The Cycling Podcast

By Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

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Brian
 Feb 13, 2020
Best cycling podcast and well balanced.

Paul Calvesbert-Rearden
 Nov 5, 2019
So good you'll listen on repsat

Francisco Araujo
 Sep 27, 2019
The best cycling podcast

Daniel
 Aug 9, 2019
Not just the best cycling podcast, the best podcast full stop. Balanced, well informed coverage from the very best cycling journalists.

Julian Ormerod
 Aug 5, 2019
As an enthusiastic cyclist the world tour and professional cycling was always a bit of a mystery. The team at The Cycling Podcast make it all extremely accessible. Informed, balanced and never afraid to deal with the controversial issues.

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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.

Episode Date
80: Not the Tour de France
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In this week's episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the strange case of Mitchelton-Scott and its on-off takeover, and we hear from the team's lead sports director, Matt White, about the challenges of planning for the season when it resumes later this month. There has  been a lot of speculation about Chris Froome, the four-time Tour de France winner, and his relationship with his team, Ineos, and last year's Tour winner, Egan Bernal. We speak to Bernal's coach, Xabier Artetxe, about how the young Colombian is preparing to defend his title. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. My first Tour de France In the first episode of a four-part series for friends of the podcast, François Thomazeau remembers the first Tour he watched, in 1967, and the first one he worked at, in 1986, in conversation with Richard, Lionel and Daniel. Both were dramatic Tours: 1967 for the tragic death of Tom Simpson on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux, 1986 for the intra-team rivalry between Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) . BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book. OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (http://iwoca.co.uk/) Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25
Jul 02, 2020
79: Life in the Peloton – Paul De Geyter
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This week, Mitch Docker interviews his former manager, Paul De Geyter, to get the lowdown on the mechanics of rider contracts, which are the best and worst team managers to work with, and how the  coronavirus crisis might be affecting the transfer market. Now retired, De Geyter, who was also general manager at WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal, was one of the first rider managers, with the late Frank Vandenbroucke one of his early clients. De Geyter talks freely about how the UCI regulations affect the way agents and managers work and the process of agreeing deals for a wide range of riders, from domestiques to team leaders. This episode is sponsored by Babbel, the app that makes learning a foreign language fun. It is designed to quickly get you speaking your new language within weeks with daily 10 to 15 minute lessons. Lessons are lovingly created by over 100 language experts (real people!), and not by a translation machine. With Babbel you can choose from 14 different languages, including, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Right now, Babbel is offering listeners to Life in the Peloton six months free with a purchase of a six month subscription. Go to https://begin.babbel.com/en_play/, and use the promo code CYCLE on your six month subscription. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo) Theme music The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.
Jul 01, 2020
78: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | June 2020
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In the June episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin there are interviews with the world’s number one ranked rider and the fashion house that’s taken over one of the world's best teams. Lorena Wiebes is the world number one and she recently joined Team Sunweb – we speak to her and one of the team’s sports directors, Hans Timmermanns. And we hear from Matthias Thoma, the owner of Paule Ka, the French fashion house that’s taken over the Bigla-Katusha team.  There are also interviews with Leah Dixon, the Tibco Silicon Valley Bank rider who won the first V-Women’s Tour, and with Hannah Rhodes-Patterson, who set a new Everesting record, and also Shanaze Reade, the now retired BMX and track rider, who talks about her battle with alcohol addiction and, as one of the few black riders to win at the highest level, shares her thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is presented by Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport For 25% off all your Science in Sport products to go www.scienceinsport.com and enter the code SISCP25.
Jun 29, 2020
77: Press Conference
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answer listeners questions as our press conference episode returns. Listeners have recorded their questions about all aspects of professional cycling and sent them in and now it's over to us to answer them. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. INTRODUCING RICHARD MOORE Continuing our series in which we interview each other about our routes in journalism, careers and The Cycling Podcast, it's time to meet Richard Moore, available imminently for Friends of the Podcast. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) . BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book. OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also sponsored by Babbel (https://uk.babbel.com/) . Learn the new language you've always wanted to with the app that's designed by experts to help you start speaking naturally and conversationally straight away. Go to babbel.co.uk (https://uk.babbel.com/) or download the App.
Jun 26, 2020
76: Service Course | Episode 11 | Custom build
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In this episode of Service Course Tom Whalley and Lizzy Banks delve into the world of bespoke bikes. We speak to Phil Taylor, one of the founders of the UK’s handmade bike festival, Bespoked, which had been due to take place in May. Phil tells us the story of how he set up Bespoked while holding down his other day job as a psychotherapist. We also speak with custom bike builders Liz Coleman and Duncan Crossley about the challenges of keeping building during the lockdown period. Finally we hear from Rick Bailey and Dan Smith of Cycles in Motion about the intricacies of selecting the right tubing for the right job and how to get the perfect custom fit. Graphene Nanodiamonds make an appearance in our news round-up and Adrian Nixon also updates us on the progress of the Space Elevator. Service Course is supported by Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com) .  If you would like to get 25% off all Science In Sport's range of energy bars, gels and drinks to help fuel your ride and aid your recovery use the code SISCP25. This episode is also supported by Gymshark, who have created a range of clothing for all sorts of workout and relaxation. To check out the range go to gymshark.com (https://www.gymshark.com/thecyclingpodcast) If you want to learn another language try the intuitive app Babbel to learn in a natural way with the help of real conversation as used by real people. Download the free Babbel app or go to babbel.co.uk (https://uk.babbel.com/) Music courtesy of epidemic sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com) . This episode was produced by Tom Whalley
Jun 24, 2020
75: And So They Rode
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To coincide with the general release of Cycling Podcast Productions' first film, And So We Rode, we are releasing the original audio diary by Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse which inspired it. In 2018, The Cycling Podcast asked Conor to keep a diary at the Tour of Britain, which he and Larry were due to ride for the Aqua Blue Sport team. But shortly before the race, the team folded. It didn't just announce it would be stopping at the end of the season, it ground to an immediate halt leaving the riders without any races to ride and a fight to salvage their careers. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, Conor and Larry decided to do something that had long been in the back of their minds. They decided to go on a bikepacking adventure in the French and Italian Alps, setting off from their homes in Nice. We produced their audio diary for Friends of the Podcast and then began work on a film created using footage filmed on a Go Pro and their phones. Having been released initially for Friends of the Podcast to watch free, And So We Rode is now available to buy or rent for the first time on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/andsowerode/415893408) . In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by the film's director Orla Chennaoui to discuss the week's cycling news and the making of the film before we pick up Conor and Larry's adventure as they are about to get on the road. RUNNING ORDER 0:00 Introduction and a ramble through the news round-up 26:30 The making of And So We Rode 33:30 Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse's audio diary from their No Go Tour bikepacking trip The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. PRESS CONFERENCE In the finest traditions of cycling press conferences, we're late getting started. We wanted to release Conor and Larry's audio diary this week to coincide with the release of the film so we have postponed our press conference to next week. This gives you more time to record your question as a voice memo and email it to contact@thecyclingpodcast.com INTRODUCING RICHARD MOORE Continuing our series in which we interview each other about our routes in journalism, careers and The Cycling Podcast, it's time to meet Richard Moore, available imminently for Friends of the Podcast. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) . BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book. OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON Mitch Docker has caught up with his teammate Jens Keukeleire to talk about being brought up in Flanders, his first win as a pro, coronavirus and also look ahead to the 'spring' Classics, which will be held in late summer and autumn this year. All this season's episodes of Mitch's excellent Life in the Peloton podcast are on our feed. OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This week's episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists all co-operating to provide the best value and fairest insurance for their bikes and equipment. If you'd like to find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/)
Jun 19, 2020
74: Life in the Peloton – Jens Keukeleire
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This week, Mitch Docker catches up with Flandrian Jens Keukeleire. The pair were teammates at Orica-GreenEdge for several years and have been reunited at EF Education First this season. Mitch takes Jens right back to the beginning, ten years ago, when he was a neo-pro with the Cofidis team. Within a month of joining the pro ranks, Keukeleire won his first big race, Le Samyn, with a spectacular sprint from deep. Mitch and Jens talk in depth about the finish to that race and you may like to watch highlights on YouTube (https://youtu.be/kFzbsDizurA) . Le Samyn has all the characteristics of a Flandrian Classic but it actually takes place in Wallonia, but Mitch and Jens talk about how riders brought up in the region absorb so much Flandrian local knowledge before they even turn pro. Conversation then turns to coronavirus before they look ahead to the 2020 spring Classic campaign, which will be held in the late summer and autumn, of course. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo) Theme music The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.
Jun 17, 2020
73: Lance reviewed
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return for the first time since the conclusion of Our Giro. A couple of months ago we reviewed the Netflix documentary about the Movistar team, The Least Expected Day. Grab the popcorn because in this episode, we discuss the new ESPN 30 for 30 film directed by Marina Zenovich, Lance. Is this another step on the path to redemption for Lance Armstrong? Or is it an attempt by him to cast his doping in a more favourable light? Everyone is familiar with the story of Armstrong's doping and the seven Tour de France titles he was stripped of after his confession to Oprah. So is there anything new to learn from the film? We also speak to Zenovich herself about making the film and hear from Bob Hamman, owner of a company called SCA Promotions which played a key role in the rise and fall of Armstrong. PRESS CONFERENCE In the next couple of weeks we will do a press conference episode where we answer your questions. To ask us anything you like about Our Giro or professional cycling, record a voice memo on your phone and then send it to us by email to contact@thecyclingpodcast.com OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON The latest episode of Mitch Docker's series features his EF Education First sports director Tom Southam. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25
Jun 12, 2020
72: In conversation with Emily Chappell
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This episode of Explore by The Cycling Podcast features Hannah Troop in conversation with Emily Chappell, who used to criss-cross London delivering and picking up parcels as a bike courier before discovering long-distance and endurance cycling. Chappell was the first woman to finish the 2016 Transcontinental race and her latest book, Where There's A Will, tells the story of how she won the race across Europe at the second attempt. The previous year she made it halfway before abandoning. In the second part of this episode, Ian Boswell talks to another rider who has crossed a continent by bike, albeit without leaving home. Timothy Rugg, a three-time stage winner at the Tour of Rwanda, set out to race across the United States on his turbo trainer. OUR SUPPORTERS The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. Iwoca has just launched iwocaPay, which helps suppliers get paid immediately while giving small business customers more time to pay. To find out more go to iwoca's website: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)  
Jun 10, 2020
71: Service Course | Episode 10 | Unbroken record
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In this episode of Service Course join Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley as they take an look back at the track team from Derbados that took on the world and turned the track scene upside down. Team Huub Wattbike have been the leaders in technical innovation in the world of track cycling since they burst on to the scene as Team KGF back in the 2017 British National Track Championships. Since then, they've pushed the UCI rules to tipping point and watched the UCI push back with many different rule changes, ultimately leading to the banning of trade teams from track World Cup events. Being down but not out, Huub Wattbike simply decided to end on a high. May should have seen them attempting to break multiple track world records at altitude in Bolivia but that dream was also scuppered when they found themselves stranded in Tenerife during their final preparations. We also take a look at some of the latest emerging tech and speak to Callum Skinner about his Hindsight glasses just launched on Kickstarter. Service Course is supported by Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com) . Music is courtesy of epidemic sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com) . This episode was produced by Tom Whalley.
Jun 07, 2020
70: Life in the Peloton – Tom Southam
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In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker talks to Tom Southam, one of his sports directors on the EF Education First team, and answers some listeners' questions from the postbag. Southam was born in Cornwall, England, and raced in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy as an amateur before turning pro for the Amore e Vita team in 2003. He also rode for Barloworld, Drapac-Porsche and Halfords-Bikehut before ending his racing career with Rapha Condor, where he also began working as a sports director. Check out Mitch's back catalogue as well as his new series Talking Luft, in which you can hear more from his regular guests, on the Life in the Peloton (https://podfollow.com/1078826997) feed. Episode sponsor This episode is supported by Beer52, the craft beer club. All our UK-based listeners can get a case of eight beers for the price of delivery (£5.95) by going to https://www.beer52.com/cycle
Jun 03, 2020
69: Our Giro stage 21: The call of nature
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Our Giro reaches Milan after three weeks on the virtual road. We set out from Budapest in Hungary, then spent a few days in Sicily before making the familiar journey the length of Italy, visiting the Dolomites and the Alps and now it's the last leg. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back to the 2017 Giro, won by Tom Dumoulin, who famously had to stop to answer the call of nature by the roadside on the stage to Bormio. We speak to Dumoulin about that day and his Giro victory in general. There's also the final member of Ciro Scognamiglio's Giro Dream Team, the last visit to the kitchen for Lionel and finally we remember some of our favourite memories from the four editions of the Giro The Cycling Podcast has covered from start to finish. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on the journey – we hope you've enjoyed listening to Our Giro as much as we have making it. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW There won't be a stage of Our Giro tomorrow and the regular podcast will take a week off but we will have a new episode of Explore, our show about adventure riding and bikepacking, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley return with an episode of Service Course, and Mitch Docker's Life in the Peloton will feature EF Education First sports director Tom Southam. PRESS CONFERENCE In the next couple of weeks we will do a press conference episode where we answer your questions. To ask us anything you like about Our Giro or professional cycling, record a voice memo on your phone and then send it to us on WhatsApp at +44 7971338205 OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO There's still time to ride the final few stages of Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 31, 2020
68: Our Giro stage 20: 'I'll get them tomorrow'
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Is stage 20 of Our Giro the 'queen stage'? Well, that's a matter of debate but we have got a bumper episode looking back to the final Friday of the 2018 edition when Chris Froome turned the race on its head. Simon Yates had looked so good for two and a half weeks, winning stages in pink and with panache. Froome had endured crashes and stuttering form in the first half of the race and his victory on Monte Zoncalon over the penultimate weekend looked at the time to be like a consolation prize. As the race reached its decisive final mountain stages, Froome decided to go all in and launched a long-range attack that put not just Yates but all the other general classification contenders on the back foot. Yates cracked definitively, Froome ended the day in pink but as we'll hear in this episode there was much more to it than that. Froome, Yates, Dave Braislford, Tom Dumoulin, Matt White and Yates's teammate Chris Juul Jensen are among those who reflect on that remarkable day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW The final stage of Our Giro takes us to Milan but it will be far from processional. We'll look back to Tom Dumoulin's overall victory in 2017 and reflect on our favourite Giro memories. OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 30, 2020
67: Our Giro stage 19: Tales of the Tappe
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This episode of Our Giro looks at the relationship between the Giro d'Italia and the literary tradition of journalists, writers and poets covering the race. We look at the 1949 Giro and the continuing rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali through the pages of a collection of writing by novellist and poet Dino Buzzati. Daniel speaks to Filippo Cauz and Leonardo Piccione, two young writers who are seeking to capture the poetry and emotion of the Giro in their collection of writing, Bidon. We also revisit the work of Gianni Mura and some of the other great writers who have added a literary flourish to their coverage of the race. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for Tales of the Tappe. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. READING LIST Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi, by William Fotheringham The 1949 Giro d'Italia, by Dino Buzzati Catastrophe and other stories, by Dino Buzzati Road to Valour: Gino Bartali – Tour de France Legend And World War Two Hero Across the River and Into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway Bidon – bidonmagazine.org (http://www.bidonmagazine.org/) (In Italian) COMING TOMORROW We look back at the sensational final Friday of the 2018 Giro d'Italia when Chris Froome launched a long-range attack, cracking an already faltering Simon Yates and setting himself up to win the race overall. We speak to Froome, Yates, Dumoulin and the other chief protagonists.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 29, 2020
66: Our Giro stage 18: Life of Brian
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Stage 18 of Our Giro reunites us with Brian Nygaard, who stood in for Lionel during his brief trip home from the race to watch his football team get walloped in the FA Cup final. Continuing the Giro's recent tradition, this episode is our 'wine stage' featuring Daniel's conversation with Nygaard, whose career in cycling has taken him from press officer to team manager to journalist. The Dane has worked as press officer for Bjarne Riis's CSC team, Team Sky and Orica-GreenEdge, was part of the management at Leopard-Trek and recently has written and commentated on cycling. Other than cycling, Nygaard's passions are Italy, food and wine. He now runs a wine-making business in California. Pour yourself a glass of something nice and sit back for a conversation about the joys of Italy. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW The literary Giro. We look at the 1949 Giro d'Italia and the continuing rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali through the prism of Dino Buzzati's reports.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 28, 2020
65: Our Giro stage 17: My name is Luca
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In this episode of Our Giro, we meet Trek-Segafredo general manager Luca Guercilena and learn about his career in professional cycling. Guercilena was not a pro rider but a sports scientist, whose career began with the Mapei team – where he tested a certain Daniel Friebe and, according to some observers, failed to spot the talent in front of his eyes(!) Later on, he was part of the Leopard-Trek team which has evolved through several identities to become the Trek-Segafredo team today. In this episode, Guercilena talks about some of the riders he has worked with over the years. We also hear from Ciro Scognamiglio, whose Giro Dream Team is nearing completion, and Lionel makes the Lombardy favourite, polenta with sausage ragù. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW From press officer to team manager to journalist, we meet the Dane Brian Nygaard, who has moved to California to run a vineyard and wine production business. We talk about his love of cycling and Italy, how one waned briefly but the other definitely did not. STACY SNYDER'S SECOND BATCH OF MUGS ON SALE TOMORROW A second batch of Stacy Snyder's mugs and cappuccino sets will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27) at 5.30pm UK time (12.30pm east coast). Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 27, 2020
64: Our Giro stage 16: An American in pink
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In this episode of Our Giro we hear from 1988 Giro d'Italia champion Andy Hampsten, the only American to win the race. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at the 1988 Giro which was shaped by terrible whether on the stage to Bormio, which went over the Gavia. Snowy conditions made for a cold, miserable day in the saddle for the riders but there was no question as far as the riders were concerned that such a prestigious stage would go ahead. It would never happen today but it has gone down in Giro history as one of the most incredible stages of any grand tour. Hampsten was not first to the top of the Gavia that day (that was Dutchman Johan Van de Velde); and he did not win the stage either (that was another Dutchman, Erik Breukink) but the American did take the pink jersey from Franco Chioccioli (who lost more than five minutes) to take control of the Giro. Over to Hampsten, who usually lives for part of the year in Tuscany, to tell the story... The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We meet Trek-Segafredo general manager Luca Guercilena, who did not have a career as a professional rider but came through the management ranks at the Mapei team. STACY SNYDER'S SECOND BATCH OF MUGS ON SALE TOMORROW A second batch of Stacy Snyder's mugs and cappuccino sets will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27) at 5.30pm UK time (12.30pm east coast). Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage now. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 26, 2020
63: Our Giro riposo: Team Hamburger
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Andy Hampsten is the only American to win the Giro d'Italia but in the first of two episodes with him we look at the 1985 race when he switched mid-season from a small domestic team in the US to the 7-Eleven squad that had been invited to ride the race. Two days from the end, Hampsten won a stage at Gran Paradiso – a short, explosive road race – which earned him a contract for 1986 with the La Vie Claire team of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. Continuing the American theme, we also hear from Robin Morton, who was the first woman to work as a team manager and follow the Giro in a team car, when the Linea-Gianni Motta team rode the race in 1984. The predominantly American squad had the 1966 Giro winner Motta as their lead sports director. Morton talks to Orla Chennaoui about her experiences working at the Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. LINK If you want to see Hampsten's attack, as mentioned by Richard in this episode, the original RAI footage is on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cAgF0T9GiA) . The episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin featuring Orla's interview with Robin Morton is here (https://audioboom.com/posts/6586949-the-cycling-podcast-feminin-episode-20-i-the-1980s) . The website Bikeraceinfo.com (https://www.bikeraceinfo.com/) by Bill and Carol McGann has a host of great stories about the grand tours taken from their books, which are also available digitally and in print. COMING TOMORROW Our interview with Andy Hampsten continues as we look at the 1988 Giro d'Italia, which he won, and focus on the stage that went over the Gavia in the snow. Epic is an over-used word in professional cycling but it certainly applies to that day.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage now. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 25, 2020
62: Our Giro stage 15: The most beautiful race
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Every year, the Giro d'Italia shows off the best countryside Italy has to offer. It's not to say that France and Spain are not blessed with great scenery but Italy seems to provide the most consistently beautiful backdrop for the racing. The Giro's slogan – the toughest race in the most beautiful place – might have a touch of hype but it's probably fair to say it is the most photogenic of the three grand tours. In this episode of Our Giro, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at the visual aspect of the Giro. We meet legendary photographer Graham Watson, who witnessed the drama of the Giro more more than three decades before retiring to New Zealand. Graham explains why the Giro was his favourite race to photograph and watch and looks back at some of the most memorable moments – from the duel between Stephen Roche and Roberto Visentini in 1987, to Marco Pantani's brilliance in 1998, to Alberto Contador coming straight from the beach to win a decade later. We also talk Italy's sense of style on and off the bike with Sir Paul Smith, who designed the maglia rosa in 2013, and Andy Storey, who runs through some of the most memorable Italian jerseys. Plus author and cultural historian Kassia St Clair talks about the power and charm of the colour pink. There's also the latest rider added to Ciro Scognamiglio's increasingly eclectic Giro Dream Team and François Thomazeau plays us out with La Vie En Rose. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. LINKS You can check out some of Graham Watson's finest photographs on his website (https://www.grahamwatson.com/) . You can also buy his books, prints and posters. Andy Storey's book on the history of cycling jerseys is called The Art of the Jersey. You can buy some great retro remakes at prendas.co.uk (https://www.prendas.co.uk/) Kassia St Clair's book is called The Secret Lives of Colour. COMING TOMORROW We meet the only American to win the Giro, Andy Hampsten. This is the first of a two-part interview with the 1988 champion. In part one, we talk about his breakthrough stage win during the 1985 race. COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage from Sunday. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Beer52 (https://www.beer52.com/cycle) . You can try a case of eight great beers for just the cost of delivery by going to https://www.beer52.com/cycle RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 24, 2020
61: Our Giro stage 14: White-knuckle ride
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In this episode we look at the art and psychology of descending the big mountains. As Our Giro approaches the big mountain stages, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe we talk about some editions of the Giro d'Italia that have been decided going down hill. We hear from American rider Christian Vande Velde, who suffered a bad crash on a descent early on in the 2009 Giro d'Italia. Vande Velde struggled with the mental aspect of descending in races and Daniel speaks to him about how he worked to conquer those fears. We also speak to Steven Kruijswijk, the Dutchman who arguably could have won the Giro but for crashing into a snow wall on a descent in the 2016 Giro. There's also a reminder of the Tiramisù World Cup and Lionel's efforts at making the coffee-infused dessert are judged by Felicity Cloake. There's also controversy from the turbo trainer in Our Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. FURTHER READING The Outside magazine article about downhill skiing by Jennifer Kahn that Daniel mentioned is here (https://www.outsideonline.com/1908781/scott-macartneys-comeback) . COMING TOMORROW The Visual Giro. We speak to legendary photographer Graham Watson about seeing the race through the lens of his camera. We also hear from Sir Paul Smith, who designed the maglia rosa in 2013, and Andy Storey, author of the Art of the Jersey, about Italian style on the bike, plus we learn about the colour pink. COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage from Sunday. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by StitchFix (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling) . If you want to update your wardrobe while the clothes shops are shut why not let one of StitchFix's stylists do the work for you. Five items are delivered to your door. Keep the ones you want and send back anything that doesn't suit you. RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 23, 2020
60: Our Giro stage 13: End of the world as we knew it
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at Paris-Nice, the last World Tour stage race before coronavirus brought the world to a halt. In stage 13 of Our Giro we hear from Max Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe who was in sparkling form this spring, finishing second at the Volta ao Algarve before winning Paris-Nice, which made its way to the French Riviera as Europe was on the verge of lockdown. The race continued in surreal circumstances, as Daniel describes in this episode, and was curtailed a day short. Schachmann – who won a stage of the 2018 Giro at Prato Nevoso the day before Chris Froome attacked and cracked Simon Yates – talks about Paris-Nice, how he hoped to capitalise on his excellent spring form and what the future holds when racing returns. We also hear from Andrea Agostini, chief operating officer of UAE Team Emirates, who was in the UAE as the virus began to spread among riders and people working on the race. Agostini was hospitalised in the UAE before recovering enough to return home. This episode also reveals the next member of Ciro Scognamiglio’s Giro Dream Team, and there’ll be few surprises about who he has chosen as team leader. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We look at the art and psychology of descending and talk about editions of the Giro d'Italia that have been won by going downhill fast. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 22, 2020
59: Our Giro stage 12: Giro 2000
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Stage 12 of Our Giro picks up the Max Sciandri story at the point where he decided to switch nationalities and swap his Italian racing licence for a British one. Sciandri also recalls riding the 2000 Giro d'Italia for the vegetarian Linda McCartney Foods team and we hear from the team's press officer John Deering about a remarkable stage win for David McKenzie. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember that 2000 race and Marco Pantani's comeback after being kicked out of the previous year's Giro while just a couple of days from clinching victory. As we are in Cesenatico, Pantani's home town, we look back 12 months to the day Daniel and Lionel dropped in on the family-owned piadineria and Lionel's attempt to make the traditional Italian flatbread sandwiches is scrutinised by food writer Felicity Cloake. There's also wine of the day and another appropriate song to play us out from François Thomazeau. The full, unedited Max Sciandri interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast in a couple of days. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We look back a couple of months to life before lockdown, speaking to Max Schachmann, who won Paris-Nice, the last major race before coronavirus brought professional sport, and much of the world, to a standstill. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 21, 2020
58: Life in the Peloton – The 2014 Giro d'Italia
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There's a Giro d'Italia flavour to a very special episode of Life in the Peloton. Mitch Docker gets the Orica-GreenEdge band back together to tell the story of an unforgettable Giro for the team. Orica-GreenEdge won the team time trial in Belfast to put Svein Tuft into the maglia rosa. The following day the jersey swapped to the shoulders of his teammate Michael Matthews and the Orica riders spent the next week defending the lead. Later came a stage win in pink for Matthews at Montecassino and another for Pieter Weening at Sestola. For this episode, Mitch has spoken to his old teammates plus sports director Matt White about the build-up to the Irish Grande Partenza and the pressure of going into the first stage as one of the favourites. Together they piece together the story of a band of brothers battling together to do the best for their team. This episode was recorded remotely during lockdown. The producer was Will Jones. So, without further ado let Mitch introduce you to Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Brett Lancaster, Michael Matthews, Cameron Meyer, Svein Tuft, Pieter Weening and Matt White. Or, as he knows them, Durbo, Heppy, Burt, Bling, Kamikaze Cam, Sveino, WeenDog and Whitey.
