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Cookson: I’d be very surprised, but very disappointed, if Sky and Wiggins crossed ethical lines

UCI president Brian Cookson has given a tentative indication of confidence in Team Sky and British Cycling, saying that it would be unexpected if it was shown that either organisation had acted inappropriately in relation to Bradley Wiggins. “I’m going to have to do the same thing everything else is going to have to do, …

Photo gallery: Stage 3 of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under

Today’s breakaway group of four was the biggest of the Tour Down Under thus far. The quartet got up the road as BMC, Orica-Scott and others controlled the pace in the peloton. It was always going to be a sprint finish, and that’s exactly how it played out. The forecast suggested thunderstorms and heavy rain …

Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – When Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) blasted across the finish line to win stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under this afternoon, it was his second stage win of the TDU and his third victory of the week. And yet it was only today that the 22-year-old clearly showed he’s the strongest …

Alone, again: Lieuwe Westra’s decision to leave pro cycling and face his depression

Last November, American Tyler Hamilton spoke for an hour to an Oxford University audience. The topic was “the truth about doping.” I watched the video on YouTube. What was shocking to me was not the doping details, but rather his appearance. During my senior year in high school, in Colorado, I had run into him …

Photo gallery: Stage 2 of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under

Richie Porte (BMC) came into the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under as one of the riders to beat. He skipped the Australian Road Nationals to give the TDU his full focus, and looked fit and focused when he turned up to the People’s Choice Classic on Sunday. And on stage 2 today, he showed why …

Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead

PARACOMBE, Australia (CT) – Richie Porte (BMC) has won the second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under with a confident acceleration in the final 2.5 kilometers of the race. Porte attacked on the toughest section of the 10 kilometre climb to Paracombe with Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and Esteban Chavez (Orica-Scott) following closely behind. The …

Photo gallery: Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour Down Under

Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under was hot. 40ºC hot. Shorten-the-stage-by-more-than-20km hot. In the end the result was much the same as it might have been otherwise – victory for Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott). He did the same thing 12 months ago, winning the same stage in the same town (Lyndoch). Ewan now wears …

Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – It was no great surprise when word came through that the Tour Down Under peloton was roughly half an hour behind schedule. Such was the heat on today’s opening stage that racing as normal simply wasn’t an option. Instead the peloton cruised through the first couple hours of the stage, leaving …

Winners announced! 2016 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards

It’s been a wonderful six weeks of looking over the 1,200 jaw-dropping photos that were submitted for the inaugural Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. Thank you to every single one of you for making that happen. Over the weekend our judges Graham Watson, Kristof Ramon and Jered & Ashley Gruber painstakingly deliberated over …

Preview: What you should know about the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under

It’s just a couple days now until the 2017 WorldTour begins with the Santos Tour Down Under. For some riders this six-day Australian race is a big target; for others it’s just a solid hit-out to kickstart the new season. Ahead of the 19th edition of Australia’s biggest race, CyclingTips’ Australian editor Matt de Neef …

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