The Cycling Podcast

By Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

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Patrick Logan
 May 24, 2019
the best podcast. I love the Buffalo, Napalm and TV's Daniel Friebe. not forgetting the inimitable Ciro Scongamilio

Tim David
 May 23, 2019

Graeme
 Apr 9, 2019
Fantastic podcasts. The Cycling Podcast Feminin is also a great listen


 Apr 8, 2019

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 Feb 3, 2019
Informed and occasionally humorous.

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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. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://rapha.cc) and Science in Sport (http://scienceinsport.com/).

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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. 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 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. To check out their range go to www.hansgrohe.com (https://www.hansgrohe.com/) 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. 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 https://www.scienceinsport.com by entering the discount code SISCP25 This episode is supported by Laka, the community-driven insurance model to ensure all your bikes and equipment are covered wherever you go. To find out more check out www.laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/)
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. To check out their range go to www.hansgrohe.com (https://www.hansgrohe.com/)
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) Wattbike Our Tour de France stage two coverage is sponsored by Wattbike. If you live in the UK you can get a £100 Sigma Sport voucher with every Wattbike Atom purchased before July 31. Go to www.wattbike.com/TCP100 (https://wattbike.com/gb/tcp100) and use the code TCP100.
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 Teunissen 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. 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) The Economist If you would like to get a free print copy of The Economist, text the word CYCLING to 78070.
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
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
60: 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
57: 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
50: 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 Aderlass doping investigation shifting its focus. We’ve got it all covered. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. The music for this episode is by Amaraterra (http://amaraterra.bandcamp.com) .
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
47: 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
44: 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
40: 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
37: 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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This episode of The Cycling Podcast features an extended interview by Richard Moore with Dan Bigham, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper and Jonathan Wale of the Huub Wattbike team that has been ruffling feathers on the track. At the weekend, they won the national team pursuit title and their rider John Archibald rode a 4-09 in the 4,000-metre individual pursuit, which gives him the second and third fastest times in history as well as the fastest at sea level. Richard hears how the self-styled disruptors from the People's Republic of Derbados – or Derby as it's more commonly known – are taking a maverick yet scientific approach to going as fast as possible. They explain why they are aiming high and hope to break the world team pursuit, individual pursuit and Hour Records in the next couple of years. They also explain why their route to World and Olympic medals might be more complicated. It's a fascinating listen. We also recap what's been going on in the world of professional cycling as the 2019 road season begins to get going. And we discuss Iljo Keisse's inappropriate gesture when posing for a photograph which led to his disqualification from the Vuelta a San Juan for bringing the event into disrepute. Finally in this bumper episode – and continuing the track racing theme – we hear from Lotto-Soudal's Victor Campenaerts about his plan to tackle Bradley Wiggins's Hour Record. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** have begun to unveil additions to their 2019 range, including their Explore shoes, which are perfect for bikepacking, and a range designed by the legendary Paul Smith. [**Rapha.cc**](www.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](www.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 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](thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Jan 31, 2019
5: Deja vu Down Under
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In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast the regular hosts, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, discuss the first World Tour race of the 2019 season, the Tour Down Under, won by South African Daryl Impey. There are interviews with Tim Declercq of Deceunink-Quick-Step and Pascal Eenkhoorn of Team Jumbo-Visma. Declercq discusses the prospects of his new teammate, Remco Evenepoel, the 18-year-old sensation who is set to make his professional debut at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina. Eeckhoorn, just 21, is another exciting talent and the Dutchman is about to start his second season having won two races in his first. In the final part we hear from Petr Vakoc, the Czech rider who was hit by a vehicle while training in South Africa a year ago. Vakoc suffered terrible injuries but now, after a full year out, he is poised to return to racing in Argentina. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport **SPONSORS** **Rapha** have released the third episode of Gone Racing, behind the scenes with EF-Education First. EF Gone Racing | Rapha **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](https://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 now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Jan 24, 2019
4: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 31
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The first Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2019 includes interviews with new Trek-Segafredo recruit Abi Van Twisk, Canyon-SRAM’s Hannah Barnes and retired rider Iris Slappendel. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the Women’s Tour Down Under, won by Amanda Spratt, where Trek-Segafredo got off to a flyer thanks to Letizia Paternoster’s success on stage one. After a difficult season, Barnes opens up about some of the challenges of being a professional, and Slappendel discusses what she is doing, as one of the driving forces behind the Cyclists’ Alliance, to try and improve conditions for female riders.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport [Harry’s](https://harrys.com/CYCLING) 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](https://harrys.com/CYCLING) To get 25% off [Science in Sport](https://scienceinsport.com) products, go to scienceinsport.com and enter the code SISCP25 at the checkout.
Jan 22, 2019
3: A fresh start for Caleb Ewan and a reboot for Bob Jungels
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The 2019 road racing season is underway in Australia and Caleb Ewan got off to the perfect start, winning the People's Choice Classic, his first race in Lotto-Soudal colours before the Tour Down Under began. We hear from Ewan about how he hopes to return to peak form after a disappointing final year with Mitchelton-Scott where his sprinting ambitions got squeezed out as the team focused on their Grand Tour prospects instead. We also hear from Deceuninck-Quick Step's Bob Jungels. The Luxembourg champion won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in stunning fashion last April and built his summer around the Tour de France. He talks about the tension that crept in and how the experience of riding the Tour became almost suffocating at times. Now he wants to return to the Giro d'Italia and rediscover the joy of racing for a high place in the overall classification. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS Rapha** will unveil the new EF Education First jersey at the first World Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under. [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [www.scienceinsport.com](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 **CYCLE** 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 now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Jan 17, 2019
2: Dumoulin's Giro ambitions
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Join Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe as The Cycling Podcast returns for the 2019 season with a look at Team Sunweb and Tom Dumoulin's plans for the Grand Tours. We hear from the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion about why he's focusing on the Italian Grand Tour this season. We also hear from Team Sunweb's trainer Hendrik Werner and new signing Nicolas Roche. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.** **OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** will unveil the new EF Education First jersey at the first World Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under. [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [www.scienceinsport.com](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 CYCLE 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 now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
Jan 10, 2019
1: Explore | Episode 7 | Riding and racing
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We kick off 2019 with the seventh and final episode of Explore, our series looking at the worlds of bikepacking, endurance and ultra endurance riding. Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop are joined by Richard Moore to look back at the highlights of the series and look forward to the way the world's of professional racing and endurance events may collide in future. We hear from Simon Mottram, the founder and boss of Rapha, who are attempting to alter the relationship between riding and racing with their sponsorship of the EF Education First World Tour team. How does Mottram see things evolving in the future? And we speak to EF Education First's new signing Lachlan Morton, who turned pro for the team when they were Garmin-Sharp, slipped out of the World Tour and, to a degree, lost his passion for the sport before rediscovering it, partly thanks to a bikepacking trip in Australia. Lotto-Soudal pro riders Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt set off on their own unsupported ride at the end of the season. They undertook the ultimate commute – riding home from 'work' after their final World Tour race, Il Lombardia, crossing Europe and arriving home in Belgium. And we hear from Laurens Ten Dam who has kept his love of cycling alive with regular rides outside his usual diet of racing and training. Plus there's Hannah's experiences of the granddady of the cyclo-sportives, the Etape du Tour in the summer, Hannah and Producer Tom give an update on their Festive 500 attempts, and Lionel comes up with a mad-cap twist on luxury bikepacking as his target for 2019. That brings our debut season of Explore to a conclusion – we'll return with more adventures later in the year. Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha, Science In Sport and The Economist. **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code SISCP25 at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE to 78070**
Jan 01, 2019
161: Christmas drinks with Dan Lloyd
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December 23 | Our 161st and final free-to-air episode of 2018 is a twist on the semi-regular Lunch With series. Join Lionel Birnie for Christmas drinks with Dan Lloyd. Lionel met Dan at the Dancing Man Brewery in Southampton for a beer, a bite to eat and a conversation about his life and career. Okay, these were early Christmas drinks – recorded in mid-November but the Christmas decorations were up. Dan started cycling riding a mountain bike, switched to the road and made steady progress towards a professional career at the very top level. He rode the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France for Cervélo but many people now will know him as one of the lead presenters on Global Cycling Network. Also in this episode we thank everyone who has helped us on The Cycling Podcast this year. From producers to sponsors and everyone else who contributes in some way to keeping podcast show on the road, we are very grateful. Most of all, thank you to our listeners. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Cycling Podcast will return on New Year's Day with the seventh – bonus – episode of the Explore series before regular coverage of professional cycling resumes in early January. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.** **THANK YOU TO OUR EPISODE SPONSORS 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 [beer52.com/cycle](www.beer52.com/cycle)
Dec 23, 2018
160: Explore | Episode 6 | Remembering Mike Hall + Riding Around the World
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December 21 | Episode 6 This episode of Explore tells two stories. In the first half, Lionel Birnie travels to mid-Wales to meet Anna Haslock, race director of the Transcontinental Race and partner of the late Mike Hall, who founded the event. It brings the debut series of Explore full circle. In episode one we met James Hayden, winner of the Transcontinental Race two years running, and in episode two we spoke to Rupert Guinness, who was riding the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when Mike was killed. Mike's influence has been felt far and wide in the world of endurance cycling. Mike inspired so many people in the world of bikepacking, so we wanted to find out more about his life and legacy. In part two, we hear from the current round the world record holders. Jenny Graham has recenly become the fastest woman to ride round the world, riding unsupported, and taking 124 days. And Mark Beaumont is the fastest man to ride round the world, completing his supported ride in 78 days in 2017\. This sixth episode of Explore is not the end of the debut season – Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop will be back on January 1 with a bonus seventh episode. **Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.** **RUNNING ORDER** **Part 1:** Anna Haslock, race director of the Transcontinental Race on the event and Mike Hall's life and legacy. **Part 2:** (from 52:00) Around the world with record-breakers Jenny Graham and Mark Beaumont. **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Dec 21, 2018
159: The end of Team Sky
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at London's Soho Theatre to discuss the news that Sky's sponsorship of the cycling team will come to an end in December 2019. We reflect on Team Sky's nine years in the peloton, ask what the tenth season has in store and discuss what this means for Dave Brailsford and his star riders Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski and Egan Bernal. But more broadly we ask what this means for professional cycling and get the views of some rival team bosses, Richard Plugge at LottoNL-Jumbo, Marc Sergeant at Lotto-Soudal and Jose Azevedo at Katusha-Alpecin. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is also sponsored by Harry's razors. To get your trial Harry's razor set go to [www.harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) Listeners can also get 25% off Science In Sport products by entering the discount code SISCP25 when checking out at [www.scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com)
Dec 18, 2018
158: Explore | Episode 5 | The TransAtlantic Way
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December 14 | Episode 5 This episode of Explore with Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop focuses on the TransAtlantic Way in Ireland featuring two riders who took part this year, Laura Scott and Simon Gill. The TransAtlantic Way is an unsupported ride that goes from Dublin to Derry (with riders choosing their own route for the first leg) before following the Wild Atlantic Way all the way round the west coast of Ireland finishing near Cork in the south of the country. Laura Scott has taken on self endurance rides, both supported and unsupported and in her interview with Hannah, she talks about how her attempt at the TransAm – which crosses the USA – got off to a disastrous start and how she had to ride through the pain barrier for another 2,500 kilometres before having to scratch. Her next big unsupported ride was the TransAtlantic Way in Ireland. She talks about what drew her into the world of endurance cycling, how she sets her targets and the ups and downs along the way. We also hear from her coach Dean Downing – former national criterium champion – about how to prepare for an endurance ride. And Adrian O'Sullivan, the organiser of the TransAtlantic Way, explains why he now describes his event as a ride rather than a race. Simon Gill – better known to listeners of The Cycling Podcast as Simon the Photographer – also rode the TransAtlantic Way and we hear his thoughts on the event recorded while on the road and with the benefit of hindsight. **Explore is supported by Rapha, Science In Sport and The Economist.** **RUNNING ORDER** **Part 1:** Laura Scott on her experiences in the TransAm and TransAtlantic Way featuring contributions from TransAtlantic Way organiser Adrian O'Sullivan and Laura's coach, ex-pro rider Dean Downing. **Part 2:** (from 1:10:00) Simon Gill's adventures round Ireland with a mostly unused tent. **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.sciencesport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Dec 14, 2018
157: Bennett’s dilemma and Kennaugh’s return
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The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast features interviews with Sam Bennett and Peter Kennaugh as Daniel spends a day in Mallorca with the Bora-Hansgrohe team.  There’s also discussion of the news that Sky will be pulling out of sponsoring Team Sky at the end of 2019, with a more in-depth episode covering this story to come next week.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can claim a free print copy of The Economist by texting **BIKES to 78070** Claim a free case of eight craft beers from Beer52 for just the cost of postage by going to [https://www.beer52.com/CYCLE](https://www.beer52.com/CYCLE) For 25% off Science in Sport products enter the code SISCP25 at [https://www.scienceinsport.com](https://www.scienceinsport.com)
Dec 12, 2018
156: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | In conversation with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
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The December episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is presented by Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui and features an in-depth interview with one of the world's top riders, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. The South African has just had her best season, which included placing second at the Giro Rosa and Flèche Wallonne, and Richard met her at her home on the outskirts of Banyoles in Catalonia.  Moolman Pasio will change teams in 2019, joining Marianne Vos at CCC after several years with Cervelo-Bigla, and she explains why it was important to challenge herself by leaving what had become a comfort zone. She also talks about her journey into cycling, how it helped her confidence and self-esteem, and about the exciting plans she and her husband have to turn their sprawling new home into a state-of-the-art cycling centre. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport Listeners to The Cycling Podcast Féminin can claim a free print copy of The Economist by texting **BIKES** to **78070** Claim a free case of eight craft beers from Beer52 for just the cost of postage by going to [https://www.beer52.com/CYCLE](https://www.beer52.com/CYCLE) For 25% off Science in Sport products enter the code **SISCP25** at [https://www.scienceinsport.com](https://www.scienceinsport.com)
Dec 10, 2018
155: Explore | Episode 4 | Lionel's Low Route with Ned Boulting
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December 7 | Episode 4 After the incredible feats we've covered in the first three episodes of Explore, it's time for a bit of a gear change this time as we discover the joy of cycling and the way a journey on two wheels can develop (and sometimes test) a friendship. Lionel's Low Route is the antidote to the Haute Route, which tackles every mountain on the horizon. Carefully plotting a two-and-a-half day ride across some of England's flattest countryside, Lionel set off with television commentator and author Ned Boulting to prove that there can be a luxury end of the bikepacking spectrum. With Ned on his heavy commuting bike with luggage (some of it Lionel's!), and Lionel on his carbon-fibre Look, and joined by Passepartout Simon Gill, they set off for the inaugural Cambridge-Southwold-Cambridge Classic to talk cycling and much more. We also hear from professional riders Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse, who set off on their own unsupported bike ride – the No Go Tour – when their Aqua Blue Sport team folded on the eve of the Tour of Britain. They talk about the ups and downs of going on a multi-day ride with a friend. And in the final part of a bumper episode, Richard Moore meets the inspirational Ishbel Holmes, who you may know as @WorldBikeGirl on Twitter. She's the author of the book Me, My Bike and A Street Dog Called Lucy. She set off with next to no money, and very little long-distance cycling experience, to ride round the world. The journey started as a trip to recover some money owed to her by the Iranian Cycling Federation, but turned into something quite different. It's a story that has to be heard to be believed. **Explore is supported by Rapha, Science In Sport and The Economist.** **RUNNING ORDER** **Part one:** Lionel's Low Route with Ned Boulting **Part two:** (from 1:01:00) Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse on the No Go Tour and how to ensure a friendship survives bikepacking **Part three:** (from 1:09:00) Ishbel Holmes on riding round the world **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere.  Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Dec 07, 2018
154: Remembering Paul Sherwen
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December 6 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember Paul Sherwen, who died at the weekend aged 62. Sherwen was a pioneering rider – heading to France to make it as a professional in the late 1970s when very few British or English-speaking riders managed to make that breakthrough. He was the first of the 'second wave' of English-speakers to tackle the Tour de France and he paved the way for the likes of Graham Jones, Sean Yates and Robert Millar, as well as Phil Anderson and Allan Peiper from Australia. Sherwen rode the Tour seven times for the Fiat and La Redoute teams, finishing it five times, he was twice British national champion, and when he retired he was a directeur sportif for the iconic Raleigh-Banana team. But he is perhaps best known to millions of British, American and Australian cycling fans as one half of the television commentary double-act he formed with Phil Liggett. For successive generations of cycling fans he has been a friendly, welcoming voice for newcomers discovering a complex sport. He was also one of the first team press officers, with the Motorola team in the early 1990s, and – having been brought up in Kenya – he returned to Africa and lived in Uganda, where his passion for the people and the countryside was obvious to everyone who met him. In this episode we hear from Sherwen's great friend and colleague Phil Liggett, from contemporaries from his early professional years, John Herety, Sean Yates and Tim Harris, from journalist Luke Edwardes-Evans, American rider Ian Boswell and François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui. The Cycling Podcast is supported by **Rapha** and **Science in Sport**. **BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST** Our final Friends of the Podcast episode for 2018 will be out very soon. It's on the subject of how to survive retirement and features Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha and many more. The idea was proposed by Friend of the Podcast Stephen Harris, who guest edited the episode. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) It's £15 to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and it will give you access to 15 feature-length episodes, plus the Kilometre 0 series from the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the Espoirs Diary series recorded by Keira McVitty and Calvert Churchill and other bonus episodes. The 2019 Friends of the Podcast series will kick off with the Grand Tour Diaries audiobook released in mid-December. **THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS** If you're looking for a cycling challenge over the festive period, why not take part in Rapha's Festive 500\. Already almost 30,000 people have [registered on Strava](https://www.strava.com/challenges/rapha-festive-500-2018). The challenge is to ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (inclusive). If you can't manage 500km you can still take part and so how far you can ride. **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code SISCP25 on checkout. **EPISODE SPONSOR** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Harry's. If you would like to get your free trial set (paying just £3.95 for delivery) go to [harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) – get shaving today with Harry's razors. **GET IN TOUCH** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Dec 06, 2018
153: Explore | Episode 3 | End-To-End
