The Cycling Podcast

By Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: Professional

Open in iTunes


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast


Clive
 Jul 29, 2018
love the weekly podcast

Mark
 Jul 26, 2018
Finally! A cycling podcast with something insightful to say

A Podcast Republic user
 Jul 25, 2018

A Podcast Republic user
 Jul 18, 2018

Description

The Cycling Podcast Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Episode Date
100: The next generation
4067
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the European Championships road race, won by Matteo Trentin. We also hear from George Bennett of LottoNL-Jumbo about his fourth place in the Tour of Poland and his ambitions for the forthcoming Vuelta a Espana. And, after a good week for young riders on the big stage, we look at the next generation. The Tour de l'Avenir starts on Friday and many of the World Tour teams will be keeping a close eye on the racing. We hear from Bahrain-Merida's manager Brent Copeland – who recently signed Welsh climber Stevie Williams after he finished fifth in the Baby Giro – about how the top teams look for the stars of tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 16, 2018
99: A post-Tour ramble
4268
August 8 | In the first episode of The Cycling Podcast since the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss everything that has happened since the peloton reached the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Richard is back from his visit to the San Sebastian Classic and updates on a race won brilliantly by Julian Alaphilippe but marred by a horrible crash that left Egan Bernal, Mikel Landa and Pierre Latour among the riders nursing bad injuries. We also begin the countdown to the Vuelta a España, the final grand tour of the year, discuss the latest problems for former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich and weigh up the merits of the UCI president's latest ideas to liven up the stage races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 08, 2018
98: The Press Conference | Part 3b | Tour de France 2018
2121
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your messages you sent in via WhatsApp. From the climbs of the Alps to the cobbles of the champs-élysées, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the final part of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Aug 02, 2018
97: The Press Conference | Part 3a | Tour de France 2018
2148
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your questions you sent in via WhatsApp.  From the climbs of the Alps to the cobbles of the champs-élysées, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for part a of the final 'Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Aug 02, 2018
96: Stage 21 Houilles – Paris Champs-Élysées | Tour de France 2018
4015
In our final podcast from the Tour de France Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the three-week race and Geraint Thomas’s overall victory. And there’s Orla Chennaoui’s postcard from Paris featuring reaction from Thomas’s Welsh team-mates Luke Rowe on the Champs-Élysées. We also hear from Sky’s coach Xabier Artexte, Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s manager Richard Plugge about their riders Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk finishing fourth and fifth, and from Quick Step’s Bob Jungels.
Jul 30, 2018
95: Stage 20 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette | Tour de France 2018
2624
In the penultimate episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau reflect on the time trial which confirmed the overall results of the race. The time trial confirmed that Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome were the strongest riders in the race. We recap the stage and also hear from Dan Martin, winner of the most aggressive rider of the Tour award, and from Luke Roberts, sports director of Dumoulin’s Sunweb team, and Robert Gesink of the LottoNL-Jumbo team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 28, 2018
94: Stage 19 Lourdes – Laruns | Tour de France 2018
3275
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau analyse the final mountain stage of the Tour de France that crossed the Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque before a hair-raising descent into Laruns. It was an absorbing, action-packed stage with an impressive performance from several teams – notably LottoNL-Jumbo, who set up Primoz Roglic for the stage win, and Team Sky, who enabled Geraint Thomas to extend his overall lead by another six seconds after he sprinted to second place on the stage. We assess the way the tactics played out on the mountains, find out from Ian Boswell why Katusha were so active on the Tourmalet and weigh up how the time trial will go tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 27, 2018
93: Kilometre 0 – Chavanel: A year on Tour
1440
The final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France focuses on Sylvain Chavanel, who is riding a record 18th Tour. Thursday's 18th stage was the 365th stage of his career, meaning he's spent a whole year of his life riding the Tour de France. We speak to Chavanel and several of the people who know him best, including Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, the manager of the team he started and will finish his professional career with. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 27, 2018
92: Stage 18 Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau | Tour de France 2018
3123
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau review the 18th stage to Pau, which was won by French sprinter Arnaud Démare. Démare’s victory came 24 hours after Andre Greipel questioned his GPS data on the final Pyrenean climb at the end of stage 17\. We clear up the accusations as Démare was vindicated by several rival teams. We also focus on Geraint Thomas and speak to several people who have known the Welshman since the beginning of his career. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 26, 2018
91: Discover the Friends of the Podcast 2018 series
679
Discover the best of the Friends of the Podcast episodes we've released so far in 2018 in this extended sampler. Friends of the Podcast help keep The Cycling Podcast on the road throughout the season, alongside the support of our sponsors Rapha and Science in Sport. To access the library of extended episodes, create an account and subscribe on our website today. https://thecyclingpodcast.com/wp-login.php?action=register
Jul 26, 2018
90: Kilometre 0 – The experiment
1537
In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie head to the summit of the Col du Portet to witness the short Pyrenean mountain stage with the innovative gridded start. What did the riders think and would it change the dimension of the race? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 26, 2018
89: Stage 17 Bagnères-de-Luchon – Col du Portet | Tour de France 2018
2954
The Tour de France continued in the Pyrenees with a short and explosive 65-kilometre stage finishing on the very difficult climb of the Col du Portet. At the finish, Geraint Thomas extended his lead in the yellow jersey as Chris Froome faltered. We ask where this leaves Team Sky now. And Nairo Quintana won the stage – but was that nothing more than a consolation for Movistar? We discuss all the talking points from the stage and hear from Froome, Thomas, Dave Brailsford and Dan Martin, who rode so strongly in pursuit of Quintana. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 25, 2018
88: Kilometre 0 - Rebuilding Cofidis
1431
In this episode of Kilometre 0 Orla Chennaoui talks to Cedric Vasseur, the boss of the French Cofidis team. Cofidis has been a fixture at the Tour de France for more than 20 years. In that time they have enjoyed stage wins and yellow jerseys but were also at the centre of a doping scandal in 2004. It is now ten years since Cofidis won a Tour de France stage and at the start of the year Vasseur was brought in to turn around the team’s fortunes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 25, 2018
87: Stage 16 Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon | Tour de France 2018
2460
The Tour de France resumed after its rest day with a dramatic opening stage in the Pyrenees. An incident early in the stage paused the race. A protest by farmers brought the peloton to a halt and police seeking to get things under control used tear gas which then blew into some of the riders’ eyes. We explain what was happening. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Daniel Friebe and Ciro Scognamiglio to discuss the big talking points. There was Julian Alaphilippe’s second stage win, a crash for Adam Yates when he looked to be moving into a winning position and some puzzling tactics by teams that should have their eyes on the overall race for the yellow jersey. Ciro gives us an update on how Italy’s Tour is going following the crash that ruled out Vincenzo Nibali and Gianni Moscon’s disqualification. We then turn attentions to tomorrow’s 17th stage – a short, explosive 65-kilometre stage with an innovative ‘gridded’ start. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 24, 2018
86: The Press Conference | Part 2 | Tour de France 2018
1686
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your messages you sent in via WhatsApp (+44 7971 338 205).  From the cobbles of Roubaix to l'Alpe d'Huez, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for episode 2 of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Jul 24, 2018
85: Kilometre 0 – The coach
1529
At La Rosière in the Alps, Geraint Thomas won the stage and took the yellow jersey and, more than an hour later, Mark Cavendish crossed the line last and well outside the time limit. For Rod Ellingworth it was a bitter-sweet day because both riders were graduates of the British Cycling Academy he founded and ran. The next day, on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Orla Chennaoui travelled with Ellingworth in a Team Sky car and asked him about his relationship with both riders and his approach to developing youngsters to cope with the demands of professional cycling. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 24, 2018
84: The Press Conference | Part 1 | Tour de France 2018
2589
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau spent the afternoon listening to the voice messages you sent in via WhatsApp. From the cobbles of Roubaix to l'Alpe d'Huez, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the first episode of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Jul 23, 2018
83: Kilometre 0 – Schleck returns to the Tour
1055
In this episode of Kilometre 0 Richard Moore spends the day with 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck. The former rider from Luxembourg is back at the Tour driving VIPs for one of the race's sponsors, Skoda. Richard talks to him about his career and how he has adjusted to retirement. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 23, 2018
82: Stage 15 Millau – Carcassonne | Tour de France 2018
2956
The Tour de France reached Carcassonne, the final stop before the second rest day, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a second consecutive stage that was dominated by the breakaway riders. And the Astana team was celebrating for the second day in a row after Omar Fraile’s victory in Mende on Saturday. This time it was their Danish rider Magnus Cort who won. We hear how Astana planned their strategy from Cort’s team-mate Michael Valgren and sports director Lars Michaelsen and also from Trek-Segafredo’s Steven De Jongh about how their chance slipped away. Team Sky’s Nicolas Portal looks forward to the Pyrenees and Frans Maassen of LottoNL-Jumbo explains how they might use their twin threats in the mountains. All that plus the usual discussion of the latest news from the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 22, 2018
81: Stage 14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende | Tour de France 2018
2499
There were two races on stage 14 of the Tour de France and The Cycling Podcast discuss both of them in the latest episode. At the airfield in Mende, where the stage finished with a brutally short but steep climb, Omar Fraile won from a large break while, almost 20 minutes behind, the overall contenders battled it out, with Primoz Roglic gaining a few seconds to cement his fourth place. In the podcast we hear from Jasper Stuyven, who almost stayed away, and his sports director Alain Gallopin. There’s also reaction from Roglic and an interview with the young Colombian on Team Sky, Egan Bernal.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 21, 2018
80: Stage 13 Bourg d’Oisans – Valence | Tour de France 2018
3008
Today’s stage of the Tour de France was the calm after the storm. Alpe d’Huez had claimed one notable victim – with fourth-placed Vincenzo Nibali having to pull out of the race after a crash caused by catching his bike on a spectator’s camera strap. We ask what the Tour can do to keep the riders safe but retain the atmosphere of the race. With Peter Sagan winning his third stage of the Tour, we also ask whether something needs to be done to avoid a scenario where several top sprinters fail to make it through the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 20, 2018
79: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 25
3843
The July episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from France, where Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley report from La Course, the women's one-day race in the Alps. There's also a feature from the Giro Rosa, the women's Tour of Italy.  At La Course, a thrilling race was won by Annemiek van Vleuten – who also won the Giro Rosa – with the young Danish star Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig lighting it up with a long-range attack that looked like it might succeed. We hear from Uttrup Ludwig, from Giro runner-up Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Dani Rowe and also from the rider who lost the race in the final few metres, Anna van der Breggen.  Van der Breggen is the Olympic champion and has been the best in the world for the last two years, but Van Vleuten is offering a serious challenge this season. From Italy we hear from Kasia Niewiadoma and Alexis Ryan as they reflect on Van Vleuten's dominant performance at the Giro.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
Jul 20, 2018
78: Kilometre 0 – Dutch Corner
1024
Lionel Birnie heads to bend number seven on Alpe d'Huez to experience the atmosphere of Dutch Corner. However, because of safety and security concerns, the Tour de France organisers and police had taken steps to control the size and behaviour of the crowd, restricting the amount of alcohol available and leading to a less fervent atmosphere than in past years. It's ironic that Dutch Corner was founded by a local clergyman selling beer to help raise funds to rebuild his church… Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 20, 2018
77: Stage 12 Bourg St Maurice – Alpe d’Huez | Tour de France 2018
2361
The Tour is won on the Alpe (more often than not) so what does this mean for the yellow jersey? Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui discuss Geraint Thomas’s second consecutive stage win and ask whether this means he is now Team Sky’s most likely chance of winning the Tour. We discuss the moves on the mountain – Team Sky’s dominance, Movistar’s frailties, Vincenzo Nibali being knocked off by a motorbike and Romain Bardet’s attacks. Where does this leave the race for the yellow jersey now? We try to answer that question. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 19, 2018
76: Kilometre 0 – Breaking the story
1857
In this episode of Kilometre 0 François Thomazeau talks about how Reuters broke the story about organised doping in the Festina team in 1998. One of the news agency's regular stringers called François on the eve of the Grand Départ in Dublin to say a Festina team car had been stopped by customs officers on the Franco-Belgian border and had been found to contain hundreds of doses of doping products. Twenty years ago the media landscape was very different and so when Reuters broke the news it created huge shockwaves. François describes what happened – why he had to bend Reuters' editorial rules slightly in order to break the news because he was confident in his colleague's sources. This is a fascinating insight into breaking news, sorting facts from fiction and setting a news agenda that changed professional cycling for good. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 19, 2018
75: Stage 11 Albertville – La Rosière | Tour de France 2018
2440
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss stage 11 of the Tour de France, which was the first mountain-top finish of the race. As expected, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas took the yellow jersey from Greg Van Avermaet. What was not anticipated was that Thomas would also win the stage. He and his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome are now first and second overall. As Team Sky took control of the race, others fell completely out of contention. We ask who can still hope of finishing on the podium in Paris. And we discuss the fate of the two star sprinters who missed the time cut – Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 18, 2018
74: Kilometre 0 – La Course
1476
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we spend the day following La Course, the one-day women’s race organised by the Tour de France. Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley go to the start in Annecy and the finish in Le Grand Bornand, where they witness a thrilling finish to an exciting race. We hear from Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Dani Rowe, one of the stars of the race, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and the winner, Annemiek van Vleuten. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 18, 2018
73: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 10 | Annecy – Le Grand Bornand
2686
The Tour de France reached the Alps after the rest day and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recap the tenth stage. We hear from the team-mate and sports director of Julian Alaphilippe’s Quick Step team after the Frenchman won the first Tour stage of his career. Plus we hear from Rolf Aldag, sports director of Dimension Data, after the nervous wait to hear if Mark Cavendish and some of the other sprinters made the time limit. And from BMC Racing’s Jim Ochowicz about the team’s new sponsorship deal which has saved it from disappearing from the peloton. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 17, 2018
71: Kilometre 0 – The Data Dimension
929
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look at the growing use of data and statistics in professional cycling. With so much information available, what is useful to the team managers and riders? We also talk to Stephan Van der Zwan, co-owner of the Pro Cycling Stats website about how more teams are using the information he collates and publishes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 17, 2018
70: Kilometre 0 – Pavé
1662
In this episode of Kilometre 0, Lionel Birnie heads out on to the pavé to witness one of the most dramatic Tour de France stages in years. The morning after the French national holiday and with France playing in the World Cup final later that evening there was a huge, enthusiastic crowd out on the roads. But for the riders it was a case of chaos, crashes and hoping for the best… The Cycling Podcast is supported Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 16, 2018
69: Stage 9 | Arras – Roubaix | Tour de France 2018
2574
This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the grandstand at the famous outdoor velodrome in Roubaix, which traditionally hosts the finish of the Paris-Roubaix classic. Today’s stage nine covered almost 22 kilometres of cobbled roads and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau convene to make sense of the action and ask what the results mean for the rest of the Tour. As expected, the stage spelled the end for at least one of the overall contenders and the unlucky man was Richie Porte, who crashed before the race even reached the cobbles. Ironically he crashed out of the Tour on the ninth stage last year too. Most of the other favourites all finished together, with Romain Bardet and Mikel Landa conceding a few seconds. The most significant time lost was by last year’s runner-up Rigoberto Uran. The stage was won by former Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb - his biggest win since a horrible collision with a vehicle while on a training camp two years ago. We hear from a number of people who were in the thick of the action, including Matt White, who was unhappy about the way Bardet regained ground after puncturing. We also hear from Porte’s team boss Jim Ochowicz and Degenkolb’s teammate Koen De Kort and sports director Steven De Jongh, plus Vincenzo Nibali’s domestique Heinrich Haussler and Bardet’s helper Oliver Naesen. Monday is a rest day and we will return with our Press Conference episode in which Richard, Lionel and François will answer listeners’ questions. Send us yours via a WhatsApp voice note to +447971338205. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 15, 2018
68: Stage 8 | Dreux – Amiens | Tour de France 2018
3168
With the cobbled stage looming the Tour de France peloton rolled through the countryside from Dreux to Amiens waiting for the inevitable sprint finish. For the second day in a row, Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen won the stage in decisive style. Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel, who crossed the line in second and third were later relegated to last in the results for illegal moves – Greipel for squeezing Gaviria towards the barriers and Gaviria for nudging back with his head a couple of times. We discuss whether the decision was right. With it being Bastille Day, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau experienced the Tour as tens of thousands did – on the roadside. We also hear from Cedric Vasseur, the boss of the French Cofidis team who have gone ten years without a Tour stage, and, as he prepares to face the cobbled stage, from Luke Rowe about his remarkable comeback from injury after breaking his leg in several places following an accident on his brother’s stag do last year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 14, 2018
67: Stage 7 | Fougères – Chartres | Tour de France 2018
2776
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a quiet day on the Tour de France – a long 231-kilometre trek across the countryside that barely sparked into life until the final five kilometres. With the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix looming we ask whether such days are an inevitable consequence of the stress of the opening days of the Tour and the reduction in team size from nine to eight riders. We also talk to Hilaire Van der Schueren, sports director of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, the wild card team who at least put two riders up the road. Dylan Groenewegen of Team LottoNL-Jumbo won the stage – making it his second Tour stage victory after his triumph on the Champs-Elysées last year. We speak to his team-mates about how they pulled it off. And we look back at yesterday’s late drama which cost Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet time after the two overall contenders collided. We speak to Dumoulin’s sports director Luke Roberts about the chaos and misunderstandings at the end of the stage to Mûr de Bretagne. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 13, 2018
66: Kilometre 0 – Ten years of Argyle
1867
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look back ten years to the Slipstream team's Tour de France debut. Jonathan Vaughters talks about the team's anti-doping ethos and the steep learning curve of riding their first Tour. We hear from Will Frischkorn who almost won a stage in the first week, and ask Vaughters how it felt to be challenging for a place on the podium with Christian Vande Velde in the final week. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 13, 2018
65: Tour de France 2018| Stage 6 | Brest – Mûr de Bretagne
3338
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a chaotic finale to a stage that finished on the Mûr de Bretagne in Brittany. In last night’s podcast we asked Daniel Martin if he felt the Mûr de Bretagne finish suited him better and today he provided the answer. We also discuss the misfortune for Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin and ask whether Dumoulin’s time penalty for drafting behind a team car after his mechanical problem was a fair punishment. We weigh up who will be happy and who less so after a tense opening six days of racing. Two relatively straightforward sprint stages are to come (if there is such a thing) and then the Tour hits the cobbles. We speak to Matt White of Mitchelton-Scott and Servais Knaven of Team Sky about whether the cobbled sections are too much for the Tour. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 12, 2018
64: Kilometre 0 – Cartes du Tour
1046
In the fourth episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France we meet Paul Fournel, author of a new illustrated history of the maps of the Tour. Fournel is one of Frances’s most respected writers and he tells us about his book and his lifelong love affair with cycling and with the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 12, 2018
63: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 5 | Lorient – Quimper
2839
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a tough, tricky and hilly stage through the Breton countryside that saw a familiar winner in Quimper. World champion Peter Sagan won with a perfectly timed sprint on the final hill – it was his second stage win of the race – but he was pushed all the way by Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli. We hear from Colbrelli’s team manager Brent Copeland about his sprinter and also team leader Vincenzo Nibali. Dan Martin of Ireland was in the top ten but he will be looking to tomorrow’s finish at Mûr de Bretagne. We hear from him about the race so far and the number of crashes that have occurred in the opening days. We discuss the needle between breakaway companions Lilian Calmejane and Toms Skuijns, who took the king of the mountains jersey and look ahead to the second of two action-packed stages in Brittany. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 11, 2018
62: Kilometre 0 – 20 in a row
1511
This episode of Kilometre 0 features the Australian rider Adam Hansen, who set a record of completing 20 grand tours when he rode the Giro d'Italia in May. Hansen is not riding this Tour de France – it's the first one he's missed since his run began in 2011 – but he was in the Vendée working for a television station and getting a glimpse of another side of the race for the first time. We spoke to him about his record-breaking run and asked some of the riders and staff at his Lotto-Soudal team what it's like without him. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 11, 2018
61: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 4 | La Baule – Sarzeau
2507
With World Cup fever gripping France it was somehow appropriate on the day of the semi-final between France and Belgium that two Frenchmen and two Belgians formed the four-man break on stage four of the Tour. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau soak up the festival atmosphere in Brittany and recap the stage, which was won by Colombian Fernando Gaviria after the break was caught in the nick of time. We hear from Gaviria’s sports director Brian Holm, who was unhappy that other teams did not assist the chase, and Tim Declercq, who did so much work for Quick Step on the front of the peloton. There were crashes again, of course, and we spoke to Rigoberto Uran’s sports director Charly Wegelius about how they ensured their team leader rejoined the peloton after his fall close to the finish. A year ago, on the equivalent stage – stage four to Vittel – Guillaume van Keirsbulck was in the break all day. He was one of the quartet who escaped today and we spoke to him about his day out in front. Plus we assess the simmering war of words between UCI president David Lappartient and Team Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford following the resolution of Chris Froome’s salbutamol case and cover all the other talking points from the day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 10, 2018
60: Kilometre 0 - The pain barrier
1596
On stage one Lawson Craddock crashed, breaking his scapula and suffering a deep laceration above his eye. He finished the stage but the question was whether it was wise for him to carry on. With the help of the Education First medical staff he started the next morning and survived the stage. Then came an even bigger test – the team time trial. In this episode we speak to Craddock and also to his medics, sports directors and teammates. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 10, 2018
59: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 3 | Cholet – Cholet
2735
The Tour de France’s third stage was a team time trial in the countryside around Cholet and The Cycling Podcast’s sleek formation of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the winners and losers of the day. The yellow jersey changed hands after BMC Racing won the team time trial – just as they did in Brittany three years ago. That means Greg Van Avermaet is the new race leader. In this episode we hear from BMC’s time trial coach Marco Pinotti and their former rider, now agent, Manuel Quinziato about the discipline. We also hear from Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin, who will count the stage as a good one for their overall hopes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 09, 2018
58: Kilometre 0 – The debutants
974
In this episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we speak to some of the riders who were experiencing the Tour de France for the first time. The nerves and sense of anticipation were heightened in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île as they prepared to tackle the biggest race of them all. From he youngest rider in the race, to others who had waited almost all their careers to make their debut, we ask whether the Tour feels different to other events Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 09, 2018
57: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 2 | Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon
2687
Crashes were again a feature of the Tour de France as a reduced group contested the sprint finish in La Roche-sur-Yon following a pile-up just inside the final couple of kilometres ruled out most of the main contenders. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the stage and Peter Sagan’s first Tour stage win since his disqualification from last year’s race. The world champion held off a strong challenge from Italian Sonny Colbrelli to clinch the stage and take the yellow jersey from Fernando Gaviria, who was one of the late crash victims. We hear from Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Enrico Poitschke about the team’s victory and from Marcel Kittel, who was third yesterday but also lost the chance to contest the sprint. Plus we ask why there are still so many crashes, despite the reduction in the size of the peloton – with teams now consisting of eight riders instead of nine, making the bunch 176 in all. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 08, 2018
56: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 1 | Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte
2771
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau kick off The Cycling Podcast’s Tour de France coverage after an opening stage that concluded with a chaotic final ten kilometres. Join them as they digest the fall-out from a number of crashes that saw several of the big favourites lose time. The stage was won by Tour debutant Fernando Gaviria of Quick Step Floors ahead of the world champion Peter Sagan and former Quick Step star Marcel Kittel, who won five Tour stages for them last year. We hear from Quick Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere, sports director Brian Holm and rider Yves Lampaert. Just as he did at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, Chris Froome crashed on the opening day of the race and lost time – as did other overall contenders Richie Porte and Adam Yates. Nairo Quintana fared even worse after mechanical problems and was left to chase alone by his Movistar team. We ask what this means for their three-pronged assault on the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 07, 2018
55: A pre-Tour de France ramble, part two
4945
July 4 | In a bumper final episode before the start of the 2018 Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in a Soho pub to complete the countdown to La Grande Boucle. One story has dominated this week's cycling news and that is the decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Union Cycliste Internationale to drop the case against Chris Froome. It means Froome is free to ride the Tour de France after spending the best part of nine months with the cloud from his salbutamol case hanging over him following the leak that revealed he had recorded an adverse analytical finding during the last week of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. We discuss what this latest development means and hear from EF Education First team boss Jonathan Vaughters before looking ahead to the Tour as the 176-rider start list was confirmed. The Tour de France begins in the Vendée on Saturday and The Cycling Podcast will be producing daily episodes analysing the racing as well as Kilometre 0, taking a look at a different aspect of the race, every weekday morning. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 04, 2018
54: A pre-Tour de France ramble, part one
3382
June 28 | With the start of the Tour de France now just nine days away, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss how the start list is taking shape for the Grand Départ in the Vendée. The big selection story of the week was Mitchelton-Scott's surprise decision to leave out sprinter Caleb Ewan. Back in December the team had confirmed Ewan would make his Tour debut this summer but when it came to naming the final eight – and with rumours Ewan is leaving the team at the end of the season – they decided to back Adam Yates's bid for the general classification. We discuss who else is in and out and we also hear from Ireland's Sam Bennett about why he desperately wants to win the national championships this weekend. Next week's episode will be the final one before the start of the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 28, 2018
53: All roads lead to the Tour
3069
June 21 | In this episode of the The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore is back from the Women's Tour and joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to begin the build-up to the Tour de France. They recap the Critérium du Dauphiné, which was won by Geraint Thomas, and Tour of Switzerland, won by Richie Porte, and look at the signs of who is in form for the Tour. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 21, 2018
52: The Women's Tour | Stage 5 | Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay
3560
In the final Cycling Podcast Féminin from the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discuss the last stage and the battle for overall victory. While the stage into Colwyn Bay was taken by Finnish champion Lotta Lepisto, it was Coryn Rivera, who has led since day two, who claimed the green jersey of champion. The first ever Women’s Tour winner, Marianne Vos, was second. We hear from Lepisto, Rivera and Dani Rowe, who suffered a nasty crash the previous day but survived the stage to hold on to a place on the podium by finishing third. There are also interviews with last year’s winner, Kasia Niewiadoma, and Dame Sarah Storey, who was there as a spectator and team owner and who shares her thoughts about how the Women’s Tour has developed in its five years.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 17, 2018
51: The Women's Tour | Stage 4 | Evesham to Worcester
3764
Stage four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, into Worcester, was won by the former world champion Amalie Dideriksen, giving her team, Boels-Dolmans, their first win of the race. Coryn Rivera of Team Sunweb kept the leader’s green jersey with only one stage remaining.  Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley of The Cycling Podcast Féminin discuss the day’s action and look ahead to the decisive final stage in Wales. There are interviews with current world champion Chantal Blaak, defending champion Kasia Niewiadoma and Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who spent much of the day in the breakaway – and was not at all happy at the finish. Another rider who was unhappy was Dani Rowe, who crashed heavily in the final 3km. She remains the best placed British rider in third, but tells the podcast that she is unsure whether she will be able to start her home stage on Sunday. There’s also a feature in this episode on a delicate subject – the challenge posed to the female riders by the need to answer a call of nature mid-stage.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 16, 2018
50: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 3 | Atherstone - Royal Leamington Spa
3291
Stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, into Royal Leamington Spa, was won by Australian Sarah Roy, giving her team, Mitchelton-Scott, two out of three stages so far. The American rider Coryn Rivera kept the leader’s green jersey. Orla Chennaoui of The Cycling Podcast Féminin spent the day in the Trek-Drops team car, from where she witnessed a dramatic day of crashes and survival – we hear her report in tonight’s episode.  There are interviews with Vita Heine, who was in the day’s big breakaway, as well as with Roy’s teammate Alex Manly, and with Rivera’s teammates Floortje Mackaij and Leah Kirchmann. We also hear from Elisa Longo Borgini, the Italian champion who has been one of the most aggressive riders over the past two stages, and Cecile Uttrup Ludwig, who should shine on Sunday’s hilly stage. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 15, 2018
49: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 2 | Rushden - Daventry
2971
Stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour took the riders into Northamptonshire, with the first climbs bringing some of the favourites to the fore. At the finish in Daventry it was Coryn Rivera, the American on Team Sunweb, who narrowly beat Marianne Vos, the Dutchwoman who won the first Women’s Tour in 2014.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin reports from the finish with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discussing the talking points from the stage. There are interviews with Rivera, a disappointed Vos and her teammate Dani Rowe, the top British rider. We also hear from Danny Stam, who runs Boels-Dolmans, the world’s top team, and Maaike Boogard, the young Dutchwoman who was the day’s breakaway queen.  There was some confusion after stage one when Abi Van Twisk, who rides for Trek-Drops, crashed and left the race in an ambulance. Van Twisk was later declared fit to carry on racing by the doctors and, though heavily bandaged, lined up at the start in Rushden. In the end it proved too much for Van Twisk, who didn’t finish – we hear from her before and after the stage, as well as from the race doctor, Matt Gray.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 14, 2018
48: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 1 | Framlingham - Southwold
2969
Stage one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour finished on the seafront in Southwold with Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium and Mitchelton-Scott winning the bunch sprint in her first race back after suffering a broken collarbone. The Cycling Podcast Féminin reports from the finish with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley analyisng the stage and looking ahead to the overall battle to come in the days ahead. We hear from stage winner D’Hoore and from the third placed Coryn Rivera. There are also interviews with Hannah Barnes and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the Canyon-SRAM riders who are both targeting general classification.  The first stage was marred by crashes, and there’s news on Abi Van Twisk, who was badly hurt in the finishing straight and taken to hospital. And we hear from Katie Archibald, another rider returning from a broken collarbone sustained at the Tour de Yorkshire. The Olympic champion hit the tarmac on stage one but was unhurt.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 13, 2018
47: The Women's Tour 2018 Preview
2265
The Cycling Podcast Féminin previews the OVO Energy Women's Tour, with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley looking ahead to the riders, teams and stages that could animate the 2018 race, as well as the places they will visit over the five days.  In this episode there's an interview with the defending champion, Kasia Niewiadoma, who returns with her new team, Canyon-SRAM. Theirs is one of the strongest squads, with the Barnes sisters, Alice and Hannah, lining up together at the Women’s Tour for the first time. We also hear from the race director Mick Bennett, who explains the planning that goes into devising the route, and tells us which stages he thinks might be decisive. The Cycling Podcast Féminin will be covering the OVO Energy Women's Tour in full, with the preview show followed by five nightly episodes from Wednesday to Sunday when the race finishes in North Wales. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 12, 2018
46: The Tour's innovation plus the Dauphiné
3063
June 7 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Tour de France's innovative Formula 1-style grid start to the 65-kilometre long 17th stage in the Pyrenees. How will it work? Will the riders embrace the change or try to neutralise its effects and what does it say about the Tour's desire to make mountain stages unmissable for television viewers? Daniel reports from the Critérium du Dauphiné where a lot of riders are honing their form ahead of the Tour. And we take a brief look back at the Giro d'Italia and ask the four American riders – Ben King, Joe Dombrowski, Chad Haga and Nate Brown – how much they know about Andy Hampsten's performance on the snow-covered Gavia which set him up to win the pink jersey 30 years ago. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 07, 2018
45: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference 3
4073
Almost a week has passed since Chris Froome won the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia- a week Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe spent listening to the voice messages you sent in via WhatsApp. Covering everything from Grand-Tour-laundry-logistics to the limits of riding à la Zubeldia, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the final episode of 'The Press Conference'. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 01, 2018
44: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 24
4102
In the May episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley look back on a busy month of racing, in Yorkshire, China, California and the Basque Country. Orla has a report from the Tour de Yorkshire and there are interviews with Lizzie Deignan and Sarah Storey. Deignan is expecting her first child and says that she is determined to return to racing in 2019, aiming towards the world championships in Yorkshire and Tokyo Olympics a year later. She also hints that she might be in different colours, raising the possibility of her moving from the team, Boels-Dolmans, with which she has enjoyed so much success. In this episode we also hear from Trek-Drops owner Bob Varney as he reflects on recent challenges and the team's best ever result, thanks to Tayler Wiles at the Tour of California. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a library of in-depth, special episodes. Sign up on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
May 30, 2018
43: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 21 | Roma – Roma
3996
As Sam Bennett sprinted to his third Giro d’Italia stage win in Rome, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe bowed out – but not without their own bit of drama. In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro we hear from some of the main players over the past three, thrilling weeks, including Bennett, Svein Tuft, Domenico Pozzovivo, Mike Woods, Alex Dowsett, Davide Formolo and many others. There’s also a return of podcast favourites Ciro Scognamiglio, Renaat Schotte and even Lionel Birnie, as the team reviews one of the most dramatic Grand Tours in years.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 27, 2018
42: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 20 | Susa – Cervinia
3213
The final mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia saw Mikel Nieve win on his birthday and Chris Froome increase his overall lead ahead of Sunday’s final, processional stage into Rome. Barring an accident, Froome will win his first Giro, to add to his four Tour de France titles and one Vuelta a Espana.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report from the ski resort that sits almost at the foot of the Matterhorn, though the podcast begins from Susa, where the 20th stage started. There, we hear reaction from Alex Dowsett, George Bennett and others to Froome’s extraordinary performance on Friday, when an 80km solo break turned the Giro on its head. There are also interviews with Simon Yates, whose dreams of winning were ended so cruelly the previous day, his teammate Svein Tuft and sports director Matt White. And there is reaction from Domenico Pozzovivo and Sebastien Reichenbach, whose team leader Thibaut Pinot suffered his own woes on Saturday.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 26, 2018
41: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 19 | Venaria Reale – Bardonecchia
3138
An extraordinary day at the Giro d’Italia saw Chris Froome embark on an 80km solo breakaway to win the 19th stage and take over the pink jersey. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe were at the finish in Bardonecchia to witness the previous leader, Simon Yates’, collapse and Froome’s recovery, after he looked out of it a week ago. In the podcast we hear from the Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford and from the rider who set up Froome’s attack, Kenny Ellissonde. There’s also reaction from Tom Dumoulin, who now sits second, 40 seconds down on Froome, his teammate Laurens ten Dam, and from Thibaut Pinot, who has moved up to third. Chris Juul-Jensen, Yates’ Mitchelton-Scott teammate, also tells us about the team’s difficult day.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 25, 2018
40: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 18 | Abbiategrasso – Prato Nevoso
2608
A dramatic day on the Giro d’Italia saw Tom Dumoulin slash Simon Yates’ overall lead in half to set up a thrilling final two days in the mountains. It was only in the last 2km, on the long climb to Prato Nevoso, that Yates showed his first sign of weakness in almost three weeks. When Dumoulin marked a late attack by Chris Froome, Yates could not follow. By the finish he had held on to the pink jersey by just 28 seconds. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report from the summit of the climb, where they spoke to Dumoulin and to Froome’s teammates Kenny Ellissonde and David de la Cruz. We also hear from Dumoulin’s teammate Chad Haga, from Austrian rider Patrick Konrad and Michael Mørkøv, who was in the day’s break and helped his Quick-Step teammate Max Schachmann win the stage. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 24, 2018
39: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 17 | Riva del Garda – Iseo
2806
Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia was described as a transition day but it was short, fast and furious before Elia Viviani claimed his fourth stage win in Iseo. Looking ahead to three more tough days in the mountains, and the stages that will decide the race, we spoke at the start in Riva del Garda to riders and managers about the possible effect of smaller teams at this Giro. The move from nine to eight riders per team was to improve safety and reduce the chances of a strong team controlling the race, but has it worked? Brent Copeland, the general manager at Bahrain-Merida, Marco Pinotti, a coach at BMC, and Eusebio Unzué, who runs the Movistar team, all give their verdict, as does Markel Irizar, who rides for Trek-Segafredo. In this episode we also hear from Viviani’s director, Rik Van Slycke, and we speak to Mattia Gavazzi, once one of Italy’s great sprinting talents but whose career ended in shame after three positive tests for cocaine. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 23, 2018
38: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 16 | Trento – Rovereto
2824
Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia featured the crucial time trial between Trento and Rovereto and saw Simon Yates hold on to the pink jersey of race leader. With Yates losing less time than many expected to his closest challenger, Tom Dumoulin, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report on a day that may well have been decisive in determining the outcome of a race that finishes in Rome on Sunday.  We hear from Dumoulin and from Chris Froome, who has put himself back in contention for a place on the podium, at least, and also from Yates’ teammate, Esteban Chaves. We also speak to Max Sciandri, the sports director of stage winner Rohan Dennis.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