May 20, 2020
57: Our Giro stage 11: The Supertuscan
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as Our Giro reaches Tuscany. We interview Max Sciandri about his journey from Derby to the Tuscan hills via Los Angeles. Sciandri was one of the Movistar sports directors who helped guide Richard Carapaz to victory in last year's Giro and he's a familiar voice to podcast listeners. We thought we'd talk to Max about his early years in Britain, how he discovered cycling, his father's link to Robert De Niro, and his Giro d'Italia stage wins. As Our Giro reaches the halfway mark we also explain how the Intergiro competition worked with the help of Magnus Backstedt, who won the classification's blue jersey in 2003. We look back at the day Lionel and Daniel went in search of Riccardo Riccò, there's a classic wine of the day and François Thomazeau plays us out with an appropriate song. The full, unedited Max Sciandri interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast in a couple of days. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: Our interview with Max Sciandri continues, and we look at the 2000 Giro when Marco Pantani returned to racing 11 months after being expelled from the race when on the verge of winning. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 20, 2020
56: Our Giro stage 10: The hot seat
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It's time trial day for Our Giro and we look back to the 2013 race and remember the day Alex Dowsett gave Great Britain a stage win they perhaps expected Bradley Wiggins to deliver. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return refreshed after a virtual rest day with another packed episode. After two years with Team Sky, Dowsett switched to Movistar and the 2013 Giro gave him his first taste of grand tour racing. A tough opening week (is there any other sort at the Giro?) concluded with a 54.8-kilometre time trial. Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky's leader and the reigning Tour de France champion, was the pre-race favourite and the expectation was that he'd get a faltering Giro campaign back on track with a blistering ride against the clock. But Dowsett, one of the earlier starters, set a time that would prove to be untouchable – despite a few nervous moments watching in the hot seat. Hear how he and Movistar prepared for the stage and get under the skin of what it's really like on time trial day at the Giro. In this episode, there's also a Roman pasta cook-off, judged by Felicity Cloake. Are you Team Carbonara or Team Amatriciana? And what goes in an authentic carbonara. (Hint: not cream, ham or mushrooms). The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: We meet The Supertuscan, Max Sciandri, and talk about his journey from Derby to Tuscany via Los Angeles, his career as a rider, and what the Giro means to him. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 19, 2020
55: Our Giro riposo: Porte in a storm
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In 2010, Richie Porte was a first-year professional and rode the Giro d'Italia for Saxo Bank. After a promising sixth place in the opening time trial in Amsterdam he spent the first half of the race comfortably inside the top ten. Then came the stage to L'Aquila, which had been hit by a terrible earthquake the previous year. A huge break got away and gained a lot of time. Porte was in it and ended the day in the pink jersey. We hear from Porte about that Giro and the stage to L'Aquila in particular. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for a rest day. There's no stage to ride but this episode features a look back at last year's rest day when Richard and Daniel were beseiged by cats seeking to steal their pre-podcast crisps, Lionel cooks the traditional Abruzzese lunch of arrosticini (lamb skewers) and Ciro Scognamiglio adds another rider to his Giro dream team. The full Richie Porte interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast soon. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: We look back to the 2013 Giro d'Italia when Alex Dowsett won the individual time trial on a day when everyone expected another British rider, Bradley Wiggins, to take the honours. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 18, 2020
54: Our Giro stage 9: Magic Nights
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Italy was full of confidence in 1990. The country was alive, at the cutting edge of sport and fashion and with a booming economy. About to host the World Cup, the nation's cyclists were on the cusp of a resurgence too. After three years of foreign victors at the Giro, an Italian led from start to finish. Gianni Bugno took the pink jersey in the opening time trial in Bari and defended it all the way to Milan – only the fourth man to lead the race all the way through, and only the second after Eddy Merckx in 1973 to actually do it in the maglia rosa. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at those heady days of 1990 and remember the song that defined the summer. No, not Nessun Dorma, the BBC's World Cup theme, Notte Magiche, or Magic Nights. We break down Bugno's victory, compare and contrast him to football's poster boy Roberto Baggio, assess the state of the Giro at the time, look at Italian cycling's re-emergence and ask how important a role the discovery of EPO as a performance-enhancing drug played in Italy's early Nineties renaissance.  We hear from author, historian and expert on all things Italian, John Foot, and from Bugno himself. There's another delve into The Cycling Podcast's back catalogue to discuss the so-called 'Zoncolan of the South', wine of the day, plus musical contributions from Amaraterra (who perform our Giro theme song, Cozze), and François Thomazeau. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... A rest day at a grand tour usually means a trip to the launderette and a round of press conferences for The Cycling Podcast but tomorrow we look back to an incredible day in 2010 when almost a third of the peloton got in a big break to L'Aquila and Richie Porte announced his arrival as a stage race contender. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 17, 2020
53: Our Giro stage 8: Lion King part 2
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Part two of our look at the life and times of the Giro d'Italia's record stage winner Mario Cipollini picks up the story in 2002, as he has just won the rainbow jersey at the World Championships. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at the final seasons before his eventual retirement, which he had threatened a couple of times previously. The ceremonial skinsuits were a reflection of his flamboyance and marketing power but the doping allegations and darker accusations since retirement have all complicated the Lion King's legacy. We also hear Mark Cavendish's verdict on who was the greatest sprinter. And there's the latest selection from Ciro for his Giro d'Italia dream team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... We look back at Italia '90. Not the football World Cup or Nessun Dorma, although both feature, but the Giro led from start to finish by Gianni Bugno, who gave Italy her first victory for four years at a time when the country's confidence was sky high. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 16, 2020
52: Our Giro stage 7: Lion King part 1
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Mario Cipollini holds the record for the most Giro d’Italia stage wins and so we are going to spend the next two stages of Our Giro looking at his career and life, which has been as turbulent as it’s been flamboyant. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe take a broadly chronological look at the career of the man who was nicknamed the Lion King and Super Mario, who marketing men wanted to use to sell their products and who was the undisputed fastest man in the world for a period in the 1990s. This part takes us to the peak of his career, the 2002 season when he threatened to retire and yet won Milan-Sanremo and the World Championship title. We hear from two of his contemporaries in the bunch sprints, Tom Steels and Ivan Quaranta, from Matt White and from photographer Graham Watson, who saw the Lion King up close. There’s also wine of the day, a delicious simple lunch that combines carbs to brilliant effect, and the regular amacord feature delving into The Cycling Podcast’s back catalogue. As Daniel points out, at the start of the 2000s, the five biggest names in professional cycling were Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich, Frank Vandenbroucke and Mario Cipollini… All achieved greatness as well as notoriety and could be seen as poster boys for an era when the professionals rode as close to the sun as they could. Strap yourselves in to see if we can tame the Lion King. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... Our two-part look at the life and career of Mario Cipollini concludes, covering the end of his racing days and a life away from the sport that has been turbulent. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 15, 2020
51: Our Giro stage 6: Bonk!
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Our Giro reaches Mount Etna for its first summit finish and, appropriately enough, the story of one of the Giro’s most famous explosions.  Call it a capitulation, a hunger flat, a bonk – cycling has as many terms for running out of fuel and hitting the wall as Eskimos have for ice. In 2002 Cadel Evans, the Australian former mountain biker taking part in his first Grand Tour, was in the pink jersey and only had one mountain to hang on. Evans was riding for Mapei, the world’s best team, in what was, as we discussed in our stage 4 episode, a controversial, scandal-ridden Giro. In this episode we speak to Evans about his baptism of fire and about the stage when his body said ‘enough’ – he tells us what it was like to ride for Mapei, to have a teammate expelled after testing positive and to find himself in the lead so close to the finish.   Although Evans didn’t win, the experience did provide an important building block in a career that would see him win the Tour de France nine years later. Amarcord is our daily visit to the vaults and in today’s we revisit Giromondo, an episode of Kilometre 0 from the first Giro we covered in full as The Cycling Podcast in 2016.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. FURTHER READING OR WATCHING... To see the stage where it all fell apart for Cadel Evans (with Italian commentary) go here on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YnKOwPz2b0&t=) . COMING TOMORROW... In stage seven of Our Giro we’ll be embarking on the first of a two-part special on the life and times of Mario Cipollini, the most colourful, flamboyant and controversial sprinter in Giro history – as well as the holder of the record for most stage wins.  WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 14, 2020
50: Our Giro stage 5: The Supernovas
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Our Giro is still on the island of Sicily and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe turn their attention to the ‘Prosecco Supernovas’, or one-hit wonders: riders who burnt brightly but briefly at the Giro d’Italia.  They include Ivan Quaranta, the sprinter who upstaged Mario Cipollini at the 1999 Giro. Twenty-one years later, Daniel caught up with Quaranta to find out where – or, indeed, if – it all went wrong.  We look at the strange case of the Swedes at the Giro, recalling Gosta Pettersson’s surprise win in 1971 and speaking to Tommy Prim who, a decade later, twice finished second overall.  Then there is Damiano Cunego, who was just 22 when he won the 2004 race. Cunego looked set to become Italian cycling’s next big star but, in a career that continued another 14 years, he never again went close – we investigate why. Amarcord is our regular look back at The Cycling Podcast’s previous experiences at the Giro and in this one we join Lionel and Daniel in the midst of a casino in the Dolomites.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... In stage six of Our Giro we’ll be looking at the 2002 race and Cadel Evans’ doomed attempt to win his debut Grand Tour. In Bonk! we speak to Evans about his time with the Mapei team, the controversial 2002 Giro and his infamous collapse while wearing the pink jersey.  WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 13, 2020
49: Our Giro stage 4: Imbroglio! Skulduggery at the Giro
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Our Giro arrives in Sicily and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race’s rich history of controversy, tactical ruthlessness and downright cheating. From police raids to outlandish excuses for positive doping tests to Richard’s shocking wine-tasting notes, we cover it all. We talk about Eddy Merckx’s positive test at Savona in 1969, the day a rampant Marco Pantani was stopped in his tracks and kicked out of the race, the stage that pushed the legendary race director Vincenzo Torriani to the limit, and the internal rivalry between Carerra teammates Roberto Visentini (the defending champion) and Stephen Roche in 1987. Plus there’s arguably the first social media controversy. Having visited Sicily with the Giro twice in recent years, our coverage of the mafia has been perhaps superficial so we get the lowdown on the organised crime network from an expert, author and historian John Dickie. And Lionel cooks a delightful summery dish of pasta alla norma with the expert guidance of award-winning food writer Felicity Cloake. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. The title music for Our Giro coverage is called Cozze by Amaraterra (https://soundcloud.com/amaraterra-london) . FURTHER READING The Eagle of the Canavese by Herbie Sykes Mountain High by Daniel Friebe Mountain Higher by Daniel Friebe The Cannibal by Daniel Friebe Cosa Nostra (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosa-Nostra-History-Sicilian-Mafia/dp/034093526X) by John Dickie Mafia Botherhoods (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0050C877G/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1) by John Dickie  Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mafia-Republic-Criminal-Ndrangheta-Camorra/dp/1444726412) by John Dickie Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia COMING TOMORROW... In our stage five episode we will look at some of The Supernovas – riders who burned brightly, some of them only briefly, at the Giro but failed to replicate that sort of form at other races. The Prosecco Supernovas, if you will. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. thecyclingpodcast.com/join (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at Dvinecellars.com (https://www.dvinecellars.com/) have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 12, 2020
48: Our Giro stage 3: Stars and Watercarriers
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It’s movie night for The Cycling Podcast as we look back at Stars and Watercarriers, Jørgen Leth’s film made at the 1973 Giro d’Italia. Richard Moore speaks to the filmmaker Leth about how the film came about and about the story he was trying to tell. The 1973 Giro was dominated by Eddy Merckx, who wore the pink jersey from start to finish. The race began in Verviers in Belgium and made its way through Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, not reaching Italian soil until the seventh day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. The title music for Our Giro coverage is called Cozze by Amaraterra (https://soundcloud.com/amaraterra-london) . FURTHER WATCHING & READING Jørgen Leth: http://www.lethfilm.dk (http://www.lethfilm.dk/) Films: Stars and Watercarriers, La Course en Tête, The Greatest Show on Earth, Time Trial, Sunday in Hell Books: The Cannibal, a biography of Eddy Merckx by Daniel Friebe COMING TOMORROW... In stage four of Our Giro we’ll be looking at skulduggery. We talk double-crossing tactics on the road, drugs raids and Richard’s wine-tasting notes. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. thecyclingpodcast.com/join (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at Dvinecellars.com (https://www.dvinecellars.com/) have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 11, 2020
47: Our Giro stage 2: The Hungarians
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The second stage of Our Giro focuses on Hungary, which was to be the host of the Grande Partenza this year. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they ask why Hungary has not produced as many international class riders as comparable nations. Only one Hungarian – László Bodrogi, a contemporary of Fabian Cancellara and Filippo Pozzato in the Mapei development squad at the start of this century – has taken part in the Tour de France. No Hungarian has won the Peace Race. But that might change because two promising 21-year-olds turned professional for World Tour teams this season. We hear from both – Mitchelton-Scott’s Barnabás Peák and Team CCC’s Atilla Valter. Could they develop a rivalry similar to Pog and Rog in Slovenia in future? The biggest name in Hungarian cycling in recent years is also one of the most controversial. Istvan Varjas occupies a space where e-bike technology meets motor ‘doping’. We hear from the subject of documentaries and articles as he expresses scepticism at the UCI’s battery detection methods. It’s also ironic that Varjas’s e-racing team won the e-Giro a couple of years ago. We introduce a couple of semi-regular features for this Giro – Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport picks the first rider for his Dream Team. Who is it? Who else could it be but his Soul Sister? And in il Ristorante, Lionel discusses Hungary’s national dish, goulash, with award-winning food writer Felicity Cloake. Is it a soup, or is it a stew? He then cooks it for Felicity to run her forensic eye over.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. The title music for Our Giro coverage is called Cozze by Amaraterra (https://soundcloud.com/amaraterra-london) . COMING TOMORROW... It’s film night on The Cycling Podcast so check out Stars and Watercarriers on YouTube before Monday’s stage three goes live. We speak to filmmaker Jørgen Leth about the documentary which followed the 1973 Giro from its start in Verviers, Belgium. OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Beer52. You can get a case of eight craft beers delivered to your home for £5 by going to https://www.beer52.com/cycle RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. STACY SNYDER’S MUGS Stacy's mugs sold out within 12 minutes of going on sale yesterday. Another batch will go on sale later on during Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at Dvinecellars.com (https://www.dvinecellars.com/) have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 10, 2020
46: Our Giro stage 1: The (second) Giro of rebirth
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Welcome to the first stage of Our Giro, a series of podcasts by Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe celebrating the best the Giro d’Italia and Italy have to offer. With the Giro d’Italia postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, The Cycling Podcast is embarking on a virtual grand tour instead. Starting in Budapest and finishing in Milan, our route will more or less follow that of the real 2020 Giro but with a few diversions thrown in along the way. Over the course of three weeks we will tell stories old and new about the Giro. We’ll have interviews and familiar voices and we’ll capture the flavour and sounds of Italy without leaving home. We hope it’ll have all the elements of our usual grand tour coverage, just without the racing. In this first episode, we look back at the 1946 Giro, the first after the Second World War which saw the rivalry between Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi intensify, to see if there are any parallels between that race and the one that follows this coronavirus crisis. We speak to authors and historians John Dickie and John Foot, who also happened to be Daniel’s Italian professors. There’s also the introduction of some of the regular features we’ll be bringing to you over the next few weeks. We hope you join us on this virtual journey and enjoy the ride. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. The title music for Our Giro coverage is called Cozze by Amaraterra (https://soundcloud.com/amaraterra-london) . FURTHER READING Pedalare! Pedalare! by John Foot and Disastro! by John Dickie and John Foot Dino Buzzati's The Giro d'Italia: Coppi versus Bartali at the 1949 Tour of Italy (VeloPress) COMING TOMORROW... The Hungarians. Who is the only Hungarian to take part in the Tour de France? Meet two youngsters from the country who are hoping to make a splash in the World Tour and hear a rare interview with Istvan Varjas, one of the most controversial people in cycling. OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. STACY SNYDER’S MUGS ON SALE You may have to be quick but the first batch of Stacy Snyder’s Giro d’Italia mugs and cappuccino cups go on sale as soon as this episode finishes (assuming you started listening when it was first uploaded). This year, we are raising money for the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene, near Bergamo. This is a cycling school in one of the areas worst hit by the coronavirus crisis and a cause suggested by Team CCC’s performance coach Marco Pinotti in a recent episode. Go to Stacy’s Etsy page to buy the cups. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=1d91fcd21a&e=be8e0a97d5) GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at Dvinecellars.com (https://www.dvinecellars.com/) have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
May 09, 2020
45: Life in the Peloton – Cameron Meyer
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In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker catches up with five-time world points race champion Cameron Meyer. Meyer won back-to-back points race – or the points score, as the Aussies call it – titles in 2009 and 2010 and more or less made the discipline his own. Heralded as a potential stage race contender, he turned professional for the Garmin-Slipstream team and in this episode he tells the story of how his first European stage race as a pro was the Giro d'Italia. In a revealing conversation, he also talks about the moment he decided to walk away from the sport mid-season to re-evaluate what life was all about for him before returning to the Mitchelton-Scott team a little over a year later.
May 06, 2020
44: Our Giro preview
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Our Giro starts on Saturday and in this episode we look ahead to what's in store during our three-week virtual journey round Italy. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe will be celebrating the best the Giro and Italy have to offer. The classic races, the riders, the food and wine, the culture, countryside and history. We'll look back at some memorable moments from our time covering the Giro d'Italia and hear from some familiar voices. Before that, we discuss the impact of the coronavirus-related lockdown on the riders and races, hear from Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White and former Giro winner Tom Dumoulin. There's also another update from Larry Warbasse and the first details of how our Friends of the Podcast can watch our first film, And So We Rode... The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. STARTING ON SATURDAY... OUR GIRO The Giro d'Italia may not be taking place in May this season but The Cycling Podcast will be releasing daily episodes telling the story of Our Giro. Race director Daniel Friebe has designed the route and we'll delve into our memory banks to celebrate the great race. There'll be the usual flavour of Italy along the way too... Here's our teaser (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast/status/1240658410707849217?s=20) . RIDE OUR GIRO ON RGT Everyone can ride sections of Our Giro on the digital cycling platform RGT. Around 30 kilometres of each stage will be available to ride for a few days. Ride as much or as little as you like. RGT's platform is free for the duration of Our Giro. Download the apps from rgtcycling.com (https://www.rgtcycling.com/) now so you are ready for stage one – a short time trial in Budapest – on Saturday. Alternatively, check out http://thecyclingpodcast.com/ourgiro HOW TO BUY STACY SNYDER'S GIRO CUPS ON SATURDAY Stacy Snyder's handmade cups will go on sale on Saturday. Check our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) feed for details. The cups will be available from Stacy's Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics) . Check out Stacy's website (http://www.stacysnyder.com/) too. OUR SUPPORTERS iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
May 05, 2020
43: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | May 2020
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The May episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is an in-depth look at the career of the world’s top female cyclist, Annemiek van Vleuten. We hear from Van Vleuten herself, her longtime coach Louis Delahaije, her Mitchelton-Scott teammate Lucy Kennedy and one of her rivals, Lizzy Banks of Bigla-Katusha. Van Vleuten is well known for her commitment to training and long hours in the saddle, but she tells Orla Chennaoui that she doesn’t consider this a sacrifice since she enjoys it so much.  Orla, Rose Manley and Richard Moore also discuss Van Vleuten’s progression, from an early win at the Tour of Flanders in 2011 to her long solo ride to win the world race title in Yorkshire last year.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport For 25% off all your Science in Sport products to go www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) and enter the code SISCP25. This episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service for men and women, where an expert stylist picks clothes just for you based on your taste, size and price preferences, and sends them straight to your door.  Traditional clothes shopping isn’t an option for any of us at the moment, but Stitch Fix are here to help you treat yourself without needing to leave the house. Stitch Fix personal stylists (who all work safely from home) are ready to select you five surprise items to hopefully put a smile on your face when we all need it the most.   How does Stitch Fix work? It’s easy and actually really fun – you go to their website and complete a style profile about your clothing preferences, shapes, sizes and what you like to wear. Then it’s over to your stylist who’ll hand select and send to you 5 items of clothing and accessories, which you discover when they arrive at your front door along with a nice card including outfit inspiration and style tips. Try everything on, keep and pay for what you like, send back the rest. Delivery and returns are free, and includes an option free home courier pick up (particularly ideal at the moment). Stitch Fix have also extended their try-on window from one week to six weeks, so you’ve got extra time to send anything back, which, again, is pretty handy at the moment. And the best bit, you pay just £10 for your stylist’s time, which is redeemable against anything you keep. If you fancy giving yourself a treat, go to http://www.Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (http://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
May 01, 2020
42: Dave Brailsford on a year with Ineos
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In this week's episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reveal a few more details of the upcoming coverage of Our Giro d'Italia. Our virtual journey round Italy kicks off in Budapest on Saturday, May 9 and over the course of three weeks we will delve into the history and culture of the Giro d'Italia, capturing the sounds and flavour of the first grand tour of the season. There'll also be an opportunity to ride part of our virtual Giro every day, but stay tuned for the fine details on that. In this week's episode we hear from Dave Brailsford, the boss of Team Ineos, as he marks the first anniversary of his working relationship with the chemical company owned by Jim Ratcliffe. Brailsford also talks about the impact of the coronavirus on professional cycling. There's François Thomazeau's latest song and Larry Warbasse talks about e-racing, having taken part in the Digital Swiss stage race. COMING SOON... OUR GIRO The Giro d'Italia may not be taking place in May this season but The Cycling Podcast will be releasing daily episodes telling the story of Our Giro. Race director Daniel Friebe has designed the route and we'll delve into our memory banks to celebrate the great race. There'll be the usual flavour of Italy along the way too... Here's our teaser (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast/status/1240658410707849217?s=20) . OUR SUPPORTERS iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all joining forces to provide each cover for bikes and equipment in order to keep premiums low and ensure pay-outs in the event of a claim are swift. Check out laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Apr 29, 2020
41: Service Course | Episode 9 | Taming the cobbles
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Despite the absence of a cobbled season, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley talk about the ways in which cycling technology has attempted to tame the cobbles. There’s a look at some retro editions of Roubaix, particularly those in the early 90s, where it looked as if road bikes equipped with front and rear suspension were going to be the dominant force on the cobbles. This begs the question, what happened to full suspension road bikes? Lizzy also chats to Tommaso Cappella from Vittoria, about the ways in which tyre choice for the cobbled classics has evolved over the years. And Neil Shirley talks about the equipment testing that NTT Pro-Cycling did on the cobbles back in February. There’s also an excerpt of Cycling Podcast Race Radio from the inaugural “No Drop Cappuccino Ride.” Service Course is supported by Science In Sport scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) Music courtesy of epidemic sound epidemicsound.com (https://www.epidemicsound.com/)
Apr 24, 2020
40: Life in the Peloton – Adam Hansen
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Mitch Docker is back with the Lotto-Soudal pro rider Adam Hansen. In this conversation, recorded at the start of the year during the Tour Down Under, Mitch had three key questions for Adam, and his answers were fascinating. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Don't miss the bonus episode – Talking Luft – in which Mitch talks style and stuff over on his original Life in the Peloton podcast feed. Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Apr 22, 2020
39: Kilometre 0 | Memories of Michele
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To mark the anniversary of the death of Michele Scarponi, we're revisiting this special episode of Kilometre 0 from 2017, in which his friends and colleagues pay tribute. The episode was recorded on the eve of the 16th Stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia in which the peloton rode from Rovetta to Bormio, ascending the Mortirolo, the scene of one of Scarponi's finest hours.  Scarponi was sadly killed in a road traffic collision on 22 April 2017 while training a few kilometres from his home of Filottrano in the Italian region of Le Marche.