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November 30 | Episode 3 Earlier this year, long-distance time triallist Michael Broadwith – a multiple national 24-hour champion – set about tackling Gethin Butler’s 17-year-old record for riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats. This is arguably the most prestigious of the place-to-place records, with a history stretching back to 1886. In this episode of Explore by The Cycling Podcast, we meet Broadwith and learn how he planned an executed his record-breaking ride – and how the man whose record he broke was out on the roadside in the middle of the night to support him. Broadwith talks about the preparation and the pain, the support of his wife, Helen, who kept him going when he wanted to stop after hours riding in heavy rain, and the elation of realising the record was in touching distance. This is the story of riding from one end of the country to the other quicker than anyone has ever done it before and, in the process, perhaps revitalising one of the great cycling records. In the second part, we hear from Chloe Hosking, the World Tour professional and Commonwealth Games road race champion, about her experience riding a Gran Fondo in Italy. Are these mass participation events really races in disguise? Explore by The Cycling Podcast is hosted by Lionel Birnie, Hannah Troop and Tom Whalley and is supported by **Rapha**, **Science In Sport** and **The Economist**. **RUNNING ORDER Part one:** Mike Broadwith’s End-To-End **Part two:** (from 1:06:24) Chloe Hosking’s Gran Fondo **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere.  Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) Science In Sport are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Nov 30, 2018
152: The Cycling Podcast Live in Cardiff
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November 29 | Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Orla Chennaoui and a sold-out live audience at Cardiff's St David's Hall in this episode of The Cycling Podcast. Earlier this year, we went on our Grand Tour of (Parts of) Britain to promote our first book, A Journey Through the Cycling Year. In response to that, Joanne John – a podcast listener who runs events at St David's Hall – contacted us and invited us to play Cardiff. This episode features the first airing for selected extracts of our forthcoming audiobook – The 2018 Grand Tour Diaries – which will be released for 2019 Friends of the Podcast in mid-December. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [**Rapha**](www.rapha.cc) and [**Science in Sport.**](www.scienceinsport.com) **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Our final Friends of the Podcast episode for 2018 will be out very soon. It's on the subject of how to survive retirement and features Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha and many more. The idea was proposed by Friend of the Podcast Stephen Harris, who guest edited the episode. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) It's £15 to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and it will give you access to 15 feature-length episodes, plus the Kilometre 0 series from the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the Espoirs Diary series recorded by Keira McVitty and Calvert Churchill and other bonus episodes. The 2019 Friends of the Podcast series will kick off with the Grand Tour Diaries audiobook released in mid-December. **Thank you to our sponsors** If you liked the sound of Rapha's new book, Queens of Pain by Isabel Best, you can get a copy online at rapha.cc – [Queens of Pain by Isabel Best](https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/queens-of-pain/product/QOM01XX). **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their **Science In Sport** energy products by going to [**scienceinsport.com**](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. **Episode sponsor** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Harry's. If you would like to get your free trial set (paying just £3.95 for delivery) go to [harrys.com/cycling](harrys.com/cycling) – get shaving today with Harry's razors. **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Nov 29, 2018
151: Explore | Episode 2 | Australia
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November 23 | Episode 2 This episode of Explore heads to Australia and then across the great nation with two riders who had very different reasons for setting out on the challenges before them. First up is a compelling interview with Rupert Guinness, an Australian cycling journalist who has been covering professional racing since 1987\. Much loved by his colleagues in the Tour de France press room, and instantly recognisible thanks to his trademark Hawaiian shirts, Rupert signed up for the Indian Pacific Wheel Race – or IndiPac, as it is known – in 2017. It’s an unsupported race across Australia from Freemantle near Perth to the shadow of the Sydney Opera House – a journey of almost 5,500 kilometres. The 2017 event ended in tragedy when Mike Hall was killed and in our interview Rupert talks poignantly about why he decided to stop and go home but also why he had to be on the start line next time round. Following in the wheel tracks of the pioneering Overlanders who crossed Australia by bike and did so much to document what was in the outback and help map the country, Rupert’s ride was also a journey of self discovery… In the second half, we meet a man after Lionel’s heart – the self-styled Slow Cyclist. In 2009, Oli Broom gave up his job in the City of London and decided to cycle to Australia in time to watch the first Test in the Ashes cricket series between England and the Aussies. The thing was, the first ball was due to be bowled a full 14 months after he first turned the pedals to leave London. Riding around 100 kilometres a day, an incredible adventure took him right round the world in 412 days and led him to a new career. Explore by The Cycling Podcast is hosted by Lionel Birnie, Hannah Troop and Tom Whalley and is supported by **Rapha**, **Science In Sport** and **The Economist**. **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere.  Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Nov 23, 2018
150: Not lunch with Adam Blythe
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This episode is a twist on The Cycling Podcast's occasional Lunch With... series. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie met up with Adam Blythe during the London Six-Day at the Olympic velodrome and although they did have lunch the podcast was recorded once all the plates had been cleared away. The former British national champion is still only 29 but has packed a lot into his nine-year pro career. He'd baulk at being described as a product of the British Cycling academy because he left fairly shortly after joining and headed to Belgium to try to make his way as a pro. He learned how to make a living from racing while living with another former British champion, Tim Harris, and his partner Joscelin Ryan and got his first taste of life in the professional ranks with the Silence-Lotto squad. Since then he's raced for some of the biggest teams in the world – BMC Racing, Orica-GreenEdge and Tinkoff – but has also dropped out of the World Tour twice. He can count Philippe Gilbert, Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador as former team-mates. Most recently he has ridden for the Irish Aqua Blue Sport team that folded suddenly mid-season, but he will return to Lotto-Soudal, where he started his career, in 2019. In this candid conversation, Blythe talks about to survive as a pro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [**Rapha**](www.rapha.cc) and [**Science in Sport**](www.scienceinsport.com) **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** This is the last chance to get tickets for our almost-sold-out live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Our final Friends of the Podcast episode for 2018 will be out very soon. It's on the subject of how to survive retirement and features Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha and many more. The idea was proposed by Friend of the Podcast Stephen Harris, who guest edited the episode. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) It's £15 to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and it will give you access to 15 feature-length episodes, plus the Kilometre 0 series from the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the Espoirs Diary series recorded by Keira McVitty and Calvert Churchill and other bonus episodes. The 2019 Friends of the Podcast series will kick off with the Grand Tour Diaries audiobook in December. **Thank you to our sponsors** Check out Rapha's **Black Friday** offers at [rapha.cc](rapha.cc) – there's up to 40% off some great garments and accessories from November 22 to 26 online. **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. **Episode sponsor** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Shipstation. If you sell anything online, Shipstation can make your life easier. All the major couriers are at your fingertips and if you want to try Shipstation free for 30 days go to [Shipstation.com](Shipstation.com) and enter the promo code CYCLING **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Nov 21, 2018
149: Explore | Episode 1 | The Transcontinental Race
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November 16 | Episode 1 The Cycling Podcast’s new series **Explore** focuses on the booming world of endurance and ultra endurance riding and bikepacking. Join hosts Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop, plus producer Tom Whalley, for a six-part series with new episodes released each Friday morning. Over the course of the series we’ll hear inspirational stories from people who have undertaken some remarkable challenges on two wheels. We’ll hear from someone who rode to Australia, someone who rode across Australia, from round-the-world riders and End-to-End record-breakers. We’ll hear from pro racers, leisure riders and even the self-styled Slow Cyclist. In this opening episode we focus on the **Transcontinental Race**, which has has established itself as Europe’s most well-known bikepacking race. Founded in 2013 by the late Mike Hall, the race has been won for the past two years by James Hayden. Hannah interviews James about the challenge of winning back-to-back editions of the TCR, about how he chooses his route and focuses on his goal of reaching the finish first. Before that, though, we hear the other side of the coin from Richard Abraham, who talks about the emotional effects of scratching from the race 2,000 kilometres in. His account puts into perspective the scale of James’s achievement. In part two we learn about the group of women who form the **Donnons des Elles au Vélo** in riding the Tour de France route one day ahead of the race as they seek to push for a women’s equivalent to Le Tour. We hear from Tetiana Kalachova, who has ridden successive Tours, from Mathieu Istil, who helps to put together the ride from a logistical point of view, and from Juliet Elliott, who is more used to racing short, intense events but joined to ride one stage of the event this year. **THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere.  Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code SISCP25 at check-out. **The Economist** 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. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
Nov 16, 2018
148: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 29
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In the November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discuss the latest events in women's cycling. There's an interview with Lucy Kennedy of Australia and Mitchelton-Scott at the recent Taiwan KOM Challenge, which she won, and we hear from French rider Audrey Cordon-Ragot on her move from Wiggle-High5 to Trek-Segafredo. Rachel McKinnon recently became the first trans woman to win a world cycling title, taking gold in the sprint in the 35-44 age group at the UCI Masters Championships. We discuss the possible implications for women's sport and speak to Madeleine Pape, a former runner turned academic and an authority on efforts by sports bodies at gender verification, including setting levels of testosterone for female athletes. "Gender verification," she has said, "whether it relies on genetics, DNA, hormones, or gonads, is destined to fail." There's also an interview with Isabel Best, author of a new book, Queens of Pain: Legends and Rebels of Cycling. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport. **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to the [Live Events page](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) on our website to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. Go to the [Friends of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) page. **Thank you to our sponsors** Check out Rapha's Commuter Jacket on the [Rapha website.](https://rapha.cc) **Discount code: ** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to the [Science in Sport website](https://scienceinsport.com) and entering the code SISCP25 on checkout. **Episode sponsor** Thank you to our episode sponsors, The Economist. Text BIKES to 78070 for a free print copy of The Economist. **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Nov 15, 2018
147: An interview with Geraint Thomas
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November 14 | Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas speaks to The Cycling Podcast this week as he recalls his victory in July, discusses training in Tenerife and his chances of repeating his success in another Grand Tour — and takes issue with the podcast’s Richard Moore for dismissing him as a potential winner, even after he won back to back stages in the Alps! Richard, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss the latest news and we hear from podcast regulars François Thomazeau, Ciro Scognamiglio, Seb Piquet and Orla Chennaoui. The Cycling Podcast is supported by **Rapha** and **Science in Sport** **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. Go to The Friends of The Cycling Podcast page at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Thank you to our sponsor****s** Check out Rapha's Commuter Jacket at [rapha.cc](https://www.rapha.cc) Discount code: Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](https://www.scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. **Episode sponsor** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Beer52.com. If you would like to get a case of 8 craft beers delivered to your door (for just £2.95 postage charge) go to [beer52.com/cycling](https://www.beer52.com/cycling) **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet [@cycling_podcast](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast)
Nov 14, 2018
146: A stagiaire's story with Freddy Ovett
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November 7 | In this bumper episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at the long-established route into the professional ranks for young riders – the stagiaire system – and hear an extended interview with Freddy Ovett, who rode as a stagiaire for BMC Racing earlier this year. Each year many of the World Tour teams offer stagiaire placements to young riders for a variety of reasons – to introduce a new signing to the team, to offer a taste of the pro peloton to a talented prospect or to make up their minds on a rider they’re not 100 per cent sure about. We discuss how the system works and look at success rate for riders who sample this kind of work experience or extended job interview. Then we hear from Freddy Ovett, who was in conversation with Richard earlier this year. His surname will be familiar to anyone who followed world-class athletics in the late 1970s and 1980s because Freddy’s father is 1980 Olympic 800m champion Steve Ovett. Freddy Ovett, who was also a talented runner, talks about how he switched to cycling and is still determined to make it into the pro ranks even if the stopwatch is starting to tick. With The Cycling Podcast set for a sell-out live show at the Clapham Grand theatre next week, and with a date at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall at the end of the month, we round off the episode with a couple of clips from one of our live shows in Edinburgh this spring, featuring Lionel and François Thomazeau. The Cycling Podcast is supported by **Rapha** and **Science in Sport**. **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. Go to The Friends of The Cycling Podcast page at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Thank you to our sponsors** Check out Rapha's new Explore range at [rapha.cc](rapha.cc) **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. **Episode sponsor** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Harry's. If you would like to get a free Harry's razor trial set delivered to your door (for just £3.95 postage charge) go to [harrys.com/cycling](harrys.com/cycling) **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Nov 08, 2018
145: The 2019 Giro and Chris Hoy on the revolution in track sprinting
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November 1 | In another packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe give their snap reaction to the 2019 Giro d'Italia route, which will stay in Italy (bar a brief incursion into San Marino) and will feature some serious climbing in the second half of the race. With the race starting in Bologna next May, Lionel attempts to draw Daniel into a debate about how to make authentic bolognese sauce. We also discuss Christian Prudhomme's proposal to ban power meters from the Tour de France and ask whether it would change the way grand tours are raced. We also update the Aqua Blue Sport team situation following the team's sudden halt earlier this year and hear from their rider Andy Fenn, who is still looking for a team for the 2019 season. And in the final part we turn our attention to track racing and hear from Callum Skinner and Chris Hoy on the trend for sprinters to use bigger gears and whether this is changing the demands of the event. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](www.rapha.cc) and [Science in Sport](www.scienceinsport.com). **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. Go to [The Friends of The Cycling Podcast page](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends). **Thank you to our sponsors** Check out Rapha's new Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Nov 01, 2018
144: No Brakes | Red Hook Milano
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The first episode of The Cycling Podcast: No Brakes features the recent Milan Red Hook criterium, one of the new events that has gained a big following and a place on cycling's 'alternative calendar.' Calvert Churchill and Keira McVitty report from Milan, speaking to some of the organisers and riders, including Red Hook founder David Trimble and Angus Morton, the Australian who has ridden as a professional on the road for a number of years. Morton says that events like Red Hook, a fixed-wheel criterium that combines the spirits and bike handling skills of the cycling courier work, the craft of track racing and the speed of city-centre criteriums, are "the future of cycling" and that the UCI and pro teams should be taking note. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, [go to the Live Events Page to buy tickets.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. [Go to The Friends of The Cycling Podcast page.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Sponsors** Check out Rapha's new Explore range on the [Rapha website](https://rapha.cc). Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to the [Science in Sport Website](https://scienceinsport.com) and entering the code SISCP25 on checkout. Thanks to our episode sponsor Harry's. If you are a UK listener and would like to get a free Harry's razor set delivered to your door (for just the £3.95 postage price) go to [harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) Our other episode sponsor is The Economist magazine. [The Economist](https://www.economist.com/) has been delivering trustworthy news for 170 years and helps you understand the stories that shape our world. To get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to your door, text the word **CYCLING** to 78070\. Get in touch We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email contact@thecyclingpodcast.com Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
Oct 26, 2018
143: The 2019 Tour de France route ramble
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October 26 | The 2019 World Tour season finally drew to a close with the Tour of Guangxi last week and this week the route for the 2019 Tour de France was unveiled. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe assess the 2019 Tour, which will take the peloton in a diagonal from Brussels to the south west and then across to the Alps before the traditional final stage in Paris. What does the 2019 route say about the Tour? Who will the route suit? And just as importantly what will be on the menu next July? We also get a taste of François Thomazeaus's French flavour… The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](www.rapha.cc) and [Science in Sport](www.scienceinsport.com). **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. [Go to The Friends of The Cycling Podcast page.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Sponsors** Check out Rapha's new Explore range at [rapha.cc](rapha.cc) Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. Thanks to our episode sponsor Shipstation. If you sell online now you can use Shipstation to make despatching to your customers easier. Our listeners can get a free 30-day trial at [Shipstation.com](Shipstation.com) by using the code **CYCLING**. Get in touch We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email **contact@thecyclingpodcast.com** Find us on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) or send us a tweet [@cycling_podcast](https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast)
Oct 26, 2018
142: Pinot's vintage Lombardy
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October 17 | In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss Thibaut Pinot’s win at Il Lombardia and we hear from Pinot himself, who discusses Strava art, the disappointment that will haunt him and his plans for 2019. There’s also an interview with 22 year old British rider James Shaw, who has lost his place with Lotto-Soudal and tells us about the challenge of being a young rider in the World Tour. And Hannah Troop reports from the Tour of Turkey, where we hear from Sam Bennett and James Knox. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](www.rapha.cc) and [Science in Sport](www.scienceinsport.com). **The Cycling Podcast Live shows** Tickets are available for our live show at St David's Hall in Cardiff on November 27\. To join Richard, Lionel and Orla, go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to buy tickets. **Become a Friend of the Podcast** Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast and get access to our library of feature-length special episodes. Recent highlights include the #NoGoTour with Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse and an extended interview with Louison Bobet. [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) **Sponsors** Check out Rapha's new Explore range at [rapha.cc](rapha.cc) Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](scienceinsport.com) and entering the code **SISCP25** on checkout. Thanks to our episode sponsor **Harry's** razors. All UK listeners can get a **free trial set** delivered to their door. You just pay for delivery. Go to [harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) **Get in touch** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email **contact@thecyclingpodcast.com** **Find us on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/TheCyclingPodcast/), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecyclingpodcast/) or send us a tweet [@cycling_podcast](www.twitter.com/cycling_podcast)**
Oct 17, 2018
141: Vineyards, Valverde and Sagan
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are reunited in London to reflect on the Paris-Tours Classic and Alejandro Valverde's This bumper show was recorded in the cafe at Soho's Curzon cinema and begins with a discussion on the inclusion of gravel sections in Paris-Tours, which revamped what had previously been known as the sprinters' Classic. We also look back at the World Championships and assess Valverde's victory and what it means for cycling. The final part of the episode is an exclusive 20-minute interview with outgoing world champion Peter Sagan. **The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](www.rapha.cc) and [Science in Sport](www.scienceinsport.com).** This episode is sponsored by **Shipstation**. If you want to try Shipstation's courier service, go to [shipstation.com](shipstation.com) and enter the promotion code CYCLING at checkout. Tickets are still available to see The Cycling Podcast Live in Cardiff on November 27\. Go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) to book tickets.
Oct 09, 2018
140: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 28
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In the October episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui report from the world championships and are joined by Rose Manley to discuss all the action from Innsbruck.  There are interviews with Coryn Rivera, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and promising young British rider Pfeiffer Georgi. We also discuss the recent UCI reforms and how they might affect women’s racing.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Oct 08, 2018
139: Kilometre 0 Worlds Stories: Never too late
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Edwige Pitel competed at the world road race championship in Innsbruck for France. She has been racing for 15 years, including at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and was French road race champion in 2016.  She was 49 then and is 51 now — and still riding at the highest level. She also works as a computer engineer and manages her season with care, not racing week in, week out but selecting her targets and regularly beating women half her age. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear her remarkable story. Thank you to Balint Hamvas (@cyclephotos) for providing the photograph for this episode.