May 22, 2018
37: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference 2
3647
It's a rest day again at the Giro d’Italia and so The Cycling Podcast find themselves in the position of answering questions instead of asking them. We have invited listeners to leave a voice message on What’s App, or send a question by email, and earlier this evening, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe answered them at their rest day retreat, on a vineyard high up in the mountains above Trento. If you’d like to ask a question for the next rest day, leave a voice message on What’s App by calling +44 7971338205 The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
May 21, 2018
36: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 15 | Tolmezzo – Sappada
2997
This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the German-speaking part of northern Italy after another impressive stage win for Simon Yates, who extended his lead in the Giro d’Italia. But the question is, does Yates have enough of an advantage over Tom Dumoulin to have a chance of winning the Giro bearing in mind the Dutchman could take significant time in Tuesday’s time trial. We hear from Yates’s sports director Matt White, who was in an extremely upbeat mood, and from Dumoulin and Sunweb’s Marc Reef, who were not feeling so chipper. We also hear from Movistar’s Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta about Richard Carapaz, one of the suprise packages of the race, and from the young Grand Tour debutant Ben O’Connor of Dimension Data. There’s also news of Daniel’s secret mission into Austria. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 20, 2018
35: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 14 | San Vito al Tagliamento – Monte Zoncolan
2774
This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Monte Zoncolan where the Giro d’Italia’s 14th stage finished with a British one-two. Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the stage and began the process of dragging himself back into overall contention – but he was pursued by Simon Yates, who extended his lead over everyone bar Froome. Richard Moore returns to the Giro for the final week and joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to dissect a stage that leaves the race beautifully poised with the time trial and several mountain stages still to go. We hear from several riders at the top of Monte Zoncolan about their experience climbing the mountain, and from Dave Brailsford about the way Froome has edged closer to overall contention, plus from George Bennett, who had a challenging day because of mechanical problems. There’s also the second half of the The Cycling Podcast’s tiramisù World Cup in Tolmezzo. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 19, 2018
34: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 13 | Ferrara – Nervesa della Battaglia
2729
Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was the relative calm before the storm of Saturday’s Monte Zoncolan mountain stage but there’s nevertheless a packed episode of The Cycling Podcast from Nervesa della Battaglia. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the stage with Gazzetta Dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglia, who sheds light on why Elia Viviani was upset with their coverage of his performance on Thursday. If Viviani had been looking to prove a point he did so in emphatic style with his third stage win of the race. We look ahead to the Monte Zoncolan and hear from the team managers of the riders sitting in the first three places overall – Martial Gayant of Thibaut Pinot’s Groupama-FDJ, Marc Reef of Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb and Matt White of Simon Yates’s Mitchelton-Scott – about what to expect on the mountain. Lionel and Daniel went on two secret missions – paying a visit to one of the sport’s most notorious figures and then to the restaurant that is the reigning Tiramisù World Cup champions. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 18, 2018
33: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 12 | Osimo – Imola
2539
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap stage 12 of the race which finished on the motor racing circuit in Imola. There was contrasting fortunes for Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick Step at the finish because Ireland’s Sam Bennett won his second stage of the Giro while Elia Viviani found himself out of position and out of support from his team-mates. We hear from a couple of Bennett’s team-mates about their joy and from Quick Step’s sports director Rik Van Slyke about what went wrong. In part two we focus on two of the Italian wild card teams. We hear the team briefing on the Bardiani-CSF bus before the stage. They were competing in their home region and wanted to get riders in the break. And we speak to Gianni Savio, the veteran boss of the Androni Giocattoli team, who have had a rider in every breakaway in this Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 17, 2018
32: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 11 | Assisi – Osimo
3071
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe shelter from a heavy rain storm in Osimo to discuss the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. In a packed episode, we hear from Matt White, Simon Yates’s sports director after the British rider won his second stage and extended his lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin. We also hear from the Dutchman and his coach, plus Belgian Tim Wellens, who looked good for the stage victory until Yates blasted past him about 1,300 metres from the line. Finally we hear from Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal about another bad day for Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Froome. In the second part, Lionel and Daniel take a detour to Filottrano, home town of Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a collision with a vehicle while training shortly before last year’s Giro. Finally we discuss how the race is looking at the halfway mark and hear from Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who is lying third overall, about his chances. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 16, 2018
31: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 10 | Penne – Gualdo Tadino
2764
The Cycling Podcast comes from Umbria after stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia changed the complexion of the overall race for the pink jersey quite significantly. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the fact that Mitchelton-Scott’s dream position has been altered by the fact that Esteban Chaves struggled on the first climb, found himself unable to follow the wheels and eventually lost 25 minutes – tumbling down from second place overall and leaving his team-mate Simon Yates as the undisputed leader of the squad for the remainder of the race. We hear from Mitchelton-Scott’s domestique Sam Bewley, sports director Matt White and Chaves himself and get Yates’s verdict on his nickname – Sanguinaccio Volante, or the Flying Black Pudding. The stage was won by Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric who got into the early break, only to be caught when the main peloton put the pressure on to make sure Chaves and sprinter Elia Viviani did not make contact. Mohoric attacked again in the final 40 kilometres and then outsprinted Nico Denz to add a Giro stage win to his victory at the Vuelta a Espana last year. Im the final part we have an exclusive interview with Team Sky’s Chris Froome about his Giro so far, which has been compromised by crashes, and what he thinks he can do in the second half of the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 15, 2018
30: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference
3951
It’s a rest day at the Giro d’Italia and so The Cycling Podcast find themselves in the position of answering questions instead of asking them. We have invited listeners to leave a voice message on What’s App, or send a question by email, and earlier this evening, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answered them at their rest day retreat near the town of Penne. If you’d like to ask a question for the next rest day, leave a voice message on What’s App by calling +44 7971338205 The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 14, 2018
29: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 9 | Pesco Sannita – Gran Sasso d’Italia
2884
This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the finish line at Gran Sasso d’Italia, where stage nine of the race finished. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe capture the atmosphere on the mountain and speak to the riders as they cross the line before reconvening in a pizzeria to discuss the movers and shakers. Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves now lie first and second overall and we ask if the other teams have the strength in numbers to unseat them. We also assess the performance of the other general classification contenders and ask if Chris Froome is now out of the reckoning after he slipped to 11th. Plus there’s a chat with the first Pédaleur de Charme prize winner of this Giro, Jack Haig, and discuss the local speciality, mozzarella cheese. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 13, 2018
28: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 8 | Praia a Mare – Montevergine di Mercogliano
3316
The episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the deepest countryside in Campania as Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review stage eight of the Giro d’Italia, and another uphill finish. It was a fairly unremarkable stage but there were two very notable aspects to the final climb – firstly the attack by Richard Carapaz, the best young rider, who broke away to become the first from Ecuador to win a stage of one of cycling’s grand tours. We hear from our Spanish correspondent Fran Reyes about Carapaz. And Chris Froome’s luck refuses to turn – he fell on the slippery road approaching the finish. In this episode we learn more about Simon Yates, we take a detour to visit the so-called Zoncolan of the South, we try to coin a new nickname for Yates and we hear from Alex Dowsett about the dangerous, poorly-lit tunnels on the course towards the end of stage seven. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 12, 2018
27: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 7 | Pizzo – Praia a Mare
2716
It may have been a fairly routine stage of the Giro d’Italia but it’s a jam-packed episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe begin the episode by looking back at last night’s transfer from Sicily to the mainland and how it affected the riders. Then they recap the stage, won by Ireland’s Sam Bennett ahead of Elia Viviani. We hear from Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Christian Poemer and Bennett’s friend and compatriot Nicolas Roche. We also hear from Dimension Data’s young Australian rider Ben O’Connor after his impressive ride on Mount Etna, plus we reveal what links the Calabrese mafia, the stage start town of Pizzo and Groupama-FDJ’s Swiss rider Steve Morabito. Plus there’s an appearance by La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglio and the second part of our conversation with Dave Brailsford about the latest concerning Chris Froome’s salbutamol case. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 11, 2018
26: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 6 | Caltanissetta – Etna
2976
This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the queue to board the ferry from Messina in Sicily to the mainland – just as they did at a similar stage of the race last year. They reflect on a thrilling finish at Mount Etna, where the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team pulled off a stunning double by winning the stage and taking the pink jersey. Colombian rider Esteban Chaves won the stage, having been part of a large break packed with big-name riders. Just behind him, his team-mate Simon Yates jumped away from the group of favourites, closed the gap to Chaves and took the race lead from BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis. The episode begins at the beginning with LottoNL-Jumbo rider George Bennett and Thibaut Pinot’s coach and brother Julien looking ahead to the climb of Etna. At the finish we hear from Mitchelton-Scott boss Matt White about their double success and defending champion Tom Dumoulin about how he fared in the race’s first big test. Plus we discuss the winners and losers on Etna. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 10, 2018
25: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 5 | Agrigento – Santa Ninfa
2865
This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Menfi, the home town of Team Sky’s Sicilian rider Salvatore Puccio where they recap stage five of the race to Santa Ninfa. The honours went to Team Lotto NL-Jumbo’s Enrico Battaglin, who had been third the previous day. In this episode we hear from defending champion Tom Dumoulin, plus Nicolas Portal and Matt White look ahead to tomorrow’s stage on Etna. There’s also a conversation with Kenny Elissonde about why Chris Froome lost time yesterday and we hear from Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the ongoing salbutamol case hanging over Froome and its effect on performance. And Lionel learns Italian. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 09, 2018
24: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 4 | Catania – Caltagirone
2442
The Giro d’Italia resumed in Sicily after the grande partenza weekend in Israel and a tricky finish in Caltagirone gave Belgium’s Tim Wellens the second Giro stage win of his career and caught Chris Froome out. Wellens and his Lotto-Fix All team played a blinder, negotiating the penultimate hill and a deceptive descent and piling the pressure on behind. The Belgian pipped Mike Woods on the line. In this episode we hear from both Woods and Wellens’ team-mate Tosh Van der Sande. Daniel Friebe joins The Cycling Podcast’s Giro d’Italia team to discuss the significance of the day’s racing with Lionel Birnie. After a crash in his warm-up before the opening time trial, Froome was already on the back foot – today he lost another 21 seconds. We discuss the likelihood of seeing the likes of Froome, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez try to recover time on Mount Etna on Thursday. And we hear from BMC Racing’s sports director Max Sciandri about how they pinched the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin in Israel a couple of days ago. It was a carefully planned move but, as Sciandri explains, the riders took some convincing. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to get access to a library of feature-length special episodes. In the latest episode, In Search of the Pink Panther, Lionel asks why there has been a distinct lack of Belgian Grand Tour winners since 1978 when Johan De Muynck won the Giro d’Italia. You’ll also get access to KM0 – Fuoripista, our mini-series of stories from off the Giro’s beaten track. https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends
May 08, 2018
23: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 3 | Be’er Sheva – Eilat
2303
The Giro d’Italia’s three-day stay in Israel concluded with a long stage through the Negev desert from Be’er Sheva to Eilat. And although the landscape was very different to Saturday’s stage the end result was the same. There was a second stage win for Quick Step’s Elia Viviani. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie recap the days racing as we hear from Quick Step sports director Davide Bramati and domestique Michael Morkov. We also discuss Rohan Dennis and his chances of keeping the pink jersey when the race resumes in Sicily on Tuesday, plus we hear from his team support rider Kilian Frankiny. There’s also a guest appearance from La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamglio, which means the Giro has truly begun. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 06, 2018
22: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 2 | Haifa – Tel Aviv
1887
The Giro d’Italia continued with the second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv and it concluded with the predicted bunch sprint, although that barely told the full story of a surprisingly intriguing day. After missing out on the pink jersey in the opening time trial, BMC Racing had a plan to put Rohan Dennis into the race lead. They targeted the time bonus at an intermediate sprint and propelled the Australian over the line first to relieve Tom Dumoulin of pink. We hear from Dennis’s team-mate Nicolas Roche about how they did it. The Israel Cycling Academy team wanted to make an impression too and they nearly took the king of the mountains jersey but Guillaume Boivin fell just short. He tells us about his day in the break. The stage was won by Elia Viviani of Quick Step and we discuss the Italian’s season so far and why this was an important win for him. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 05, 2018
21: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 1 | Jerusalem / Jerusalem
2405
The Giro d’Italia got underway with a time trial in Jerusalem and Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie were there to see the race resume more or less as it ended last year – with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in pink. The world time trial champion pipped Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing by two seconds to take the opening stage, and in this episode we hear from Dumoulin’s Sunweb team-mate Sam Oomen. We also get the reaction from a disappointed BMC Racing sports director Max Sciandri after Dennis had victory snatched from him at the last. Chris Froome, who is hoping to add the Giro d’Italia to the Tour de France and Vuelta a España titles he won last year, crashed in his warm-up ride on the course and paid the price, conceding significant ground to Dumoulin. We hear from him and Team Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal. One man who was happy at the end of the day was Matt White of Mitchelton-Scott after Simon Yates pulled off the surprise of the day – finishing seventh in the time trial. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. [Become a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) to get access to a library of feature-length podcasts, the latest episode, In Search of the Pink Panther, Lionel asks why there has been a distinct lack of Belgian Grand Tour winners since 1978 when Johan De Muynck won the Giro d'Italia.
May 04, 2018
20: The 2018 Giro d'Italia preview
4330
May 2 | The 2018 Giro d'Italia starts in Jerusalem on Friday and ahead of the first grand tour of the season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at the classic Italian cafe, Italia Uno, in London's Charlotte Street to preview the race. They each pick three things they are looking forward to – from the course, to the riders to the cuisine. There’s also a brief recap of the 2017 race to get everyone in the Giro mood. Team Sky’s Chris Froome heads to the Giro hoping to win his third grand tour in a row but with a cloud hanging over him following the adverse analytical finding for excessive salbutamol in his system during the Vuelta a España last year. The case is still unresolved and many feel his determination to race while there are still questions will cast a shadow over the Giro. The other favourites include defending champion Tom Dumoulin, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who was fourth overall last year, and the Colombians Miguel Angel Lopez and Esteban Chaves. We hear from the Giro race director Mauro Vegni about the decision to start the race in Israel, and from Simon Yates, who will be sharing leadership responsibilities for the Mitchelton-Scott team with Chaves. The Cycling Podcast's Giro coverage will start on Friday after the prologue with an episode after every stages. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 02, 2018
19: Quick Step’s domination of the Classics continues
4096
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the final Classic of the spring and another win for the dominant Quick Step team courtesy of Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels. We also weigh up the winners and loser at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The BMC Racing team lost their biggest supporter, Andy Rihs, who died last week aged 75 and we assess the Swiss businessman’s impact on professional cycling during a near two-decade association with the teams. We also hear from BMC’s sports director Max Sciandri about what Rihs meant to the team. There’s also a brief look ahead of the Giro d’Italia with Mitchelton-Scott rider Esteban Chaves before our preview of the first grand tour of the season next week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Apr 25, 2018
18: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 23
3988
In the April episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined once again by Rose Manley as they look back on a busy month of racing. From the Tour of Flanders to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, not to mention the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia, they discuss all the main talking points, and there are interviews with the riders who animated those races.  We hear from Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Amanda Spratt about the Ardennes races and Tiffany Cromwell, on her way back to Europe from the Gold Coast. We also hear from former rider Loren Rowney, who tells us why she thinks ASO don't deserve to have their races included in the UCI Women's World Tour.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 25, 2018
17: Alaphilippe conquers the Ardennes
3147
Ardennes Week closes the spring Classics and it was first blood to Julian Alaphilippe on Wednesday as he beat Alejandro Valverde to the top of the Mur de Huy to win Flèche Wallonne.  Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss this race as well as Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, won by Michael Valgren, and look ahead to Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. They also ask why some riders are able to excel in a particular race – two-time winner Enrico Gasparotto in the Amstel Gold Race, for example – only to virtually disappear for the rest of the season.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 18, 2018
16: Paris-Roubaix
3633
April 10 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on Paris-Roubaix. The race was won by the world champion Peter Sagan but was overshadowed by the death of 23-year-old Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts, who suffered a heart attack and later died in hospital. We discuss Sagan's victory, which he engineered with an attack more than 50 kilometres from the finish, working with Swiss champion Silvan Dillier, who had been in the early break, and outsprinting him at the finish. And we review the cobbled classic seasons and weigh up who's done well and who disappointed. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Apr 10, 2018
15: Terpstra delivers at the Tour of Flanders
3762
April 4 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Niki Terpstra's victory at the Tour of Flanders and ask whether it was a vintage edition of the race. Daniel offers his patented wine glass rating, Lionel bemoans the fact Quick Step's rivals were able to do so little to upset the apple cart and Richard suggests that Bora made a tactical error at a crucial part of the race that played into the Belgian team's hands. They also discuss whether Luke Rowe's disqualification for riding into the bike path was fair or an over-reaction and weigh up the other eye-catching performances before turning their attentions to this coming weekend's Paris-Roubaix. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a range of feature-length documentary-style episodes only on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
Apr 04, 2018
14: From the cobbles to Catalonia
4076
March 28 | The cobbled Classics are well underway and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up to discuss Quick Step's dominance at Friday's Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke, and how their sprinter Elia Viviani got caught out by world champion Peter Sagan at Sunday's Ghent-Wevelegem. And they ask what those races mean with the Tour of Flanders coming up at the weekend. There's also a report from the Tour of Catalonia by Hannah Troop and, returning to the Flandrian Classics, we speak to Procycling's editor Edward Pickering about his new book on the Tour of Flanders, Ronde. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 28, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 22
4274
The March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin sees Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui joined once again by Rose Manley as they discuss the opening races in the Women’s World Tour.  We hear from Gracie Elvin, the leading Australian rider and one of the people behind The Cyclists’ Alliance, a new organisation set up to represent and promote women’s cycling. And there are interviews with some of the in-form riders, including Kasia Niewiadoma, Alexis Ryan, Alice Barnes, Marianne Vos and Coryn Rivera. Orla also reports from the launch of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, where she spoke to Lizzie Deignan and Elinor Barker.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Mar 26, 2018
13: Nibali conquers the Poggio at last
3144
March 21 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Vincenzo Nibali's victory at Milan-Sanremo. After several failed attempts to win the opening one-day Monument of the season, Nibali finally secured victory in Italy's most prestigious Classic. It also made it back-to-back Monument victories for the Shark of Messina after he took Il Lombardia at the end of last season. But where does this place Nibali in the pantheon of the greats? He's won all three grand tours and Milan-Sanremo and Il Lombardia but could he add a world title, Liège-Bastogne-Liège or even the Tour of Flanders to that list? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 21, 2018
12: Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico
3979
March 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the two World Tour stage races – Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico – and look ahead to the opening Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo at the weekend. There's a report from Paris-Nice by François Thomazeau and we hear from Simon Yates, who came so close to winning the race before being unseated by Marc Soler on the final day. We also hear from Ben Swift about the upcoming Milan-Sanremo and the boss of the Giro d'Italia, Mauro Vegni, talks about the controversies surrounding the decision to start the race in Israel and Chris Froome's likely participation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 15, 2018
11: Strade Bianche and the Team Sky story
4196
March 7 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a brilliant edition of the Italian one-day race Strade Bianche before turning their attention to the publication of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee's report into doping which centred on Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Strade Bianche turned out to be a three-way showdown between a talented young Belgian who was yet to win his first race as a professional, a Tour de France contender and the reigning world cyclo-cross champion. The DCMS committee's report, and Bradley Wiggins's subsequent reaction to it, did not bring us any closer to a conclusion regarding the Wiggins case, but we attempted to look at all aspects of the story. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 07, 2018
10: Valgren beats the big freeze at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3554
February 28 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore reports from a freezing cold Belgium and the opening Classics of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. An extended package from Flanders captures the sounds of the cobbled classics as the season as the 'Beast from the East' gripped the region. We hear from Astana's Michael Valgren and his team-mate Magnus Kort Nielsen about the Valgren's victory and whether the reports of money troubles have affected team spirit. Richard is joined by Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to discuss Omloop, and whether the 'new' finish to the race – reprised from the Tour of Flanders finish of a few years ago covering Tenbosse, the Muur and the Bosberg – was all it was cracked up to be. We also discuss the recent tours of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and ask whether the so-called 'desert swing' needs shaking up Hammer Series style. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Feb 28, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 21
4783
February 22 | The February episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin sees Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui joined by Rose Manley as they look ahead to the 2018 season. Rose has covered the Women’s World Tour for the past two seasons, presenting the highlights for InCycle, and now runs her own production company, La Pédale. We hear from a selection of top riders, including Tiffany Cromwell and Marianne Vos, as they look ahead to the season, and there are interviews with Lisa Brennauer, who has moved to Wiggle-High5 after many years with Canyon-SRAM, and with Juan Pablo Molinero of Movistar about the Spanish squad’s new women’s team. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Feb 22, 2018
9: The Ruta del Sol
3476
February 19 | This week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Andalusia and the Ruta del Sol where Richard Moore is joined by our Spanish correspondent Fran Reyes to discuss the week’s racing. There’s an exclusive interview with Chris Froome, making his first race appearance since the adverse analytical finding for an elevated level of the asthma medication salbutamol. We also hear from Tim Wellens, the Belgian who won the Ruta del Sol overall, about his plans for the early season and a debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and his young British team-mate on the Lotto-Soudal squad, James Shaw, about the difficulty facing young riders getting selection for the grand tours now the team sizes have been cut to eight riders. Plus there’s Oliver Naesen, Greg Van Avermaet and Charly Wegelius too. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To support The Cycling Podcast and keep these episodes free-to-air become a Friend of the Podcast at thecyclingpodcast.com
Feb 19, 2018
8: A despatch from Dubai
3109
February 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Daniel Friebe joins Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie and reports back from his trip to the Dubai Tour. We hear from Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff about their early season form as all the sprinters begin to think about Milan-San Remo, the first monument of the season, next month. And Aqua Blue's owner Rick Delaney expresses his exasperation at the lack of wild cards his team has been offered for World Tour races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To support The Cycling Podcast and keep these episodes free-to-air become a Friend of the Podcast at [thecyclingpodcast.com](thecyclingpodcast.com)
Feb 15, 2018
7: Sprinting in the desert
2970
February 8 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Orla Chennaoui discuss the opening days of the Dubai Tour, where the sprinters have been sharing the stage wins among themselves. Daniel Friebe is in Dubai and he sends a despatch from the race featuring an interview with Norway's Alexander Kristoff who has swapped the Katusha team for the UAE Team Emirates this season. We also discuss the charms of cyclo-cross and wonder what will happen at the Ruta del Sol next week when Chris Froome makes his first race appearance of the season. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To book tickets for our forthcoming Tour of Britain, which visits Salford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham, London, Leeds and Sheffield [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). And to support The Cycling Podcast and help keep these episodes free to air, become a Friend of the Podcast by [signing up here](thecyclingpodcast.com).
Feb 08, 2018
6: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Sunday
2197
Sunday | Our mini series from the cyclo-cross World Championships concludes with coverage of the men’s elite race from Valkenburg. Lionel Birnie is joined by cyclo-cross experts Renaat Schotte and Balint Hamvas to discuss Wout Van Aert’s third consecutive title, and a victory that, while not a surprise, had not been expected. We discuss what went so right for Van Aert and what went so wrong for Mathieu Van der Poel, the home favourite who looked at one stage to be slipping outside the medal positions. 
We also talk to Brook Watts, the man who founded Cross Vegas in Las Vegas about what makes the perfect cyclo-cross course and the differences between the sport in Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends-of-the-podcast). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 04, 2018
5: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Saturday
2466
Saturday | In this episode of The Cyclo-Cross Podcast in association with Mudiiita, Lionel Birnie is joined by cyclo-cross experts Renaat Schotte and Balint Hamvas to discuss the first day's racing at the World Championships in Valkenburg. The mud was the big story of the day, and it meant for worthy winners in all three races. There was a British double from Evie Richards in the women's under-23 race and Ben Tulett in the junior men's event. But everything was building towards the women's elite race which saw Belgium's Sanne Cant repeat her victory of 12 months ago to retain her rainbow jersey. In this episode we hear from the three riders who finished on the podium – Cant, Katie Compton and Lucinda Brand – plus Richards and Tulett. With the winter Olympics due to start in South Korea shortly we ask whether it's time for the IOC to admit cyclo-cross for the winter games, and Lionel makes a joke about Toon Aerts' fan club. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](www.scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 03, 2018
4: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Friday
1876
Friday | The Cycling Podcast heads to Valkenburg in the Netherlands for the World Cyclo-Cross Championships and Lionel Birnie finds that persistent rain has made the course very muddy before the racing even gets under way. Lionel checks out the course, asks a couple of mechanics how they plan to cope with the muddy conditions and catches up with Renaat Schotte for a last-minute form guide before the women's elite and under-23 and men's junior races on Saturday. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 02, 2018
3: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast
3086
This week's episode of The Cycling Podcast is the debut episode of The Cyclo-Cross Podcast. As thoughts and mud-encrusted wheels turn towards the World Championships in Valkenburg at the weekend, The Cycling Podcast kicks off its comprehensive coverage of the races for the rainbow jersey with an extended preview episode.  Unexpectedly enthused by his trip to Scheldecross before Christmas, former agnostic Daniel Friebe and 'cross experts Balint Hamvas and Renaat Schotte reconvene to ponder some of the key narratives that will play out in the Netherlands. On the men’s side, can anyone break or even challenge home hero Mathieu van der Poel’s season-long domination? As well as our 'cross connoisseurs, Renaat and Balint, we canvass the opinions of leading journalists and people-in-the-know. We then turn our focus to the women and their longer-odds favourite, Sanne Cant. One of the leading contenders to beat Cant, Nikki Brammeier, is also the queen bee of our ‘cross partners Mudiiita. In the podcast, Nikki reports back from a course recce in Valkenburg and reassess her own chances accordingly. After this amuse-bouche, Lionel Birnie - who else? - will be on the ground in Valkenburg and serving up three more substantial 'cross helpings later in the week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by [becoming a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You'll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Jan 29, 2018
2: A look ahead to 2018
3153
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the week in professional cycling and cast their eyes over the forthcoming season at what they are looking forward to from the 2018 season. We discuss the Giro d’Italia wild cards, Richie Porte’s fifth successive victory on Willunga Hill, asking whether that’s proof that the Tasmanian is over the terrible crash that ended his Tour de France last season. We weigh up the importance of UCI president David Lappartient’s outspoken comments about Chris Froome and Lance Armstrong. And Daniel ‘steals’ Richard’s thunder when it comes to what he’s looking forward to this season like a co-leader attacking his team-mate on the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/) and [Science In Sport](https://www.scienceinsport.com/uk/). Listen to the podcast for the code to get 25% off all Science In Sport products. [For details of our book tour, click here.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour "The Cycling Podcast’s debut book and tour") [Support the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/become-a-friend "Become a Friend of the Podcast") and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/become-a-friend). You'll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Jan 24, 2018
1: The 2018 season is off and running
4534
January 18 | The Cycling Podcast returns with a bumper episode just as the 2018 road racing season gets underway with the Tour Down Under. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss some of the big stories from the off-season, including the latest developments, or lack of developments, with Chris Froome’s salbutamol case, and the announcement of the teams that have been awarded wild card places in this year’s Tour de France. Daniel recently attended Team Sunweb’s official presentation event in Berlin and we hear from defending Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin on the Froome case and the Giro’s decision to start with stages in Israel, and from Wilco Kelderman on his plans for next season. With the 20th edition of the Tour Down Under in progress, we hear from Adelaide’s Stuart O’Grady, the winner of the first event back in 1999, about the attitudes of the European peloton when the race was first held. And we chew over some of the highlights from the 2018 Vuelta a España route, which was announced this week, as well as reveal The Cycling Podcast’s Grand Tour of Britain – a series of seven live events to be held around the country this spring to mark the launch of our debut book. Details are on our website at thecyclingpodcast.com now. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a range of in-depth, feature-length episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
Jan 18, 2018
Phil Deeker's Thousand Cols Challenge | Brevet
2440
January 10 | Between May and October 2017, Phil Deeker set himself the challenge of riding a thousand cols in 100 days. The founder of Rapha Travel’s Cent Cols Challenge – during which riders tackle 100 cols in ten days of riding – decided to join together ten of his challenging routes for an epic adventure to mark his 60th birthday. In this episode of Brevet, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie interviewed Phil before a live audience at the Rapha Café in London's Soho to ask him what motivated him take on such a challenge, what counts as a col and what it is about riding uphill that connects a cyclist with his or her surroundings. **Brevet by The Cycling Podcast is a show dedicated to endurance and challenge cycling.** **Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast to access a range of feature-length, documentary-style episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com**
Jan 10, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 20 | I ❤️ the 1980s
3327
I ❤️ the 1980s In the first Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2018 we hear from two pioneers of the 1980s, Robin Morton and Mandy Jones. Orla Chennaoui speaks to Morton, who managed a men’s team at the 1984 Giro d’Italia, only securing her seat in the team car after the other directeurs sportifs took a vote on whether a woman should be permitted in the race convoy. And Richard Moore speaks to Jones, the 1982 world road race champion. Now Mandy Bishop, she was only 20 when she claimed the rainbow jersey in real style, winning alone ahead of riders such as Maria Canins and Jeannie Longo at Goodwood situated near Chichester, West Sussex. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jan 09, 2018
End of year review | Episode 36
1760
December 29 | This final episode of 2017 is highlights (or lowlights?) reel taking a look back at the three grand tours and other major news stories of the year. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe will be back in mid-January as the 2018 World Tour season gets underway with the Tour Down Under. If you find you're missing The Cycling Podcast sign up as a Friend of the Podcast at thecyclingpodcast.com to access additional exclusive episodes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 29, 2017
The Christmas Ramble | Episode 35
4288
In our final regular episode of 2017, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe revisit the story of Chris Froome and his adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol and assess how things have played out in the week since the news was made public. And Daniel heads to Belgium – Antwerp to be precise – for a taste of cyclocross and a teaser for The Cyclocross Podcast, which will be launched at the World Championships in Valkenburg in February. Next week's episode will be a sort-of review of the year. In the mean time, sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to our additional episodes by visiting www.thecyclingpodcast.com The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 21, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 19
3510
The December episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, focuses on some of the sponsors who back women's teams. We hear from Erwin Janssen, of the Dolmans Landscaping Group, who co-sponsors the world's top team, Boels-Dolmans, which includes such stars as Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Deignan and Megan Guarnier. Janssen tells Orla why they support a women's team, and what they get out of it.  Richard has a report from the WNT team's get-together in Germany, where he spoke to several team members, including the promising young German rider Lin Teutenberg, the latest member of the Teutenberg cycling dynasty – her aunt is Ina-Yoko, who once dominated women's racing, and her father is Lars, a former pro who is now performance director at Peter Sagan's team, Bora-Hansgrohe. In the final episode of 2017 there's also an interview with Brian Cookson, the former UCI president who is aiming to launch a women's team in 2019.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport  Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast to access a range of feature-length, documentary style episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com #procycling #UCIWWT
Dec 19, 2017
The Chris Froome salbutamol case | Episode 34
2604
December 14 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the news that the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome has questions to answer after a urine sample from the Vuelta showed higher than permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol. What has happened, what are the precedents and what will happen next? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 14, 2017
Lunch with Brian Holm | Episode 33
3775
December 8 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, we join Brian Holm for pie and mash in London. The former Danish national champion has had an eventful career – he nearly died in a crash when he was a young professional, he won the Paris-Brussels one-day classic and he rode for the German Telekem team, helping his team-mate Bjarne Riis to win the 1996 Tour de France. Like Riis, Holm doped, and later confessed. As sports director for Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia team and now Quick Step Floors, he's one of the most quotable voices in the convoy of team cars. Lionel Birnie met up with him at Mother Mash in Ganton Street, just round the corner from London's Carnaby Street. As Holm is a lover of London, its fashion and music, we thought it would appeal to him. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 08, 2017
The Giro route and Chris Froome’s bid for glory | Episode 32
3512
The Cycling Podcast this week is devoted this week to the 2018 Giro d'Italia, with the route for the 101st race unveiled on Wednesday. We discuss the route and Chris Froome's decision to try to win his first Giro before going for his fifth Tour de France. It was already known that the Giro would start in Israel, becoming the first grand tour to start outside Europe, but already this is generating controversy and headaches for RCS, the Giro organisers. We hear different viewpoints on the Israel start, with a report from Hannah Troop, who recently visited the country and interviewed members of the Israel Cycling Academy team, which seems certain to get a wildcard to start the race. We also have an interview with Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Barghouti is opposed to the Israel start, calling on RCS to exercise the "plan B" that he says is in place, and promising "non-violent protests" if it goes ahead. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Dec 01, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 18
2710
November 27 | The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is a conversation between Richard Moore and two of the world's most promising young riders, the Canyon-SRAM pair Hannah Barnes and Mieke Kröger. It was recorded before an audience earlier this season at the Rapha Clubhouse in Manchester. In the course of their discussion Barnes and Kröger talk about how they started racing, with Barnes also telling us about her comeback from the serious injury she suffered in a crash in August 2015, and Kröger revealing her adventurous winter training rides. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 27, 2017
Training camps and team building | Episode 31
3909
November 22 | Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in central London after their sell-out West End show at the Arts Theatre to discuss the latest training camp and team building trends. The Australian Orica-Scott team plan to break with established training camp tradition by moving hotels each night, making it more like a stage race, rather than spending time at one base. While it might break with the routine and give the riders a change of scenery every day, will it be the most effective way to prepare for the season. We also discuss the two big controversies of recent weeks – the decision by UK Anti-Doping to close its investigation into what was contained in the jiffy bag delivered to Team Sky at the end of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, and Phil Gaimon's allegation that Fabian Cancellara used a motor in his bike. There's also a sneak preview of our forthcoming episode for Friends of the Podcast focusing on Team Sunweb, and highlights from Ciro Scognamiglio's appearance with Richard and Lionel at the Rapha Cafe in London's Spitalfields last week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Nov 22, 2017
When Orla Met Ned | Episode 30
3792
November 14 | During the Vuelta a España Orla Chennaoui went to Herne Hill velodrome to meet Ned Boulting, who races on the track throughout the year. Both work primarily in television but Orla was keen to talk to Ned about the various other strands to his career. He has gone from interviewer to commentator, written books and, more recently, performed a solo stand-up show. Despite all that, Ned admits that he still feels like a ‘newbie.’ The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 14, 2017
Vaughters and vin | Episode 29
2594
November 8 | Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are at The Connaught in London's Mayfair to meet Jonathan and Ashley Vaughters. They talk about how the Cannondale-Drapac team – soon to become EF Education First – was saved when it faced extinction and wine, as Ashley was in London to attend a ceremony to induct to the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Nov 08, 2017
Around the world in 78 days | Brevet
1991
November 3 | In this pilot for a new series – The Cycling Podcast Brevet – Richard Moore meets Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record, pedalling around the globe in 78 days. In doing so he rode 240 miles a day, every day, for almost three months – a remarkable feat that must surely be at the outer limits of what is humanly possible. Two weeks after finishing Beaumont could reflect on the physical and mental toll. “I loved it,” he tells us, “but I suffered more than I’d ever want to suffer again.”