Apr 22, 2020
38: A ramble in the Ardennes and questions about the Tour
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In another bumper edition of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe enjoy a ramble through the Ardennes, recalling memorable editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and also discuss ASO's plans to hold the Tour de France at the end of August. 00:00 Introduction 07:50 François Thomazeau sings... This week, in honour of Bernard Hinault's win in the 1980 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, when the weather was so bad the race was nicknamed Neige-Bastogne-Neige, François sings Snow by Randy Newman. 13:00 Part one – A ramble through the Ardennes We set out from Liège, turn at Bastogne and head back to the industrial heart of Wallonia in a potted trip down memory lane. 34:00 Mike Woods Hear from Canadian Mike Woods, who broke his leg in a crash at Paris-Nice and ended up in a French hospital just as the coronavirus crisis was taking hold. He has enjoyed a couple of excellent editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, including second place two years ago. 51:00 Lockdown Larry Another despatch from AG2R-La Mondiale pro Larry Warbasse. 1:00:05 The coronavirus part What's behind the Tour de France's decision to announce new dates for the race – and is it a realistic prospect? Plus we hear from Geraint Thomas, who recently rode three 12-hour shifts on Zwift to raise money for the NHS. JOIN OUR NON-DROP CAPPUCCINO RIDE ON ZWIFT THIS SUNDAY On Sunday we hosted a meet-up for 50 riders on Zwift. In time for this Sunday, Zwift has raised the meet-up limit to 100, so if you'd like to join Lionel and the rest the ride will be one-hour, starting at 10am (BST). How to join us: 1. Follow Lionel Birnie on Zwift 2. Email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com with the words Cappuccino Ride in the subject title 3. Include your Zwift name in the email body. See you on Sunday. WATCH ON YOUTUBE 1980 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR_N3odC0-o) – Hinault in the snow (short) 1987 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOaGK4bIIDg) – Roche and Criquielion caught by Argentin COMING SOON... OUR GIRO The Giro d'Italia may not be taking place in May this season but The Cycling Podcast will be releasing daily episodes telling the story of Our Giro. Race director Daniel Friebe has designed the route and we'll delve into our memory banks to celebrate the great race. There'll be the usual flavour of Italy along the way too... Here's our teaser (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast/status/1240658410707849217?s=20) . OUR SUPPORTERS iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all joining forces to provide each cover for bikes and equipment in order to keep premiums low and ensure pay-outs in the event of a claim are swift. Check out laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Apr 22, 2020
37: MVDP
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This week's episode is a Netherlands-themed ramble to go alongside our latest special for Friends of the Podcast, which is called Van der Poel. Introduction 00:00 Francois's song 8:16 This week François Thomazeau sings In the Dutch Mountains by the Nits – an homage to the Amstel Gold Race. Part one – An Amstel Gold Race ramble 11:48 In an extended ramble, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe talk about the Amstel Gold Race, focusing on last year's victory by Mathieu van der Poel. We hear a snippet of Richard's special episode, which feature's Mathieu's dad, Adri. And we discuss Van der Poel Snr's career and the similarities between the two. We also weigh up the Amstel Gold Race, the youngest of the main spring Classics. Plus, hear from Dutch journalist Raymond Kerckhoffs about Van der Poel, the rivalry between Jan Raas and Peter Post and Tom Dumoulin and Jumbo-Visma. Lockdown Larry – 1:05:00 The latest bulletin from AG2R-La Mondiale rider Larry Warbasse corrects Daniel's geography. Part two – The coronavirus part 1:09:00 The latest news from the world of pro cycling plus hear from Mitchelton-Scott pro Jack Haig about the difficulty of maintaining focus and motivation for training during these extraordinary times. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport. WATCH ON YOUTUBE The 2019 Amstel Gold Race, won by Mathieu van der Poel. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6rA9zou0PU) The 1990 Amstel Gold Race, won by Mathieu's dad Adri. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNe9pziY0hw) The 1987 Amstel Gold Race, Malcolm Elliott v the Dutch. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwU7GXvbjlM) COMING SOON... OUR GIRO The Giro d'Italia may not be taking place in May this season but The Cycling Podcast will be releasing daily episodes telling the story of Our Giro. Race director Daniel Friebe has designed the route and we'll delve into our memory banks to celebrate the great race. There'll be the usual flavour of Italy along the way too... Here's our teaser (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast/status/1240658410707849217?s=20) . OUR SUPPORTERS iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all joining forces to provide each cover for bikes and equipment in order to keep premiums low and ensure pay-outs in the event of a claim are swift. Check out laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Apr 15, 2020
36: Explore | The Three Peaks
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Join Lionel Birnie, Hannah Troop and Ian Boswell for an episode of Explore, looking at the world of adventure riding and bikepacking. It's the first of who-knows-how-many lockdown editions of Explore and although we can't travel the world on two wheels at the moment, the series will continue with stories celebrating the freedom, friendship and spirit of adventure cycling can provide. IN THIS EPISODE 00:00 Introduction 04:00 Le Tour de Flat Meet Jacob Hill-Gowing who decided, on something of a whim, to ride the distance of the Tour de France on his exercise bike in his flat to raise money for the vendors of the Big Issue who currently cannot sell the magazine because of the coronavirus crisis. It was only after he'd committed to the challenge that it occured to him to check how long the Tour de France route is... If you want to follow Jacob's progress he is on Twitter (https://twitter.com/letourdeflat) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/letourdeflat/) . And if you want to chip in as he seeks to raise £5,000, this is his Just Giving (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/le-tour-de-flat) page. 13:00 Ian Boswell Many of our listeners will know Ian as the former Team Sky and Katusha pro rider who retired at the end of last season and was looking ahead to a very different cycling challenge. The coronavirus has changed his plans but he too has plenty of stories to tell. This segment, recorded before the restrictions on our movement began, about fat-biking in the snow, is a warming story of friendship and freedom. 31:00 The Three Peaks Our main feature this month is on the legendary Three Peaks cyclo-cross race, held every September in Yorkshire. It's part cyclo-cross, part-fell-running event. We hear from three-time winner Nick Craig, a veteran of 21 editions Simon Scarsbrook, and EF Procycling rider Lachlan Morton, who took on the event for the first time last year. If you want to watch the films mentioned in this section, Benedict Campbell's excellent For the Love of Mud is here (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lovemud) ; and the story of Lachlan Morton's ride was the subject of one of the EF & Rapha Gone Racing films (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9bCjFoZRE&t) . OUR SUPPORTERS The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)  
Apr 13, 2020
35: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | April 2020
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In the April episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we hear from riders living in lockdown, from Jip van den Bos, the Boels-Dolmans rider who took off backpacking, to Elise Chabbey, the Bigla-Katusha professional, a trained doctor who has returned to medicine to help people suffering with coronavirus in her native Switzerland.  Chabbey only qualified at the end of last year and was looking forward to her first season of being able to focus full time on cycling, with the Olympic Games her big target. Now she is working up to 60 hours a week in a hospital in Geneva while still training for a return to racing.  Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss how coronavirus might affect women's cycling, with races and teams facing a difficult a few months. The riders, too, are coping with the uncertainty in different ways. We hear from Louis Delahaije, who coaches Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos, about how his charges are training – he tells us that the biggest challenge is not knowing what they are training for.  Finally there is an interview with Molly Weaver, the retired road professional who had hoped to do some gravel races this year. She had hoped to do the Dirty Reiver but in its absence has come up with the Dirty Weaver, which will see her take on 1,111 laps (130km) of her garden in 12 hours to raise money for Women’s Aid. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) This episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service for men and women, where an expert stylist picks clothes just for you based on your taste, size and price preferences, and sends them straight to your door.  Traditional clothes shopping isn’t an option for any of us at the moment, but Stitch Fix are here to help you treat yourself without needing to leave the house. Stitch Fix personal stylists (who all work safely from home) are ready to select you five surprise items to hopefully put a smile on your face when we all need it the most.   How does Stitch Fix work? It’s easy and actually really fun – you go to their website and complete a style profile about your clothing preferences, shapes, sizes and what you like to wear. Then it’s over to your stylist who’ll hand select and send to you 5 items of clothing and accessories, which you discover when they arrive at your front door along with a nice card including outfit inspiration and style tips. Try everything on, keep and pay for what you like, send back the rest. Delivery and returns are free, and includes an option free home courier pick up (particularly ideal at the moment). Stitch Fix have also extended their try-on window from one week to six weeks, so you’ve got extra time to send anything back, which, again, is pretty handy at the moment. And the best bit, you pay just £10 for your stylist’s time, which is redeemable against anything you keep. If you fancy giving yourself a treat, go to Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling 
Apr 10, 2020
34: Life in the Peloton – Ella Harris
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In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker catches up with Ella Harris to talk about her journey from virtual world to the World Tour. The 21-year-old New Zealander won the Zwift Academy in 2018 and earned a pro contract with the Canyon-SRAM team. Harris enjoyed a promising start to the 2020 season – winning a stage of the Herald Sun Tour and the New Zealand time trial title – and is now back home while the world of cycling is on pause because of the coronavirus crisis. Mitch and Ella talk about transferring the power from the indoor trainer to the peloton. Episode sponsor This episode is supported by Harry's razors. Listeners can get started shaving today with a trial set delivered to your door for £3.95. The set comes with a weighted ergonomic handle, five precision-engineered blades with lubricating stripe and trimmer blade, rich lathering shave gel and a travel blade cover. Claim your trial set by going to harrys.com/cycling (https://www.harrys.com/go/gb-pod-2020?dc=&utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&utm_source=Cycling+Podcast&utm_campaign=audioBoom&utm_content=Sep19QualityTP--395_trial&crid=Sep19QualityTP--395_trial&hid=&name=Cycling+Podcast+listeners) Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Don't miss the bonus episode – Talking Luft – in which Mitch talks style and stuff over on his original Life in the Peloton podcast feed. Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Apr 08, 2020
33: The Closest* Ever Paris-Roubaix
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It's another bumper episode of The Cycling Podcast with plenty to pick and choose from if that's what you wish to do. The main focus is Paris-Roubaix, the Queen of the Classics, the Hell of the North, so let's run through what's in the show. 00:00 Introduction Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they catch up with each other after a week of self-distancing. And hear from Team CCC's Greg Van Avermaet, winner of the virtual Lockdown Tour of Flanders. 17:28 Francois' song This week it's an homage to Paris-Roubaix and Australian winner Mat Hayman with a cover of AC-DC's Highway to Hell from François Thomazeau, performing live in Marseille. 21:10 Part one (Duration 43:50) Roubaix memories We take a meandering journey across the cobblestones of north-eastern France with an assortment of memories from the pavé. There's the man of many nationalities, 1994 winner Andrei Tchmil and his legendary directeur sportif Jef Braeckevelt. But who was the Little Mouse? We recall some modern editions and ask who is the best Paris-Roubaix rider of all-time. Trek-Segafredo's Luca Guercilena makes a case for Fabian Cancellara being the best modern-day rider and Lionel remembers stuffing his face with savoury treats (of course he did) at the final feed station when he rode the cyclo-sportive in 2008. 1:05:00 Part two (Duration 35:00) The closest* ever Paris-Roubaix We catch up with Team CCC's sports director Steve Bauer, who was second in one of the closest editions ever, when he was beaten by around a centimetre by Belgian Eddy Planckaert in the Roubaix velodrome in 1990. But, cycling being cycling, the closest ever finish might actually be the second closest... 1:40:00 Lockdown Larry A sleepy edition of Lockdown Larry with AG2R-La Mondiale rider Larry Warbasse. 1:43:13 Part three (Duration 31:15) The coronavirus section What's the latest in the world of cycling? We recap the news and also hear from Trek-Segafredo's young rider Charlie Quarterman, whose debut season had got off to a promising start before racing ground to a halt. If you want to hear the full interview with Charlie, we'll post it on our website thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) WATCH ON YOUTUBE 1990 Paris-Roubaix, the closest* ever (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrHNj8pHmx0) 1994 Paris-Roubaix, won by Andrei Tchmil (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xci1GIwLNoo&t=) 2016 Paris-Roubaix, won by Mat Hayman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdvnLe-dV4E) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Apr 07, 2020
32: Movistar and chill
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Alberto Bettiol's Tour of Flanders, the Movistar documentary on Netflix and the latest on the coronavirus crisis and cycling –  this week’s bumper episode of The Cycling Podcast is really three shows in one and this  description can help you find the talking points you are interested in. 00:00 Introduction Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe get together on the phone from their separate isolated offices to discuss how they are coping with lockdown. There’s also a staggering anecdote from Daniel that includes Pavel Tonkov and American actor Mark Wahlberg. 11:25 Part one (Duration 27:45) – Alberto Bettiol’s Tour of Flanders We look back to last year’s Tour of Flanders and Richard talks to EF Pro Cycling’s Alberto Bettiol, who pulled off something of a shock when he won the race. It was Bettiol’s first pro win and it changed everything for him. 39:10 François’ Song This week, to honour the Tour of Flanders, François channels his inner Jacques Brel and sings Le Plat Pays Qui Est Le Mien. It’s an homage to the flat lands and North Sea. Find out more here. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Plat_Pays) 42:35 Part two (Duration 31:40) – Movistar and Chill We channel our inner Barry Norman (that’s a reference for British viewers who remember his legendary BBC Film programme) to review the new six-part Netflix documentary series The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019. The series takes us on the road at the three grand tours to get to know Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde, Eusebio Unzue and the rest of the Movistar team. We discuss Landa’s sad eyes to the tune playing in Marc Soler’s head during tactical briefings. But how many cinema hot dogs out of five does the film deserve? 1:14:15 Lockdown Larry (Duration: 12:33) The latest despatch from AG2R-La Mondiale rider Larry Warbasse in which he talks about coping with no racing and a very different training regime. 1:26:48 Part three (Duration 40:22) – The coronavirus part We’ve quarantined our coronavirus coverage for people who want to take a total break from the news. We update on the latest impact the virus is having on professional cycling. We hear from Paola Santini of the Bergamo-based Santini clothing company, which has swapped manufacturing rainbow jerseys for face masks and protective clothing. Mick Bennett, organiser of the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain talks about the effect the uncertainty is having. And we hear reassuring news about Ciro Scognamiglio, in response to listeners asking whether he’s been eating properly while locked down in Milan. 2:07:10 François’ tribute to Gianni Mura François Thomazeau with his memory of the Italian sportswriter Gianni Mura, who passed away last week. WATCH ON YOUTUBE 2019 Tour of Flanders, race highlights (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_3-uI8xkjk) 2017 Tour of Flanders, Behind the Scenes documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNpvsJ3_OJo) Available from 14.00 April 1 2017 Tour of Flanders, race highlights (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpXi3QhCRNk) Flanders Classics channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/FlandersClassics1) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Mar 31, 2020
31: Service Course | Episode 8 | The perfect fit
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In this month's episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley dive behind the scenes of some of the leading kit manufactures, designers and technology companies that are driving innovation in technical clothing. They speak to Angelo Trofa, designer of the only kit in the pro peloton from another Uniververse, the Canyon//SRAM kit from Rapha. Marie Cortal from Katusha Sport breaks down the processes of outfitting two world tour teams who come in all shapes and sizes. Photophysical chemistry and volcanic sand make an unconventional appearance in the cycling world as Dr Greg Haggquist from 37.5 discusses his innovative methodologies for developing technical yarns to enable the best possible moisture management in clothing. Finally, with talk of staying dry, we asked Anne Weir from Gore Wear, is it really just dreaming to have a rain jacket as breathable as a base layer? Find out in the show! Service Course is supported by Science in Sport. Get 25% off your next order by using the code SISCP25 https://www.scienceinsport.com This episode is sponsored by Harry’s razors. If you’d like to get the Harry’s trial set for £3.95 go to harrys.com/cycling (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=c014fa323f&e=be8e0a97d5) The Economist returns to The Cycling Podcast with a new offer for our listeners at a time when facts matter most in the reporting of global affairs. Get your first 12 issues for just £12. Get the magazines delivered to your door plus access to economist.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=366ed12318&e=be8e0a97d5) and the new app. Text CP12 to 78070
Mar 27, 2020
30: Life in the Peloton – Talking Zwift with Kevin Poulton
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With so many cyclists now confined to training indoors, Mitch Docker talks to his coach Kevin Poulton about the virtual cycling software Zwift. Back in 2016, Mat Hayman crashed out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and fractured his arm. It looked like his Classics campaign was over but within days he was back training indoors, using Zwift, and less than six weeks later he crossed the line first in the velodrome to clinch victory in Paris-Roubaix. Poulton was Hayman's coach then but Zwift was still relatively new to him. Since then, Zwift has become an additional tool for professional and amateur riders alike. This is a podcast Mitch wanted to do anyway, but with so many cyclists restricted to riding indoors because of the coronavirus crisis it seemed like the perfect time to call Kevin and get under the skin of the training tool that combines athletic effort with video gaming. If you want to know more about Zwift, how the pros use it and how it can help your training, this is the podcast for you. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Mar 25, 2020
29: Part 2: Marco Pinotti and Jonathan Vaughters on COVID-19
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In this second part of this week's Cycling Podcast, Daniel Friebe speaks to Marco Pinotti, head of performance at Team CCC, and a resident of Bergamo, one of the cities in Italy that has been worst hit by coronavirus. In the second part we hear from Jonathan Vaughters, boss of the EF Pro Cycling team, who were the first to pull out of the Strade Bianche race a couple of weeks ago, about what the future might hold for the sport once the crisis is over. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)
Mar 24, 2020
28: Part 1: Gianni Mura and Milan-Sanremo
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This week, we have divided the podcast into two parts, enabling those who want to avoid discussion of the coronavirus pandemic to self-isolate from the subject and enjoy a diverting hour or so listening to us talk about cycling. In this part one, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe pay tribute to the veteran Italian sportswriter Gianni Mura, who died last week, and talk about Milan-Sanremo. We hear from Julian Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates Tim Declercq and Zdenek Stybar about how the Frenchman won the race, then go back in time 38 years to 1982 and a stunning surprise victory for a much less well-known French rider. Lionel remembers Sean Kelly’s descent of the Poggio in pursuit of Moreno Argentin in 1992 and Richard mentions the victory by Italian Maurizio Fondriest the following year. Finally in this part, we hear from AG2R’s American rider Larry Warbasse in Lockdown Larry. WATCH ON YOUTUBE If you want to watch footage of any of the races we talked about this week you can find them on YouTube. 2019 – Alaphilippe’s victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NECr3ZQL1Z4&t) 1982 – Marc Gomez’s surprise (French) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt4Nr1a1yjI) 1992 – Sean Kelly’s pursuit of Moreno Argentin on the Poggio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqEnvZ1ynng) 1993 – Maurizio Fondriest’s win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKywA5jlX8o) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast. Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/)
Mar 24, 2020
27: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | March 2020
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In the March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin there's lots of racing, with Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore picking out their moments of the early season – until it was stopped in its tracks by coronavirus.  There's a report from Richard's day in the Drops team car, with Bob Varney and Julian Winn, at Het Nieuwsblad, and we hear from Lizzy Banks, the Bigla-Katusha rider who rode strongly to 6th, Esra Tromp, manager of the Parkhotel-Valkenburg team, and also Rolf Aldag, making one of his first appearances as a sports director in the Canyon-SRAM car.  And there's an interview with Italian rider Martina Alzini, who tells us about living and training in locked down Italy, where the coronavirus crisis is most serious.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport. iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is supported by Stitch Fix, the online styling service. Go to https://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling This episode is also supported by Laka, Join a community of cyclists to play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. Go to https://laka.co.uk KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Subscribe now! (http://eepurl.com/bERv1D) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Mar 20, 2020
26: Paris-Nice and pause
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The world of professional cycling is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus and so the season has been put on hold after Paris-Nice. From their separate studios, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap what will be the final race for a while. Daniel was on the road covering a surreal edition of the Race to the Sun and he reports on the decision by organisers ASO to push on to Nice and what it was like as the effects of the virus spread across Europe. We also reflect on what was an attacking and entertaining edition of the race and discuss whether the 'three-kilometre rule' should have applied to Max Schachmann after his crash on the run-in to the finish of the penultimate stage in Apt. What now for cycling? With the spring classics and the Giro d'Italia already postponed the sport faces a set of circumstances unprecedented in peacetime. We also hear from Italian Martina Alzini, who is currently locked down at home, and Mitch Docker – host of Life in the Peloton – from Girona about what these new restrictions mean for pro riders. It's too early to say when or how the racing programme will resume but The Cycling Podcast show will go on. You can find out more details about that in our weekly newsletter. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also supported by Cyclist – the monthly magazine dedicated to road cycling. To celebrate the 100th issue of the magazine you can get a big discount on a year's print and digital subcription by going to https://cyclistmag.co.uk/podcast. As well as saving over £82 you can also get a copy of the A3 print book Big Rides, which is worth £25. KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Mar 18, 2020
25: Life in the Peloton – Talking Classics with Luke Durbridge
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Life in the Peloton is a packed episode of two halves this time as Mitch Docker and his good mate Luke Durbridge look back at the first Belgian Classics of the season before answering some great listeners' questions. Mitch and Luke used to be teammates at Orica-GreenEdge, now they live not too far from each other in Girona, and they caught up after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne to talk about 'opening weekend'. They explain how pro riders choose the right clothing for the bad weather, Mitch reveals his favourite Belgian beer and they give their take on Gianni Moscon's latest rush of blood to the head. Then Mitch delves into the email bag to answer some cracking questions. They talk Classics, cobbles and climbs, the importance of upper body strength and double bar tape... How noisy are disc brakes and who would win a two-up between them on the velodrome in Roubaix? Episode sponsors This episode is supported by Vélo Birmingham and Midlands. The organisers of one of the biggest and best closed-road sportives in the UK is also organising the British national road race championships from June 18-20 this year. You can watch the best of British battle it out for the prestigious national champion's jerseys, then take part in either the 45-mile or 100-mile ride. And all podcast listeners can get a £10 discount on the ride entry at velobirmingham.com (https://www.velobirmingham.com/) with the code CYCLINGPODCAST. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Mar 12, 2020
24: Cycling in the time of coronavirus
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Strade Bianche may have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy but Paris-Nice got underway and the opening two stages turned out to be more like mini Classics. Crosswinds caused chaos and whittled down the number of riders likely to contend for overall victory as the race heads towards the hills and, hopefully, the sun at the end of the week. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the racing and the impact coronavirus is having on professional cycling before Daniel Friebe dials in from France to talk about the opening days of Paris-Nice. Ciro Scognamiglio also updates on the situation in Italy following the cancellation of Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and a host of other spring races. We also hear from Tiesj Benoot about his winter transfer from Lotto-Soudal and his objectives for the season. In the final part, there's a moving tribute to Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal by Tao Geoghegan Hart. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Mar 11, 2020
23: Explore | Coffee, croissants and cassoulet with Felicity Cloake
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Explore returns to The Cycling Podcast as a monthly show following the seven-part debut series, which was release at the end of 2018. Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop introduce the show, which will also feature regular contributions from former World Tour professional rider Ian Boswell. In this episode we meet Felicity Cloake, award-winning food writer for The Guardian and author of the excellent One More Croissant for the Road (https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008304935/one-more-croissant-for-the-road/) , to talk about cycle touring and the search for culinary perfection in France. After spending July covering the Tour de France for the past couple of decades, the highs and lows of French cuisine is a subject close to Lionel's heart so he was interested to hear how Felicity decided which route to take, which dishes to seek out and understand why touring a country by bicycle offers a deeper perspective on the changing cultures and landscape as a journey unfolds. Combining the spirit of Henri Desgrange with the essence of Elizabeth David, Felicity went in search of the French Classics but, this being cycling, she also went to sleep hungry and (slightly) demoralised in a tent. We also hear from Ian Boswell, who rode for Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin before retiring at the end of last year after suffering successive concussions sustained in crashes. Ian who will explore the world of gravel and self-supported racing this year will be filing a monthly despatch for our series. In this first instalment, we catch up with him in the depths of  winter in Vermont to find out what he has planned for 2020. Show notes 0:00 Lionel and Hannah introduce Explore 8:26 Coffee with Felicity Cloake, part one 38:20 Welcome to Explore, Ian Boswell 1:03:40 Back to Felicity for part two OUR SUPPORTERS The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)  
Mar 06, 2020
22: Opening weekend
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The season finally started, according to Lionel Birnie, with Belgium’s “Opening Weekend” comprising Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday followed by Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday.  The racing was thrilling, but there has been a lot of other news in the cycling world, from coronavirus and its possible effects on the upcoming races, not to mention the four teams still in quarantine in Abu Dhabi, to Gianni Moscon’s latest transgression and disqualification at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.   Lionel, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore discuss all this and there are interviews with Moscon’s Team Ineos sports director, Gabriel Rasch, as well as Allan Peiper of UAE-Team Emirates and Rik Van Slycke, whose Deceuninck-Quickstep team managed a win and a second place at the two Belgian races. We hear from young riders Fred Wright and Quinn Simmons, making their debuts in the Belgian races. And we have exciting news of our own – a new title sponsor, iwoca, who we warmly welcome to The Cycling Podcast. News of the sudden and tragic death of Nicolas Portal, the Team Ineos sports director, broke after we recorded this episode. We will have a full appreciation of Portal in next week’s podcast. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)   This week’s episode is supported by Hello Fresh.  HelloFresh makes cooking from scratch easy and convenient. As well as delivering fresh, quality pre-portioned ingredients to your door, they now have 21 different recipes to choose from each week. From Family Favourites and Balanced recipes under 600 calories to recipes that are on the table in ten-minutes flat, there’s something for everyone to try. And to make mealtimes even more memorable, you can also add extras like desserts and artisan bread for extra convenience.  For the simple way to cook fresh, HelloFresh is offering you 50% off your first box and 35% off your next three boxes. Head to https://hellofresh.co.uk and use the code CYCLING to receive 50% off your first box and 35% off your next three today. 
Mar 04, 2020
21: Service Course | Episode 7 | New kit day
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In this month’s episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley take a look at the new kit that's arrived in the peloton for 2020. They hear from young riders, Mikkel Bjerg, Katrine Aalerud, Niamh Fisher-Black and her brother Finn, all of whom have recently stepped up to bigger teams, and talk about the challenges of using totally new equipment. There’s also a conversation with Cannondale’s Global Director of Sports Marketing, Jonathan Geran, about how the brand have expanded its presence in the women’s side of the sport, by being the bike sponsor for 3 professional teams. He talks about the feedback that the pros give to the brand and the way it influences design, and also the changing nature of what pros demand from a bike supplier. The answer to that one seems to be gravel bikes. Service Course is supported by Science In Sport. Get 25% off your next order by using the code SISCP25 https://www.scienceinsport.com/ Our theme music is Beyond The Black Veil by Moscow Youth Cult https://moscowyouthcult.bandcamp.com/ Additional music in this episode by Orange, King Masa, Beat Me, Ekans, From Indigo, Once Upon and Before Chill. All licensed through Epidemic Sound. https://www.epidemicsound.com/
Mar 02, 2020
20: Life in the Peloton – Matt Keenan
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Mitch Docker meets a man whose voice will be familiar to cycling fans throughout the world. For many, Matt Keenan is the voice of the Tour de France thanks to his lead commentary work which is heard by viewers in the US, Australia and anywhere that takes the world feed from race organiser ASO. Matt grew up in the same neighbourhood as Mitch and also dreamed of being a professional cyclist. When he realised he didn't have the engine for Life in the Peloton he switched his sights to a job in the commentary booth. Mitch gets to the heart of the commentator's job – the difficulty of identifying riders, explaining a complex sport to a broad audience and striking up a rapport with a co-commentator. Sit back, relax and enjoy a conversation with one of the most recognised voices of cycling. Episode sponsor Hello Fresh delivers fresh, healthy meal boxes with pre-portioned ingredients to take the hassle out of shopping and cooking. Saving you time and money and ensuring you eat well, Hello Fresh offers a choice of 21 different recipes each week. Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 50% off their first meal box and 35% off the next three with the code CYCLING at hellofresh.co.uk (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk/)
Feb 26, 2020
19: Remco on fire
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Is Remco Evenepoel the new Eddy Merckx? He's Belgian, he's 20 years old and he's won both stage races he's taken part in so far this season. Following up victory at the Vuelta a San Juan, the Deceuninck-Quick Step sensation won the Tour of the Algarve with a strong performance in the hills and an impressive time trial. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Freibe discuss Evenepoel's potential and ask how he will fare in his debut Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, later this season. Of course, Lionel is on hand with his fire extinguisher to dampen down the excitement around Evenepoel, cautioning against getting carried away and reminding everyone that Merckx won Milan-Sanremo in his first full season as a professional in 1966. We also discuss the resurgence of Nairo Quintana, who added the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var title to the Tour de La Provence he won last week. And with coronavirus cancelling sporting events in Italy we ask whether Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and possibly even the Giro might be affected by the spread of the virus. Plus there's news of Daniel's impromptu lamb lunch with John Degenkolb in Majorca and some joking about unusual race names and some nonsense about a stage race named after a German airport. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. SPONSORS This episode is also sponsored by Stitch Fix. If you want to update your wardrobe with the help of a personal stylist sign up at stitchfix.co.uk (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/) now. For a £10 monthly styling fee, you can get a delivery of five items of clothing selected for you, which takes the hassle out of clothes shopping. Keep and pay for the items you love and send the others back. We are also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all operating together to insure their bikes and equipment while keeping premiums down and ensuring claims are settled quickly by staff who understand cycling. Check out Laka at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) . BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France Bonus from the archive: Meeting Jean Bobet THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Feb 26, 2020
18: A new Nairoman?
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap a great week of racing for Colombian riders and the EF Education First team. The outstanding performance of the week was by Nairo Quintana, who grabbed his first victories for the French Arkéa-Samsic by winning the stage to Chalet-Reynard, halfway up Mont Ventoux, to clinch the Tour de La Provence. Meanwhile, EF Education First dominated the Tour Colombia by winning the team time trial to set up a clean sweep of the overall podium, topped by Sergio Higuita. We also hear from EF Education First sports director Juan Manuel Gárate and rider Lawson Craddock about the experience of racing in Colombia and coping with the effects of consistently high altitude during the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Feb 20, 2020
17: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | February 2020
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In the February episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we hear from the new cyclocross world champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and also from Danny Stam, who tells us how his team, Boels-Dolmans, has managed to attract a new sponsor, SD Worx. The new sponsor has signed up for four years, ensuring the future of a team that has set the benchmark for women’s teams. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the early season racing and there is also an interview with Canyon-SRAM rider Hannah Barnes and an update on the Cyclists’ Alliance including an interview with board member Rhian Ravenscroft. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Science in Sport Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Feb 13, 2020
16: The Pogfather
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In this week's episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the early season races and ask what the 2020 season has in store for Slovenian sensation Tadej Pogacar's after his victory at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. We also hear from Cameron Wurf, the former World Tour pro-turned-triathlete who has returned to the top ranks of professional cycling with Team Ineos.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Feb 12, 2020
15: Life in the Peloton – Andre Greipel
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In this episode of Life in the Peloton Mitch Docker meets Andre Greipel, the German sprinter who won 11 stages of the Tour de France between 2011 and 2016. The pair sat down to talk during the Tour Down Under and Mitch reveals that Andre has been a long-time listener to the Life in the Peloton podcast and asked when he would be invited to be a guest on the show. Mitch starts by asking Andre about an unusual race victory – his only pro win that came from a breakaway – and then the pair talk about his early days in East Germany, his rise to become one of the fastest men in the world, his internal team rivalry with Mark Cavendish and what has kept him at the top for so long. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Feb 11, 2020
14: Questions for Fuglsang and the reinvention of a Spanish institution
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In this week’s podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss all the latest racing and news and there’s an in-depth look at a team that’s been reinvented for 2020.  Apart from all the racing, Jakob Fuglsang, the Danish rider on Astana, has been subject to the allegation that he has been working with the banned doctor, Michele Ferrari. Any such association would constitute an anti-doping offence but media outlets in Denmark and Norway report that the authorities are investigating Fuglsang and his Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko on the basis of tip-offs from whistleblowers. Fuglsang, Lutsenko and Ferrari have all denied the allegations.  In the second part we turn our attention to Movistar, the Spanish team with 14 new riders, and a more international mix, in 2020. We hear from Eusebio Unzué, the man who’s been at the helm for its entire 40-year existence, from his son, Sebastián, and from one of the new signings, British rider Gabriel Cullaigh. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. This episode is supported by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service that takes the work out of dressing well. It’s a fun and light-touch. To get started, go to http://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling, fill in a Style Quiz and tell us about your personal style and aesthetic, budget, size and shape, fit challenges, clothing needs and wants. A personal stylist will send you five items of clothing, each hand-picked for you from our selection of 100 of the best European Brands, including established names, cool emerging designers, and exclusive brands. Try on everything at home. Mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. Buy what you love, send back the rest. Go to http://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling
Feb 05, 2020
13: Last of the Summer Wine
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the early season news and recap the Tour Down Under. There's also Luca Scinto's ban on power meters, the news that the UCI is considering a world championship for gravel racing and we discuss Peter Sagan's latest milestone – his 30th birthday. It was at the Tour Down Under a decade ago that Sagan first made a splash as a professional. As he begins his fourth decade, we ask whether the three-time world champion has fulfilled his potential – so far, at least. And find out which team's grand tour contenders are like the cast of Last of the Summer Wine... SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 Laka: Laka is a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Jan 29, 2020
12: Life in the Peloton – Jimmy Whelan
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton, with Mitch Docker. The Cycling Podcast is delighted to welcome Mitch Docker and his excellent Life in the Peloton series to the fold for 2020. This is the first episode of a fortnightly series presented by the EF Education First rider Mitch Docker. Let’s hand over to Mitch to find out more… “Life in the Peloton started in 2016 and if you are a regular listener you’ll know the drill by now, but if you’ve just discovered the podcast let me fill you in on how it works. “Every fortnight, I sit down for a chat with someone from the world of professional cycling to discuss what life is like inside the sport. From teammates to rivals, to some people who may not be as well known, but who have a fascinating story to tell, I’ll introduce you to some of the people I’ve rubbed shoulders with in the bunch and met on my travels as part of a World Tour team. “In this episode, meet my EF Education First teammate Jimmy Whelan, or ‘Half-Whelan’ as we nicknamed him after last year’s pre-season training camp because of his eagerness to get stuck in having just turned pro. “I was keen to catch up with Jimmy on the eve of his second season in the World Tour to find out what he learned from his debut year. I hope you agree it’s a really interesting listen. “By joining up with The Cycling Podcast I’m hoping to develop some of the ideas I’ve got for the future of the podcast. If you’re a long-time listener to the podcast it’s great you’ve joined me for another season of podcasts.  If you’re listening for the first time, welcome along, I hope you enjoy the ride. “Cheers, Mitch.” Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Jan 28, 2020
11: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Tao Geoghegan Hart
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. This is the final episode of our mini series and it features Tao Geoghegan Hart, who Mitch caught up with shortly before the Giro d'Italia. Before the podcast, they were just acquaintances in the peloton so this was an opportunity for them both to learn a bit about each other and their lives in pro cycling so far. Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come. Check out Mitch Docker's complete back catalogue and merchandise at http://lifeinthepeloton.com
Jan 27, 2020
10: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Svein Tuft
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. The penultimate episode of our mini series introducing our listeners to Life in the Peloton features another Canadian, Svein Tuft. In this episode Mitch and Svein hike up into the mountains for a chat about life, cycling, the great outdoors and more... Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come.