Oct 05, 2018
138: Kilometre 0 Worlds stories: From Aleppo to Innsbruck
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Badreddin Wais was the one-man elite men’s Syrian team at the world championships in Innsbruck. In this special episode of Kilometre 0 he tells Orla Chennaoui about his journey as a refugee from his home city, Aleppo, to Switzerland, where he now lives, works and races his bike. ‘Cycling is therapy,’ he says as he explains that his dream is to earn a professional contract and to represent his country at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Oct 03, 2018
137: The world championships
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Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui report from the world championships in Innsbruck, where Alejandro Valverde and Anna van der Breggen won the men’s and women’s titles.  They are joined by podcast friends Ciro Scognamiglio and Fran Reyes and there are interviews with bronze medalist Michael Woods, silver medalist Romain Bardet, Ion Izaguirre, Tom Dumoulin, George Bennett, Peter Kennaugh, Lucinda Brand and Lucy Kennedy.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 01, 2018
136: The Innsbruck worlds
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In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui report from Innsbruck, where the world championships are being held this week, and Daniel Friebe previews the course and looks ahead to Sunday’s men’s road race.  We hear from the talented young British rider James Knox who rides for Quick-Step but will be helping Adam and Simon Yates in their bid for the rainbow jersey of world champion. We also discuss the routes for the 2019 Yorkshire world championships and some of the new UCI reforms and how they will affect men’s and women’s professional racing.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 27, 2018
27: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 27
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In the September episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discuss the latest racing and look ahead to the world championships. At the Madrid Challenge we hear from overall winner Ellen van Dijk and Georgia Bronzini, who won her final race before becoming a sports director with the new Trek Factory Racing team.  There are also interviews with Hannah Barnes and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and a report from the recent Rapha Women’s 100.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Sep 23, 2018
135: From Canada to the CPA
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September 18 | The first post-Vuelta podcast features a report from the Canadian World Tour races from François Thomazeau, including interviews with Michael Matthews, Nathan Haas and Simon Gerrans. David Millar tells us about his bid to become president of the professional cyclists’ association, and there’s a response from the CPA. There are extracts from the diaries kept by Mark Downey at the Tour of Britain and Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse at the #NoGoTour, and Ned Boulting tells us about the Tour de Ned. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Sep 19, 2018
134: Stage 21 | Alcorcón – Madrid | Vuelta a España 2018
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The Vuelta a España finished in Madrid with Elia Viviani winning the stage and Simon Yates confirming his overall victory. The final podcast of the race has Fran Reyes and Daniel Friebe reporting from Madrid, with interviews with Julian Dean of Mitchelton-Scott and Patrick Lefevere of Quick-Step.  Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie review the race and how it was won and we also hear from Tao Geoghegan Hart, who finished his debut Grand Tour, King of the Mountains Thomas De Gendt, double stage winner Ben King and many more riders and sports directors as they select their standout moment from the last three weeks. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 16, 2018
133: Stage 20 | Escaldes-Engordany – Coll de la Gallina | Vuelta a España 2018
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Simon Yates is set to be crowned 2018 Vuelta a España winner in Madrid on Sunday after defending his leader’s red jersey in Andorra. On a short but, in his words, “ferocious” stage, Yates came in third, behind Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez, who also moved up to second and third overall with their performances on this mountainous penultimate stage. In the penultimate Vuelta podcast, Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the stage and there are interviews with Adam Yates, Matt White, Michael Woods, Steven Kruijswijk and Lopez’s Astana teammate, Pello Bilbao. We also hear from the man who “discovered” Mas, the revelation of this Vuelta and now the great hope of Spanish cycling. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 15, 2018
132: Stage 19 | Lleida – Andorra | Vuelta a España 2018
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As Simon Yates tightened his grip on the red jersey of leader of the Vuelta a España, Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes report from Andorra on the penultimate day in the mountains. It looked decisive as Yates increased his lead over Alejandro Valverde, though Saturday’s short stage, just 97km long, includes six climbs and could be very dangerous. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we discuss the action and the tactics of Movistar, the Spanish team that launched an all-out assault on Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team. It didn’t work in the end, but should we applaud Movistar for using their imagination and making the race so exciting? We also hear from Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford on the team’s new signing, Irish rider Eddie Dunbar, and about what it’s like to come to a Grand Tour and be scrapping for stages rather than fighting for the overall win. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 14, 2018
9: Kilometre 0 – Andorra
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A growing number of professional cyclists call Andorra home. Lionel Birnie calls it “the worst place in Europe.” Ahead of the Vuelta’s visit, we speak to a number of riders who live there and ask them about living and training in Andorra. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.
Sep 14, 2018
130: Stage 18 | Ejea de los Caballeros – Lleida | Vuelta a España 2018
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The stage 18 podcast from the Vuelta a España reflects on an upset, with Jelle Wallays upsetting the sprinters with a clever and strong ride to win in Lleida. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the peloton’s misjudgement and Wallays’ win after the Belgian endured a terrible time with crashes and injuries at the Vuelta last year. We hear from some of the disappointed riders, Quick-Step’s Michael Morkov and Bora-Hansgrohe’s Lukas Postlberger, as well as from the previous day’s stage winner, Michael Woods. We also look ahead to the crucial Andorra stages on Friday and Saturday and speak to Adam Yates about the important role he’ll play for his twin brother and teammate as Simon Yates bids to defend his red jersey and win his first Grand Tour.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 13, 2018
129: Stage 17 | Getxo – Balcón de Bizkaia | Vuelta a España 2018
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With the Vuelta a España in the Basque Country, one of cycling’s real heartlands, the fans were out in force as the riders tackled one of the toughest climbs of this year’s race.  In this episode there are interviews with American rider Sepp Kuss, impressing in his Grand Tour debut, and Tony Gallopin, the experienced French rider who is riding for the overall classification for the first time in his career. At the finish we hear from Simon Yates’ sports director Matt White, Simon Clarke, who played an important role in Michael Woods’ stage win, and Pello Bilbao, a local rider who rode strongly for Astana.  We also hear from a Slovakian artist who has attended every stage of the three Grand Tours this year with his wooden bike and his dog, collecting the riders’ signatures on the bike – but why? Find out in the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 12, 2018
8: Kilometre 0 – End of a team
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This Vuelta is the last Grand Tour in which we will see the distinctive red and black of the BMC Racing Team. Over 11 years the American team, backed by Swiss billionaire Andy Rihs, helped change the sport, paying big salaries, winning the Tour de France with Cadel Evans, and becoming masters of the art of team time trialling. Rihs died this year and BMC will be taken over by CCC — but it will be a very different team. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from two BMC stalwarts, Brent Bookwalter and Jackson Stewart. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.
Sep 12, 2018
127: Stage 16 | Santillana del Mar – Torrelavega | Vuelta a España 2018
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The important time trial stage produced the expected shake-up of the general classification at the Vuelta a España – but the identity of the winners and losers caught some by surprise. It was a good day for Simon Yates and Steven Kruijswijk and a bad one for Nairo Quintana and Miguel Ángel López.  In the stage 16 podcast Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the significance of the stage and we hear from Yates’s teammate, Jack Haig, as well as from our Pédaleur de Charme Ben King, from one of the revelations of the race, Enric Mas, and also from the young Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 11, 2018
126: The Press Conference - Part 2
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Join Richard, Fran and Daniel as they answer your questions in part two of the Cycling Podcast's press conference at the 2018 Vuelta a España. You can send The Cycling Podcast an audio memo via WhatsApp to +44 7971 338 205
Sep 11, 2018
125: The Press Conference - Part 1
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Join Richard, Fran and Lionel as they answer your questions in part one of the first Cycling Podcast press conference at the 2018 Vuelta a España. Send The Cycling Podcast an audio memo via WhatsApp to +44 7971 338 205
Sep 10, 2018
7: Kilometre 0 – The sponsorship crisis
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As teams close and struggle for sponsorship it can seem that cycling’s business model is fatally flawed. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Michael Mørkøv, whose team, Quick-Step Floors, is the most successful of 2018 yet is still looking for funding for 2019\. We also hear from Luca Guercilena, the Trek-Segafredo manager, from Matthias Brandle, who has ridden for three teams that have folded, and from Mauro Gianetti of Team UAE-Emirates. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.
Sep 10, 2018
123: Stage 15 | Ribera de Arriba – Lagos de Covadonga | Vuelta a España 2018
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From a misty summit of one of the Vuelta’s iconic climbs, Lagos de Covadonga, Richard Moore and Fran Reyes report from one of this year’s race’s decisive stages. While Thibaut Pinot took a brilliant win, the other overall contenders were involved in a tactical battle that, in the end, was won by Simon Yates, who consolidated his overall lead and now takes the red jersey into the second rest day. From the top of the climb we hear from two of the riders who were in the main breakaway, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Nick Schultz, and from one of the Astana riders who chased them down, Jan Hirt. There’s an interview with Yates’ sports director, Matt White, and from Nairo Quintana’s team boss, Eusebio Unzué, and we hear from the local boy, Ivan Garcia Cortina, who has been entertaining the crowds with his no-handed wheelies. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 09, 2018
122: Stage 14 | Cistierna – Les Praeres, Nava | Vuelta a España 2018
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The fourteenth stage of the Vuelta a España finished with a new climb to Les Praeres which provided the platform for Simon Yates to win the stage and reclaim the red jersey. Richard Moore, Fran Reyes and Daniel Friebe discuss the action and Yates’ chances of holding on to the jersey against the formidable looking Colombian duo of Nairo Quintana and Miguel Angel Lopez. We hear from Richie Porte, who complains about the influence of the TV motorbikes at the Vuelta and from one of the day’s protagonists, Ion Izagirre. There’s also a feature on the promising young Russian at Team Sky, Pavel Sivakov, who abandoned the Vuelta during the stage but is one to watch for the future.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 08, 2018
121: Stage 13 | Candás – La Camperona | Vuelta a España 2018
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The first of three big days in the mountains in the Vuelta a España saw a surprise winner of the stage and a subtle sort out of the general classification. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss it all from the summit of La Camperona, and we hear from Ben King, the double stage winner who was in the break yet again and is getting close to the King of the Mountains jersey. We also return to the controversial finish on stage 12, when a narrow road and an official in the wrong place combined to cause a crash involving the first three riders. We hear from the Vuelta director, Javier Guillén, and from two riders with strong opinions on the suitability of the finish, Marcus Burghardt and Michael Morkov. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 07, 2018
6: Kilometre 0 – 36 x 32
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The vogue for ever steeper climbs and ever lower gears has been one of the biggest changes in cycling over the last 20 years. To understand the extent of the change, and the effect on climbing tactics and technique, we hear from riders, former riders, mechanics, physiotherapists and sports directors, including Sepp Kuss, Michael Woods, Maxime Monfort, Ian Boswell, Markel Irizar, Brian Holm and Aike Visbeek. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070. Got a question about the latest racing? Record a voice memo and send it to us via WhatsApp to +44 7971 338 205
Sep 07, 2018
119: Stage 12 | Mondoñedo – Faro de Estaca de Bares | Vuelta a España 2018
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Another wet, windy and chilly day on the Vuelta a España saw an exciting stage in Galicia and a new overall leader as the break raced to a lead in excess of 10 minutes.  Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the implications of another difficult day ahead of three important mountain stages. We hear from the deposed leader, Simon Yates, and from Jose Herrada, whose brother, Jesus, now has the red jersey of leader – and Daniel is distracted by the presence of former Vuelta runner-up Fernando Escartin.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 06, 2018
118: Stage 11 | Mombuey – Ribeira Sacra/Luíntra | Vuelta a España 2018
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Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España produced a thrilling day’s racing as one of the overall contenders, Thibaut Pinot, went on the attack, causing some panic behind. In the end, nothing much changed, but it was a stage that will have taken a toll on many of the riders. Richard Moore, Fran Reyes and Daniel Friebe discuss the day’s action, including a rift between the Movistar and Mitchelton-Scott teams, and there are interviews with Jack Haig, Wilco Kelderman, Nicolas Roche, Michael Woods and we hear from the previous day’s stage winner, Elia Viviani. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 05, 2018
5: Kilometre 0 – A Spanish dynasty
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This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at the history of the Movistar team, tracing its roots back to the Reynolds team and the early 1980s. Movistar has a reputation for being old school, but we hear from riders and sports directors who know how the team operates to find out what it's really like. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.
Sep 05, 2018
116: Stage 10 | Salamanca – Fermoselle | Vuelta a España 2018
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The Vuelta a España resumed on Tuesday after a rest day in Salamanca with a stage for the sprinters. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the day’s action, with the main drama coming in the last 15km, when a spate of punctures seemed to affect most of the overall contenders, including red jersey wearer Simon Yates. Yates kept the overall lead, but his team, Mitchelton-Scott, seems to be taking a very different approach to the Vuelta than to the Giro d’Italia, which Yates led for so long before cracking in the final few days. We hear from a rider who rode both races for the Australian team, Jack Haig, who explains the more cautious strategy in this Vuelta.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 04, 2018
Cooked: riding and eating the Grand Tours
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This episode was made for Friends of the Podcast as part of Kilometre 0 series recorded at the 2017 Vuelta a España.  [Become a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) to keep us on the road at the three Grand Tours. You'll get access to a library of in-depth, feature-length episodes. In this fourth episode of Kilometre 0, recorded at the 2017 Vuelta a España, we hear from Hayden Groves, who is riding his third Grand Tour of 2017. But Groves isn’t a professional cyclist. He’s an award-winning chef based in London. And he isn’t really riding the Vuelta – he’s doing each stage, with four other riders, one day ahead of the race. He did the same at the Giro and the Tour de France, all for charity. His story is one of suffering, endurance – and cooking. At the end of the Vuelta he’ll produce a unique cookbook with recipes for each stage of each Grand Tour. [You can find out more about Hayden's book and purchase it on his website.](https://www.3tourschallenge.com/)  Fully Supported by BaxterStorey, 100% of the sales will be donated to Cure Leukaemia.
Sep 03, 2018
4: Kilometre 0 – The transfer market
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look at the way the transfer market works in professional cycling. Teams and riders can announce transfers from August 1 onwards but other negotiations can go on much later. On the eve of the Vuelta a España Richie Porte confirmed he'd be moving from BMC Racing to Trek-Segafredo. But what effect does the transfer window have on the teams as they try to compete in the final grand tour of the season. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting **KM0** to 78070.
Sep 03, 2018
114: Stage 9 | Talavera de la Reina – La Covatilla | Vuelta a España 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Vuelta a España, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are at La Covatilla to witness the race being shaken up. They discuss a second stage win in the space of a week for American Ben King of the Dimension Data team and the red jersey moving from Frenchman Rudy Molard to Britain’s Simon Yates. Lionel and Daniel attempt to put King’s stage victory into context and ask whether his win earlier in the week loosened the shackles for him. Then they discuss the changes to the overall classification and who looks poised to move into serious contention when the race resumes after Monday’s rest day. In the final part we hear from Dutch journalist Daan Hakkenberg about Bauke Mollema’s near miss and Wilco Kelderman’s overall ambitions.
Sep 02, 2018
113: Stage 8 | Linares – Almadén | Vuelta a España 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the eighth stage which finished at a small hill-top town in the middle of Spain called Almadén. And, as is so often the case with uphill finishes like this, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde triumphed – making it his second stage win of the race. Lionel and Daniel disagree over whether this was a typical Valverde finish or not. We also hear from LottoNL-Jumbo’s young American Sepp Kuss, who has had a good first week at his debut grand tour, and from Antoine Duchesne, team-mate of red jersey holder Rudy Molard. In the final part, Fran Reyes makes an appearance to explain what to expect at Sunday’s mountain-top finish at La Covatilla. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 01, 2018
112: Stage 7 | Puerto-Lumbreras – Pozo Alcón | Vuelta a España 2018
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The Cycling Podcast is an episode of two parts with the first section coming from Spain and the seventh stage of the Vuelta a España, which saw a second consecutive stage win for France – while the race leader is also a Frenchman. Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes recap the stage and an explosive final few kilometres that saw AG2R’s Tony Gallopin win with a daring late escape. Away from the Vuelta, another story has developed surrounding the Irish Professional Continental team, Aqua Blue Sport. It was announced at the start of the week that the team would cease with immediate effect. The team’s owner Rick Delaney had not spoken to the media but today he talked to The Cycling Podcast about the circumstances that led to the team’s sudden demise and offered some assurances to the riders that they would be paid until the end of the year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 31, 2018
3: Kilometre 0 – The long way round
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This episode of Kilometre 0 tells the story of Nick Schultz's journey from Australia to the World Tour via France, the Netherlands and Spain. The 23-year-old is riding his second Vuelta a España for the Spanish Caja Rural team but next year he will step up to Mitchelton-Scott. As we hear from his future sports director Matt White, Schultz's route to the World Tour and the experience he has gathered on the way may stand him in good stead for what he has in store. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting **KM0** to 78070**.**
Aug 31, 2018
110: Stage 6 | Huércal-Overa – San Javier | Vuelta a España 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes recap stage six of the Vuelta a España which ended, as expected, with a sprint finish. We discuss Nacer Bouhanni’s win – and his reputation for trouble – coming the day after inaccurate reports that he’d lashed out at his Cofidis team car during the previous day’s stage. There’s also a clarification about the correct recipe for authentic Spanish croquetas, plus analysis of what the crash in the final part of the stage has done to Wilco Kelderman and Thibaut Pinot’s overall chances. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 30, 2018
109: Stage 5 | Granada – Roquetas de Mar | Vuelta a España 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes recap stage five of the Vuelta a España, which finished in Roquetas de Mar. We hear from Ben King, who won the stage yesterday and gave Dimension Data their first World Tour win of the 2018 season. That left EF Education First as the only team without a World Tour victory to their names this year – but Simon Clarke corrected that by winning from a three-man break at the finish. We hear from his sports director Juan Manuel Garate about how important it was for them to win. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 29, 2018
2: Kilometre 0 – King Kelly's Vuelta and the missing trophy
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It's 30 years since Ireland's Sean Kelly won the Vuelta a España. Victory in 1988 compensated for a near-miss the previous year, when he looked all set to win before a painful problem arose. This is the story of Kelly's battles to win the Vuelta, how he finally triumphed and his search for the winner's trophy, which is out there somewhere… Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting **KM0** to 78070.
Aug 29, 2018
107: Stage 4 | Velez-Malaga – Alfacar, Sierra de la Alfaguara | Vuelta a España 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes are in Granada to assess the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España. It was the first major mountain of the race and we assess the clues from the stage. The stage itself was won by American Ben King, riding for Dimension Data but behind that was the first major battle for the general classification. We hear from Pierre Rolland, who missed the two-man split on the final climb and had an unsuccessful chase that fell just short. Behind the breakaway, Team LottoNL-Jumbo took control of the race and we hear from Steven Kruijswijk about their tactics. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 28, 2018
106: Stage 3 | Mijas – Alhaurín de la Torre | Vuelta a España 2018
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There’s no such thing as a routine sprint stage on the Vuelta a España and stage three in the Andalucian countryside featured more climbing than the hilly stages of some races. Despite that the race concluded with a sprint showdown between two Italian riders. In this episode, Lionel Birnie is joined by Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes in Alhaurín de la Torre to recap the stage and in the process prove there’s no such thing as a routine episode of The Cycling Podcast either. We hear from Giacomo Nizzolo, who came close to winning his first grand tour stage, and from Lukas Pöstlberger about his late attack. In part two with Daniel, we talk about Elia Viviani’s victory and clear up once and for all whether Ilnur Zakarin’s Tour de France was a hit or a miss with his Katusha team-mate Ian Boswell. And in part three we discuss the big transfer concerning the Izagirre brothers and find out why they are moving from Bahrain-Merida to Astana and we ask whether there’s any substance in the rumours that Mikel Landa might be joining them in pale blue sooner rather than later. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 27, 2018
1: Kilometre 0 – Vuelta vignettes
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In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes cover the rich history of the Vuelta a España with a series of unconnected stories. History, drama and intrigue, the Vuelta has had it all in a history spanning more than 80 years. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting **KM0** to 78070.
Aug 27, 2018
104: Stage 2 | Marbella – Caminito del Rey | Vuelta a España 2018
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The Vuelta a España had its first uphill finish at Caminito del Rey, where a familiar face summoned all his experience to win the stage. The red jersey changed shoulders too. In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes enjoy the view of the Andalucian hills as they recap the day’s events. We also hear from Daniel Friebe on the early clues from an aggressive day’s racing. We hear from the Belgian Laurens De Plus, who almost sprung a surprise at the finish before being overtaken by Michal Kwiatkowski and stage winner Alejandro Valverde in sight of the line, and from Wilco Kelderman, who was fourth overall last year, about his fine start to the race. After a warm couple of days, the temperatures show no sign of dropping any time soon, so we asked EF Education First’s Nigel Mitchell how the teams help their riders cope with the heat. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 26, 2018
103: Stage 1 | Malaga – Malaga | Vuelta a España 2018
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The Vuelta a España got underway with an eight-kilometre time trial in the Andalucian city of Malaga and Lionel Birnie met up with Daniel Friebe and Spanish cycling journalist Fran Reyes to capture a flavour of the opening stage of the final grand tour of the summer. Who would wear the first red jersey of the race? How would the rest of the overall contenders match up against each other? And what would be for dinner? All these questions and more are answered as The Cycling Podcast’s daily Vuelta coverage begins. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast and access a library of over 50 episodes of feature-length special episodes from the heart of professional cycling. Sign up on thecyclingpodcast.com then add the feed to your podcast app.
