Interviews

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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Resurrection man: Keagan Girdlestone’s remarkable recovery from a near-fatal crash

Perilously close to death in June and written off more than once by doctors, Keagan Girdlestone’s recovery from a brutal crash has been nothing short of astounding. The South African rider collided into his team car during the Coppa della Pace race on Sunday, June 5, hitting the rear window while chasing back on a …

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Destination unknown: Nathan Earle left without a contract, but unready to retire

For much of the professional peloton, the end of the season brings with it that dreaded game of musical chairs. Everyone’s trying to earn themselves a contract for the season ahead; to secure their future before the music stops. The closure of several teams means there are fewer chairs available in 2017 than normal, and …

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Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’

The news on Wednesday that the UCI’s Professional Cycling Council had agreed that 18 rather than 17 licences would be up for grabs in the 2017 WorldTour was greeted by many. The announcement reversed a reduction announced in June, and relieves the pressure on the teams battling for a WorldTour place next season. As a …

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A chat with Jan Ullrich: The CyclingTips interview

Here are a few things you should know about Jan Ullrich, the first and only German to win the Tour de France, Olympic champion, perennial Lance Armstrong rival, and admitted drug cheat from an era when the use of performance-enhancing drugs was so rampant it’s become nearly impossible to discern who, if anyone, was actually …

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Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan

The intensity of cycling is such that the body and mind take a battering at numerous points of the season. But for Nathan Haas, the Australian rider competing with Team Dimension Data, there was one moment this year that brought home just how far he had pushed, and hurt, his body. Haas crashed badly in …

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What Cycling Australia concluded from its NRS review and what happens now

It was in early June of 2015 that Cycling Australia announced its comprehensive review of the National Road Series (NRS), the highest level of domestic racing in Australia. Since that time the national body has remained silent, choosing not to speak publicly or answer questions about the review. But now, with the 2016 National Road …

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Phil Gaimon on risk versus reward, retirement … and reinvention

Earlier this week Cannondale-Drapac rider Phil Gaimon announced he was retiring from the sport at just 30 years of age. He’s still young, he had offers from teams but, weighing things up, he decided that the lure of the sport and the strength of those offers weren’t enough for him to stay involved. While he’s …

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Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs

Responding to the debate on Therapeutic Use Exemptions in general and Marcel Kittel’s remarks in particular, Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland has called for a more nuanced discussion on TUEs plus a better understanding of the circumstances for diabetics in sport. Earlier this month Kittel commented on TUEs, suggesting that those needing such exemptions …

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Graeme Brown on retirement: ‘I’m going out of the sport the way I came in and that’s swinging!’

After 16 years in the professional peloton, Australia’s Graeme Brown has called time on his career. It’s been a long and illustrious career, with Olympic gold medals on the track, many a sprint victory on the road, and plenty of great memories to boot. Brown sat down with reporter Aaron S. Lee to reflect on …

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