Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

A 'fair fight' is on the cards in Australian women's road race championship, tips Bridie O'Donnell

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Rupert Guinness The three-year domination of the Orica-AIS women's team at the Australian road championships will face its greatest threat on Saturday, according to Bridie O'Donnell, who is one of the masterminds...

'Enjoy it, race hard and give everything I have got,' says Cadel Evans on swansong plans

Leader of the pack: Cadel Evans retires as Australia’s most successful ever cyclist.

Rupert Guinness Cadel Evans is driving home to Barwon Heads from the Yarra Valley north-east of Melbourne where he has been training in the hills to prepare for another new season.

Richie Porte puts national time trial victory celebrations on ice to focus on road title

National champ: Queenslander Shara Gillow was too strong in the women's elite time trial.

Rupert Guinness On Friday morning, Richie Porte will get on his bike and train as he normally would two days out from the Australian elite road championship.

Steele von Hoff holds off young gun Caleb Ewan to win national criterium title

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Rupert Guinness Steele von Hoff showed it is never too late to learn from others – no matter how young they are – by beating teenage young gun Caleb Ewan to defend his national elite criterium title on...

Richie Porte admits he is overdue for a top ride in the 'race of truth'

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Rupert Guinness It pains Richie Porte to admit it, but he must turn back the calendar almost two years to recall the last individual time trial in which he believes he really stood out.

Matt White calls for calm over expectations of rising star Caleb Ewan

Strong start: Caleb Ewan celebrates a victory in the Bay Classic Criterium series.

Rupert Guinness As much as Caleb Ewan has astonished onlookers with his winning form in the Bay Classic Criterium series, his World Tour team boss Matt White has called for calm.

Long wait for celebration drinks, but worth it for Roger Hickman and his Wild Rose crew

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Rupert Guinness Roger Hickman thought of two people when his overall win in the Sydney to Hobart was confirmed on Tuesday – his mother Leslie, who passed away a fortnight ago, and winemaker Bob Oatley, who...

Quick thinking in crisis saves Wild Rose's Sydney to Hobart handicap winning hopes

Rupert Guinness Should Sydneysider Roger Hickman win the Sydney to Hobart yacht race with his 29 year-old Farr 43 Wild Rose it will be hard to pinpoint a specific winning manoeuvre.

Battered and bruised reality of Sydney to Hobart race emerges as crews tell their tales

Battered: Giacomo heads out to sea at the start of the Sydney to Hobart race.

Rupert Guinness The image of Jim Delegat's Volvo 70 Giacomo motoring slowly into dock at Hobart on Monday with her 90-foot mast severed and with her disappointed crew up on deck reflected the harsh reality of what...

Dismasting puts paid to Giacomo's maiden Sydney to Hobart attempt


Rupert Guinness Retirements in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race continued to mount on Sunday with the dismasting of Volvo 70 Giacomo with about 113 nautical miles to go in the race that celebrated its first finisher...

Wild Oats holds off US challenger Comanche for sweetest Sydney to Hobart victory

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Rupert Guinness Mark Richards barely paused to think when asked if the record eighth Sydney to Hobart line honours win by Wild Oats XI on Sunday was his hardest yet.

As time marches on, Bob Oatley's passion for the Sydney to Hobart keeps growing

Bob Oatley before the Sydney to Hobart race.

Rupert Guinness For all of his 86 years, winemaker Bob Oatley never loses his zest and energy when it comes to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, especially when his 10-year-old  super maxi Wild Oats XI wins line...

Wild Oats XI wins record eighth Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Triumphant: Wild Oats XI won the line honours title for a record eighth time.

Rupert Guinness Wild Oats XI reaffirmed her status as Australia's supreme ocean racing yacht, fending off a late charge by American raider Comanche to win a record eighth line honours title on Sunday afternoon.

Danny Green takes to Facebook to blast Ragamuffin skipper over Perpetual Sydney to Hobart jibes

Bouncing back: Perpetual Loyal was forced out of the Sydney to Hobart race early but skipper Anthony Bell is keen to try again in 2015.

Rupert Guinness The crew of Perpetual Loyal quickly cast aside their disappointment at retiring from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and returning home by motor on Sunday morning after they set foot back on land at...

Painful decision for Anthony Bell to withdraw Perpetual Loyal from Sydney to Hobart

Shorter trip than expected: Perpetual Loyal retired about 8am with hull damage, damage that occurred at 9pm on Friday night when she fell off a wave or hit something, according to crewman Tom Slingsby.

Rupert Guinness Anthony Bell said before he started the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that he was willing to gamble in his bid to add a second line honours title to his name.

Sydney to Hobart: Ragamuffin hoping to make it three-way race up the Derwent

Determined crew: Ragamuffin.

Rupert Guinness Talk on Saturday of a two-boat race for line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race - between the super maxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche - may have been premature.

No Simon Gerrans, but Tour Down Under poised for mighty fight

Unavailable: Simon Gerrans won't be attempting to defend his Tour Down Under crown next month.

Rupert Guinness Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur has no doubt that "to a man" the line-up of top Australian contenders for overall victory in the race next month would have wished that Simon Gerrans was...

Sydney to Hobart: Bear Necessity, Tina and Occasional Coarse Language Too forced to withdraw


Rupert Guinness It was about two hours after the Sydney to Hobart started when the first casualties of the race were reported after the retirements of two boats, reducing the fleet to 115.

American raider Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats XI with lightning Sydney to Hobart start


Rupert Guinness Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking.

Anthony Bell ready to gamble to beat Wild Oats XI for Sydney to Hobart line honours

Ready to race: Perpetual Loyal skipper Anthony Bell.

Rupert Guinness So strong is Anthony Bell's resolve to try and win a second Sydney to Hobart line hours title ahead of defending champions Wild Oats XI who are chasing a record eighth crown and three other...