Aug 25, 2018
102: The surf 'n' turf Vuelta
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August 22 | In our final weekly episode before daily coverage of the Vuelta a España begins on Saturday, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in the London sunshine to preview the third and final grand tour of the season. We discuss what the course is like, who the favourites are and what we can expect from the next three weeks of racing. We also hear from Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White about the decision to field both Simon and Adam Yates, and what they have learned from the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this year. The Cycling Podcast's daily Vuelta a España coverage will begin on Saturday evening after the opening time trial in Malaga where they will be joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](scienceinsport.com). ********** The episode sponsor is The Economist [economist.com](economist.com) To get a free print copy of The Economist, text CYCLING to 78070 ********** **Would you like to see The Cycling Podcast Live?** We have dates at the Clapham Grand and St David's Hall, Cardiff in November. For details go to [thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/live-events) ********** Our audiobook **A Journey Through the Cycling Year** is available from [iTunes](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/a-journey-through-the-cycling-year-unabridged/id1407595566) and on [Audible](https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/A-Journey-Through-the-Cycling-Year-Audiobook/B07D9L8W77). [](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/a-journey-through-the-cycling-year-unabridged/id1407595566)
Aug 22, 2018
101: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 26
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In the August episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley review the recent races and news in the world of women’s cycling. There are interviews with UCI president David Lappartient, young British rider Sophie Wright, Kasia Niewiadoma and Team Sky sports director Servais Knaven, who helps run a junior women’s team that includes the eldest of his four daughters. We’re also joined by listener Hannah Nicklin who tells us about The Cycling Podcast Féminin Rapha Women’s 100 Ride. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
Aug 17, 2018
100: The next generation
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the European Championships road race, won by Matteo Trentin. We also hear from George Bennett of LottoNL-Jumbo about his fourth place in the Tour of Poland and his ambitions for the forthcoming Vuelta a Espana. And, after a good week for young riders on the big stage, we look at the next generation. The Tour de l'Avenir starts on Friday and many of the World Tour teams will be keeping a close eye on the racing. We hear from Bahrain-Merida's manager Brent Copeland – who recently signed Welsh climber Stevie Williams after he finished fifth in the Baby Giro – about how the top teams look for the stars of tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 16, 2018
99: A post-Tour ramble
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August 8 | In the first episode of The Cycling Podcast since the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss everything that has happened since the peloton reached the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Richard is back from his visit to the San Sebastian Classic and updates on a race won brilliantly by Julian Alaphilippe but marred by a horrible crash that left Egan Bernal, Mikel Landa and Pierre Latour among the riders nursing bad injuries. We also begin the countdown to the Vuelta a España, the final grand tour of the year, discuss the latest problems for former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich and weigh up the merits of the UCI president's latest ideas to liven up the stage races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 08, 2018
98: The Press Conference | Part 3b | Tour de France 2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your messages you sent in via WhatsApp. From the climbs of the Alps to the cobbles of the champs-élysées, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the final part of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Aug 02, 2018
97: The Press Conference | Part 3a | Tour de France 2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your questions you sent in via WhatsApp.  From the climbs of the Alps to the cobbles of the champs-élysées, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for part a of the final 'Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Aug 02, 2018
96: Stage 21 Houilles – Paris Champs-Élysées | Tour de France 2018
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In our final podcast from the Tour de France Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the three-week race and Geraint Thomas’s overall victory. And there’s Orla Chennaoui’s postcard from Paris featuring reaction from Thomas’s Welsh team-mates Luke Rowe on the Champs-Élysées. We also hear from Sky’s coach Xabier Artexte, Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s manager Richard Plugge about their riders Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk finishing fourth and fifth, and from Quick Step’s Bob Jungels.
Jul 30, 2018
95: Stage 20 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette | Tour de France 2018
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In the penultimate episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau reflect on the time trial which confirmed the overall results of the race. The time trial confirmed that Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome were the strongest riders in the race. We recap the stage and also hear from Dan Martin, winner of the most aggressive rider of the Tour award, and from Luke Roberts, sports director of Dumoulin’s Sunweb team, and Robert Gesink of the LottoNL-Jumbo team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 28, 2018
94: Stage 19 Lourdes – Laruns | Tour de France 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau analyse the final mountain stage of the Tour de France that crossed the Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque before a hair-raising descent into Laruns. It was an absorbing, action-packed stage with an impressive performance from several teams – notably LottoNL-Jumbo, who set up Primoz Roglic for the stage win, and Team Sky, who enabled Geraint Thomas to extend his overall lead by another six seconds after he sprinted to second place on the stage. We assess the way the tactics played out on the mountains, find out from Ian Boswell why Katusha were so active on the Tourmalet and weigh up how the time trial will go tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 27, 2018
15: Kilometre 0 - Chavanel: A year on Tour
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The final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France focuses on Sylvain Chavanel, who is riding a record 18th Tour. Thursday's 18th stage was the 365th stage of his career, meaning he's spent a whole year of his life riding the Tour de France. We speak to Chavanel and several of the people who know him best, including Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, the manager of the team he started and will finish his professional career with. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 27, 2018
92: Stage 18 Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau | Tour de France 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau review the 18th stage to Pau, which was won by French sprinter Arnaud Démare. Démare’s victory came 24 hours after Andre Greipel questioned his GPS data on the final Pyrenean climb at the end of stage 17\. We clear up the accusations as Démare was vindicated by several rival teams. We also focus on Geraint Thomas and speak to several people who have known the Welshman since the beginning of his career. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 26, 2018
91: Discover the Friends of the Podcast 2018 series
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Discover the best of the Friends of the Podcast episodes we've released so far in 2018 in this extended sampler. Friends of the Podcast help keep The Cycling Podcast on the road throughout the season, alongside the support of our sponsors Rapha and Science in Sport. To access the library of extended episodes, create an account and subscribe on our website today. https://thecyclingpodcast.com/wp-login.php?action=register
Jul 26, 2018
14: Kilometre 0 - The experiment
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In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie head to the summit of the Col du Portet to witness the short Pyrenean mountain stage with the innovative gridded start. What did the riders think and would it change the dimension of the race? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 26, 2018
89: Stage 17 Bagnères-de-Luchon – Col du Portet | Tour de France 2018
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The Tour de France continued in the Pyrenees with a short and explosive 65-kilometre stage finishing on the very difficult climb of the Col du Portet. At the finish, Geraint Thomas extended his lead in the yellow jersey as Chris Froome faltered. We ask where this leaves Team Sky now. And Nairo Quintana won the stage – but was that nothing more than a consolation for Movistar? We discuss all the talking points from the stage and hear from Froome, Thomas, Dave Brailsford and Dan Martin, who rode so strongly in pursuit of Quintana. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 25, 2018
13: Kilometre 0 - Rebuilding Cofidis
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 Orla Chennaoui talks to Cedric Vasseur, the boss of the French Cofidis team. Cofidis has been a fixture at the Tour de France for more than 20 years. In that time they have enjoyed stage wins and yellow jerseys but were also at the centre of a doping scandal in 2004. It is now ten years since Cofidis won a Tour de France stage and at the start of the year Vasseur was brought in to turn around the team’s fortunes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 25, 2018
87: Stage 16 Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon | Tour de France 2018
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The Tour de France resumed after its rest day with a dramatic opening stage in the Pyrenees. An incident early in the stage paused the race. A protest by farmers brought the peloton to a halt and police seeking to get things under control used tear gas which then blew into some of the riders’ eyes. We explain what was happening. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Daniel Friebe and Ciro Scognamiglio to discuss the big talking points. There was Julian Alaphilippe’s second stage win, a crash for Adam Yates when he looked to be moving into a winning position and some puzzling tactics by teams that should have their eyes on the overall race for the yellow jersey. Ciro gives us an update on how Italy’s Tour is going following the crash that ruled out Vincenzo Nibali and Gianni Moscon’s disqualification. We then turn attentions to tomorrow’s 17th stage – a short, explosive 65-kilometre stage with an innovative ‘gridded’ start. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 24, 2018
86: The Press Conference | Part 2 | Tour de France 2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer your messages you sent in via WhatsApp (+44 7971 338 205).  From the cobbles of Roubaix to l'Alpe d'Huez, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for episode 2 of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Jul 24, 2018
12: Kilometre 0 - The coach
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At La Rosière in the Alps, Geraint Thomas won the stage and took the yellow jersey and, more than an hour later, Mark Cavendish crossed the line last and well outside the time limit. For Rod Ellingworth it was a bitter-sweet day because both riders were graduates of the British Cycling Academy he founded and ran. The next day, on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Orla Chennaoui travelled with Ellingworth in a Team Sky car and asked him about his relationship with both riders and his approach to developing youngsters to cope with the demands of professional cycling. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 24, 2018
84: The Press Conference | Part 1 | Tour de France 2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau spent the afternoon listening to the voice messages you sent in via WhatsApp. From the cobbles of Roubaix to l'Alpe d'Huez, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the first episode of 'The Press Conference' at the 105th Tour de France.
Jul 23, 2018
11: Kilometre 0 - Schleck returns to the Tour
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 Richard Moore spends the day with 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck. The former rider from Luxembourg is back at the Tour driving VIPs for one of the race's sponsors, Skoda. Richard talks to him about his career and how he has adjusted to retirement. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 23, 2018
82: Stage 15 Millau – Carcassonne | Tour de France 2018
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The Tour de France reached Carcassonne, the final stop before the second rest day, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a second consecutive stage that was dominated by the breakaway riders. And the Astana team was celebrating for the second day in a row after Omar Fraile’s victory in Mende on Saturday. This time it was their Danish rider Magnus Cort who won. We hear how Astana planned their strategy from Cort’s team-mate Michael Valgren and sports director Lars Michaelsen and also from Trek-Segafredo’s Steven De Jongh about how their chance slipped away. Team Sky’s Nicolas Portal looks forward to the Pyrenees and Frans Maassen of LottoNL-Jumbo explains how they might use their twin threats in the mountains. All that plus the usual discussion of the latest news from the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 22, 2018
81: Stage 14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende | Tour de France 2018
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There were two races on stage 14 of the Tour de France and The Cycling Podcast discuss both of them in the latest episode. At the airfield in Mende, where the stage finished with a brutally short but steep climb, Omar Fraile won from a large break while, almost 20 minutes behind, the overall contenders battled it out, with Primoz Roglic gaining a few seconds to cement his fourth place. In the podcast we hear from Jasper Stuyven, who almost stayed away, and his sports director Alain Gallopin. There’s also reaction from Roglic and an interview with the young Colombian on Team Sky, Egan Bernal.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 21, 2018
80: Stage 13 Bourg d’Oisans – Valence | Tour de France 2018
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Today’s stage of the Tour de France was the calm after the storm. Alpe d’Huez had claimed one notable victim – with fourth-placed Vincenzo Nibali having to pull out of the race after a crash caused by catching his bike on a spectator’s camera strap. We ask what the Tour can do to keep the riders safe but retain the atmosphere of the race. With Peter Sagan winning his third stage of the Tour, we also ask whether something needs to be done to avoid a scenario where several top sprinters fail to make it through the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 20, 2018
79: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 25
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The July episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from France, where Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley report from La Course, the women's one-day race in the Alps. There's also a feature from the Giro Rosa, the women's Tour of Italy.  At La Course, a thrilling race was won by Annemiek van Vleuten – who also won the Giro Rosa – with the young Danish star Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig lighting it up with a long-range attack that looked like it might succeed. We hear from Uttrup Ludwig, from Giro runner-up Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Dani Rowe and also from the rider who lost the race in the final few metres, Anna van der Breggen.  Van der Breggen is the Olympic champion and has been the best in the world for the last two years, but Van Vleuten is offering a serious challenge this season. From Italy we hear from Kasia Niewiadoma and Alexis Ryan as they reflect on Van Vleuten's dominant performance at the Giro.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
Jul 20, 2018
10: Kilometre 0 - Dutch Corner
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Lionel Birnie heads to bend number seven on Alpe d'Huez to experience the atmosphere of Dutch Corner. However, because of safety and security concerns, the Tour de France organisers and police had taken steps to control the size and behaviour of the crowd, restricting the amount of alcohol available and leading to a less fervent atmosphere than in past years. It's ironic that Dutch Corner was founded by a local clergyman selling beer to help raise funds to rebuild his church… Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 20, 2018
77: Stage 12 Bourg St Maurice – Alpe d’Huez | Tour de France 2018
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The Tour is won on the Alpe (more often than not) so what does this mean for the yellow jersey? Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui discuss Geraint Thomas’s second consecutive stage win and ask whether this means he is now Team Sky’s most likely chance of winning the Tour. We discuss the moves on the mountain – Team Sky’s dominance, Movistar’s frailties, Vincenzo Nibali being knocked off by a motorbike and Romain Bardet’s attacks. Where does this leave the race for the yellow jersey now? We try to answer that question. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 19, 2018
9: Kilometre 0 - Breaking the story
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 François Thomazeau talks about how Reuters broke the story about organised doping in the Festina team in 1998. One of the news agency's regular stringers called François on the eve of the Grand Départ in Dublin to say a Festina team car had been stopped by customs officers on the Franco-Belgian border and had been found to contain hundreds of doses of doping products. Twenty years ago the media landscape was very different and so when Reuters broke the news it created huge shockwaves. François describes what happened – why he had to bend Reuters' editorial rules slightly in order to break the news because he was confident in his colleague's sources. This is a fascinating insight into breaking news, sorting facts from fiction and setting a news agenda that changed professional cycling for good. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 19, 2018
75: Stage 11 Albertville – La Rosière | Tour de France 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss stage 11 of the Tour de France, which was the first mountain-top finish of the race. As expected, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas took the yellow jersey from Greg Van Avermaet. What was not anticipated was that Thomas would also win the stage. He and his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome are now first and second overall. As Team Sky took control of the race, others fell completely out of contention. We ask who can still hope of finishing on the podium in Paris. And we discuss the fate of the two star sprinters who missed the time cut – Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 18, 2018
8: Kilometre 0 - La Course 2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we spend the day following La Course, the one-day women’s race organised by the Tour de France. Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley go to the start in Annecy and the finish in Le Grand Bornand, where they witness a thrilling finish to an exciting race. We hear from Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Dani Rowe, one of the stars of the race, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and the winner, Annemiek van Vleuten. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 18, 2018
73: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 10 | Annecy – Le Grand Bornand
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The Tour de France reached the Alps after the rest day and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recap the tenth stage. We hear from the team-mate and sports director of Julian Alaphilippe’s Quick Step team after the Frenchman won the first Tour stage of his career. Plus we hear from Rolf Aldag, sports director of Dimension Data, after the nervous wait to hear if Mark Cavendish and some of the other sprinters made the time limit. And from BMC Racing’s Jim Ochowicz about the team’s new sponsorship deal which has saved it from disappearing from the peloton. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 17, 2018
7: Kilometre 0 - The Data Dimension
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look at the growing use of data and statistics in professional cycling. With so much information available, what is useful to the team managers and riders? We also talk to Stephan Van der Zwan, co-owner of the Pro Cycling Stats website about how more teams are using the information he collates and publishes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps [Become a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) to access a library of special episodes, like Chasing Sky; an in-depth look at Jumbo-Visma's ambitions for the 2019 season. [Listen to a trailer here »](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/project/chasing-sky)
Jul 17, 2018
6: Kilometre 0 - Pavé
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In this episode of Kilometre 0, Lionel Birnie heads out on to the pavé to witness one of the most dramatic Tour de France stages in years. The morning after the French national holiday and with France playing in the World Cup final later that evening there was a huge, enthusiastic crowd out on the roads. But for the riders it was a case of chaos, crashes and hoping for the best… The Cycling Podcast is supported Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 16, 2018
69: Stage 9 | Arras – Roubaix | Tour de France 2018
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the grandstand at the famous outdoor velodrome in Roubaix, which traditionally hosts the finish of the Paris-Roubaix classic. Today’s stage nine covered almost 22 kilometres of cobbled roads and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau convene to make sense of the action and ask what the results mean for the rest of the Tour. As expected, the stage spelled the end for at least one of the overall contenders and the unlucky man was Richie Porte, who crashed before the race even reached the cobbles. Ironically he crashed out of the Tour on the ninth stage last year too. Most of the other favourites all finished together, with Romain Bardet and Mikel Landa conceding a few seconds. The most significant time lost was by last year’s runner-up Rigoberto Uran. The stage was won by former Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb - his biggest win since a horrible collision with a vehicle while on a training camp two years ago. We hear from a number of people who were in the thick of the action, including Matt White, who was unhappy about the way Bardet regained ground after puncturing. We also hear from Porte’s team boss Jim Ochowicz and Degenkolb’s teammate Koen De Kort and sports director Steven De Jongh, plus Vincenzo Nibali’s domestique Heinrich Haussler and Bardet’s helper Oliver Naesen. Monday is a rest day and we will return with our Press Conference episode in which Richard, Lionel and François will answer listeners’ questions. Send us yours via a WhatsApp voice note to +447971338205. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 15, 2018
68: Stage 8 | Dreux – Amiens | Tour de France 2018
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With the cobbled stage looming the Tour de France peloton rolled through the countryside from Dreux to Amiens waiting for the inevitable sprint finish. For the second day in a row, Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen won the stage in decisive style. Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel, who crossed the line in second and third were later relegated to last in the results for illegal moves – Greipel for squeezing Gaviria towards the barriers and Gaviria for nudging back with his head a couple of times. We discuss whether the decision was right. With it being Bastille Day, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau experienced the Tour as tens of thousands did – on the roadside. We also hear from Cedric Vasseur, the boss of the French Cofidis team who have gone ten years without a Tour stage, and, as he prepares to face the cobbled stage, from Luke Rowe about his remarkable comeback from injury after breaking his leg in several places following an accident on his brother’s stag do last year. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 14, 2018
67: Stage 7 | Fougères – Chartres | Tour de France 2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a quiet day on the Tour de France – a long 231-kilometre trek across the countryside that barely sparked into life until the final five kilometres. With the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix looming we ask whether such days are an inevitable consequence of the stress of the opening days of the Tour and the reduction in team size from nine to eight riders. We also talk to Hilaire Van der Schueren, sports director of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, the wild card team who at least put two riders up the road. Dylan Groenewegen of Team LottoNL-Jumbo won the stage – making it his second Tour stage victory after his triumph on the Champs-Elysées last year. We speak to his team-mates about how they pulled it off. And we look back at yesterday’s late drama which cost Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet time after the two overall contenders collided. We speak to Dumoulin’s sports director Luke Roberts about the chaos and misunderstandings at the end of the stage to Mûr de Bretagne. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 13, 2018
5: Kilometre 0 - Ten years of Argyle
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look back ten years to the Slipstream team's Tour de France debut. Jonathan Vaughters talks about the team's anti-doping ethos and the steep learning curve of riding their first Tour. We hear from Will Frischkorn who almost won a stage in the first week, and ask Vaughters how it felt to be challenging for a place on the podium with Christian Vande Velde in the final week. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 13, 2018
65: Tour de France 2018| Stage 6 | Brest – Mûr de Bretagne
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a chaotic finale to a stage that finished on the Mûr de Bretagne in Brittany. In last night’s podcast we asked Daniel Martin if he felt the Mûr de Bretagne finish suited him better and today he provided the answer. We also discuss the misfortune for Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin and ask whether Dumoulin’s time penalty for drafting behind a team car after his mechanical problem was a fair punishment. We weigh up who will be happy and who less so after a tense opening six days of racing. Two relatively straightforward sprint stages are to come (if there is such a thing) and then the Tour hits the cobbles. We speak to Matt White of Mitchelton-Scott and Servais Knaven of Team Sky about whether the cobbled sections are too much for the Tour. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 12, 2018
4: Kilometre 0 - Cartes du Tour
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In the fourth episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France we meet Paul Fournel, author of a new illustrated history of the maps of the Tour. Fournel is one of Frances’s most respected writers and he tells us about his book and his lifelong love affair with cycling and with the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 12, 2018
63: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 5 | Lorient – Quimper
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a tough, tricky and hilly stage through the Breton countryside that saw a familiar winner in Quimper. World champion Peter Sagan won with a perfectly timed sprint on the final hill – it was his second stage win of the race – but he was pushed all the way by Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli. We hear from Colbrelli’s team manager Brent Copeland about his sprinter and also team leader Vincenzo Nibali. Dan Martin of Ireland was in the top ten but he will be looking to tomorrow’s finish at Mûr de Bretagne. We hear from him about the race so far and the number of crashes that have occurred in the opening days. We discuss the needle between breakaway companions Lilian Calmejane and Toms Skuijns, who took the king of the mountains jersey and look ahead to the second of two action-packed stages in Brittany. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 11, 2018