Nov 03, 2017
A conversation with Conor Dunne | Episode 28
2932
November 1 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we sit down to talk to Irish rider Conor Dunne about his experiences at the Vuelta a España. Dunne was part of the Aqua Blue team – the first Irish squad to ride a Grand Tour – that set out from Nîmes in southern France in August. For the 6ft 8in tall rider, the Vuelta presented a huge challenge every day. He finished 158th – and last – overall, although it has to be remembered that in order to finish last in a Grand Tour the rider has to actually finish. Lionel Birnie met Conor while he was visiting his parents in Hertfordshire after his final race of the season, the World Championships in Norway, and before he headed off on holiday to Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 01, 2017
A postcard from China | Episode 27
1862
October 25 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from the Tour of Guangxi in China, the last World Tour race of the 2017 season. Fran Reyes, who listeners will remember from our Vuelta a España coverage, was there for all six stages and brings us a report from a race that was difficult to follow from afar, but which seems to have been a hit with the riders. We hear from Mikel Landa, in his last race for Team Sky, and his teammate Beñat Intxausti, making a rare appearance after two years of struggling with illness. There are also interviews with the overall winner, Tim Wellens of Lotto-Soudal, and with Fernando Gaviria, the Quick-Step sprinter who won four stages. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 25, 2017
The 2018 Tour de France route | Episode 26
3213
October 17 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at St Pancras station to share their first reactions to the 2018 Tour de France route, which had just been revealed in Paris. Several of the pre-announcement rumours turned out to be red herrings. We already knew the race would set out from the Vendée but the first week is packed with surprises. There's stage five to Quimper which Christian Prudhomme dubbed as a Breton version of an Ardennes Classic followed by a double ascent of the Mur de Bretagne. But the outstanding stage of the opening week is the one to Roubaix which takes in 15 cobbled sections and is far more challenging to be described as a mini Hell of the North. In the Alps there's a little-known gravel road, and the very familiar Alpe d'Huez, followed by another well-known finish at Mende before an intriguing trip through the Pyrenees with a short, sharp 65-kilometre stage to the Col de Portet. The team discuss the route and wonder what the race will have in store next summer. And we hear from the four-time winner Chris Froome, who was speaking before the route announcement about his title defence. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 17, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 17
3068
October 16 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin returns with a special episode from Monaco with Tiffany Cromwell in conversation with Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui. The Canyon-SRAM rider has been a professional during a period of great change in women’s cycling and her perspective on the sport is fascinating.. Cromwell was also at the centre of a recent controversy when the Australian team opted not to select a full quota of riders for the world road race championships in Bergen. Cromwell missed out and was vocal in her criticism - she tells us what happened and why. She also discusses life in Monaco, proposals for a minimum wage, who has impressed her this season, and her team’s new signings for 2018. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 16, 2017
Podcast of the Falling Leaves | Episode 25
2965
October 11 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the final two big one-day races of the 2017 European road racing season. Vincenzo Nibali seized the initiative on a testing descent to drop Thibaut Pinot and clinch Il Lombardia for the second time in three years. It rounds off a brilliant season for Nibali, who finished on the podium at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, and completed a fine debut year for his team Bahrain-Merida. La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Pier Bergonzi suggested Il Lombardia should be moved to the spring so all five of cycling's one-day monuments are in the same part of the season and Lionel tries to mount a stern defence of the idea, but fails. We also discuss Paris-Tours, a race that is much more than one for the sprinters. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 11, 2017
The autumn classics and a chat with Christophe Bassons | Episode 24
3750
October 5 | In this week's Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe review the autumn one-day races in Italy and look ahead to the season's final Monument, Il Lombardia. We hear from friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport, and discuss the latest controversy surrounding Team Sky's young Italian, Gianni Moscon. In the final part Daniel talks to Christophe Bassons, the former rider who now works in anti-doping in the south-west of France. It was Bassons who apprehended the French amateur rider found to be racing with a motor in his bike at the weekend. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 05, 2017
World Championship road races | Episode 23
3917
September 27 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the World Championship road races in Bergen, Norway. Peter Sagan became the first rider to win three consecutive road race rainbow jerseys but we ask why he has such success in the World Championships when he has only one other Monument to his name. We tackle the other talking points from the race – including Gianni Moscon's disqualification for holding onto the Italian team car and the French team selection – and then turn attention to the UCI presidential election, which saw Brian Cookson beaten by David Lappartient. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 27, 2017
World Championship time trials | Episode 22
3289
September 21 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the World Championship time trials in Bergen, Norway. Tom Dumoulin dominated the men's race to make it a stunning week for Team Sunweb and the Dutch – Team Sunweb won both the men's and women's team time trials and Dumoulin and compatriot Annemiek Van Vleuten won the individual titles. The podcast tackles the big questions. Should the time trial have finished with the three-kilometre climb? Should the riders have been allowed to swap time trial bikes for road bikes on the red carpet? Should the women's time trial course have tackled the hill too? Should the winners of the team time trials be allowed to wear rainbow jerseys? Should the British Speedgolf Open even be mentioned? We look ahead to the weekend's road races in a speculation-heavy second part. There's also a feature from the two Canadian World Cup races held earlier this month by François Thomazeau. Hear from Tyler Farrar and Manuel Quinziato, who are both retiring from professional cycling, and from former Canadian pro rider Gord Fraser. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 21, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 16
4245
September 18 | In the September episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Bob and Tom Varney, the father-and-son team who run Drops. The British team has just enjoyed its second year and will step up again in 2018 with American star Tayler Wiles joining from UnitedHealthcare. We have a report from Fran Reyes at the Madrid Challenge, the final race in the Women’s World Tour. Fran spoke to American Coryn Rivera, who was second, one of Spain’s best prospects, Sheyla Gutiérrez, and Elisa Longo Borghini, who gives a very blunt assessment of the Madrid event. We also hear from Mark Cavendish. Two episodes ago, he was singled out for praise by Ashleigh Moolman Pasio for his support for women’s racing. “I find it hard to get my head around, because for me, it’s cycling,” Cavendish told Orla. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s men’s, women’s or junior cycling.” Finally, we have an interview with one of the world’s top young riders, Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. The Cervélo-Bigla rider won the youth classification of the Women’s World Tour and placed highly in races such as Strade Bianche and the OVO Women’s Tour, as well as winning the Semana Ciclista Valenciana. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 18, 2017
Stage 21 | Arroyomolinos / Madrid | Vuelta a España 2017
2090
The Vuelta a España concluded with its traditional stage into Madrid – a time to enjoy a glass of something fizzy to toast three weeks on the road. Alberto Contador, completing his final race as a professional, was given the honour of riding ahead of the peloton as they reached the circuit in Madrid. But the racing soon hotted up as Chris Froome, who has become the first rider to do the Tour de France-Vuelta double since the Vuelta moved to its late summer spot made it clear he also had his sights set on the green jersey. Matteo Trentin won the intermediate sprint and the stage – his fourth stage win of the Vuelta – but Froome finished in the points too and added the green jersey to the red of race winner and white of combined winner. In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast’s Grand Tour season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes look back at the last three weeks of racing. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 10, 2017
Stage 20 | Corvera de Asturias | Alto de l’Angliru | Vuelta a España 2017
2542
The Angliru had all the ingredients to create an epic stage to decide the Vuelta a España. Epic is an over-used word in professional cycling but in this case it applied. The steep gradient, the long climb and the miserable weather made it a test that would add an element of risk to proceedings. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes have their own battle to the top of the Angliru. Once there, they report on Alberto Contador’s final victory as a professional, and Chris Froome’s first Vuelta title, which he adds to the Tour de France he won in July. We hear from Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha, who managed to climb up to third overall, and from Canada’s Michael Woods of Cannondale-Drapac, who consolidated his place in the top ten. There’s also a culinary update on the traditional Asturian dish of cachopo. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 09, 2017
Stage 19 | Caso / Gijon | Vuelta a España 2017
2490
This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes in Gijon on Asturias day as the Vuelta a España nears its conclusion. The day belonged to Thomas De Gendt of the Lotto-Soudal team. Not only did Lotto win their fourth stage of the race, and second in a row following Sander Armée’s victory yesterday, but De Gendt completed the set of Giro, Tour and Vuelta stages. Having won on the Stelvio and Mont Ventoux he had hoped to win on the Angliru. Well, he didn’t do too badly. He was only one day and about 30 kilometres out. Lionel recounts the strangest night he’s ever had covering a Grand Tour and all the rest of the talk leans towards the Angliru and the Vuelta’s dramatic conclusion tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 08, 2017
Stage 18 | Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana | Vuelta a España 2017
2292
The Vuelta a España headed deep into the Cantabrian countryside and at last a breakaway was given a big advantage so they could fight for the stage. A group of 20 got clear and as the end approached, five men broke away. It was eventually Sander Armée of Lotto-Soudal who got the better of Julian Alaphilippe and Alexey Lutsenko – both stage winners earlier in this Vuelta – to give his team their third victory of the race. Behind them, Fabio Aru went on the attack, almost as if to prove a point. We hear from the Astana sports director Alexandr Shefer about a strange 24 hours for the Italian champion. And we speak to the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman of Team Sunweb, currently lying third overall and locked in a battle with Ilnur Zakarin for the final place on the podium. There’s also a chat with Italy’s Matteo Trentin, who has won three stages and has a chance to win the green jersey. There’s also the shortlist for the final week’s Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 07, 2017
Stage 17 | Villadiego / Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2017
1820
Stage 17 of the Vuelta a España took the riders to previously uncharted territory and the steep Los Machucos climb. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes are at the top of the climb having completed their won battle with the steep, rough, partially-concrete road, albeit with four wheels rather than two. It was a dramatic day both in terms of the battle for the stage win and the race for the red jersey. Austrian Stefan Denifl gave Aqua Blue Sport a fairytale stage win in their debut Grand Tour, as he held off a surging Alberto Contador. Behind, Chris Froome faltered for the first significant time in the race and saw his overall lead cut by Vincenzo Nibali. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we hear from two of Denifl's team-mates - Lasse Norman Hansen and Conor Dunne - about what the stage win means to the team. Team Sky's Nicolas Portal talks about Froome's performance plus we hear from Michael Woods on what it was like to ride the climb. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Sep 06, 2017
Stage 16 | Circuito de Navarra / Logroño | Vuelta a España 2017
2578
The Vuelta a España resumed after its rest day with an individual time trial from the motor racing circuit in Navarra to Logroño in Rioja. Chris Froome tightened his grip on the leader’s red jersey by winning the stage ahead of Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman and extending his overall lead on Vincenzo Nibali to almost two minutes. Lionel Birnie has rejoined the race, replacing Richard Moore, and he joins Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes to discuss the stage. We hear from Froome’s rest day press conference and discuss his stage-racing tactics as he attempts to become the first rider to complete the double by winning the Tour de France and Vuelta a España since the Vuelta switched to its late summer slot on the calendar. Two AG2R riders were pulled out of the race by their team after they were filmed holding onto the team car as they climbed Sierra Nevada on Sunday. And we hear from Trek’s Luca Guercilena on the subject of salary caps in professional cycling. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 05, 2017
Stage 15 | Alcala La Real / Alto Hoya de Mora, Sierra Nevada | Vuelta a España 2017
2448
Arguably the toughest stage of the Vuelta a España took the riders to 2,510 metres and a spectacular finish at Alto Hoya de Mora, Sierra Nevada. It was won by Miguel Angel Lopez who caught and passed Adam Yates, who had launched a long-range bid for victory, in the closing kilometres of the monster climb. The Cycling Podcast was at the summit and our stage 15 episode includes interviews with some of the stars of the day: Ilnur Zakarin, the Russian who moved up to third overall with a late attack, and Michael Woods, the Canadian who has been one of the revelations of the Vuelta. We also hear from Chris Froome, who extended his overall lead and controlled the stage with the help of his Sky teammates. But while Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador lost some time, Zakarin and Lopez could emerge as threats as the race enters its third and final week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 03, 2017
Stage 14 | Écija / Sierra de La Pandera | Vuelta a España 2017
2181
The latest Cycling Podcast comes from the summit of La Pandera as the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España was won by Poland's Rafal Majka. Richard Moore and Fran Reyes report on Majka's victory and the battle behind between the overall favourites. Esteban Chaves, Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador all had a go but Chris Froome's red jersey didn't look to be in any danger. Of Froome's group it was the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez who was most impressive, jumping away to finish second on the stage. We hear from Chaves, from Wilco Kelderman, who moved up to third overall, from Lopez and his director, Bruno Cenghialta, who insists that Fabio Aru remains leader of the Astana team "until December 31". And we hear from Daniel Friebe about his earlier, illicit attempt to climb La Pandera. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 02, 2017
Stage 13 | Coín / Tomares | Vuelta a España 2017
2442
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Vuelta a España there’s an interview with Sir Dave Brailsford, who tells us, at the end of a week in which Team Sky confirmed the signing of four of the world’s best young riders, about the British squad's future plans. We also hear from Vuelta director Javier Guillén, who reveals his ambition to expand the Madrid Challenge, the one-day women’s World Tour race held on the final day of the Vuelta. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss stage 13, won by Matteo Trentin in a bunch sprint – his third stage victory. But it was another tough day in Andalucia, with the overall contenders having to fight to avoid splits in the finale. Chris Froome retained the overall leader’s red jersey. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 01, 2017
Stage 12 | Motril / Antequera | Vuelta a España 2017
2122
It was a dramatic day at the Vuelta a España as stage 12 took the riders from the coastal town of Motril inland to Antequera, with two hard climbs at the end. The drama started before the stage, with the overnight news that the bus belonging to Aqua Blue Sport, the Irish team, had been set on fire and destroyed. We hear reaction to that from the team’s sports director, Nicki Sorensen, and press officer, Niall O’Connor. Then there was the drama of the stage itself. Towards the end, Alberto Contador attacked the other favourites to steal some precious seconds while, behind, Chris Froome crashed twice and arrived at the finish with blood coming from both knees. He lost some time but kept the overall lead. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the repercussions of the drama, while not forgetting the day’s winner, Tomasz Marczynski, who attacked a 14-man break to take his second stage. We hear from Edward Theuns, the Trek-Segafredo rider who was a useful ally to Contador in the closing stages, and from Michael Woods, the Canadian riding only his second Grand Tour, but riding well in 8th place overall. And we’ve got an interview with Wilco Kelderman, the Dutchman who is sitting fifth overall. We also announce our shortlist for this week’s Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 31, 2017
Stage 11 | Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto | Vuelta a España 2017
2637
Rain and cold once again dominated proceedings at the Vuelta a España as Miguel Angel Lopez, the young Colombian nicknamed ‘Superman’, won stage eleven at Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto. It ended with a brutal climb, in driving wind and rain, with Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali duking it out for second, a battle that Froome won to consolidate his overall lead. It was a bad day for the Yates brothers, Adam and Simon, and their Orica-Scott leader, Esteban Chaves. Nibali now looks like Froome’s most dangerous rival. Ominously, his teammate, Franco Pellizotti, told The Cycling Podcast that “our Vuelta started today.” Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes analyse the day’s events and we also hear from Max Sciandri, the sports director at Nicolas Roche’s BMC team. Roche also had a bad day, suffering in the cold and dropping from second to eleventh overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 30, 2017
Stage 10 | Caravaca / Elpozo Alimentación | Vuelta a España 2017
2394
The Vuelta a España resumed after its first rest day in rainy Murcia and The Cycling Podcast has an interview with Chris Froome, who is in the overall lead and in a strong position to win his first Vuelta. He talks about the threats ahead over the next two weeks, his fears about another ambush, like the one that cost him the Vuelta in 2016, and how his rivals have caught up with him – he also hints that one year he will miss the Spanish tour to ride the Tour of Britain. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss stage ten, which saw the first serious move of this Vuelta by the Shark of Messina, Vincenzo Nibali – a trademark attack on a dangerous descent. In the end it wasn’t Nibali but Nicolas Roche who gained some time back on Froome, with the Irishman moving up to second equal overall as Matteo Trentin won his second stage. There’s some exciting news about Spain’s biggest team, Movistar, and we look ahead to stage 11 with Igor Anton, who won on the same climb back in 2006. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 29, 2017
Stage 9 | Orihuela / Cumbre del Sol, El Poble Nou de Benitatxell | Vuelta a España 2017
3199
Stage nine of the Vuelta a España saw another hilltop finish and a win for Chris Froome – the first time this season he has been able to cross the line first with his arms in the air. Richard Moore and Fran Reyes discuss the stage and also the latest news concerning Cannondale-Drapac, the World Tour team whose future has been plunged into doubt following the withdrawal of a sponsor. We hear from Froome’s sports director, Nicolas Portal. And we talk to Joe Dombrowski, one of the Cannondale riders who only heard on Saturday about his team’s uncertain future. They put up a strong display on stage nine, helping to chase down the breakaway to try and set up Michael Woods, who was third at the top of the climb. In the final part we hear an extended conversation between Lionel Birnie and Jonathan Vaughters, the Cannondale-Drapac team boss, in which he explains the current situation and what needs to happen over the coming days to save the team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 27, 2017
Stage 8 | Hellín / Xorret de Catí | Vuelta a España 2017
2348
Stage eight of the Vuelta a España finished close to the summit of Xorret de Catí, a famously tough climb in southern Spain. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes tell the story of the stage but the main drama of the day was arguably before any racing started with the news that Warren Barguil had been sent home by his team, Sunweb. Barguil was one of the stars of the Tour de France, winning two stages and the King of the Mountains, but, according to his team, he “openly expressed that he didn’t conform to the team’s goal.” Things came to a head on Friday when he didn’t wait for Sunweb’s designated leader, Wilco Kelderman. Barguil is leaving Sunweb at the end of the season but that wasn’t a factor in his expulsion, his team insisted. We hear from Marc Reef, the sports director, and from Sunweb’s talented youngster, Sam Oomen. At the end of an exciting stage we discuss the resurgent Alberto Contador and hear from Michael Woods and Jan Polanc. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 26, 2017
Stage 7 | Llíria / Cuenca | Vuelta a España 2017
2463
It was another day for a breakaway at the Vuelta a España as stage seven took the riders inland from Llíria to Cuenca. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss a stage that almost supplied a fascinating twist to the plot when it seemed that Jetse Bol, of the tiny Colombian Manzana Postobon team, might take the red jersey of overall leader from Chris Froome. In the end Bol fell short by just 47 seconds, but how did a Dutchman end up on a Colombian team? Fran spoke to Bol to find out. We also hear from Poland’s Pawel Poljanski, second for the second consecutive stage, and from another of the breakaway riders, Rafael Reis, who was knocked off by a motorbike. There have been a number of incidents with motorbikes at the Vuelta but Reis refused to blame the pilots: “They are humans, we are humans, we all make mistakes.” In the final part we speak to two riders who are battling for survival at the Vuelta: Jelle Wallays, who has suffered two heavy crashes, and Conor Dunne, the Irishman making his Grand Tour debut for Aqua Blue Sport. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 25, 2017
Stage 6 | Villareal / Sagunt | Vuelta a España 2017
2217
The hills of Valencia made for open, aggressive racing both in the pursuit of the stage win and the race for the leader’s red jersey. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the sixth stage from Villareal to Sagunt, which saw a Polish one-two at the finish. The honours went to Lotto-Soudal’s Tomas Marczynski, an old training partner of Fran’s, with Pawel Poljanski second. But behind them, Alberto Contador continued to look good after his blip at Andorra, putting pressure on the overall favourites and for a time dragging a small group clear with Chris Froome paying close attention. However, Contador was left frustrated because the rest of the overall contenders caught up on the descent – all apart from BMC Racing’s Tejay Van Garderen who crashed and then fell again on a roundabout as he battled to limit his losses at the finish. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 24, 2017
Stage 5 | Benicassìm / Alcossebre | Vuelta a España 2017
2477
The Cycling Podcast comes from the beach at Alcossebre, as holidaymakers enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes reflect on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España. The stage finished with a steep climb which led to a slight reshuffle of the overall places, although Chris Froome of Team Sky retained the leader’s red jersey and stretched his overall advantage by eight seconds. Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko of Astana won the stage and was the strongest on the final climb but he was chased all the way by Merhawi Kudus. We hear from Kudus about his efforts, and from Cannondale-Drapac’s Michael Woods, who finished with the Froome, Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves group. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 23, 2017
Stage 4 | Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona | Vuelta a España 2017
2418
The Vuelta a España reached Spanish soil after it’s opening few days in France and Andorra, and although there are few seasoned sprinters in the race, the peloton nevertheless brought everything back together in time for the finish. And it was the Italian Matteo Trentin who succeeded in giving Quick Step their second stage win of the race. They had hoped to lead him out for victory in Gruissan a couple of days ago but his team-mate Yves Lampaert took a flyer and ended up winning. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes report from Tarragona, where we hear from Trentin’s team-mate Julian Alaphilippe, about their lead-out work, from Caja Rural’s Australian rider Nick Schultz, who spent a lot of the day in the break, and from Tom Skuijns of Cannondale-Drapac, whose team-mate Tom Van Asbroeck finished third. We also get the verdict on Alberto Contador from Trek-Segafredo’s Peter Stetina, and hear from Nicolas Roche, who is lying third overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 22, 2017
Stage 3 | Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella | Vuelta a España 2017
2899
The Vuelta a España headed from France into Andorra and the first serious climbs of the race. And it was no surprise to see a former Vuelta champion and the pre-race favourite right at the head of affairs. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss stage three of the race. The stage was won by Vincenzo Nibali, the 2010 Vuelta champion, but it was Chris Froome of Team Sky who applied all the pressure on the final climb. But, what did the stage tell us about the overall favourites? How will Orica-Scott work with their three leaders, Esteban Chaves, Adam and Simon Yates? And what of Alberto Contador, who lost a lot of time and any chance of winning the Vuelta. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 21, 2017
Stage 2 | Nîmes / Gruissan | Vuelta a España 2017
2803
The wind blew across the south of France but the Vuelta a España peloton did not split although there was a change of race leadership at the finish in Gruissan. Although there were no breakaways, it was still a tense, nervous day in the peloton as no one wanted to get caught out if gaps started to open in the bunch. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to review the racing, which resulted in a one-two for Quick Step Floors as Yves Lampaert won his first Grand Tour stage ahead of Matteo Trentin. Lampaert also took the red jersey. We hear from Quick Step sports director Geert Van Bondt about the team’s plan, and from Mark Christian, whose Aqua Blue team-mate Adam Blythe was third on the stage. Plus there’s a chat with Quick Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere, who sounds remarkably sanguine about losing his two Tour de France stars Marcel Kittel and Daniel Martin next season. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 20, 2017
Stage 1 | Nîmes | Vuelta a España 2017
2815
The Vuelta a España started in Nîmes in the south of France with a spectacular team time trial that took the riders through the Roman amphitheatre in the centre of the town. BMC Racing won the stage and put their Australian rider Rohan Dennis into the first red jersey of the race. In this episode, kicking off three weeks of coverage of the third grand tour of the season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss the opening stage. We hear from Marco Pinotti, BMC's time trial coach, about how the team laid the foundations for victory. We also hear from LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett who felt the course was too technical. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 19, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 15
3783
August 15 | This month's Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, looks back at the recent racing, from the RideLondon Classique to the European championships and Crescent Vargarda team time trial and road race. From Sweden we hear from Anna van der Breggen, Hannah Barnes and Drops Cycling Team owner Bob Varney. There's also a feature on female sports directors and we speak to two: Donna Rae-Szalinski, who works for Wiggle-High5, and Rachel Heal, who is a sports director for the United Health Care women's and men's teams. And we hear from a trailblazer, Robin Morton, the American woman who fulfilled the role on a men's team at races including the Giro d'Italia in the 1980s. In the final part Molly Weaver tells us about the terrible crash she suffered in February, when she was hit by a car and sustained life-threatening injuries. The Sunweb rider faced a long time out but incredibly returned to racing a few months later, taking part in the Giro Rosa and La Course. We catch up with her initially in the early stages of her recovering and then again at La Course, where she crashed again. Despite such setbacks, Weaver's resilience and optimism are remarkable. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 15, 2017
The transfer merry-go-round | Episode 21
3745
August 9 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is the final one before our daily coverage of the Vuelta a España begins on August 19. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the flurry of transfers as riders and teams confirmed their moves once the August 1 deadline passed. We also discuss Alberto Contador after he confirmed the Vuelta will be his final race before retirement. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 09, 2017
Post-Tour racing and the transfer window | Episode 20
2957
August 1 | In this, our first episode since the end of the Tour de France, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are reunited with Daniel Friebe to discuss a busy week of racing. The San Sebastian Classic was won by Michal Kwiatkowski, one of Sky's Tour de France stars. The Pole added the Basque race to Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, which he won in the spring. At the Ride London-Surrey Classic, Alexandre Kristoff made up for failing to win a Tour stage after a strong sprint in The Mall. And, with cycling's transfer window opening on August 1, Daniel updates us on some of the moves to look out for. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 01, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 14
4150
This episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from the summit of the Col d'Izoard and the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille as Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Lionel Birnie cover La Course. But was the innovative two-day format an improvement on the circuit race on the Champs-Élysées? We hear from the riders, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier and the winner of both the mountain stage and the 'chase' time trial, Annemiek Van Vleuten. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha.
Jul 24, 2017
Stage 21 | Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées | Tour de France 2017
2528
The Cycling Podcast’s coverage of the 2017 Tour de France concludes with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau picking their individual highlights of the race. We also canvass the opinions of some of the riders and perhaps are not surprised that many of them cite reaching the Champs-Élysées as the high point of their race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 23, 2017
Stage 20 | Marseille / Marseille | Tour de France 2017
2555
The 20th stage of the Tour de France was the long-awaited time trial in Marseille, starting and finishing in the Stade Velodrome, home of Olympique Marseille. With three riders so close overall, everything was up for grabs, in theory, although Chris Froome’s superiority in the time trials meant that his yellow jersey was never likely to be threatened. But second and third overall did swap places because Rigoberto Uran, the Colombian rider with Cannondale-Drapac, put in a fine performance to ensure he will finish as runner-up when the Tour concludes in Paris tomorrow. Romain Bardet misjudged his ride and clung onto the third place by just a single second, ahead of Mikel Landa. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau capture the atmosphere in the stadium, discuss Maciej Bodnar’s stage victory and assess the final shake-up overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 22, 2017
Stage 19 | Embrun / Salon-de-Provence | Tour de France 2017
2941
After the Alps and before the time trial in Marseille, the Tour de France had a long transitional stage into the heart of Provence. Had the wind blown it might have been a very interesting day but as it turned out it was the first stage of the race when the breakaway riders had a chance to fight it out among themselves. And in the end it was a roundabout that proved decisive. Just inside the last three kilometres, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Nikias Arndt went the right-hand side of the roundabout and the rest of the break went the other side. That was all it took to give the leading duo enough of an advantage. The way the Norwegian Boasson Hagen dropped Arndt in the final stages was impressive and more than made up for the near-miss in Nuits-Saint-Georges when he lost in a photo finish. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are hit by a slight end-of-term feeling in Salon-de-Provence. They discuss the stage and are joined by Daniel Friebe before looking ahead to Saturday’s time trial. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 21, 2017
Kilometre 0 - The First Tour
1331
In our final episode of Kilometre 0 of the 2017 Tour de France, we look back at the very first race in 1903 with Peter Cossins, the author of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep. We explore the roots of the Tour, why the race was founded and some of the unknown stories from the 1903 race. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 21, 2017
Stage 18 | Briançon / Col d’Izoard | Tour de France 2017
2417
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Orla Chennaoui to discuss the 18th stage from Briançon to the Col d’Izoard. It was billed as the decisive mountain stage of the Tour but Romain Bardet and the rest were unable to unseat Chris Froome and so the Team Sky rider appears to be the favourite to win his fourth Tour title in five years (assuming nothing unforeseen happens in Saturday’s time trial). But the star of the day was Warren Barguil, who won his second stage, clinched the polka-dot jersey as winner of the king of the mountains competition and cemented his place in the top ten overall. We hear from Froome and his Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, and for Barguil and his manager Aike Visbeek. So, join us on the Col d’Izoard… The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 20, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The route master
915
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we speak to Thierry Gouvenou, the sporting director of the Tour de France, about how the race route is plotted. This year's Tour has visited all five mountain ranges in France – the Jura, the Vosges, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps – and has led to one of the closest races of all-time. But what is Gouvenou aiming for when he and his team design the route? We ask him. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 20, 2017
Stage 17 | La Mure / Serre-Chevalier | Tour de France 2017
2349
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report on stage 17, which saw the race head into the Alps with the climb of the biggest mountain on the route, the Col du Galibier. The stage was won by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, a former ski jumper who descended brilliantly to give Team LottoNL-Jumbo their first victory of the race. We hear from his sports director Nico Verhoeven about how Roglic targeted this specific stage earlier this year. The race for the yellow jersey saw Rigoberto Uran pinch a crucial time bonus that saw him draw level with Romain Bardet on time, which made it a good day for Richard to spend in Uran’s Cannondale-Drapac team car. We weigh up what that means looking ahead to tomorrow’s final mountain stage, which finishes on the Col d’Izoard. Marcel Kittel, winner of five stages and the green jersey, crashed and pulled out of the race, leaving Michael Matthews to inherit the lead in the points competition. We hear from Quick Step’s sports director Brian Holm about a second disappointing day for their team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 19, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Tour de la Musique
2053
In the 1930s, the Tour de France used to have an official song each year. Almost all of them were absolutely dreadful and it has to be said that although the Tour has inspired plenty of music since, much of it has been little improvement on those early songs. The notable exception is Tour de France by Düsseldorf band Kraftwerk. This episode of Kilometre 0 is inspired by Juke Box Jury as François Thomazeau reveals ten songs that have been inspired by cycling. There's also an appearance by Jean-François Bernard singing his late 1980s 'hit' Tour de France. So, come on pop-pickers, let the countdown commence... Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 19, 2017
Stage 16 | Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère | Tour de France 2017
3072
During the 16th stage of the Tour de France, the wind blew and caused more than a bit of disruption at the end. In this packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the race as it resumes following the rest day. Michael Matthews of Australia gave Team Sunweb their third stage win in four after some fantastic team-work. But it was not a good day for Quick Step. Marcel Kittel’s hopes of a sixth stage win were ended early in the day when he was dropped and then Daniel Martin slipped from fifth to seventh after being caught out when the crosswinds split the group in the final hour of racing. In this episode, we hear from John Degenkolb, who finished third but was unhappy that Matthews appeared to move across his line in the finishing sprint. We also hear from Matthews’ sports director Luke Roberts and Brian Holm on Quick Step’s jour sans. There’s also a word from AG2R’s Oliver Naesen, who was credited by Romain Bardet for saving his Tour de France ambitions in the crosswinds. In part three we discuss Team Sky’s PR strategy and the row between Dave Brailsford and Cycling News which blew up on the rest day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 18, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The African Challenge
932
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we focus on the African riders who have begun to make an impression on the Tour de France in the past decade. We hear from Doug Ryder, boss of the first African team to ride the Tour, now known as Dimension Data-Qhubeka, Louis Meintjes of UAE-Team Emirates, who finished eighth last year and is high in the overall classification again, and the first Ethiopian to ride the Tour, Tsgabu Grmay. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 18, 2017
Kilometre 0 - La Course
1145
This week sees La Course expand its format from a criterium held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris to an innovative two-day format. They will climb the Col d'Izoard on stage one and then will take part in a new time trial format in Marseille, with the riders going off in the order they finished on the mountain. But how will the event be received and what do some of the riders who will be taking part think of it? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 17, 2017
Stage 15 | Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise / Le Puy-en-Velay | Tour de France 2017
2396
Today’s episode of The Cycling Podcast starts in the car, as journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drive the course of the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay. It was a twisty, technical course consisting of narrow, grippy roads and steep climbs. Up front the Dutch rider Bauke Mollema attacked 30 kilometres from the finish to win the stage in impressive style. And behind there was drama when Chris Froome had a problem with his rear wheel, initially thought to be a puncture but later confirmed it was a broken spoke. A combination of team-work and Froome’s calmness under pressure meant the yellow jersey was able to rejoin the group of relatively quickly. In this episode we hear from Mollema’s sports director Luca Guercillena, from Dan Martin – who gained more time today – and Quick Step’s Brian Holm as well as Dave Brailsford. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 16, 2017
Stage 14 | Blagnac / Rodez | Tour de France 2017
2415
There was a significant twist at the end because Fabio Aru, who was left without support from his Astana team-mates, lost time and the yellow jersey to Chris Froome. It was a surprising finish because today was not expected to be a critical one for the overall favourites. But, in this Tour that is being decided by seconds in short bursts of intense racing perhaps nothing should surprise us. Before that, Australia’s Michael Matthews gave Team Sunweb their second consecutive stage win following Warren Barguil’s Bastille Day victory yesterday. We hear from Matthews’ team-mate Simon Geschke and team boss Iwan Spekenbrink, plus from Michael Valgren about Astana’s frailties that cost Aru his yellow jersey. Plus there’s a look ahead to Sunday’s stage through the Cevennes to Le Puy en Velay. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 15, 2017
Stage 13 | Saint-Girons / Foix | Tour de France 2017
2895
The shortest stage of the 2017 Tour de France was just 101 kilometres but it packed a punch. There were attacks from the moment the race left the neutralised zone. And one of the riders who made the early early attack, Warren Barguil, ended up winning with a perfectly judged sprint. It meant that France had a victory on Bastille Day for the first time since 2005. But the big story of the day was Team Sky’s tactics and in this episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss whether they made the most of Mikel Landa, who got away with Alberto Contador and at one stage looked to be a threat to Fabio Aru’s yellow jersey. We hear from Landa and his Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal and boss Dave Brailsford. Plus there’s Daniel Martin, Contador’s Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. Finally, as it’s Bastille Day, François sings us out with a blast of La Marseillaise, which is not to be missed. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 14, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Kiwi quartet
1128
There are four riders from New Zealand in this Tour de France and if George Bennett carries on the way he's going, he'll record the best finish by a Kiwi in the race. In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore speaks to the Kiwi quartet – Bennett of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Jack Bauer of Quick Step, Paddy Bevin of Cannondale-Drapac and Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe Gobert – about cycling's profile back in their home country. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 14, 2017
Stage 12 | Pau / Peyragudes | Tour de France 2017
2908
Stage 12 of the Tour de France from Pau to Peyragudes was slow to get going but after Team Sky dominated all day in the Pyrenees, riding strongly in support of Chris Froome, their leader faltered when it really mattered on the steep final ramp to the line. All the day’s drama was packed into 800 metres of slow-motion sprinting against the gradient, with Romain Bardet winning the stage and Fabio Aru taking the yellow jersey from Froome by a handful of seconds. As Froome himself said, now the race is really on. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau try to read into Froome’s rare moment of weakness and weigh up whether this offers hope to his rivals in the second half of the Tour. And we ask how Astana will approach the race now they have the yellow jersey. Plus there’s discussion about the great French hope for a first Tour winner in more than 30 years, Bardet. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 13, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The ambush
1086
This episode of Kilometre 0 tells the story of Jean-François Bernard's only day in the yellow jersey. After Bernard Hinault's retirement, he was hailed as the next big thing and after a brilliant performance in the time trial on Mont Ventoux he looked in good shape to win the Tour. But on the road to Villard-de-Lans, Charly Mottet and his Système-U team-mates, Stephen Roche, the eventual Tour winner, and others had different ideas. This is the story of the ambush. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 13, 2017
Stage 11 | Eymet / Pau | Tour de France 2017
2128
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau review stage 11, which was a flat and fairly predictable run south from Eymet to Pau. But don’t let the lack of action in the Tour de France put you off listening to the podcast because we have a packed, varied show with plenty of talking points. We discuss the stage, which was won by Marcel Kittel – his fifth of the race – and speculate about how many more he might win. Can he equal the record of eight held by Charles Pélissier, Eddy Merckx and Freddy Maertens? There’s also a chat with Matt White about the lack of race action, Lionel makes a trip to the Tour de France barber (no laughing at the back!) and there’s a focus on Tom Simpson. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Simpson’s death on Mont Ventoux (which the race is not visiting this year) and so we hear from three authors who have written books about Simpson and Ventoux – William Fotheringham, Jeremy Whittle and Andy McGrath. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 12, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Ten years after
1901
Ten years ago, when the Tour de France arrived in Pau, Michael Rasmussen had a secure grip on the yellow jersey and looked set to win the race. But he had been caught giving false information to the anti-doping authorities about his whereabouts. The questions intensified and after winning on the Col d'Aubisque he was withdrawn from the race by his Rabobank team and sponsor. In 2010, Rasmussen admitted using banned drugs for 12 years and in all that time he did not fail a test. As he sees it, an administrative failure cost him a Tour de France title. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we talk to Rasmussen about the 2007 Tour de France and how he feels about it now. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 12, 2017
Stage 10 | Périgueux / Bergerac | Tour de France 2017
2738
After the drama of Sunday’s mountain stage to Chambéry came the rest day and then a stage that could almost be described as a rest day on bikes. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau we hear from the breakaway king Yoann Offredo, who was frustrated at his long, fruitless ride with only one man for company, and had a few ideas to persuade more riders to try to escape the peloton. The stage was won by Marcel Kittel – his fourth of this Tour – and we ask whether he can make that five, six or even seven by the time the race reaches Paris. We also hear from another German sprinter, Rudiger Selig of Bora-Hansgrohe who was fourth at the finish in Bergerac. There’s also an appearance by Daniel Friebe and a brief poll of sports directors about whether the general classification contenders should have waited when Chris Froome had his mechanical problem on Sunday. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 11, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Food with François
1374
Part of the Tour de France experience is sampling the food and wine the country has to offer. And who better as our guide than François Thomazeau, a man who owns a restaurant in Marseille and has written a book on Parisian bistro culture. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we explore the food of France, starting with escargot (snails) in garlic butter, explaining the hit and miss phenomenon of the Buffet Presse laid on for journalists at every finish town on the route and getting wine tips from Romain Bardet. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 11, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Bus Drivers
901
With the whole Tour de France transferring from one side of France to the other on the rest day it means a lot of driving for some of the people working on the race. While the riders travelled by plane, all the race vehicles have almost 600 kilometres to cover. However, that's all in a day's work for the team bus drivers, who clock up tens of thousands of kilometres every season. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we hear from the people who drive the team buses on the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 10, 2017
Stage 9 | Nantua / Chambéry | Tour de France 2017
3422
An amazing, incident-filled day on the Tour de France saw two of the top five riders crash out and Chris Froome call on the unwritten rule that no one should attack the yellow jersey when he has a mechanical problem to keep his grip on the race lead. Richie Porte, the Australian rider with the BMC Racing team, suffered a shocking crash on the descent of the Mont du Chat near the end of stage nine of the Tour. Ireland’s Daniel Martin also went down and we hear his eyewitness account of the crash. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau try to sort through all the action on a day when there was a photo finish between Rigoberto Uran and Warren Barguil, several crashes, including one that put Welshman Geraint Thomas out of the race with a broken collarbone, and a bit of needle between Froome and Fabio Aru. While Aru claimed not to see Froome had suffered a mechanical problem, Froome said he did not realise Aru had attacked – claims that no doubt dampened the controversy but perhaps stretch credibility. François delivers his single-word verdict on the matter with typical French panache. We also hear from Kiwi George Bennett, who has ridden into the top ten overall, plus Uran’s sports director at the Cannondale-Drapac team Charly Wegelius and Alberto Bettiol. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 09, 2017
Stage 8 | Dole / Station des Rousses | Tour de France 2017
2606
A fast, aggressive eighth stage of the Tour de France may not have shaken up the general classification too much but the toll will certainly tell on the riders. It was hot, fast and, at times, brutal racing that many may pay the price for in the coming days – perhaps as early as tomorrow’s stage over the mountains to Chambéry. In this packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report from the finish line in Station des Rousses, where they say Lilian Calmejane hold on to win the stage in his first Tour de France, despite a bout of cramp in the final kilometres. We hear the reaction from his Direct Energie team before waiting to see if Juraj Sagan made it home inside the time limit. We also assess Team Sky’s tactics and hear from their sports director Nicolas Portal about why he rated it 8.5 or nine out of ten in terms of stress for his riders today. There’s the award of the first Rapha Pédaleur de Charme t-shirt of this Tour and a welcome return of the Friebos File. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 08, 2017
Stage 7 | Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges | Tour de France 2017
2772
One of the closest finishes in Tour de France history meant that the winner could not be determined by the naked eye or even the finish line photograph. Instead, the jury had to look at enhanced pictures to give the victory to Marcel Kittel, by a margin of just six milimetres over Edvald Boasson Hagen. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the stage finish and Kittel’s third victory of this Tour. We hear from Boasson Hagen and also his mum, who had arrived in France just in time to see her son pipped. We also hear from Quick Step’s Brian Holm and Patrick Lefevere. There’s a discussion about andouillette, the traditional sausage made from tripe and the speciality of Troyes, and a chat with Lotto-Soudal domestique Lars Bak about the long, tiring job of chasing a break all day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 07, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The pioneer
1170
This episode of Kilometre 0 features Phil Anderson, the first Australian – in fact, the first non-European – to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Anderson describes the day early in his debut Tour in 1981 when the race entered the Pyrenees and he found himself climbing with the best in the world. We also hear from former pro rider, race organiser and journalist John Trevorrow, journalist Rupert Guinness and Orica-Scott sports director Matt White. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 07, 2017
Stage 6 | Vesoul / Troyes | Tour de France 2017
2222
On Thursday the Tour de France returned to the flatlands after the mountains of the previous day, with the sprinters doing battle again in Troyes. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau of The Cycling Podcast discuss the day’s main talking points, and we get reaction from Jack Bauer of Quick Step Floors and Marc Sergeant, the man in charge of the Lotto-Soudal team. Troyes is a town with a rich British cycling heritage, with many top British riders – most recently Adam Yates – living in the area and riding for one of the two local clubs. We hear from one of them, Rod Ellingworth, who lived there in the 1990s and is now race coach at Team Sky. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 06, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Breakaway kings
1055
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we focus on one of the wild card teams, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, who have put riders in the breakaways day after day during the first week of the Tour de France. We hear from Yoann Offredo, who was in the break on the road to Liège with Taylor Phinney and was caught very late on , Frederik Backaert, Guillaume Van Keirsbulk, who spent almost 190 kilometres off the front alone during stage four, and their team leader Guillaume Martin. Plus veteran sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren explains what his team's objectives are and how he manages a team of debutants. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 06, 2017
Stage 5 | Vittel / La Planche des Belles Filles | Tour de France 2017
2297
The first mountain-top finish of the 2017 Tour de France offered a few clues as to who is going to contend for the final yellow jersey of the race but La Planche des Belles Filles did not provide the big sort we have seen on the climb in the Vosges in the past. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss Fabio Aru’s stage win – the second time an Italian national champion has won on top of this climb in the Tour, the previous winner being Vincenzo Nibali in 2014, the year he went on to win overall. Chris Froome took the yellow jersey from his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, who was left to do support work he might not have expected to but for Sergio Henao’s disappearing act in the closing kilometres. We also look back at the crash between Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, which put the Manx sprinter out of the race because of his injuries and the world champion out of the race as a result of the jury’s decision. We ask a range of riders and sports directors their opinion on the crash and the punishment. And there’s a sensational new segment called The Water Feature (it’s a one-off, we promise) in which François says he can tell Contrex mineral water from the Tour de France’s official water, Vittel, and a couple of other French brands. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 05, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Green Tour?
