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Vive Cadel ... the rider who came in from the cold

Vive Cadel ... the rider who came in from the cold

Evans would be the first to suggest that a lot of excess baggage has now been removed from his world.

Cadel's moment of truth: Crikey guide to final stages of the Tour

Cadel's moment of truth: Crikey guide to final stages of the Tour

As this week progressed, the Australian cycling commentariat has been anticipating that Cadel Evans would be delivering us an "America’s Cup moment".

Gottliebsen: how Swan gave our banks a hot flush

Gottliebsen: how Swan gave our banks a hot flush

This month big banks have more money to lend than they ever dreamed of, which is a hidden force behind the banking price war, writes Robert Gottliebsen, of Business Spectator.

Cup-winning jockey, 50 years on

Cup-winning jockey, 50 years on

A former teenage punter and Ballarat boarding school bookie, Ross Stapleton fulfills a long-time ambition to interview the jockey known as "the cups specialist" – W.A. (Billy Smith) now long retired at 82 on the Gold Coast.

Cycling Australia juggles political football

Cycling Australia juggles political football

Cycling Australia is being asked to sanction moving Australia’s second biggest bike race, Victoria’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour from its October slot to either early or late February from 2011.

Cadel Evans: the greatest victory by any Australian road cyclist

Cadel Evans: the greatest victory by any Australian road cyclist

Cadel Evans' men’s senior world road championship victory isn’t only his most prestigious win, but the greatest by any Australian road cyclist. Australia is become a cycling super power.

The AFL's stunning Karmichael Hunt recruiting coup

The AFL's stunning Karmichael Hunt recruiting coup

At a tumultuous news conference this morning, Karmichael Hunt confirmed that he has accepted a senior playing contract with the new Gold Coast AFL franchise from 2010.

Tour de France: Contador and Cavendish are crowned the kings of Paris

Tour de France: Contador and Cavendish are crowned the kings of Paris

While ultimately the day belonged to Alberto Contador, the Paris finale offered a fitting stage for Bathurst’s Mark Renshaw to come a brilliant second to Britain’s Mark Cavendish.

Tour de France: Evans falters as Contador steams ahead

Tour de France: Evans falters as Contador steams ahead

For Australia’s cycling cheer squad, the extent of Cadel Evans' demise has come as a genuine shock. So how did Australia's golden boy from a genuine yellow jersey chance to 12th place?

Tonight the Tour de France surely ignites?

Tonight the Tour de France surely ignites?

Tonight's brute of a 223km stage of La Grande Boucle offers any rider outside the Astana team their first realistic moment of truth since the Trans France Express took control of the race on just the fourth day.