3: Kilometre 0 - 20 in a row
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This episode of Kilometre 0 features the Australian rider Adam Hansen, who set a record of completing 20 grand tours when he rode the Giro d'Italia in May. Hansen is not riding this Tour de France – it's the first one he's missed since his run began in 2011 – but he was in the Vendée working for a television station and getting a glimpse of another side of the race for the first time. We spoke to him about his record-breaking run and asked some of the riders and staff at his Lotto-Soudal team what it's like without him. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 11, 2018
61: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 4 | La Baule – Sarzeau
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With World Cup fever gripping France it was somehow appropriate on the day of the semi-final between France and Belgium that two Frenchmen and two Belgians formed the four-man break on stage four of the Tour. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau soak up the festival atmosphere in Brittany and recap the stage, which was won by Colombian Fernando Gaviria after the break was caught in the nick of time. We hear from Gaviria’s sports director Brian Holm, who was unhappy that other teams did not assist the chase, and Tim Declercq, who did so much work for Quick Step on the front of the peloton. There were crashes again, of course, and we spoke to Rigoberto Uran’s sports director Charly Wegelius about how they ensured their team leader rejoined the peloton after his fall close to the finish. A year ago, on the equivalent stage – stage four to Vittel – Guillaume van Keirsbulck was in the break all day. He was one of the quartet who escaped today and we spoke to him about his day out in front. Plus we assess the simmering war of words between UCI president David Lappartient and Team Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford following the resolution of Chris Froome’s salbutamol case and cover all the other talking points from the day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 10, 2018
2: Kilometre 0 - The pain barrier
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On stage one Lawson Craddock crashed, breaking his scapula and suffering a deep laceration above his eye. He finished the stage but the question was whether it was wise for him to carry on. With the help of the Education First medical staff he started the next morning and survived the stage. Then came an even bigger test – the team time trial. In this episode we speak to Craddock and also to his medics, sports directors and teammates. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 10, 2018
59: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 3 | Cholet – Cholet
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The Tour de France’s third stage was a team time trial in the countryside around Cholet and The Cycling Podcast’s sleek formation of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the winners and losers of the day. The yellow jersey changed hands after BMC Racing won the team time trial – just as they did in Brittany three years ago. That means Greg Van Avermaet is the new race leader. In this episode we hear from BMC’s time trial coach Marco Pinotti and their former rider, now agent, Manuel Quinziato about the discipline. We also hear from Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin, who will count the stage as a good one for their overall hopes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Jul 09, 2018
1: Kilometre 0 - The debutants
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we speak to some of the riders who were experiencing the Tour de France for the first time. The nerves and sense of anticipation were heightened in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île as they prepared to tackle the biggest race of them all. From he youngest rider in the race, to others who had waited almost all their careers to make their debut, we ask whether the Tour feels different to other events Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps
Jul 09, 2018
57: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 2 | Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon
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Crashes were again a feature of the Tour de France as a reduced group contested the sprint finish in La Roche-sur-Yon following a pile-up just inside the final couple of kilometres ruled out most of the main contenders. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the stage and Peter Sagan’s first Tour stage win since his disqualification from last year’s race. The world champion held off a strong challenge from Italian Sonny Colbrelli to clinch the stage and take the yellow jersey from Fernando Gaviria, who was one of the late crash victims. We hear from Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Enrico Poitschke about the team’s victory and from Marcel Kittel, who was third yesterday but also lost the chance to contest the sprint. Plus we ask why there are still so many crashes, despite the reduction in the size of the peloton – with teams now consisting of eight riders instead of nine, making the bunch 176 in all. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 08, 2018
56: Tour de France 2018 | Stage 1 | Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau kick off The Cycling Podcast’s Tour de France coverage after an opening stage that concluded with a chaotic final ten kilometres. Join them as they digest the fall-out from a number of crashes that saw several of the big favourites lose time. The stage was won by Tour debutant Fernando Gaviria of Quick Step Floors ahead of the world champion Peter Sagan and former Quick Step star Marcel Kittel, who won five Tour stages for them last year. We hear from Quick Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere, sports director Brian Holm and rider Yves Lampaert. Just as he did at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, Chris Froome crashed on the opening day of the race and lost time – as did other overall contenders Richie Porte and Adam Yates. Nairo Quintana fared even worse after mechanical problems and was left to chase alone by his Movistar team. We ask what this means for their three-pronged assault on the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 07, 2018
55: A pre-Tour de France ramble, part two
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July 4 | In a bumper final episode before the start of the 2018 Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in a Soho pub to complete the countdown to La Grande Boucle. One story has dominated this week's cycling news and that is the decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Union Cycliste Internationale to drop the case against Chris Froome. It means Froome is free to ride the Tour de France after spending the best part of nine months with the cloud from his salbutamol case hanging over him following the leak that revealed he had recorded an adverse analytical finding during the last week of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. We discuss what this latest development means and hear from EF Education First team boss Jonathan Vaughters before looking ahead to the Tour as the 176-rider start list was confirmed. The Tour de France begins in the Vendée on Saturday and The Cycling Podcast will be producing daily episodes analysing the racing as well as Kilometre 0, taking a look at a different aspect of the race, every weekday morning. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jul 04, 2018
54: A pre-Tour de France ramble, part one
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June 28 | With the start of the Tour de France now just nine days away, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss how the start list is taking shape for the Grand Départ in the Vendée. The big selection story of the week was Mitchelton-Scott's surprise decision to leave out sprinter Caleb Ewan. Back in December the team had confirmed Ewan would make his Tour debut this summer but when it came to naming the final eight – and with rumours Ewan is leaving the team at the end of the season – they decided to back Adam Yates's bid for the general classification. We discuss who else is in and out and we also hear from Ireland's Sam Bennett about why he desperately wants to win the national championships this weekend. Next week's episode will be the final one before the start of the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 28, 2018
53: All roads lead to the Tour
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June 21 | In this episode of the The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore is back from the Women's Tour and joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to begin the build-up to the Tour de France. They recap the Critérium du Dauphiné, which was won by Geraint Thomas, and Tour of Switzerland, won by Richie Porte, and look at the signs of who is in form for the Tour. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 21, 2018
52: The Women's Tour | Stage 5 | Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay
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In the final Cycling Podcast Féminin from the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discuss the last stage and the battle for overall victory. While the stage into Colwyn Bay was taken by Finnish champion Lotta Lepisto, it was Coryn Rivera, who has led since day two, who claimed the green jersey of champion. The first ever Women’s Tour winner, Marianne Vos, was second. We hear from Lepisto, Rivera and Dani Rowe, who suffered a nasty crash the previous day but survived the stage to hold on to a place on the podium by finishing third. There are also interviews with last year’s winner, Kasia Niewiadoma, and Dame Sarah Storey, who was there as a spectator and team owner and who shares her thoughts about how the Women’s Tour has developed in its five years.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 17, 2018
51: The Women's Tour | Stage 4 | Evesham to Worcester
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Stage four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, into Worcester, was won by the former world champion Amalie Dideriksen, giving her team, Boels-Dolmans, their first win of the race. Coryn Rivera of Team Sunweb kept the leader’s green jersey with only one stage remaining.  Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley of The Cycling Podcast Féminin discuss the day’s action and look ahead to the decisive final stage in Wales. There are interviews with current world champion Chantal Blaak, defending champion Kasia Niewiadoma and Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who spent much of the day in the breakaway – and was not at all happy at the finish. Another rider who was unhappy was Dani Rowe, who crashed heavily in the final 3km. She remains the best placed British rider in third, but tells the podcast that she is unsure whether she will be able to start her home stage on Sunday. There’s also a feature in this episode on a delicate subject – the challenge posed to the female riders by the need to answer a call of nature mid-stage.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 16, 2018
50: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 3 | Atherstone - Royal Leamington Spa
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Stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, into Royal Leamington Spa, was won by Australian Sarah Roy, giving her team, Mitchelton-Scott, two out of three stages so far. The American rider Coryn Rivera kept the leader’s green jersey. Orla Chennaoui of The Cycling Podcast Féminin spent the day in the Trek-Drops team car, from where she witnessed a dramatic day of crashes and survival – we hear her report in tonight’s episode.  There are interviews with Vita Heine, who was in the day’s big breakaway, as well as with Roy’s teammate Alex Manly, and with Rivera’s teammates Floortje Mackaij and Leah Kirchmann. We also hear from Elisa Longo Borgini, the Italian champion who has been one of the most aggressive riders over the past two stages, and Cecile Uttrup Ludwig, who should shine on Sunday’s hilly stage. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 15, 2018
49: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 2 | Rushden - Daventry
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Stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour took the riders into Northamptonshire, with the first climbs bringing some of the favourites to the fore. At the finish in Daventry it was Coryn Rivera, the American on Team Sunweb, who narrowly beat Marianne Vos, the Dutchwoman who won the first Women’s Tour in 2014.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin reports from the finish with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley discussing the talking points from the stage. There are interviews with Rivera, a disappointed Vos and her teammate Dani Rowe, the top British rider. We also hear from Danny Stam, who runs Boels-Dolmans, the world’s top team, and Maaike Boogard, the young Dutchwoman who was the day’s breakaway queen.  There was some confusion after stage one when Abi Van Twisk, who rides for Trek-Drops, crashed and left the race in an ambulance. Van Twisk was later declared fit to carry on racing by the doctors and, though heavily bandaged, lined up at the start in Rushden. In the end it proved too much for Van Twisk, who didn’t finish – we hear from her before and after the stage, as well as from the race doctor, Matt Gray.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 14, 2018
48: The Women's Tour 2018 | Stage 1 | Framlingham - Southwold
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Stage one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour finished on the seafront in Southwold with Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium and Mitchelton-Scott winning the bunch sprint in her first race back after suffering a broken collarbone. The Cycling Podcast Féminin reports from the finish with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley analyisng the stage and looking ahead to the overall battle to come in the days ahead. We hear from stage winner D’Hoore and from the third placed Coryn Rivera. There are also interviews with Hannah Barnes and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the Canyon-SRAM riders who are both targeting general classification.  The first stage was marred by crashes, and there’s news on Abi Van Twisk, who was badly hurt in the finishing straight and taken to hospital. And we hear from Katie Archibald, another rider returning from a broken collarbone sustained at the Tour de Yorkshire. The Olympic champion hit the tarmac on stage one but was unhurt.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 13, 2018
47: The Women's Tour 2018 Preview
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The Cycling Podcast Féminin previews the OVO Energy Women's Tour, with Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley looking ahead to the riders, teams and stages that could animate the 2018 race, as well as the places they will visit over the five days.  In this episode there's an interview with the defending champion, Kasia Niewiadoma, who returns with her new team, Canyon-SRAM. Theirs is one of the strongest squads, with the Barnes sisters, Alice and Hannah, lining up together at the Women’s Tour for the first time. We also hear from the race director Mick Bennett, who explains the planning that goes into devising the route, and tells us which stages he thinks might be decisive. The Cycling Podcast Féminin will be covering the OVO Energy Women's Tour in full, with the preview show followed by five nightly episodes from Wednesday to Sunday when the race finishes in North Wales. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
Jun 12, 2018
46: The Tour's innovation plus the Dauphiné
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June 7 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Tour de France's innovative Formula 1-style grid start to the 65-kilometre long 17th stage in the Pyrenees. How will it work? Will the riders embrace the change or try to neutralise its effects and what does it say about the Tour's desire to make mountain stages unmissable for television viewers? Daniel reports from the Critérium du Dauphiné where a lot of riders are honing their form ahead of the Tour. And we take a brief look back at the Giro d'Italia and ask the four American riders – Ben King, Joe Dombrowski, Chad Haga and Nate Brown – how much they know about Andy Hampsten's performance on the snow-covered Gavia which set him up to win the pink jersey 30 years ago. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 07, 2018
45: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference 3
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Almost a week has passed since Chris Froome won the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia- a week Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe spent listening to the voice messages you sent in via WhatsApp. Covering everything from Grand-Tour-laundry-logistics to the limits of riding à la Zubeldia, they respond to a selection of the best messages in the inbox for the final episode of 'The Press Conference'. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 01, 2018
44: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 24
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In the May episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley look back on a busy month of racing, in Yorkshire, China, California and the Basque Country. Orla has a report from the Tour de Yorkshire and there are interviews with Lizzie Deignan and Sarah Storey. Deignan is expecting her first child and says that she is determined to return to racing in 2019, aiming towards the world championships in Yorkshire and Tokyo Olympics a year later. She also hints that she might be in different colours, raising the possibility of her moving from the team, Boels-Dolmans, with which she has enjoyed so much success. In this episode we also hear from Trek-Drops owner Bob Varney as he reflects on recent challenges and the team's best ever result, thanks to Tayler Wiles at the Tour of California. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a library of in-depth, special episodes. Sign up on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
May 30, 2018
43: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 21 | Roma – Roma
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As Sam Bennett sprinted to his third Giro d’Italia stage win in Rome, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe bowed out – but not without their own bit of drama. In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro we hear from some of the main players over the past three, thrilling weeks, including Bennett, Svein Tuft, Domenico Pozzovivo, Mike Woods, Alex Dowsett, Davide Formolo and many others. There’s also a return of podcast favourites Ciro Scognamiglio, Renaat Schotte and even Lionel Birnie, as the team reviews one of the most dramatic Grand Tours in years.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 27, 2018
42: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 20 | Susa – Cervinia
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The final mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia saw Mikel Nieve win on his birthday and Chris Froome increase his overall lead ahead of Sunday’s final, processional stage into Rome. Barring an accident, Froome will win his first Giro, to add to his four Tour de France titles and one Vuelta a Espana.  Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report from the ski resort that sits almost at the foot of the Matterhorn, though the podcast begins from Susa, where the 20th stage started. There, we hear reaction from Alex Dowsett, George Bennett and others to Froome’s extraordinary performance on Friday, when an 80km solo break turned the Giro on its head. There are also interviews with Simon Yates, whose dreams of winning were ended so cruelly the previous day, his teammate Svein Tuft and sports director Matt White. And there is reaction from Domenico Pozzovivo and Sebastien Reichenbach, whose team leader Thibaut Pinot suffered his own woes on Saturday.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 26, 2018
41: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 19 | Venaria Reale – Bardonecchia
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An extraordinary day at the Giro d’Italia saw Chris Froome embark on an 80km solo breakaway to win the 19th stage and take over the pink jersey. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe were at the finish in Bardonecchia to witness the previous leader, Simon Yates’, collapse and Froome’s recovery, after he looked out of it a week ago. In the podcast we hear from the Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford and from the rider who set up Froome’s attack, Kenny Ellissonde. There’s also reaction from Tom Dumoulin, who now sits second, 40 seconds down on Froome, his teammate Laurens ten Dam, and from Thibaut Pinot, who has moved up to third. Chris Juul-Jensen, Yates’ Mitchelton-Scott teammate, also tells us about the team’s difficult day.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 25, 2018
40: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 18 | Abbiategrasso – Prato Nevoso
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A dramatic day on the Giro d’Italia saw Tom Dumoulin slash Simon Yates’ overall lead in half to set up a thrilling final two days in the mountains. It was only in the last 2km, on the long climb to Prato Nevoso, that Yates showed his first sign of weakness in almost three weeks. When Dumoulin marked a late attack by Chris Froome, Yates could not follow. By the finish he had held on to the pink jersey by just 28 seconds. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report from the summit of the climb, where they spoke to Dumoulin and to Froome’s teammates Kenny Ellissonde and David de la Cruz. We also hear from Dumoulin’s teammate Chad Haga, from Austrian rider Patrick Konrad and Michael Mørkøv, who was in the day’s break and helped his Quick-Step teammate Max Schachmann win the stage. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 24, 2018
39: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 17 | Riva del Garda – Iseo
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Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia was described as a transition day but it was short, fast and furious before Elia Viviani claimed his fourth stage win in Iseo. Looking ahead to three more tough days in the mountains, and the stages that will decide the race, we spoke at the start in Riva del Garda to riders and managers about the possible effect of smaller teams at this Giro. The move from nine to eight riders per team was to improve safety and reduce the chances of a strong team controlling the race, but has it worked? Brent Copeland, the general manager at Bahrain-Merida, Marco Pinotti, a coach at BMC, and Eusebio Unzué, who runs the Movistar team, all give their verdict, as does Markel Irizar, who rides for Trek-Segafredo. In this episode we also hear from Viviani’s director, Rik Van Slycke, and we speak to Mattia Gavazzi, once one of Italy’s great sprinting talents but whose career ended in shame after three positive tests for cocaine. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 23, 2018
38: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 16 | Trento – Rovereto
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Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia featured the crucial time trial between Trento and Rovereto and saw Simon Yates hold on to the pink jersey of race leader. With Yates losing less time than many expected to his closest challenger, Tom Dumoulin, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe report on a day that may well have been decisive in determining the outcome of a race that finishes in Rome on Sunday.  We hear from Dumoulin and from Chris Froome, who has put himself back in contention for a place on the podium, at least, and also from Yates’ teammate, Esteban Chaves. We also speak to Max Sciandri, the sports director of stage winner Rohan Dennis.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
May 22, 2018
37: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference 2
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It's a rest day again at the Giro d’Italia and so The Cycling Podcast find themselves in the position of answering questions instead of asking them. We have invited listeners to leave a voice message on What’s App, or send a question by email, and earlier this evening, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe answered them at their rest day retreat, on a vineyard high up in the mountains above Trento. If you’d like to ask a question for the next rest day, leave a voice message on What’s App by calling +44 7971338205 The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
May 21, 2018
36: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 15 | Tolmezzo – Sappada
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the German-speaking part of northern Italy after another impressive stage win for Simon Yates, who extended his lead in the Giro d’Italia. But the question is, does Yates have enough of an advantage over Tom Dumoulin to have a chance of winning the Giro bearing in mind the Dutchman could take significant time in Tuesday’s time trial. We hear from Yates’s sports director Matt White, who was in an extremely upbeat mood, and from Dumoulin and Sunweb’s Marc Reef, who were not feeling so chipper. We also hear from Movistar’s Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta about Richard Carapaz, one of the suprise packages of the race, and from the young Grand Tour debutant Ben O’Connor of Dimension Data. There’s also news of Daniel’s secret mission into Austria. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 20, 2018
35: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 14 | San Vito al Tagliamento – Monte Zoncolan
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Monte Zoncolan where the Giro d’Italia’s 14th stage finished with a British one-two. Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the stage and began the process of dragging himself back into overall contention – but he was pursued by Simon Yates, who extended his lead over everyone bar Froome. Richard Moore returns to the Giro for the final week and joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to dissect a stage that leaves the race beautifully poised with the time trial and several mountain stages still to go. We hear from several riders at the top of Monte Zoncolan about their experience climbing the mountain, and from Dave Brailsford about the way Froome has edged closer to overall contention, plus from George Bennett, who had a challenging day because of mechanical problems. There’s also the second half of the The Cycling Podcast’s tiramisù World Cup in Tolmezzo. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 19, 2018
34: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 13 | Ferrara – Nervesa della Battaglia
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Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was the relative calm before the storm of Saturday’s Monte Zoncolan mountain stage but there’s nevertheless a packed episode of The Cycling Podcast from Nervesa della Battaglia. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the stage with Gazzetta Dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglia, who sheds light on why Elia Viviani was upset with their coverage of his performance on Thursday. If Viviani had been looking to prove a point he did so in emphatic style with his third stage win of the race. We look ahead to the Monte Zoncolan and hear from the team managers of the riders sitting in the first three places overall – Martial Gayant of Thibaut Pinot’s Groupama-FDJ, Marc Reef of Tom Dumoulin’s Sunweb and Matt White of Simon Yates’s Mitchelton-Scott – about what to expect on the mountain. Lionel and Daniel went on two secret missions – paying a visit to one of the sport’s most notorious figures and then to the restaurant that is the reigning Tiramisù World Cup champions. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 18, 2018
33: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 12 | Osimo – Imola
