Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Alberto Contador primed to attack Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali

Smiling assassin: Alberto Contador before the start of the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness NANCY: Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is most feared when his back is against the wall.

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Simon Gerrans set to re-sign with Orica-GreenEDGE

Consummate professional: Orica-GreenEDGE's Simon Gerrans.

Rupert Guinness Simon Gerrans is on the cusp of re-signing with Orica-GreenEDGE for at least two years, Australian team general manager Shayne Bannan says.

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Adam Hansen mastering the challenge of racing in grand tours

Riding strong: Australian cyclist Adam Hansen (front) during the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness As Adam Hansen starts the second week of his ninth three week race in a row at the Tour de France, you could expect the toll to suddenly catch up with him.

Tour de France: Simon Gerrans rejects call by Andrew Telansky for apology after crash

Australia's Simon Gerrans has refused to apologise to Tour de France contender Andrew Talanksy after the American clipped his wheel and fell at the end of stage seven.

Rupert Guinness Nancy: Simon Gerrans found himself the target of fired up Tour de France contender Andrew Talanksy demanding an apology from the Australian champion after the American crashed in the finishing sprint...

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Alberto Contador most feared rider on Tour de France

One to watch: Spanish veteran Alberto Contador.

Rupert Guinness Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is most feared when his back is against the wall.

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Richie Porte happy to fly under radar in quest for Tour de France success

Richie Porte.

Rupert Guinness Australian Richie Porte said he is happy to be underestimated as a contender for the Tour de France after assuming team leadership from Britain's defending champion Chris Froome, who abandoned during...

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Richie Porte assumes leadership of Sky at Tour de France

Richie Porte.

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte has “all to play for” in his new role as the Sky team’s leader for the Tour de France after teammate and defending champion Chris Froome abandoned the race during stage...

Defending champion Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France during treacherous fifth stage

Chris Froome gets into his team's car after crashing.

Rupert Guinness Defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

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Tour de France cobblestone stage will be 'terrifying', says Michael Rogers

Chris Froome dangles his injured left wrist as the cuts and grazes cover the left-side of his body after crashing during the fourth stage of the Tour

Rupert Guinness Australian Michael Rogers predicts stage five of the Tour de France on Wednesday that passes over nine sectors of cobblestones will be “terrifying”.

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'I know how to win': Mark Renshaw to make most of Mark Cavendish's absence and go for broke

Mark Renshaw.

Rupert Guinness Mark Renshaw never ceases to be amazed by the vagaries of cycling, especially when he looks at his position in the Tour de France where he is now his team’s lead sprinter.

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Tour de France: hell awaits those unaccustomed to the cobbles

A view of a cobblestone-paved section in Orchies, northern France, Monday July 7, 2014, ahead of Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155,5 kilometers (96,7 miles) with the start in Ypres, Belgium and finish in Arenberg, France. 155,5 kilometers (96.7 miles) of the stage involves 15,4 kilometers (9.6 miles) of strenuous highly-feared cobblestone-paved roads. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Rupert Guinness Heinrich Haussler smiles as he says stage five of the Tour de France from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut on Wednesday will be "something special".

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Mark Cavendish ruled out of Tour de France after dislocating collarbone in crash

Ouch: Mark Cavendish clutches at his shoulder after dislocating his collarbone.

Rupert Guinness Mark Cavendish will apologise to Australia's Simon Gerrans after the British sprint star took the blame for a crash in the opening stage of the Tour de France.

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Run of misfortune to make a Tour de France victory sweeter for Orica-GreenEDGE

Rupert Guinness If Orica-GreenEDGE get to savour victory in the Tour de France this year, the taste will be even sweeter in light of their nightmare last week.

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Cadel Evans absent at Tour de France, but grand tour days still open

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Rupert Guinness HARROGATE:  Cadel Evans may be absent from the Tour de France, but his future as a grand tour rider is still an open book with his team confirming on Saturday that the Australian has definitely...

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British rider Simon Yates brings insider knowledge to Orica-GreenEDGE

Simon Yates waves to the crowd during the Tour de France team presentation in Leeds on Friday.

Rupert Guinness Rookie professional Simon Yates could play a vital role in helping the Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team win the brutally hilly second stage through Yorkshire in England on Sunday.

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Behind Cavendish's Tour ambitions, the fire still burns, says Renshaw

Going for a spin: Mark Cavendish trains in northern England.

Rupert Guinness Mark Cavendish played a straight bat to questions about his hopes and belief of being able to win stage one of the Tour de France before he lined up to race it on Saturday.

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Michael Matthews out of Tour de France

No luck ... Michael Matthews is out of the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Canberra rider Michael Matthews has been withdrawn from his Orica-GreenEDGE team for the Tour de France after a medical asessment on his injuries from a training crash on Tuesday ruled he could not...

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Mark Renshaw embraces return to Cavendish's side for Tour as a fresh challenge

Big challenge: Mark Renshaw will have a tough task at the Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness Mark Renshaw regards his return to service for British sprinter Mark Cavendish in the Tour de France that starts on Saturday as a massive challenge, despite his role in so many of the ''Manx...

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Froome v Contador: How the Tour de France favourites square up

Richie Porte (above) says Chris Froome and Alberto Contador are calm leaders off the bike, but different on it.

Rupert Guinness Richie Porte, who will again write a diary on the Tour de France for Fairfax Media, examines the racing styles and track records of red-hot favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.

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Matthews remains 50-50 chance of starting Tour de France

Tour new boy ... Michael Matthews during the Giro d'Italia.

Rupert Guinness A decision on whether Michael Matthews will line up for his debut in the Tour de France following a training crash will be made on Friday.