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Australian Olympic sports count cost without Tokyo 2020 | Kieran Pender

There are no guarantees the event will go ahead even in 2021 but there are some upsides to postponementBut for a global pandemic, the heads of Australia’s Olympic sports would have been in Tokyo this week, waiting anxiously for the 2020 Games to begin …

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Lamenting the absence of the Tour de France: a love letter to cycling on SBS | Kieran Pender

The cultural significance of the broadcaster’s coverage of the race cannot be underestimated; it will be missed over the coming weeksStunning vistas. Historic chateaus. Roadside cows. French cuisine. Dulcet tones. And, of course, cycling. For thousands…

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Covid-19 threatens to bring high-flying NBL back to earth as stars depart | Kieran Pender

The National Basketball League has been a domestic sporting success story but the competition now faces a challenge to its momentumNational Basketball League commissioner Jeremy Loeliger had an early indication that not all was well in the world. With …

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What does coronavirus mean for upcoming international sports events in Australia? | Kieran Pender

Even if government funding remains in place there are question marks over sponsorship dollars In late March, Basketball Australia chief executive Jerril Rechter was preparing to fly to Geneva to meet with the board of Fiba, the game’s governing body. R…

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‘We want to start with a bang’: Mitchelton-Scott shooting for the stars in 2020 | Kieran Pender

Ten years since their creation, the Australian cycling team is intent on becoming a World Tour forceAs origin stories go, it is elegant for its simplicity. In July 2010, Gerry Ryan was at the Tour de France. A cycling fan since childhood, the wealthy b…

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Shake-up bears fruit as Australia’s cyclists get back on track | Kieran Pender

Rio dejection has given way to Tokyo hope with Australia tipped for success at this weekend’s Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane Australia’s track cyclists travelled to Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 with high hopes. The Australian Olympic Committee ha…

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Matthew Glaetzer: ‘I’m treating this like a little injury. Cancer won’t hold me back’ | Kieran Pender

Just weeks after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Australia’s Olympic medal hopeful is focused on upcoming Track World Cups“It definitely rocks you.” Australian track cycling star Matthew Glaetzer is reflecting on a “whirlwind” month that has seen …

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Matthew Glaetzer: ‘I’m treating this like a little injury. Cancer won’t hold me back’ | Kieran Pender

Just weeks after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Australia’s Olympic medal hopeful is focused on upcoming Track World Cups“It definitely rocks you.” Australian track cycling star Matthew Glaetzer is reflecting on a “whirlwind” month that has seen …

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Focus on team chemistry sets up Australia for cycling road worlds success | Kieran Pender

Star rider Amanda Spratt says an opportunity earlier this year to spend time with the riders she will rely on in Yorkshire was invaluableShould Australia’s Amanda Spratt win gold at the 2019 Road World Championships in England on Saturday, her mind wil…

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Rohan Dennis overcomes demons to defend rainbow stripes | Kieran Pender

The Australian name-checked his sports psychologist after retaining his cycling world time trial titleWhen Rohan Dennis spectacularly abandoned the Tour de France this July, just one day before the time trial stage he was expected to win, focus immedia…

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Moya Dodd: ‘My role was to represent women’s football at the top table’ | Kieran Pender

The former Matildas vice captain opens up about her playing career, experiences on the Fifa Council and an enduring love of the gameThe meeting rooms at law firm Gilbert + Tobin, high in the Barangaroo complex with expansive views across Sydney, are na…

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Caleb Ewan silences the doubters with maiden Tour de France stage win | Kieran Pender

The Australian entered the pantheon of great sprinters able combine technical ability and raw speed in a cauldron of pressureAs a young child, Caleb Ewan would stay awake late into the evening at his family home in the Southern Highlands, watching on t…

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From VAR drama to a viral video: six key Women’s World Cup moments

After 50 games and 141 goals we pick some of the tournament’s most significant talking points before its final weekendWhen the Lionesses captain, Steph Houghton, stepped up to the penalty spot the weight of England’s hopes and dreams were on her should…

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Amanda Spratt: ‘I think about Tokyo 2020 every day’

After her ‘best year yet’ in 2018, Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt is eyeing off Giro Rosa success and the OlympicsAmanda Spratt is on a high. After more than a decade of hard work on the gruelling international cycling circuit, the 31-year-old from P…

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‘We are not doing enough’: Why is Australia failing its cyclists?

With increasingly frequent reports of cyclists being injured or killed on Australian roads, the cycling community is asking whether governments and peak body Cycling Australia could be doing moreMark Renshaw should be in Adelaide. The professional cycl…

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Sarah Gigante: ‘I went to sleep in my national championship jersey’ | Kieran Pender

The 18-year-old says she is in dreamland after upstaging Australian cycling’s big namesThe roads of Mount Buninyong, home to Australia’s annual cycling national championships, have witnessed heroics before. Some of the country’s best cyclists past and …

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A cult figure, Paul Sherwen brought cycling to the world

With his infectious enthusiasm for and knowledge of cycling Paul Sherwen expanded the frontiers of the sportDuring his cycling career, Paul Sherwen liked the hard stuff. Riding for French team La Redoute in the 1980s, the Englishman gained a reputation…

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Simmons and Baynes lead Australian hopes into new NBA season

Australian basketball is going from strength to strength with a record-equalling contingent to start their campaigns this weekThe mood at suburban basketball courts across Australian is buoyant. With ongoing investment from Larry Kestelman and the rece…

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Lucy Kennedy: Australian cycling’s late-bloomer with Tokyo in her crosshairs

After a fairytale week at the road world championships Australian cycling’s ‘veteran debutant’ climber eyes loftier peaksLucy Kennedy recently earned a new nickname. According to Cycling Australia’s technical director Brad McGee, the Queensland rider i…

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Australia’s Dennis conquers past to win cycling world title

After punctures and crashes, Australian time trial specialist Rohan Dennis has claimed the world champion’s rainbow jersey Ahead of his 2018 campaign, cyclist Rohan Dennis reflected on four years of misfortune. “If you keep knocking on the door, one da…