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap stage 12 of the race which finished on the motor racing circuit in Imola. There was contrasting fortunes for Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick Step at the finish because Ireland’s Sam Bennett won his second stage of the Giro while Elia Viviani found himself out of position and out of support from his team-mates. We hear from a couple of Bennett’s team-mates about their joy and from Quick Step’s sports director Rik Van Slyke about what went wrong. In part two we focus on two of the Italian wild card teams. We hear the team briefing on the Bardiani-CSF bus before the stage. They were competing in their home region and wanted to get riders in the break. And we speak to Gianni Savio, the veteran boss of the Androni Giocattoli team, who have had a rider in every breakaway in this Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 17, 2018
32: Giro d’Italia 2018 | Stage 11 | Assisi – Osimo
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe shelter from a heavy rain storm in Osimo to discuss the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. In a packed episode, we hear from Matt White, Simon Yates’s sports director after the British rider won his second stage and extended his lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin. We also hear from the Dutchman and his coach, plus Belgian Tim Wellens, who looked good for the stage victory until Yates blasted past him about 1,300 metres from the line. Finally we hear from Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal about another bad day for Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Froome. In the second part, Lionel and Daniel take a detour to Filottrano, home town of Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a collision with a vehicle while training shortly before last year’s Giro. Finally we discuss how the race is looking at the halfway mark and hear from Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who is lying third overall, about his chances. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 16, 2018
31: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 10 | Penne – Gualdo Tadino
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The Cycling Podcast comes from Umbria after stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia changed the complexion of the overall race for the pink jersey quite significantly. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the fact that Mitchelton-Scott’s dream position has been altered by the fact that Esteban Chaves struggled on the first climb, found himself unable to follow the wheels and eventually lost 25 minutes – tumbling down from second place overall and leaving his team-mate Simon Yates as the undisputed leader of the squad for the remainder of the race. We hear from Mitchelton-Scott’s domestique Sam Bewley, sports director Matt White and Chaves himself and get Yates’s verdict on his nickname – Sanguinaccio Volante, or the Flying Black Pudding. The stage was won by Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric who got into the early break, only to be caught when the main peloton put the pressure on to make sure Chaves and sprinter Elia Viviani did not make contact. Mohoric attacked again in the final 40 kilometres and then outsprinted Nico Denz to add a Giro stage win to his victory at the Vuelta a Espana last year. Im the final part we have an exclusive interview with Team Sky’s Chris Froome about his Giro so far, which has been compromised by crashes, and what he thinks he can do in the second half of the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 15, 2018
30: Giro d'Italia 2018 | The Press Conference
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It’s a rest day at the Giro d’Italia and so The Cycling Podcast find themselves in the position of answering questions instead of asking them. We have invited listeners to leave a voice message on What’s App, or send a question by email, and earlier this evening, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answered them at their rest day retreat near the town of Penne. If you’d like to ask a question for the next rest day, leave a voice message on What’s App by calling +44 7971338205 The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 14, 2018
29: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 9 | Pesco Sannita – Gran Sasso d’Italia
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the finish line at Gran Sasso d’Italia, where stage nine of the race finished. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe capture the atmosphere on the mountain and speak to the riders as they cross the line before reconvening in a pizzeria to discuss the movers and shakers. Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves now lie first and second overall and we ask if the other teams have the strength in numbers to unseat them. We also assess the performance of the other general classification contenders and ask if Chris Froome is now out of the reckoning after he slipped to 11th. Plus there’s a chat with the first Pédaleur de Charme prize winner of this Giro, Jack Haig, and discuss the local speciality, mozzarella cheese. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 13, 2018
28: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 8 | Praia a Mare – Montevergine di Mercogliano
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The episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the deepest countryside in Campania as Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review stage eight of the Giro d’Italia, and another uphill finish. It was a fairly unremarkable stage but there were two very notable aspects to the final climb – firstly the attack by Richard Carapaz, the best young rider, who broke away to become the first from Ecuador to win a stage of one of cycling’s grand tours. We hear from our Spanish correspondent Fran Reyes about Carapaz. And Chris Froome’s luck refuses to turn – he fell on the slippery road approaching the finish. In this episode we learn more about Simon Yates, we take a detour to visit the so-called Zoncolan of the South, we try to coin a new nickname for Yates and we hear from Alex Dowsett about the dangerous, poorly-lit tunnels on the course towards the end of stage seven. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 12, 2018
27: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 7 | Pizzo – Praia a Mare
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It may have been a fairly routine stage of the Giro d’Italia but it’s a jam-packed episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Giro d’Italia. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe begin the episode by looking back at last night’s transfer from Sicily to the mainland and how it affected the riders. Then they recap the stage, won by Ireland’s Sam Bennett ahead of Elia Viviani. We hear from Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Christian Poemer and Bennett’s friend and compatriot Nicolas Roche. We also hear from Dimension Data’s young Australian rider Ben O’Connor after his impressive ride on Mount Etna, plus we reveal what links the Calabrese mafia, the stage start town of Pizzo and Groupama-FDJ’s Swiss rider Steve Morabito. Plus there’s an appearance by La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglio and the second part of our conversation with Dave Brailsford about the latest concerning Chris Froome’s salbutamol case. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 11, 2018
26: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 6 | Caltanissetta – Etna
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the queue to board the ferry from Messina in Sicily to the mainland – just as they did at a similar stage of the race last year. They reflect on a thrilling finish at Mount Etna, where the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team pulled off a stunning double by winning the stage and taking the pink jersey. Colombian rider Esteban Chaves won the stage, having been part of a large break packed with big-name riders. Just behind him, his team-mate Simon Yates jumped away from the group of favourites, closed the gap to Chaves and took the race lead from BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis. The episode begins at the beginning with LottoNL-Jumbo rider George Bennett and Thibaut Pinot’s coach and brother Julien looking ahead to the climb of Etna. At the finish we hear from Mitchelton-Scott boss Matt White about their double success and defending champion Tom Dumoulin about how he fared in the race’s first big test. Plus we discuss the winners and losers on Etna. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 10, 2018
25: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 5 | Agrigento – Santa Ninfa
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Menfi, the home town of Team Sky’s Sicilian rider Salvatore Puccio where they recap stage five of the race to Santa Ninfa. The honours went to Team Lotto NL-Jumbo’s Enrico Battaglin, who had been third the previous day. In this episode we hear from defending champion Tom Dumoulin, plus Nicolas Portal and Matt White look ahead to tomorrow’s stage on Etna. There’s also a conversation with Kenny Elissonde about why Chris Froome lost time yesterday and we hear from Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the ongoing salbutamol case hanging over Froome and its effect on performance. And Lionel learns Italian. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 09, 2018
24: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 4 | Catania – Caltagirone
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The Giro d’Italia resumed in Sicily after the grande partenza weekend in Israel and a tricky finish in Caltagirone gave Belgium’s Tim Wellens the second Giro stage win of his career and caught Chris Froome out. Wellens and his Lotto-Fix All team played a blinder, negotiating the penultimate hill and a deceptive descent and piling the pressure on behind. The Belgian pipped Mike Woods on the line. In this episode we hear from both Woods and Wellens’ team-mate Tosh Van der Sande. Daniel Friebe joins The Cycling Podcast’s Giro d’Italia team to discuss the significance of the day’s racing with Lionel Birnie. After a crash in his warm-up before the opening time trial, Froome was already on the back foot – today he lost another 21 seconds. We discuss the likelihood of seeing the likes of Froome, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez try to recover time on Mount Etna on Thursday. And we hear from BMC Racing’s sports director Max Sciandri about how they pinched the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin in Israel a couple of days ago. It was a carefully planned move but, as Sciandri explains, the riders took some convincing. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to get access to a library of feature-length special episodes. In the latest episode, In Search of the Pink Panther, Lionel asks why there has been a distinct lack of Belgian Grand Tour winners since 1978 when Johan De Muynck won the Giro d’Italia. You’ll also get access to KM0 – Fuoripista, our mini-series of stories from off the Giro’s beaten track. https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends
May 08, 2018
23: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 3 | Be’er Sheva – Eilat
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The Giro d’Italia’s three-day stay in Israel concluded with a long stage through the Negev desert from Be’er Sheva to Eilat. And although the landscape was very different to Saturday’s stage the end result was the same. There was a second stage win for Quick Step’s Elia Viviani. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie recap the days racing as we hear from Quick Step sports director Davide Bramati and domestique Michael Morkov. We also discuss Rohan Dennis and his chances of keeping the pink jersey when the race resumes in Sicily on Tuesday, plus we hear from his team support rider Kilian Frankiny. There’s also a guest appearance from La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamglio, which means the Giro has truly begun. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 06, 2018
22: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 2 | Haifa – Tel Aviv
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The Giro d’Italia continued with the second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv and it concluded with the predicted bunch sprint, although that barely told the full story of a surprisingly intriguing day. After missing out on the pink jersey in the opening time trial, BMC Racing had a plan to put Rohan Dennis into the race lead. They targeted the time bonus at an intermediate sprint and propelled the Australian over the line first to relieve Tom Dumoulin of pink. We hear from Dennis’s team-mate Nicolas Roche about how they did it. The Israel Cycling Academy team wanted to make an impression too and they nearly took the king of the mountains jersey but Guillaume Boivin fell just short. He tells us about his day in the break. The stage was won by Elia Viviani of Quick Step and we discuss the Italian’s season so far and why this was an important win for him. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 05, 2018
21: Giro d'Italia 2018 | Stage 1 | Jerusalem / Jerusalem
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The Giro d’Italia got underway with a time trial in Jerusalem and Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie were there to see the race resume more or less as it ended last year – with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in pink. The world time trial champion pipped Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing by two seconds to take the opening stage, and in this episode we hear from Dumoulin’s Sunweb team-mate Sam Oomen. We also get the reaction from a disappointed BMC Racing sports director Max Sciandri after Dennis had victory snatched from him at the last. Chris Froome, who is hoping to add the Giro d’Italia to the Tour de France and Vuelta a España titles he won last year, crashed in his warm-up ride on the course and paid the price, conceding significant ground to Dumoulin. We hear from him and Team Sky’s sports director Nicolas Portal. One man who was happy at the end of the day was Matt White of Mitchelton-Scott after Simon Yates pulled off the surprise of the day – finishing seventh in the time trial. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. [Become a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) to get access to a library of feature-length podcasts, the latest episode, In Search of the Pink Panther, Lionel asks why there has been a distinct lack of Belgian Grand Tour winners since 1978 when Johan De Muynck won the Giro d'Italia.
May 04, 2018
20: The 2018 Giro d'Italia preview
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May 2 | The 2018 Giro d'Italia starts in Jerusalem on Friday and ahead of the first grand tour of the season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at the classic Italian cafe, Italia Uno, in London's Charlotte Street to preview the race. They each pick three things they are looking forward to – from the course, to the riders to the cuisine. There’s also a brief recap of the 2017 race to get everyone in the Giro mood. Team Sky’s Chris Froome heads to the Giro hoping to win his third grand tour in a row but with a cloud hanging over him following the adverse analytical finding for excessive salbutamol in his system during the Vuelta a España last year. The case is still unresolved and many feel his determination to race while there are still questions will cast a shadow over the Giro. The other favourites include defending champion Tom Dumoulin, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who was fourth overall last year, and the Colombians Miguel Angel Lopez and Esteban Chaves. We hear from the Giro race director Mauro Vegni about the decision to start the race in Israel, and from Simon Yates, who will be sharing leadership responsibilities for the Mitchelton-Scott team with Chaves. The Cycling Podcast's Giro coverage will start on Friday after the prologue with an episode after every stages. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
May 02, 2018
19: Quick Step’s domination of the Classics continues
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the final Classic of the spring and another win for the dominant Quick Step team courtesy of Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels. We also weigh up the winners and loser at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The BMC Racing team lost their biggest supporter, Andy Rihs, who died last week aged 75 and we assess the Swiss businessman’s impact on professional cycling during a near two-decade association with the teams. We also hear from BMC’s sports director Max Sciandri about what Rihs meant to the team. There’s also a brief look ahead of the Giro d’Italia with Mitchelton-Scott rider Esteban Chaves before our preview of the first grand tour of the season next week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Apr 25, 2018
18: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 23
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In the April episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined once again by Rose Manley as they look back on a busy month of racing. From the Tour of Flanders to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, not to mention the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia, they discuss all the main talking points, and there are interviews with the riders who animated those races.  We hear from Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Amanda Spratt about the Ardennes races and Tiffany Cromwell, on her way back to Europe from the Gold Coast. We also hear from former rider Loren Rowney, who tells us why she thinks ASO don't deserve to have their races included in the UCI Women's World Tour.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 25, 2018
17: Alaphilippe conquers the Ardennes
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Ardennes Week closes the spring Classics and it was first blood to Julian Alaphilippe on Wednesday as he beat Alejandro Valverde to the top of the Mur de Huy to win Flèche Wallonne.  Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss this race as well as Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, won by Michael Valgren, and look ahead to Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. They also ask why some riders are able to excel in a particular race – two-time winner Enrico Gasparotto in the Amstel Gold Race, for example – only to virtually disappear for the rest of the season.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
Apr 18, 2018
16: Paris-Roubaix
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April 10 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on Paris-Roubaix. The race was won by the world champion Peter Sagan but was overshadowed by the death of 23-year-old Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts, who suffered a heart attack and later died in hospital. We discuss Sagan's victory, which he engineered with an attack more than 50 kilometres from the finish, working with Swiss champion Silvan Dillier, who had been in the early break, and outsprinting him at the finish. And we review the cobbled classic seasons and weigh up who's done well and who disappointed. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Apr 10, 2018
15: Terpstra delivers at the Tour of Flanders
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April 4 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Niki Terpstra's victory at the Tour of Flanders and ask whether it was a vintage edition of the race. Daniel offers his patented wine glass rating, Lionel bemoans the fact Quick Step's rivals were able to do so little to upset the apple cart and Richard suggests that Bora made a tactical error at a crucial part of the race that played into the Belgian team's hands. They also discuss whether Luke Rowe's disqualification for riding into the bike path was fair or an over-reaction and weigh up the other eye-catching performances before turning their attentions to this coming weekend's Paris-Roubaix. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a range of feature-length documentary-style episodes only on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
Apr 04, 2018
14: From the cobbles to Catalonia
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March 28 | The cobbled Classics are well underway and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up to discuss Quick Step's dominance at Friday's Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke, and how their sprinter Elia Viviani got caught out by world champion Peter Sagan at Sunday's Ghent-Wevelegem. And they ask what those races mean with the Tour of Flanders coming up at the weekend. There's also a report from the Tour of Catalonia by Hannah Troop and, returning to the Flandrian Classics, we speak to Procycling's editor Edward Pickering about his new book on the Tour of Flanders, Ronde. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 28, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 22
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The March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin sees Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui joined once again by Rose Manley as they discuss the opening races in the Women’s World Tour.  We hear from Gracie Elvin, the leading Australian rider and one of the people behind The Cyclists’ Alliance, a new organisation set up to represent and promote women’s cycling. And there are interviews with some of the in-form riders, including Kasia Niewiadoma, Alexis Ryan, Alice Barnes, Marianne Vos and Coryn Rivera. Orla also reports from the launch of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, where she spoke to Lizzie Deignan and Elinor Barker.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Mar 26, 2018
13: Nibali conquers the Poggio at last
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March 21 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Vincenzo Nibali's victory at Milan-Sanremo. After several failed attempts to win the opening one-day Monument of the season, Nibali finally secured victory in Italy's most prestigious Classic. It also made it back-to-back Monument victories for the Shark of Messina after he took Il Lombardia at the end of last season. But where does this place Nibali in the pantheon of the greats? He's won all three grand tours and Milan-Sanremo and Il Lombardia but could he add a world title, Liège-Bastogne-Liège or even the Tour of Flanders to that list? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 21, 2018
12: Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico
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March 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the two World Tour stage races – Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico – and look ahead to the opening Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo at the weekend. There's a report from Paris-Nice by François Thomazeau and we hear from Simon Yates, who came so close to winning the race before being unseated by Marc Soler on the final day. We also hear from Ben Swift about the upcoming Milan-Sanremo and the boss of the Giro d'Italia, Mauro Vegni, talks about the controversies surrounding the decision to start the race in Israel and Chris Froome's likely participation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 15, 2018
11: Strade Bianche and the Team Sky story
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March 7 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a brilliant edition of the Italian one-day race Strade Bianche before turning their attention to the publication of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee's report into doping which centred on Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Strade Bianche turned out to be a three-way showdown between a talented young Belgian who was yet to win his first race as a professional, a Tour de France contender and the reigning world cyclo-cross champion. The DCMS committee's report, and Bradley Wiggins's subsequent reaction to it, did not bring us any closer to a conclusion regarding the Wiggins case, but we attempted to look at all aspects of the story. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Mar 07, 2018
10: Valgren beats the big freeze at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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February 28 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore reports from a freezing cold Belgium and the opening Classics of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. An extended package from Flanders captures the sounds of the cobbled classics as the season as the 'Beast from the East' gripped the region. We hear from Astana's Michael Valgren and his team-mate Magnus Kort Nielsen about the Valgren's victory and whether the reports of money troubles have affected team spirit. Richard is joined by Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to discuss Omloop, and whether the 'new' finish to the race – reprised from the Tour of Flanders finish of a few years ago covering Tenbosse, the Muur and the Bosberg – was all it was cracked up to be. We also discuss the recent tours of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and ask whether the so-called 'desert swing' needs shaking up Hammer Series style. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Feb 28, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 21
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February 22 | The February episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin sees Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui joined by Rose Manley as they look ahead to the 2018 season. Rose has covered the Women’s World Tour for the past two seasons, presenting the highlights for InCycle, and now runs her own production company, La Pédale. We hear from a selection of top riders, including Tiffany Cromwell and Marianne Vos, as they look ahead to the season, and there are interviews with Lisa Brennauer, who has moved to Wiggle-High5 after many years with Canyon-SRAM, and with Juan Pablo Molinero of Movistar about the Spanish squad’s new women’s team. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Feb 22, 2018
9: The Ruta del Sol
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February 19 | This week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Andalusia and the Ruta del Sol where Richard Moore is joined by our Spanish correspondent Fran Reyes to discuss the week’s racing. There’s an exclusive interview with Chris Froome, making his first race appearance since the adverse analytical finding for an elevated level of the asthma medication salbutamol. We also hear from Tim Wellens, the Belgian who won the Ruta del Sol overall, about his plans for the early season and a debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and his young British team-mate on the Lotto-Soudal squad, James Shaw, about the difficulty facing young riders getting selection for the grand tours now the team sizes have been cut to eight riders. Plus there’s Oliver Naesen, Greg Van Avermaet and Charly Wegelius too. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To support The Cycling Podcast and keep these episodes free-to-air become a Friend of the Podcast at thecyclingpodcast.com
Feb 19, 2018
8: A despatch from Dubai
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February 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Daniel Friebe joins Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie and reports back from his trip to the Dubai Tour. We hear from Mark Cavendish and Alexander Kristoff about their early season form as all the sprinters begin to think about Milan-San Remo, the first monument of the season, next month. And Aqua Blue's owner Rick Delaney expresses his exasperation at the lack of wild cards his team has been offered for World Tour races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To support The Cycling Podcast and keep these episodes free-to-air become a Friend of the Podcast at [thecyclingpodcast.com](thecyclingpodcast.com)
Feb 15, 2018
7: Sprinting in the desert
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February 8 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Orla Chennaoui discuss the opening days of the Dubai Tour, where the sprinters have been sharing the stage wins among themselves. Daniel Friebe is in Dubai and he sends a despatch from the race featuring an interview with Norway's Alexander Kristoff who has swapped the Katusha team for the UAE Team Emirates this season. We also discuss the charms of cyclo-cross and wonder what will happen at the Ruta del Sol next week when Chris Froome makes his first race appearance of the season. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. To book tickets for our forthcoming Tour of Britain, which visits Salford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham, London, Leeds and Sheffield [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). And to support The Cycling Podcast and help keep these episodes free to air, become a Friend of the Podcast by [signing up here](thecyclingpodcast.com).
