Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Tour Down Under fairytale finish still on the cards for retiring Cadel Evans

Rupert Guinness If anyone thought the competitive fire in Cadel Evans was waning with his retirement a little more than a week away, they were left in disbelief on Thursday after he and BMC teammate Rohan Dennis...

"If there is anybody who deserves a [life] ban it is this guy": Greg LeMond on Lance Armstrong

Greg LeMond

Rupert Guinness If anyone deserves a life ban in sport it is Lance Armstrong, according to three times Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, who also believes the "dark period" in which the Texan doper stalled...

Cadel Evans loses wingman Campbell Flakemore due to broken collarbone in crash

Right-hand man: Cadel Evans' wingman Campbell Flakemore (right).

Rupert Guinness When Cadel Evans resumes his quest to add a Tour Down Under title to his name on Wednesday before retiring, he will do so on without his key his wingman and emerging Australian talent Campbell...

Jack Bobridge claims first stage of Tour Down Under

Pleased as punch: Jack  Bobridge celebrates after winning stage 1 of the Tour Down Under.

Rupert Guinness Jack Bobridge had barely stepped off the podium after winning stage one of the Tour Down Under and pledging to do all he could to defend the leader's ochre jersey – or keep it within his team...

Women's Tour win for Orica-AIS almost certain

Rupert Guinness Any lingering doubt about the strength of Orica-AIS after their winless Australian road championship campaign has been virtually swept away with the team having all but secured an overall win in the...

Young Australian riders told to expect bullying tactics in Tour Down Under

Cadel Evans

Rupert Guinness When the World Tour peloton assembles for their season start in stage one of the Tour Down Under in the Barossa Valley town of Tanunda on Tuesday, on the lips of most observers will be the names of a...

Marcel Kittel replies to "compliment" from rivals in winning style at Peoples' Choice criterium

Marcel Kittel

Rupert Guinness German flyer Marcel Kittel labelled as a "compliment' the decision by rival teams to not help chase down a dangerous breakaway in the Peoples' Choice criterium in Adelaide on Sunday night..

Cadel Evans flags Campbell Flakemore and Robert Power as rising road stars to watch

Cadel Evans waves to the crowd during the presentation of teams ahead of the 2015 Tour Down Under.

Rupert Guinness Cadel Evans has anointed Campbell Flakemore and Robert Power as all-rounders with the potential to lead Australia's new generation of stage racing contenders.

German Marcel Kittel ready for Tour Down Under showdown

Marcel Kittel is rated as the standout sprinter at the Tour Down Under.

Rupert Guinness As Heinrich Haussler was racing towards victory in the Australian road championship in Victoria last Sunday week, top German sprinter Marcel Kittel was cycling in the hills outside Adelaide in...

"I know what I did and didn't do," says confessed doper Stuart O'Grady

Turbulent time: Stuart O'Grady.

Rupert Guinness Stuart O'Grady remains steadfast that his confession for taking drugs shortly before the 1998 Tour de France was his sole breach of anti-doping laws.

Richie Porte has rebuilt self-belief after a catastrophic 2014

Breaking away: Richie Porte in the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte accepts that if he is to reach his potential, especially as a contender for any of the grand tours, he must have more belief in his ability to win major races.

Chris Sutton gets into gear to make up for lost opportunity in the Tour Down Under

Chris Sutton

Rupert Guinness This time a year ago Chris Sutton was brimming with excitement and confidence for the season ahead – as he has for every one of his 10 years as a professional cyclist.

Women's peloton poised to emerge from Tour Down Under shadows

Leader of the pack: Kimberley Wells wins the women's criterium at the Australian road cycling championships.

Rupert Guinness The women's peloton will get its best chance to emerge from the shadows of their male counterparts in the Tour Down Under when they start in an extended Women's Tour on Saturday that includes two...

Simon Gerrans injury leaves door wide open in Tour Down Under

Tough break: A broken collarbone has ruled Simon Gerrans out of the Tour Down Under.

Rupert Guinness Tour Down Under organisers understandably regretted the news on December 22 that reigning champion Simon Gerrans had been sidelined with a broken collarbone after a mountain bike accident and would...

National road title regrets aside, plenty of promise awaits Orica-GreenEDGE

Caleb EWAN

Rupert Guinness After three years of domination in the Australian road championships, the Orica-GreenEDGE team were left to lament missing out on victory in any event in both the men's and women's races in this...

Cadel Evans believes road race champs will stand him in good stead for Tour Down Under

Better for the experience: Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Rupert Guinness Cadel Evans believes he will be all the better for the Tour Down Under after his performance in the Australian elite men's national road race championship.

Heinrich Haussler wins men's elite road race at national championships

Heinrich Haussler celebrates his win in the elite men's road race.

Rupert Guinness When Heinrich Haussler found himself next to Caleb Ewan and five other riders locked in a sprint for the Australian men's elite road championship at Buninyong on Sunday he said the pain was so much...

National title win resurrects Peta Mullens' Rio Olympics dream for the road and mountain bike

Golden girl: Peta Mullens.

Rupert Guinness Peta Mullens may have resurrected the chances of her dream of representing Australia in both the mountain bike and road race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio becoming a reality with her victory in...

Door could open for Richie Porte at BMC after Cadel Evans retires

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte is the biggest threat to Cadel Evans in the Australian elite men's road race championship at Buninyong on Sunday – or to any other aspiring title winner for that matter.

Mountain biker Peta Mullens set to change plans after national road title win

Rupert Guinness Earlier on Saturday, South Australian Miles Scotson became the fourth rider to ever claim the double of national title wins in the men's under-23 time trial and road race.