Interviews

Right-hand man: Roche dedicated to putting Porte into Tour de France yellow

Nicolas Roche is in a new role, yet it’s a familiar one. For the past two seasons he was part of Team Sky and, in 2015, gave his all to help Chris Froome clock up the second of his Tour de France victories. Now, following an off-season transfer to the BMC Racing Team, he is …

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Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings

The rush to find the next Tom Boonen is as unfair as Belgium’s post-Merckx search for the new Cannibal: such comparisons are stifling and place unnecessary and unfair pressure on young riders. Jasper Stuyven knows all about that, having himself being saddled with the new Boonen tag in the past. Glittering amateur results such as …

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Contract secured: Nathan Earle in career-best form and ready to get back on the winners’ list

The final months of 2016 were challenging for Nathan Earle. The 28-year-old’s Drapac team was folding, he didn’t have a ride secured for the year ahead, and with a newborn child at home, retiring wasn’t an option. He also wasn’t ready to give up racing — he felt as if he had plenty more to …

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No longer backing Contador, Majka stepping up a level in Grand Tours

He’s been a rider who has had to play second fiddle to previous team leader Alberto Contador but, following a move away from the Tinkoff team, Rafal Majka now has the opportunity and the ambition of team leadership in Grand Tours. The 27 year old Polish rider moved to the Bora-hansgrohe team over the winter …

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Back from the brink: The merger that saved IsoWhey-SwissWellness and the year ahead

When the Jayco Herald Sun Tour kicks off in Melbourne tomorrow evening, four Australian Continental teams will be there, trying to make the most of their only Australian international race for the year. One of those teams will be IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness, formerly known as Avanti-IsoWhey — Australia’s most successful Continental team. Despite everything the team …

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Strength in “extensive experience”: How at 39, Katerina Nash is on top of her game

When Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team/ Czech Republic) lines up for the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg on Saturday, it’ll be the end of a successful but long season. One that started on the top step of the cross-country mountain bike podium at Sea Otter Classic, saw her compete at her fourth Olympic …

Long-running Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com program well represented at world cyclocross championships

Not many cyclocross teams can boast that all of its professional riders are racing at this weekend’s world championships — but the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com program can. Run by former masters racer Stu Thorne, the team has been around the U.S. racing scene for a decade now. Thorne, team manager and owner, has been involved with supporting racers through his …

Mark Cavendish interview: Merckx’s Tour record, Sagan’s worlds win, growing up and chilling out

Mark Cavendish was a relaxed figure at last week’s Team Dimension Data training camp in Calpe, Spain. At times a bundle of nerves during the season, the Manxman was much more chilled out as he made his final preparations for 2017. He’s come off the back of a superb first year with his new team, …

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Peter Sagan on dealing with fame: Going from supermarket anonymity to Monaco glitz

When was the last time you ventured in to a supermarket? It’s not a question that’s usually asked in an interview with a professional. For some, supermarket shopping is a weekly task. For some there’s no need with the advent of home delivery services. But for Peter Sagan it’s an ordeal, so much so that …

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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, …

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