS) team classification for the past six years, including this year when it finished with more than three times as many points as its nearest rival. Perhaps …

Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more

He’s shed sweat, burned calories and generated countless watts of power in the service of Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana, most recently helping the latter to take the 2016 Vuelta a España. Now Rory Sutherland has given an inside glance into the personalities of both Grand Tour champions, saying that the duo have remarkable similarities …

Whatever happened to Roland Green? The mysterious disappearance of a former world champion

Roland Green dominated the mountain bike world in 2001 and 2002, winning two world titles, the World Cup series overall, and the NORBA series title. After injury and suspension, he retired following the 2005 season and disappeared, seemingly cutting all ties from the cycling world. We set out find out where he is today, and why he completely stepped away from the sport he loved.

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