Feb 08, 2018
6: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Sunday
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Sunday | Our mini series from the cyclo-cross World Championships concludes with coverage of the men’s elite race from Valkenburg. Lionel Birnie is joined by cyclo-cross experts Renaat Schotte and Balint Hamvas to discuss Wout Van Aert’s third consecutive title, and a victory that, while not a surprise, had not been expected. We discuss what went so right for Van Aert and what went so wrong for Mathieu Van der Poel, the home favourite who looked at one stage to be slipping outside the medal positions. 
We also talk to Brook Watts, the man who founded Cross Vegas in Las Vegas about what makes the perfect cyclo-cross course and the differences between the sport in Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends-of-the-podcast). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 04, 2018
5: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Saturday
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Saturday | In this episode of The Cyclo-Cross Podcast in association with Mudiiita, Lionel Birnie is joined by cyclo-cross experts Renaat Schotte and Balint Hamvas to discuss the first day's racing at the World Championships in Valkenburg. The mud was the big story of the day, and it meant for worthy winners in all three races. There was a British double from Evie Richards in the women's under-23 race and Ben Tulett in the junior men's event. But everything was building towards the women's elite race which saw Belgium's Sanne Cant repeat her victory of 12 months ago to retain her rainbow jersey. In this episode we hear from the three riders who finished on the podium – Cant, Katie Compton and Lucinda Brand – plus Richards and Tulett. With the winter Olympics due to start in South Korea shortly we ask whether it's time for the IOC to admit cyclo-cross for the winter games, and Lionel makes a joke about Toon Aerts' fan club. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](www.scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 03, 2018
4: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast – Friday
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Friday | The Cycling Podcast heads to Valkenburg in the Netherlands for the World Cyclo-Cross Championships and Lionel Birnie finds that persistent rain has made the course very muddy before the racing even gets under way. Lionel checks out the course, asks a couple of mechanics how they plan to cope with the muddy conditions and catches up with Renaat Schotte for a last-minute form guide before the women's elite and under-23 and men's junior races on Saturday. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You’ll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Feb 02, 2018
3: The Cyclo-Cross Podcast
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This week's episode of The Cycling Podcast is the debut episode of The Cyclo-Cross Podcast. As thoughts and mud-encrusted wheels turn towards the World Championships in Valkenburg at the weekend, The Cycling Podcast kicks off its comprehensive coverage of the races for the rainbow jersey with an extended preview episode.  Unexpectedly enthused by his trip to Scheldecross before Christmas, former agnostic Daniel Friebe and 'cross experts Balint Hamvas and Renaat Schotte reconvene to ponder some of the key narratives that will play out in the Netherlands. On the men’s side, can anyone break or even challenge home hero Mathieu van der Poel’s season-long domination? As well as our 'cross connoisseurs, Renaat and Balint, we canvass the opinions of leading journalists and people-in-the-know. We then turn our focus to the women and their longer-odds favourite, Sanne Cant. One of the leading contenders to beat Cant, Nikki Brammeier, is also the queen bee of our ‘cross partners Mudiiita. In the podcast, Nikki reports back from a course recce in Valkenburg and reassess her own chances accordingly. After this amuse-bouche, Lionel Birnie - who else? - will be on the ground in Valkenburg and serving up three more substantial 'cross helpings later in the week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](rapha.cc) and [Science In Sport](scienceinsport.com). For details of our book tour, [click here](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour). Support the Podcast and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by [becoming a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/). You'll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Jan 29, 2018
2: A look ahead to 2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the week in professional cycling and cast their eyes over the forthcoming season at what they are looking forward to from the 2018 season. We discuss the Giro d’Italia wild cards, Richie Porte’s fifth successive victory on Willunga Hill, asking whether that’s proof that the Tasmanian is over the terrible crash that ended his Tour de France last season. We weigh up the importance of UCI president David Lappartient’s outspoken comments about Chris Froome and Lance Armstrong. And Daniel ‘steals’ Richard’s thunder when it comes to what he’s looking forward to this season like a co-leader attacking his team-mate on the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by [Rapha](http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/) and [Science In Sport](https://www.scienceinsport.com/uk/). Listen to the podcast for the code to get 25% off all Science In Sport products. [For details of our book tour, click here.](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/podcast/the-cycling-podcasts-debut-book-and-tour "The Cycling Podcast’s debut book and tour") [Support the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/become-a-friend "Become a Friend of the Podcast") and keep us on the road at all three Grand Tours by becoming a [Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/become-a-friend). You'll get access to a wealth of in-depth, feature-length, documentary style episodes.
Jan 24, 2018
1: The 2018 season is off and running
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January 18 | The Cycling Podcast returns with a bumper episode just as the 2018 road racing season gets underway with the Tour Down Under. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss some of the big stories from the off-season, including the latest developments, or lack of developments, with Chris Froome’s salbutamol case, and the announcement of the teams that have been awarded wild card places in this year’s Tour de France. Daniel recently attended Team Sunweb’s official presentation event in Berlin and we hear from defending Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin on the Froome case and the Giro’s decision to start with stages in Israel, and from Wilco Kelderman on his plans for next season. With the 20th edition of the Tour Down Under in progress, we hear from Adelaide’s Stuart O’Grady, the winner of the first event back in 1999, about the attitudes of the European peloton when the race was first held. And we chew over some of the highlights from the 2018 Vuelta a España route, which was announced this week, as well as reveal The Cycling Podcast’s Grand Tour of Britain – a series of seven live events to be held around the country this spring to mark the launch of our debut book. Details are on our website at thecyclingpodcast.com now. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a range of in-depth, feature-length episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com
Jan 18, 2018
Phil Deeker's Thousand Cols Challenge | Brevet
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January 10 | Between May and October 2017, Phil Deeker set himself the challenge of riding a thousand cols in 100 days. The founder of Rapha Travel’s Cent Cols Challenge – during which riders tackle 100 cols in ten days of riding – decided to join together ten of his challenging routes for an epic adventure to mark his 60th birthday. In this episode of Brevet, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie interviewed Phil before a live audience at the Rapha Café in London's Soho to ask him what motivated him take on such a challenge, what counts as a col and what it is about riding uphill that connects a cyclist with his or her surroundings. **Brevet by The Cycling Podcast is a show dedicated to endurance and challenge cycling.** **Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast to access a range of feature-length, documentary-style episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com**
Jan 10, 2018
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 20 | I ❤️ the 1980s
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I ❤️ the 1980s In the first Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2018 we hear from two pioneers of the 1980s, Robin Morton and Mandy Jones. Orla Chennaoui speaks to Morton, who managed a men’s team at the 1984 Giro d’Italia, only securing her seat in the team car after the other directeurs sportifs took a vote on whether a woman should be permitted in the race convoy. And Richard Moore speaks to Jones, the 1982 world road race champion. Now Mandy Bishop, she was only 20 when she claimed the rainbow jersey in real style, winning alone ahead of riders such as Maria Canins and Jeannie Longo at Goodwood situated near Chichester, West Sussex. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jan 09, 2018
End of year review | Episode 36
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December 29 | This final episode of 2017 is highlights (or lowlights?) reel taking a look back at the three grand tours and other major news stories of the year. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe will be back in mid-January as the 2018 World Tour season gets underway with the Tour Down Under. If you find you're missing The Cycling Podcast sign up as a Friend of the Podcast at thecyclingpodcast.com to access additional exclusive episodes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 29, 2017
The Christmas Ramble | Episode 35
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In our final regular episode of 2017, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe revisit the story of Chris Froome and his adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol and assess how things have played out in the week since the news was made public. And Daniel heads to Belgium – Antwerp to be precise – for a taste of cyclocross and a teaser for The Cyclocross Podcast, which will be launched at the World Championships in Valkenburg in February. Next week's episode will be a sort-of review of the year. In the mean time, sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to our additional episodes by visiting www.thecyclingpodcast.com The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 21, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 19
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The December episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, focuses on some of the sponsors who back women's teams. We hear from Erwin Janssen, of the Dolmans Landscaping Group, who co-sponsors the world's top team, Boels-Dolmans, which includes such stars as Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Deignan and Megan Guarnier. Janssen tells Orla why they support a women's team, and what they get out of it.  Richard has a report from the WNT team's get-together in Germany, where he spoke to several team members, including the promising young German rider Lin Teutenberg, the latest member of the Teutenberg cycling dynasty – her aunt is Ina-Yoko, who once dominated women's racing, and her father is Lars, a former pro who is now performance director at Peter Sagan's team, Bora-Hansgrohe. In the final episode of 2017 there's also an interview with Brian Cookson, the former UCI president who is aiming to launch a women's team in 2019.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport  Become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast to access a range of feature-length, documentary style episodes on https://thecyclingpodcast.com #procycling #UCIWWT
Dec 19, 2017
The Chris Froome salbutamol case | Episode 34
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December 14 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the news that the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome has questions to answer after a urine sample from the Vuelta showed higher than permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol. What has happened, what are the precedents and what will happen next? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 14, 2017
Lunch with Brian Holm | Episode 33
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December 8 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, we join Brian Holm for pie and mash in London. The former Danish national champion has had an eventful career – he nearly died in a crash when he was a young professional, he won the Paris-Brussels one-day classic and he rode for the German Telekem team, helping his team-mate Bjarne Riis to win the 1996 Tour de France. Like Riis, Holm doped, and later confessed. As sports director for Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia team and now Quick Step Floors, he's one of the most quotable voices in the convoy of team cars. Lionel Birnie met up with him at Mother Mash in Ganton Street, just round the corner from London's Carnaby Street. As Holm is a lover of London, its fashion and music, we thought it would appeal to him. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Dec 08, 2017
The Giro route and Chris Froome’s bid for glory | Episode 32
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The Cycling Podcast this week is devoted this week to the 2018 Giro d'Italia, with the route for the 101st race unveiled on Wednesday. We discuss the route and Chris Froome's decision to try to win his first Giro before going for his fifth Tour de France. It was already known that the Giro would start in Israel, becoming the first grand tour to start outside Europe, but already this is generating controversy and headaches for RCS, the Giro organisers. We hear different viewpoints on the Israel start, with a report from Hannah Troop, who recently visited the country and interviewed members of the Israel Cycling Academy team, which seems certain to get a wildcard to start the race. We also have an interview with Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Barghouti is opposed to the Israel start, calling on RCS to exercise the "plan B" that he says is in place, and promising "non-violent protests" if it goes ahead. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Dec 01, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 18
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November 27 | The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is a conversation between Richard Moore and two of the world's most promising young riders, the Canyon-SRAM pair Hannah Barnes and Mieke Kröger. It was recorded before an audience earlier this season at the Rapha Clubhouse in Manchester. In the course of their discussion Barnes and Kröger talk about how they started racing, with Barnes also telling us about her comeback from the serious injury she suffered in a crash in August 2015, and Kröger revealing her adventurous winter training rides. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 27, 2017
Training camps and team building | Episode 31
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November 22 | Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in central London after their sell-out West End show at the Arts Theatre to discuss the latest training camp and team building trends. The Australian Orica-Scott team plan to break with established training camp tradition by moving hotels each night, making it more like a stage race, rather than spending time at one base. While it might break with the routine and give the riders a change of scenery every day, will it be the most effective way to prepare for the season. We also discuss the two big controversies of recent weeks – the decision by UK Anti-Doping to close its investigation into what was contained in the jiffy bag delivered to Team Sky at the end of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, and Phil Gaimon's allegation that Fabian Cancellara used a motor in his bike. There's also a sneak preview of our forthcoming episode for Friends of the Podcast focusing on Team Sunweb, and highlights from Ciro Scognamiglio's appearance with Richard and Lionel at the Rapha Cafe in London's Spitalfields last week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Nov 22, 2017
When Orla Met Ned | Episode 30
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November 14 | During the Vuelta a España Orla Chennaoui went to Herne Hill velodrome to meet Ned Boulting, who races on the track throughout the year. Both work primarily in television but Orla was keen to talk to Ned about the various other strands to his career. He has gone from interviewer to commentator, written books and, more recently, performed a solo stand-up show. Despite all that, Ned admits that he still feels like a ‘newbie.’ The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 14, 2017
Vaughters and vin | Episode 29
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November 8 | Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are at The Connaught in London's Mayfair to meet Jonathan and Ashley Vaughters. They talk about how the Cannondale-Drapac team – soon to become EF Education First – was saved when it faced extinction and wine, as Ashley was in London to attend a ceremony to induct to the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Nov 08, 2017
Around the world in 78 days | Brevet
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November 3 | In this pilot for a new series – The Cycling Podcast Brevet – Richard Moore meets Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record, pedalling around the globe in 78 days. In doing so he rode 240 miles a day, every day, for almost three months – a remarkable feat that must surely be at the outer limits of what is humanly possible. Two weeks after finishing Beaumont could reflect on the physical and mental toll. “I loved it,” he tells us, “but I suffered more than I’d ever want to suffer again.”
