Robbie McEwen, the Aussie cycling legend ended an illustrious 17-season career in 2012. However, the summer has seen him back into the limelight as he fills in for the Australian race broadcaster SBS as a commentator.
One more than a number of ways, it is a new role for him, especially for a man who spent most of his career finishing off races. This time around, he has to talk in the commentary position until the 50km mark before he and his co-commentator hands over to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, an unfamiliar position of lead-out man to Phil and Paul’s veteran sprint kings.
He had flow out to Western Australia on an ambassadorial role for a race with no plans to ride. However, it was later announced that on Twitter by the organization that the Queensland resident would be starting the Gran Fondo later on during the week.
He finally started in the 40–44 age category, before peeling back off to assume PA duties. McEwen made it known that he would not feel so comfortable racing. (more…)
The most coveted former Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen has said that fellow Australian Caleb Ewan has everything in him to become the best sprinter on his bike.
If he is able to maintain the form that he had showcased in the Tour Down Under, then he can easily get the better of Olympics silver medalist Mark Cavendish. Cavendish has taken a leaf out of Robbie McEwen’s book and came out with better Down Under results. McEwen believes that the 21 year old McEwan will be the next big racing sprinter in Australia. McEwen is currently working for an Australian television.
Robbie McEwen had an illustrious racing career and won a total of 75 races from 1996 to 2012. He has won 12 stages of the popular Tour De France race as well as the Giro d’Italia race. He feels that there would be a big fight between Cavendish and Caleb McEwan for the top next generation sprinter spot. Caleb is on top of his form, but Cavendish has a lot of experience to outperform Caleb in tough race situations. (more…)
Robbie McEwen might be retired, but he still feels associated with cycling and his countrymen.
The one that came by at Paris-Roubaix has left him excited and it is easy to understand why, as his countrymen have gotten the title. Robbie won Tour de France three times; having been a winner in the green jersey category he offers his expert advice on Australian television for sports channels as well as commentating for similar events.
He was conducting his role as a commentator on Sunday when Mathew Hayman came to be the second Australian to win the cycling event Paris-Roubaix. The last Australian to have won the same event was in 2007. He was excited when this happened and it was found that he was speaking excitedly to his Co commentator and that they were celebrating the win themselves. (more…)
Marc Ryan, the most experienced track cyclist of New Zealand, has declared his retirement from this sport.
The thirty-three year old man from Timaru believes that this is the right time, with complete confidence in the depth of talent among the bunch of young riders he believes are best equipped for Rio Olympics. Marc has been a fixture in the team pursuit squad of men for fourteen years, securing 3 Olympic Games, winning bronze in Beijing in the year 2008 as well as London in the year 2012.
He has won 4 championship medals in team pursuit, along with bronze medals in Poland in the year 2009, Melbourne in the year 2012 and Cali, Colombia in the year 2014, before gold medal as well as rainbow jersey in Paris previous year.
On Wednesday, in a statement, he told that this has been a huge decision but he feels like that this is the right time. Actually, he has attempted to retire two times before, after London and then after Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but he was enticed back, both as a rider and to mentor the younger guys. Rio is knocking on the door, but he could not go through another campaign and miss out on the final team. He could not bear doing the work and going to Rio but letting these young guys down.
Robbie McEwen, winner of green jersey thrice believes that Michael Matthews is all set to challenge Peter Sagan for the crown of sprint, this year since his start in the Paris-Nice was excellent.
In the honourable Milan San-Remo, he came third trailing behind John Degenkolb from Giant-Alpecin and Alexander Kristoff from team Katusha.
Though he began his season late but he did aim at Milan San-Remo. Apart from the three tours which are hailed to be grand, the Spring Classics also known as the Five Monuments is the target. Mathew’s style suits Milan San-Remo which is why he feels that he is going to be successful. It is the team for which he is thankful for. His starting tour will be in July and he feels that he has the ability to push Sagan. In the last year Sagan had positive results in the tour, owing to his successful tour of three weeks. McEwen is sure that Matthews is going to give him a tough fight. Looking at the sprinters, neither Sagan nor Matthews are pure sprinters which are the reason why Mark Cavendish can have an edge over them going by his records of the tours. (more…)
The 17 year old Harrison Mudgway’s coach, Chris Willett thinks that Mudgway has the capability to advance further in the sport of Mountain Biking. Harrison Mudgway is from New Zealand and he managed to secure the title of national champion not too long ago.
He became the cross country mountain biking champion in the under 19 category. At present he is aiming at becoming the champion of Oceania race which is scheduled to start on 26th February in Toowoomba.
Chris Willett expects that Harrison Mudgway will be able to achieve a podium finish and also going to win the title of overall leader of the race. Harrison is also of the same opinion. Mudgway said that he is indeed a little nervous but his level of confidence exceeds his nervousness. He also said that his major objective is to be among the top three riders to finish the race. Having a good race is also a priority for him. Mudgway also wants circumstances to be in his favour. (more…)
Thomas Voeckler has seen lots of ups and downs in his career and it was about to get over when it began. Ride in the Tour Down Under made his collarbone break as he reached Adelaide. He had flown down from Adelaide after which he is currently in Argentina for a start over but the incident of Australia has not been able to leave his mind.
He however, had strong reasons to start the season but he does not like to train at all. All the more he does not like to go to training camps but competing in the race drives him to perform better.
The demotion of the Europcar from the world tour did create chaos regarding the doping case as well but Voeckler does not like to discriminate between Astana and Europcar. What he is thinking at is the Status of Pro Continental that his team has achieved. He has stated that as far as his status is concerned regarding the future he cannot confirm anything yet but Two seasons were best for him as in 2011 he came fourth in the tour and a year after that he grasped the mountain jersey. (more…)
Former professional cyclist from Australia and Tour de France champion in Sprinter’s classification- Robbie McEwen is going to be a part of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines which is going to start on the 22nd of November and continue till 23rd of November. He is going to be joined by the national team members and almost two thousand riders in Taguig City.
This event is going to feature rides such as Ride with Robbie, The Challenge, The Community Ride, The Junior Challenge, The Kid’s Ride, The Tricycle Ride etc.
The BGC CycleAsia Philippines is actually being held to celebrate the National Bicycle Day in Philippines. The National Bicycle Day is celebrated in order to promote awareness about cycling and how it is the most fun and efficient means of transportation. (more…)
Robbie Mcewen who is an Australian Cycling legend has said that his mate Rogers was not a cheat. Robbie has been a star player with 12 stage wins at the Tour De France and has had a glorious 17 year career. He has told that he could never believe that Michael Rogers had intentionally doped or cheated.
Michael has been suspended from cycling by the UCI which is a governing body for cycling. After Michael had won a race in Japan in October, trace of clenbuterol was found in his urine sample. Michael to his defense had said that days before the Tour of Beijing, China he had eaten contaminated meat that was known to use Clenbuterol in its livestock. Robbie has been taking Rogers’ back and strongly believes that he is was innocent. Robbie has said that there was nothing that had evidently come up that proved to have enhanced his performance and so he felt sorry for Rogers. He was not very happy for all that he is having to go through.
The people who are not very fond of him have been very happy but he says that it was not about the riders and that this matter was not the same as others. He said that the UCI should go to the grass root level to find out about the problem. There had been a warning given to players to be careful when in China and Mexico about the use of Clenbuterol in livestock. Clenbuterol makes the meat leaner when it is used in the livestock however, it increases the aerobic capacity of a person. It was very much possible that because of Rogers’ carelessness he had ended up in such a situation but there was no way that he could prove it and come out clean.