1198
Cycling is a healthy, environmentally-friendly pursuit but how green is the Tour de France? With a huge convoy of race motorbikes and cars, a fleet of team cars and scores of buses burning fuel at the rate of a euro per kilometre and trucks, not to mention helicopters, the Tour's carbon footprint is considerable. And that's before we consider the issue of riders littering the countryside with wrappers and plastic bottles. But the Tour is making efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The zone de collect, where riders can dispose of their wrappers knowing a team of litter-pickers will tidy up after them is just one small initiative. But how aware of the Tour's environmental impact are the people who are involved in the whole travelling roadshow? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 05, 2017
Stage 4 | Mondorf-les-Bains / Vittel | Tour de France 2017
2686
A long, slow day on the Tour de France ended in drama, disappointment and disqualification in Vittel. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the decision to disqualify the world champion Peter Sagan for causing Mark Cavendish to crash in the finishing straight. There’s reaction to the post-race confusion which culminated with the decision of the UCI jury to send Sagan home. To a degree that overshadowed French champion Arnaud Démare’s first Tour de France stage win, although FDJ boss Marc Madiot certainly won’t see it that way. And then there’s the performance of man of the day Guillaume Van Keirsbulk, who spent almost 200 kilometres out in front on his own, before being recaptured. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 04, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Podium Girls Debate
1125
Jan Bakelants' ill-judged comments about podium girls in a newspaper interview just before the Tour de France reignited the debate about whether it's time the do away with the tradition. Orla Chennaoui looks at both sides, speaking to the women who do the job to find out what's involved and how they feel about their role on the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 04, 2017
Stage 3 | Verviers / Longwy | Tour de France 2017
2668
Peter Sagan’s victory at the top of the hill in Longwy was not a surprise, but the manner of it was exceptional. The world champion seemed to toy with his rivals on the climb, closing down a move by Richie Porte, then teasing Greg Van Avermaet and still having enough to win the race even after pulling his foot out of his pedal and calmly clicking it back in again. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss Sagan and ask if there’s anything left to say about the enigmatic Slovakian. We hear from Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Enrico Poitschke about how the team tackled the final kilometres of the stage. We also assess who of the general classification contenders looked good on this stage, which can be seen as a warm-up for Wednesday’s more serious test at La Planche des Belles Filles. And there’s the long-awaited return of the Friebos Files. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 03, 2017
Kilometre 0 – A Tour of survival
1140
Thirty years ago, the British ANC-Halfords team started the Tour de France in West Berlin against all the odds. The story of how that first Tour was also their last has often been told as one of failure and a team that was out of its depths but the remarkable achievement was just getting to the start line. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Malcolm Elliott, Graham Jones and Shane Sutton, three of the ANC-Halfords riders that year. And we focus on Tony Capper, the man who got ANC-Halfords to the Tour before it all fell apart. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 03, 2017
Stage 2 | Düsseldorf / Liège | Tour de France 2017
2854
Stage two of the Tour de France took the riders from Germany into Belgium, where Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau convene to discuss the action and main talking points, from chaotic bunch sprints to controversial skinsuits. We hear from Brian Holm, sports director of the stage winner, Marcel Kittel, and from Ben Swift, the British rider who was seventh. The day’s heroes were Taylor Phinney and Yoann Offredo, the final two survivors of a breakaway that was only swept up in the final few kilometres. At the start in Dusseldorf Richard spoke to Phinney’s mother, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, the first women’s Olympic road race champion at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. As well as supporting her son, she has some pointed things to say about women’s cycling. We also hear from Phinney’s Cannondale-Drapac sports director, Charly Wegelius. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #tourdefrance #tdf #tdf2017 #tdf17 #procycling
Jul 02, 2017
Stage 1 | Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf | Tour de France 2017
2166
The rain fell as the Tour de France got underway in Düsseldorf but Geraint Thomas of Team Sky powered through the drizzle to win his first Grand Tour stage and take the yellow jersey. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and French journalist François Thomazeau discuss the opening day of the 2017 race and ask how long Thomas can hope to keep the yellow jersey. The script said that Germany’s Tony Martin would win the stage and give the home nation a yellow jersey to cheer but it didn’t work out that way. We hear from Martin, Thomas and Richie Porte, who decided to exercise caution on the wet roads. That turned out to be a wise decision considering what happened to Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana’s Movistar team-mate, who crashed heavily on a corner and is already out of the race. And with tomorrow’s stage to Liège likely to finish in a bunch sprint we hear from Mark Cavendish, who was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr syndrome earlier this year but has recovered sufficiently to be on the start line. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #Tourdefrance #Procycling #TDF #TDF2017
Jul 01, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Düsseldorf Départ
1273
Our debut episode of Kilometre 0 from the 2017 Tour de France focuses on Düsseldorf, the first German city to host the grand départ since West Berlin 30 years ago. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines. #TDF2017 #TourdeFrance #ProCycling #Cycling #TryPod
Jun 30, 2017
Countdown to the Tour de France | Episode 19
3022
June 21 | In this week's episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing and look ahead to the Tour de France. When next they meet it will be in Dusseldorf for the Grand Départ, but there has been no let up in the racing over the past week, with the Tour de Suisse, which saw a stage win for friend of the podcast Larry Warbasse, the most significant of the pre-Tour events. The Tour of Slovenia saw the return of Mark Cavendish, who has been sidelined with illness for much of the season. He finished second to Sam Bennett on one stage, suggesting that he is, if not at his best, at least on the road back. Daniel has an update on Cavendish's health and fitness and his chances of making the Dimension Data team for the Tour. Looking ahead to the Tour, Lionel waives his usual 'no speculation' rule to indulge in some idle guesswork about who might thrive on a course with fewer mountain-top finishes than recent editions. Will this encourage exciting, unpredictable racing? "Perhaps," says Lionel, "or perhaps not." The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 21, 2017
Last day drama at the Dauphiné | Episode 18
2782
June 15 | In this week's podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Eurosport commentator, and Chief Superintendent of the Pronunciation Police, Rob Hatch, as they discuss a thrilling Critérium du Dauphiné. As Jakob Fuglsang rode to a surprising victory what does Chris Froome's capitulation and Richie Porte's impressive defence of the yellow jersey mean for the Tour de France? And what of the other contenders' form - Romain Bardet, Esteban Chaves, Alejandro Valverde and the curious case of Alberto Contador, apparently under orders from his team not to attack? We hear from Hannah Barnes who finished 3rd in the Women's Tour. She also had something to say about the recent Hammer Series - as do Daniel and Rob. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 15, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 13
4138
In this month's Cycling Podcast Féminin we report from the OVO Energy Women's Tour with as the Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma held on for a convincing and deserved win. This episode takes you inside the team cars: Richard Moore joins Team WNT and Orla Chennaoui spends a day with Canyon-SRAM. We also hear from Niewiadoma, Lizzie Deignan, Hannah Barnes, Anna van der Breggen and many more. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 12, 2017
Lunch with Paul Watson | Episode 17
5460
June 7 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is another in the occasional series of lunches with someone from the world of cycling. First, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet up in London for the first time since the Giro d'Italia to introduce the episode and briefly discuss the weekend's inaugural and innovative Hammer Series race. (There'll be more on that when Daniel Friebe returns to the podcast next week). We also get the verdict from Tao Geoghegan Hart, whose climbing, sprinting and team time trialling went a long way to giving Team Sky overall victory. Then it's time for another episode of Lunch With. Lionel Birnie met up with Paul Watson in Milton Keynes a couple of months ago. Watson may not be a familiar name to everyone but his is an extraordinary story. He was part of the British ANC-Halfords team that rode the 1987 Tour de France, although Watson admits he burned out before he even reached the start line in West Berlin such was the heavy schedule of racing that spring and early summer. Watson was a talent (it's tempting to wonder how he would have fared had he been born a couple of decades later) but he found the life of a professional cyclist abroad challenging. After a year with the Belgian Hitachi team, and a controversial newspaper interview, he found himself unable to even take out a British racing licence so headed to the USA and the fledgling mountain biking scene. It's fair to say he's had a love-hate relationship with cycling but last year he was back on the bike and racing. He won a masters age group world title in Belgium last summer before a terrible accident led to multiple operations and a long road to recovery. And that is where we pick up his fascinating story... The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 07, 2017
TRAILER | Pancake Breakfasts and Pursuiter’s Cough: Alexis Ryan’s Californian Diary
175
Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan kept an audio diary for The Cycling Podcast at the women’s Tour of California. In it we hear about her roommate Tiffany Cromwell’s unscheduled adventure, we eavesdrop on an unusual motivational speech from Erik Zabel, and we learn about the important ritual of pancake breakfasts – and ‘happiness watts.’ To listen to the full episode, become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast on thecyclingpodcast.com
Jun 06, 2017
PREVIEW | The 1987 Giro according to Stephen Roche
1374
We're celebrating the end of #Giro100 by giving you a sneak peak of our latest special! On the 30th anniversary of his controversial victory, our fifth Friends Special of 2017 is an interview with 1987 Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche. It was controversial because Roche, in an echo of the 1986 Tour de France, where Bernard Hinault battled Greg LeMond, ended up taking on his Carrera teammate, the defending champion and home favourite, Roberto Visentini. Over the course of the 1987 Giro Roche and Visentini became bitter rivals: there were dirty tricks, skulduggery, hostile fans and a mysterious crash that eventually ended Visentini’s race (Roche makes a subtle distinction: Visentini “didn’t crash,” he suggests. “He fell off.”). Much of the controversy centres on one day in particular, stage 15 to Sappada, and Roche gives a detailed account of his actions. “I didn’t attack Visentini,” he argues. “I just rode down the hill faster than him.” Exclusively for Friends of the Podcast 2017, sign up on thecyclingpodcast.com
May 29, 2017
Stage 21 | Monza to Milan | Giro d'Italia 2017
3672
The final podcast of the 100th Giro comes from the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, scene of the finish of the time trial that ended the race. It was a thrilling finale, one that race director Mauro Vegni could only have dreamed of, with four, maybe even five, riders all in contention before the 29km stage. We hear from Nairo Quintana’s Movistar teammate Rory Sutherland, from the first Maglia Rosa, Lukas Postlberger, and the rider who finished last, Giuseppe Fonzi. In the end it was Tom Dumoulin who emerged triumphant as the first ever Dutch winner – we also hear from his teammate, Laurens ten Dam. And we ask other members of the peloton and the press room for their moments of the Giro, before taking Eurosport presenter Jonathan Edwards – completing his first Grand Tour – for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 28, 2017
Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Pordenone – Asiago
2513
The penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia saw Thibaut Pinot take a strong stage win as Nairo Quintana held the pink jersey and Tom Dumoulin slipped a few more seconds. Yet the race remains in the balance. With only a flat 29km time trial into Milan to come the top four are separated by just 53 seconds and any one of them could still be crowned winner. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and the implications for the pink jersey, and we hear from Julien Pinot, Thibaut’s brother and coach, as well as from Pinot’s teammate Sebastian Reichenbach. There is also reaction from Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema, Ilnur Zakarin, Matt White and Dimitri Konyshev. We also take Doug Ryder, team principal of the African team Dimension Data, for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 27, 2017
Giro d'Italia Stage 19: San Candido - Piancavallo
2070
On the penultimate day in the mountains the 100th Giro d’Italia saw a re-shuffling of the top four, who are now separated by just 53 seconds. It sets up a thrilling finale with Saturday’s final mountain stage followed by the time trial into Milan. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the action and there are interviews with stage winner Mikel Landa, former pink jersey Tom Dumoulin and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali. We announce the winner of the final Pedaleur de Charme of the Giro and we are played in once again by the phenomenon that is Dino Zandegu, who sings us his song dedicated to Nairo Quintana. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 26, 2017
Kilometre 0 - The Debutant
1551
At this year's Giro d'Italia Michael 'Rusty' Woods is making his Grand Tour debut at the ripe old age of 30. But his path to the World Tour has been unconventional. Woods was a brilliant middle-distance runner: to this day he claims the honour of having run the fastest mile on Canadian soil by a Canadian (3:57.48). His running career was ended by a series of stress fractures and at 25 he took up bike racing. Four years later he became one of the oldest neo-pros when he signed for Cannondale-Drapac. He played a key role in teammate Pierre Rolland's victory on stage 17 of the Giro, featuring in the same breakaway and marking the counter-attacks. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 26, 2017
Giro d’Italia Stage 18: Moena - Ortisei
2708
Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia was dubbed the ‘Queen Stage,’ though in this mountainous 100th edition of the Italian tour there are a few contenders for this unofficial honour. It was won by Tejay van Garderen, the BMC leader who had looked down and out, while the overall battle simmered and threatened to boil over at the finish when harsh words were exchanged between race leader Tom Dumoulin and the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe digest all the day’s action in Ortisei, and we hear from Van Garderen’s teammate, Joey Rosskopf, his directeur sportif, Marco Pinotti, and Team Sky’s Phil Deignan. There’s also an interview with Nibali’s Bahrain teammate Kanstantsin Siutsou and discussion of a close competition for the white jersey of best young rider, which Britain’s Adam Yates now wears, having leapfrogged Bob Jungels. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 25, 2017
Giro d’Italia stage 17: Tirano – Canazei
2629
Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia took the riders into the Dolomites and ended with a win for Pierre Rolland and Cannondale-Drapac. We hear from Rolland’s teammate Davide Formolo – the last Cannondale rider to win a Grand Tour stage, at the Giro two years ago – as well as from the sports director, Charly Wegelius. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe also return to Tuesday’s drama, when a call of nature almost cost Tom Dumoulin the pink jersey. We hear from his Sunweb teammates Chad Haga and Georg Preidler, who face three more tough days before the Giro reaches Milan. Looking ahead to Thursday’s Dolomites stage there is also an interview with double Giro winner and local boy Gilberto Simoni. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 24, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Sufferfest: Surviving the Giro mountains
1055
The sixteenth stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia to Bormio will be remembered as one of the most gruelling in recent times. For most riders at the Corsa Rosa, though, Tuesday was merely their latest encounter with the agonies they know only too well from previous ordeals in the mountains. How do they get through? What mental tricks & hacks can possibly override the physical pain? In this episode of Kilometre 0, the Cycling Podcast answers this question with the help of the very men who step every day into the pain cage. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 24, 2017
Stage 16: Rovetta - Bormio
2474
For some the Giro d'Italia really started with stage 16, the first multi-mountain stage in the Alps that finished with a fast descent to Bormio. The stage was thrilling and controversial with the debate over whether Tom Dumoulin's rivals should have waited when he stopped to answer a call of nature before the third major climb of the day. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss this and we hear from some of the day's protagonists. There's also a surreal contribution from Dutch veteran Bram Tankink and we take Joe Dombrowski for a drive in The Cycling Podcast's Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
May 23, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Memories of Michele
1009
On the eve of the Giro d'Italia stage that goes over the Mortirolo, scene of one of Michele Scarponi's finest hours, his friends and former team-mates pay tribute to the rider who was killed while training last month. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 22, 2017
Stage 15 | Valdengo to Bergamo | Giro d’Italia 2017
1982
Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia was more like a one-day Classic than a grand tour stage coming at the end of the second week – and not just because it finished in Bergamo and used roads that would not have looked out of place at the end-0f-season Il Lombardia. The race was furious from the start, with the peloton reluctant to let any break get its head. The first two hours saw the speeds top 50 kilometres per hour and it took more than 100 kilometres for a break to go clear. At the finish, it was the white jersey wearer, and best young rider, Bob Jungels who produced a finish worthy of any race in the world to win the stage. Behind him all the general classification riders were forced to react and Nairo Quintana was second on the stage to pinch a six-second time bonus that starts the process of chipping away at Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are in Bergamo. There’s a debate about polenta, praise for Vincenzo Nibali and a discussion about whether Dumoulin can hold the pink jersey all the way through the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 21, 2017
Stage 14 | Castellania to Oropa | Giro d’Italia 2017
2510
This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Biella, at the foot of the climb to a Oropa where stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia finished. It was a stage when Tom Dumoulin must have expected to come under pressure but he not only stood up to the attacks from Nairo Quintana but managed to drop the Colombian in the final few hundred metres to win the stage and tighten his grip on the pink jersey. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, assess the riders who moved up and down the general classification and ask what is in store for the final mountainous week of the race. We also hear from Vincenzo Nibali, the defending champion about his own and Dumoulin's performance at Oropa. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 20, 2017
Stage 13 | Reggio Emilia to Tortona | Giro d’Italia 2017
2565
Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was completely flat and was always likely to end in a sprint and so it proved, although the wind threatened to make for a nervous afternoon. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Fernando Gaviria’s fourth and best Giro stage win, and attempt to explain the nuances of the breakaways. We also hear from Stefano Zanatta, directeur sportif of the Bardiani team that has lost Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni after positive doping tests before the race. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has left the race because of an injured knee following his crash on the road to Blockhaus and we hear from Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the decision not to go any further. And, as we are deep in Fausto Coppi’s country, we remember the Italian legend who won the Giro five times and died in 1960 at the age of 40. Finally, we look ahead to Saturday’s stage to Oropa, where the battle for the pink jersey will resume. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 19, 2017
Kilometre 0 – I ♥ The Giro
668
In this episode of Kilometre 0 we find out what it is that people love about the Giro d'Italia. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 19, 2017
Stage 12 | Forlì to Reggio Emilia | Giro d’Italia 2017
2390
After three explosive days – the day to Blockhaus, the time trial and then Wednesday’s hilly stage – the 100th Giro d’Italia calmed down again. A three-man break on the road from Forlì to Reggio Emilia was never likely to succeed, and so it proved. At the finish, the bunch was all back together and Fernando Gaviria, the 22-year-old Colombian sprinter, won his third stage of the race. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and the likelihood of Gaviria winning again tomorrow and taking the ciclamino jersey all the way to Milan to cap a brilliant first grand tour. We hear from Luca Scinto, Filippo Pozzato and Stefano Zanatta about the Italian teams’ woes. Mark Cavendish is the latest star to take a trip in our Maserati Quattroporte, there’s the second part of our Laurens Ten Dam interview and voting for the second Pédaleur de Charme opens. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 18, 2017
Stage 11 | Florence to Bagno di Romagna | Giro d’Italia 2017
2728
This episode of The Cycling Podcast evaluates an aggressive, unpredictable day when the pink jersey, Tom Dumoulin, and his Sunweb team could not relax for a moment. The stage was won in memorable style by Spaniard Omar Fraile of Dimension Data after a long breakaway and a brilliant tactical move in the final kilometres. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss stage 11 from near Florence, birthplace of the Italian legend Gino Bartali, to Bagno di Romagna. We hear from Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Geraint Thomas about their fortunes. We also speak to Laurens Ten Dam, who is going to be a vital ally to his team-mate Dumoulin as the race goes on. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 17, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Playboy, the Philosopher and Other Giro Tales
1108
This episode of Kilometre 0 features Herbie Sykes, author of a new book called Giro 100, written to coincide with the 100th edition of the race. The book features a host of stories – some poignant, some profound, many very funny – that, together, build and combine to capture the essence of the Giro. Extracts are read by actor and cyclist Malcolm Jeffries. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 17, 2017
Stage 10 | Foligno to Montefalco | Giro d’Italia 2017
2819
The time trial in Montefalco turned the Giro d’Italia on its head again and left the race beautifully balanced between the climbers and the time triallists. As expected, Tom Dumoulin won the stage, and took the pink jersey, but it was the margin of his win over Nairo Quintana that suggests this Giro will be alive until deep into the mountains next week. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the movers and shakers in the time trial and Geraint Thomas’s recovery from Sunday’s crash to finish second behind Dumoulin. We also hear from Dutch journalist Hans Ruggenberg of De Telegraaf about Dumoulin, third-placed Bauke Mollema and Steven Kruijswijk, who is tenth overall. As well as the racing, we find out about the Giro’s new trend for holding time trials in wine-producing regions from Italian journalist Pier Bergonzi and Daniel explores the effects of the recent earthquakes on central Italy and the region’s recovery from the devastation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 16, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 12
3193
Lizzie Deignan in conversation with Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui This month’s episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Lizzie Deignan’s book launch in Leeds. Deignan was in conversation with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore and talks about her autobiography, Steadfast, which opens with the controversy around her missed drugs tests in 2016. She also talks about sexism, retirement and whether she is a “ticker-off” or a “collector.” We hear from William Fotheringham, who worked with Deignan on the book. And there is an opportunity to win a signed copy of Steadfast. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 16, 2017
Kilometre 0 – The Double
1765
There's a long way to go to Milan but with Nairo Quintana in the pink jersey the possibility of the Colombian winning the Giro d'Italia is on the cards. And if he is victorious on May 28, the next question will inevitably be: Can he do the double and become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year? We ask that questions and explore the physiological and mental barriers that may be in the way. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 16, 2017
Stage 9 | Montenero di Bisaccia to Blockhaus | Giro d’Italia 2017
2605
The Giro d’Italia reached Blockhaus, the first major mountain of the race, and at last there was drama, although it was the unwelcome kind of drama because a poorly-parked police motorcycle, which was accompanying the race to ensure the riders’ safety, caused a crash which ended Wilco Kelderman’s race and scuppered the overall chances of both Team Sky’s leaders. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe report from Blockhaus on the incident which not only cost Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa but also Adam Yates. When the crash happened, Movistar were driving the pace and it was their man Nairo Quintana who attacked repeatedly on the climb to clinch the stage and take the pink jersey from Bob Jungels. How should we weigh up Quintana’s gains? Was it impressive or perhaps a below-par reward for the effort expended? And were Movistar wrong to carry on setting the pace after the crash – Adam Yates’s Orica-Scott sports director Matt White certainly thought so. Geraint Thomas and Dave Brailsford of Sky sounded remarkably calm despite months of preparation being wiped out in a second. In this episode, we discuss the drama and disappointment and weigh up who looked good and who looked ragged in Quintana’s wake. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 14, 2017
Stage 8 | Molfetta to Peschici | Giro d’Italia 2017
2754
If the Giro d’Italia is a 21-course tasting menu, the first week has seen plate after plate of bread with olive oil. Today we were at least offered some meat and cheese. Tomorrow, at Blockhaus is the prima piatti. Stage 8 of the Giro from Molfetta to the pretty coastal town of Peschici in Puglia was aggressive, anarchic and chaotic. A crash for Valerio Conti on a tight corner at the bottom of the final climb denied Italy a first stage win of the race. That honour went to Basque rider Gorka Izagirre of Movistar. The overall contenders remained mainly quiet, apart from Sky’s Mikel Landa. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and we hear from Landa and Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford about the Basque rider’s attack. We ask Ciro Scognamiglio about Italy’s week-long drought and hear from Wilier team manager Luca Scinto, who is not slow to vent his frustration. And with the big climb at Blockhaus on Sunday, we talk to Thibaut Pinot and Bauke Mollema about what to expect. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 13, 2017
Stage 7 | Castrovillari to Alberobello | Giro d’Italia 2017
2108
After eight days of racing, the 100th Giro d’Italia is yet to spark into life – although with all the mountains in the final week it may be that the old adage about good things coming to those who wait comes true. Stage seven from Castrovillari to the picturesque town of Alberobello, famous for its buildings with conical stone rooftops, was not a classic. Two riders spent much of the day out in front and then there was a sprint finish. But it was a great day for Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott, who won his first Giro stage, and the second grand tour stage of his career. In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the sprint and the lack of action so far but a week that has not been short of cultural and culinary highlights. We hear from Orica’s sports director Matt White about Ewan’s win and also Saturday’s stage to Peschici, from Sam Bennett about the sprint finish and also from Alberobello’s most famous, and perhaps most disgraced, son – Leonardo Piepoli, who was ripping up the mountain stages of the Giro and Tour ten years ago before testing positive for a banned blood-boosting drug. And, as we are in Amaraterra’s home region, we play out with an extended blast of their wonderfully evocative theme music. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 12, 2017
Kilometre 0 – Cell-ing their souls?
1145
Mobile phones – everyone has one (more or less) and they are here to stay but what effects are they having on us and, in particular, on the athletes in professional cycling? This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at phones, screen time and the use of social media and finds that there's at least one rider who is keen to buck the trend. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 12, 2017
Stage 6 | Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane | Giro d’Italia 2017
2072
Stage six of the Giro d’Italia headed to Terme Lungiane, a natural spa north of Reggio Calabria, where the day started, and although the race for the pink jersey is only bubbling gently at the moment, the battle for the honours at the finish line was intense. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the close sprint between two riders in red and black – BMC Racing’s Silvan Dillier and Trek’s Jasper Stuyven – and ask whether Cannondale-Drapac’s efforts to bring in the break were left too late. We hear from their sports director Fabrizio Guidi and rider Joe Dombrowski, who had different opinions on the matter. Britain’s Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates lie second and third overall at the moment and at the finish line Daniel caught up with them. We also hear from Sky’s sports director Brett Lancaster on why Reggio Calabria holds such special memories and there’s a chat with one of the sport’s legends who won almost every other race on the calendar but only rode the Giro once right at the end of his career. There’s also news of the first Pédaleur de Charme prize of this Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 11, 2017
Stage 5 | Pedara to Messina | Giro d’Italia 2017
2692
The Giro d'Italia was island-hopping again after stage five, leaving Vincenzo Nibali's home town of Messina and heading across the water to the mainland. With Richard Moore returning home for a few days, it's up to Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to negotiate the journey and this episode features the ferry journey across the Strait of Messina that gives Nibali his nickname, The Shark. The fifth stage of the race from Pedara to Messina was always going to be one for the sprinters but it was a relatively quiet day until the race reached the finish town. Luka Pibernik thought he had won the stage with a brilliantly-timed burst only to find that there was still a six-kilometre loop of the town to go. At the real finish, Fernando Gaviria continued Quick Step's fine opening week with his second stage win. In this episode, which unfolds as Lionel and Daniel attempt to cross the three-kilometre stretch of water by ferry, we also hear from Mauro Vegni on boring stages (he was referring to the Tour de France), Brent Copeland and Kanstantin Siutsou of Bahrain-Merida about Javier Moreno's disqualification for pushing Diego Rosa off his bike and Hugh Carthy of Cannondale-Drapac, who had a great day at Mount Etna on Tuesday. We also discover why there isn't a bridge linking Sicily to the mainland. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 10, 2017
KM0 - A Day In Pink
710
There was a surprise on day one of the Giro d'Italia, when Lukas Pöstlberger of Austria, making his Grand Tour debut, won the first stage to take the Maglia Rosa. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Pöstlberger, his mother, who is following the whole Giro, his first coach and his Bora-Hansgrohe sports director as they relive a memorable day. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 10, 2017
Stage 4 | Cefalù to Etna | Giro d’Italia 2017
2410
It was hoped that the Giro d’Italia would explode into life at Mount Etna in Sicily but a strong wind discouraged attacks from most of the favourites. However, there was an impressive stage win, a new pink jersey, a crash for one of the the overall contenders and a controversial incident that has led to one rider being disqualified from the race. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage in the shadow of the active volcano and there’s a surprise appearance by friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport. The two men of the day were Bob Jungels, who took the pink jersey from his Quick Step team-mate Fernando Gaviria, and Jan Polanc, who pulled off a stunning stage win from the break in similar fashion to his victory at Abetone two years ago. We hear from the two Dutch hopefuls Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk, who had contrasting afternoons on the volcano, Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates, who is now third overall, and his sports director Matt White, as well as Eusebio Unzue of Movistar. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 09, 2017
KM0 - A Tale Of Two Islands
959
The Grande Partenza of the hundredth Giro d’Italia is a tale of two islands, Sicily and Sardinia, that are almost identical in size but deeply different in many other respects. The former has produced the best Italian rider of the last ten years, Vincenzo Nibali, while the latter has given birth to only a handful of professional cyclists and only one of international standing, Fabio Aru. Aru’s absence from the Giro through injury may have disappointed the home crowds but it didn’t ruin the party in Alghero, Olbia, Tortolì and Cagliari on the opening weekend of the Corsa Rosa. In our first Kilometre 0 of this year’s race, we explore the complexities of both islands’ relationship with cycling and indeed Italy - and learn a few things along the way. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 08, 2017
Stage 3 | Tortolì to Cagliari | Giro d’Italia 2017
1886
The Giro d’Italia’s stay on Sardinia has come to an end with a dramatic third stage to Cagliari. It was short and sweet and the final 25 kilometres were shaped by strong winds. The Sardinian start makes logistics tricky for everyone on the race, not least The Cycling Podcast’s team. So this episode starts in Cagliari airport, where a choir had assembled to greet the riders arriving for their charter flight to Sicily. In this episode, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, and the wind-assisted fireworks at the end, when Quick Step Floors, and their Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels in particular, drove the pace, split the field and put pink jersey Andre Greipel in difficulty. They also set up Fernando Gaviria for his first grand tour stage win. We hear from Matt White, Rod Ellingworth and Astana’s Paolo Tiralongo about Tuesday’s mountain-top finish at Mount Etna and BMC Racing’s Max Sciandri about their hopes for the overall classification. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 07, 2017
Stage 2 | Olbia to Tortolì | Giro d'Italia 2017
1987
The Giro d’Italia’s second stage in Sardinia saw German champion Andre Greipel win the sprint finish, as Caleb Ewan pulled his foot out of the pedal at a crucial moment. The headwind made it a long, relatively slow day in the saddle but the drama at the end made up for it. Russia’s overall contender Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha lost crucial seconds after a puncture, although his team-mates initially looked to have done a fantastic job to bring him back into contention. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the racing and hear from Caleb Ewan and Matt White of Orica-Scott about his moment of misfortunate, from Greipel’s Lotto-Soudal team-mate Adam Hansen and from third-placed Jasper Stuyven. There’s also the return of The Shark’s Tale by public demand and an interview with Giro director Mauro Vegni about the highlights on the menu over the next three weeks. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 06, 2017
Il Direttore | The Director
1451
This is an episode of The Cycling Podcast Italiano. (Italian) Il Cycling Podcast Italiano fa il suo esordio in occasione del centesimo Giro d’Italia, partito il 5 maggio da Alghero. In questa prima puntata, Daniel Friebe incontra il direttore del Giro, Mauro Vegni, per una chiacchierata a 360 gradi, sul Giro, ovviamente, ma anche sul ciclismo moderno e sulla sua vita “da direttore”. The Cycling Podcast Italiano is making its debut in the hundredth edition of the Giro d’Italia, which rolled out of Alghero in Sardinia on May 5. In this first episode, Daniel Friebe meets the Giro director, Mauro Vegni, for a wide-ranging conversation touching on this year’s race, the current issues facing professional cycling and on his life in the hot-seat. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
May 06, 2017
Stage 1 | Alghero to Olbia | Giro d'Italia 2017
2877
The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is underway and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe were in Sardinia to see Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger take a surprise stage win in Olbia. The 25-year-old Austrian rides for Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team but he stepped out of the world champion’s shadow to claim the squad’s biggest victory of the season. It was a victory that owed much to a tricky finish, with two right-hand corners in the final three kilometres and good team-work. Richard, Lionel and Daniel assess the day’s racing, discuss the charms of Sardinia, open their first packets of Panini Giro d’Italia stickers (yes, really) and look ahead to see what the rest of the race might have in store. They canvas the opinion or riders, sports directors and journalists about who might win the pink jersey in Milan in three weeks time, hear from last year’s nearly man Steven Kruijswijk, Bruno Reverberi, whose Bardiani-CSF team were at the centre of a doping scandal on the eve of the race and Jens Zemke, the sports director of the victorious Bora-Hansgrohe squad. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 05, 2017
Giro 100 | Teaser trailer
863
With the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia almost upon us, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe gather in one of London’s traditional Italian cafés, Italia Uno in Charlotte Street, to discuss what makes the race so captivating. They look back at last year, when The Cycling Podcast offered daily coverage of the Giro for the first time and then explore this history of the race in a typically meandering and offbeat fashion. This is not a Giro history by numbers, more a study of the quirks and charm of a race that was for many years an Italian obsession that did not quite capture the imagination outside its host country. That has changed in recent years, with a deliberate attempt to attract fans from all over the world and expose them to the beauty of Italy and the peculiarities of the Giro. In this feature-length episode, Richard, Lionel and Daniel talk about how the Giro captured their imaginations before asking what it is about the Italian way of life and sport in particular that feeds the great rivalries of the past such as Coppi versus Bartali and Moser versus Saronni. The Italian obsession with climbers and the mountains is also discussed. And we hear from an array of people who can offer a unique insight in to the Giro, including race director Mauro Vegni, John Foot, the author of Pedalare! Pedalare!, a history of the Giro, Fausto Coppi’s biographer William Fotheringham, La Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Luca Gialanella, and Shelley Verses, who was one of the few women working on the race in the mid-1980s when she was a soigneur for the American 7-Eleven team. This full episode is exclusively available to 2017 Friends of the Podcast. Sign up on our website http://thecyclingpodcast.com
Apr 28, 2017
Remembering Scarponi | Episode 16
3511
April 26 | The Cycling Podcast remembers Michele Scarponi, who was tragically killed while out training near his home in Italy at the weekend just days after winning a stage of the Tour of the Alps. 
