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What rainbow curse? 2016 was the year of the world champion

It’s the most decorated jersey in professional cycling. Win on the right day, and you wear the rainbow stripes for a year, the sport’s symbol of greatness. Yet there’s also an axiom in professional cycling that the rainbow jersey brings with it a curse — whether it be in the form of injury, illness, bad luck, or …

Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs

Shortly before 10am, the cyclist on the lime green Cannondale EVO carved right off of Sunset Boulevard onto Mandeville Canyon Road. Los Angeles was cool and cloudy that Monday morning. Phil Gaimon was already in the big ring, and he left it there. Mandeville Canyon is a beloved and popular climb among L.A. cyclists. It’s …

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 …

What does the WorldTour promotion of Cadel’s Race mean for Australian cycling?

Back in August, the UCI revealed a list of road races that, in 2017, will be promoted to the highest level of the sport: the WorldTour. Among those races was the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Since its first edition in 2015, this Australian one-day event has been held a week after the Santos …

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 …

Photo gallery: The crowds and the excitement of the 2016 Tour du Rwanda

The biggest races on the 2016 cycling calendar are long finished but around the world a number of smaller races are still happening. One such race is the UCI2.2 Tour du Rwanda which concluded its eighth edition in the nation’s capital of Kigali over the weekend. In the grand scheme of things the Tour du …

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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