An Australian sports presenter, reporter and host of SBS Television’s cycling coverage, Mike Tomalaris covered the Tour De France for 15 years. Mike himself is a keen cyclist who covers up around hundreds of kilometers on every social weekend.
Mike Tomalaris is one of the longest serving members behind the SBS sports team. He is also an anchor at the television’s cycling programs.
He has worked as the reporter and host for the events like 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Football Championship and 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2008 FIFA World Cup tournaments.
After all these works, he has given his more focus on building the network’s Tour De France coverage.
He was awarded with “Most Outstanding Contribution to a sport by an Individual” reward by the Australian Sports Commission at the 2011 annual awards. He is a supporter of Western Sydney Wanderers FC.
Mike Tomalaris parents were Romanian born but he is a Greek born in 1960. He went to Sydney Technical High School. He studied Accounting for 2 years at University. He then pursued his Bachelor’s degree from Max Rowley School of Radio, Television and Drama.
His journey at Television started first in 1987 when Les Murray asked him to provide commentary for a National Soccer League match.
He initially worked in print journalism. In 1992, he joined SBS and worked full time there. Gradually, his work as a commentator for NSL games, Socceroos and Olyroos international broadcasts was really appreciated.
Mike started his cycling’s career initially by covering up Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic from 1992.
In 1996, he started covering Tour De France in Netherlands. Tomalaris is the main anchor at SBS for the growing cycle portfolio which includes the int’l events such as Tour Down Under, the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a Espana, the Tour of California and Paris-Roubaix.
By now, he has 20 years of experience as a cycling journalist.
Tomalaris covers the Cycling Central series on Sunday afternoons, the only such program dedicated to sports. He was a part of World Sport Team before its demise in 2006. There he worked as a reporter and presenter where he combined the football commentary with hosting cycling.
Tomalaris has initiated and supported the annual charity bicycle ride, The Johnny Warren Jamberoo Classic , in honor of his former colleague Socceroos captain Johnny Warren (1943-2004).
Being one of the longest serving members at SBS team and his 20years long experience in cycling, Tomalaris is estimated to have a net worth of $4million.
Mike Tomalaris is a married man with children. However, his family is not disclosed yet. He has been married for long by now and there is no sign of divorce.