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Italian’s career and popularity in the peloton and hear from former Astana press officer Chris Baldwin who worked with Scarponi for a few seasons. In this episode there’s also a review of the final spring Classic of the season Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which was won for the fourth time by Alejandro Valverde. Richard asks whether the Spaniard’s blistering form so far this year makes him a contender for the Tour de France… And there’s a look ahead to the Tour de Yorkshire and a word from the man behind the race, Sir Gary Verity. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Apr 26, 2017
Episode 11 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin
3696
In this month’s Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui report from Flèche Wallonne, where Anna van der Breggen won her second of three Women’s World Tour races in a week. It’s an episode packed full of interviews: we hear from Van der Breggen, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Megan Guarnier, Boels-Dolmans manager Danny Stam, Tour of Flanders winner Coryn Rivera, new Women’s World Tour leader Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna Christian. There are also extended conversations with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, the former triple world champion who endured a difficult season in 2016 and is on the comeback trail with Canyon-SRAM, and Victoria Williamson, the British sprinter who suffered a terrible crash last year. There is still a question over whether Williamson will be able to return to racing – not that you would know it from her enthusiasm and positive attitude. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 24, 2017
Valverde Mountain | Episode 15
3367
April 20 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Amstel Gold Race before handing over to Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui at the Mur de Huy in Belgium, where Flèche Wallonne took place. Both Lionel and Daniel agree that the course changes at the Amstel Gold Race shook things up, although Philippe Gilbert, the architect of a stunning winning at the Tour of Flanders earlier this month, must again take all the credit. With Gilbert now set to miss Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, what did the Amstel Gold Race tell us about the form of the other contenders ahead of the final spring Classic of the season? After Lionel and Daniel's analysis of Sunday's race and look ahead to the weekend, it's time to cross to the Ardennes where Richard and Orla witnessed both the men's and women's races, which turned out to be convincing repeat victories for Alejandro Valverde (fourth year in a row) and Anna Van der Breggen (third year in a row). Between them, Richard and Orla spoke to Lizzie Deignan, Michal Kwiatkowski, Samuel Sanchez, Michael Woods and Serge Pauwels, but there can be no doubt that the Mur de Huy must now be known as Valverde Mountain. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Apr 20, 2017
Cannibal of the Cobbles | Episode 14
4117
April 12 | In this week’s podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe pick over the bones of the fastest ever Paris-Roubaix, won by Greg Van Avermaet. Van Avermaet has been in sparkling form throughout the cobbled classics, winning four, and he claimed his first Monument in clinical and decisive fashion. He had to outsmart Zdenek Stybar, the Quick-Step rider who sat on the three-man winning break, hoping his leader, the four-time winner Tom Boonen, riding his last race, would reappear at the front. Was Stybar wrong not to work with Van Avermaet and Sebastian Langeveld? Richard says yes. Daniel and Lionel beg to differ. They also look back on the Basque Tour, where Alejandro Valverde racked up another win: he has been as prolific in the southern stage races as Van Avermaet has been over the cobbles of northern Europe. And as the world track championships get underway in Hong Kong we have an interview with Callum Skinner, the sprinter who won gold and silver medals at the Rio Olympics. Skinner, an athlete who isn’t afraid to express a view, talks Fancy Bears and TUEs, British Cycling and bullying, politics and sexuality. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Apr 12, 2017
Bonus | Boonen's Farewell | Trailer
140
This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast, marks Tom Boonen's retirement after more than a decade at the top. The Belgian former world champion wanted one final Classics campaign before bowing out on the Roubaix velodrome, where he won a record-equaling four editions of Paris-Roubaix. Add to that three victories at the Tour of Flanders, five wins at Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke, three each at Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, a couple of editions of Scheldeprijs and one Dwars Door Vlaanderen and it's fair to say Boonen is one of the modern kings of spring. But what is it about him as a rider and a person that has ensured such levels of popularity in Belgium and abroad? We hear from his long-time team manager Patrick Lefevere, sports director Brian Holm, rivals Andreas Klier, Sep Vanmarcke and Mat Hayman plus Belgian journalist Hugo Coorevits, who has followed every step of Boonen's career. Exclusive to Friends of the Podcast. Sign up on thecyclingpodcast.com to hear the full episode, along with 11 other in-depth specials.
Apr 07, 2017
Gilbert wins a Flanders of what ifs | Episode 13
3658
April 5 | Philippe Gilbert's remarkable win in the Tour of Flanders is the main subject up for discussion in The Cycling Podcast this week, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe debating whether Gilbert would have held on to win had Peter Sagan not crashed at a crucial point in the race. We also look ahead to Paris-Roubaix and ask whether Tom Boonen, in his final race as a professional, can win a record fifth title. And we hear from Mat Hayman, the defending champion and the subject of our latest Friends Special, as he looks ahead to starting his favourite race with No.1 on his back. Hear about the latest Rapha Monuments competition, with a holiday and Rapha clothing up for grabs, and find out how to get 20% off all your Science in Sport products. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 05, 2017
15th time lucky | Mat Hayman: how I won Paris-Roubaix | Trailer
194
Six weeks before last year's Paris-Roubaix Mathew Hayman crashed and broke a bone in his arm. He was told he'd be out of action for six weeks. Five days after the crash he was on a turbo trainer in his garage, his arm supported on a ladder. Five weeks later he returned to racing in Spain. Amazingly, he started his 15th Paris-Roubaix, the race he most loves. He hoped to help his team. But then he got in the day's big break. Then he found himself in the winning move with four-time winner Tom Boonen... The race that unfolded was one of the greatest in the history of the Hell of the North - with the most surprising winner. In this third Cycling Podcast Friends Special of 2017, Hayman relives his triumph, describing the buildup to the race before watching - for the first time - and talking us through the thrilling final 20km. This episode is available exclusively to Friends of The Podcast. Sign up on thecyclingpodcast.com to hear Mat Hayman's story, along with 11 other in-depth special episodes.
Apr 03, 2017
Cobbled Classics and Catalonia | Episode 12
3697
March 30 | With three World Tour races taking in the cobbles and climbs of Flanders, it can mean only one thing – the Ronde Van Vlaanderen is just round the corner. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the week's three races – Dwars Door Vlaanderen, the Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem – and weigh up who's hot and who's not. While the Classics riders are occupied by the cobbles, the stage race specialists were racing at the Volta a Catalunya, where evergreen Alejandro Valverde took a convincing win. But, Daniel asks, what does Valverde's form say about the current landscape of professional cycling? Daniel has also been to Düsseldorf, the German city that will host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France this summer. While there, he meets the Tour's director, Christian Prudhomme, who has some views on the new Hammer Series race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 30, 2017
The Lionel of Flanders trailer
390
March 23-27: A five-part series for Friends of the Podcast 2017. Lionel Birnie heads to Flanders to witness the build-up to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen as cycling fever grips the region. With three World Tour races in five days, the Classics specialists have plenty of opportunity to hone their form before the Tour of Flanders. But what are these races like? Is it right to think of them as mere hors d’oeuvres before the main event? Lionel likes to think he knows a fair bit about Flandrian cycling but how much of an expert is he really? For this five-part series, released each morning, he’s heading to Kortrijk and will be travelling by bike and staying on a boat. What can possibly go wrong? To access the full series, sign-up on thecyclingpodcast.com
Mar 24, 2017
Michal Kwiatkowski wins Milan-San Remo | Episode 11
2907
March 22 | The Cycling Podcast this week looks back at the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussing Peter Sagan’s searing attack on the Poggio and Michal Kwiatkowski’s perfectly judged sprint on the Via Roma. Did Sagan not listen to last week’s podcast, in which Daniel advised him to exercise some patience? Or did it not make much difference – would Sagan have won the sprint? Or, as he said afterwards, is the show more important than the result? Kwiatkowski, meanwhile, has been a thorn in Sagan’s flesh since the pair were juniors. The Pole continued Team Sky’s best ever start to a season – ironic, given their troubles off-the-bike – adding Milan-San Remo to Strade Bianche after Sergio Henao claimed Paris-Nice a week earlier. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Mar 21, 2017
Episode 10 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin
3895
March 20 | In the March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Steve Fry of M2 Sports, an agency with a particular interest in women’s cycling. There is an interview with Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen, a look back at the opening events in the Women’s World Tour, including an outstanding edition of Strade Bianche, and a feature on cycling families. We hear from the Backstedts, Magnus and his daughter Elynor, from Abby-Mae Parkinson, the daughter of former national champion Lisa Brambani, and the four Druyts sisters from Belgium, who all ride for the same team, Sport Vlaanderen-Guill D’or. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #uciwomens #womenscycling #UCIWWT
Mar 20, 2017
Alberto Contador lights up Paris-Nice | Episode 10
4208
March 15 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from Nice, where Richard Moore is joined by award-winning French journalist François Thomazeau to discuss Alberto Contador’s bold and exciting attempt to beat Sergio Henao on the final stage of Paris-Nice. There are interviews with stage winners Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe and Richie Porte of BMC Racing, the Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal and Cannondale-Drapac rider Joe Dombrowski. Thomazeau offers a French perspective on the Team Sky controversy: “The support for Team Sky has seemed to us a little over-the-top at times, and now the way the support has turned into hatred looks a bit overblown as well.” In the final part we hear from Daniel Friebe, who looks ahead to the first of the Monuments, Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, giving his star-ratings on all the favourites. Also in this week’s podcast, details of a Science in Sport giveaway and a brilliant Rapha Monuments competition. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Mar 15, 2017
Team Sky's woes continue | Episode 9
3767
March 8 | In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing in Europe and the ongoing controversy that has engulfed Team Sky, putting pressure on their boss, Sir Dave Brailsford. The European season continues to amp up towards the Spring Classics. At the weekend, Strade Bianche both underlined its claims on a place among those hallowed races, and also the credentials of the riders likely to star in Belgium, in particular, over the coming weeks. Daniel has previously dubbed Michał Kwiatkowski Sky’s “vanity signing”. Will the Pole’s second victory in the event force him to revise that assessment? Meanwhile, in Paris-Nice, two sensational stages on the plains and in the winds of the Northern France saw the Quiskstep and FDJ teams flourish – and pre-race favourite Romain Bardet get himself disqualified for illegal assistance from a team car. Our hosts weigh up the rights and wrongs of that decision - then switch their focus to the even more contentious latest developments in the saga of Team Sky, the Jiffy Bag and the Fancy Bears leak. More precisely, they ask and answer the question of whether it is time for Brailsford to fall on his sword as the riders, though notably not Chris Froome, publicly back their boss. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Mar 08, 2017
First of the Cobbled Classics | Episode 8
3668
March 1 | The cobbled classics got underway at the weekend and The Cycling Podcast discusses Greg Van Avermaet’s win at Het Nieuwsblad and Peter Sagan’s at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. We hear from Cannondale-Drapac manager Jonathan Vaughters whose rider, Sep Vanmarcke, was third in the first of these two races – but did Vanmarcke get his tactics right? Daniel Friebe is back from the Abu Dhabi Tour and, with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie, he discusses how racing in the desert matches up to the more traditional events in Belgium. The future could perhaps be the Hammer Series, a new weekend of racing to be held in Holland in June and announced on Wednesday by Velon. We hear from Velon chief executive Graham Bartlett, who explains the format and the thinking behind the new event. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Mar 01, 2017
Grand Tour strategy with Orica-Scott | Episode 7
4111
February 22 | There’s a lot of racing to discuss and look forward to in The Cycling Podcast, with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie joined by Daniel Friebe at the Abu Dhabi Tour, which has a stellar cast of stars, including Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Vincenzo Nibali. We hear from British rider Ben Swift who moved over the winter from Team Sky to the newly renamed UAE Team Emirates and there’s also an interview with Swift’s teammate, local rider Yousif Mirza. And there's a first appearance on the podcast of 2017 by our old friend Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport. We discuss the Orica-Scott Grand Tour strategy with Esteban Chaves targeting the Tour de France and the Yates twins, Adam and Simon, riding the Giro d’Italia. There’s news from the Ruta del Sol, won by Alejandro Valverde, and the Tour of the Algarve, won by ski jumper-turned-cyclist Primoz Roglic. And we look ahead to the first cobbled classic, Saturday’s Het Nieuwsblad. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Feb 23, 2017
Episode 9 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin
3950
February 20 | Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui return for the second Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2017 in the company of Drops rider Abi Van Twisk. They recorded the episode in London following the launch of the Women’s Tour, which will include a final stage in the centre of the Capital. But the June event will still be over five days rather than seven, much to the disappointment of race director Mick Bennett. We hear from Bennett and also from Katie Archibald, the Olympic team pursuit gold medallist who is hoping to ride the Women’s Tour for her new squad, Team WNT. As well as the Women’s Tour we discuss the Women’s Tour Down Under with Van Twisk, who rode that and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. She tells us about these races and why, in Adelaide, she preferred the accommodation provided for the women – a boarding house – over the Hilton Hotel, where the male riders stayed. In the final part we hear from Tracey Gaudry, the UCI vice president, about year two of the Women’s World Tour, and there’s an interview with world champion Amalie Dideriksen in which she tells Orla about her hopes for 2017. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport #procycling #cycling #UCI #WomensWorldTour #Drops
Feb 20, 2017
An early-season ramble | Episode 6
2776
February 16 | A lull in the early season sees The Cycling Podcast go off-piste and discuss the prospects of Tom Boonen as he prepares for his final spring Classics campaign before his retirement at Paris-Roubaix, reflect on the early retirement of German former wunderkind Gerald Ciolek, and feature a special report on the diabetic team, Novo Nordisk. We also hear from Mick Bennett, director of the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. At the launch of the latter in central London, where the final stage of the Women’s Tour will be held, Bennet tells us about their efforts to extend the race to seven days – a bid thwarted by British Cycling, the governing body. “We’re a bit baffled,” admits Bennett. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Feb 16, 2017
Double trouble and bucket breaks | Episode 5
4096
February 9 | As the 2017 season continues to move through the gears, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return to review and debate the latest results and news from the professional peloton’s front line. Nairo Quintana’s victory in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana bodes well for his chances of pulling off a Giro-Tour double last achieved by Marco Pantani in 1998. At least that’s what Lionel, Richard and Daniel agree, not, naturally, without a few reservations and points of discord. Another topic on this week’s agenda is the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol. A shortened stage in Valencia and a cancelled one in Dubai have once again raised the question of whether professional cycling is turning too soft. Our team weigh up whether that’s a fair charge, and report on prevailing views from within the peloton. We also have a on-the-ground Dubai dispatch from Hannah Troop, a focus on Ireland’s newly founded Aqua Blue team, and a tribute to the 1956 Tour de France winner, Roger Walkowiak, who died this week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Feb 09, 2017
Of Punch-ups and Plagiarism | Episode 4
4740
February 3 | Our latest episode sees Lionel Birnie and his weekly round-up fully tested by a frantic few days of early-season racing and news. After hearing from Marcel Kittel and Andrei Grivko about their dust-up in the Dubai desert, Lionel, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe ponder whether the race jury was right to eject the Ukranian. This week’s podcast also features interviews with both the star, David Millar, and the director of a soon-to-be-released film that seems destined to take its place among the most vaunted cycling documentaries. The main feature, however, is the Cycling Podcast’s idiosyncratic ethical report on World Tour teams. We talk boulangeries, lawsuits and bathroom plagiarism in a segment that could either shake or solidify fans’ allegiances to their favourite teams and riders. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Feb 03, 2017
Tour Down Under, Berlin Six and Damian Collins MP | Episode 3
3943
January 27 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe briefly recap the Tour Down Under, where Richie Porte won on Willunga Hill for the fourth year in a row and Australian riders completed a clean sweep of stage wins for the second successive edition of the race. Daniel reflects on the death at the age of 31 of former under-23 world champion Dmytro Grabovskyy, who won the rainbow jersey and looked to have a glittering career ahead of him when he signed for Quick Step. However, Grabovskyy struggled with alcoholism during his career and those close to him warned he was following a similar self-destructive path to Marco Pantani and Frank Vandenbroucke. Daniel also visited the Berlin Six-Day race where he spoke to organiser Valts Miltovics about the challenges of organising the event and the shape of the Six-Day scene. In the final part, Richard and Lionel met Damian Collins MP, who is chairing the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s select committee hearing into doping in sport. So far they have taken evidence from and asked questions of Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford, British Cycling president Bob Howden, coach Shane Sutton and, this week, heard explosive testimony from Nicole Cooke. But how did the DCMS hearing come to be, what are its powers, who might be called to give evidence next and what are the possible conclusions? We ask the man in the hot seat. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist
Jan 27, 2017
Mud, sweat and energy balls | Episode 8 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin
4050
In the first Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2017 Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Delia Beddis, a double winner of the Three Peaks cyclo-cross race, and Ian Cleverly, the editor of Rouleur. The theme, ahead of the world championships this weekend, is cyclo-cross, and there are interviews with under-23 world champion Evie Richards and 13-time American champion Katie Compton. We also hear from Kajsa Tylen, who has just set a new for riding the greatest distance in a year, completing 32,326 miles. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport #procycling #cycling #ciclismo #cyclisme #womenscycling #cyclocross #Bieles17
Jan 25, 2017
What does the 2017 season have in store? | Episode 2
3912
January 20 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast was recorded just as the 2017 UCI World Tour season was getting underway at the Tour Down Under. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss what they are looking forward to in 2017, analyse the changes to the World Tour calendar and rules, assess the Vuelta a España route, which was announced last week, and weigh-up the Giro d'Italia wild card selections. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist
Jan 20, 2017
Back to the future: riders to watch in 2017 | Episode 1
2402
January 11 | In the first episode of 2017 The Cycling Podcast turns the spotlight on some of the potential stars of the future. Featuring two of the world’s leading development teams, we speak to Tao Geoghegan Hart, Adrien Costa and Joan Bou, and to the individuals who run those teams, Axel Merckx and Alberto Contador’s brother, Fran. Merckx runs Axeon Hagens Berman, whose alumni include Taylor Phinney, Alex Dowsett, Joe Dombrowski, Ian Boswell and Jasper Stuyven. Better known as the son of Eddy, the greatest cyclist of all time, Merckx junior has earned a reputation for spotting and nurturing young talent. Geoghegan Hart is the latest to move on to the World Tour, joining Team Sky for 2017, with Costa, who, aged just 18, finished second at last year’s Tour of Utah, tipped to follow him and perhaps even emulate the American to whom he has been compared, Greg LeMond. The regular podcast, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, will return next week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist
Jan 11, 2017
32. Review of the year
2058
December 27 | This episode looks back at some of the highlights and memorable moments of The Cycling Podcast's coverage in 2016, featuring regular hosts Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as well as the cast of guests, including Orla Chennaoui, François Thomazeau and, of course, Ciro Scognamiglio. It features some of the best moments of the three Grand Tours – the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España – which we covered in full for the first time. And the episode features the Matt White MegaMix – all will become clear! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at The Cycling Podcast. This is the final episode of the year – we hope you've enjoyed listening – and we will return on January 11. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Dec 26, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 7
3801
December 22 | The seventh episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is a riding special. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore report from a women's ride in Kent with Dame Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic gold medallist from Athens 2004, where she won the 800m and 1500m. Having recently taken up cycling, Holmes tells us how it compares to athletics and about her new ambitions on two wheels. We hear from Financial Times journalist Nathalie Thomas, who attended a new women's training camp in Girona run by former Dutch pro Marijn de Vries, and in the final part former London courier Emily Chappell tells us about ultra distance riding and The Transcontinental Race. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha.
Dec 22, 2016
31. Catching up with Graeme Obree
2666
December 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore meets former world champion and World Hour Record holder Graeme Obree. They talk about the film Battle Mountain, which tells the story of Obree's attempt to set a new human-powered landspeed record, as well as his Hour Record attempts in Norway in 1993. Obree also discusses the the question of whether the body rules the mind or the mind rules the body. 'If my head was transplanted on to your body you could have been world champion,' he told Richard. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Dec 15, 2016
30. Lunch with… Charly Wegelius
4361
December 8 | This is the first in an occasional series of podcasts called Lunch with The Cycling Podcast. Lionel Birnie is joined by Charly Wegelius, the former professional rider who wrote the book about being a domestique, and is now one of the most highly-rated young sports directors working in the UCI World Tour. They meet at the Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant at London's Kings Cross to discuss professional cycling over lunch. The conversation covers Charly's childhood growing up in Yorkshire with his mum and brother but travelling to Finland to stay with his dad, who was a Olympic showjumper. Charly turned professional in 2000 with the biggest team of the day, Mapei-Quick Step. But he experienced both ends of the spectrum because when Mapei pulled the plug on the team, Wegelius battled to remain in the pro ranks with a small Italian team, earning the respect of more established riders by learning the role of team support rider. Wegelius did not win a race in a career that spanned more than a decade but he did ride and finish the Giro d'Italia seven times, plus the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. But despite not being one of the sport's winners, he feels his career path is an advantage now he has to manage riders who range from the most talented to those hoping to do enough to secure another contract. He talks about the sports director's job, Cannondale-Drapac's winless 2016 season in the World Tour and planning for the coming season and also describes living in Finland between races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Dec 08, 2016
29. A chat with Jonathan Vaughters
2701
December 1 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Cannondale-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters and French journalist François Thomazeau. We spoke to Vaughters about Cannondale-Drapac's season, their new signings and plans for 2017. Despite not winning a World Tour race in 2016, Vaughters explained that he was pleased with the team's progress and noted that they had their highest ever finish in the rankings. We also discussed the announcement by ASO, RCS and Flanders Classics, the organisers of all the biggest races in the world, that team sizes would be reduced by one rider for next season's events. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Dec 01, 2016
28. Sixty Minutes of Ghent
3485
November 24 | The latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes a report from the Ghent Six-Day, won by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. It was billed as Wiggins’ last race, but Wiggins was vague whether Ghent really did represent the end – we discuss what he might do next. And there’s an interview from Ghent with the young British team, Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss some of the other news in the cycling world, the demise of Critérium International and the publication of Thomas Dekker’s tell-all autobiography. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Nov 24, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 6
3914
Episode six of The Cycling Podcast Féminin celebrates the careers of some of the riders who retired at the end of the 2016 season, though there’s also an interview with somebody who is at the pinnacle of her career: Laura Kenny (formerly Trott). The four-times Olympic gold medallist spoke to Orla Chennaoui about life-post Rio and why we are unlikely to see her in a road race any time soon. We hear from the silver medallist and fourth-place finisher from the Rio road race, Sweden’s Emma Johansson and American Mara Abbott, both of whom are bowing out of the sport at the highest level. And there’s an interview with Finnish rider Lotta Lepistö, the world road race bronze medallist who was shamefully ignored in last month’s look back at the championships in Qatar. Finally, Jessie Walker tells the podcast about her disappointing experience with an Italian team. Just 22, Walker has put her career on hold – she tells us why, and whether she might come back. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha
Nov 16, 2016
27. The off-season ramble
3892
November 10 | It's the off-season, and the world of professional cycling has been uncharacteristically quiet for a few days, but nevertheless this is a packed episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the recent Rouleur Classic, where Richard spoke to Italian rider Filippo Pozzato. There's also an interview with Alberto Contador, who is joining Trek Segafredo for 2017. We ask if Contador's hope of winning one more Tour de France before retirement is realistic. And Orla Chennaoui catches up with American rider Megan Guarnier, who won the inaugural women's World Tour classification. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Nov 10, 2016
26. A chat with Ned Boulting
3198
November 3 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet up with Ned Boulting on the eve of his nationwide tour, Bikeology. He explains the idea behind his one-man show, reviews his first full season in commentary box and how it differs from his previous job as on-the-ground reporter, and looks back at the 2016 season. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Nov 02, 2016
25. London Six-Day and 2017 Giro d'Italia route
3228
October 27 | This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast comes from the track centre at the London velodrome on the opening night of the London Six-Day. It is Bradley Wiggins's first race since the Fancy Bears hackers leaked details of therapeutic use exemptions that permitted him to use a corticosteroid before major road races in his career. He teamed up with Mark Cavendish, his Madison world championship partner and despite the recent controversy the crowd's reaction proved the fans were still behind Wiggins. In this episode, Richard talks to London Six-Day organiser Mark Darbon about the new series of track races taking place this winter and culminating with a one-night finale in Palma, Majorca. Richard also talked to Australian rider Cameron Meyer. The former Madison, points race and team pursuit world champion retired from cycling in June but has decided to make a comeback. And Lionel calls Daniel Friebe to get his verdict on the route for the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Oct 27, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 5
4073
October 24 | Episode five of The Cycling Podcast Féminin looks back at the world championships in Qatar and ahead to next year’s revamped La Course by Le Tour de France. There’s an interview with Kelly Catlin, the classical violinist who was a member of the American silver medal winning team pursuit squad at the Rio Olympics, and in his monthly retro feature, Lionel Birnie recalls the 1982 world championship road race won by Britain’s Mandy Jones. Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Bob Varney, who runs Drops, the women’s team who featured in episode one of The Cycling Podcast Féminin. Bob reflects on the team’s first season, the state of women’s racing, and talks about Drops’ plans for 2017 and beyond. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha
Oct 24, 2016
24. World Championship road races
2938
October 20 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the road races at the World Championships in Qatar. The wind blew in the desert, the men's race split into echelons and at the finish it was Peter Sagan who extended his spell in the rainbow jersey for another year. We assess the race, weigh up the tactics and dissect the sprint. The route for the 2017 Tour de France was announced in Paris on Tuesday and in the second part of the podcast we give our first impressions. The Tour will start in Düsseldorf in Germany with an individual time trial, then hit La Planche des Belles Filles in the middle of the first week. What's on the menu and who will the route suit? In the final part, we revisit the big story surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins and discuss our exclusive interview with Dave Brailsford, which was broadcast on Sunday. Where do Sky and Brailsford go from here? The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Oct 19, 2016
Dave Brailsford speaks to The Cycling Podcast
5259
October 16 | The Cycling Podcast met Sir Dave Brailsford to quiz him on the controversies engulfing Team Sky since the Fancy Bears hackers revealed Sir Bradley Wiggins had used a corticosteroid called triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies before three grand tours, including the 2012 Tour de France, which he won. Although the drug was apparently used in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, by applying for therapeutic use exemption to permit the treatment, the timing of the applications – just before three of the biggest races of Wiggins' career – has provoked questions, particularly in light of the founding principles of Team Sky, which were a zero tolerance approach to doping and a desire to win the Tour with a clean British rider. And Daily Mail reports that a British Cycling staff member, Simon Cope, had travelled to a race in France, the Dauphiné, with a 'medical package' just a couple of weeks before Wiggins and Team Sky's doctors applied for the first TUE has prompted further questions about the team's ethics. Apart from an interview with the BBC's Dan Roan, Brailsford has been silent as the controversies continued to rage. On Friday evening, he met with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie of The Cycling Podcast to ask about Wiggins and Team Sky's use of TUEs, the contents of the package couriered to France and other issues including the ethics of using legal substances such as the powerful painkiller tramadol. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Oct 16, 2016
23. The World Championships in the desert
3282
October 12 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the world championships in Qatar, look ahead to the weekend’s men’s and women’s road races, and examine the latest developments in the controversy involving Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Qatar was a controversial choice for the sport’s showpiece event and the team time trial and time trials have highlighted one of the anticipated problems – the lack of spectators. Tony Martin of Germany and Amber Neben of the USA won the men’s and women’s time trials, following on from the victories by Etixx-QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans in the men’s and women’s team trials, in front of only a handful of supporters. Both men’s and women’s road races are expected to be sprinters’ affairs, with Andre Greipel, Mark Cavendish and defending champion Peter Sagan among the favourites in the men’s race, and Chloe Hosking and Kirsten Wild among those fancied for the women’s title. In part three the podcast team return to one of the stories currently dominating the sports pages in the UK: the ongoing controversy over Wiggins’ therapeutic use exemptions and a mystery package, thought to be delivered to him, at the 2011 Dauphiné Libéré. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Oct 12, 2016
22. Chaves wins Il Lombardia
3096
October 6 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast the team looks back at Il Lombardia, the season’s final monument and the first ever won by a Colombian, Esteban Chaves. The diminutive Chaves, who rides for Australian team Orica-BikeExchange, was the best in a three-man sprint in Bergamo to cap a brilliant year, in which he finished second in the Giro d’Italia and third in the Vuelta a España. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Chaves’s win, Astana’s curious tactics and the fallout from a typically incendiary interview with Oleg Tinkov, whose Tinkoff team is about to close its doors as Tinkov ends his sponsorship. The Russian exits pro cycling with some barbed comments about the state of the sport and one of his star riders, Alberto Contador. There’s a look ahead to the world championships, which begin in Qatar on Sunday with the men’s and women’s team time trials and an interview with Hannah Barnes, who will ride the team time trial for Canyon-SRAM and also the road race, a week later, for Great Britain. After last week’s podcast was dedicated to a discussion on the controversy engulfing Sir Bradley Wiggins after the leak of his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), we return to this topic with a selection of listeners’ responses to the issue. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Eurosport
Oct 06, 2016
21. Bradley Wiggins and the TUE
3589
September 28 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns after its post-Vuelta a España break and turns its attention to Sir Bradley Wiggins and the controversy around the release of his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs). Wiggins was one of several cyclists whose data was hacked – Chris Froome, Fabian Cancellara and Steve Cummings were among the others – but it is the TUEs of the 2012 Tour de France winner which have come under greatest scrutiny. Wiggins and Team Sky did not break any rules – Wiggins used a corticosteroid approved by the UCI and anti-doping authorities – but the case has nevertheless raised questions. What is ‘clean’ sport? Is it reasonable for an athlete to go as close as possible to the ‘line’, between legal and illegal, in the pursuit of victory? Or is a Grand Tour not supposed to be a test of health, endurance and physiology, in which case should TUEs be granted at all? In the latest podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe debate the Wiggins case and the wider issues around it. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 28, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 4
3812
Episode 4 of The Cycling Podcast Féminin has an international flavour with news and interviews from Rio, Madrid and Africa. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore look back at the Olympic Games and speak to three of the British medallists, Joana Rowsell Shand, Becky James and Katy Marchant. From Madrid we have interviews with the Women’s World Tour winner, Megan Guarnier of the USA, as well as from Australian rider Carlee Taylor. In his monthly retro feature, Lionel Birnie looks back at the first ever women’s world road race championships. And we hear from Kimberly Coats, sporting director of Team Africa Rising, the first all-African women’s UCI team, who tells of her ambition to find the first female African superstar. Featuring music from bensound.com and incompetech.com
Sep 22, 2016
Stage 21 | Las Rozas to Madrid | Vuelta a España 2016
1855
September 11 | In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast's coverage of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the end of this year's race, and talk about which riders and teams have performed particularly strongly at this Vuelta. The stage was won by Magnus Cort Nielsen of Orica-BikeExchange in a bunch sprint, picking up his second stage, and Orica-BikeExchange's fourth of this year's Vuelta. Nairo Quintana was safely in the peloton, allowing him to confirm his victory on the podium ahead of Chris Froome in second place, and Esteban Chaves in third place. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 12, 2016
Stage 20 | Benidorm to Alto de Aitana | Vuelta a España 2016
2343
In this, the penultimate episode of The Cycling Podcast's coverage of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe assess the mountain stage to Alto de Aitana. The stage was won by the young French rider Pierre Latour – and Daniel reveals that BMC's Darwin Atapuma possibly misjudged the finish because of poor information from his team car. The battle for the red jersey did not ignite, although Chris Froome tried to shake Nairo Quintana he was unable to. The same could not be said for the fight for third place. Orica-Bike Exchange played another tactical blinder to move Esteban Chaves back onto the podium at the expense of Alberto Contador. There are inteviews with Orica's sports director Neil Stephens, Adam Hansen, who is completing his 16th consecutive grand tour this weekend – a run that stretches back to the 2011 Vuelta and includes every Giro, Tour and Vuelta since – and a chat with French stage winner Lilian Calmejane. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 11, 2016
Stage 19 | Xàbia to Calp | Vuelta a España 2016
1612
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe sit down for a post-stage drink on the beach at Calpe to discuss the 19th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The 37-kilometre time trial offered Chris Froome an opportunity to gain time on race leader Nairo Quintana and give himself a slim chance of overall victory on Saturday's final mountain stage to the Alto de Aitana. And Froome took full advantage on the narrow, twisty and technical course, winning the stage and moving to within a minute and 21 seconds of Quintana. Lionel and Daniel ask whether Froome gained as much as, or more than, expected or whether Quintana was playing it safe knowing he had a comfortable cushion. They also analyse the other changes to the top ten positions, assess the Vuelta's entertainment quality and look ahead to tomorrow's Alto de Aitana summit finish. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 09, 2016
Stage 18 | Requena to Gandia | Vuelta a España 2016
2570
September 8 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a third stage win for Orica-Bike Exchange, courtesy of Denmark's Magnus Cort Nielsen, and look forward to Friday's time trial. There's also rumours of the Vuelta visiting the highest paved road in mainland Europe, at 3,300 metres in the Sierra Nevada, in the next couple of years. And there's and extended conversation with journalist Andy Hood of Velonews about the Vuelta and its place in Spanish culture and the Spanish sporting landscape. Finally, we hear Dave Brailsford's reaction to video footage of Team Sky's bus at the Tour of Britain passing a cyclist fast and close. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 08, 2016
Stage 17 | Castellón de la Plana to Camins del Penyagolosa, Llucena | Vuelta a España 2016
1900
September 7 | Mathias Frank gave IAM Cycling a second stage win of the Vuelta a Espana on the steep Alto Mas de la Costa climb. The Swiss rider broke away from a larger break with Italy's Dario Cataldo and then dropped him in the final kilometres, holding off a chase from Robert Gesink and Leopold Konig. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the day's action and also look back at Sunday's dramatic stage when Chris Froome was left isolated and trailing in the wake of Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador's surprise attack. We hear from Sky's boss Dave Brailsford. There's also a chat with our latest Pédaleur de Charme, Sam Bewley of Orica-Bike Exchange and a look ahead at the closing stages of the race. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 07, 2016
Stage 16 | Alcañiz to Peñíscola | Vuelta a España 2016
1829
September 5 | After two days of drama at the Vuelta a Espana, it was a quiet day in the heat of Spain. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the 16th stage, won by Luxembourg's Jean-Pierre Drucker, but first they deal with the controversy hanging over from the previous stage to Formigal when 91 riders finished outside the time limit. The issue has divided people and we hear three different points of view, from BMC sports director Max Sciandri, Giant-Alpecin rider Koen De Kort and the Vuelta's race director Javier Guillen. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 05, 2016
Stage 15 | Sabiñánigo – Aramon Formigal, Sallent de Gállego | Vuelta a España 2016
2508
September 4 | In a packed episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast from the Vuelta a Espana, Lionel Birnie witnesses Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador dash Chris Froome’s hopes of winning the race with a daring attack on stage 15 to Formigal. Although Froome is not completely out of contention, the Team Sky leader has a mountain to climb if he is to unseat Quintana. The stage was short – just 118km – and sweet for Quintana, who reacted quickly when Contador attacked almost from the gun. Froome was left isolated, and without Sky team-mates to help chase. He turned to Orica-Bike Exchange, because Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates had also missed the move, and then received some slightly unlikely assistance from Astana. Amid all the drama, Gianluca Brambilla’s excellent stage victory for Etixx-Quick Step was perhaps a little overlooked. The main bunch – or gruppetto – came in almost 54 minutes after the stage winner, well outside the time limit leaving the race jury with a conundrum. Could they eliminated more than half the field for slow riding? Lionel joins Daniel Friebe to discuss all this and much more. We hear from Sky’s Dario Cioni about their bad day at the office and from Tinkoff’s Steven De Jongh, who raised eyebrows at Astana giving Sky a helping hand. There’s also a quick chat with yesterday’s stage winner Robert Gesink. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 04, 2016
Stage 14 | Urdax-Dantxarinea to Col d'Aubisque (Gourette) | Vuelta a España 2016
2119
September 3 | A brilliant day of racing in the Pyrenees, culminating with anarchy on the Aubisque, saw Chris Froome cope with everything Nairo Quintana threw at him. But Alejandro Valverde fell dramatically away from third place overall, losing ten minutes on the final climb, while Orica-Bike Exchange pulled off a tactical masterstroke to catapult Simon Yates into fourth place as Esteban Chaves inherited Valverde's third place. And that was just the battle for the overall placings – the fight for the stage win was just as compelling with Robert Gesink beating Kenny Elissonde and Igor Silin at the finish. Join Lionel Birnie on the Col d'Aubisque as the race finishes before hearing from Spanish journalist Fran Reyes. Then Lionel met up with Daniel Friebe to dissect a thrilling day's racing that means the Vuelta is still delicately poised. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 03, 2016
