Interviews

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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Bora-Hansgrohe manager Denk celebrating Sagan’s new rainbow jersey

Good things come to those who wait. Ralph Denk has been manager of the Bora-Argon 18 team since 2010 and now, after six years as a Pro Continental team, the squad looks poised to step up to the UCI WorldTour. The German team is benefiting from an increase in sponsorship from its main backers for …

“I want this team to perform:” Aqua Blue Sport owner lays out targets and timeline

News earlier this year that a new Pro Continental squad was in the pipeline for 2017 seemed significant primarily because it would be Ireland’s first team at that level. However in recent weeks the full scale of the project has become apparent. Rather than making a quiet entry to the sport, the Aqua Blue Sport …

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Retirement, results and regrets: Ryder Hesjedal looks back as his career ends

Ryder Hesjedal exits his apartment beside Girona’s Onyar river, walks a few metres and props his bike close to the outdoor tables of the Duran café. It’s been his local for many years and he is on first-name terms with the staff. Coffee ordered and recorder on, he sits and begins a 40-minute chat looking …

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Froome weighs up 2017 Tour route: ‘It’s going to be more challenging for me’

Fewer summit finishes, less time trials. That’s the take-home from the launch of the 2017 Tour de France today in Paris, and a route profile which gives Chris Froome an additional hurdle in his bid for a fourth title. The Briton gained time on all of his GC rivals during the time trials in this …

Hoping, not expecting: Sam Bennett on a frustrating season and his Qatar worlds chances

He’s taken two wins in the buildup to the Qatar world championships and is considered by some to be a possible dark horse for a medal. Irish sprinter Sam Bennett isn’t feeling any stress, though: a difficult season has been turned around and the pressure is off. Sometimes the sport is not about the legs, …

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David Tanner set to make a full recovery after training crash: ‘I’m lucky I got out of it alive’

Australian pro cyclist David Tanner (IAM Cycling) remains in a Monaco hospital more than two weeks after a training crash he says he was lucky to survive. Tanner had just completed a “full-gas interval” on a training climb near the French-Italian border and was descending when the incident occurred. “I was going down a hill …

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Ambitious Dempster takes on road captain role with Cycling Academy team

He’s been near-neighbours with Dan Craven in Girona and now Zak Dempster has another thing in common with the Namibian: he will be part of the same team in 2017. After four years with the Bora-Argon 18 squad, the Australian has inked a one year contract with the Cycling Academy squad. The Israeli team is …

American Ben King on maturing, giving back, and a new beginning with Dimension Data

He began with “I was happy with the Vuelta,” and ended with silence, a soliloquy of a 2016 full of emotions — a season with extreme highs and lows. What has emerged on the other end, for American Ben King, is not merely a seasoned bike racer, but a person who has matured and learned about …

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