Sophie Smith, The Sydney Morning Herald

Sophie Smith

The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Sophie:

‘We train just as hard as them’: Women’s cycling finally starts its Tour de France

When Lorena Wiebes won stage one of the Tour de France Femmes in Paris on Sunday, it marked a historic turning point for women’s cycling. → Read More

The small, shy boy who became a Tour de France champion

At 23, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar is already a once-in-a-generation cyclist, with ties to Australia, and has taken the Tour de France by storm the past couple years. But he now faces a serious fight for a third consecutive title. → Read More

‘Be cold as you can’: Tearful Simon Clarke wins stage five of Tour de France

Cycling veteran Simon Clarke has landed the biggest victory of his career in a day of cobbles, chaos and carnage that left several other Australians bleeding. → Read More

Evans warns Hindley Le Tour will be tougher

New Australian cycling sensation Jai Hindley is eyeing a duel with Tadej Pogacar at next year’s Tour de France, and Australia’s only winner Cadel Evans has some advice for him. → Read More

‘Hot property’: how an Australian kid who dreamed of the grand tours became a superstar

Australia’s first Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley always wanted to be a pro cyclist even when coaches who trained him as a junior weren’t sure if the kid who was born to climb, talented as he was, had superstar qualities. → Read More

‘A beautiful feeling’: Hindley becomes the first Australian to win the Giro

Jai Hindley has etched his name into cycling history, becoming the first Australian to win Italy’s grand tour – 20 years after Cadel Evans first wore the pink jersey on a stage. → Read More

Melbourne to replace Russia as host of swimming world championships

Melbourne will replace Russia in hosting the 25-metre short course FINA World Swimming Championships from December 13-18. → Read More

‘I want them to feel the wrath of the viewers’: SBS out of touch, says axed commentator McEwen

The network’s call to drop popular pundit Robbie McEwen from its cycling broadcast team has sparked global outcry, with the retired Tour de France star saying it has nothing to do with budget. → Read More

Tight Tour-to-Tokyo turnaround makes Games road race ‘a lottery’: Porte

Richie Porte believes his chances of winning a medal at the Olympics hinge on how he recovers from the gruelling, three-week event that finished last Sunday. → Read More

Strength in depth Team Ineos’s saving grace after loss of Chris Froome for Tour de France

The British team's ability to attract talented riders from different generations means not everything is lost for the Tour after Chris Froome's injury → Read More

Sam Bennett hoping to push on and ‘secure place as one of the world’s top sprinters’

The Irishman says he wants to see Mark Cavendish break Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage wins record in July → Read More

Team Sunweb prepared for possible pink for Tom Dumoulin after opening Giro time trial

Team coach says it would be hard to say they could defend the lead from start to finish → Read More

Mathew Hayman 'blown away' by home response in final race at the Tour Down Under

The 40-year-old is bowing out of professional racing after the Australian WorldTour race → Read More

Motorbikes influencing races a 'big problem' for cycling, says Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish claims that race motorbikes have become a “big problem” in cycling and are increasingly affecting stage outcomes and results. → Read More

How Scott Davies’ dream to turn pro in the WorldTour nearly didn’t happen

On the verge of signing a deal with a WorldTour team and realising the chance of fulfilling a childhood dream to become a professional cyclist, Scott Davies thought of quitting. Davies was in his final year of a long under-23 tenure when he began to question his long-held aspir ation of turning pro.Racing with Team Wiggins in 2017, the humble and precise Welshman was beset with a draining… → Read More

Michael Matthews relishing upcoming mid-season break after 'roller-coaster spring'

Australian Michael Matthews has endured injury and illness throughout the Classics → Read More

Concerns for welfare of missing woman Kylie Douglas

POLICE have appealed for public assistance to find a missing woman last seen on Mallow St, Brookfield on Monday. → Read More

Peat fires still burning at Lake Bullen Merri, Lake Elingamite and Lake Cobrico after two weeks

NEW footage has emerged of three peat fires emitting potentially toxic smoke and gases in the states southwest. → Read More

Rockmelon cantaloupe listeria outbreak: Miscarriage and five deaths

A THIRD Victorian has died from listeria traced to contaminated rockmelons from interstate. → Read More

Rockmelon cantaloupe listeria outbreak: Miscarriage and five deaths

A THIRD Victorian has died from listeria traced to contaminated rockmelons from interstate. → Read More