Jan 26, 2020
9: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Mike Woods
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. This conversation with Mike Woods, the EF Education First climber, took place shortly after the 2018 Vuelta a España when the Canadian sealed his first grand tour stage win. Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come.
Jan 25, 2020
8: Service Course | Episode 6 | Gold Medal Machine?
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In this episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley take a close look at the new HB.T track bike that Team GB will be riding at the Olympics in Tokyo. A collaboration between Hope Technology and Lotus Engineering, the bike’s striking looks are certain to divide opinion. To find out more about the design, Lizzy spoke with Tony Purnell, the head of development at British Cycling. He believes that, in a few years time, we will see road bikes emulating the design of the HB.T We also hear from Lizzy’s Bigla - Katusha teammate Martina Alzini, who is part of a very exciting, Italian team pursuit squad. Martina talks about the beautiful new Pinarello that the Italians will be riding in Tokyo, and gives her thoughts on GB’s new machine. Service Course is supported by Science In Sport (https://scienceinsport.com) (https://scienceinsport.com). Listeners can get 25% off their Science in Sport orders with the code SISCP25. This episode is also sponsored by Alzheimer's Society, which helps support the 850,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia while working to find a cure. Alzheimer’s Society has a series of charity events for riders of all abilities in 2020 so check out Alzheimers.org.uk/cycle (http://alzheimers.org.uk/cycle) if you’re looking to set yourself a challenge. Our theme music is Beyond The Black Veil by Moscow Youth Cult https://moscowyouthcult.bandcamp.com/track/beyond-the-black-veil Additional music comes from Jon Dix https://nosheetmusic.tv/artists/jonathan-dix All other music courtesy of Epidemic Sound https://epidemicsound.com
Jan 24, 2020
7: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Luke Durbridge
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. Mitch's friend and former teammate Luke Durbridge is a regular guest on Life in the Peloton and, as you'd expect, the pair have a great rapport. Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come.
Jan 24, 2020
6: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Marcel Kittel
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. This time, let's hear Mitch's conversation with Marcel Kittel. They were teammates together at Skil-Shimano in 2010 but this chat is from 2017, when Kittel was at the peak of his sprinting powers. Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come.
Jan 23, 2020
5: From the Life in the Peloton archive: Daryl Impey
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Welcome to The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton with Mitch Docker. We're delighted to welcome Mitch to the team for 2020 and ahead of the release of his first new episode on January 29 we thought we'd delve into his back catalogue to present six edited versions of some of his greatest hits. First up it's Daryl Impey, the Mitchelton-Scott rider who has experienced the highs and lows of professional cycling over a career that has spanned more than a decade. Life in the Peloton comes to The Cycling Podcast's channel in 2020 with the first 'new' episode featuring EF Education First rider Jimmy Whelan. If you've never heard Mitch's podcasts before, this is a taste of what's to come.
Jan 22, 2020
4: A trip to Girona to meet Mitch Docker
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For this episode of The Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie travelled to Girona to meet Mitch Docker. Melbourne-born Docker rides for EF Education First and is about to embark on his 12th season in the elite pro peloton. He came to Europe in 2009 when he got a contract with the Skil-Shimano team, then moved to Orica-GreenEdge, where he spent six years, before heading to EF Education First. In that time he's evolved from sprinter to lead-out man to Classics specialist to road captain. He's also the host of his own podcast, Life in the Peloton, but we thought it was time to turn the mic on Mitch and ask him the questions for a change... Coming soon: The Cycling Podcast and Life in the Peloton are joining forces for 2020 and Mitch's series of podcasts will be published on our channel from January 29. In the meantime, look out for edited versions of some of his favourite episodes from the archives on our channel. SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 Wattbike Atom: This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom. If you want to take your winter training up a bit with an indoor bike that gets you connected easily to all the best training apps, check out wattbike.com (https://wattbike.com/) . The Wattbike Atom is available from £76 per month. HelloFresh: HelloFresh makes it easy for you to cook delicious home-cooked meals from scratch. Choose your favourite recipes from a changing weekly menu, and they’ll deliver all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients you need to cook them, straight to your door. No planning, no shopping, no food waste. The helping hand you need to cook fresh at home. HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk/) is offering listeners to The Cycling Podcast Féminin 50% off their first box and 35% off the next three boxes. Go to https://hellofresh.co.uk and use the code CYCLING to take advantage of this offer.  BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Jan 21, 2020
3: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | January 2020
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The Cycling Podcast Féminin returns for 2020 with a look ahead to the new season and interviews with Morgane Gaultier, the UCI's women's cycling coordinator, and two talented young riders, Sarah Gigante and Pfeiffer Georgi. Gigante is the youngster who shocked her rivals by winning the senior Australian national road race title last year at the age of just 18. Now 19, she backed that up this year by winning the time trial title. Rose Manley caught up with her a few days after the championships.  Georgi, also 19, combined riding for Sunweb with her school exams in 2019. With those behind her, she tells Orla Chennaoui that she will be fully focused on cycling in 2020 as she continues with the Dutch team, one of the eight now with World Tour status.  Orla, Rose and Richard Moore also discuss Annemiek van Vleuten's huge training rides and pick out things to look forward to in 2020, including the revamped Women's World Tour, the Olympic Games and the appointment of Rolf Aldag as a sports director at the Canyon/SRAM team.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Science in Sport SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 HelloFresh: HelloFresh makes it easy for you to cook delicious home-cooked meals from scratch. Choose your favourite recipes from a changing weekly menu, and they’ll deliver all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients you need to cook them, straight to your door. No planning, no shopping, no food waste. The helping hand you need to cook fresh at home. HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk/) is offering listeners to The Cycling Podcast Féminin 50% off their first box and 35% off the next three boxes. Go to https://hellofresh.co.uk and use the code CYCLING1 to take advantage of this offer.  BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (http://thecyclingpodcast.com/) /subscribe. We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com (http://thecyclingpodcast.com/) /book. All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Jan 17, 2020
2: Ian Boswell on concussion and retirement
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for a look at the week’s cycling news, including Bernie Eisel’s retirement and Bjarne Riis’s return to the World Tour as part of Team NTT’s management. This episode features an extensive interview with Ian Boswell, the American who spent seven seasons in the World Tour with Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin. Boswell has been forced to retire from racing at the age of just 28 because of a series of concussions suffered in crashes – the most recent and most serious being sustained during the Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico last March. Boswell talks about the lasting after-effects of the crash, his determination to resume training against doctor’s orders, why he has had to bring the curtain down on his professional racing career and what he plans to do next. He also discusses the difficulty professional cycling has in developing an effective concussion protocol when races are fast moving and the riders’ want to rejoin the peloton as soon as they can. We also reveal a new collaboration for 2020 with another excellent podcast… Tune in to find out more. SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 Wattbike Atom: This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom. If you want to take your winter training up a bit with an indoor bike that gets you connected easily to all the best training apps, check out wattbike.com (https://wattbike.com/) . The Wattbike Atom is available from £76 per month. Alzheimer’s Society: We are also sponsored by Alzheimer's Society, which helps support the 850,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia while working to find a cure. Alzheimer’s Society has a series of charity events for riders of all abilities in 2020 so check out Alzheimers.org.uk/cycle (http://alzheimers.org.uk/cycle) if you’re looking to set yourself a challenge. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Jan 15, 2020
1: Nice-Paris and other races in 2020
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The Cycling Podcast returns after the Christmas and New Year break with our first episode of 2020. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they each pick three things they're looking forward to in professional cycling in the coming year. From new teams to riders facing new challenges, big-name transfers and leadership dynamics, new places to visit and, yes, the prospect of goulash. We discuss the likely fortunes of Bahrain-McLaren, Israel Start-Up Nation, Sam Bennett at Deceuninck-Quick Step, the Hungarian Grande Partenza and much more. As for Nice-Paris, well, everything will be explained... SPONSORS The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom. If you want to take your winter training up a bit with an indoor bike that gets you connected easily to all the best training apps, check out wattbike.com (https://wattbike.com/) . The Wattbike Atom is available from £76 per month. WANT TO BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST? Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are four online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Jan 09, 2020
184: The Christmas Cycling Scrabble Challenge
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It’s Christmas, traditionally a time for people to come together and enjoy the simple pleasure of playing a friendly board game and a glass of eggnog. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and special guest Ned Boulting for The Cycling Podcast’s Christmas Cycling Scrabble Challenge. This is Scrabble, but not as you know it. Only words that have a clear and obvious link to the world of professional cycling are permitted. And with that wonderfully vague rule, let the arguments begin. In honour of professional cycling, the rest of the rules of the game are unwritten… So tune in and see if Lionel can get Zakarin down on a triple word score... The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. SPONSORS After three-and-a-half years, our title sponsorship arrangement with Rapha is coming to an end. We'd like to thank everyone at Rapha, and particularly Simon Mottram, for their support. Science In Sport have been sponsoring us for even longer than Rapha and we're delighted that will continue in 2020. All listeners can get 25% off their Science In Sport goodies at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) by using the code SISCP25 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details. LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA You can buy a gift subscription to our Friends of the Podcast series for the pro cycling fan in your life at thecyclingpodcast.com/gifts (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/gifts) and it will be kept a surprise until the big day. CHRISTMAS BREAK This is our final episode of 2019. We'd like to wish all our listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for listening this year. We hope you'll be with us when we return in early January. In the meantime, we do have a couple of Friends of the Podcast episodes scheduled to go out over Christmas.
Dec 23, 2019
183: Service Course | Episode 5 | Wonder Materials and Space Elevators
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Imagine a world without potholes. Imagine a bike frame that is stiffer than one made from carbon fibre yet 20% lighter. Imagine a bike that transmits a potentially endless amount of data, without any wires, and with all the sensors built into the components (and also your clothing). Imagine an elevator that could take you from the earth to the stars. Lizzy and Tom imagine all of those things and find that they are closer to reality than you may think, and the key is Graphene. Remember Graphene? That wonder material that we were all told would revolutionise the way bikes are designed and built? So far we’ve mainly seen it in our tyres and none of the big brands are making their components with it. In this month’s Service Course we ask what happened to Graphene and hear how brands like Dassi are using it to push the limits of what is possible in bike design. We also visit the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre to hear about the science behind the material and find out how scientists are working to make the Graphene revolution a reality. Find out more about... Dassi bikes (https://dassi.com) The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (https://graphene.manchester.ac.uk/about/geic/) Music Service Course’s theme music is Beyond The Black Veil by Moscow Youth Cult. (https://moscowyouthcult.bandcamp.com/track/beyond-the-black-veil) Additional music in this episode by Cody Butler, Experia, August Wilhelmson, From Now On, Emil Axelsson, Nicky Dowling, Mochas, By Lotus and Silver Maple. All additional music and effects licensed through epidemic sound. (https://epidemicsound.com) Service Course is produced by Tom Whalley Thanks to our sponsors. Rapha (https://Rapha.cc) and Science In Sport (https://scienceinsport.com) FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details
Dec 20, 2019
182: Meet Flavio Zappi
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In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie travels to Bicester Village retail outlet, not to do his Christmas shopping but to meet former Italian pro rider Flavio Zappi. After a calamitously clumsy introduction at the Rapha cafe (sorry again, chaps!), Lionel talks to Flavio about his career as a rider in the early 1980s when he finished second in the king of the mountains competition at the 1984 Giro d’Italia - a race he acknowledges as one of the flattest grand tours in modern history. In the second half the conversation turns to why he moved to Oxfordshire 25 years ago, rediscovered his love of cycling to help kick a smoking habit and how he established a development team to set young riders on the path to the World Tour. The best known graduate from Zappi’s team so far is James Knox who went via Team Wiggins to Quick Step and had a stunning breakthrough performance at the Vuelta a España this year. We are also joined by Paul Quarterman, who is heavily involved in Zappi’s team and whose son Charlie will ride for Trek-Segafredo with Vincenzo Nibali and new world champion Mads Pedersen next year. The YouTube clip of the 1984 Milan-Sanremo Flavio referenced can be viewed here (Italian commentary). SPONSORS The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. If you would like to get 25% off all your Science In Sport products fill your basket with energy bars, gels, drinks and other goodies at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) and use the code SISCP25 at checkout. EPISODE SPONSOR This week’s episode sponsor is Procycling magazine, the top quality monthly magazine that takes readers inside the world’s toughest sport. Now in its 20th year, Daniel, Richard and Lionel have all written for the magazine. Pick up a subscription today and get 3 issues for £1 with your special offer code TCP19 at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/tcp19 (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/tcp19/)  or call 0344 848 2852 and quote code TCP19. PLUS receive a FREE the Heroes of Procycling ebook worth £10. FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details
Dec 17, 2019
181: The Americans in Nice
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In a follow up to a Friends Special from 2016, Richard Moore travels to Nice to meet up with American professionals Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski and Larry Warbasse, and also a couple of younger riders, Will Barta and Matteo Jorgenson. Boswell, Dombrowski and Warbasse are all at different points in their careers. After a serious crash in March, Boswell didn't race again in 2019 and is starting to look beyond cycling. Dombrowski is about to change teams, from EF-Education First to UAE-Team Emirates. Warbasse can reflect on his first year in a French team, Ag2r.  They talk commitment and balance, the folly of youth and the benefit of experience, unfulfilled ambitions and strange dreams. We also meet Barta, who has just finished his first season with CCC, and Jorgenson, who will ride for Movistar in 2020.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. EPISODE SPONSOR This episode is supported by Laka, the community of cyclists co-operating to insure their bikes and equipment and keeping premiums down. To check out Laka go to their website at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST 2020 We've improved our Friends of the Podcast system so it is now much easier to sign up and access the special episodes using your favourite podcasts app. We've frozen the subscription fee too – it's still £15 for the year – and we'll be releasing 15 episodes over the course of 2020. Episode one is already online, it looks at the dramatically truncated 19th stage of the Tour de France and features Egan Bernal and the voice of Radio Tour, Seb Piquet. Sign up now at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries, which covers the 2018 and 2019 seasons is available now at our website, thecyclingpodcast.com (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries)
Dec 10, 2019
180: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | December 2019
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In the final Cycling Podcast Féminin of the year the team look back on their standout moments of 2019 with Kasia Niewiadoma, Lizzy Banks, Maria Martins and Bob Varney. It’s been a difficult few weeks for one of the teams of the year, Parkhotel Valkenburg. Their world number one, Lorena Wiebes, is the subject of offers from bigger teams and another rider, Sofie De Vuyst, announced that she has tested positive for a steroid. We speak to the team’s general manager, Esra Tromp, about a successful season followed by a turbulent few weeks. Finally, Orla Chennaoui speaks to Kelsey Erickson about her work leading SafeSport at USA Cycling and Rose Manley talks to Christine Majerus about her cyclocross campaign. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport. EPISODE SPONSOR This episode is supported by Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/) , the online personal styling service that takes the strain out of clothes shopping. A great wardrobe starts with your perfect fit. Stitch Fix's stylists discover clothing for you, hand-selected for your size and style.
Dec 06, 2019
179: Adam Blythe talks about retirement
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The Cycling Podcast's 11-date Grand Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland has reached its conclusion and Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are back with an episode recapping the cycling news. Former British national champion Adam Blythe joined us for two of our live shows – at London's Arts Theatre and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – and in this episode he speaks about the decision to retire from professional racing at the age of just 30. Blythe talks about the moment he made the decision to retire and, having hosted a series of interviews for The Cycling Podcast in the spring, now sees opportunities in the media having also appeared on Eurosport's grand tour coverage. We also have an extract from our first Friends of the Podcast special episode of 2020 – which tells the story of stage 19 of the Tour de France, when a hailstorm and landslide halted the race. We hear from Egan Bernal, who took the yellow jersey that day. There's also a clip from our live show featuring Richard reading an entry from our new book The Grand Tour Diaries, also telling the story of the Tour's dramatic 19th stage. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. SPONSORS This episode is also sponsored by Cyclist magazine. Give the gift of Cyclist Magazine – the stress-free present that lasts all year. Save up to £11.89 on an annual gift subscription to our favourite monthly read with free postage thrown in. Simple. Easy. Perfect. Go to https://cyclistmag.co.uk/podcast to subscribe for a year. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Our new book The Grand Tour Diaries is available now for £15. Richard, Lionel, Daniel, François and Orla document the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España plus the Women's Tour. Order from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) and get the book delivered to your door. The book is currently only available from our publishers, not from Amazon. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We're almost ready to launch our 2020 Friends of the Podcast programme. We've frozen the price and improved the delivery system. Stand by for details of our new faff-free system in next week's episode. MUSIC We are often asked about the music in our shows. The title music in our regular episodes is called This Is The Last Day Of Your Life by Glass Pear. There's a Spotify playlist featuring some of the music heard in The Cycling Podcast here (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0lJbxlr1DkkIH3Vt2tayG8?si=cPe9urthTUGe-CHcuye8tg) .
Dec 04, 2019
178: On the road at the Grand Tour
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This week's episode finds Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the green room backstage at the Y Theatre, Leicester, before the ninth stage of their Grand Tour. We recap the theatre tour so far and answer some of the questions posed by the audience that we didn't have time to get to on stage. We also meet Stacy Snyder, the ceramist who has been making the beautiful cups for The Cycling Podcast during the grand tours. Stacy travelled over from Virginia to see the live event in London's Leicester Square and to meet the podcast team. There's an appearance by Giro stage winner and co-host of our Service Course show Lizzy Banks and finally, we catch up with Colin Sturgess, former world professional pursuit champion, who joined us on stage at the Y Theatre in his home city, Leicester. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This week's episode is supported by Beer52. To order a case of eight beers plus two free beers (making ten!) for just the price of delivery, and to join the monthly beer club, go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle
Nov 29, 2019
177: Service Course | Episode 4 | String Theory and Climbing Bikes
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This month Lizzy Banks takes Service Course back to the place where it all began for her, Hill Climbs. It was the Sheffield University Hill Climb at Curbar Edge in Derbyshire where Lizzy first started to believe that she may have a serious future in the sport and so for this episode she goes back to her roots to look at hill climbing bikes in all their glorious eccentricities. The show features Lizzy’s season closing event, the Mam Nick Hill Climb, as well as an interview with a man who seems to spend all his time riding uphill, Phil Gaimon. We also visit Zed Wheels to find out about super lightweight wheels built with string, and Rebecca Richardson talks about hacking (sometimes literally) weight off your bike on a budget. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. SPONSORS Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.
Nov 27, 2019
176: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | November 2019
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The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin includes a feature on arguably the greatest team in the history of women's racing, Boels-Dolmans. With both sponsors giving notice of their intention to quit, the Dutch squad faces an uncertain future. We speak to the team director, Danny Stam, its longest-serving rider, Christine Majerus, and former riders Lucy Martin and Nikki Brammeier. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore also discuss the news concerning rider quotas for next year's Olympic Games road races, with the men once more far outnumbering the women. And there's an interview with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig about her switch of teams, from Bigla to FDJ, and how she intends to find the improvements necessary to land a big win. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Nov 22, 2019
175: How to plan a cycling season, with Matt White
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After travelling from Bristol to Belfast and reaching London on Monday night, The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour has reached its halfway point. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the week's news – double Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummings' retirement, the latest from Dr Richard Freeman's General Medical Council hearing and we hear from Matt White about how he sits down to plan the race programme for Mitchelton-Scott's riders. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is also sponsored by Harry's razors. If you'd like to get the Harry's trial set for £3.95 go to harrys.com/cycling (https://www.harrys.com/go/gb-podcast-article-vs-brochure-oct19?dc=&utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&utm_source=Cycling+Podcast&utm_campaign=audioBoom&utm_content=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&crid=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&hid=&name=Cycling+Podcast+listeners) THE GRAND TOUR Tickets are still available for the final week of our Grand Tour from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) On Monday, November 25 we'll be back in London with special guests Rod Ellingworth – the new boss of Bahrain-Merida – and former British champion Adam Blythe. Tickets are selling fast for this show. We then go to Cambridge (Nov 26), Edinburgh (Nov 27), Leicester (Nov 28) and Manchester (Nov 30).
Nov 21, 2019
174: Remembering Poulidor
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The Cycling Podcast is currently on a theatre tour but Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recorded this week's episode a few hours before taking to the stage at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall. They discuss the latest developments in the General Medical Council's hearing into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman, and Shane Sutton's extraordinary appearance before he stormed out. We also hear from The Telegraph's Tom Cary, who has been at the hearing. François reflects on the death of Raymond Poulidor, who finished on the podium at the Tour de France eight times without ever winning the race or even pulling on the yellow jersey. Poulidor's grandson is Mathieu van der Poel and so his legacy lives on in the peloton but how will France remember the man they nicknamed the Eternal Second? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Nov 14, 2019
173: Ellingworth takes the wheel at McLaren
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review some of the biggest stories from the past week in professional cycling. After 14 years, the Tour of California – the biggest stage race in the USA – is taking a hiatus. What does this mean for racing in America – and does Peter Stetina's decision to quit the World Tour in favour of gravel events such as Dirty Kanza suggest the sport is heading in a different direction? Richard reports back on his trip to McLaren HQ in Woking, where he met Bahrain-Merida's new boss Rod Ellingworth and asks him about signing Mark Cavendish and reluctantly seeing world time trial champion Rohan Dennis leave. We also discuss Filippo Ganna's world record-breaking four-kilometre individual pursuit ride in Minsk. And as the medical hearing into the conduct of Dr Richard Freeman – former doctor for both Team Sky and British Cycling resumes – we discuss the implications of Dr Freeman's admission that he'd lied about the delivery of testosterone to British Cycling HQ. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling) The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour There's still time to get tickets for our Grand Tour – and get 20% off our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) Nov 11 - Bristol Nov 12 - Cardiff Nov 13 - Worcester Nov 14 - Dublin Nov 15 - Belfast Nov 18 - London Nov 25 - London Nov 26 - Cambridge Nov 27 - Edinburgh Nov 28 - Leicester Nov 30 - Manchester
Nov 08, 2019
172: Cavendish reboot, Pidcock stays put
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In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast we hear from Tom Pidcock, the versatile young rider who explains his decision not to step up to a World Tour team in 2020. Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore also discuss Mark Cavendish’s move to Bahrain-Merida. Can he and Rod Ellingworth roll back the years and have the kind of success they enjoyed together at British Cycling and Team Sky? We also discuss the politics of the UCI’s conflicts with the teams and even with the anti-doping body that they established. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) . Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/)  products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
Oct 29, 2019
171: The 2020 Giro and a farewell to Phinney
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe give their first reaction to the 2020 Giro d'Italia route as it is unveiled in Milan. The Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, will be followed by a transfer to Sicily – without a rest day – and a journey that hugs the southern and Adriatic coastlines before a very difficult final week in the Alps. We weigh up the time trials, a stage in Marco Pantani's home town Cesenatico, and ask whether the route is tempted fate with the weather. Before that, we discuss the retirement of Taylor Phinney, a rider who looked to be a once-in-a-generation talent when he first turned professional but whose career was compromised by a horrendous crash at the US Championships in 2014. We also hear from British riders James Knox and Tao Geoghegan Hart as their seasons wind up at Il Lombardia. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) . Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
Oct 25, 2019
170: Service Course | Episode 3 | Invisible Women
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Inspired by Caroline Criado Perez’s book Invisible Women (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CQ2NZG6/) , Tom Whalley and new co-host Lizzy Banks (Bigla Pro Cycling) ask how data bias is present in cycling. They hear from Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio about a fundamental UCI rule that she believes is based on data solely from male riders, and Liz Colebrook, one of the few female frame builders in the UK, who says that cycling design not only ignores women but other “outliers” too. Also on the show is Ben Watson, a para-cyclist with Team GB, who won gold at his race at the World Championships in Harrogate. He tells us about the adaptations that help him get the best out of his performance and the other innovative ways that equipment is modified by para-athletes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. SPONSORS Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka sponsors this episode of Service Course. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to https://laka.co.uk to find out more. FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’d like to thank everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019. Your support keeps these episodes free for all to enjoy. The penultimate episode of this season is now live. The Road Trip takes you behind the scenes with Richard, Lionel and François at the Tour de France. Become a Friend of the Podcast https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends
Oct 18, 2019
169: The 2020 Tour de France route
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the route of the 2020 Tour de France, which was unveiled in Paris earlier in the day. There are new start and finish towns, new summit finishes and only one time trial – on the climb of La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day – but what else is in store and who does it suit? This inevitably leads to a speculation-heavy conversation about a race that is still more than eight months away. Daniel describes the route as being more Biggie Smalls than Tupac, or is it more Tupac than Biggie? Lionel calls it the Tour de Tension, with something to challenge and unsettle more or less every day. Or is this a case of the Vueltafication of the Tour? We also discuss the weekend's two big races – il Lombardia, the final Monument of the season, and Paris-Tours, which has shed its reputation as a slightly dull, formulaic race for the sprinters with the controversial inclusion of the off-road tracks through the vineyards. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 16, 2019
168: An autumnal ramble
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The World Tour season is beginning to wind down with the race of the falling leaves – il Lombardia – at the weekend but in this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on three big stories from the world of cycling. In part one, Daniel remembers Giorgio Squinzi, the boss of the Mapei company who elevated the brand from the humble world of industrial grouts and adhesives to the position as one of the greatest cycling teams of all time. Dr Squinzi passed away last week aged 76 and Daniel reflects on his legacy. In part two, we have an exclusive interview with Graham Bartlett, the CEO of Velon, which is owned by 11 of the World Tour teams. Velon also operates the Hammer Series and it has just filed a complaint against the UCI with the European Commission. Is this the latest development in the same, decades-long dispute between the teams, the governing body and other race organisers? In part three, we discuss e-racing after the winner of the inaugural British eracing championships was stripped of his title for cheating the system to unlock a faster virtual bike. What does this mean for esports and cycling and are we dealing with athletic endeavour or computer gaming here? Finally, we look ahead to il Lombardia and speculate on who will come out on top in the final one-day World Tour race of 2019. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 09, 2019
167: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | October 2019
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Harrogate, where Saturday's women's road race was won with an astonishing performance by Annemiek van Vleuten. Richard Moore and Rose Manley report from Yorkshire and assess Van Vleuten's victory and the manner in which it was achieved, while Orla Chennaoui files a 'dispatch from the desert,' since she is covering the world athletics championships in Doha.  There are interviews with Lizzy Banks, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Alice Barnes, Leah Thomas, Chloe Dygert Owen and defending champion and silver medalist this time Anna van der Breggen.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
Oct 01, 2019
166: Another Sunday in Harrogate
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The UCI road world championships concluded in Harrogate on Sunday with the men’s elite road race.  Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a race run off in terrible weather and with a surprising winner in Denmark’s Mads Pedersen.  There are interviews with Pedersen’s good friend and fellow Dane Michael Valgren, who was 6th, and with Mathieu van der Poel, Philippe Gilbert and French coach Thomas Voeckler.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Sep 29, 2019
165: Saturday in Harrogate
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The Cycling Podcast returns to Bettys to discuss the penultimate day of the World Championships in Harrogate. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the women’s road race, won with an astonishing 104-kilometre solo break by Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, before recapping the controversial disqualification of another Dutch rider, Nils Eekhoff, for drafting a team car after a crash. There’s also a look ahead to the next time the World Championships are to be held on British soil, in Scotland in 2023. Finally there’s another despatch from Irish rider Conor Dunne. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 28, 2019
164: Friday in Harrogate
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n this episode of The Cycling Podcast from Harrogate, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Freibe and François Thomazeau are joined by Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White. They talk about Sunday's men’s road race, and also the importance of the junior and under-23 races in the development of the stars of tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 27, 2019
163: Thursday in the Yorkshire Wolds
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and François Thomazeau and an audience at the Wold Top Brewery for a live version of the World Championship podcasts. They discuss the prospects for the road races at the weekend. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 26, 2019
162: Wednesday in Harrogate
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 In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined in Betty's tearooms by François Thomazeau to discuss the men’s elite time trial. The gold medal and rainbow jersey was won for the second year in a row by Australia’s Rohan Dennis, who pulled out of the Tour de France midway through, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with his team’s equipment and kit. We discuss what this means for Dennis and also weigh up the significance of Remco Evenepoel’s silver medal. A year ago he was a junior world champion, now he’s a runner-up at elite level. Plus, hear from Great Britain’s Alex Dowsett and learn about the UCI’s junior conference, where the stars of tomorrow learn about the future career that awaits them. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. The Cycling Podcast is also supported by Wattbike. To help you get prepped for your Autumn and Winter training, Wattbike is offering a free Essentials Pack (containing a Wattbike HR strap, Wattbike Floor Mat, a Muc-Off care pack and Wattbike Water Bottle) worth £125 when you buy a Wattbike Atom in September. Just visit http://www.wattbike.com/TCP19 and use code TCP19 at checkout.
