Tour Down Under stages 3-5

You could be forgiven for thinking the race leader’s ochre jersey is something of a hot potato. Having passed from Andre Greipel to BMC’s Martin Kohler on stage two, the powerful German sprinter reclaimed it with victory in stage three, only to hand it back to the Swiss rider the following day, who then relinquished it in turn to GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans. The Aussie will now defend the jersey in tomorrow’s final stage in the heart of Adelaide.
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Friday Feature: Is cycling feeling the recession?

Cycling is first and foremost a sport, but it is increasingly also a business. And while 2011 was a thrilling year from a competitive standpoint, there were also worrying signs from a commercial perspective that the sport’s current business model may be unsustainable.

The UCI would certainly have you believe otherwise, as it trumpets the sport’s commercially successful expansion into new territories such as Oman, Qatar and most recently China in recent years. Continue reading

Dearly Departed: Sydney-Melbourne Race

From time to time I’m going to be delving into the cycling archives and looking at races which are no longer part of the cycling scene. There are rich pickings in continental Europe but what about Australia? There used to be a race from Sydney to Melbourne. It’s been held only twice: in 1930 and 1954.
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