Cycling

Over the weekend, Eloy Teruel thought he’d won the seventh stage of the Tour of California. He finished in 56th place.

giroKiwi cycling fans will miss out on seeing three New Zealanders ride in the second biggest cycling race in the world this month.

There will be no Sky TV coverage in NZ of this month’s Giro d’Italia, in which Kiwis Hayden Roulston, Jesse Sergent and George Bennett will all be riding for the RadioShack Nissan team.

The race sits just behind the Tour de France in terms of prestige and importance and features most of the riders who will make up the Tour de France teams.

Sergent said: “Having some Kiwis to follow will hopefully make the Giro more interesting to follow for people back home.” Continue reading »

This is what you get when you combine sound-bites from Lance Armstrong’s Oprah interview and Radiohead’s ‘Creep’. Continue reading »

A short promo for Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong has been released.

Unfortunately, there is very little to be learned from it besides the fact that Oprah loves a little dramatic suspense.

Let’s hope Armstrong actually says something in the interview.

Oprah Winfrey has addressed the reports that Lance Armstrong confessed to doping during the pair’s interview this week.

There were a number of reports that claimed the disgraced cyclist had admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins but none were confirmed.

Winfrey has since said that Armstrong was “forthcoming” when she asked him about the doping charges.

She said that she hadn’t planned to address the interview until after it had aired on January 17 (US time) but was forced to today following the number of reports. Continue reading »

This week Lance Armstrong announced he would be allowing Oprah Winfrey to interview him regarding his involvement in doping during his cycling career.

Not surprisingly, the decision to grant the interview to Oprah has been met with criticism from many.

The Oprah Winfrey Network has promised a “no-holds barred” confessional from the American cyclist, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year, but many are predicting the interview will follow the usual Oprah format of “cuddles over confrontation”.

British cyclist David Millar – a staunch anti-doping advocate – feared that the interview will be “stage-managed” and that it will focus on his emotions as opposed to delving into what he did wrong.

“Only Lance would get to have his moment of truth, if that’s what it will be, in front of Oprah Winfrey,” Millar said. Continue reading »

Sky Sport is proud to be screening live coverage of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships from April 4th-8th from Melbourne’s Hisense Arena adding to SKY Sports already strong 2012 Cycling portfolio.

Because of cycling’s huge viewer appeal especially in an Olympic year, and to enable Kiwis around the country to support their New Zealand Track Cycling Team, SKY Sport has committed to screening all five days of action LIVE, covering both the afternoon and evening sessions with selected Highlights.

New Zealand has named its largest team ever for the championships, with a 20-strong squad to compete in all four disciplines for the first time – men’s and women’s endurance and sprint events. Continue reading »