Sep 25, 2019
161: Dygert dominates, Dutch defeated
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from the world championships in Yorkshire, where Richard Moore reports on the women’s time trial, William Fotheringham tells us about his new biography of Beryl Burton and Rose Manley looks ahead to Saturday’s road race. There are also interviews with Chloe Dygert Owen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Hayley Simmons and Audrey Cordon-Ragot. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport. This episode is supported by Heist. For 15% off go to heist-studios.com (https://www.heist-studios.com/) and enter the code HEIST15 And by Beer52. To receive a free case go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle
Sep 25, 2019
160: Tuesday in Harrogate
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The rain fell almost all day, making the under-23 and women’s time trials extremely challenging for the riders in Yorkshire. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Rob Hatch in the Rapha cafe in Harrogate as they dissect the two races and reflect on an astonishing gold medal-winning performance by a young American rider. We hear from Dean Downing, who is driving the commissaires all week, about just how tough the conditions were and how the organisers manage to improve the state of the roads for the women’s race in the afternoon. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 24, 2019
159: Monday in Harrogate
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After a day of time trial action in Harrogate, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined for tea in Bettys by Seb Piquet. Both gold medallists suffered minor mishaps on their way to victory. We discuss how Harrogate is warming up for the races to come and hear from Elynor Backstedt, bronze medallist in the junior women’s time trial and daughter of former Paris-Roubaix champion Magnus Backstedt and former Welsh international rider Megan Hughes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 23, 2019
158: Sunday in Harrogate
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The Cycling Podcast has arrived in Harrogate for the World Championships – the first time they’ve been held in Great Britain since 1982. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Rob Hatch in Bettys tearoom in the finishing straight in Harrogate town centre as they discuss the first mixed relay team time trial in World Championships history. They also find out about the history of Bettys tea rooms and look ahead to the rest of the week’s racing. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 22, 2019
157: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | September 2019
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Madrid where La Madrid Challenge was won by Lisa Brennauer after Chloe Hosking took the second and final stage in the city centre. We hear from Brennauer and Hosking and also Christine Majerus, the recent winner of the Boels Ladies Tour. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore discuss Orla's recent article for Rouleur magazine on sexual abuse in professional cycling. Orla explains the background to the investigation, and the research and interviews conducted over several months, as well as the reaction to the publication of her article.  We also meet the young riders selected to be part of the Skoda Cycling Academy and preview next week's UCI world road championships in Yorkshire. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
Sep 17, 2019
156: Stage 21 | Fuenlabrada – Madrid | Vuelta a España 2019
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In the final episode from the Vuelta a España we hear reactions to the race from a range of riders, from debutants Carl Fredrik Hagen and Will Barta, to Sepp Kuss, a stage winner and teammate to the overall winner, Sam Bewley, Willie Smit, Tim Declercq, Ben O’Connor, Dylan Teuns, Lawson Craddock and Kiel Reijnen. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Orla Chennaoui discuss the three weeks of the race and pick out their highlights and we have the final instalments from our two audio diarists, Nick Schultz and James Knox.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. This episode is sponsored by Beer52. To get a free case of 8 beers (paying only £4.95 for postage) go to http://www.beer52.com/cycling. Each month Beer52 deliver a case with a different theme. They have ranged from Germany to Korea, Norway to South Africa, and California to Finland. But they haven’t forgotten their roots. As an independent UK company Beer52 are also passionate about the UK craft beer scene. Sign up within the next two weeks and get two extra beers, making 10 in total.  The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 15, 2019
155: Stage 20 | Arenas de San Pedro – Plataforma de Gredos | Vuelta a España 2019
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The penultimate stage and last in the mountains of the Vuelta a España saw a fierce battle among the main contenders with 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar winning his third stage to move up to third overall.  It means he will finish on the podium in Madrid on Sunday, with his fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic on the top step and Alejandro Valverde in second.  Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Orla Chennaoui discuss the stage and also the controversy of the previous day. There are interviews with Philippe Gilbert and Rémi Cavagna of Deceuninck-Quickstep and with Pogacar’s manager at UAE-Team Emirates, Joxean Fernández Matxin. And there are the latest instalments of our rider diaries from Nick Schultz and James Knox.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 14, 2019
154: Stage 19 | Ávila‎ – Toledo | Vuelta a España 2019
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There was controversy at the Vuelta a España just two days from the end when a crash took out Primoz Roglic, the race leader, and the Movistar team appeared to try to take advantage. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss this “beef” and we hear from Deceuninck-Quick Step workhorse Tim Declercq, whose team was triumphant once again. There’s also an interview with Willie Smit, a South African on the Katusha-Alpecin team with an extraordinary life story – and an uncertain future. And there are the latest audio diaries from James Knox and Nick Schultz.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka is bicycle insurance powered by you. The Laka community works together to provide cover for your bikes and equipment and save you money. To find out more go to https://www.laka.co.uk  The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 13, 2019
153: Road Captains | Kilometre 0
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Road captains are leaders but rarely winners. They are usually experienced, but not always. They are a link for communication between sports directors and riders and they need to have detailed knowledge of the course, acting almost as human GPSs.  Now, with ever more information available to riders and sports directors, there is a greater emphasis on clear communication and quick decision making — and on the role of road captain.  In this episode we hear from some road captains and their sports directors, including Mitch Docker, Nikias Arndt, Heinrich Haussler, Sam Bewley, Logan Owen, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Luke Roberts and Dario Cioni.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers & taps.
Sep 13, 2019
152: Stage 18 | Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra | Vuelta a España 2019
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On the penultimate mountain state of the Vuelta a España there was a win for a team who lost not one, not two, but three leaders, and a shuffling of the pack behind race leader Primoz Roglic. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and Orla Chennaoui joins Richard to debrief yesterday’s thrilling crosswinds stage. We hear from Roglic’s sports director Addy Engels and two of revelations of the race, Tadej Pogecar and Carl Frederik Hagen. There are also interviews with Lawson Craddock, Wout Poels, Rafal Majka and the latest audio diaries from James Knox and Nick Schultz.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka is bicycle insurance powered by you. The Laka community works together to provide cover for your bikes and equipment and save you money. To find out more go to https://www.laka.co.uk  The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 12, 2019
151: Stage 17 | Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara | Vuelta a España 2019
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The longest stage of the Vuelta a España produced a masterclass from Deceuninck-QuickStep in racing in crosswinds. The Belgian team attacked almost from the gun and placed all but one of their eight riders in a forty-strong front group.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss a thrilling stage that had serious ramifications for the general classification. We hear from Sepp Kuss of race leader Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team, from Tim Declercq of Deceuninck, Dario Cataldo of Astana and Owain Doull, the Grand Tour debutant from Team Ineos who made the front group. And there are the latest instalments from our two diarists, Nick Schultz of Mitchelton-Scott and one of the days main beneficiaries, James Knox of Deceuninck. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka is bicycle insurance powered by you. The Laka community works together to provide cover for your bikes and equipment and save you money. To find out more go to https://www.laka.co.uk  The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 11, 2019
150: George Bennett | Kilometre 0
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With just five days remaining of the Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma are homing in on victory. Having placed riders on the podium at this year’s Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, it could be the Dutch team’s first Grand Tour win in their current guise – their first since Rabobank pulled out as sponsor in 2012. One rider who’s been with the team since 2015, and whose progress as a climber and stage racer has coincided with the team's development into a major force, is George Bennett. On the second rest day of the Vuelta, in his team hotel on the outskirts of Burgos, Richard Moore sat down with Bennett, the 29-year-old New Zealander, to talk about his team, Roglic, the arrival next year of Tom Dumoulin, and Bennett’s own complicated health issues – the stitch that plagues him every time he exerts himself and an unusual weight problem that can afflict him in Grand Tours.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers & taps.
Sep 11, 2019
149: The Press Conference | Rest Day 2 | Vuelta a España 2019
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answer your questions on the first rest day of the 2019 Vuelta a España. We also hear from Orla Chennaoui along with our Vuelta diarists, James Knox of Deceuninck Quick Step and Nick Schultz of Mitchelton-Scott.  Send us your questions for the final Press Conference via WhatsApp voice memo to +44 7971338205. The Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Science in Sport. OUR SPONSORS This episode is sponsored by The Economist. As a Cycling Podcast listener, The Economist is offering you the opportunity to receive a free print copy. All you need to do is text CYCLING to 78070 to get your smart guide to the forces changing your world. Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 10, 2019
148: Stage 16 | Pravia - La Cubilla | Vuelta a España 2019
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It was another first ascent for the Vuelta a España as the riders tackled La Cubilla, the so-called “Galibier of Asturias.” We hear what some of them made of it once they’d reached the summit as Jakob Fuglsang won the stage ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart, who was on the attack for the second day in a row. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the action and we hear from yesterday’s stage winner Sepp Kuss, his Jumbo-Visma teammate George Bennett, and our diarists, James Knox and Nick Schultz. Knox had a particularly successful day, featuring in the break and moving up to 11th overall.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka is bicycle insurance powered by you. The Laka community works together to provide cover for your bikes and equipment and save you money. To find out more go to https://www.laka.co.uk  The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 09, 2019
147: The director | Kilometre 0
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we speak to Javier Guillén, the director of the Vuelta a España.  Guillén was appointed in 2009 and one of his first decisions was to introduce the red jersey of race leader. On the red jersey’s tenth anniversary he tells us what he thinks of it — and so does Bradley Wiggins, who wore it in 2011.  Guillén also discusses the Vuelta’s distinctive identity, the quest for new mountains and the possibility of a week-long women’s race.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe 
Sep 09, 2019
146: Stage 15 | Tineo - Santuario Del Acebo | Vuelta a España 2019
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Sepp Kuss, a young American on the Jumbo-Visma team, won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a España at the summit of Santuario Del Acebo while his teammate Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the red jersey of race leader.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, and we also hear from Orla Chennaoui and Adam Blythe, who are in Spain covering the race for Eurosport. There are interviews with Kuss’s teammate and countryman Neilson Powless and with Willie Smit, the South African who started the stage – and finished it – despite a deep gash in his knee having been at the bottom of the big crash at the end of Saturday’s stage. There are also the latest instalments of audio diaries from James Knox and Nick Schultz.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 08, 2019
145: Stage 14 | San Vicente de la Barquera – Oviedo | Vuelta a España 2019
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It was a rare treat for the sprinters: a flattish stage that was duly controlled by the sprinters’ teams and won by Ireland’s Sam Bennett, his second stage win at this year’s Vuelta a España. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the stage and we hear once again from our audio diarists, James Knox and Nick Schultz. There’s also an interview with Deceuninck-Quick Step domestique Tim Declercq and with one of the riders who featured in the breakaway, Harm Vanhoucke.  Vanhoucke was a good friend and Lotto-Soudal teammate of Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died after crashing at last month’s Tour of Poland. He replaced Lambrecht in the Vuelta team and tells us what it means to him to race in honour of his late friend.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 07, 2019
144: Stage 13 | Bilbao – Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2019
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Los Machucos, the toughest climb so far of the Vuelta a España, saw the two Slovenians, Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, ride away from their rivals. At the summit it was 20-year-old Pogecar who took his second stage win. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe were there and they discuss the stage and its implications on the battle for the red jersey, which currently Roglic is winning. We hear from his young American teammate, Neilson Powless, there are the latest instalments from our audio diarists James Knox and Nick Schultz, and, with Knox finishing 13th on the stage, we get an assessment of his performance so far from his sports director, Wilfried Peeters.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 06, 2019
143: The Basque Country | Kilometre 0
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These days, when the Vuelta a España comes to the Basque Country it feels like a homecoming. The crowds are enormous and the tough, hilly roads virtually guarantee exciting racing. Yet for 33 years the Vuelta didn't come here at all, only returning in 2011 when the organisers could be confident that Basque separatists wouldn't try to disrupt the race. In this episode of Kilometre 0 Richard Moore explores the region's biggest city, Bilbao, from the Alto de Arraiz climb that featured close to the finish of the 12th stage, to the famous pintxos bars in the company of Eneko Garate, a former cyclist, manager of the old Basque professional team, Kaiku, and now publisher of cycling books.  There are also interviews with Astana rider Ion Izagirre, Juanma Garate, the sports director at EF-Education First, and Basque journalist Ainara Hernando.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showe
Sep 06, 2019
142: Stage 12 | Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao | Vuelta a España 2019
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Philippe Gilbert claimed his sixth Vuelta a España stage win as the race reached Bilbao, the biggest city in the Basque Country, while Primoz Roglic held on to the red jersey of overall leader. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss Gilbert’s win and ask whether he should be considered one of the favourites for the world road race championships in Yorkshire at the end of the month. There’s an interview with Frenchman Clement Chevrier, the latest instalments of the audio diaries being kept by James Knox and Nick Schultz, and an extended chat with Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White, who talks us through how Simon Yates won last year’s Vuelta.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 05, 2019
141: Stage 11 | Saint-Palais – Urdax | Vuelta a España 2019
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The Vuelta a España re-entered Spain after its sojourn in France with a stage in the Basque Country won by a local rider, Mikel Iturria, on a local team, Euskadi-Murias. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and we hear from Damien Howson, who was in the breakaway, as well as one of the revelations of the race, Carl Fredrik Hagen, riding his first Grand Tour and currently sitting sixth overall. There’s also an interview with Lennard Hofstede, a teammate of overall leader Primoz Roglic, about the job of defending the red jersey, and there are the latest instalments of the audio diaries being kept by James Knox and Nick Schultz. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 04, 2019
140: Axel's Alumni | Kilometre 0
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There is a thread that connects no fewer than nine riders spread across six teams at this year's Vuelta a España. George Bennett, Neilson Powless, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Will Barta, Sam Bewley, Lawson Craddock, Logan Owen and Ben King all rode for the American development team that's run by Axel Merckx - who, as well as being a former rider, is the son of the cyclist who most agree is the greatest of all time, Eddy. The team started in 2009 and has been variously known as Trek-Livestrong, Bontrager, Bissell, Axeon and Axeon Hagens Berman. Throughout its eleven seasons, the team has kept its focus on developing talent under the watchful eye of the son of Eddy. In this episode we hear from Axel merckx and from some of his alumni: Powless, Hart, Van Hooydonck, Barta, Craddock, Owen and King, who was the first rider ever signed to the team. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe.
Sep 04, 2019
139: Stage 10 | Jurançon – Pau | Vuelta a España 2019
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Primoz Roglic took a commanding lead at the Vuelta a España, winning the stage 10 time trial to take over the red jersey from Nairo Quintana.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report from Pau and ask whether the race is now Roglic’s to lose. We hear from another Slovenian, the 20-year-old winner of Sunday’s mountain stage, Tadej Pogačar.  Pogečar put in another strong ride and remains fifth overall, but at such a young age, will he finish the three-week race? We hear from his sports director Neil Stephens and Jeroen Swart, head of medicine at his team, UAE-Emirates.  There are the latest instalments from our audio diarists, Nick Schultz and James Knox, who was 15th on the stage and moved into the top 20 on general classification. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 03, 2019
138: The Press Conference | Rest Day 1 | Vuelta a España 2019
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answer your questions on the first rest day of the 2019 Vuelta a España.  We also hear from our Vuelta diarists, James Knox of Deceuninck Quick Step and Nick Schultz of Mitchelton-Scott.  Send us your questions for the next Press Conference via WhatsApp voice memo to +44 7971338205. The Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 02, 2019
137: Ullrich 1999 | Kilometre 0
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 Daniel Friebe looks back at the 1999 Vuelta a Espana. It was the first year the Vuelta race leader wore a gold jersey, the peloton tackled the severe slopes of the Angliru for the first time, the late Jose Maria Jimenez and Frank Vandenbroucke lit up the race with their flawed brilliance. And this was Jan Ullrich’s second Grand Tour victory of his career after a difficult two years following his Tour de France win in 1997. Who would have thought it would be his last...? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Sep 02, 2019
136: Stage 9 | Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp | Vuelta a España 2019
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The shortest road stage of the Vuelta a España produced a fascinating day's racing in Andorra. There were mountains, sunshine and hailstones as the pack was shuffled once again and Nairo Quintana ended the day in the race leader's red jersey. Richard Moore reports from Cortal d'Encamp where Tadej Pogačar, the 20-year-old Slovenian, stunned the favourites by attacking to win the stage alone. Lionel Birnie is also on hand to discuss the implications of the stage ahead of Monday's rest day.  We hear from our audio diarists James Knox, who stayed with the favourites for most of the stage, and Nick Schultz. And there are interviews with Tao Geoghegan Hart, who was also on the attack, Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Sep 01, 2019
135: Stage 8 | Valls – Igualada | Vuelta a España 2019
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It was another day for the breakaway at the Vuelta a España and in this episode Lionel Birnie and Richard Moore meet in Barcelona to discuss the stage. The leader’s red jersey is proving to be the reluctant prize in a game of pass the parcel as Miguel Angel Lopez once again relinquished his grip on it. We also catch up with Orla Chennaoui and also hear from our two diarists in the peloton. If you’d like to ask either James Knox or Nick Schultz a question, send it to us on Twitter @cycling_podcast The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 31, 2019
134: Stage 7 | Onda – Mas de la Costa | Vuelta a España 2019
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The steep uphill finish to Mas de la Costa whittled down the number of genuine contenders for the Vuelta a España to four riders. Lionel Birnie and Richard Moore discuss stage seven of the race and ask whether this is as significant a day in the race as the results might suggest. We ask which of the four men is now in the driving seat before hearing from our diarists James Knox and Nick Schultz, who both had eventful days. If you’d like to ask either James Knox or Nick Schultz a question, send it to us on Twitter @cycling_podcast The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 30, 2019
133: Soigneurs | Kilometre 0
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The soigneurs are the foot soldiers who keep the peloton rolling. Every day their duties involve preparing drinks bottles and food for the riders, handing up the musettes at the feed zone, meeting the riders at the finish line with a cold drink and a change of clothes. And then, at the end of the day, they massage the riders’ legs to relieve the stresses and strains built up during the day. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we find out more about the job of the soigneurs – or carers – who keep the riders moving. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Aug 30, 2019
132: Stage 6 | Mora de Rubielos – Ares del Maestrat | Vuelta a España 2019
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Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Spain as they discuss an action-packed stage of the Vuelta a España, which saw the red jersey change hands and several high profile riders crash out. They talk about the race for the stage, which saw Jesus Herrada succeed where his brother Jose fell short yesterday, and the red jersey switch across to Dylan Teuns. We have further despatches from our two diarists, Nick Schultz and James Knox, and hear from Addy Engels about how Jumbo-Visma’s race is shaping up. If you’d like to ask either James Knox or Nick Schultz a question, send it to us on Twitter @cycling_podcast The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 29, 2019
131: Stage 5 | L’Eliana – Observatorio Astrofisico de Javalambre | Vuelta a España 2019
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The first summit finish of the Vuelta a España took the riders to the observatory at Javalambre – the first time the race has ever gone there. Lionel Birnie is joined by Richard Moore to discuss a stage that was won by one of the wild card teams in the race, and also shook up the overall classification with the red jersey returning to Miguel Angel Lopez. We hear from Jetse Bol about his work to help Burgos-BH teammate Angel Madrazo win the stage, plus from Nicolas Roche, who put up a spirited defence of his red jersey. Our diarists James Knox and Nick Schultz tell us about their days and we hear from Daniel Friebe about the overall battle and whether this is now a race between Lopez and Primoz Roglic. If you’d like to ask either James Knox or Nick Schultz a question, send it to us on Twitter @cycling_podcast The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 28, 2019
130: Sliding doors | Kilometre 0
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Earlier this summer, the UCI announced that Juan Jose Cobo was guilty of a doping offence and would be stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a España title. While Chris Froome was in hospital following his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné he learned - almost eight years after the race had finished - that he was the Vuelta champion. It makes him Britain’s first Grand Tour champion. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Froome and his former Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins - who was the team leader that summer in Spain - as they review the 2011 Vuelta. The pair finished second and third behind Cobo, Wiggins led the race for a while, and might have held on had Cobo not been racing. That, of course, is pure conjecture but how do Froome and Wiggins feel about the race now? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Aug 28, 2019
129: Stage 4 | Cullera – El Puig | Vuelta a España 2019
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Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they recap stage four of the Vuelta a España. They are in the same hotel as the Deceuninck-Quick Step and Movistar teams, in the shadow of the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia to discuss a sprint stage that went the way of the young Dutch champion Fabio Jakobsen. Jakobsen is a teammate of our Vuelta diarist James Knox and we hear from him and Max Richeze and the team’s sports director Wilfried Peeters. We also hear from our other diarist Nick Schultz, who answers some of your questions. If you have a question for either James or Nick, Tweet it to us @cycling_podcast Lionel also catches up with Orla Chennaoui to discuss a brilliant couple of days at the Vuelta for the Irish. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Roka sunglasses, as worn by Miguel Angel Lopez (and Lionel Birnie). If you would like to get 20% off, go to Roka.com/vuelta The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 27, 2019
128: Stage 3 | Ibi. Ciudad del Juguete – Alicante | Vuelta a España 2019
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It was a day for the sprinters on stage three of the Vuelta a España from Ibi. Ciudad del Juguete to Alicante. Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Altea as they recap a great day for the Irish at the Vuelta a España. We also hear from our two Vuelta diarists, James Knox and Nick Schultz, plus discuss why the Movistar team have fallen out with one of cycling’s so-called ‘super agents’. And Bradley Wiggins talks about the decision to bring the Wiggins-Le Col team to a close at the end of the year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events Tonight’s episode is sponsored by Harry's razors. You can get your Harry's trial set for just £3.95 by going to https://harrys.com/cycling The music in this episode is by Más y Más. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agarrate-Mas-Y/dp/B000F6ZGQC)
Aug 26, 2019
127: Auf Wiedersehen, Marcel | Kilometre 0
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Marcel Kittel's first grand tour stage victory came in the Vuelta a España in 2011 when he beat Peter Sagan and Oscar Freire to the line in Talavera de la Reine. Late last week, he announced his retirement at the age of 31 and in this episode of Kilometre 0 we speak to some of his former teammates about his career and the reasons he has decided to call it a day. We hear from Mtich Docker, Luka Mezgec, Ian Boswell and Patrick Lefevere, who was Kittel's boss when the German sprinter was undoubtedly the fastest man in the world. Thanks to Mitch Docker for allowing us to use material from his podcast Life in the Peloton in this episode. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Aug 26, 2019
126: Stage 2 | Benidorm – Calpe | Vuelta a España 2019
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The second stage of the Vuelta a España turned the race on its head as a powerful group of six got away on the final climb. Join Lionel Birnie and Richard Moore as they recap a thrilling race into Calpe that saw Nairo Quintana win the stage and Nicolas Roche take the leader’s red jersey. We hear the second installments from our diarists in the peloton, James Knox and Nick Schultz, plus we check in with Daniel Friebe about Astana’s topsy turvey couple of days. Plus there’s reaction from Roche’s Sunweb sports director Luke Roberts and Hugh Carthy, who played a role in setting up Rigoberto Uran on the final climb. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS This episode is sponsored by Roka.  Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom athttps://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha websitehttps://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha You can nominate a rider for the Pédaleur de Charme award throughout the Vuelta a España. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go tohttps://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events
Aug 25, 2019
125: Stage 1 | Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja | Vuelta a España 2019
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The Vuelta a España got underway with an evening team time trial on the Costa Blanca which was costly for a couple of the overall contenders. Join Lionel Birnie in Torrevieja for the first episode of our nightly Vuelta coverage as he recaps a day that has put one of the big favourites into the red jersey already. We also hear the first despatches from our two audio diarists in the peloton, James Knox of Deceuninck-Quick Step and Nick Schultz of Mitchelton-Scott. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 24, 2019
124: Goodbye Tom, Hello Tom
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Our final episode before the Vuelta a España sees Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in London to discuss the week's big talking points in the world of professional cycling. With Tom Dumoulin's move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma confirmed, we weigh up the biggest transfer of the summer so far. The former Giro d'Italia champion and Tour de France runner-up will add to a formidable-looking stage race line-up at his new team but can the Dutch squad strike the balance and keep their many stars happy? And what does this mean for Team Sunweb? We also pay tribute to Felice Gimondi, who passed away aged 76. Gimondi was a legend of Italian cycling – only the second man, after Jacques Anquetil, to win all three grand tours. Finally, we look ahead to the last grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, which kicks off with a team time trial on Saturday evening. The Cycling Podcast will be in Spain for the duration of the race and nightly coverage begins on Saturday, with three episodes of Kilometre 0 released during each week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Our Pédaleur de Charme competition will return at the Vuelta a España, which starts this weekend. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. This week's episode is sponsored by Harry's razors. You can get your Harry's trial set for just £3.95 by going to http://www.harrys.com/cycling
Aug 20, 2019
123: You'll Win Everything With Kids
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the European Championship road races and the conclusion of the Tour of Poland. The theme of the episode is the continuing brilliant results being achieved by young riders – the latest being Pavel Sivakov's victory in Poland – and we ask why this generation of riders in their early 20s is making such a strong mark on the peloton. We also hear from another young rider, Tao Geoghegan Hart about his performance in Poland, the impact Bjorg Lambrecht's death had on the peloton and also the upcoming Vuelta a España. Geoghegan Hart is touted to be the Team Ineos leader in Spain later this month. "Speculation," is all he will say in response to that, though. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/) and Science in Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4s7qBRCzARIsAImcAxYyCicwhnVv7KQoHlRKVFAaDltr0TWqjaIW0Wt1D25535hPAu6a_14aAtvhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds) . The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour 2019 In November, we will be going on a Grand Tour, with live events scheduled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We still have a couple of dates to confirm but the schedule so far will take us to Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Dublin, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Manchester. For tickets to any of these shows – or our event in Harrogate during the World Championships – go to thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) .
Aug 14, 2019
122: Service Course | Episode 2 | Gravel, Adventure and Weight Limits
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Service Course by The Cycling Podcast, with Tom Whalley and Keira McVitty, returns for its second episode with a focus on gravel riding and how this trend – in professional races as well as for amateurs on weekend rides – is affecting equipment choices.  Keira tries a new gravel bike as she and Tom tackle a local circuit with off-road sections, and we hear from mechanics at the Tour de France – from the Mitchelton-Scott, Sunweb, CCC and EF-Education First teams – about how the introduction of gravel roads at the Tour and other World Tour races is influencing equipment choices. These mechanics also tell us what they think about the 6.8kg weight limit on professional racing bikes.  Tom speaks to Sam Pickman of Allied Cycles, one of the newest and most admired makers of beautiful handmade bikes, and we hear about the equipment choices of Jonathan Rankin and Matthew Falconer for the Transcontinental Race, which both took part in over the past week. Service Course by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. This episode is sponsored by Komoot, the world's top route planning and navigation app and the No.1 outdoor app in Europe. It enables millions of cyclists and hikers to experience more of the outdoors with its highly detailed yet simple to use planning interface combined with a community-generated recommendations of local highlights. It makes route planning and navigation easy so you can spend more time exploring. Sign up, plan a route on Komoot and enjoy the outdoors.  Komoot are offering listeners to The Cycling Podcast a free regional map bundle of their choice. You can save your routes for offline use, use turn-by-turn voice navigation, even track rides in flight mode. The voucher code is CYCLINGPOD. Redeem Gift | Komoot - Cycling & Hiking App (https://www.komoot.com/account/gift/?code=CYCLINGPOD)  
Aug 09, 2019
121: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | August 2019
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The August episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin covers all the recent racing, from London to the Basque Country. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore also look back at the Giro Rosa and La Course by the Tour de France.  There are interviews with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Lizzy Banks and Lucinda Brand, as well as Mitchelton-Scott owner Gerry Ryan and Reuters journalist Julien Pretot, who revealed during the Tour de France that Tour organisers ASO plan to establish a stage race for women. There's an extract from the the audio diaries kept at the Giro Rosa by Banks and Tayler Wiles. And we hear from Helen Sharp of The Internationelles, the group of women who rode the route of the Tour de France a day ahead of the men.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda This episode is sponsored by Heist and Beer52.  Heist is on a mission to take away the frustration every woman has with their underwear. They’ve already revolutionized tights and shapewear. And there is more coming in 2020.  Heist has an in-house team of material scientists and garment innovators, known as Lab12, creating its products. This team, Lab12, applies the same level of physiological research and technological innovation to underwear that has previously only been used in the sportswear category. Lab12, led by Fiona Fairhurst, the inventor of the revolutionary, multi-gold-medal-winning Fastskin swimsuit, has applied technology never before used in underwear to create shapewear that moves with the body, rather than against it. Listeners to the podcast can get 15% with the code HEIST15 at heist-studios.com Go to https://beer52.com/feminin to get a case of beer for £4.95 – that's postage only for 8 different beers from throughout the world. 