Stage 13 | Bilbao to Urdax-Dantxarinea | Vuelta a España 2016
1841
September 2 | Valerio Conti of Lampre won the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, becoming the eighth rider to get his first grand tour stage win in this race. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Conti's victory and the peloton's go-slow. At 213 kilometres it was the longest stage of the race and the time gap between Conti, the rest of the break and the peloton was almost 34 minutes, meaning the bunch spent more than six hours in the saddle. Before he signed off from the Vuelta Richard Moore spoke to Sergey Lagutin, a stage winner a few days ago, and Michael Gogl, a young Austrian rider with Tinkoff, both of whom made it into the 12-man break. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Sep 02, 2016
Stage 12 | Los Corrales de Buelna to Bilbao | Vuelta a España 2016
2380
September 1 | As the Vuelta a España reached Spain’s cycling heartland, the Basque Country, it was a Belgian on an Australian team who won stage twelve to Bilbao. Jens Keukeleire is highly rated but a stage win in a Grand Tour is the biggest result of his career. And it was yet another success for his team, Orica-BikeExchange, who also had Simon Yates on the attack in the closing kilometres. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe were in Bilbao for the finish and they were joined on the Telegraph Cycling Podcast by French journalist François Thomazeau. There are interviews with Keukeleire’s sports director, Neil Stephens, and with Team Sky sports director Dario Cioni. Unusually, Sky had two riders in the day’s main break, Peter Kennaugh and David Lopez, which might have left their leader, Chris Froome, isolated. But there was no change overall, with Nairo Quintana keeping the red jersey of overall leader with Froome second at 54 seconds. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Sep 01, 2016
Stage 11 | Jurassic Museum of Asturias, Colunga to Peña Cabarga | Vuelta a España 2016
2584
August 31 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, won by Chris Froome. There are interviews with Froome, who discusses his tactics on the climbs, and his boss at Team Sky, Sir Dave Brailsford. We also hear from Colombian star Esteban Chaves and our Pédaleur de Charme, Luis Angel Maté. The Cycling Podcast is brought to you by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 31, 2016
Stage 10 | Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga | Vuelta a España 2016
1963
August 29 | The Vuelta a España entered the high mountains of Asturias on Tuesday and The Telegraph Cycling Podcast was at the spectacular summit of Lagos de Covadonga as Nairo Quintana won the stage to reclaim the leader’s red jersey. Behind Quintana, Chris Froome performed a trick that is now familiar. He was dropped close to the foot of the 12km final climb but, with help from Team Sky teammates Peter Kennaugh and David Lopez, gradually fought his way back. At the summit he finished third, conceding only 25 seconds to Quintana to remain third overall and still very much in contention for overall victory. We hear from Lopez, who tells the podcast that Froome’s tactic is to ride at his own pace, partly in order to avoid “playing games” with Quintana and Alberto Contador. There are also interviews with Robert Gesink, who featured in the day’s breakaway and almost hung on to win the stage, and Joe Dombrowski, another member of the break. And we hear from the deposed leader, David de la Cruz, whose spell in the red jersey lasted just one day – but he tells us that he enjoyed every second of it. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Aug 29, 2016
Stage 9 | Cistierna to Alto del Naranco, Oviedo | Vuelta a España 2016
1190
August 28 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe review stage nine of the Vuelta a España, won by David de la Cruz, who also took over the leader’s red jersey from Nairo Quintana. There are interviews with Samuel Sanchez, who comes from Oviedo, where the stage finished, and also with De La Cruz’s Etixx-Quickstep teammate, Gianluca Brambilla, the Italian who sits in ninth place on general classification. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Aug 28, 2016
Stage 8 | Villalpando to La Camperona, Valle de Sabero | Vuelta a España 2016
2125
August 27 | The first summit finish of the Vuelta a España saw Nairo Quintana take the red jersey of overall leader from his fellow Colombian, Darwin Atapuma, as Chris Froome conceded time to his main rivals but held on to third place. It was the Russian veteran Sergey Lagutin who won the stage from the day’s breakaway but the drama was behind as Quintana attacked and Froome slipped back. The biggest surprise was Alberto Contador, who crashed heavily the previous day but recovered well. He was initially dropped by Froome but he came back, dropping Froome to gain some precious time and move up to 7th overall. Richard Moore was on the summit of the spectacular final climb, La Camperona, just 3km long but as steep as 25% in places, interviewing the riders for the Telegraph Cycling Podcast as they crossed the line. We hear from Steven de Jongh, Contador’s coach and sports director at Tinkoff, who admitted he was surprised at Contador’s strong performance. And we hear from Froome, who praised Quintana: “Nairo showed he’s in really good condition. Chapeau to him, he did a really good ride today. Alberto did great, especially after his crash yesterday. He’s a fighter and came back strong today.” There’s also an interview with Hugh Carthy, the young British rider competing in his first Grand Tour, and with Froome’s Sky teammate, Leopold Koenig, who rode well and is up to fifth overall. Koenig said he was confident that Froome would come good on the longer climbs and would overhaul Quintana there. But Movistar are in a strong position, with Quintana first and Alejandro Valverde second. Back in Léon at the end of the stage Richard catches up with Daniel Friebe as they reflect on the day’s stage and what it means for the overall battle. There is also Lionel Birnie’s Tale of the Etapa. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Aug 27, 2016
Stage 7 | Maceda to Puebla de Sanabria | Vuelta a España 2016
1855
Friday’s seventh stage of the Vuelta a España was won by Belgium’s Jonas Van Genechten but the final kilometre was marred by another crash involving one of the favourites, this time Alberto Contador. Contador crossed the line looking bloodied and seemed pessimistic about his chances before Saturday’s crucial stage to Valle de Sabero. It was more bad luck for the Spaniard, who crashed twice at the Tour de France before abandoning. Richard Moore joins Daniel Friebe and François Thomazeau in Spain for the nightly podcast and they discuss whether Contador is indeed merely the victim of misfortune, or if his crashes are a sign that his powers are waning and age is catching up with him. François gives us the lowdown on the French riders and we hear from Simon Clarke, the Australian on the Cannondale-Drapac team, who escaped in the closing kilometres with Luis Leon Sanchez, only to be caught in the final 100 metres. There’s also an interview with Sir Dave Brailsford, who reflects on a day of mixed fortunes. While it was another incident-free stage for Chris Froome, the Team Sky leader, the British squad lost Michal Kwiatkowski, the former world champion, who withdrew with back pain. Brailsford admits to disappointment at the loss of Kwiatkowski but is bullish at Froome’s prospects. Froome, he says, “has been very pleasantly surprised by the way he’s felt on the bike, the way he’s climbed and the way he’s performed so far.” Brailsford added: “He wants it, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. At the start of the season we looked at the combination of Tour, Rio and Vuelta as three goals together. He’s won the Tour, he’s got a medal in Rio, and here he is embarking on some of the decisive stages of the Vuelta.” The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport
Aug 26, 2016
Stage 6 | Monforte de Lemos to Ribeira Sacra, Luintra | Vuelta a España 2016
1280
August 25 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns with a review stage six of the Vuelta a España, which was won by Britain's Simon Yates. Lionel Birnie discusses the stage with Daniel Friebe, who is in Spain awaiting Richard Moore's arrival at the race. It was an impressive victory by Yates, who spent the summer on the sidelines serving a short suspension after testing positive for an asthma medicine that was only permitted with a Therapeutic Use Exemption, which had not been applied for. Yates seized his chance near the end, attacking on a slight rise and fending off the chase from behind. We also discuss the overall picture and weigh up race leader Darwin Atapuma's position among this golden generation of Colombian riders. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 25, 2016
Sir Bradley Wiggins in conversation with The Cycling Podcast
1585
August 24 | Not long after stepping off the plane from Rio, Sir Bradley Wiggins appeared at the Rapha Cycle Club in Soho, London, for a conversation with The Cycling Podcast before an appreciative audience. Wiggins described the relief he felt at winning his fifth Olympic gold medal, his eighth in total, as part of a team pursuit squad that set a world record on their way to beating Australia in a close and thrilling final. Wiggins said he had no idea that it was so close, or that Owain Doull was off the back at the end, sprinting desperately to close the gap as Wiggins put in one last big effort at the front. Doull made it and the gold medal was theirs, though Wiggins admitted that he had still not watched the final and preferred not to dwell on “What ifs”, though he did discuss one talking point from Rio: the non-selection of Mark Cavendish for any of the qualifying rounds. Joined on stage by Ultan Coyle, the Rapha designer behind the Team Wiggins kit, Wiggins also discussed the future of his team – a project that is set to consume much of his time as retirement looms. His ambition, he said, is for Team Wiggins to become the world’s best development set-up. Another aim is to establish a women’s team. As for other future plans? “Next year I’m rowing across the Atlantic with James Cracknell,” he said – though as so often with Wiggins, it was unclear whether he was serious. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha
Aug 25, 2016
Stage 5 | Viveiro to Lugo | Vuelta a España 2016
1256
August 24 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the fifth stage, won by Gianni Meersman of the Etixx-Quick Step team. It was Meersman's second stage win of the race but the day was notable for a couple of crashes in the final kilometre or so. Steven Kruijswijk reportedly collided with a bollard on the side of the road and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone. The Dutchman finished fourth overall in the Giro d'Italia in May and hoped for a high finish here too but his race has ended in the middle of the first week. The other crash split the front of the peloton and it took the jury a while to confirm the results and announce that Colombia's Darwin Atapuma had retained the leader's red jersey. Atapuma had been delayed by the crash, while Alejandro Valverde got past, but the three-kilometre rule saved the BMC Racing rider. We discuss Meersman's victory, and why cycling is in his genes. There's also another despatch from Daniel Friebe who's in Spain, where he'll be joined by Richard on Thursday. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 24, 2016
Stage 4 | Betanzos to San Andrés de Teixido | Vuelta a España 2016
1400
August 23 | This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast features Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discussing stage four of the Vuelta a España, which was won by young Frenchman Lilian Calmejane. The Direct Energie rider, who is taking part in his first grand tour, pulled off a memorable victory as he attacked a large leading group on the final climb to San Andrés de Teixido. Behind him, Colombia's Darwin Atapuma rode very cleverly to seize the red jersey – and become the fourth man in four days to lead the race – as the powerful Movistar team misjudged the chase. That meant that Ruben Fernandez lost the lead and slipped to seventh. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 23, 2016
Stage 3 | Marín to Mirador de Ézaro, Dumbría | Vuelta a España 2016
1604
August 22 | The Cycling Podcast reviews stage three of the Vuelta a España with Richard Moore and Rob Hatch at the Rapha Cycle Club at Spitalfields and Daniel Friebe in Spain. In an eventful stage with a thrilling finish on a brutally steep climb, there was a win for the lone survivor of the breakaway. Behind, the overall lead changed hands for the third time in as many days, and although there is a very long way still to go, there were the first indications of who among the overall contenders is in form – and who might not be. The Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 22, 2016
The Cycling Podcast in conversation with Joe Dombrowski
4548
Joe Dombrowski is riding his second Grand Tour of the season at the Vuelta a Espana, having ridden the Giro d’Italia, where he went close to a stage win in the final week. After the Giro the Cannondale-Drapac rider took a break from training and spent a few days in London. And he dropped into the Rapha Cycle Club in Spitalfields where, before a full house, he chatted to Richard Moore of The Cycling Podcast before taking questions from the audience. In a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation, Dombrowski talks about his early days as a cyclist in Virginia and first races in Europe, his career so far as a professional, his favourite teammates and favourite rider on another team. And he reveals what sends Vasil Kiryienka, the Team Sky rider and world time trial champion, into fits of giggles.
Aug 22, 2016
Stage 2 | Ourense to Baiona | Vuelta a España 2016
1284
August 21 | The Vuelta a España continued with a flattish stage to Baiona that was won by Etixx-Quick Step's Belgian sprinter Gianni Meersman. Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski finished fourth in the sprint to take the leader's red jersey from his team-mate Peter Kennaugh. In this episode, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie recap the stage, weigh up the lack of top sprinters in the race and ask why Cofidis rider Nacer Bouhanni, who crossed the line first at the Hamburg Cyclassics only to be disqualified, chose not to ride the Vuelta. There's also a report from Spain by Daniel Friebe, setting the scene of the opening weekend. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 21, 2016
Stage 1 | Laias to Parque Náutico Castrelo de Miño | Vuelta a España 2016
1215
August 20 | The Vuelta a España got underway with a team time trial in Galicia and it was a good day for overall contenders Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves and Tejay Van Garderen and a less good one for Alberto Contador. The Vuelta often begins with a team time trial but the discipline rarely costs one of the major favourites almost a minute before the race is truly underway, but that was the time Contador and his Tinkoff team lost to Team Sky and Movistar. Sky's Peter Kennaugh took the first leader's red jersey of the race by leading them across the line and Froome, who won the Tour de France in July and a bronze medal in the time trial at the Olympics last week, got his campaign off to a flying start. They were less than a second in front of Movistar. In this, the first episode of our daily Vuelta coverage, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the stage's winners and losers. We also hear from American rider Larry Warbasse, who is part of IAM Cycling's line-up for the race. IAM Cycling is withdrawing its sponsorship at the end of the season and so this is the team's final grand tour. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 20, 2016
20. Olympic track events
2951
August 18 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the track events at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Great Britain won six of the ten gold medals available in the velodrome but there were plenty of stories too. After missing out in Beijing and London, Mark Cavendish finally won an Olympic medal, taking silver in the omnium behind Italy's Elia Viviani. However, he was at the centre of controversy after causing a crash midway through the race. We analyse what happened. There was more controversy in the men's Keirin final, when riders overlapped the Derny bike too early not once but twice, although officials decided not to disqualify anyone for the infraction. There were also world records for the British men's and women's team pursuits and an Olympic record for the men's team sprinters. Bradley Wiggins became Britain's most successful Olympian by taking his eighth medal, Laura Trott is now Britain's most successful female Olympian after winning her fourth gold, and Jason Kenny equalled Chris Hoy's record of six gold medals. We also look ahead to the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Saturday. For the first time, The Telegraph Cycling Podcast will be offering daily coverage of the third and final grand tour of the season. The line-up of riders is impressive. Chris Froome will lead Team Sky after winning the Tour de France and a silver medal in the Olympic time trial. Nairo Quintana will try to make up for a disappointing Tour, and Alberto Contador is back following the crash that ended his Tour. Quintana's team-mate Alejandro Valverde will start his third grand tour of the season, and will no doubt target another top ten finish, having been third at the Giro and sixth at the Tour. Esteban Chaves and Steven Kruijswijk, who both wore pink at the Giro, will also be on the start line in Spain, as will Simon Yates, returning from his suspension and having seen his brother Adam finish fourth in the Tour. There's also a recap of some of the recent transfer news. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport. Our daily coverage of the Vuelta a Espana begins on Saturday evening.
Aug 18, 2016
19. Olympic road events and Tour of Utah
4290
August 11 | The first regular episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast since the Tour de France starts with an update of the events that have happened in the world of professional cycling in the past couple of weeks. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe then discuss the Olympic Games road races. Both men's and women's races were marred by nasty crashes in the closing stages and we ask whether the course was too dangerous. We also discuss the time trials and a third consecutive gold medal for America's Kristin Armstrong and a second for Fabian Cancellara, during his final season as a professional. And there is Richard's in-depth report from the Tour of Utah, which uncovers the unique character of this race and looks at the state of professional cycling in the United States. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Aug 11, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 3
4531
Episode three of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Paris on the day of La Course, the 12th round of the inauguaral women's UCI World Tour. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore discuss the latest developments in the women's road scene and look ahead to the Olympic Games. There's a long interview with British track sprinter Becky James as she looks ahead to Rio, as well as Marianne Vos and UCI president Brian Cookson talking about the impact of the first season of World Tour racing. Richard is also joined by Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to discuss the controversy surrounding the world champion Lizzie Armitstead on the eve of the Olympics. Armitstead missed three out-of-competition dope tests and was suspended until the Court of Arbitration for Sport over-turned the first of those missed tests, clearing her to race at the Games. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rowe & King Cycling Coaching and Rapha.
Aug 03, 2016
Stage 21 | Chantilly to Paris | Tour de France 2016
3342
The 2016 Tour de France concluded on the Champs-Élysées, with Andre Greipel finally claiming a stage win and keeping the German streak of final-day victories going. After victories for Marcel Kittel in 2013 and 2014, and Greipel’s win last year, the Germans have won four in a row on the famous Parisian boulevard. As they did last year, Chris Froome and his Sky team-mates dropped back in the finishing straight so they could cross the line together to celebrate Froome’s third Tour title. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe were in Paris for a day of racing that provoked a festival atmosphere despite tighter security than the Tour has ever seen and a heavy police presence around the Place de la Concorde and the rest of the course. They assess the three weeks of racing team-by-team and award marks out of five according to their performance in the race. There’s a quick chat with Cannondale-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters, whose team’s hopes rested on Frenchman Pierre Rolland, who crashed heavily twice but picked himself up to finish 16th overall. We also hear from Dan McLay and Sam Bennett, the British and Irish sprinters who finished their first Tours. That brings three weeks of audio coverage of the Tour de France to a close. We’d like to thank all our sponsors, everyone on the Telegraph sports desk, our producers and guests and everyone who has worked behind the scenes to help us make the podcast. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 24, 2016
Stage 20 | Megève to Morzine | Tour de France 2016
2260
Heavy rain fell on the penultimate stage of the 2016 Tour de France, which made it difficult for any of the riders who had designs on grabbing a place on the final podium, or even challenging Chris Froome’s grip on the yellow jersey. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the last of four Alpine stages, from Megève to Morzine, over the Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombière, Col de la Ramaz and Col de Joux Plane – each of them difficult climbs with extremely tricky descents, especially in the wet. Movistar’s Ion Izaguirre won the stage with a perfectly-judged descent of the Joux-Plane in treacherous wet conditions. The Basque rider pushed just hard enough to drop Jarlinson Pantano and Vincenzo Nibali but not too hard as to risk a fall. It was a fine consolation for the Spanish Movistar team, who had hoped to see Nairo Quintana battle Froome for the yellow jersey. All the talk before the stage was of the forecast rain but the conditions were so bad that they discouraged any meaningful attacks on the final climb. Froome descended safely to Morzine, surrounded by Sky team-mates, and will clinch his third Tour de France title in Paris on Sunday. We discuss the five moments of Froome’s Tour, his comments in the post-race press conference and hear from his team-mate Luke Rowe. We get the French perspective on Romain Bardet’s second place overall from French journalist François Thomazeau. There’s also a chat with Bardet’s AG2R team-mate, Ben Gastauer. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 23, 2016
Stage 19 | Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc | Tour de France 2016
2637
The rain which fell towards the end of stage 19 of the Tour de France in the Alps contributed towards some incredible drama and a significant shake-up in the overall positions behind race leader Chris Froome. And, with just two days of the Tour to go, France was finally able to celebrate a stage win as Romain Bardet of AG2R attacked to win at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, and climb to second place overall. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau and the voice of Radio Tour, Seb Piquet, to discuss the day’s events. Incredibly, despite a crash on the final descent which meant he had to ride the last 12 kilometres on his team-mate Geraint Thomas’s bike, Froome ended the day having extended his overall advantage. Bauke Mollema, the Dutchman who has ridden so strongly in this Tour, was another crash victim but he was less fortunate and fell from second to tenth overall. Adam Yates also faltered for the first time, slipping from third to fourth as Bardet and Nairo Quintana moved up into the podium positions. We hear from Trek-Segafredo’s Peter Stetina about the chaos in the final hour of racing, and the misfortune that struck Mollema, who had looked set to finish on the podium in Paris. And, on a day when Froome had to swap bikes, we ask Caley Fretz of VeloNews about the oval-shaped chainrings he choose to use and whether they actually give him any advantage. Of course, Froome had to ride the final part of the stage with ‘normal’ chainrings and we ask if that will have any effect. With rain forecast for Saturday’s penultimate stage, there could yet be more twists and turns to come in a Tour that looked like a procession 24 hours ago but has now been thrust towards uncertainty. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 22, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Le Tour de Vin
1270
In this, the final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France, we look at the subject of wine. Why do stage winners not toast their victory on the podium with a bottle of Champagne? Which Tour rider spent the off-season working in a vineyard learning about winemaking? And why does Jonathan Vaughters have a particular reason to remember the day Bradley Wiggins clinched fourth place of the 2009 Tour de France on Mont Ventoux? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 22, 2016
Stage 18 | Sallanches to Megève | Tour de France 2016
2224
This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast was recorded as the stage 18 mountain time trial of the Tour de France unfolded in Megève. Join Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie by the finish line as they dissect the implications of the developments as riders completed the punishing 17-kilometre course from Sallanches to Megève. Chris Froome won the time trial, denying Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin a third stage victory in this Tour, to all but clinch his third Tour de France title. Although there are still two tough Alpine stages to come, Froome’s lead over second-placed Bauke Mollema grew to almost four minutes. The race for the yellow jersey may be almost done but the battle for the podium is still alive, with barely more than a minute separating Mollema, Adam Yates, Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet and Richie Porte. In this episode we hear from IAM Cycling’s time trial specialist Stef Clement about the choices of equipment the riders made and whether to opt for a full aerodynamic set-up or adapt a climbing bike for the race against the clock. 
We also hear from Etixx-Quick Step’s sensation Julian Alaphilippe, who has had an eventful debut Tour. In the final part, Richard and Lionel are joined by Daniel Friebe to discuss the implications of today’s time trial result and what we can expect over the next two days. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 21, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Lanterne rouge
955
The lanterne rouge (or red light) is the last man in the general classification at the Tour de France. This year, Ireland's Sam Bennett looks on course to take that position but, as we hear in this episode of Kilometre 0, making it this far has been a significant achievement considering the injuries he sustained in a crash on day one. What does it take to battle on for day after day, and will he make it through the Alps to Paris and complete his first Tour de France? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 21, 2016
Stage 17 | Bern to Finhaut-Émosson | Tour de France 2016
2130
As Chris Froome moved a day closer to his third Tour de France victory, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie were joined at Finhaut-Émosson by Ciro Scognamiglio to discuss a stage that offered Froome’s opponents no encouragement. Bauke Mollema’s challenge faltered, Nairo Quintana’s has never really got started, and only Adam Yates, the 24-year-old on the Orica-Bike Exchange team, seems to be getting stronger, consolidating his third place overall and moving to within thirty seconds of second place.. We hear from Yates’ experienced teamamte Mat Hayman, this year’s winner of Paris-Roubaix. “He’s ridden very intelligently,” says Hayman. “He’s still going into the unknown but he’s racing with a very mature head,” Hayman continued. “He’s pretty driven, he knows what he wants, he knows what he needs. He’s bold enough to say what he needs. He’s staying relaxed and he’s in a bit of a situation where he’s got everything to gain, there’s no expectation from the team.” We also hear from the Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford. “The big challenge on the big stage is that you’ve got to turn up with your A-game. Sometimes you don’t quite get it right. The strength of the Movistar team – they’ve above us in the WorldTour, they’ve won more races than us, they’re a brilliant team, but I think for the moment they haven’t turned up with their A-game.” And there’s an interview with Peter Sagan’s wife, Katarina, who was at the start of the stage in Berne. Sagan went three years without winning a stage of the Tour but this year, his first Tour since getting married, has won three. Katarina’s explanation: “The positive karma is coming back,” she says. She also tells us what she meant when she described her husband as “simple in a complex way.” The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 20, 2016
Kilometre 0 - The Badger
1477
Bernard Hinault has been a permanent presence at the daily Tour de France podium presentations for many years but he will retire from the role when the race reaches Paris. The five-time champion is also the last Frenchman to have won the Tour (in 1985) and, over the past 31 years, France has realised that there will never be another Badger. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we hear from journalists David Walsh, who covered the Tour when Hinault was at his best and worst, and William Fotheringham, the author of a biography of the Badger. Greg and Kathy LeMond recall the 1986 Tour when Hinault and LeMond were team-mates and rivals, and we hear from Hinault himself on what he will do when he steps down from the Tour podium for the final time. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 20, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 2
4216
In episode two of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore look back at the Women's Tour, discuss whether Marianne Vos can make it back to the top and talk tactics with Rochelle Gilmore. There are interviews with Vos and her team - including her parents - as well as top Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini. And Orla chats to Scotti Lechuga, an American who became a professional cyclist after having twins. We hear about what happened at the Giro Rosa in early July from German journalist Felix Mattis, and Lionel Birnie looks back at the great 1980s rivalry between Jeannie Longo and Maria Canins. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rowe & King Cycling Coaching and Rapha.
Jul 19, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Disc brakes
1275
The introduction of disc brakes to bikes in the professional peloton looks set to happen but the transition has not been smooth. With safety concerns paramount, there is some resistance from riders that the increased stopping power, particularly in the wet, is not worth the risks. In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Caley Fretz of VeloNews speak to riders, mechanics and those in charge of testing the technology for their verdict on disc brakes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 19, 2016
Stage 16 | Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern | Tour de France 2016
2335
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Daniel Friebe to discuss the 16th stage of the Tour de France from Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern in Switzerland. Two Etixx-Quick Step riders – Tony Martin and Julian Alaphilippe – broke away from the peloton and rode together, with the German Martin doing the bulk of the work. With 25 kilometres to go Alaphilippe was dropped and Martin was caught shortly after. There was a short-lived attack by Portugal’s Rui Costa before the inevitable sprint. There was to be no fairytale finish in his home town for Fabian Cancellara, who is riding his last Tour before retirement. In the finishing straight, Peter Sagan timed his lunge for the line perfectly, while Alexander Kristoff mistimed his, and so the Slovakian took his third stage win of this Tour in a photo finish. In this episode we hear from Etixx-Quick Step sports director Brian Holm about Martin and Alaphilippe’s attack and he explains how it came about. We also hear from Germany’s John Degenkolb who was fourth again as he continues to return to the top level after recovering from a horrific collision with a car during the Giant-Alpecin training camp in Spain at the start of the year, as well as Degenkolb’s coach Marc Reef. There’s also a short conversation with Spanish journalist Laura Meseguer about Movistar’s tactics as they go into the Alps with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde poised just below the podium positions. There’s also the daily Pédaleur de Charme prize and a slightly demob-happy atmosphere among the podcast team with a rest day in Bern to look forward to. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 18, 2016
Kilometre 0 - The African dream
898
Most teams exist to raise awareness of a commercial sponsor, but Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a little bit different, with the riders also racing to raise awareness of – and money for – a charity that distributes bikes throughout Africa. It is why Mark Cavendish has mentioned Qhubeka after each of his four stage wins. But how exactly does the relationship work? And how involved are the riders? In this episode of KM 0 we hear from Cavendish, Bernie Eisel, Serge Pauwels, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and the team’s other stage winner, Steve Cummings, as well as the team’s performance manager, Rolf Aldag, the principal, Douglas Ryder, and the founder of the Qhubeka Foundation, Anthony Fitzhenry. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 18, 2016
Stage 15 | Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz | Tour de France 2016
2187
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Ciro Scognamiglio to discuss the 15th stage of the race, a short but intense 160-kilometre leg with six climbs in the Jura. The race for the stage win was unpredictable and dramatic with the stunning Lacets du Grand Colombier providing the springboard for the final moves, which featured Polish champion Rafal Majka and eventual stage winner Jarlinson Pantano of IAM Cycling. Behind them, there was relatively little challenge to Chris Froome’s position in the yellow jersey as Team Sky neutralised all attempts to break away on the final climb. In the podcast, Richard, Lionel and Ciro discuss Sky’s strength and whether anything can be done to combat them. They also assess Astana’s tactics and Fabio Aru’s short-lived move on the Lacets du Grand Colombier. And they weigh up the finish between Majka and Pantano. The Pole looked to have it in the bag when he manoeuvred his Colombian opponent to the front in the finishing straight but Pantano had enough strength to bag the biggest win of his career and, potentially, a fine sign-off for the IAM Cycling team, which is disbanding at the end of the season. We also hear from Haimar Zubeldia, the veteran Basque rider who will be a key helper for his Trek-Segafredo team-mate Bauke Mollema, who lies second overall, in the final week. There’s the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme prize and another edition of The Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 17, 2016
Stage 14 | Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes | Tour de France 2016
2238
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Caley Fretz of VeloNews to discuss a long, hot, windy 14th stage of the Tour de France. With a headwind predicted for much of the day, the 208.5-kilometre stage from Montélimar to the Parc des Oiseaux (bird park) at Villars-les-Dombes started 15 minutes earlier than planned. But it was still a long, mostly leisurely day for the peloton as they let a four-man group containing Martin Elmiger, Jérémy Roy, Alex Howes and Cesare Benedetti lead for most of the stage. Elmiger and Roy were the last to be caught 3.5-kilometres from the line before Etixx-Quick Step set up the sprint for Marcel Kittel. The German initially looked strong but was passed by Mark Cavendish who clinched his fourth stage victory of this Tour and 30th in his career. There was a minor controversy over whether Cavendish veered off his line or impeded Kittel and Richard, Lionel and Caley discuss whether the jury made the right decision. They also discuss the jury’s critical decision from a few days ago at Mont Ventoux, when Chris Froome, Bauke Mollema and Richie Porte were brought down by a motorbike and the jury decided to take the times for the general classification at the point of the incident. We hear from Roger Hammond, Mark Cavendish’s sports director at the Dimension Data team, about their fifth stage victory of this Tour, and from Matt White of Orica-Bike Exchange about having Adam Yates lying third overall going into the Alps. There’s also an appearance by Daniel Friebe and the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme award. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 16, 2016
Stage 13 | Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne Pont d’Arc | Tour de France 2016
3114
A sombre mood settled over the Tour de France today in the wake of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, with the publicity caravan – the cavalcade of advertising vehicles that precedes the race – falling quiet, a minute’s silence before the start of the time trial and respects paid to the victims during the podium presentations after the race. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau. They discuss whether the Tour organisers and police came close to cancelling the stage. We also look back at Thursday’s chaotic stage to Mont Ventoux, which was shortened because of high winds on top of the mountain and then affected by a crash that involved a motorbike, Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema, and recap some of the stories that got missed in the aftermath of the stage. Then we turn attentions to today’s time trial, which was won in impressive style by Tom Dumoulin, who now counts himself as a favourite for gold at the Rio Olympics, and which saw Froome strengthen his grip on the yellow jersey as Mollema and Britain’s Adam Yates emerged as his main challengers. We hear from Froome’s Sky team-mate Woet Poels about a dramatic couple of days in the race, from Mollema and Yates who are now second and third overall, from sports directors Marc Sergeant of Lotto-Soudal and Valerio Piva of BMC Racing and from Dutch rider Laurens Ten Dam. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 15, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The escape artist
870
Meet Steve Cummings, a man who prefers to ride at the back of the peloton until it's time to make his move off the front. In the Pyrenees, he pulled off another of what has been his trademark move. Now 35, he talks about his career, his riding style and how he's carved out a niche as an escape artist. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg
Jul 15, 2016
Stage 12 | Montpellier to Mont Ventoux | Tour de France 2016
2067
There was drama on Mont Ventoux, one of the most iconic mountains the Tour de France visits, but it was not the sort of drama anyone could have predicted. The 12th stage from Montpellier to the Giant of Provence had been shortened by six kilometres because of high winds on top of the mountain and the finish line was moved down to Chalet Reynard. But that had an unintended consequence because all the fans who had travelled up to the top of the mountain early in the week to secure a prime vantage point had to move down and the makeshift finish meant that crowd barriers were not as extensive as would usually be the case. In the final kilometre, as Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema were racing away from the other overall contenders, there was a collision with a motorbike, spectators and the three riders which sent them flying. Froome picked himself up and could not find his bike and so there was the bizarre sight of the yellow jersey wearer running up the road. Eventually he got a bike from the neutral service car before he finally got a replacement bike from his team. He crossed the line behind his main rivals and, for a while, it looked like Adam Yates had taken the yellow jersey. But the race jury decided because of the freak nature of the incident Froome should not lose out and so the times for the stage were taken at the point of the collision – which meant the Sky rider actually extended his advantage. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie, who were at Chalet Reynard, try to explain what happened and sort through the fall-out from one of the most dramatic days in Tour history. We hear from Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Dave Brailsford and Alastair Campbell. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 14, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Bastille Day
911
This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at French cycling, much maligned after a generation in the doldrums and enduring 31 years of hurt since Bernard Hinault last home win at the Tour de France. But there have been signs of a revival for a few years now, the idea that the French are training luddites rejecting the advances of sports science is a myth Hear from Sky's sports director Nicolas Portal, FDJ coach, and brother of Thibaut Pinot, Julien Pinot, and the last Frenchman to win on Bastille Day (in 2005), David Moncoutié. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 14, 2016
Stage 11 | Carcassonne to Montpellier | Tour de France 2016
1985
What had been expected to be a routine sprint stage to Montpellier turned out to be anything but when the green jersey wearer Peter Sagan and yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome broke away on the run-in the finish, each with a team-mate for company. The leading quartet featured Sagan’s fellow Tinkoff rider Maciej Bodnar and Froome’s Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas and they rode extremely hard to gain a few seconds over the peloton. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Daniel Friebe and David Millar to discuss a thrilling 11th stage of the Tour from Carcassonne to Montpellier. Crosswinds posed a threat all day and, but for a brief period when the peloton was split in two shortly after the escapees Leigh Howard and French champion Arthur Vichot were caught, the damage was fairly limited. That all changed near the finish, though, when Sagan attacked, drawing a response from Froome. The leaders worked well together to open a gap and, although the lead was only six seconds on the line, a small time bonus meant Froome had gained 12 seconds over all his main rivals. With tomorrow’s Mont Ventoux stage being shortened by six kilometres because of high winds, it’s hard to say how critical those few seconds will be. We discuss Froome’s willingness to attack in the most unlikely circumstances – on a descent in the Pyrenees and on the flat today – and hear from his Sky sports director Nicolas Portal. There’s also the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme prize and a chat with Leigh Howard, who got in the two-man break and had not been expecting to ride the Tour until he was called up a few days before the race to replace an ill team-mate. We also look ahead to stage 12 and ask what effect on the race for the yellow jersey it will have that the stage finishes at Chalet Reynard instead of at the top of Mont Ventoux. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 13, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Paul Smith & cycling fashion
1364
In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore meets designer Paul Smith to talk about the changing fashions in cycling. His book, Paul Smith's Cycling Scrapbook is a labour of love that looks at the design and style that have appealed to him and influenced his work over the years. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 13, 2016
Stage 10 | Escaldes-Egordany to Revel | Tour de France 2016
2210
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau to discuss the 10th stage of the Tour de France from Andorra to Revel. The stage started with the Port d’Envilara, at more than 2,400 metres, the highest point in the three-week race, and a climb that proved to be the springboard for a powerful 15-man break that shaped the race. World champion Peter Sagan was one of the first to attack, in search of a second stage win of this race, and he was joined by Greg Van Avermaet, another stage winner and yellow jersey wearer in this Tour. Also in the break were former stage winners Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sylvain Chavanel and former Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. Perhaps most significantly, three Orica-Bike Exchange riders made the break too and, when the lead group started to break up 25 kilometres from the finish, all three of them made the first group. After that, Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey worked perfectly to set Michael Matthews up for the first Tour stage win of his career. Richard, Lionel and François discuss the stage and particularly the way Orica worked for Matthews despite the knowledge that he will be leaving the team at the end of the season. We also hear from Impey and the Orica sports director Matt Wilson. There’s the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme, a chat with Dimension Data boss Doug Ryder, and a look ahead at the next couple of days in the Tour and whether the forecast wind could have an effect on either Wednesday’s short, sprint stage to Montpellier or Thursday’s stage to Mont Ventoux. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 12, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Zone Technique
1064
The Tour de France is a huge logistical operation, packing up a small town every evening and moving a couple of hundred kilometres to set up the following day. The Zone Technique, or technical zone, is a large area near the finish line where the heart of the Tour beats and where the broadcasters work. There are dozens of trucks, 60 kilometres of cable and hundreds of people all essential to broadcasting the Tour around the world. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we meet Frank Jacobs who helps to construct and break down the Zone Technique every day as it moves around France. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 12, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Book club
1322
How many riders unwind at the end of a hard day of the Tour de France with a good book? This episodes features Bauke Mollema, Chris Juul Jensen, Peter Stetina, Brian Holm, Charly Wegelius and others talking about the books they read during their down-time at the race. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wine.
