Robbie McEwen dropped from SBS television commentary team

SARZEAU, FRANCE - JULY 10: Robbie McEwen of Australia / SBS TV / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 4 a 195km stage from La Baule to Sarzeau / TDF / on July 10, 2018 in Sarzeau, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Robbie McEwen on commentary for SBS during the 2018 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Robbie McEwen will no longer be a part of the SBS television cycling commentary team, with the three-time winner of the Tour de France green jersey saying he was axed without a valid explanation. The Australian broadcaster's response to explain why his contract wasn't renewed is that they are “exploring a different approach in 2022”.

The sprinter, who retired from racing at the end of 2012, has been a popular regular in the SBS cycling commentary line-up for six years, delivering insight from his extensive experience across a number of events, including the Tour de France.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.