Aug 08, 2019
120: A Sad Week In Cycling
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In the first post-Tour de France episode of The Cycling Podcast we report and reflect on the tragic death of Bjorg Lambrecht. The Belgian rider crashed during Monday's third of the Tour of Poland and died in hospital. Lambrecht was only 22, he rode for WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal, and he was tipped for great things. We hear from Belgian cycling journalist Jan-Pieter De Vlieger about Lambrecht and the reaction to his death in his home country. We also discuss the Clásica San Sebastián, won by Remco Evenepoel, the 19-year-old who after this win was described by Cyrille Guimard, the legendary French directeur sportif, as being "Merckx plus Hinault with a blend of Bernal and [French footballer Kylian] Mbappé." De Vlieger tells us a bit more about Evenepoel and the hype that now surrounds him in Belgium.  And there's more reflection on the Tour de France and the eye-catching documentary on Thibaut Pinot broadcast by French television last week.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. This episode is sponsored by Laka. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to https://www.laka.co.uk to find out more.
Aug 07, 2019
119: The Post-Tour Press Conference
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Richard, Lionel and François answer your questions about the Tour de France before saying their final goodbyes to an extraordinary 106th edition of the race. There are a few bonus interviews too. We hear from the newly recruited Deceuninck Quick Step Press Officer, Phil Lowe, on his experience of the Tour as 'bodyguard' to Julian Alaphilippe, and Jumbo-Visma Sports Director Merijn Zeeman, about Steven Kruijswijk's maiden Grand Tour podium. We also reveal the winner of our Austin Cycles (https://www.austincycles.cc/) AC ATTO competition. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The Economist also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting CYCLING to 78070.
Jul 31, 2019
118: Lunch with Dave Brailsford | Extended Trailer
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The week before heading to Brussels for his tenth Tour de France as team principal and his first with new sponsors, Dave Brailsford sat down for lunch with The Cycling Podcast and a wide-ranging conversation about the transition from Team Sky to Team Ineos, the crash that ruled Chris Froome out of contention for a fifth-Tour title and the balancing act between Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal for leadership duties. In celebration of the end of the Tour de France, we've putting the first 15 minutes of this extended interview here for all of The Cycling Podcast listeners to enjoy. If you'd like to get the full episode, along with 11+ other special episodes in 2019, become a Friend of the Podcast. (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/become-a-friend)
Jul 30, 2019
117: Stage 21 | Rambouillet – Paris | Tour de France 2019
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in Paris to recap the final stage and run through the performance of the teams in the Tour de France. There’s the usual mix of punditry, analysis, comment and nonsense to wrap up the best Tour for years. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and Pédaleuse de Charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 28, 2019
116: Stage 20 | Albertville – Val Thorens | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France’s final Alpine stage was cut short because of landslides but at last the identity of the 2019 champion is known – awaiting only final confirmation on the Champs-Élysées tomorrow. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in Val Thorens to recap the penultimate stage of a most enthralling race. They discuss the stage win by Vincenzo Nibali and anticipate the overall victory for Egan Bernal. It will be Colombia’s first Tour de France victory and we discuss what the future holds for Bernal and Team Ineos. We also hear from their head of athlete performance, Tim Kerrison. Plus hear from Julian Alaphilippe’s teammate Yves Lampaert, Katusha’s Marco Haller and Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Xandro Meurisse. Next up, Paris. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and Pédaleuse de Charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 27, 2019
115: Stage 19 | Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Col de l’Iseran | Tour de France 2019
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Anything can happen on the Tour de France, as stage 19 proved. A dramatic, remarkable and astonishing day ended with a new leader of the race and the withdrawal of one of the French favourites. Richard Moore spent the afternoon in a helicopter, while Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drove to Tignes – where the stage was supposed to finish – through a torrential rainstorm not realising that conditions behind them were even worse. Hail stones and a landslide caused the stage to be cut short and for a while no one knew what was going to happen. This episode of The Cycling Podcast captures the chaose and confusion of the day and we hear reaction from Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford after his young rider Egan Bernal took the yellow jersey. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and Pédaleuse de Charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 26, 2019
114: Eight Seconds | Part 2 | Kilometre 0
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In the second part of our look at the 1989 Tour de France, Lionel Birnie catches up with Greg and Kathy LeMond to hear their memories of the closest edition of all time. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Jul 26, 2019
113: Eight Seconds | Part 1 | Kilometre 0
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It is 30 years since arguably the greatest Tour de France of all time, decided in the final time trial by just eight seconds. In the first of our two-part Kilometre 0 about the 1989 Tour, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recall the see-saw nature of the battle between Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Jul 26, 2019
112: Stage 18 | Embrun – Valloire | Tour de France 2019
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The hot weather finally broke and heavy rain fell on the run-in to Valloire but we are still none the wiser as to who will win the Tour de France. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the first of three Alpine stages and search for clues as to who is looking the strongest. What were Team Ineos’s tactics? Is Egan Bernal or Geraint Thomas their leader now? Can Julian Alaphilippe hold on? Can Thibaut Pinot launch an attack? And why does Daniel Oss keep saying “heavy rain”?  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and Pédaleuse de Charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 25, 2019
111: Hotels du Tour | Kilometre 0
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This episode was inspired by a listener, Gareth Enticott, who analysed five years of data about the standard of teams’ hotels at the Tour de France. Are there any trends? Do some teams consistently get the best hotels, while others get the worst? And how does The Cycling Podcast compare? We hear from Lotto-Soudal manager Marc Sergeant, Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White, Team Ineos technical director Carsten Jeppesen, former rider Graham Jones, Matt Winston of Sunweb and Astana rider Magnus Cort, who reviews every hotel he stays in.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 25, 2019
110: Stage 17 | Pont du Gard – Gap | Tour de France 2019
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What should have been a routine breakaway stage of the Tour de France turned into a dramatic day with the disqualification of two key support riders for Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau react to the decision to kick Luke Rowe and Steven Kruijswijk out of the Tour de France for an altercation on the road and have exclusive reaction from Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford. The stage itself was won in impressive fashion Italian Matteo Trentin, who gave Mitchelton-Scott their fourth victory of the race. Join the team in Gap for reaction, interviews, analysis and a bit of light speculation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and Pédaleuse de Charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 24, 2019
109: We miss you, Max | Kilometre 0
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Lukas Pöstlberger is one of the workers on the Bora-Hansgrohe team, riding in support of Peter Sagan on the flat stages and Emanuel Buchmann on the hillier ones.  In this episode we hear about a day in the life of Pöstlberger on the Tour - in this case last Friday’s time trial in Pau, in which another of his teammates, Max Schachmann, crashed and had to retire.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 24, 2019
108: Stage 16 | Nîmes – Nîmes | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France resumed after its rest day with a loop into the stunning countryside around Nîmes. With so many aggressive days of racing behind them, and with the Alps to come, it was hardly surprising that the day felt like a transitional stage – even if the race didn’t actually transition anywhere. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau reflect on the stage as Nîmes celebrates summer and the Tour, before looking ahead to the final stages in the Alps. We hear from Marc Sergeant, the Lotto-Soudal boss who signed Ewan at the start of the season, and his former sports director Matt White, who let him go from Mitchelton-Scott. There’s also news of Jakob Fuglsang’s withdrawal from the race following a crash and reaction from his Astana team. François explains when and why you should walk out of a bar in the south of France, Richard talks to AP journalist John Leicester about why today’s stage had special significance for him and his family and there’s another exciting episode of Outside the Team Bus. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 23, 2019
107: Motos | Kilometre 0
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The Tour de France peloton is accompanied by dozens of vehicles, all doing a vital job to keep the race safe, moving and covered for television. But occasionally the motorbikes, in particular, get too close to the riders and there has been criticism that their slipstreaming effect can influence the racing. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we go inside the peloton with one of the most experienced motorbike drivers in the bunch. Luke Edwardes-Evans drives one of the photographers for L’Equipe, the French daily newspaper that is more or less part of the Tour de France family. He tells us what his job is like, what some of the other motorbikes are doing and how it feels to be part of the greatest travelling show on two wheels. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Jul 23, 2019
106: The Press Conference | Rest Day 2 | Tour de France 2019
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Join Richard, Lionel and François as they answer questions about the Tour de France sent in by The Cycling Podcast listeners. We also hear a quick update from Television's Daniel Friebe. There will be a final Press Conference episode at the end of the Tour de France. Send in your questions via audio message on WhatsApp to +44 7971338205. Find out how to send an audio message. (https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/23684991/?category=5245251) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 22, 2019
105: La Course | Kilometre 0
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Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley reunite in Pau to cover the 6th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. This year the race comprised five laps of a closed circuit around Pau and featured a 1.1km climb, the Côte de Gelos. In this episode you'll hear a mix of live race reportage, atmosphere and analysis. There are interviews with the pre-race favourite and winner Marianne Vos of CCC, Lizzie Deignan of Trek–Segafredo, Amanda Spratt of Mitchelton-Scott and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Bigla Pro Cycling. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps. Photo © ASO.
Jul 22, 2019
104: Stage 15 | Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis | Tour de France 2019
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If the finish to yesterday’s stage was exciting, stage 15 to Foix was a thriller from start to finish and leaves everyone going into the second rest day still wondering who is going to win the Tour de France. The momentum is with Thibaut Pinot, winner on the Col du Tourmalet yesterday and the man who made the biggest gains again today. And yet his fellow Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe still holds the yellow jersey and will have to be reeled in when the race reaches the Alps next week. With the rest day to come, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau reflect on the best Tour for decades and ask what is going to happen next. Join them for reaction, reflection and analysis from the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 21, 2019
103: Stage 14 | Tarbes – Col du Tourmalet | Tour de France 2019
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This most enthralling Tour de France took another twist on the Col du Tourmalet and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau were there to witness the stage and record their thoughts as the race unfolded. The first big question asked of Julian Alaphilippe, the race leader, was whether he would cope on the first hors categorie mountain of the Tour, and the first time this race has gone above 2,000 metres. We asked a range of people whether they thought Alaphilippe could win the Tour, we ask what happened to Geraint Thomas and weigh up whether Alaphilippe or Thibaut Pinot are the most likely of the French contenders to win the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 20, 2019
102: Stage 13 | Pau – Pau | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France continues to intrigue and, with just over a week to go, the question of who is going to win the race is yet to be answered. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau at their hillside retreat close to Pau where they reflect on the only individual time trial stage of the Tour. We expected Julian Alaphilippe to still be in yellow tonight but few thought he would win the stage and extend his lead. We ask what this means for the Tour now. Is Geraint Thomas still the favourite to win in Paris? Who were the other winners and losers in the race against the clock. We recap another absorbing stage, share some behind the scenes gossip and explain why there is no episode of Outside the Team Bus tonight. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 19, 2019
101: Number Crunchers | Kilometre 0
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For five years NTT (formerly Dimension Data) have worked with the Tour de France to capture information from the race, some of which is shared with the teams and TV audience.  In this episode we hear from Peter Gray, Vice President of global advanced technology for NTT, about developments in data, the machine that predicts the winners (with remarkable accuracy on the day of our visit) and what the future might look like.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 19, 2019
100: Stage 12 | Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France reaches the Pyrenees and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a day that saw another rider complete the full set of stage wins in the three grand tours. There was a huge breakaway, a curious abandon and victory for Simon Yates. We discuss all three stories and all the day’s other talking points before looking ahead to Friday’s time trial and La Course. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 18, 2019
99: Fuglsang | Kilometre 0
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One of the stories of the season has been Jakob Fuglsang’s transformation from nearly man to winner. His crowning glory came at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which the Dane won alone, but he has been, along with Julian Alaphilippe, the most consistent rider of 2019.  In this episode we speak to Fuglsang about his improvement and hear from his Astana sports director, Lars Michaelsen, his fellow Dane Chris Juul-Jensen, good friend and former teammate Andy Schleck and Danish journalist Brian Askvig of Ekstra Bladet.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 18, 2019
98: Stage 11 | Albi – Toulouse | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France resumed after the rest day with a flat stage from Albi to Toulouse before the Pyrenees loom into view on Thursday. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in a busy square on a warm evening in Toulouse as they dissect the final sprint stage for a while. The stage was taken by Caleb Ewan – making his Tour de France debut. Stand by for terrible puns, incisive analysis and a look ahead to the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com (https://scienceinsport.com/) . Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Wattbike As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom*. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. See https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100
Jul 17, 2019
97: Repos | Kilometre 0
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Go behind the scenes with The Cycling Podcast on the first rest day of the Tour de France in the latest episode of Kilometre 0.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 17, 2019
96: The Press Conference | Rest Day 1 | Tour de France 2019
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau as they answer the questions you put to them via WhatsApp audio message. We'll be doing another press conference on the second rest day and a final episode following the 2019 Tour de France. Send your messages via WhatsApp audio message to +44 7971 338 205. Find out how to send a WhatsApp audio message. (https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/23684991/?category=5245251) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.
Jul 16, 2019
95: Attachés de Presse | Kilometre 0
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Fifteen years ago there were only one or two pro cycling teams that had press officers. Nowadays, they all have at least one and the job has changed enormously.  In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from the communications directors and attachés de presse Taryn Kirby of Mitchelton-Scott, Hannah Troop of EF-Education First, Ralph Scherzer of Bora-Hansgrohe, Amy Cameron of CCC and Elisa Madiot of Groupama-FDJ.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe
Jul 16, 2019
94: Stage 10 | Saint-Flour – Albi | Tour de France 2019
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With the rest day just 24 hours away, the peloton could have been forgiven for wanting a quiet day. No such luck for them because crosswinds in the final couple of hours of racing caused chaos and left several riders counting the cost of being caught out. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau as they pick over the results and sort the winners from the losers. Why were several of the overall contenders caught out? How did Team Ineos manage to come out of it on the front foot again? What was George Bennett doing going back for bottles at the crucial moment? We discuss this and much more. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. This episode is sponsored by Beer52, the craft beer club. If you’d like to sample a free box of eight great beers (for just the price of delivery) go to https://beer52.com/cycle
Jul 15, 2019
93: 1999 | Part two | Kilometre 0
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This is the second part of our conversation with sports journalist David Walsh about the 1999 Tour de France, which was won by Lance Armstrong. The Texan was dogged by questions about doping once it emerged he had tested positive for a corticosteroid and produced a TUE form for it, which turned out to have been back-dated. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.
Jul 15, 2019
92: Stage 9 | Saint-Étienne – Brioude | Tour de France 2019
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It’s Bastille Day in France - or as François reminds us, Le 14 Juillet, because no one calls it Bastille Day but there was to be no French stage winner in the Tour de France. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the ninth stage, won by the South African Daryl Impey. We also hear from another rider outside his team bus and from Team Ineos doctor Richard Usher and the surgeon who operated on Chris Froome after the four-time Tour winner crashed heavily at the Critérium du Dauphiné last month. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 14, 2019
91: Stage 8 | Mâcon – Saint-Étienne | Tour de France 2019
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After a snoozy stage on Friday, the Tour de France burst back into life with a barnstorming stage from Mâcon to St Etienne. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau at their hotel – which they are sharing with the CCC, UAE Team Emirates, Sunweb and Cofidis teams – as they unpick a fascinating day’s racing. The stage was won by Thomas De Gendt in sensational fashion but behind them Julian Alaphilippe seized the initiative and took back the yellow jersey while Thibaut Pinot gained some time that might turn out to be important. Tune in for the usual mix of interviews and analysis, another episode of Outside the Team Bus with our first Pédaleur de Charme of the Tour, and a difference of opinion between Lionel and François regarding the way Pinot has attacked the first week of the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 13, 2019
90: Stage 7 | Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône | Tour de France 2019
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After the drama at La Planche des Belles Filles yesterday, the Tour de France settled in for a long, slow day in the sun. Heading into the Burgundy region famous for its snails, the peloton pedalled at a snail’s pace for much of the day. But there’s no such thing as a snoozy episode of The Cycling Podcast and so we join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau at their hotel for a recap of the stage. The winner was Dylan Groenewegen – who is making a habit of winning stages like this having won the two least eventful stages of last year’s race – ahead of Caleb Ewan. We hear from Groenewegen and his Jumbo-Visma sports director Frans Maassen. We also hear from defending champion Geraint Thomas, current leader Giulio Ciccone and his Trek-Segafredo team-mate Koen De Kort and there’s another episode of Outside The Team Bus. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 12, 2019
89: 1999 | Part one | Kilometre 0
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This is the first of a two-part episode of Kilometre 0 looking back at the 1999 Tour de France with Sunday Times journalist David Walsh. We are all familiar with the story of Armstrong's confession and downfall but what about the events that led up to the 1999 Tour and that edition of the race itself? Walsh was there and in this first part he talks to Lionel about the state of cycling and cycling journalism in the 1990s. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps. Part two will be released on Monday.
Jul 12, 2019
88: Stage 6 | Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France burst into life with a classic mountain stage on La Planche des Belles Filles, with the final gravel section seeming to put an element of doubt into the minds of the riders. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the sixth stage of the Tour which saw two debutants take the major honours. The stage was won by Belgian rider Dylan Teuns with his breakaway companion Giulio Ciccone pinching the yellow jersey by a fine margin despite a spirited late bid to keep it by Julian Alaphilippe. To begin with, we hear from a range of riders and team managers about what they expected from the stage and then discuss whether their predictions matched the reality. Spoiler: They didn’t. We ask why no one chased harder earlier in the stage, we weigh up who had a good day and who didn’t, and discuss the significance of Geraint Thomas’s strength in the final few hundred metres of the stage. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is sponsored by Wattbike. As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. 
Jul 11, 2019
87: La Planche des Belles Filles | Kilometre 0
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For a climb only introduced in 2012, La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges Mountains has become a fixture in the Tour de France.  It has also been decisive: on each of its three previous visits the rider in yellow after the stage has gone on to win the Tour.  In 2019 the mountain is back with a twist — a new, tougher finish on an unpaved road.  In this episode we hear from Tour director Christian Prudhomme, from Thibaut Pinot’s brother and coach Julien, from riders Adam Yates, Dan Martin, Guillaume Martin and Nicholas Roche and team bosses Dave Brailsford, Matt White and Geert Van Bondt.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers & taps
Jul 11, 2019
86: Stage 5 | Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France heads into the Vosges and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau head to the Hotel Hassenforder to record their stage five podcast. The restaurant used to be owned by Roger Hassenforder, who won eight stages of the Tour in the 1950s. In fact, he presented the yellow jersey to Julian Alaphilippe on the podium after the stage. In another packed episode we discuss Peter Sagan’s 12th Tour stage win and hear from Team Ineos’s Egan Bernal. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is sponsored by Wattbike. As a Cycling Podcast listener, Wattbike is offering you the chance to receive a £100 Sigma Sports voucher, free when you purchase a Wattbike Atom. This offer is available until 31st July 2019, simply use the code TCP100 at checkout. Get the home advantage with Wattbike Atom this summer. 
Jul 10, 2019
85: The CEO | Kilometre 0
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On the eve of the Tour de France Fran Millar was appointed chief executive at Team Ineos. Millar first got involved in cycling through her brother, David, who she managed before he served a two year doping ban in 2004. She helped set up Team Sky in 2010 and has been in various senior roles since then, through all the Tour wins but also the lurid headlines about TUEs and Jiffy bags. We met her on Sunday morning in Brussels, before stage 2, the team time trial. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps. To check out their range go to www.hansgrohe.com (https://www.hansgrohe.com/)
Jul 10, 2019
84: Stage 4 | Reims – Nancy | Tour de France 2019
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From Champagne to quiche Lorraine, the Tour de France continues its journey, although the same team was celebrating again today. Elia Viviani followed his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mate Julian Alaphilippe by winning the stage in Nancy. We discuss the sprint finish and dissect the tactics on the run-in to the line before hearing from Alexandre Kristoff’s lead-out man, and the youngest rider in the race, Jasper Philipsen in the latest edition of Outside the Team Bus. We also speak to Mike Teunissen, who spent two days in the yellow jersey but has returned to his regular Jumbo-Visma colours – coincidentally also yellow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. OUR SPONSORS Our title sponsors are Rapha. Visit www.rapha.cc (https://www.rapha.cc/) to check out the range of cycling clothing and also their Gone Racing series of films. Get 25% off all Science In Sport products at www.scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) by entering the discount code SISCP25 This episode is supported by Beer52. To order a crate of craft beer for just the price of postage, go to www.beer52.com/cycling (https:www.beer52.com/cycling)
Jul 09, 2019
83: Super Mario | Kilometre 0
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The maillot jaune is 100 years old but this episode of Kilometre 0 focuses on the special edition jerseys designed by an Italian pop artist for the 1989 Tour de France. But who was Mario Schifano and how did he come to design such distinctive jerseys? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps. The music in this episode is by Thirteen Senses (https://www.thirteensenses.com/)
Jul 09, 2019
82: Stage 3 | Binche – Épernay | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France has left Belgium behind and arrived in the region famous for its Champagne. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau record their stage three podcast over a glass of Champagne. We discuss Julian Alaphilippe’s stage win as he became the first Frenchman since 2014 to wear the yellow jersey. We hear from Deceuninck-Quick Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere. Mike Teunissen slipped out of the yellow jersey as a result but what does this now mean for the long-term battle for the race? Jumbo-Visma and Team Ineos are squaring up against each other but what is the significance of Egan Bernal leapfrogging his teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas? And does Thibaut Pinot’s form suggest he’s ready to mount a challenge when the race reaches La Planche des Belles Filles later in the week? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 08, 2019
81: Eddy the GOAT | Kilometre 0
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The Brussels Grand Départ of the 2019 Tour de France was a two day tribute to Belgium’s most famous son, Eddy Merckx.  In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look at the life and career of the greatest cyclist of all time. We hear from long time friends and the current hour record holder, Victor Campenaerts, and from his biographer, Daniel Friebe.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe showers & taps
Jul 08, 2019
80: Stage 2 | Brussels – Brussels | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France is still in Brussels, with the start and finish in the same places as they were on Saturday, although a very different test stood in front of the riders. The team time trial took the race through the birthplaces of two of Belgium’s finest figures – Woluwe St Pierre, where five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx was born – and then Schaerbeek, where Jacques Brel was born. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau cross the border into Flanders to reflect on a convincing win for Jumbo-Visma, which extends Mike Teunissen’s stay in the yellow jersey. Team Ineos set the early pace and their time survived until the last when the Dutch outfit smashed it. Before that Deceuninck-Quick Step came within less than a second of Ineos’s time and behind them were a clutch of teams within a few seconds. We assess the winners and losers and ask whether the team time trial is really an indicator of who can win the Tour. We also hear from George Bennett and Richard Plugge, a rider and boss of the winning team, Dirk De Mol, sports director of one of the day’s surprise teams, Katusha, and Jakob Fuglsang, who limited his losses after yesterday’s crash. Plus there’s reaction from Mitchelton-Scott’s Daryl Impey and Team Ineos’s Nicolas Portal. Finally we hear about François’s dish of eels in a herby green sauce and another installment of Outside the Team Bus. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Austin Cycles Competition The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with Austin Cycles for a special competition during the 2019 Tour de France. We are giving The Cycling Podcast Newsletter subscribers an exclusive opportunity to win a Austin Cycles AC ATTO folding carbon bike worth £2,750! Subscribe to our mailing list >> (http://eepurl.com/bERv1D) Science in Sport Science in Sport are offering you the chance to experience a stage at La Vuelta or Tour of Britain from inside the Team INEOS support car. Prize Includes 2 x night's accommodation, transport & £400 spending money! 5 runners up will win a signed Team INEOS Jersey. Enter the competition >> (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=6084d508e0&e=cfa980aecc)
Jul 07, 2019
79: Stage 1 | Brussels – Brussels | Tour de France 2019
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The Tour de France is off and running and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in the centre of Brussels to discuss the opening stage. The identity of the winning team was not a surprise but no one will have predicted Mike Theunissen would have ended the day in the yellow jersey. The Jumbo-Visma rider saved the day after his team’s sprinter Dylan Groenewegen crashed inside the final two kilometres. We discuss the unconventional sprint finish and here from Jumbo-Visma rider Amund Grondahl Jansen and sports director Grischa Niermann. There was also a crash for one of the pre-Tour favourites Jakob Fuglsang and we weigh up the likely impact of that before discussing the fall-out from Dimension Data’s decision not to select Mark Cavendish – or more to the point the differing accounts of how the team was picked from team owner Doug Ryder and sports director Rolf Aldag. In the final part there’s the first instalment of our new series Outside the Team Bus with Alex Dowsett. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 06, 2019
78: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Giro Rosa Preview
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin looks ahead to the Giro Rosa, the 10-day stage race that starts on Friday.  There’s an interview with the defending champion and favourite, Annemiek van Vleuten, and with the rider who was second last year, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore preview the race and discuss some of the other news in women’s cycling.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda. The Economist also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting CYCLING to 78070
Jul 04, 2019
77: The Pre-Tour Press Conference
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answer the questions listeners put to them via WhatsApp, ahead of the 106th edition of the Tour de France. We also hear a teaser from an upcoming Friends of the Podcast Special episode- Lunch with the Team INEOS Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford. There will be further Press Conference episodes on each rest day and following the Tour. Send your questions via WhatsApp audio message to +44 7971 338 205. The Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Science in Sport. This episode is sponsored by Beer52, the craft beer club. If you’d like to sample a free box of eight great beers (for just the price of delivery) go to https://beer52.com/cycle
Jul 03, 2019
76: Service Course | Episode 1
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Service Course by The Cycling Podcast is a new monthly podcast, presented by Keira McVitty and Tom Whalley, taking a fresh look at bikes, technology, equipment and clothing. Episode one includes a tour of the London Bike Show and a visit to Rob Hayles’s workshop, where the Olympic medalist discusses his career in bikes and his new sideline in repairing them. Also in the first episode we hear from EF-Education First pros Tejay van Garderen and Sep Vanmarcke on their favourite bike tech and there’s a discussion on e-bikes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Laka. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to https://www.laka.co.uk to find out more. The Economist also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting CYCLING to 78070
Jun 27, 2019
75: A Tour de France ramble
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With the Tour of Switzerland finishing at the weekend all eyes are now on the Tour de France, which starts in Brussels a week on Saturday. The Colombian prodigy Egan Bernal beat Rohan Dennis in Switzerland, but was his performance sufficiently convincing to make him the favourite for a Tour that will be missing so many stars? Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore discuss this and much more as they look ahead to the Grand Départ. Who will lead Team Ineos, the in-form Bernal or the defending champion Geraint Thomas? Will it be the year a Frenchman finally wins? What of the Movistar "trident" of Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa? And who will ride "à la Atapuma"?  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport This episode is sponsored by Beer52 is a craft beer club. If you’d like to sample a free box of eight great beers (for just the price of delivery) go to https://beer52.com/cycle
Jun 25, 2019
74: The Tour without Froome
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet at Vermuteria in London's Kings Cross to discuss the implications of the crash which will keep four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome of this year's race. Daniel was at the Critérium du Dauphiné when Froome crashed and he explains what happened and how it will affect Team Ineos at the Tour. Froome was not the only high-profile crash victim this week. Defending Tour champion Geraint Thomas added to Team Ineos's woes when he fell at the Tour of Switzerland and although the Welshman is expected to be fit to start the Tour we assess the impact on the team's chances of winning the race. And what of Tom Dumoulin, who withdrew from the Dauphiné? Does all this mean that Astana's Jakob Fuglsang will start the Tour as the unlikely favourite? OUR SPONSORS Rapha has launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ Pédaleur de Charme Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in stock in all sizes on the Rapha website https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at https://scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. This week's episode is sponsored by Harry's razors. You can get your Harry's trial set for just £3.95 by going to www.harrys.com/cycling
Jun 19, 2019
73: The Women's Tour Press Conference
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The final episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin from the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour is a press conference, in which Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore answer listeners’ questions. Topics range from the future of the Women’s Tour to the differences between men’s and women’s teams and there’s an interview with Morgane Gaultier, women’s cycling coordinator at the world governing body, the UCI.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda
Jun 17, 2019
72: FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST SPECIAL | LIMITED RELEASE | Mont Ventoux: Heat, Wind & Fear
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The 17th of June marks the inaugural Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenges. Discover the stories behind the mountain in one of our favourite ever Friends of the Podcast specials: Heat, Wind and Fear. Available in our main feed for a short time only! Get other episodes like this by becoming a Friend of the Podcast https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends --------------- Mont Ventoux has inspired novelists, musicians and playwrights. It has prompted philosophers to ponder the meaning of life and it has tempted countless cyclists to test themselves against its steep slope. But the Giant of Provence has a dark side too. It is where Tom Simpson died in stifling heat during the 1967 Tour de France and where Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong duelled in 2000. The Tour de France returns to Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day this year and so this episode looks at the mountain, its stories and its myths.
