Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Tour de France

Australian Michael Rogers rides solo to Tour de France stage win in the Pyrenees

Rupert Guinness Before the Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three stages in the mountain range bordering Spain, Michael Rogers said: “I’m not a big fan of riding 230km into...

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Simon Yates disagrees with call by team to withdraw him from Tour de France

Warrior mentality: Orica-GreenEdge youngster Simon Yates wasn't happy when his team withdrew him from the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Simon Yates, one of the Australian Orica-GreenEDGE’s shining lights as a potential grand tour contender, was against the decision by his team management to withdraw him from the Tour de France...

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Zak Dempster learning to make best from the pain of the Tour de France

Soldiering on: Zak Dempster (left) is living through the pain of riding the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Zac Dempster has learned a lot during his Tour de France debut, such as how to take the best from all the pain of the three week race - as he did while racing in the Alps last week.

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No time to think about Commonwealth Games just yet, says Mark Renshaw

Mark Renshaw

Rupert Guinness It should please the Australian Commonwealth Games team that cyclist Mark Renshaw says he has never felt as strong heading into the third week of a grand tour than he is in this year’s Tour de...

Simon Yates adds royal polish to his value for Orica-GreenEDGE

Ambitious: Simon Yates.

Rupert Guinness Four days ago, Orica-GreenEDGE head sports director Matt White questioned if rookie Simon Yates would make it to the Alps of the Tour de France.

For Michael Rogers and teammates, Majka's stage win just the tonic for Contador's abandon

On the limit: Michael Rogers.

Rupert Guinness When Michael Rogers heard that Polish teammate Rafa Majka had won the second of two Alpine stages of the Tour de France on Saturday it hurt him to smile.

Richie Porte's illness leaves Tour finish in doubt

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Rupert Guinness Richie Porte has been stricken by illness in the Tour de France that leaves his hopes of finishing the race hinging on a daily assessment by his Sky team doctor.

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Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali had feared Richie Porte until meltdown

Yellow jersey in black and white: Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali.

Rupert Guinness Tour de France race leader Vincenzo Nibali feared Richie Porte the most until the Australian slipped out of contention for the overall victory on Friday.

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Richie Porte suffers crushing time loss in first Alpine stage of Tour de France

Australian Richie Porte: “I don’t think I dealt with the heat very well.

Rupert Guinness In the turn of several pedal strokes the Tour de France hopes of Australian Richie Porte came to a crushing end.

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Tour de France: Richie Porte - How far can he go?

Rupert Guinness Can Australian Richie Porte sign off on his dream promotion to leadership of the British Sky team in the Tour win the Tour de France and actually win overall?

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Cadel Evans' future with BMC still a way from being locked in

The man: Briefly back in Victoria this week, Cadel Evans was promoting a new one-day race to be held at Barwon Heads in 2015.

Rupert Guinness Cadel Evans may want to continue racing next year, but whether he still does for BMC who he is off contract with, is not yet a guaranteed prospect.

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Vincenzo Nibali will try to break Richie Porte in the mountains

Nibali

Rupert Guinness Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali will attack Richie Porte in the mountains, rather than race defensively, to ensure he has as big a lead as possible before the final time trial, says...

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Mat Hayman's exit from Tour de France hopefully wont be his last mark on the great race

Mat Hayman

Rupert Guinness It was a tale of one rider who longed to win the Tour de France a third time, and another who just dreamt of finishing the race for the first time - yet with both falling short after having to quit...

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It's the Tassie in him: Geraint Thomas praises Richie Porte

Stepped up: Sky teammate Geraint Thomas has praised Australian Richie Porte's efforts since becoming team leader in the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Geraint Thomas has been closer than anyone in witnessing the switch of Richie Porte from defending champion Chris Froome’s wingman at the Tour de France into his team’s race leader after...

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Vincenzo Nibali still wary of danger posed by Richie Porte in quest for Tour de France glory

Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to win stage ten of the 2014 Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali may concede that it is “a pity” the race has lost defending champion Chris Froome and now two time winner Alberto Contador due to injuries sustained...

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Tour de France: No hiding for Richie Porte as he looms as Vincenzo Nibali's closest threat

Richie Porte - Tour de France - dink

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte can now forget about flying under the radar to win the Tour de France.

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Simon Gerrans says Orica-GreenEDGE still in with a chance

Simon Gerrans

Rupert Guinness Simon Gerrans has rejected any suggestion his Orica-GreenEDGE team is under pressure for not having yet won a stage in this year's Tour de France.

Richie Porte hoping to fly under the radar en route to Paris

Australia's Richie Porte sits in fifth place on the Tour de France general classification after the Stage 9 run to Mulhouse.

Rupert Guinness The Sky team of Richie Porte will be happy if the teams of Tour de France favourites Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali continue to 'lock horns', hoping that if they do their Australian leader will...

Richie Porte long viewed as a grand tour leader in waiting, says Sky boss David Brailsford

Richie Porte

Rupert Guinness The chance for Richie Porte to lead Sky at the Tour de France may be due to defending champion Chris Froome’s exit due to injury, but the Australian has been a grand tour leader in waiting,...

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Handling the pressure will be Richie Porte's biggest challenge, says Michael Rogers

Mud soaked: Richie Porte finishes stage five in eighth place overall.

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte's quest to make the best of his new role as leader of the British Sky team in the Tour de France will hinge on him having strong legs and how he handles the mounting pressure on him...