Jul 11, 2016
Stage 9 | Vielha Val d’Aran to Andorra Arcalis | Tour de France 2016
2219
A torrential rainstorm, with added hail stones the size of marbles, made the final climb to Arcalis in Andorra even more challenging. Tom Dumoulin, the Dutchman who rode so well during the first week of the Giro d’Italia in May, broke clear of a group of riders to win his first Tour de France stage win and add it to victories at the other two of cycling’s grand tours. And as the rain and hail fell, the overall contenders tested each other, with Chris Froome responding to every question that was posed. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the first summit finish of the Tour and the final stage before Monday’s rest day. Although Froome kept the yellow jersey, there were plenty of small changes to the overall classification. Britain’s Adam Yates moved up to second place, Ireland’s Daniel Martin is now third and Nairo Quintana has risen to fourth. Meanwhile, Alejandro Valverde has slipped to tenth and Tejay Van Garderen and Fabio Aru fell out of the top ten. Thibaut Pinot is the new leader in the king of the mountains competition, taking the polka-dot jersey from Rafal Majka. But the Tour is over for Majka’s team-mate, and the former champion Alberto Contador. He has been struggling since crashing on the first stage and has finally been forced out. In this episode, there is also the daily Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest edition of The Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 10, 2016
Stage 8 | Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon | Tour de France 2016
2396
Defending champion Chris Froome won the eighth stage of the Tour de France and took over the yellow jersey from Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet, but the Team Sky rider laid down the gauntlet in a way his rivals perhaps had not anticipated. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by American journalist Andy Hood of VeloNews to discuss the second stage in the Pyrenees. Froome caught the rest of the leading riders by surprise, attacking at the top of the Col de Peyresourde and descending impressively to open and hold a gap over his main rivals. He won the stage, took the time bonus and pulled on the yellow jersey. Behind him, Ireland’s Daniel Martin won the sprint for second place and is also second overall. Others were less happy – Alberto Contador cracked on the Peyresourde and lost time, as did French riders Warren Barguil and Pierre Rolland, the latter also suffered a fall on the descent. The Tour also lost its first rider as Denmark’s Michael Mørkøv, who has been suffering with injuries sustained in a crash on the opening day, pulled out. We discuss Froome’s tactics, describe his descending style and ask whether the time gained was worth the effort. We also hear from New Zealand’s George Bennett of Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Bennett had a very eventful day working for his team leader Wilco Kelderman. Finally, we speak to Daniel Martin about Froome’s unexpected tactics and what lies in store on Sunday’s stage to Arcalis in Andorra. There’s also the daily Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 09, 2016
Stage 7 | L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle | Tour de France 2016
2419
As Steve Cummings won the second Tour de France stage of his career, to make it four in a week for Great Britain and also for Team Dimension Data, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie report from Lac de Payolle as the Tour entered the high mountains. Cummings won a memorable stage at Mende last year, outwitting the Frenchmen Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, but this was even more impressive. He attacked alone with 27km to go and held off chasers who included Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 champion and recent Giro d’Italia winnner. At the finish the podcast team spoke to Cummings, to Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and to Irishman Sam Bennett, who has been struggling with injuries sustained in a crash on stage one. We also hear from Matt White, the Orica-BikeExchange sports director, who was annoyed by an incident that initially looked farcical but which could have serious repercussions for his young British rider, Adam Yates. Yates attacked from the group of favourites, which included Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana, as they passed under the huge inflatable arch that marks a kilometre to go. But the arch collapsed, causing Yates to crash heavily on his face. Behind, most riders were held up, and nobody lost any time, but Yates was badly hurt and crossed the line with blood dripping from his face. But it was a day of celebration for another British rider, with 35-year-old Cummings enjoying a remarkable purple patch. This was his fourth win in a World Tour race this year, making it easily his best ever season and a victory for a certain kind of rider – somebody who rides on feel and instinct rather than power numbers and instructions over race radio. “I just feel things and look at riders and sensations,” Cummings said at the finish. “I go a lot on feel, I don’t use the radio too much.” The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 08, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The political cycle
1335
What connects Trump, Brexit and the Tour de France? Listen to this episode of Kilometre 0 with Lionel Birnie and French journalist François Thomazeau to find out. Hear from Dag-Otto Lauritzen, Greg LeMond and Marc Madiot too. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 08, 2016
Stage 6 | Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban | Tour de France 2016
2513
Mark Cavendish overtook Bernard Hinault in the all-time list of Tour de France stage winners when he notched his third victory of this race, and 29th in total, in Montauban. The sprinter from the Isle of Man pipped Marcel Kittel in a close finish – although compared to some we’ve seen this week, it was a comfortable victory – and Britain’s Dan McLay continued an excellent debut Tour with another top ten finish, this time taking third place. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Seb Piquet, the voice of Radio Tour and a man who has one of the best seats in the house, in the race director’s car just behind the peloton, or the break. However, Piquet surprised Richard and Lionel by revealing he never actually sees the finish of a stage because the car is always behind the peloton. We hear from Cavendish’s team-mate Bernhard Eisel about the stage victory and ask whether Cavendish will race all the way to Paris or whether he’ll pull out to fine-tune his preparations for the Rio Olympics. We also speak to Tim Harris, a former British road race champion, and someone who knows Dan McLay very well, having put him up at his house in Belgium while he was an amateur. With six stages of the Tour already done the peloton is still intact – no riders have pulled out yet, which is very unusual. We ask Seb, who has to inform the teams over the race radio when crashes and punctures happen, whether it’s been an unusual week and if the perception that there have been fewer crashes is accurate. One rider who has crashed is the Dane Michael Mørkøv of Katusha. We hear from him about how hard it has been to struggle through the first week, narrowly making it inside the time limit on Wednesday, with injuries sustained on the opening day. There’s also the daily Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest instalment of The Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 07, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The French Foreign Legion
892
French riders are enjoying a renaissance, with several contenders for the podium, if not the outright Tour de France title, among the home riders. For years, French riders stuck to French teams but lately there's been a temptation to look outside France and several foreign teams are now led by French riders. In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore speaks to Warren Barguil, Pierre Rolland and Julian Alaphilippe about riding 'away from home'. We also hear from Rolland's boss at Cannondale, Jonathan Vaughters, who rode for French teams during his career, and French journalist François Thomazeau. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 07, 2016
Stage 5 | Limoges to Le Lioran | Tour de France 2016
2934
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are reunited with Daniel Friebe to discuss an intriguing fifth stage, which took the riders 216 kilometres from Limoges into the Massif Central. With four climbs in the final 40 kilometres – including two ranked second-category – it was anticipated that some of the overall contenders might use it as an opportunity to test the legs of their rivals. And that is what happened and, although there were few dramatic developments, we did discover that Giro d’Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali was telling the truth when he said he was not here to challenge for the yellow jersey. He lost eight minutes. Spain’s Alberto Contador, who crashed on each of the first two days, suffered too – hanging on as Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and the Movistar team set a fierce pace on the final climb but getting dropped slightly when Frenchman Romain Bardet accelerated towards the top. Up ahead, Belgian riders finished first and second, with BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet taking the stage win and the yellow jersey by more than two-and-a-half minutes from Thomas De Gendt. Peter Sagan, who was dropped on the climbs, relinquishes the yellow jersey but retains the green jersey of points competition leader. In this episode we dissect the clues from the first tentative climbs of the race, discuss BMC Racing’s overall chances with VeloNews reporter Caley Fretz, hear from Britain’s Adam Yates, who is handily placed overall after a solid day. There’s also the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme prize and a chat with Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford about Wales’ chances in the Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 06, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The Sports Directors
1069
The Sports Directors drive thousands of kilometres behind the race but there's a lot more to the job than getting behind the wheel of a team car. In this episode of Kilometre 0, Lionel Birnie meets some of the Sports Directors working on the Tour de France to find out about this role that requires them be a father-figure, older brother, best mate, teacher, mentor and manager to the riders. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 06, 2016
Stage 4 | Saumur to Limoges | Tour de France 2016
2518
For the second day in a row, the winning margin at the Tour de France was a matter of centimetres – if not millimetres. After three stages without a victory, pressure was building on the Belgian Etixx-Quick Step team and their German sprinter Marcel Kittel. It didn’t help much that two of the stages were won by Mark Cavendish, who Etixx-Quick Step allowed to leave for Dimension Data at the end of last season. But everything worked out perfectly for Kittel in Limoges after the 237.5-kilometre fourth stage from Saumur – the longest of the race. The sun even came out. It was close for Kittel as he was pushed all the way by Frenchman Bryan Coquard of Direct Energie. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie analyse Kittel’s return to winning ways at the Tour after missing last year’s race with illness and injury. We hear from Etixx-Quick Step owner Patrick Lefevere and sports director Brian Holm about the victory. Richard and Lionel are joined by Dutch journalist Daan Hakkenberg of Algemeen Dagblad to discuss the stage and also the amazing sprint by Dutch champion Dylan Groenewegen, who came from so far back to finish fourth and was, arguably, the fastest over the final few hundred metres. There’s also a guest appearance from La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglio, who is bracing himself for Astana’s two Italian riders – the Sicilian Vincenzo Nibali and Sardinian Fabio Aru – deciding among themselves who is fastest and should be team leader. We have the return of The Friebos File from roving reporter Daniel Friebe and hear from Ireland’s Sam Bennett, who crashed hard during the opening stage and has been struggling on despite his injuries. Plus there’s a chat with Britain’s Dan McLay, the sprinter with the French Fortuneo-VItal Concept team, who has finished in the top ten three times in four days. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 05, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The rebirth of German cycling
980
Cycling has remained popular in Germany during what could be described as the doldrum years following Jan Ullrich's doping scandal ten years ago and the subsequent collapse of T-Mobile, the de facto national team. But a sceptical media, and particularly broadcasters who stopped showing the Tour de France live on mainstream television as a result of successive damaging doping scandals, means there's still some recovery work to be done. The emergence of Marcel Kittel, a genuine star, and John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel's ability to win big races has helped, but it could be that Düsseldorf hosting the Grand Départ next summer, and the fact that the ASO-run Tour of Germany is set to return to the calendar, and possibly Bora-Argon18's elevation to World Tour status combines to give the sport the boost it needs. This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at the fall and rise of German cycling with Kittel, Paul Voss and Ralph Denk. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 05, 2016
Stage 3 | Granville to Angers | Tour de France 2016
2334
The Tour de France had a virtual off-day for much of stage three – barely a pedal was turned until Angers. On American Independence Day, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by VeloNews journalist Andy Hood to discuss a 223.5-kilometre long stage from Granville to the edge of the Loire Valley. The stage was won by Britain’s Mark Cavendish and it was his second victory of this race and 28th Tour stage win in total, drawing him level with Bernard Hinault in second place in the all-time list. In the podcast, we discuss how Dimension Data, a team that does not have the sprint train resources of Etixx-Quick Step or Lotto-Soudal but has managed to win twice in three days. And we hear from three of the people closest to Cavendish – Rod Ellingworth, Rolf Aldag and Brian Holm – about what taking the yellow jersey and returning to winning form at the Tour means. There was not a lot of other action but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lively discussion about whether Armindo Fonseca of Fortuneo-Vital Concept deserved either the coveted Pédaleur de Charme award or the Tour’s combativity prize (which went to Thomas Voeckler). Yes, Fonseca was out in front for 141km but he was also pedalling quite slowly. We also mull over why the peloton were in such a leisurely mood, and whether the final kilometres of sprint stages are being made more hazardous by the teams hoping to keep their overall contenders out of trouble. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 04, 2016
Kilometre 0 – A day in the life
971
What's a day working on the Tour de France as a journalist like? That's a question Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are sometimes asked. Friends and family might think it's an extended holiday in France but what's it really like? This first episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France takes you behind the scenes, in the car, into the press room and next to the finish line at the opening weekend in Normandy. We also hear from journalists Rupert Guinness, Sophie Smith and Andy Hood to hear about their daily routine at the Tour. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Nederburg.
Jul 04, 2016
Stage 2 | Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-en-Cotentin | Tour de France 2016
2407
On Saturday, Mark Cavendish took the first Tour de France yellow jersey of his career. On Sunday in Cherbourg, it Peter Sagan swapped his world champion’s rainbow jersey for the maillot jaune. The second stage of the 2016 Tour from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin featured a thrilling finale and dented the overall hopes of at least two of the riders hoping to challenge for the podium in Paris. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by French journalist François Thomazeau of Le Figaro to digest the day’s events – even though François also had the evening’s Euro 2016 match between France and Iceland on his mind. In a packed episode, we hear from two riders who figured strongly in the closing stages of the race – Ireland’s Dan Martin, who was fourth, and Dutchman Tom Jelte Slagter, who almost pulled off a late move after Belgian Jasper Stuyven was caught on the final climb. We put Peter Sagan’s claim that he thought he was racing for third place rather than the stage win to the test – and François is extremely dubious. We also discuss the time lost by Alberto Contador – who crashed for a second consecutive day – and Australia’s Richie Porte, who suffered a puncture at the worst possible moment as the race was heating up in the final five kilometres. There’s the daily awarding of the Pédaleur de Charme prize and the latest installment of The Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 03, 2016
Stage 1 | Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach | Tour de France 2016
2372
Mark Cavendish clinched the 27th Tour de France stage win of his career but the yellow jersey that came with it was his first. This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast reviews the opening stage of the Tour, from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach in Normandy. The weather forecast predicted grey skies and wind but the skies were sunny and bright and although it was breezy, there was not enough to cause much chaos in the peloton. The sprint finish saw Cavendish back to his best as he chose his moment perfectly to pass world champion Peter Sagan and hold off the two Germans Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Caley Fretz of American magazine VeloNews to recap the first day of the race. We hear from one of Cavendish’s Dimension Data team-mates, Bernhard Eisel, Australian Rohan Dennis, who won the opening stage time trial in Utrecht a year ago, and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe, who was still celebrating Wales’ win over Belgium at Euro 2016. There’s also a first despatch from roving reporter Daniel Friebe in The Friebos File. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.
Jul 02, 2016
On the eve of the Tour
1919
The 103rd Tour de France starts at Mont St Michel on Saturday and The Cycling Podcast team arrived in Normandy to soak up the pre-race atmosphere ahead of the Grand Départ. In this episode Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Seb Piquet, the voice of Radio Tour, who keeps everyone working inside the race abreast of the latest developments in the peloton. The weather in Normandy has been cool and rainy and, with the route of the opening stage to Utah Beach hugging the coastline so much and the wind forecast to blow, there’s the prospect of a nervous, potentially chaotic race. With the stage win and the yellow jersey up for grabs, the sprinters look to have the upper hand but will the weather dictate otherwise? Although the battle for the overall race won’t truly heat up until the Pyrenees, the two outstanding favourites, Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana, will want to avoid any mishaps during the opening weekend. But what else is there to look forward to over the next three weeks? Tune in to find out because the Tour starts here. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport. We will be broadcasting daily episodes every day of the race covering the Tour as it heads south towards the Pyrenees, then across to the Alps before finishing in Paris in three weeks’ time.
Jul 01, 2016
18. Final Tuning
3149
June 22 | In the latest Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Rob Hatch discuss the final warm-up races for the Tour de France, now just over a week away, and the Women’s Tour, won by world champion Lizzie Armitstead. The Tour de Suisse is sometimes called the fourth Grand Tour, but this year’s was dogged by terrible weather. In the rain and cold it was a 22-year-old Colombian, Miguel Ángel López, who emerged as a deserving winner, beating several big names, including Tejay van Garderen and Geraint Thomas, with the Welshman unable to repeat his podium finish of 2015. López’s more illustrious countryman, Nairo Quintana, won the Route du Sud after weeks away from competition. Last year’s Tour de France runner-up has been training at altitude back home in Colombia but, although the field at the Route du Sud was modest, looks to be in the kind of shape to pose a serious challenge to Chris Froome and Alberto Contador over the coming month. From the Women’s Tour, there are interviews with Armitstead and with the Barnes sisters, Alice and Hannah, who is still working back to full fitness after five months on crutches. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Eurosport and is promoting the Poppyscotland Sportive on 25 September: www.poppyscotland.org.uk
Jun 22, 2016
17. The Dauphiné concludes
3836
June 16 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie discuss the conclusion of the Criterium du Dauphiné. The race was won by Chris Froome – for the third time in his career – proving that the Team Sky leader is in good shape for the Tour de France. But there were a number of talking points – the form and verve of Romain Bardet, who looked out of contention after crashing into a team-mate early in the race but attempted to pull of a coup on the penultimate day. And what of Alberto Contador, who looked so good in the opening time trial but was found wanting when the pressure was on in the big mountains? The podcast team also discuss the early stages of the Tour de Suisse, the news that the blood bags seized as part of the Operacion Puerto doping investigation will be passed on to the sports authorities and the latest rumours of motorised cheating in the peloton. The Telegraph Cycling Pocast is supported by Eurosport and Poppyscotland.
Jun 16, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 1
4075
The first Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, looks at the dominant force in women’s racing, Dutch team Boels-Dolmans, profiles the exciting young British squad, Drops, and discusses the Women’s Tour with race director Guy Elliott. Reporter Owen Rogers meets world champion Lizzie Armitstead and her teammate Megan Guarnier. Between them, Armitstead and Guarnier have won five of the nine events held so far this season in the new Women’s World Tour. We also hear from another Boels-Dolmans rider, world hour record holder Evelyn Stevens, and Wiggle-High5 star Emma Johansson. Meanwhile, Lionel Birnie tells the story of the first Tour de France Féminin in 1984, and Richard meets a star of the future, Abi Van Twisk, at her workplace – a florist in central London – and speaks to Van Twisk’s Drops in-form teammate Alice Barnes and the driving force behind the team, Bob Varney. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rowe & King Cycling Coaching, tailored training by Luke Rowe and Dani King: http://roweandking.com
Jun 14, 2016
16. Critérium du Dauphiné
2925
June 9 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns after the Giro d'Italia to discuss the Critérium du Dauphiné, the stage race held in the Alps that heralds the beginning of the build-up to the Tour de France. Alberto Contador won the prologue – a steep, four-kilometre hill climb at Les Gets – to show that he is in great form with the Tour less than a month away. Australia's Richie Porte of BMC Racing and reigning Tour champion Chris Froome of Team Sky were not far behind. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Daniel Friebe, who is out at the Dauphiné, to discuss the race so far – from the prologue at Les Gets, to the Cofidis team's controversial and combative sprinting techniques, and Fabio Aru's surprise stage win. And, with the Tour de Suisse – the other big stage race that riders use to tune up for the Tour de France – about to get underway, we talk to Graham Bartlett of Velon. Velon has signed an agreement with the Tour de Suisse to introduce a number of measures, including improving the data available to television viewers during the race. But what is Velon? In this first part of a two-part interview, Bartlett explains how the company – owned by 11 of the WorldTour teams – came about, what its plans are and how it will be working for the teams. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Eurosport and the Poppyscotland Sportive.
Jun 09, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The Journey
1293
June 3 | This, the final episode of our 2016 Giro d'Italia coverage, tells the story of The Cycling Podcast's journey to the Netherlands and Italy. Don't expect too much in the way of cycling conversation in this one – but if you enjoy the story of three journalists covering a grand tour this is for you. Follow Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as take delivery of their car for the Giro d'Italia – one of the icons of Italian motor car design, a Maserati Quattroporte. Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. Kilometre 0 is supported by Science in Sport.
Jun 02, 2016
Stage 21 | Cuneo to Torino | Giro d'Italia 2016
4560
In our final regular podcast from the Giro d’Italia we hear some of the riders’, team directors’ and journalists’ highlights from the past three weeks, with contributions from Gianluca Brambilla, Daniel Oss, Simon Clarke, Filippo Pozzato, Stefan Küng, Albert Timmer, Matt White, Nate Brown, Laura Meseguer, Adam Hansen, who in Turin completed his 14th consecutive Grand Tour, and many more. There’s also an interview with the runner-up, Esteban Chaves, who, after losing the pink jersey to Vincenzo Nibali on Saturday, at least had the consolation of being named our overall Pédaleur de Charme winner. And Daniel Friebe meets Miculà Dematteis, a former teammate of Nibali with a fascinating story. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 29, 2016
Stage 20 | Guillestre to Sant’Anna di Vinadio | Giro d'Italia 2016
3000
The penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, crossing back into Italy and finishing at Sant'Anna di Vinadio, saw Vincenzo Nibali complete his Lazarus act to claim the pink jersey of overall leader. Nibali’s apparently dramatic turnaround over two days in the Alps has raised eyebrows and in Saturday’s stage 20 podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss whether suspicion is justified. They are also joined by Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport. There are interviews with Joe Dombrowski, who was third on the stage, Alejandro Valverde, who moved up to third overall, Ian Boswell, Jos van Emden, Tanel Kangert and Steven Kruijswijk. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 28, 2016
Stage 19 | Pinerolo to Risoul | Giro d'Italia 2016
2940
In Friday's Cycling Podcast from stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia to Risoul, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe savour the most gripping day of racing in this year's 'Corsa Rosa'. A sensational stage win has put Vincenzo Nibali back in contention to win the race overall, while Esteban Chaves has taken over the maglia rosa from Steven Kruijswijk. Kruijswijk's crash on the descent off the Agnello has thrown the race wide open. Chaves, Nibali & the Dutchman are all now potential winners with another brutal mountain stage now standing between the peloton & the race finale in Turin on Sunday. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport & Eurosport.
May 28, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Giromondo
1240
May 27 | With riders from 34 nations racing this year's Giro, the 'Corsa Rosa' now emphatically lives up to its billing as a global sporting showcase. Between Eritreans & Russians, Albanians & Brazilians, there are many common themes but also some remarkably different journeys to the Giro. Together, they demonstrate that cycling is changing & diversifying almost beyond recognition - even if its sacred races & places remain the same. Kilometre 0 is supported by Science in Sport.
May 27, 2016
Stage 18 | Muggiò to Pinerolo | Giro d'Italia 2016
2644
The longest stage of the Giro d’Italia was won by Matteo Trentin ahead of two fellow Italians. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss all the latest news and developments in The Cycling Podcast’s stage 18 show, which includes interviews with Gianluca Brambilla, Enrico Battaglin and former Giro winner Gilberto Simoni. There is the latest chapter in The Shark’s Tale and also another extract from Joe Dombrowski’s Giro diary. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 26, 2016
Stage 17 | Molveno to Cassano d'Adda | Giro d'Italia 2016
2789
In Wednesday's Cycling Podcast from stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia to Cassano d'Adda, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe analyse an intriguing day of racing, with Roger Kluge of IAM Cycling taking the stage. Kluge's well-timed attack in the last kilometre denied Filippo Pozzato, 'soul sister' to friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio. Ciro naturally insisted on congratulating Pozzato in person for a fine if unlucky performance - & we were there to witness the uproarious scenes. The general classification remains unchanged, with Steven Kruijswijk still in the pink jersey. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport & Eurosport.
May 25, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Feedzone
1463
May 25 | This episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is called Feedzone – or Rifornimento, to give it it's Italian name – and looks at how the riders fuel for a grand tour. Diet, weight loss, team chefs and nutritionists are now all a part of professional cycling and in this episode we look at the balance between food and nutritional supplements, how the riders fuel for the ride. Kilometre 0 is supported by Science in Sport.
May 25, 2016
Stage 16 | Bressanone to Andalo | Giro d'Italia 2016
3113
In Tuesday's Cycling Podcast from stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia to Andalo, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe pick apart a scintillating day of racing, culminating in Alejandro Valverde's victory over race leader Steven Kruijswijk. Short, mountainous & coming after a rest-day, today's 132km stage into the Dolomiti di Brenta was always likely to be aggressively raced. So it proved, as a flurry of attacks at the top of the Passo della Mendola unhinged Esteban Chaves & looked set to presage further moves on the climb to Fai della Paganella. They duly arrived, with Ilnur Zakarin, Valverde & Kruijswijk finally pulling away to contest the stage victory in a sprint, Chaves recovering, & Vincenzo Nibali losing more time. We hear from Chaves, his directeur sportif Matt White, Nibali's coach Paolo Slongo, Zakarin's team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov, one of Kruijswijk's keen lieutenants Jos Van Emden, & our resident Italian national treasure, Ciro Scognamiglio. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport & Eurosport.
May 24, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Pausa Caffè
1130
May 23 | It's rest day on the Giro d'Italia, so it's the perfect time for a pausa caffè – or coffee break. The relationship between cycling and coffee is well-established. After all, who doesn't love a good cup of coffee during or after a bike ride? Kilometre 0 is supported by Science of Sport.
May 23, 2016
Stage 15 | Castelrotto/Kastelruth to Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm | Giro d'Italia 2016
2511
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by former rider Dan Lloyd and journalist Ned Boulting to discuss the stage 15 mountain time trial from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites. The identity of the stage winner was a surprise – 24-year-old Russian Alexandre Foliforov who rides for the Gazprom-Rusvelo team. It was Foliforov’s first grand tour stage win and it came by the narrowest of margins, less than a second from the race leader Steven Kruijswijk. The Dutchman, who took the pink jersey on Saturday, extended his lead and now has an advantage of two minutes and 12 seconds from Colombian Esteban Chaves. But it was a bad day for Vincenzo Nibali, the 2013 Giro champion. He was already losing time to Kruijswijk and Chaves when he had a mechanical problem with his bike on the climb. His chain slipped, he stopped to try to sort it out himself but then had to take a spare bike. At the start of the day, he trailed Kruijswijk by 41 seconds, now his deficit is two minutes and 51 seconds. In this episode, the podcast team discuss all the key events from the stage, with expert analysis from Dan and Ned. Earlier in the day, Daniel and Lionel had visited a cheesemaker who explained that the best cheese is made by cows that graze at the highest altitudes. Having a couple of stages in this Germanic north-eastern corner of the Italian Dolomites has given the Giro a distinct flavour this weekend. There’s also another instalment of the Shark’s Tale, the award of the daily Pédaleur de Charme prize and a chat with the Giro’s race director Mauro Vegni, who looks ahead to the final week of the race and, in particular, the possibility of snow affecting next weekend’s stages in the high Alps. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 22, 2016
Stage 14 | Alpago (Farra) to Corvara (Alta Badia) | Giro d'Italia 2016
2244
In Saturday's Cycling Podcast from stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia to Corvara, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe revisit the key action on a sublime day of racing against an awe-inspiring Dolomite backdrop. Steven Kruijswijk is the new pink jersey after a stunning attack with stage winner Esteban Chaves. Dutch reporter Daan Hakkenberg joins Lionel & Daniel to assess Kruijswijk's chances of taking the maglia rosa all the way to Turin. We hear from Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team-mate, Jakob Fuglsang, and get the latest instalments of our Giro regulars, The Shark's Tale, & Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport & Eurosport.
May 21, 2016
Stage 13 | Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli | Giro d'Italia 2016
2173
In Friday's Cycling Podcast from stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia to Cividale del Friuli, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe dissect the key action on a day that saw Mikel Nieve claim victory & Andrey Amador the pink jersey. Nieve is cycling's super sub, a man who excels when his team finds itself battling adversity, as was the case this week with Team Sky as they lost Mikel Landa to illness. Lionel & Daniel discuss this, Saturday's Dolomite blockbuster to Corvara, & a shocking admission from Filippo Pozzato. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport & Eurosport.
May 20, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The Dolomites
1162
May 20 | This weekend, the Giro d’Italia heads for the peaks which more than any other have inspired its marketing tagline: “The toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place.” Jagged, luminous, majestic, the Dolomites premiered in the 1937 race and since then have become central to the Giro’s allure. And yet they also remain mysterious, not only by virtue of their ancient myths and legends but also, more simply, in terms of where and what exactly they are. In this episode of Kilometre Zero, Daniel Friebe, the author of Mountain High and Mountain Higher, takes us on a journey into the “Pale Mountains” on the eve of the Giro’s Dolomite blockbuster to Corvara and the mountain time-trial to Alpe di Siusi. Kilometre 0 is supported by Science in Sport.
May 20, 2016
Stage 12 | Noale to Bibione | Giro d'Italia 2016
2218
The Giro d’Italia’s 12th stage ended with a sprint finish in Bibione, along the coast from Venice, where the German Andre Greipel took his third win of the race on his last day before going home. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by VeloNews correspondent Andy Hood, who first covered the Giro d’Italia in 1996, and La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglio to discuss the day’s action and look forward to the mountains. Greipel’s victory strengthened his hold on the red points jersey but after an early-season affected by injury, he always planned to pull out of the Giro after 12 stages to prepare for the Tour de France. We ask whether that’s disrespectful towards the race. We hear from second-placed Caleb Ewan, whose inexperience perhaps told in the finish against Greipel. And we look at the battle for the overall lead, which will hot up now. Can Bob Jungels cling onto the pink jersey? Will Movistar’s Andrey Amador and Alejandro Valverde – who are second and third overall – work together and what of the quiet men in this race, Rafal Majka and Ilnur Zakarin? We also hear from Majka’s Tinkoff team sports director Tristan Hoffman about the Pole’s Giro so far. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 19, 2016
Stage 11 | Modena to Asolo | Giro d'Italia 2016
2155
In Wednesday's Cycling Podcast from stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia to Asolo, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe analyse a second Diego Ulissi stage win & an eventful day in the battle for the pink jersey. Billed as a mere 'transitional stage', the 227km northward journey from Modena allowed overnight leader, Bob Jungels, to gain further time on race favourites Vincenzo Nibali & Alejandro Valverde. Lionel & Daniel hear from Nibali, who attacked in vain on the penultimate climb of the day, & Ciro Scognamiglio also delivers his typically idiosyncratic verdict on the Sicilian's tactics. There are interviews with Steven Kruijswijk, Tom Dumoulin & Leigh Howard, who spent some of the stage sloshing around in a roadside ditch. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 18, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The Race of Truth
1412
May 18 | Time trial days on a Grand Tour are always challenging for the team staff, although Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White relishes them like a kid at Christmas. This episode of Kilometre 0 goes behind the scenes with Orica-GreenEdge during the Chianti time trial at the Giro d'Italia. Kilometre 0 is supported by Science in Sport.
May 18, 2016
Stage 10 | Campi Bisenzio to Sestola | Giro d'Italia 2016
2762
In the latest Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia, Daniel Friebe steps in for self-styled team captain Richard Moore, joining Lionel Birnie to digest the events of stage 10. It was a dramatic day, too, with Gianluca Brambilla relinquishing his pink jersey to team-mate Bob Jungels, Team Sky’s Mikel Landa withdrawing through illness, and the second youngest rider in the race, 21-year-old Giulio Ciccone, claiming victory in Sestola. We hear from Landa’s directeur sportif, Dario Cioni, about the Basque’s problems and Team Sky’s chances of somehow regrouping between here and the grand finale in Turin. The Katusha boss, Viatcheslav Ekimov, sets the record straight on his team’s controversial decision to remove Alexey Tsatevich from the Giro, MotoGP pilot Cal Crutchlow drops in on the Corsa Rosa, and Lionel and Daniel take a whimsical detour to the former home of a ghost of Giri past. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 17, 2016
Kilometre 0 – In the name of the father
1139
The latest episode of Kilometre 0, supported by Science in Sport, looks at famous fathers and their cycling sons. In the field at this year's Giro d’Italia are several riders whose fathers were also professionals, including Moreno Moser of the Italian cycling dynasty, Erik Zabel’s son Rick, who is riding for BMC, and Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche, son of Stephen. Is a famous name a blessing or a curse – a help or a hindrance? Richard Moore spoke to Moreno Moser, Rick Zabel and Nicolas Roche, plus Sir Dave Brailsford, the Sky principal, who was also inspired to take up cycling by his father.