Jun 17, 2019
71: Stage 6 | Carmarthen - Pembrey Country Park | Women's Tour 2019
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The final stage of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour saw Lizzie Deignan seal the overall victory, her first win since becoming a mother less than nine months ago. She also became the first rider to win two editions of a race that was first held in 2014, having also won in 2016. In The Cycling Podcast Féminin, Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the final stage and look back over the six days of racing.  We hear from Deignan and the runner-up, Kasia Niewiadoma, as well as the race director Mick Bennett and one of the revelations, Lizzy Banks, who finished seventh overall. Bennett tells us that it had been the toughest edition of the Women's Tour and that they will consult with the teams and riders to make more changes to next year's race.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Rapha.
Jun 15, 2019
70: Stage 5 | Llandrindod Wells - Builth Wells | Women's Tour 2019
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The toughest stage ever to feature in the Ovo Energy Women's Tour did not disappoint as Lizzie Deignan won her first race since her return to racing following childbirth and Kasia Niewiadoma lit it up on the climbs, finishing second at the finish in Builth Wells.  The two former winners now sit first and second going into the sixth and final stage, also in Wales, on Saturday.  In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we hear from Deignan and Niewiadoma, as well as previous leader Liane Lippert, as Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the stage and look ahead to the final day. Orla spent the day in Niewiadoma's Canyon/SRAM team car so we hear what went on as the race reached its decisive phase, and there's a Roald Dahl theme to Orla's story of the stage. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda.
Jun 14, 2019
69: Stage 4 | Warwick - Burton Dassett | Women's Tour 2019
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The Women’s Tour burst into life on stage 4 as former winner Kasia Niewiadoma won the first summit finish at Burton Dassett. Behind her, 21 year old Liane Lippert was second to take over the race lead. There are interviews with both riders in The Cycling Podcast Féminin as Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the action and look ahead to two more difficult days. We also hear from Lizzie Deignan, Lizzie Banks and Henk Vos, whose daughter, Marianne, crashed out while leading overall the previous day. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda.
Jun 13, 2019
68: Stage 3 | Henley-on-Thames – Blenheim Palace | Women's Tour 2019
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It was a day of crashes and drama on the third stage of the Women’s Tour as the race leader Marianne Vos fell heavily and was forced to withdraw. The mass pile-up at an intermediate sprint dominated the day, with lots of riders injured and nine abandoning. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the implications for the race and we hear from the new overall leader, Lisa Brennauer. There are also interviews with race director Mick Bennett and some of the crash victims, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Hannah Barnes and Gracie Elvin. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda
Jun 12, 2019
67: Stage 2 | Kent Cyclopark – Kent Cyclopark | Women's Tour 2019
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There was an unusual second stage of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour, a circuit race at the Kent Cyclopark in Gravesend, but it was won by a familiar face, with Marianne Vos sprinting in ahead of Lizzie Deignan and Sarah Roy. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the stage on the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin and there are interviews with Deignan and Roy. For Deignan it was her best result since her return to racing after having her baby, and her first visit to the podium, as she accepted the jersey for best British rider. We also hear from Hannah Barnes and her sister Alice, the stage one winner, Jolien D'hoore, and the sports director of the Boels-Dolmans team, Danny Stam.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda
Jun 11, 2019
66: Stage 1 | Beccles – Stowmarket | Women's Tour 2019
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Stage one of the Women’s Tour was won by Jolien D’hoore for the second year in a row as the six-day race got underway in East Anglia. The Cycling Podcast Féminin was at the start in Beccles and the finish in Stowmarket, and will be following it all the way with Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore analysing the race and bringing interviews with the top riders.   In the stage one episode we hear from Lizzie Deignan and the day’s attacker, Abby-Mae Parkinson, as well as D’hoore’s teammate Christine Majerus. We also hear from Marianne Vos, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and last year’s winner, Coryn Rivera.   The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda.
Jun 10, 2019
65: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | June 2019
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In the June episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we look back at the last month's racing and ahead to next week's Women's Tour, where we will be releasing daily episodes covering the six stages. We hear from Katie Hall, the Boels-Dolmans rider who was second at the recent Tour of California and who is targeting the Giro Rosa. There are also interviews with Women's Tour director Mick Bennett and the defending champion Coryn Rivera. And we hear from Dame Sarah Storey on the new Skoda Cycling Academy. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Science in Sport and Skoda
Jun 06, 2019
64: The Post-Giro Press Conference
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Richard, Lionel and Daniel answer your questions on the 2019 Giro d'Italia for one last time before wrapping-up the final talking points. We also hear some reflections on the pink race from a handful of the veterans of the Baby Giro, including Pavel Sivakov, Mikkel Honore, Scott Davies and Jai Hindley.   Finally, there are a few words from Mitchelton-Scott owner Gerry Ryan on Esteban Chaves' win at San Martino di Castrozza and the future of the team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Thank to Amaraterra for providing the music in this episode.
Jun 04, 2019
63: Stage 21 | Verona – Verona | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia finished in Verona with Richard Carapaz giving Ecuador its first Grand Tour win in front of thousands of his countrymen and women.  In the final podcast from the Giro we hear from Carapaz’s fans and there are interviews with his team’s manager, Eusebio Unzuee and from the third-placed Primoz Roglic’s manager Richard Plugge. We also hear the best and worst from some of the riders in the Giro and from Hugh Carthy and our honorary Pedaleur de Charme, Gianni Savio. And we reprise one of the podcast’s finest moments, with Larry Warbasse reading a passage of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
Jun 02, 2019
62: Stage 20 | Feltre – Croce d'Aune-Monte Avena | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia and the final mountain stage saw a minor shakeup of the overall classification, with Mikel Landa leapfrogging Primoz Roglic to occupy the final step of the podium. But with only a small deficit to make up, Roglic should be the rider to finish behind Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali in Verona on Sunday. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and there are interviews with Nibali and Roglic’s sports director, Addy Engels. We also hear from two of the revelations of the race, Pavel Sivakov and Eddie Dunbar — and Sivakov gives us an eye witness account of an incident that led to Miguel Angel Lopez attacking a spectator.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
Jun 01, 2019
61: Stage 19 | Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza | Giro d’Italia 2019
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After twelve months of health problems, Esteban Chaves returned to the top step of the podium, by winning in San Martino di Castrozza in the Dolomites, as the overall contenders shadow boxed before Saturday’s final day in the mountains.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe review all the action and look ahead to the crucial penultimate stage. There are interviews with Chaves’s Mitchelton-Scott teammates Lucas Hamilton and Chris Juul-Jensen, and also with Vincenzo Nibali, Hugh Carthy and Max Sciandri, sports director at Movistar, the team of the overall leader, Richard Carapaz.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
May 31, 2019
9: No Cigars | Kilometre 0
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Twelve teams have won stages at the Giro d’Italia, which means that ten have not.  In this episode we hear from some of those who are set to go home empty handed, including Doug Ryder and Ben O’Connor of Dimension Data, whose run of bad luck and poor results predates the Giro. We also hear from Marc Reef, the sports director at Sunweb, whose plans were destroyed when Tom Dumoulin crashed and had to withdraw.  Kilometre 0, in association with Hansgrohe showers & taps
May 31, 2019
59: Stage 18 | Valdaora – Santa Maria di Sala | Giro d’Italia 2019
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A thrilling finish to the final sprinters’ stage of the 2019 Giro d’Italia saw a win for a small Italian team and a change in the points competition, with the Ciclamino jersey moving from Arnaud Demare to Pascal Ackerman.  In The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss what happened and we hear from Conor Dunne and from Ackerman’s lead-out men, Rudi Selig and Michael Schwarzmann. Ahead of two more days in the mountains, there are also interviews with Mikel Landa, Pavel Sivakov and Vincenzo Nibali’s “mind coach,” Piermarino Rosti.  And we hear from two riders at opposite ends of their careers, Mikel Honore, the young Dane riding his first Grand Tour, and Markel Irizar, the veteran Basque riding his final Grand Tour.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
May 30, 2019
58: Stage 17 | Commezzadura – Anterselva | Giro d’Italia 2019
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A surprise winner and a skirmish between the overall contenders marked the seventeenth stage of the Giro d’Italia, which saw the race enter the German speaking part of Italy. In the podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Ciro Scognamiglio and there are interviews with Mikel Landa, Hugh Carthy, Esteban Chaves, Larry Warbasse, Ben O’Connor and a very frustrated and disappointed Bob Jungels, whose Giro has not gone according to plan. We also hear Gianni Savio’s latest tactical masterclass and eavesdrop on a Slovenian cycling fan berating Primoz Roglic’s sports director at the finish. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
May 29, 2019
8: The Yellow Jumper | Kilometre 0
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In only his fourth Grand Tour, Primoz Roglic enters the final stages of the Giro d’Italia still with a chance of winning.  His back story is well known by now but the sheer speed of his progress is sometimes overlooked.  Having started racing in 2013 he took his first win the following year – the same year one of his rivals here, VIncenzo Nibali, was winning the Tour de France.  When Nibali was winning his second Giro in 2016, Roglic was riding his first Grand Tour, and, seemingly from nowhere, winning the time trial.  In this episode we hear from Roglic’s teammates, team manager, rivals and also the rider he beat for his first professional win at the 2014 Tour of Azerbaijan.  Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast, in association with Hansgrohe showers and taps.
May 29, 2019
56: Stage 16 | Lovere – Ponte di Legno | Giro d’Italia 2019
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On another day of miserable weather at the Giro d’Italia there was an enthralling stage that included the climb of the Passo del Mortirolo, which saw Vincenzo Nibali on the attack and Primoz Roglic losing valuable time. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Brian Nygaard to discuss the implications of the day’s stage for the final destination of the pink jersey, with Richard Carapaz looking an increasingly likely winner. Nibali is up to second while Roglic has dropped to third. There are interviews with Luca Guercilena, manager of the Trek-Segafredo team, whose rider, Giulio Ciccone took a well-deserved stage win. We also hear from his teammate Bauke Mollema, from Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue and from Nibali’s coach, Paolo Slongo.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com/) )
May 28, 2019
55: The Press Conference | Rest Day 2
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Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe hear from Jumbo-Visma's Addy Engels following an ill-timed comfort break on stage 15 before answering the questions put to them by The Cycling Podcast listeners. We'll be holding a final press conference at the end of the Giro d'Italia. You can put your questions to the team by sending a WhatsApp audio message to +44 7971 338 205. How do you send a voice message on WhatsApp? Well, you just send a voice message on WhatsApp. (https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/23684991/?category=5245251)
May 27, 2019
54: Il Mortirolo | Kilometre 0
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Tuesday’s 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia has given up the Gavia but the riders in the race would have preferred the bad weather to spare them the Mortirolo. The first of the ‘Corsa Rosa’s’ überclimbs, an evil mineshaft cut through forests once supposedly roamed by witches & brigands, it remains one of cycling’s most feared cult locations.  In this episode of Kilometre 0, through the voices of men who have climbed it & the man who ‘discovered’ it - ex-Giro boss Carmine Castellano - we tell the Mortirolo’s story.  Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.
May 27, 2019
53: Stage 15 | Ivrea – Como | Giro d’Italia 2019
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Another packed episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia comes from the shores of Lake Como after stage 15. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap a day during which the two-man break stayed clear to contest the finish – although they only stayed away by 11 seconds in the end. The victory went to Dario Cataldo ahead of his breakaway companion Mattia Cattaneo but they had Simon Yates, Hugh Carthy, pink jersey wearer Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali roaring up the finish straight behind them. Where was Primoz Roglic? Well, that was the big question of the day and we try to sort out what happened with his bike change and ask where his Jumbo-Visma team car was at the crucial moment. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com)
May 26, 2019
52: Stage 14 | Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia was turned on its head after a third consecutive day of attacking, exciting and unpredictable racing. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Courmayeur as they discuss stage 14, which saw the pink jersey change hands, but perhaps not in the way it was expected. Many were expecting Primoz Roglic to inherit the jersey from his Slovenian compatriot Jan Polanc but it was the stage winner Richard Carapaz who sprung a surprise, gaining almost two minutes to take the pink jersey by seven seconds. We hear from Carapaz’s Movistar sports director Max Sciandri and from Roglic’s sports director Addy Engels. Plus there’s reaction from Rafal Majka, confirmation of the reasons behind Bauke Mollema’s scheduled stop on the road the other day, Joe Dombrowski’s verdict on arguably his best two days as a grand tour rider and a word from the gruppetto from Irish champion Conor Dunne. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com)  
May 25, 2019
51: Stage 13 | Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia sparked into life on stage 13 as the first summit finish saw Ilnur Zakarin win and haul himself back into overall contention. Behind him, Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic all impressed as Simon Yates lost time. In the podcast we hear from Landa, his sports director Max Sciandri, Zakarin’s sports director Dimitri Konyshev, and also from Marco Haller, who found himself the ‘star’ of a video clip that went viral on social media. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com)
May 24, 2019
6: The vegan pro | Kilometre 0
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Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal follows a plant-based diet. Being lactose intolerant he cut out dairy products years ago and stopped eating meat a couple of seasons back. But is a meat-free diet compatible with the rigours of professional cycling? We hear Hansen talk about his reasons for following a vegan diet, how he feels and whether it's difficult to get the food he needs when he's at a grand tour and his team doesn't have its chef. Sports nutritionist Nigel Mitchell, who works with the EF Education First team and is writing a book about plant-based diets for cyclists, thinks that more professional riders will cut meat from their diets for a host of reasons. And while Hansen may be unusual in that he's a vegan, the peloton has seen plenty of vegetarian riders in the past and in 2000 an entirely vegetarian team, Linda McCartney Foods, rode the Giro d'Italia without touching 'even a slice of prosciutto'. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.
May 24, 2019
49: Stage 12 | Cuneo to Pinerolo | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia finally burst into life with an aggressive stage that saw the pink jersey swap shoulders, but stay within the same team. Richard Moore is back at the Giro and joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to discuss stage 12 which saw Slovenian Jan Polanc take the leader’s jersey from his UAE Team Emirates colleague Valerio Conti. This means that Slovenian riders hold the first two places overall, with Primoz Roglic still in second. We discuss a brilliant stage won by the Italian Cesare Benedetti, the subject of Wednesday’s episode of Kilometre 0. We weigh up the intriguing move by Miguel Angel Lopez and Mikel Landa, who pinched half a minute from the rest with a move on the day’s big climb. Who were the winners and losers from the first day of climbing and what are the implications for the race with the Operation Anderlass doping investigation shifting its focus. We’ve got it all covered. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 23, 2019
48: Stage 11 | Carpi to Novi Ligure | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia went to Fausto Coppi country and The Cycling Podcast’s episode from stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia starts outside Villa Coppi near Novi Ligure. The sprint finish happened a few hundred metres from Coppi’s house – still home to his son, Faustino – and the press room was at the Museum of Champions, which pays homage to the careers of Coppi and the region’s other great, Costante Girardengo. Not a lot happened in the stage but don’t let that deter you from listening. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe talk Coppi, wine, sprint finishes, de-training and ask whether the criticism of the opening week is fair and whether it means we’re in for a barnstorming second half to the race. We hear from Roger Kluge and Bart Leysen, lead-out man and sports director for stage winner Calen Ewan, and from Fabio Sabatini and Rik Van Slycke of Elia Viviani’s team after the Italian champion ended his Giro empty handed.  We put the criticism of the route to Giro boss Mauro Vegni, ask Bauke Mollema whether he feels it’s possible to lose form during easy stages and look ahead to the climbs in the coming days. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 22, 2019
5: Hail, Cesare! | Kilometre 0
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On long, flat – dare we say it, slightly boring – days like the tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia you will often see the peloton led for kilometre after kilometre by one rider from the team of the dominant sprinter. On Tuesday’s stage to Modena, it was Cesare Benedetti of Bora-Hansgrohe who sat on the front for what seemed like hours, the peloton bunched up behind him.  In the end it was all for nothing; the team’s sprinter, Pascal Ackerman, crashed heavily on the finishing straight. Ackerman was bleeding and hurt, his jersey and shorts in ribbons. Typically, the rider who stopped and waited and helped him to the line was the man who’d been on the front all day, Benedetti.  Benedetti is not a star, or a big name, but he is a vital cog in a team that came to the Giro with ambitions on two fronts, in the sprints with Ackerman and in the mountains with Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo. If they’re successful – as Ackerman has already been, with two stage wins – these riders will get all the plaudits and praise, but they couldn’t do it without their Swiss army knife of a domestique, who, as well as bringing back breaks on the flat, is a strong rider in the mountains and Bora-Hansgrohe's road captain, making decisions and relaying messages between sports directors and teammates. So who is Cesare Benedetti, and what do his days on the Giro look like? We talked to him to find out a little more about this Polish speaking Italian who rides for a German team; we also asked him to keep an audio diary of a typical day on the Giro. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.
May 22, 2019
46: Stage 10 | Ravenna to Modena | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia arrived in Modena, home of Luciano Pavarotti and balsamic vinegar and on the doorstep of the Ferrari Formula 1 team on the day that their former world champion Niki Lauda died. Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for an unexpected, uncharacteristic but very welcome post stage G&T as they discuss the winners and losers of a crash-affected sprint finish. We hear from the Groupama-FDJ team-mates of stage winner Arnaud Demare and discuss which of the sprinters can win in tomorrow’s last chance saloon and whether Italian champion Elia Viviani can save his Giro at the last moment. In the second part we take a trip to Cesenatico and the Marco Pantani museum as the Giro approaches the 20th anniversary of his great downfall at Madonna di Campiglio. We also eat piadine at the family-owned sandwich shop. In part three we discuss the theory of de-training during a relatively easy opening week and get the opinion of Team Sunweb’s race coach Matt Winston, then hear from the young Welshman making his Grand Tour debut, Scott Davies. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 21, 2019
45: The Press Conference | Rest Day 1
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Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe catch up with Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates before answering the questions you put to them via WhatsApp. We'll be answering more listener questions on the second rest day. Send your us thoughts, theories and observations via WhatsApp audio note to +44 7971 338205. [Find out how to leave an audio message on the WhatsApp website.](https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/23684991/?category=5245251) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Follow us on Instagram and share the latest podcast via Spotify to be in with a chance of winning some [Science in Sport and Rapha kit.](https://www.instagram.com/p/BxjmFV5FXT8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link)
May 20, 2019
4: La Girina | Kilometre 0
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At a race that glories in its traditions and sometimes its dogmas, Giusy Virelli, a 34-year-old from an Italian cycling backwater in the deep south, is something of a trailblazer. If Mauro Vegni, the race director, is the architect of the “Corsa Rosa”, Virelli has become one of its key project managers, the most important “Girina” on the race. In Riccione on Sunday, Virelli told Daniel Friebe how she found the Giro or it found her, and what goes into plotting the hallowed, annual lap of her homeland.  Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe
May 20, 2019
43: Stage 9 | Riccione to San Marino | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The first phase of the 2019 Giro d’Italia concluded with a tricky time trial to San Marino which tested the riders’ climbing legs on another day when the rain fell heavily. Lionel Birnie is back from his weekend trip home to join Daniel Friebe in the holiday resort of Riccione to ask Primoz Roglic has won the Giro (of course he hasn’t), whether the weather is the worst for the opening week of any grand tour (anecdotal rather than evidence-based) and whether it has been the least dramatic opening week of the Giro for years (probably). But they decide the race is only just beginning. They weigh up whether Simon Yates is out of contention following his disappointing performance and we hear from young British riders James Knox and Hugh Carthy. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 19, 2019
42: Stage 8 | Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro | Giro d'Italia 2019
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The Giro’s longest day took it northbound for 239km from Tortoreto Lido on the Adriatic coast to Pesaro in the Marche region. Another sprint-finish saw Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal claim his first stage win of the race and Valerio Conti hold onto his pink jersey after an uneventful day as far as the general classification was concerned, despite yet more inclement weather.  With Lionel still away at his football match, tonight Daniel calls in the former Leopard-Trek team boss Brian Nygaard to review the action both on Saturday and in the race’s first week - and to preview what’s to come. Conveniently, stage 9 honours one of both Brian and Daniel’s passions away from cycling, as this year’s wine stage. More to the point as far as Roglic, Yates et al. are concerned, the 34.8km time-trial should see the first major shake-up of the general classification in this year’s Giro.  We hear from Yates, his team boss Matt “Look” White, some of the men responsible for supporting Roglic’s challenge and TT ace Victor Campenaerts. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 18, 2019
41: Stage 7 | Vasto to L'Aquila | Giro d'Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia began its northward journey on Friday with a stage to L’Aquila in the mountains of Abruzzo, ten years after one of Italy’s worst ever earthquakes ravaged the region and the day’s finish-town in particular.  Having been abandoned by Lionel, Daniel Friebe rounds up the cream of the Giro’s international press pack to dissect the day’s action, which culminated in a stage victory for Pello Bilbao of Astana. Meanwhile, the overnight leader, Valerio Conti, overcame a few nervous moments to preserve his lead on the overall standings.  There are interviews with local boy Dario Cataldo, one of the stars of the stage, Davide Formolo, and of course our near-daily update from the inimitable Gianni Savio, manager of the Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec team.  **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.**
May 17, 2019
3: Clear Eyes, Full Heart - The Filippo Simeoni Story | Kilometre 0
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Filippo Simeoni wishes his career was remembered for his stage wins in the Vuelta a España or his Italian national championship title in 2008\. Instead, as of a day in late July 2004, he became synonymous with an incident that had nothing to do with winning races and instead caused him to lose some of his faith in humanity.  Simeoni had previously testified against Lance Armstrong’s coach and doctor, Michele Ferrari, and now Armstrong made him pay. On a day that for him should have been meaningless, just another canter towards inevitable victory, Armstrong thwarted Simeoni breakaway attempts and scolded him with insults and, Simeoni said, threats.  Fifteen years have passed and Simeoni has long since left pro cycling behind. This week, however, he returned to the Giro when the Corsa Rosa passed through his hometown in the Apennines south of Rome. Between pangs of nostalgia and thoughts of what might have been and what wasn’t, he reflected on his career, cycling today and of course the Armstrong incident.  **Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe**
May 17, 2019
39: Stage 6 | Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The Giro d’Italia headed to San Giovanni Rotondo, one of Italy’s most important religious centres, and stage six of the race gave the host nation its first stage victory and pink jersey of 2019. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap another long day in the saddle for the bunch, and welcome the sight of some sunshine after yesterday’s cold rain. Gianni Savio’s star rider Fausto Masnada won the stage, beating Valerio Conte at the finish, although Conti had the significant consolation of taking the race lead from Primoz Roglic. We speculate on how long Conti might keep the jersey now, plus wrap up all the day’s talking points. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 16, 2019
38: Stage 5 | Frascati to Terracina | Giro d’Italia 2019
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The rain fell on the Giro d’Italia peloton more or less the whole way from Frascati to Terracina, meaning a sketchy sprint finish at the end of stage five. Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they attempt to dry out in Terracina as they recap a very wet day and a second stage win for Giro d’Italia debutant Pascal Ackermann of the Bora-Hansgrohe team. We discuss Tom Dumoulin’s departure from the Giro with Dutch journalist Hans Ruggenberg after the 2017 champion and 2018 runner-up withdrew a few kilometres into the stage following his crash yesterday. We speculate on whether Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team may be happy to let the pink jersey go out on loan during tomorrow’s hilly stage to San Giovanni Rotondo and there’s reaction to the doping scandal that forced Bahrain-Merida’s Kristjian Koren out of the race, including an interview with the team’s coach Paolo Slongo. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 15, 2019
1: Padri d'Italia – Cycling and fatherhood | Kilometre 0
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Ten days before the Giro d'Italia started, Conor Dunne became a father for the first time. Having missed out on all the grand tours last season when he was with the soon-to-implode Aqua Blue team, he didn't want to miss the opportunity to ride the Giro d'Italia. But it meant leaving his newborn baby and partner behind. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we ask riders and managers about parenthood in the peloton. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.
May 15, 2019
36: Stage 4 | Orbetello to Frascati | Giro d’Italia 2019
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For the second day in a row, the Giro d’Italia served up crash-related drama in the final half dozen kilometres. Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for a glass of Frascati after the finish of stage four as they discuss who lost and who gained. The stage was won by Movistar’s Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz, who won a stage in impressive style last year. We hear from Australian Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal who was one of only a dozen or so to dodge both late crashes and who set off in pursuit of Carapaz in the final three hundred metres. We ask whether Tom Dumoulin’s crash means the end of not just his Giro d’Italia hopes but his participation in the race, we hear from Team Ineos’s Tao Geogheghan Hart about the time he lost yesterday, Gianni Savio reveals his formation for the stage and we taste some Frascati wine, some wine that’s not Frascati and a local delicacy, a three-breasted honey-bread woman. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 14, 2019
35: Stage 3 | Vinci to Orbetello | Giro d’Italia 2019
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Stage three of the 2019 Giro d’Italia took the riders from the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci to Orbetello, with the wind and threat of rain making the peloton nervous. Join Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Ciro Scognamiglio in Orbetello as they discuss the day’s big controversial moment – the relegation of Italian champion Elia Viviani for irregular sprinting. Viviani’s victory was handed to the second man across the line, Fernando Gaviria. As tears of joy turned to frustration for Viviani’s dad, who was watching in his camper van at the finish, we ask whether it was the right decision. Mario Cipollini’s former lead-out Mario Scirea made a bid to be considered cycling’s Arsene Wenger, claiming not to have seen the incident. We wrap up a tricky day for the overall contenders and their teammates, hearing from Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates and Luke Durbridge and Miguel Angel Lopez’s climbing domestique Dario Cataldo. Gianni Savio reveals his cycling formation, we meet a former refugee turned professional cyclist and much more in a podcast that’s packed despite the relative lack of action in the stage.
May 13, 2019
34: La Grassa - The Fat One | Kilometre 0
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For the Grande Partenza of its 102nd edition, the Giro picked a grand old Italian city: Bologna. Famed for its cuisine, its scholars and the porticos that stage 1 to the Madonna di San Luca showcased in all of their glory, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region sits at the crossroads of Italy. Meanwhile, abroad, it remains best-known for something that didn’t even originate there - spaghetti alla bolognese or, if you want to really wind up the locals, “Spag Bol”. For our first Kilometre 0 of this year’s Corsa Rosa, we went in search of the real Bologna - its cycling and Giro heritage, the people of the city and surrounding regions and, yes, its pasta and ragù sauce. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.
May 13, 2019
33: Stage 2 | Bologna to Fucecchio | Giro d’Italia 2019
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe at their Tuscan agriturismo as they digest the sprint finish at the end of the second stage of the Giro d’Italia. Lionel headed out to the San Baronto climb, described as the Box Hill of Tuscany by Richard, and we hear from Max Sciandri about the hill’s place in Italian cycling history and culture. Caleb Ewan and Pascal Ackermann’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Jens Zemke talk about the German champion’s stage win, we hear from Matt White about Simon Yates’s confidence and from Tom Dumoulin and his sports director Michiel Elijzen about the Dutchman’s performance in the time trial. Plus Richard has a crazy theory about Egan Bernal, Matt White points out an inconvenient historical fact about Primoz Roglic and we reveal details of The Cycling Podcast’s event – which we’re calling the Wold Championships – in Yorkshire later this year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Stage 2 of The Cycling Podcast at the Giro d'Italia is sponsored by Laka. **Laka** is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to [https://www.laka.co.uk](https://www.laka.co.uk) to find out more.
May 12, 2019
32: Stage 1 | Bologna to Bologna San Luca | Giro d’Italia 2019
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Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Bologna for a packed episode of The Cycling Podcast following the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia. The weather forecast predicted rain, which meant the top riders - apart from Simon Yates - started early and gave the day an upside-down feel. The Portico di San Luca may have been the star of the show but the rider who impressed most was Primoz Roglic, who beat Yates by 19 seconds. We discuss the opening stage and what it means for the rest of the race, we ask why Bologna’s nickname is The Fat One and why the city’s mayor wants to rid the world of spaghetti bolognaise. We also hear from the riders who tackled the San Luca climb and Yates about his overall Giro chances. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Stage 1 of the Giro d'italia is sponsored by The Week. The Week, pulls together the best and most interesting news and current affairs articles from over 200 different sources, giving you multiple points of view on the important stories in one place. Try six issues of The Week for free by going to https://theweek.co.uk/offer and using the code CYCLING.
