Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Tour de France win for Alberto Contador unlikely, says teammate Michael Rogers

Rupert Guinness Michael Rogers has long lauded the fighting qualities of his Spanish team leader Alberto Contador – and he still does as the Tour de France approaches its third week.

Chris Froome weathers storm and rivals' attacks to defend Tour de France lead

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 16:  Geraint Thomas of Great Britain and Team Sky rides ahead of Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky during stage twelve of the 2015 Tour de France, a 195 km stage between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, on July 16, 2015 in Plateau de Beille, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness After resuming in scorching conditions on Thursday, the Tour de France peloton was made to push through a sudden climate shift that saw the Pyrenees shaken by lightening, the rumble of...

Tour de France 2015: Australian chances of success still far from over

On the move: Spectators run alongside Australia's Richie Porte, wearing the best climber's polka dot jersey, and  Christopher Froome on the Col du Tourmalet.

Rupert Guinness CAUTERETS-VALLEE DE SAINT-SAVIN: With one Australian in Richie Porte enjoying his role as the "caretaker" wearer of the polka dot 'King of the Mountains' jersey and one Australian team in...

Lance Armstrong's return to the roads of the Tour de France a 'non event,' says Chris Froome

Glory days ... Lance Armstrong rides into Paris in 2004. The disgraced American rider has been stripped of his titles for cheating with steroids.

Rupert Guinness When Lance Armstrong visited the Tour de France in 2006 - the year after the first of his two retirements in 2005 - the American was greeted upon his arrival by a page-one tabloid newspaper headline...

Tour de France 2015: Richie Porte hit by spectator, but rips in to serve Chris Froome

Australia's Richie Porte is all smiles as he leaves for a training on the rest day of the Tour de France cycling race in Pau, France, Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rupert Guinness For all but a punch from a spectator in the final kilometres of the first mountain stage of this year's Tour de France on Tuesday, the ride by Richie Porte to help his team leader Chris...

Tour de France 2015: Sky's Chris Froome revels in a 'dream, dream scenario' to extend lead

Stage winner Britain's Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the tenth stage of the Tour in La Pierre-Saint-Martin.

Rupert Guinness Chris Froome labelled the outcome of 10th stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees on Tuesday as the "dream, dream scenario."

Adam Hansen resumes struggle in Tour de France to finish a record 12 grand tours

Tough tour: Australian cyclist Adam Hansen.

Rupert Guinness Adam Hansen is on the verge of cycling history, but with the Tour de France only half over he must overcome daily excruciating pain if he is to achieve his goal.

Tour de France 2015: Orica-GreenEDGE play it safe with one eye on mountains

Trial in every sense: Orica-GreenEDGE riders do it tough during the time trial.

Rupert Guinness PLUMELEC:  It was the race plan that Matt White had never intended.

Tour de France 2015: Rohan Dennis helps BMC race to victory in team time trial

Australia's Rohan Dennis.

Rupert Guinness Australian Rohan Dennis' success in the Tour de France continued on Sunday with the South Australian playing a pivotal role in his BMC squad winning the stage nine team time trial.

Tour de France 2015: Tension rises as mountain stages approach

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy signs autographs.

Rupert Guinness Stand by for more tussles like the one between Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome on Friday as the closely fought Tour heads for the mountains.

Orica-GreenEDGE accept Tour de France team time trial hopes are dashed

Canberra's Mathew Hayman of Orica-GreenEDGE was devastated to be left out of this year's Tour.

Rupert Guinness MUR DE BRETAGNE: The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team concede that they have gone from being a line-up that started the Tour de France embracing their billing as one of the major favourites...

Out of Africa ... Eritreans ride into the spotlight of Tour de France success

FOUGERES, FRANCE - JULY 10:  Daniel Teklehaimanot of Eritrea and MTN-Qhubeka competes during stage seven of the 2015 Tour de France, a 190.5km stage between Livarot and Fougeres on July 10, 2015 in Fougeres, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rupert Guinness Gerry Ryan recalls his first meeting Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot who this week became the first African to wear the red and white polka dot jersey as leader of the King of the Mountains...

Cavendish wins Tour de France stage

Rupert Guinness Mark Cavendish wins his 26th Tour de France stage. Rupert Guinness reports.

From Tour de France wingman to one day contender, Rohan Dennis sees the road ahead

What a day: Australian Rohan Dennis chats with Spanish start Alberto Contador during his day in yellow in the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Every morning when Massimo Testa does his rounds as the BMC team doctor on the Tour de France, the first voice he hears as he walks down the hallway to check on the health and well-being of the...

Tour de France 2015: Leader Tony Martin abandons race after breaking collarbone in crash

Germany's Tony Martin

Rupert Guinness Tour de France leader Tony Martin became the second yellow jersey wearer to crash out of the race in a matter of days after breaking his collarbone in a dramatic climax to the sixth stage.

Orica-GreenEDGE fight for team numbers as Tour de France injury woes continue

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Albasini.

Rupert Guinness AMIENS: The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team that began the Tour de France with so much hope is now battling to have the numbers to take their rivals on after Swiss recruit Michael Albasini fractured...

Tour de France 2015: Pressure mounts for winless Mark Cavendish, says teammate Mark Renshaw

A winless Mark Cavendish (left, Etixx-Quick Step) of Great Britain falls behind German Andre Greipel (centre, Lotto-Soudal) in the sprint for the finish line during stage five of the Tour in Amiens.

Rupert Guinness Australian Mark Renshaw gave a blunt appraisal of how the pressure on Mark Cavendish and their Etixx-QuickStep team at the Tour de France has mounted after the British flyer again fell short of...

Michael Rogers believes in Alberto Contador's pursuit of Tour-Giro double

Stage winner and new overall leader Germany's Tony Martin is followed by Britain's Christopher Froome, right, during the fourth stage of the Tour de France from Seraing in Belgium to Cambrai in France on Tuesday.

Rupert Guinness Michael Rogers admits it took him longer to recover from his efforts in the Giro d'Italia than he had anticipated before backing up for the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2015: Michael Matthews overcomes pain to survive and fight again in race

Battling on ... Michael Matthews did not suffer any broken bones in the massive pile-up during stage three of the Tour but he was badly bruised as cyclists ran over him.

Rupert Guinness So great was Michael Matthews' pain from the belting his body got in the mass pile-up in stage three of the Tour de France, he thought his "ribs jumped in and out of place a few times" as he...

Orica-GreenEDGE in World War I tribute on stage five of Tour de France

Tribute: SImon Gerrans with the armband his team-mates will wear on Wednesday's stage of the Tour de France. Sadly for Gerrans, he is out of the race following a crash.

Rupert Guinness The Tour de France heads through the French town of Villers-Bretonneux on Wednesday, a town with a special link to Australia.