Mike Tomalaris is a household name for cycling fans throughout Australia. For decades he’s appeared on the screen on SBS-TV as a newsreader and sports commentator.
But Mike’s face is most closely associated with the Tour de France. He began anchoring the SBS Tour de France coverage way back in the 1990’s.
That came to an abrupt end in late 2021 when he was sacked by SBS in very shoddy circumstances that led both to a widespread public outcry and a dark time in Mike’s life.
But his own active cycling journey and his riding buddies in particular, have helped him come through to a brighter place.
Now Mike is enjoying new opportunities in cycling, becoming an ambassador to a leading cycling group and about to embark on a new career as a cycling tour guide.
In this interview, you’ll hear plenty of high and also some lows of Mike’s cycling journey.
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About Mike Tomalaris
Michael Tomalaris is an Australian television reporter and presenter. He has previously been host of SBS Television’s programs including the Tour de France coverage.
He has also previously been a member of the presentation team at the network’s flagship SBS World News.
Tomalaris is one of the longest-serving members of the team behind SBS Sports and is the anchor fronting the Australian public television broadcaster’s cycling programs.
After working on such events as the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Football Championship and the 994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments as reporter and host, he has since focused on developing the network’s Tour de France coverage. He was recognised by the Australian Sports Commission for “Most Outstanding Contribution to a Sport by an Individual” at the 2011 annual awards.