May 11, 2019
31: The Pre-Giro Press Conference
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Richard, Lionel and Daniel answer your questions ahead of the 102nd Giro d'Italia. You can send us WhatsApp audio notes with your questions, observations and Pédaleur de Charme nominations throughout the Giro to +44 7971338205. We'll answer as many as we can in each of the rest day Press Conferences. Not sure how to record a message? [Find out how to send a Whatsapp Audio Message on the WhatsApp website](https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/23684991/). The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **OUR SPONSORS** Rapha's Aero Collection is the most technologically advanced garments we make. Made with a variety of textured fabrics precisely positioned to minimise drag, they make use of six technologies to maximise speed. Find them on [https://rapha.cc](https://rapha.cc) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the [https://Rapha.cc](https://Rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. [https://scienceinsport.com](https://scienceinsport.com) This episode is supported by **Harry’s**. Harry’s have a special offer for Cycling Podcast listeners by offering a Trial Set for £3.95, all you have to do is go to [https://harrys.com/CYCLING](https://harrys.com/CYCLING) **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** If you enjoy what we do and you'd like to access our library of documentary style, feature-length podcasts. Sign up for just £15 on [https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends). You'll get access to over 11 special episodes in 2019. Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/176285), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/thecyclingpodcast), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
May 09, 2019
30: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | May 2019
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May's episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin covers all the racing in April as well as last weekend's Tour de Yorkshire. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore look back on a thrilling Amstel Gold Race, won by Kasia Niewiadoma, who we hear from after her 6th place at Flèche Wallonne a few days later. There is an interview with Lizzie Deignan, who has just returned to the sport after the birth of her daughter. Deignan discusses the challenges facing her and her new team as she starts a new phase of her career, admitting that in her absence the standard of women's racing has improved significantly.  There are also interviews with two of the revelations of the season so far, Annika Langvad and Demi Vollering. Roxane Knetemann, the veteran Dutchwoman, tells us why this will be her final season, and Bob Varney opens up about a difficult period for his Drops team. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The British Heart Foundation are offering all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019 Use the code Brighton5 to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast
May 08, 2019
29: Adam Blythe Interviews Thomas De Gendt
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In the sixth and final episode of Adam Blythe Interviews, presented by The Cycling Podcast, Adam sits down with fellow Lotto-Soudal rider, Thomas De Gendt. De Gendt finished 3rd in the General Classification at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and was once Belgium’s biggest hope for a Grand Tour winner. He has since established himself as a breakaway specialist, winning stages at all three Grand Tours and a handful of week-long stage races including Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Romandie, where this episode was recorded following the time trial prologue. He talks Blythe through his career to date, his unique riding style and what he has in store for 2019. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) This episode is supported by The Week. Join 350,000 people who trust The Week as their essential, curated news source. Try it for yourself with your first 6 issues completely free. Visit [https://theweek.co.uk/offer](https://theweek.co.uk/offer) use offer code: **CYCLING** And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code Brighton5 to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page. [https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast)
May 02, 2019
28: Revelations of the Spring
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After a spring of near-misses in the one-day Classics, Jakob Fuglsang finally crossed the line first to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and to continue an extraordinary run of success by his Astana team. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Fuglsang's transformation in 2019 and look at whether the new finish to La Doyenne made for a more exciting race. Lionel reports back from Belgium, where he watched Flèche Wallonne as well as Liège, while making a new episode for friends of the podcast. While there he also spoke to two Dutch sports directors, Aike Visbeek of Team Sunweb and Addy Engels of Jumbo-Visma, about the other revelation of the spring, Mathieu van der Poel, the winner of last week's Amstel Gold Race.  We also hear from Tao Geoghegan Hart, who won two stages at the Tour of the Alps as his Sky teammate Pavel Sivakov won the race overall.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **OUR SPONSORS** Rapha has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the Rapha website [https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha](https://www.rapha.cc/fr/en/stories/the-cycling-podcast-rapha) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [https://scienceinsport.com](https://scienceinsport.com). Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. This episode is supported by **The Week**. Join 350,000 people who trust The Week as their essential, curated news source. Try it for yourself with your first 6 issues completely free. Visit [https://theweek.co.uk/offer](https://theweek.co.uk/offer) use offer code: **CYCLING** Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/176285), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Apr 30, 2019
27: Van der Poel and the greatest race of all time?
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast looks back at what some have called "the greatest race of all time," Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, won by Dutch superstar Mathieu van der Poel. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe consider this claim in the cold light of the day after, and we hear from Michael Woods, who was in a promising move late in the race. Woods also looks ahead to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where the Canadian finished second last year, the podcast team discuss whether the changes to the course will have a material impact on the race – and, of course, Daniel rattles off his "18 to watch".  And there's an interview with Marc Sergeant, boss of the Lotto-Soudal team, whose Victor Campenaerts beat Bradley Wiggins' world hour record in Mexico last week.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **OUR SPONSORS** Rapha has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) [](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the Rapha website. **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [https://scienceinsport.com](https://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. This episode is supported by Harry's Razors. Harry’s have a special offer for Cycling Podcast listeners by offering a Trial Set for £3.95, all you have to do is go to [https://harrys.com/CYCLING](https://harrys.com/CYCLING) **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** There are two forthcoming Friends Specials, one on the recovery from very serious injuries of Marco Haller and Bernhard Eisel, the other a morning coffee with Patrick Lefevere, boss of the all-conquering Deceuninck-Quick Step team. Sign up for just £15 (or feel free to pay more if you want to support what we do) at [https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://facebook.com/thecyclingpodcast), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Apr 23, 2019
26: Adam Blythe Interviews Owain Doull
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In the fifth episode of Adam Blythe Interviews, presented by The Cycling Podcast, Adam meets Team Sky rider Owain Doull.  Doull is an Olympic gold medallist, a member of Great Britain’s team pursuit squad at the Rio Games, who is in his third year with Sky. He is also one of their standout performers this season with a stage win at the Sun Tour and second at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.  He talks to Blythe about getting serious and whether or not he might return to the track for the Tokyo Olympics. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) This episode is sponsored by DNAFit. Get personal with your health and fitness by unlocking the power of your genetics. Use your DNA to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to health, fitness and wellbeing. Choose workouts and make meal choices to achieve your goals. A 20% discount is available to listeners of The Cycling Podcast, see: [http://www.dnafit.com/TCP](http://www.dnafit.com/TCP) And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code **Brighton5** to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page. [https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast)
Apr 18, 2019
25: Gilbert ages like wine
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast is all about **Paris-Roubaix**, where **Philippe Gilbert** almost completed his collection of monuments, sprinting to his fourth (of five) in the old Roubaix Velodrome. Richard Moore was there and he reports from the start in **Compiègne** and the track centre in Roubaix, where he spoke to **Marco Haller**, a strong teammate to runner-up **Nils Politt**, and **Bernhard Eisel**, as he recovered from finishing his 16th Paris-Roubaix. We also hear from **Patrick Lefevere** and **Dirk Demol** of the two dominant teams, **Deceuninck-Quick Step** and **Katusha-Alpecin**, and there's an appearance by the podcast's favourite Italian, **Ciro Scognamiglio. ** Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe join Richard to analyse Paris-Roubaix and discuss Gilbert's standing in cycling's pantheon of greats. They also look back on last week's **Tour of the Basque Country** and ahead to Sunday's **Amstel Gold Race**. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/ [](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the [Rapha website.](https://rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [https://scienceinsport.com](https://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. This episode is sponsored by **The Week**, which pulls together the best and most interesting news and current affairs articles from over 200 different sources, giving you multiple points of view on the important stories in one place. Try six issues of The Week for free by going to [https://theweek.co.uk/offer](https://theweek.co.uk/offer) and using the code **CYCLING**. **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** There are two forthcoming Friends Specials, one on the recovery from very serious injuries of Marco Haller and Bernhard Eisel, the other a morning coffee with Patrick Lefevere, boss of the all-conquering Deceuninck-Quick Step team. Sign up for just £15 (or feel free to pay more if you want to support what we do) at [https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/176285/), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](http://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Apr 15, 2019
24: Adam Blythe Interviews Tim Harris
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In the latest episode of Adam Blythe Interviews, the Lotto-Soudal professional meets Tim Harris, a former rider and mentor to many riders. Harris was the British road race champion in 1989 and enjoyed a long career with British, Dutch, Belgian, French and Portuguese teams. Now based in Belgium, he looks after young riders who dream of turning pro – and 12 years ago, one of these young hopefuls was Blythe. The pair recount their inauspicious first meeting and Blythe's early experiences of racing in Belgium, as well as Harris's own career.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) This episode is sponsored by DNAFit. Get personal with your health and fitness by unlocking the power of your genetics. Use your DNA to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to health, fitness and wellbeing. Choose workouts and make meal choices to achieve your goals. A 20% discount is available to listeners of The Cycling Podcast, see: [http://www.dnafit.com/TCP](http://www.dnafit.com/TCP) And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code Brighton5 to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page. [https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast)
Apr 11, 2019
23: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | April 2019
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The April episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from the Tour of Flanders, where Marta Bastianelli continued her strong start to the season with victory over Annemiek van Vleuten and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore report from Oudenaarde as they recap all the recent Women's World Tour races. There are also interviews with the top three from Flanders, as well as Lisa Brennauer, Chantal Blaak and Lorena Wiebes.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) Sponsoring this episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is Laka. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to [https://www.laka.co.uk](https://www.laka.co.uk) to find out more. Harry’s have a special offer for Cycling Podcast Féminin listeners by offering a Trial Set for £3.95, all you have to do is go to [https://harrys.com/CYCLING](https://harrys.com/CYCLING) And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code **Brighton5** to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast
Apr 10, 2019
22: Bettiol leaves them trailing at Flanders
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Before Sunday, Alberto Bettiol had not won a professional bike race. The Tour of Flanders was some way to get off the mark. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the EF Education First rider's surprise victory and ask how he was able to stay clear of the star-packed chasing group from the top of the Oude Kwaremont all the way to the finish line. We hear from his sports director Andreas Klier and team-mate Sebastian Langeveld about how they pulled it off. Then we turn our attention to Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. Daniel unveils his now regular list of top 18 favourites and we hear Taylor Phinney's unique take on things. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the [Rapha website](http://www.rapha.cc). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](http://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. We're very happy to welcome our new episode sponsors, **The Week**, which pulls together the best and most interesting news and current affairs articles from over 200 different sources, giving you multiple points of view on the important stories in one place. Try six issues of The Week for free by going to [theweek.co.uk/offer](http://theweek.co.uk/offer) and using the code **CYCLING**. **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Our latest Friends of the Podcast episode asks why Team Sky have failed to shine at the Tour of Flanders, with Luke Rowe's fifth place their best result in nine attempts so far. This is the fourth Friends of the Podcast episode of 2019 with at least seven more to come. Sign up for just £15 (or feel free to pay more if you want to support what we do) at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/the-cycling-podcast-176285), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Apr 09, 2019
21: Adam Blythe Interviews Tiesj Benoot
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In the third episode of Adam Blythe Interviews… Adam meets his Lotto-Soudal teammate Tiesj Benoot, the winner in 2018 of an epic edition of Strade Bianche and one of the favourites for his home race, the Tour of Flanders, this Sunday. The pair were speaking just 48 hours after Ghent-Wevelgem and the day before Dwars door Vlaanderen, where Benoot made the winning move and finished fifth.  A relaxed Benoot tells Blythe about how he started cycling, his win at Strade Bianche, his studies at Ghent University and his hopes for the world championship road race in Yorkshire later this year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the Science in Sport website. This episode is sponsored by DNAFit. Get personal with your health and fitness by unlocking the power of your genetics. Use your DNA to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to health, fitness and wellbeing. Choose workouts and make meal choices to achieve your goals. A 20% discount is available to listeners of The Cycling Podcast, see: [**http://www.dnafit.com/TCP**](https://www.dnafit.com/TCP) And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code **Brighton5** to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not [sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our Just Giving page.](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast)
Apr 04, 2019
20: Flanders fine tuning and moon racing
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The races leading up to Sunday's Tour of Flanders always offer some clues as to which teams and riders are in the best shape to contend on the cobbled hills. Richard Moore returns from Belgium to discuss Gent-Wevelgem with Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe and look ahead to the Tour of Flanders. We also hear from Allan Peiper, sports director of UAE Team Emirates, about Alexander Kristoff's tactics on the Kemmelberg and how he set himself up to win the race. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** Rapha has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the [Rapha website](http://www.rapha.cc). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](http://scienceinsport.com) Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING** to **78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Our latest Friends of the Podcast episode asks why Team Sky have failed to shine at the Tour of Flanders, with Luke Rowe's fifth place their best result in nine attempts so far. This is the fourth Friends of the Podcast episode of 2019 with at least seven more to come. Sign up for just £15 (or feel free to pay more if you want to support what we do) at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/the-cycling-podcast-176285), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Apr 02, 2019
18: Adam Blythe Interviews Luke Rowe
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**Adam Blythe Interviews** is a new six-part series by The Cycling Podcast. In each episode Adam will interview a significant figure from the world of professional cycling. In this episode, he sits down with Team Sky's Luke Rowe – who Blythe has known since they were both young children discovering bike racing. In this informal conversation, Rowe talks about life at Team Sky, the other teams who were interested in him when he was about to turn pro, and the terrible leg break he suffered on his brother's stag do that almost jeopardised his career. **Adam Blythe** has ridden for some of the world's top teams, including BMC, Orica-GreenEdge, Tinkoff and Lotto-Soudal. He was the British road race champion in 2016 and won the London-Surrey Classic in 2014. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport** **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website](http://www.scienceinsport.com). This episode is sponsored by **DNAFit**. Get personal with your health and fitness by unlocking the power of your genetics. Use your DNA to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to health, fitness and wellbeing. Choose workouts and make meal choices to achieve your goals. A 20% discount is available to listeners of The Cycling Podcast, see: [http://www.dnafit.com/TCP](http://www.dnafit.com/TCP) And The Cycling Podcast has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to offer all listeners £5 off the entry fee for the London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 16\. The Cycling Podcast will also be entering a team, with Lionel and Richard joined by photographer Simon and some of the production team to ride the 54-mile event. Be part of the peloton for one of Britain's oldest charity rides by registering here: [https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019](https://www.bhf.org.uk/l2b2019) Use the code **Brighton5** to get £5 off the entry fee. If you can't ride, why not sponsor The Cycling Podcast team on our [Just Giving page.](https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Cycling-Podcast)
Mar 28, 2019
17: Alaphilippe extends his winning run to Sanremo
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe dissect the first one-day Monument of the season, Milan-Sanremo. The race was won Deceuninck-Quick Step's Julian Alaphilippe, who has been in blistering form this spring. The Frenchman outwitted a group that contained world champion's past and present, on the road and in cyclo-cross, grand tour champions and the European champion. And yet Richard suggests Alaphilippe won in spite of his tactics, not because of them… We also discuss the departure of Sir Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire following allegations over his expenses claims and behaviour. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the Rapha website. **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING** to **78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. Our latest episode is called Opening Weekend and focuses on the first cobbled Classic of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will release at least eight more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our [website](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends). Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/the-cycling-podcast-176285), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Mar 26, 2019
16: Adam Blythe Interviews Caleb Ewan
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**Adam Blythe Interviews** is a new six-part series by The Cycling Podcast. In each episode Adam will interview a significant figure from the world of professional cycling and the first one finds him in wide-ranging conversation with his Lotto-Soudal teammate Caleb Ewan. Ewan is the Australian sprinter who will line up at Milan-Sanremo on Saturday as one of the favourites having finished second on his debut last year. In his interview with Blythe, Ewan discusses his early years in cycling and reveals that he came close to signing for Team Sky and that he hasn't always been a pure sprinter. **Adam Blythe** has ridden for some of the world's top teams, including BMC, Orica-GreenEdge, Tinkoff and Lotto-Soudal. He was the British road race champion in 2016 and won the London-Surrey Classic in 2014. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport** **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com. Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Go to the [Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) This episode is sponsored by **DNAFit.** Get personal with your health and fitness by unlocking the power of your genetics. Use your DNA to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to health, fitness and wellbeing. Choose workouts and make meal choices to achieve your goals. A 20% discount is available to listeners of The Cycling Podcast, see: **[http://www.dnafit.com/TCP](http://www.dnafit.com/TCP)**
Mar 21, 2019
15: Order! Order! Team Sky becomes Team Ineos
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast kicks off with confirmation that Team Sky will become Team Ineos in time for the Tour de Yorkshire at the end of next month. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the deal that has saved Team Sky's Dave Brailsford, their riders and staff months of uncertainty and speculation over their future and, arguably, could make the team even stronger. It's also been a busy week of racing with two World Tour stage races and some exciting, aggressive action. We discuss Paris-Nice, which was won by Team Sky's young Colombian Egan Bernal. The Race to the Sun also featured two sprint victories for Ireland's Sam Bennett – but will that change Bora-Hansgrohe's minds when it comes to selecting their team for the Giro d'Italia? And was Simon Yates's time trial victory actually a surprise? Meanwhile, in Italy Julian Alaphilippe catapulted his name up the list of favourites for Saturday's Milan-Sanremo by outfoxing the sprinters and climbers in the space of a few days. In the third part, Daniel rattles off his list of 18 potential Milan-Sanremo winners and we discuss what the early season races tell us about the opening Monument of the season. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](http://rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the [Rapha website](https://www.rapha.cc/GB/en/search/all?text=pedaleur). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](http://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. Go to the Science in Sport [website](http://scienceinsport.com). This episode is sponsored by Harry's. To get your trial razor set for £3.95, go to [Harrys.com/cycling](http://Harrys.com/cycling). You get a ergonomic weighted handle, five-blade cartridge set, foaming shave gel and travel blade cover. Be smooth like the Buffalo, not scruffy like the other two. **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. Our latest episode is called Opening Weekend and focuses on the first cobbled Classic of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will release at least eight more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our [website](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends). Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Mar 20, 2019
14: The Cycling Podcast Féminin March 2019
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The March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore, includes the latest racing news, including the first event of the Women's World Tour, Strade Bianche, won by a resurgent Annemiek van Vleuten. There's an interview with Nicole Hanselmann, the Swiss rider who had to stop when, during her solo escape, she caught the men's field at Het Nieuwsblad. It was a story that made international headlines, but Hanselmann tells us what actually happened. Orla meets Jip van den Bos, the young Dutchwoman who rides for Boels-Dolmans and was the recent winner of Le Samyn des Dames.  And there's a tribute to Kelly Catlin, whose tragic death has shocked the cycling world. The 23-year-old, a world champion and Olympic silver medallist, was an early guest on the podcast. We revisit her interview and hear a tribute from her former coach, Andy Sparks.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](https://rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes on the Rapha website. **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at scienceinsport.com Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. [Go to the Science in Sport website.](https://scienceinsport.com) **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING to 78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. Our latest episode is called Opening Weekend and focuses on the first cobbled Classic of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will release at least eight more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our website. Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://facebook.com/the-cycling-podcast), [Instagram](Https://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Mar 15, 2019
13: Gravel roads and crosswinds
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Italian one-day race Strade Bianche, which takes the peloton across the dusty white roads of Tuscany and into the glorious centre of Siena. Julian Alaphilippe continued Deceuninck-Quick Step's incredible run of one-day race victories, beating Jakob Fuglsang at the finish with Wout Van Aert – the revelation of last year's race – in third. We compare Strade Bianche to the other Classics and ask whether it deserves to be considered as cycling's 'sixth' Monument. Then we turn our attentions to the opening couple of days of Paris-Nice, won by Dylan Groenewegen and shaped by vicious crosswinds. And Richard casually drops in the biggest news of the week concerning Team Sky's search for a replacement sponsor in the third part, so keep listening. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes [on the Rapha website](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/search/all?text=P%C3%A9daleur+de+charme). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](http://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING** to **78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. Our latest episode is called Opening Weekend and focuses on the first cobbled Classic of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will release at least eight more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our [website](http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends). Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Mar 13, 2019
12: Deceuninck's opening weekend double
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A packed episode of The Cycling Podcast tackles all the latest stories from the world of professional cycling. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss all the talking points from the 'Opening Weekend' in Flanders. Deceuninck-Quick Step's Zdenek Stybar and Bob Jungels gave them a double taste of victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which Florian Sénéchal made three at Le Samyn on Tuesday. We dissect the racing and hear from Dylan Teuns, who was fifth in Saturday's race. We also discuss the issue of the women's Het Nieuwsblad being paused and neutralised because the breakaway rider Nicole Hanselmann caught the back of the men's race, and weigh up the controversy over the promotional poster for the E3 Binck Bank Classic. In the second part we discuss the breaking blood doping story centring on Austria which has so far caught Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler. We hear from Jim Ochowicz, the manager of the CCC team Denifl was supposed to join this year before cancelling his contract for personal reasons. We ask what does this blood doping operation say about the state of the sport now? **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** has just launched its new custom kit giving you the chance to design your own Rapha kit. Begin your journey now. Choose from the varied set of templates, pick your colours and add your logos. Make your mark with Rapha Custom at [www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/custom/) **Pédaleur de Charme** Pédaleur and pédaleuse de charme t-shirts, caps, and jerseys are in back stock in all sizes [here on the Rapha website.](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/search/all?text=Pédaleur+de+charme) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](http://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. We are delighted to welcome our episode sponsors this week – **Laka**. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to [www.laka.co.uk](http://www.laka.co.uk) to find out more. If you are new to Laka, you can get a £10 credit by signing up today with the discount code 'podcast'. **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** We have just launched our third Friends of the Podcast special episode of the 2019 season. Following our epic Grand Tour Diaries audiobook and our behind-the-scenes look at Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky, Lionel returns to Flanders for Opening Weekend. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Mar 07, 2019
11: Tejay's Tour ambitions
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In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast there are interviews with Tejay van Garderen, looking to re-boot his career with EF-Education First, and his teammate Sep Vanmarcke, the former winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Belgian race that kicks off the cobbled classics season this weekend. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss the latest racing in Spain, Algarve and the Middle East. Simon Yates managed an eye-catching performance on the bike, winning a stage of the Ruta del Sol in spectacular fashion. The Vuelta a España winner grabbed attention off the bike, too, with an interview in the Spanish media in which he admitted that the Tour de France holds no real appeal for him. The Giro d'Italia is Yates's main focus this season. While Van Garderen tells us why general classification will remain his priority in stage races, Daniel serves up his definitive 18-man list of 'riders most likely to win a Grand Tour before the end of their career,' and Lionel looks ahead to another Het Nieuwsblad, 20 years after his first.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **OUR SPONSORS ** **Rapha** have launched their limited edition range of flyweight jerseys inspired by cycling's heartlands and new frontiers. Each design features the country's colours on the sleeve. Choose from Italy, France, Norway, USA, Japan and more at [rapha.cc](https://rapha.cc) The World’s Finest Cycling Clothing and Accessories | Rapha **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](https://scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by **texting CYCLING to 78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. We will release at least nine more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend [on our website.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).
Feb 28, 2019
10: Astana on fire
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There’s a lot of recent racing to cover in the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast, presented by Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe with Lionel Birnie in his sick bed. They discuss the astonishing run by Astana, who have dominated the early season, the Tour Colombia 2.1, which showcased the host country’s talent and its passion for the sport, and Team Sky’s hunt for a replacement sponsor. Will the British team continue with a Colombian backer? Reports last week suggested so — but they were perhaps premature. We also discuss UAE Team Emirates, a team that has under-performed the last couple of seasons but which has made some new signings and had an overhaul of the backroom staff to try and address that. We hear from Jeroen Swart, their new medical director, about the changes and plans for 2019\. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS Rapha** have launched their limited edition range of flyweight jerseys inspired by cycling's heartlands and new frontiers. Each design features the country's colours on the sleeve. Choose from Italy, France, Norway, USA, Japan and more at [rapha.cc](http://www.rapha.cc). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [scienceinsport.com](http://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING** to **78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. We will release at least nine more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our website [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Join us on [Strava](https://www.strava.com/clubs/thecyclingpodcast), [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) and [Twitter](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast).**
Feb 21, 2019
9: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 32
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The February episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin includes interviews with cyclo-cross world championship silver medallist Lucinda Brand, Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald and the recently retired Dani Rowe.  Orla Chennaoui, Richard Moore and Rose Manley discuss the latest news, including a thrilling women’s race at the cyclo-cross worlds in Denmark. Brand suffered a late mishap when she collided in the pits with her father during a clumsy bike change. She tells us that she has already put that disappointment behind her as she focuses on the road season. Archibald shares her plans for 2019, in which she might ride as a ‘privateer’ rather than for one of the leading road teams. And Rowe explains why she made the surprising decision to retire at the end of last season, her best on the road.  “I feel privileged to go out on my own terms, in a really good mental place with the sport,” says Rowe. “I don’t look at a bike and think, I never want to ride a bike again. I still love it. I haven’t been told I’m not good enough and I haven’t had an injury that’s forced me out of the sport.”  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by [Rapha](https://rapha.cc) and [Science in Sport.](https://scienceinsport.com) Harry’s have a special offer for Cycling Podcast Féminin listeners by offering a Trial Set for £3.95, all you have to do is go to Harrys.com/CYCLING To get 25% off Science in Sport products, go to scienceinsport.com and enter the code SISCP25 at the checkout.
Feb 18, 2019
8: Cavendish on the comeback trail
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This week's episode of The Cycling Podcast tackles all the biggest stories from the world of professional cycling and features an exclusive interview with Mark Cavendish, who is seeking to return to his best after almost 18 months laid low with Epstein-Barr virus. In the first part, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the week's racing, discuss the reports that Dave Brailsford has met with the president of Colombia to talk about the future of Team Sky after the broadcasting giant pulls out at the end of the year. We also ask whether the on-going controversy over Dr Richard Freeman and his latest no-show at a General Medical Council hearing into the delivery of testosterone to British Cycling HQ when he was a doctor there will affect the team's search for a sponsor. Then we hear Daniel's exclusive conversation with Cavendish, who headed to Majorca to train for his second race of the season. On the island he can vary his training, heading into the hills but also honing his speed at the velodrome. It's a year and a few days since Cavendish last crossed the line ahead of everyone else but despite going so long without a victory he was in typically pugnacious mood, insisting that he can still win at the top level. Cavendish talks about the struggle to diagnose and then recover from the virus. "It's been reported a lot that I've had two bouts of mononucleosis. The evidence suggests it wasn't two bouts, it was the same bout," he said. "I never got over it the first time. That's hard to explain to people. It makes it look like I'm not very resilient, whereas it was completely mismanaged. It's damaged my career for sure, and perhaps my legacy, which makes me angry, but all I can do is my best." **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** Rapha is marking the 15th anniversary of Marco Pantani's death with a special pink jersey dedicated to the memory of il Pirata. That, and the book Pantani Was A God by Marco Pastonesi, are available now at [Rapha.cc](http://Rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](http://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. We are delighted to welcome our episode sponsors this week – **Laka**. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to [www.laka.co.uk](http://www.laka.co.uk) to find out more. If you are new to Laka, you can get a £10 credit by signing up today with the discount code 'podcast'. **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** We'd like to thank everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019\. Your support keeps these episodes free for all to enjoy. The second of our 11 special episodes is online now. It's called Jumbo-Visma: Chasing Sky and takes us behind the scenes at the Dutch team that has quietly evolved into a serious contender for the Grand Tours. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](http://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Feb 13, 2019
7: Katusha-Alpecin's reboot
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stories thrown up by the early season stage races before focusing on Katusha-Alpecin's attempts to recover from a poor season in 2018. The Swiss team with the Russian origins had a torrid year, collecting just five wins. Marcel Kittel, their expensive marquee signing from Quick Step, failed to reproduce his winning form. The German sprinter managed only two victories all season, both at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. Kittel is already off the mark this season, having won the Trofeo Palma in Majorca. We hear from Katusha-Alpecin's sports director José Azevedo about how the team hopes to improve dramatically and from their riders Ian Boswell and Harry Tanfield, who turned professional for them this season. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport **SPONSORS** **Rapha** have launched their limited edition range of flyweight jerseys inspired by cycling's heartlands and new frontiers. Each design features the country's colours on the sleeve. Choose from Italy, France, Norway, USA, Japan and more at [rapha.cc](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/limited-edition-jerseys/category/country-jersey-collection). **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](http://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out. **The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLING** to **78070** **FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries and our first episode on the Dutch Jumbo-Visma's attempts to close the gap to Team Sky now. We will release at least nine more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend on our website [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Feb 07, 2019
6: The disruptors from 'Derbados'
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