May 16, 2016
Stage 9 | Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti | Giro d'Italia 2016
1978
For the latest Cycling Podcast, from the Giro d’Italia, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined in Greve in Chianti by Caley Fretz of VeloNews as they discuss the stage nine time trial won by Primoz Roglic. There are interviews with Mikel Landa, the Team Sky leader, and, after a rough couple of days for the former pink jersey wearer, Tom Dumoulin. With the time trial run off in treacherous conditions, it was a race of two halves, with the overall contenders all having the worst of the rain. We analyse what the stage means in the battle for the pink jersey, looking at the winners and the losers. Somebody who had a good day was Vincenzo Nibali – and the latest episode includes another instalment of The Shark’s Tale. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport
May 15, 2016
Stage 8 | Foligno to Arezzo | Giro d'Italia 2016
2045
In the latest Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie report from Arezzo, where stage eight of the Giro d’Italia finished. They are joined by Dutch journalist Daan Hakkenberg, who discusses Tom Dumoulin’s bad day in the pink jersey of race leader, as well as the strong performance by his countryman, Steven Kruijswijk, who moved up to third overall behind new leader, Gianluca Brambilla. We also hear from Brambilla’s sports director, Davide Bramati, and, of course, there is another instalment of The Shark’s Tale, Daniel Friebe’s daily telling of the Nibali story, as well as our daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport
May 14, 2016
Stage 7 | Sulmona to Foligno | Giro d'Italia 2016
2319
In our stage 7 podcast we take an in-depth look at a team that is at the Giro d’Italia hunting for stage wins – BMC Racing. We hear from their sports director, Max Sciandri, and young Swiss star Stefan Küng, who came close to winning the stage with a late, solo attack. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport and discuss Andre Greipel’s second stage win and Tom Dumoulin’s increasing confidence as the overall leader. There is also the latest instalment of The Shark’s Tale, Vincenzo Nibali’s life story in vignettes read by Daniel Friebe. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport
May 13, 2016
Kilometre 0 – The Flying Dutchman
886
May 13 | This episode of Kilometre 0 focuses on one of the unsung heroes in the peloton, Maarten Tjallingii, who stepped into the spotlight during the Giro d’Italia’s opening weekend in the Netherlands. Tjallingii lives in Arnhem, so he had every incentive to attack during stages two and three. Over the course of stages two and three, he spent more than 350 kilometres off the front. Among his prizes was a day in the Giro’s blue king of the mountains jersey. Let’s meet Maarten Tjallingii. Kilometre 0 at the Giro d’Italia is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 13, 2016
Stage 6 | Ponte to Roccaraso | Giro d'Italia 2016
2523
In the latest Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Sophie Smith as they discuss the sixth stage from Ponte to Roccaraso, with the first summit finish. There are interviews with the Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White, and with Rory Sutherland of the Movistar team. White was critical of Movistar’s tactics on the treacherous descent of Bocca della Selva: “We had that information [that the descent was dangerous] and Movistar railed the descent, which I was very surprised by,” said White. “They took a lot of risks and I think it was a pretty silly move. There’s no need to take risks. Teams have different tactics. Sometimes it leaves you scratching your head.” We also hear from the Team Sky leader Mikel Landa and there is the latest instalment of The Shark’s Tale, the Vincenzo Nibali story. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport
May 12, 2016
Stage 5 | Praia a Mare to Benevento | Giro d'Italia 2016
2231
As the Giro d’Italia makes its way north, stopping in Benevento, an hour from Naples, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Caley Fretz of VeloNews to discuss the stage, won by Germany’s Andre Greipel, and also the controversy over motors in bikes – a story that Fretz has been following closely. We hear from Greipel’s Lotto-Soudal teammate, Adam Hansen, riding his 14th consecutive Grand Tour, and from the general manager at Team Dimension Data, Douglas Ryder. Hansen, who turned 35 on Wednesday, tells us that he enjoys riding all three Grand Tours – as he has done for the last five years – and that he has no target in mind. “I enjoy it so I’ll keep going,” he says. “At the moment I’m going good so I’ve no reason to stop.” As well as discussion and analysis of the fifth stage and the race so far, the latest podcast also includes the latest riveting instalment of The Shark’s Tale. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 11, 2016
Kilometre 0 - The Giro's North-South Divide
1307
May 11 | To say that Italy is a complicated country would be both an accepted truth & something of an understatement. Officially, Italy has been a united nation since 1861 – but many would argue that its northern & southern halves have never truly learned to cohabit. The Giro & cycling have reflected the division for the 107 years since the race's inception. Can it ever change? Three stages in the deep South this year won't cause a revolution - but they may remind us that it's a battle worth fighting.
May 11, 2016
Stage 4 | Catanzaro to Praia a Mare | Giro d'Italia 2016
1821
The Giro d’Italia finally reached home soil on Tuesday and The Cycling Podcast was there to see Diego Ulissi win the fourth stage and Tom Dumoulin reclaim the pink jersey. In Praia a Mare, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie were joined by Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport. We also hear from Team Sky’s Ian Boswell and Dumoulin’s coach at the Giant-Alpecin team, Marc Reef, who reveals that Dumoulin had actually been targeting more than the pink jersey. And of course there is the latest instalment of The Shark’s Tale, Daniel Friebe’s telling, in daily bite-sized chunks, of Vincenzo Nibali’s autobiography. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport
May 10, 2016
Kilometre 0 - Home and Away
1265
May 9 | The first episode of Kilometre 0 at the Giro d’Italia offers a flavour of the opening few days in the Netherlands, includes a brief history of foreign starts for Grand Tours, and looks at the logistics of Monday’s 2,000km transfer to southern Italy. What’s it like for an Italian to ride his national tour on Dutch soil, and for a Dutchman to do the Giro on home roads – Elia Viviani and Bram Tankink tell us. And how far is too far – Joe Dombrowski, Sir Dave Brailsford, Fabrizio Guidi and others react to the rumour of a future Giro start in Japan. Finally, we hear from the men who have the toughest job on transfer day – the mechanics. Kilometre 0 at the Giro d’Italia is sponsored by Science in Sport
May 09, 2016
Stage 3 | Nijmegen to Arnhem | Giro d'Italia 2016
1893
On the Giro d’Italia’s third and final day in the Netherlands, The Telegraph Cycling Podcast reviews the stage and looks ahead to finally landing on Italian soil. The race resumes on Tuesday more than 2,000km away in the south of Italy. And after his second stage win, this one in Arnhem on Sunday, it will be Marcel Kittel who lines up for stage four in the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) of overall leader. Well, it should be. Two years ago, when the Giro spent its first three days in Ireland, Kittel achieved a similar feat, winning two stages. The German sprinter then fell ill and pulled out, so that when the race resumed in Italy he was not there. Thus, Kittel has started the Giro twice, won four stages, but never ridden a stage in Italy. Indeed, he is yet to win a race in Italy as a professional. The third Giro podcast includes discussion and analysis from Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, as well as interviews with Elia Viviani, the Team Sky sprinter who was second to Kittel in Arnhem, and Matt White, sports director at the Orica-GreenEdge team, which includes young Australian star Caleb Ewan. We also hear from Kittel’s Etixx-Quick-Step teammate Matteo Trentin and the German on the Movistar team, Jasha Sütterlin. All this plus our Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest instalment of The Shark’s Tale. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 08, 2016
Stage 2 | Arnhem to Nijmegen | Giro d'Italia 2016
2439
Marcel Kittel proved that he is back to his best with a convincing win in Nijmegen at the end of stage two of the Giro d’Italia and The Telegraph Cycling Podcast was there to witness his victory and reflect on the German’s return to form. Over a beer in a bustling square in central Nijmegen, with the Dutch city en fête for the visit of the Giro, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the first road stage and also the implications for the overall classification of the time trial on day one. We hear from Kittel’s teammate, Bob Jungels, and his Etixx-Quick-Step manager, Patrick Lefevere, who hints of retirement. Speaking of which, we also hear from Michael Rogers, the Australian who recently announced his retirement because of a long-standing heart condition. Rogers is at the Giro with his former team, Tinkoff, and spoke to us about his health, stopping racing and his plans for the future. Fabian Cancellara, in his final season, is having a miserable time, having fallen ill on the eve of the Giro, and there is a question mark over whether he will even make it as far as Italy. We hear from director at Trek-Segafredo, Dirk Demol. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 07, 2016
Stage 1 | Apeldoorn | Giro d'Italia 2016
2537
The 99th Giro d’Italia got underway in the Netherlands on Friday and the Telegraph Cycling Podcast team were there to witness a popular local win for Tom Dumoulin – as they will be throughout the three-week race. This will be the first year the podcast has covered the ‘Connoisseur’s Grand Tour’ in full, with nightly shows as well as nine episodes of Kilometre 0, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In our stage one show, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined in Apeldoorn by the irrepressible Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport. We also hear from Michael Rogers, Adam Yates, Rod Ellingworth, Eric Breukink, Max Sciandri and other leading figures as they offer their predictions for the first Grand Tour of the 2016 season. There are interviews with Dumoulin’s manager and coach at Giant-Alpecin, Marc Reef and Iwan Spekenbrink. And we look ahead to the opening two road stages in the Netherlands and the first week in the south of Italy. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport and Eurosport.
May 06, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Flèche Wounds
1552
May 3 | Flèche Wounds is the fourth and final episode of The Cycling Podcast’s KM 0 ‘Survivors of Spring’ series, supported by WellbriX. Richard Moore travelled to the Ardennes to spend the day with the Canyon-SRAM team at one of the biggest races on the women’s racing calendar, Flèche Wallonne. Included in their international line-up (six riders, six nationalities) was Hannah Barnes, riding only her second race after five months on crutches. One of the toughest races on the calendar was a daunting proposition for Barnes and we hear from her before and after her Women’s World Tour debut. We also hear from the team’s managers, Ronny Lauke and Beth Duryea, their young American star, Alexis Ryan, Germany’s Lisa Brennauer and Tiffany Cromwell of Australia. And we hear from somebody who, in his role with bike sponsor Canyon, was helping out on the day – one Erik Zabel. With thanks to our sponsor, WellbriX, the modular system of trigger point massage bricks, designed to heal, prevent injury or just make you feel good. For more information, see: www.wellbrix.com To back WellbriX on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/979879363/wellbrix-is-a-modular-massage-system-everybodywell
May 03, 2016
15. Sutton allegations rock British Cycling
3100
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast the team discusses the controversy at British Cycling following allegations that Shane Sutton, the technical director, used sexist and offensive language against female and Paralympic athletes – allegations that Sutton denies. Sutton was suspended late on Tuesday night and then resigned on Wednesday. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the scandal and the fallout. Was the appointment of Sutton, who replaced Sir Dave Brailsford in 2014, a mistake? And beyond the specific claims about Sutton’s alleged comments, is there a wider problem, even a sexist culture, at British Cycling, as Nicole Cooke and Victoria Pendleton have claimed this week? The podcast also discusses the last of the spring Classics, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, won by Team Sky’s Wout Poels. There’s also exciting news about the podcast team’s upcoming coverage of the Giro d’Italia. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by SigmaSport.co.uk and Eurosport.
Apr 27, 2016
Kilometre 0 – A Giant struggle
1356
April 21 | The Survivors of Spring A Giant struggle When a disoriented English tourist drove headlong into six Giant-Alpecin riders at their Spanish training camp in late January, thoughts turned first to saving lives rather than the team's season. John Degenkolb, the winner of Milan-Sanremo & Paris-Roubaix in 2015, went into emergency surgery to save a finger. Warren Barguil had broken a wrist. Chad Haga's various fractures and lacerations had left him unrecognisable. Ramon Sinkeldam & Fredrik Ludvigsson had also been struck, while the young German sprinter, Max Walscheid, faced the longest lay-off of all due to a broken leg. Suddenly without two of its star riders, Degenkolb & Barguil, the team seemed certain to struggle up to and through the Classics season - and so it proved. Gradually, wounds healed & riders returned, but Giant-Alpecin remained winless as the cobbled Classics ended with Mat Hayman inheriting the still recovering Degenkolb's Roubaix crown. Daniel Friebe was there when the team launched its 2016 season in Berlin, amid fanfare & optimism, two weeks before the accident. Richard Moore was in Spain with them when it happened. Daniel then travelled to Sanremo in March to witness part of their rebuilding process, which continued when Richard interviewed Warren Barguil at the Tour of the Basque Country & Chad Haga at Flèche Wallonne. In the third of our four KM0 Survivors of Spring episodes, The Cycling Podcast tells the redemptive story of a team coming back from the brink.
Apr 21, 2016
14. Disc or no disc
3022
April 20 | In this week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Rob Hatch as they discuss the Ardennes Classics and two equipment-related controversies, involving disc brakes and renewed allegations of motors in bikes. Only a few teams have been using disc brakes this season as part of a UCI-sanctioned trial. But the trial ended abruptly last week after the Spanish rider Fran Ventoso posted gruesome pictures of wounds he claimed were a result of his flesh coming into contact with the discs in a crash during Paris-Roubaix. Some claimed that allowing discs was akin to attaching lethal blades to the bikes, while others questioned whether Ventoso’s injuries could even have been caused by the brakes. We hear from someone in the second camp, Brent Copeland, manager of Lampre-Merida, one of the teams using discs. Meanwhile, the latest allegations of riders using hidden motors in bikes, aired at the weekend by French television and an Italian newspaper, raised more questions than answers. Although one such device was recently discovered in the bike of a female under-23 cyclocross rider, there is no evidence of widespread use. The podcast team discuss whether so-called ‘mechanical doping’ is a sensational headline or a reality. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by SigmaSport.co.uk and Eurosport
Apr 21, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Big Race Explainer – No.4 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
473
April 20 | Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the final important one-day Classic of the spring before the focus switches to stage races and the Grand Tours. La Doyenne is the oldest of professional cycling's five one-day Monuments. It is a very different race to the cobbled Classics that come earlier in the spring. The course makes its way into the hilly Ardennes and the amount of climbing in the second half of the race makes it a challenge suited to the same sort of riders who excel in the mountains. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast's Big Race Explainer we hear from 2014 winner Simon Gerrans and Larry Warbasse of IAM Cycling.
Apr 20, 2016
Kilometre 0 – A day after hell
1278
April 19 | The Survivors of Spring, episode two A day after hell For professional cyclists, recovery is just as important as training and the techniques have improved as the understanding of how the physical stress of racing affects the body has increased. In this episode of our Kilometre 0 series, The Survivors of Spring supported by WellbriX, Daniel Friebe spends the day after Paris-Roubaix catching up with some of the riders who pushed themselves to the limit on the cobblestones. It's not just recovery from the exertion of racing that is critical. Crashes and injuries are an occupational hazard and so, sometimes, recovery can be a matter of weeks or months rather. In this episode, we hear from Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman, who had crashed and broke a bone in his arm just six weeks earlier, Dimension Data's Matt Brammeier, Team Sky's Andy Fenn and former rider Marco Pinotti, whose career was jeopardised by injury, about the sort of toll the toughest races take on the body and how they manage to recuperate.
Apr 19, 2016
Kilometre 0 – Paean to the pavé
1308
April 12 | The Survivors of Spring, episode one Paean to the pavé Paris-Roubaix is famous for its cobblestones but one section in the final part of the race makes the riders more nervous than the rest. Partly that's because of it's difficulty, but also because it presents such a great opportunity, coming so close to the finish, to win the race. It's the Carrefour de l'Arbre. In this, the first of four episodes of Kilometre 0 called The Survivors of Spring, we look at the Carrefour de l'Arbre and why it symbolises the pavé of Paris-Roubaix. We also hear from Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix – the Friends of Paris-Roubaix – who work to preserve and therefore the race. They strive to keep the 'human' while ensuring they present enough of a challenge. Kilometre 0 – The Survivors of Spring is supported by WellbriX.
Apr 12, 2016
13. Hayman triumphs at a classic Paris-Roubaix
3954
April 12 | In this week’s episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast our hosts, much like the international peloton, are split between the cobbles of north-eastern France and the green hills of the Basque Country. It’s a point in the season where the contrast between the different types of road racing in professional cycling could not be starker. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe headed to Paris-Roubaix to witness one of the greatest one-day Classics of modern times. An exciting, aggressive race reached a dramatic conclusion when the five last men standing contested the sprint in the famous concrete velodrome at Roubaix. Meanwhile, Richard Moore was at the Tour of the Basque Country where the climbers and stage race specialists continued their build-up towards the Grand Tours later in the season. In Roubaix, it was the 37-year-old Australian Mat Hayman who won, preventing Tom Boonen from becoming the first five-time winner of a race nicknamed the Queen of the Classics. And what a victory it was. Lionel, Daniel and Richard analyse the race plus we hear from Hayman’s Orica-GreenEdge team-mate Luke Durbridge, Tom Boonen’s manager Patrick Lefevere and Roger Hammond, sports director of fifth-placed Edvald Boasson Hagen. After dissecting the Hell of the North it’s time for Richard’s despatch from the Basque Country, where he witnessed Alberto Contador win a thrilling race. He spoke to Team Sky’s leader Mikel Landa and coach Xavier Artetxe, American rider Larry Warbasse, Orica-GreenEdge sports director Neil Stephens and Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings, who pulled off another late stage victory that is rapidly becoming his trademark. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by sigmasport.co.uk and Eurosport.
Apr 12, 2016
The Trainer Road Challenge | 2. The Race
1228
April 7 | After five months of training using the Trainer Road App, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Rob Hatch headed to Manchester's velodrome for the conclusion of their challenge. Coach Chad Timmermann from Trainer Road had set the challenge back in the autumn – which of our three riders would be the fastest in a four-kilometre individual time trial? This episode tells the story of the race, and reveals the long-awaited result... Three men. Sixteen laps of the track. The stopwatch never lies. With thanks to Trainer Road, whose sponsorship has contributed significantly towards The Cycling Podcast being able to provide weekly free-to-air episodes over the past five months.
Apr 07, 2016
12. Peter the Great: Sagan takes flight in Flanders
2547
April 7 | This episode of the Telegraph Cycling Podcast analyses the Tour of Flanders and the impressive attack by the world champion Peter Sagan that decided it. With Richard Moore off at the Tour of the Basque Country, Eurosport’s Rob Hatch stepped in to join regular presenters Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie to dissect the UCI World Tour race in Belgium. Sagan’s brilliant and immaculately-timed attack on the Paterberg, the last of the 18 climbs, forced three-time winner Fabian Cancellara to chase hard over the final 13 kilometres. But the Tinkoff rider held on to win his first Monument and drive his asking price up to around €6million a year. The question posed in this episode is which team Sagan will join at the end of the year, when Oleg Tinkov is expected to quit cycling. All the big talking points in the race are tackled before attention turns to Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, when the cobbled Classic season comes to a close for another year. Who showed Roubaix-winning form on Sunday? Can Sagan do the double or will Cancellara join Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen as four-time winners? And, with the weather forecast looking bleak, are we in for the first really muddy edition of Paris-Roubaix for more than a decade? The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by SigmaSport.co.uk and Eurosport.
Apr 06, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Big Race Explainer – No.3 Paris-Roubaix
669
April 6 | With its battered cobbled roads, Paris-Roubaix is a race that belongs to the past. And yet it is arguably the most eagerly-awaited single-day race of the entire year. The weather forecast is monitored on an hour-by-hour basis as race day approaches because, of all the great Classics, the conditions have the greatest bearing on the character of the race. A dry Paris-Roubaix with a tailwind is a very different challenge to a wet edition of the Hell of the North. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast's Big Race Explainer we hear from Magnus Backstedt, Sean Kelly and Tom Boonen, who have seven Paris-Roubaix victories between them, about the unique difficulty of racing over the pavé.
Apr 05, 2016
11. Tragedy at Ghent-Wevelgem: Reflection before revolution
4330
March 31 | It has been a dark week for cycling following the deaths of Antoine Demoitié, who died after being hit by a motorcycle during Sunday’s Ghent-Wevelgem, and Daan Myngheer, who suffered a heart attack at Critérium International. This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast focuses on the incident at Ghent-Wevelgem, which was the latest in a growing list of collisions between race vehicles and riders. As the spotlight falls on the function of cars and motorbikes that accompany the peloton, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a complex issue and ask the opinions of a rider, a team manager, a motorcycle driver and a race organiser. Mark Cavendish spoke to Daniel Friebe the day after Ghent-Wevelgem to give a rider’s perspective on the dangers involved in racing, some of the factors that contribute to those dangers and some of the possible solutions. Last month, after motorcycles caused crashes in two separate races, BMC Racing’s general manager Jim Ochowicz wrote an open letter to the UCI, the sport’s governing body, urging action to make events safer for the cyclists. We hear from Ochowicz, speaking earlier this month, about what prompted him to speak out. We talk to Luke Edwardes-Evans, an experienced motorcycle pilot for one of the best-known cycling photographers, Graham Watson, about the role of a driver in the peloton. Why are the motorcyclists there, what do they do and what instructions are they given by race officials? Finally, we hear from Mick Bennett, the race director of the Tour of Britain, who explains why so many motorbikes are needed for races which operate a rolling road-closure and suggests that the peloton is too large. In the last part of the show, we look ahead to Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, the second one-day Monument in cycling’s spring Classics season. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Eurosport and Trainer Road.
Mar 30, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Big Race Explainer – No.2 Tour of Flanders
568
March 30 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast's Big Race Explainer focuses on the Tour of Flanders. Although it's the youngest of the five single-day monuments – founded in 1913 – the old cobbled roads mean that the character of the challenge ahead of the riders has remained barely changed for decades. We talk to the defending champion Alexander Kristoff and three-time winner Tom Boonen to find out more.
Mar 30, 2016
10. A postcard from Sanremo
2961
March 24 | This week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes a special report from the first Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo. Daniel Friebe was there for the podcast, capturing the atmosphere in San Remo as the town prepared for the finish, speaking to the locals and then spending the day on Via Roma until the riders swept in, led by surprise winner Arnaud Démare of FDJ. We hear from Démare’s domestique Ignatas Konovalovas, who admits he didn’t expect his teammate to win. But Démare’s victory was followed by controversy when a couple of Italian riders alleged that the Frenchman held on to his team car after crashing at the foot of the penultimate climb, the Cipressa, and passed them “at 80kph.” Back in London, Daniel is joined by Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie and they discuss the race and the ensuing controversy. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Mar 23, 2016
The Trainer Road Challenge | 1. Training
921
March 21 | Back in the autumn a company called Trainer Road approached The Cycling Podcast offering to sponsor our episodes over the winter. But there was a catch. They wanted our hosts to follow a Trainer Road turbo training programme throughout the winter, track their improvements and then race head-to-head over four kilometres at Manchester velodrome. So Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Eurosport's Rob Hatch (standing in for Daniel Friebe) began training. In this episode, follow the story so far, hear how Trainer Road works and how Coach Chad rates each rider's progress... Episode two will tell the story of The Race. With thanks to Trainer Road, whose sponsorship has contributed significantly towards The Cycling Podcast being able to provide weekly free-to-air episodes over the past five months.
Mar 21, 2016
9. Snow and Nice
2997
March 17 | Geraint Thomas’s victory in Paris-Nice is the main talking point in this week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast. Hosts Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss what it means for the Welshman, who managed something Bradley Wiggins never did – he beat Alberto Contador. Contador threw everything he had at Thomas, but the Team Sky rider held on for a career best victory. The only aspect that detracted from Thomas’s win was the cancellation, because of bad weather, of one of the key mountain stages. Would he have held off Contador if the Spaniard had had more climbs to launch attacks? The new ‘extreme weather protocol’ has been in the news in Italy, too, with Sunday’s stage of Tirreno-Adriatico cancelled due to fears of snow. This was controversial, with Vincenzo Nibali complaining that the snow didn’t materialise, and that the cancellation deprived him of a chance of winning. Other riders then berated Nibali for putting his chances of victory before the safety of his peers. On the podcast we hear from David Millar, the retired British rider who was involved in drawing up the extreme weather protocol. Finally, there is a full preview of this weekend’s first Monument, Milan-San Remo, including an interview with this year’s bookies’ favourite, Alexander Kristoff of Norway, who looks back on his 2014 win and discusses what it takes to win La Classicissima. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport
Mar 16, 2016
The Cycling Podcast Big Race Explainer – No.1 Milan-San Remo
565
March 16 | The Cycling Podcast teams up with Eurosport to begin the countdown to the first Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo. Nicknamed La Primavera, or La Classicissima, the longest one-day Classic of the season is also one of the most open. If the Cipressa and Poggio fail to decide the result, it all comes down to a sprint finish in the Via Roma. In this special short episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie gives a potted history of the race and we hear from 2014 champion Alexander Kristoff, who shares his memories of how he won the race.
Mar 16, 2016
8. Track and dirt roads
2933
March 9 | This week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes reports from the track cycling world championships in London and the Strade Bianche in Tuscany. “I’m proud of them,” an emotional Shane Sutton, the coach in charge of the British team, told us as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish crossed the line to secure a memorable madison victory in the London velodrome on Sunday. For Cavendish the gold medal was compensation for his sixth place finish in the omnium, in which he hopes to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics. But when we put it to Cavendish that he looked stronger in the madison than in the omnium, he passionately disagreed – hear his response on this week’s podcast. One of the stories of the world championships was the American women’s team pursuit victory. Their coach, Andy Sparks, works with limited resources and a budget that is a fraction that of many other teams’. How does he do it? Sparks tells us on this week’s podcast. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss Fabian Cancellara’s third victory in Strade Bianche, the race over the white dirt roads of Tuscany. And we have a dispatch from the women’s race, the first event of the new women’s World Tour series. It was won by Lizzie Armitstead, the world champion who is in tremendous form – we have a finish-line interview wth Armitstead in this week’s podcast. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Mar 09, 2016
Kilometre 0 - A chat with Mark Cavendish
1321
March 4 | Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast at the world track championships in London: A chat with Mark Cavendish.
Mar 04, 2016
7. Cometh the cobbles
3281
March 3 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast the team discuss the opening weekend of the fabled cobbled classics, with Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne whetting the appetite for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix next month. Lionel Birnie brings us some on-the-ground reaction from the Belgian semi-classics and he is joined back in London by Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe. They reflect on a men’s Het Nieuwsblad won by Greg Van Avermaet and a women’s race won by world champion Lizzie Armitstead, as well as the surprise solo victory by Jasper Stuyven in Kuurne on Sunday. One of the strongest performers over the weekend was Tiesj Benoot, who is arguably Belgium’s most exciting young talent. At 21, he somehow combines his professional career – with 5th in last year’s Tour of Flanders the highlight – with studying for an economics degree at the University of Ghent. This great prospect tells the podcast about his career so far and his future plans, and we also hear from his manager at Lotto-Soudal, Marc Sergeant. We name our Trainer Road competition winners and there’s also a return of the heated debate – the subject up for discussion one that is gripping the world of cycling: should Peter Sagan shave his legs? The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Mar 02, 2016
6. The Lizzie Armitstead interview
3083
February 25 | This week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast features an exclusive interview with world champion Lizzie Armitstead ahead of her season debut at Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday We also hear from the former double junior world champion, Lucy Garner, who has joined British team Wiggle-High5. Armitstead looks ahead to her big target for 2016, the Rio Olympic road race, but also takes us back to her early days as a cyclist. She was ‘talent spotted’ at school in Otley, Yorkshire, as part of a British Cycling initiative when London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. Although initially part of the British system, and having been inspired by attending a track World Cup and seeing Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy, she turned her back on the British track-focused programme, opting for road racing on the continent instead. She now rides for the Dutch team Boels-Dolmans. “I loved the unpredictability, the travel, the teammates, I just loved road racing,” says Armitstead. At British Cycling, she explains, “You had to become part of a team in so many ways, training as a unit every day, and I just didn’t like that aspect of it. I felt I wasn’t fulfilling my training needs as an individual. I struggled with it. It wasn’t the beauty of cycling, chasing your dreams in the beautiful scenery – that’s what I missed.” Armitstead is an all-rounder with a strong sprint, though not a pure sprinter. At the world championships in Richmond, Virginia, her job was to eliminate the sprinters – at the Rio Olympics, on a more mountainous course, her rivals’ job will be to eliminate her. Having been to inspect the Rio course, her verdict is: “Brutal. There’s nothing nice or easy about it. The person who wins the Olympic road race will be the strongest.” In her bid to upgrade her silver medal at the London Olympics to gold in Rio she is working on her climbing. “There’s a hilly way home and there’s a flat way home,” she says. “And I haven’t taken the flat road home in 2016 yet.” The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Feb 24, 2016
5. Cavendish clinches Qatar as Kristoff wins three stages
1990
February 16 | In this week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast the regular team of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Mark Cavendish’s overall victory at the Tour of Qatar and his sprint battles with Alexander Kristoff and what they might mean for the rest of the season. Kristoff’s team, Katusha, has been in the news for other reasons, with the Russian squad appearing to escape lightly following Eduard Vorganov’s recent positive test. Under UCI rules this should have meant a team suspension, with Luca Paolini failing a test for cocaine at last year’s Tour de France. In the event, the governing body decided that Katusha can carry on racing: we ask why, and discuss whether the collective punishment should have been applied. Meanwhile, Daniel debunks the idea that Francaise des Jeux’s team trial win at La Méditerranéenne was a shock. And we look ahead to a packed week of racing – in Oman, Algarve and Andalusia – and hear from the Irish sprinter Sam Bennett, who rides for the German team Bora-Argon18. Bennett has started the season in good form, with two fourth places at the Tour of Qatar, but he tells us that in 2016 he doesn’t want to hear that he is a sprinter with great potential – he wants to win at World Tour level. And, after struggling at the Tour de France with illness last year, he particularly wants to go back to the Tour and compete with the likes of Cavendish, Kristoff and Marcel Kittel for a stage win. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Feb 15, 2016
4. Early wins for Kittel, Cavendish and Froome
2630
February 11 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns this week with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussing the latest racing in the Middle East, Australia, Spain and France. Marcel Kittel, who missed most of 2015 with illness and poor form, appeared rejuvenated when he made his debut for his new team, Etixx-QuickStep, at the Dubai Tour. In sprinting to two stage wins and the overall victory he did enough to suggest that he has rediscovered his 2014 form. Kittel is missing from this week’s Tour of Qatar – Etixx were not invited by the organisers, for alleged misconduct last year – and in the German’s absence, Mark Cavendish got his first win for Team Dimension Data on stage one. It has been a successful week for Team Sky, giving an early sign that they are still the team to beat in stage races, with Chris Froome winning the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and Wout Poels taking the Valencia Tour. One of Poels’ teammates in southern Spain was Alex Peters, the neo-pro from Hackney – we hear from Peters, who admits that at the team’s winter training camp in Mallorca he felt intimidated to be training with the likes of Froome and 2014 world champion Michal Kwiatkowski. We also have an interview with Fran Millar, head of business operations at Team Sky, who talks about the squad’s long-term future and how in 2016 they intend to win over some of the doubters. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Feb 10, 2016
3. Motors, mud and early season races
2518
February 4 | Motorised doping is the hot topic in the sport of cycling and also in the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussing events at last weekend’s cyclo-cross world championships. Femke Van den Driessche, a Belgian cyclo-cross rider, was caught with a concealed device in her bike after the inaugural under-23 women’s race. With rumours going back over five years, and the UCI having carried out bike checks since the 2010 Tour de France, this was the first confirmed case of a rider trying to cheat using a motor. It is a watershed for the sport, but what should the consequences be for Van den Driessche – not to mention the 19-year-old’s entourage? And what of the wider implications for the sport? The podcast team mull it over and also discuss some of the early season racing, including Peter Kennaugh’s win at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race and, at the start of his final season, Fabian Cancellara’s victory at the Mallorca Challenge. We hear from Cancellara’s domestique at Trek-Segafredo, the Basque rider Markel Irizar, about what it’s like to ride with the Swiss champion. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.
Feb 03, 2016
2. The road season gets underway
3224
January 28 | The season has kicked off and, in the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the opening events in Australia and Argentina. At the Tour Down Under in Adelaide Simon Gerrans took his fourth win and Caleb Ewan confirmed his promise as a sprinter – prompting the podcast team to ask, is he quick enough to beat Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel? At the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, meanwhile, another young rider, Dayer Quintana upstaged his more famous older brother, Nairo, to win the Tour de San Luis. But crashes have been in the news as much as victories. Richard was at the Giant-Alpecin training camp in southern Spain when six of their riders were involved in an horrific head-on collision with a car on Saturday. Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo winner John Degenkolb was one of those seriously injured, along with French star Warren Barguil and American climber Chad Haga. Richard reports on their teammates' shock in the aftermath and discusses how the incident might affect one of the sport’s most admired teams in the coming weeks and months. Before the crash, Daniel had been at the Giant-Alpecin launch in Berlin and we have interviews with their new signing, Laurens ten Dam, and a rider who has been described as “the fastest lead-out man in the world,” Tom Veelers. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road.
Jan 27, 2016
Friends Special No. 1 Preview - The Froome Tests
277
Inside the Lab: Chris Froome entered a laboratory in west London for physiological testing after winning his second Tour de France in August 2015. The results have been pored over since they were made public, and their significance debated – not least by The Cycling Podcast. Our first Friends Special of 2016 takes you inside the lab – not to go over old ground, but to give you a flavour of what it was like on the day; to listen to Froome talking about his reasons for doing the tests; and to hear from the scientists who conducted them. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe then discuss what, if anything, we can learn from the tests – and turn their thoughts to the other factors that might explain or limit human performance. What is a ‘mental handbrake,’ what might the ‘big bang of body types’ look like, and what has Lionel learned from following a power-based training programme? This is the first of eleven Friends Specials in 2016 – don't miss a single episode by becoming a Friend of the Podcast for just £10.
Jan 20, 2016
1. At the training camps
2788
January 14 | In the first Telegraph Cycling Podcast of 2016 we hear from training camps in Spain and Manchester and riders including Mark Cavendish, Ireland’s Dan Martin and Italy’s Elia Viviani. Richard Moore is joined by Ciro Scognamiglio and Orla Chennaoui in Mallorca at the Team Sky winter base, where Sir Dave Brailsford explains the thinking behind the camp. Brailsford also tells us how the team’s big new signings, Michal Kwiatkowski and Mikel Landa, are settling in. At the Etixx-QuickStep camp in Calpe, southern Spain, Martin tells us about his desire to improve, particularly in the Grand Tours. And the Belgian super-team’s sports director Brian Holm discusses life without Cavendish, having worked with the British sprinter since 2007. Cavendish is now with Team Dimension Data, the African team, though he has spent the winter in Manchester, training on the track in his bid for a medal in the six-discipline omnium at the Rio Olympics. It has meant compromising his road training, and it represents, says Cavendish, a big challenge: “Track racing has changed so much, it’s so specialist now,” he explains. “It’s ridiculous that the omnium is an endurance event on the programme. “I didn’t realise how much of a full time job the track was. It’s like a rally driver and a Formula One driver – they both drive cars, and can both drive fast, but they can’t specialise in both.” The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is presented by Trainer Road. Follow us on Twitter @cycling_podcast
Jan 14, 2016
43. Heroes, villains and the stories of 2015
2466
December 28 | In this, the final episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast in 2015, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by some friends of the podcast to look back at some of the moments of the year. Among the guests are Ned Boulting, Orla Chennaoui, Rob Hatch, François Thomazeau and Ciro Scognamiglio. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road.
Dec 28, 2015
The Cycling Podcast's Christmas Message
178
December 22 | The Cycling Podcast team would like to thank all our listeners for helping to make 2015 our best year yet – and ask for your support to make 2016 even better. And so, after a couple of Sherries, it fell to Lionel Birnie to give this year's Christmas message...
Dec 22, 2015