Nov 03, 2017
A conversation with Conor Dunne | Episode 28
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November 1 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we sit down to talk to Irish rider Conor Dunne about his experiences at the Vuelta a España. Dunne was part of the Aqua Blue team – the first Irish squad to ride a Grand Tour – that set out from Nîmes in southern France in August. For the 6ft 8in tall rider, the Vuelta presented a huge challenge every day. He finished 158th – and last – overall, although it has to be remembered that in order to finish last in a Grand Tour the rider has to actually finish. Lionel Birnie met Conor while he was visiting his parents in Hertfordshire after his final race of the season, the World Championships in Norway, and before he headed off on holiday to Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Nov 01, 2017
A postcard from China | Episode 27
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October 25 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from the Tour of Guangxi in China, the last World Tour race of the 2017 season. Fran Reyes, who listeners will remember from our Vuelta a España coverage, was there for all six stages and brings us a report from a race that was difficult to follow from afar, but which seems to have been a hit with the riders. We hear from Mikel Landa, in his last race for Team Sky, and his teammate Beñat Intxausti, making a rare appearance after two years of struggling with illness. There are also interviews with the overall winner, Tim Wellens of Lotto-Soudal, and with Fernando Gaviria, the Quick-Step sprinter who won four stages. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 25, 2017
The 2018 Tour de France route | Episode 26
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October 17 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at St Pancras station to share their first reactions to the 2018 Tour de France route, which had just been revealed in Paris. Several of the pre-announcement rumours turned out to be red herrings. We already knew the race would set out from the Vendée but the first week is packed with surprises. There's stage five to Quimper which Christian Prudhomme dubbed as a Breton version of an Ardennes Classic followed by a double ascent of the Mur de Bretagne. But the outstanding stage of the opening week is the one to Roubaix which takes in 15 cobbled sections and is far more challenging to be described as a mini Hell of the North. In the Alps there's a little-known gravel road, and the very familiar Alpe d'Huez, followed by another well-known finish at Mende before an intriguing trip through the Pyrenees with a short, sharp 65-kilometre stage to the Col de Portet. The team discuss the route and wonder what the race will have in store next summer. And we hear from the four-time winner Chris Froome, who was speaking before the route announcement about his title defence. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 17, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 17
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October 16 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin returns with a special episode from Monaco with Tiffany Cromwell in conversation with Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui. The Canyon-SRAM rider has been a professional during a period of great change in women’s cycling and her perspective on the sport is fascinating.. Cromwell was also at the centre of a recent controversy when the Australian team opted not to select a full quota of riders for the world road race championships in Bergen. Cromwell missed out and was vocal in her criticism - she tells us what happened and why. She also discusses life in Monaco, proposals for a minimum wage, who has impressed her this season, and her team’s new signings for 2018. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 16, 2017
Podcast of the Falling Leaves | Episode 25
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October 11 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the final two big one-day races of the 2017 European road racing season. Vincenzo Nibali seized the initiative on a testing descent to drop Thibaut Pinot and clinch Il Lombardia for the second time in three years. It rounds off a brilliant season for Nibali, who finished on the podium at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, and completed a fine debut year for his team Bahrain-Merida. La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Pier Bergonzi suggested Il Lombardia should be moved to the spring so all five of cycling's one-day monuments are in the same part of the season and Lionel tries to mount a stern defence of the idea, but fails. We also discuss Paris-Tours, a race that is much more than one for the sprinters. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Oct 11, 2017
The autumn classics and a chat with Christophe Bassons | Episode 24
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October 5 | In this week's Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe review the autumn one-day races in Italy and look ahead to the season's final Monument, Il Lombardia. We hear from friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport, and discuss the latest controversy surrounding Team Sky's young Italian, Gianni Moscon. In the final part Daniel talks to Christophe Bassons, the former rider who now works in anti-doping in the south-west of France. It was Bassons who apprehended the French amateur rider found to be racing with a motor in his bike at the weekend. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Oct 05, 2017
World Championship road races | Episode 23
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September 27 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the World Championship road races in Bergen, Norway. Peter Sagan became the first rider to win three consecutive road race rainbow jerseys but we ask why he has such success in the World Championships when he has only one other Monument to his name. We tackle the other talking points from the race – including Gianni Moscon's disqualification for holding onto the Italian team car and the French team selection – and then turn attention to the UCI presidential election, which saw Brian Cookson beaten by David Lappartient. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 27, 2017
World Championship time trials | Episode 22
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September 21 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the World Championship time trials in Bergen, Norway. Tom Dumoulin dominated the men's race to make it a stunning week for Team Sunweb and the Dutch – Team Sunweb won both the men's and women's team time trials and Dumoulin and compatriot Annemiek Van Vleuten won the individual titles. The podcast tackles the big questions. Should the time trial have finished with the three-kilometre climb? Should the riders have been allowed to swap time trial bikes for road bikes on the red carpet? Should the women's time trial course have tackled the hill too? Should the winners of the team time trials be allowed to wear rainbow jerseys? Should the British Speedgolf Open even be mentioned? We look ahead to the weekend's road races in a speculation-heavy second part. There's also a feature from the two Canadian World Cup races held earlier this month by François Thomazeau. Hear from Tyler Farrar and Manuel Quinziato, who are both retiring from professional cycling, and from former Canadian pro rider Gord Fraser. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Sep 21, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 16
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September 18 | In the September episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Bob and Tom Varney, the father-and-son team who run Drops. The British team has just enjoyed its second year and will step up again in 2018 with American star Tayler Wiles joining from UnitedHealthcare. We have a report from Fran Reyes at the Madrid Challenge, the final race in the Women’s World Tour. Fran spoke to American Coryn Rivera, who was second, one of Spain’s best prospects, Sheyla Gutiérrez, and Elisa Longo Borghini, who gives a very blunt assessment of the Madrid event. We also hear from Mark Cavendish. Two episodes ago, he was singled out for praise by Ashleigh Moolman Pasio for his support for women’s racing. “I find it hard to get my head around, because for me, it’s cycling,” Cavendish told Orla. “It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s men’s, women’s or junior cycling.” Finally, we have an interview with one of the world’s top young riders, Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. The Cervélo-Bigla rider won the youth classification of the Women’s World Tour and placed highly in races such as Strade Bianche and the OVO Women’s Tour, as well as winning the Semana Ciclista Valenciana. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 18, 2017
Stage 21 | Arroyomolinos / Madrid | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España concluded with its traditional stage into Madrid – a time to enjoy a glass of something fizzy to toast three weeks on the road. Alberto Contador, completing his final race as a professional, was given the honour of riding ahead of the peloton as they reached the circuit in Madrid. But the racing soon hotted up as Chris Froome, who has become the first rider to do the Tour de France-Vuelta double since the Vuelta moved to its late summer spot made it clear he also had his sights set on the green jersey. Matteo Trentin won the intermediate sprint and the stage – his fourth stage win of the Vuelta – but Froome finished in the points too and added the green jersey to the red of race winner and white of combined winner. In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast’s Grand Tour season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes look back at the last three weeks of racing. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 10, 2017
Stage 20 | Corvera de Asturias | Alto de l’Angliru | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Angliru had all the ingredients to create an epic stage to decide the Vuelta a España. Epic is an over-used word in professional cycling but in this case it applied. The steep gradient, the long climb and the miserable weather made it a test that would add an element of risk to proceedings. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes have their own battle to the top of the Angliru. Once there, they report on Alberto Contador’s final victory as a professional, and Chris Froome’s first Vuelta title, which he adds to the Tour de France he won in July. We hear from Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha, who managed to climb up to third overall, and from Canada’s Michael Woods of Cannondale-Drapac, who consolidated his place in the top ten. There’s also a culinary update on the traditional Asturian dish of cachopo. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 09, 2017
Stage 19 | Caso / Gijon | Vuelta a España 2017
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes in Gijon on Asturias day as the Vuelta a España nears its conclusion. The day belonged to Thomas De Gendt of the Lotto-Soudal team. Not only did Lotto win their fourth stage of the race, and second in a row following Sander Armée’s victory yesterday, but De Gendt completed the set of Giro, Tour and Vuelta stages. Having won on the Stelvio and Mont Ventoux he had hoped to win on the Angliru. Well, he didn’t do too badly. He was only one day and about 30 kilometres out. Lionel recounts the strangest night he’s ever had covering a Grand Tour and all the rest of the talk leans towards the Angliru and the Vuelta’s dramatic conclusion tomorrow. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 08, 2017
Stage 18 | Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España headed deep into the Cantabrian countryside and at last a breakaway was given a big advantage so they could fight for the stage. A group of 20 got clear and as the end approached, five men broke away. It was eventually Sander Armée of Lotto-Soudal who got the better of Julian Alaphilippe and Alexey Lutsenko – both stage winners earlier in this Vuelta – to give his team their third victory of the race. Behind them, Fabio Aru went on the attack, almost as if to prove a point. We hear from the Astana sports director Alexandr Shefer about a strange 24 hours for the Italian champion. And we speak to the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman of Team Sunweb, currently lying third overall and locked in a battle with Ilnur Zakarin for the final place on the podium. There’s also a chat with Italy’s Matteo Trentin, who has won three stages and has a chance to win the green jersey. There’s also the shortlist for the final week’s Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 07, 2017
Stage 17 | Villadiego / Los Machucos | Vuelta a España 2017
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Stage 17 of the Vuelta a España took the riders to previously uncharted territory and the steep Los Machucos climb. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes are at the top of the climb having completed their won battle with the steep, rough, partially-concrete road, albeit with four wheels rather than two. It was a dramatic day both in terms of the battle for the stage win and the race for the red jersey. Austrian Stefan Denifl gave Aqua Blue Sport a fairytale stage win in their debut Grand Tour, as he held off a surging Alberto Contador. Behind, Chris Froome faltered for the first significant time in the race and saw his overall lead cut by Vincenzo Nibali. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we hear from two of Denifl's team-mates - Lasse Norman Hansen and Conor Dunne - about what the stage win means to the team. Team Sky's Nicolas Portal talks about Froome's performance plus we hear from Michael Woods on what it was like to ride the climb. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport
Sep 06, 2017
Stage 16 | Circuito de Navarra / Logroño | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España resumed after its rest day with an individual time trial from the motor racing circuit in Navarra to Logroño in Rioja. Chris Froome tightened his grip on the leader’s red jersey by winning the stage ahead of Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman and extending his overall lead on Vincenzo Nibali to almost two minutes. Lionel Birnie has rejoined the race, replacing Richard Moore, and he joins Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes to discuss the stage. We hear from Froome’s rest day press conference and discuss his stage-racing tactics as he attempts to become the first rider to complete the double by winning the Tour de France and Vuelta a España since the Vuelta switched to its late summer slot on the calendar. Two AG2R riders were pulled out of the race by their team after they were filmed holding onto the team car as they climbed Sierra Nevada on Sunday. And we hear from Trek’s Luca Guercilena on the subject of salary caps in professional cycling. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 05, 2017
Stage 15 | Alcala La Real / Alto Hoya de Mora, Sierra Nevada | Vuelta a España 2017
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Arguably the toughest stage of the Vuelta a España took the riders to 2,510 metres and a spectacular finish at Alto Hoya de Mora, Sierra Nevada. It was won by Miguel Angel Lopez who caught and passed Adam Yates, who had launched a long-range bid for victory, in the closing kilometres of the monster climb. The Cycling Podcast was at the summit and our stage 15 episode includes interviews with some of the stars of the day: Ilnur Zakarin, the Russian who moved up to third overall with a late attack, and Michael Woods, the Canadian who has been one of the revelations of the Vuelta. We also hear from Chris Froome, who extended his overall lead and controlled the stage with the help of his Sky teammates. But while Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador lost some time, Zakarin and Lopez could emerge as threats as the race enters its third and final week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 03, 2017
Stage 14 | Écija / Sierra de La Pandera | Vuelta a España 2017
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The latest Cycling Podcast comes from the summit of La Pandera as the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España was won by Poland's Rafal Majka. Richard Moore and Fran Reyes report on Majka's victory and the battle behind between the overall favourites. Esteban Chaves, Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador all had a go but Chris Froome's red jersey didn't look to be in any danger. Of Froome's group it was the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez who was most impressive, jumping away to finish second on the stage. We hear from Chaves, from Wilco Kelderman, who moved up to third overall, from Lopez and his director, Bruno Cenghialta, who insists that Fabio Aru remains leader of the Astana team "until December 31". And we hear from Daniel Friebe about his earlier, illicit attempt to climb La Pandera. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 02, 2017
Stage 13 | Coín / Tomares | Vuelta a España 2017
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In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Vuelta a España there’s an interview with Sir Dave Brailsford, who tells us, at the end of a week in which Team Sky confirmed the signing of four of the world’s best young riders, about the British squad's future plans. We also hear from Vuelta director Javier Guillén, who reveals his ambition to expand the Madrid Challenge, the one-day women’s World Tour race held on the final day of the Vuelta. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss stage 13, won by Matteo Trentin in a bunch sprint – his third stage victory. But it was another tough day in Andalucia, with the overall contenders having to fight to avoid splits in the finale. Chris Froome retained the overall leader’s red jersey. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Sep 01, 2017
Stage 12 | Motril / Antequera | Vuelta a España 2017
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It was a dramatic day at the Vuelta a España as stage 12 took the riders from the coastal town of Motril inland to Antequera, with two hard climbs at the end. The drama started before the stage, with the overnight news that the bus belonging to Aqua Blue Sport, the Irish team, had been set on fire and destroyed. We hear reaction to that from the team’s sports director, Nicki Sorensen, and press officer, Niall O’Connor. Then there was the drama of the stage itself. Towards the end, Alberto Contador attacked the other favourites to steal some precious seconds while, behind, Chris Froome crashed twice and arrived at the finish with blood coming from both knees. He lost some time but kept the overall lead. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the repercussions of the drama, while not forgetting the day’s winner, Tomasz Marczynski, who attacked a 14-man break to take his second stage. We hear from Edward Theuns, the Trek-Segafredo rider who was a useful ally to Contador in the closing stages, and from Michael Woods, the Canadian riding only his second Grand Tour, but riding well in 8th place overall. And we’ve got an interview with Wilco Kelderman, the Dutchman who is sitting fifth overall. We also announce our shortlist for this week’s Pédaleur de Charme. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 31, 2017
Stage 11 | Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto | Vuelta a España 2017
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Rain and cold once again dominated proceedings at the Vuelta a España as Miguel Angel Lopez, the young Colombian nicknamed ‘Superman’, won stage eleven at Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto. It ended with a brutal climb, in driving wind and rain, with Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali duking it out for second, a battle that Froome won to consolidate his overall lead. It was a bad day for the Yates brothers, Adam and Simon, and their Orica-Scott leader, Esteban Chaves. Nibali now looks like Froome’s most dangerous rival. Ominously, his teammate, Franco Pellizotti, told The Cycling Podcast that “our Vuelta started today.” Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes analyse the day’s events and we also hear from Max Sciandri, the sports director at Nicolas Roche’s BMC team. Roche also had a bad day, suffering in the cold and dropping from second to eleventh overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 30, 2017
Stage 10 | Caravaca / Elpozo Alimentación | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España resumed after its first rest day in rainy Murcia and The Cycling Podcast has an interview with Chris Froome, who is in the overall lead and in a strong position to win his first Vuelta. He talks about the threats ahead over the next two weeks, his fears about another ambush, like the one that cost him the Vuelta in 2016, and how his rivals have caught up with him – he also hints that one year he will miss the Spanish tour to ride the Tour of Britain. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss stage ten, which saw the first serious move of this Vuelta by the Shark of Messina, Vincenzo Nibali – a trademark attack on a dangerous descent. In the end it wasn’t Nibali but Nicolas Roche who gained some time back on Froome, with the Irishman moving up to second equal overall as Matteo Trentin won his second stage. There’s some exciting news about Spain’s biggest team, Movistar, and we look ahead to stage 11 with Igor Anton, who won on the same climb back in 2006. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 29, 2017
Stage 9 | Orihuela / Cumbre del Sol, El Poble Nou de Benitatxell | Vuelta a España 2017
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Stage nine of the Vuelta a España saw another hilltop finish and a win for Chris Froome – the first time this season he has been able to cross the line first with his arms in the air. Richard Moore and Fran Reyes discuss the stage and also the latest news concerning Cannondale-Drapac, the World Tour team whose future has been plunged into doubt following the withdrawal of a sponsor. We hear from Froome’s sports director, Nicolas Portal. And we talk to Joe Dombrowski, one of the Cannondale riders who only heard on Saturday about his team’s uncertain future. They put up a strong display on stage nine, helping to chase down the breakaway to try and set up Michael Woods, who was third at the top of the climb. In the final part we hear an extended conversation between Lionel Birnie and Jonathan Vaughters, the Cannondale-Drapac team boss, in which he explains the current situation and what needs to happen over the coming days to save the team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 27, 2017
Stage 8 | Hellín / Xorret de Catí | Vuelta a España 2017
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Stage eight of the Vuelta a España finished close to the summit of Xorret de Catí, a famously tough climb in southern Spain. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes tell the story of the stage but the main drama of the day was arguably before any racing started with the news that Warren Barguil had been sent home by his team, Sunweb. Barguil was one of the stars of the Tour de France, winning two stages and the King of the Mountains, but, according to his team, he “openly expressed that he didn’t conform to the team’s goal.” Things came to a head on Friday when he didn’t wait for Sunweb’s designated leader, Wilco Kelderman. Barguil is leaving Sunweb at the end of the season but that wasn’t a factor in his expulsion, his team insisted. We hear from Marc Reef, the sports director, and from Sunweb’s talented youngster, Sam Oomen. At the end of an exciting stage we discuss the resurgent Alberto Contador and hear from Michael Woods and Jan Polanc. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 26, 2017
Stage 7 | Llíria / Cuenca | Vuelta a España 2017
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It was another day for a breakaway at the Vuelta a España as stage seven took the riders inland from Llíria to Cuenca. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss a stage that almost supplied a fascinating twist to the plot when it seemed that Jetse Bol, of the tiny Colombian Manzana Postobon team, might take the red jersey of overall leader from Chris Froome. In the end Bol fell short by just 47 seconds, but how did a Dutchman end up on a Colombian team? Fran spoke to Bol to find out. We also hear from Poland’s Pawel Poljanski, second for the second consecutive stage, and from another of the breakaway riders, Rafael Reis, who was knocked off by a motorbike. There have been a number of incidents with motorbikes at the Vuelta but Reis refused to blame the pilots: “They are humans, we are humans, we all make mistakes.” In the final part we speak to two riders who are battling for survival at the Vuelta: Jelle Wallays, who has suffered two heavy crashes, and Conor Dunne, the Irishman making his Grand Tour debut for Aqua Blue Sport. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 25, 2017
Stage 6 | Villareal / Sagunt | Vuelta a España 2017
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The hills of Valencia made for open, aggressive racing both in the pursuit of the stage win and the race for the leader’s red jersey. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the sixth stage from Villareal to Sagunt, which saw a Polish one-two at the finish. The honours went to Lotto-Soudal’s Tomas Marczynski, an old training partner of Fran’s, with Pawel Poljanski second. But behind them, Alberto Contador continued to look good after his blip at Andorra, putting pressure on the overall favourites and for a time dragging a small group clear with Chris Froome paying close attention. However, Contador was left frustrated because the rest of the overall contenders caught up on the descent – all apart from BMC Racing’s Tejay Van Garderen who crashed and then fell again on a roundabout as he battled to limit his losses at the finish. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 24, 2017
Stage 5 | Benicassìm / Alcossebre | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Cycling Podcast comes from the beach at Alcossebre, as holidaymakers enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes reflect on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España. The stage finished with a steep climb which led to a slight reshuffle of the overall places, although Chris Froome of Team Sky retained the leader’s red jersey and stretched his overall advantage by eight seconds. Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko of Astana won the stage and was the strongest on the final climb but he was chased all the way by Merhawi Kudus. We hear from Kudus about his efforts, and from Cannondale-Drapac’s Michael Woods, who finished with the Froome, Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves group. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 23, 2017
Stage 4 | Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España reached Spanish soil after it’s opening few days in France and Andorra, and although there are few seasoned sprinters in the race, the peloton nevertheless brought everything back together in time for the finish. And it was the Italian Matteo Trentin who succeeded in giving Quick Step their second stage win of the race. They had hoped to lead him out for victory in Gruissan a couple of days ago but his team-mate Yves Lampaert took a flyer and ended up winning. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes report from Tarragona, where we hear from Trentin’s team-mate Julian Alaphilippe, about their lead-out work, from Caja Rural’s Australian rider Nick Schultz, who spent a lot of the day in the break, and from Tom Skuijns of Cannondale-Drapac, whose team-mate Tom Van Asbroeck finished third. We also get the verdict on Alberto Contador from Trek-Segafredo’s Peter Stetina, and hear from Nicolas Roche, who is lying third overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 22, 2017
Stage 3 | Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España headed from France into Andorra and the first serious climbs of the race. And it was no surprise to see a former Vuelta champion and the pre-race favourite right at the head of affairs. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss stage three of the race. The stage was won by Vincenzo Nibali, the 2010 Vuelta champion, but it was Chris Froome of Team Sky who applied all the pressure on the final climb. But, what did the stage tell us about the overall favourites? How will Orica-Scott work with their three leaders, Esteban Chaves, Adam and Simon Yates? And what of Alberto Contador, who lost a lot of time and any chance of winning the Vuelta. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 21, 2017
Stage 2 | Nîmes / Gruissan | Vuelta a España 2017
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The wind blew across the south of France but the Vuelta a España peloton did not split although there was a change of race leadership at the finish in Gruissan. Although there were no breakaways, it was still a tense, nervous day in the peloton as no one wanted to get caught out if gaps started to open in the bunch. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to review the racing, which resulted in a one-two for Quick Step Floors as Yves Lampaert won his first Grand Tour stage ahead of Matteo Trentin. Lampaert also took the red jersey. We hear from Quick Step sports director Geert Van Bondt about the team’s plan, and from Mark Christian, whose Aqua Blue team-mate Adam Blythe was third on the stage. Plus there’s a chat with Quick Step’s boss Patrick Lefevere, who sounds remarkably sanguine about losing his two Tour de France stars Marcel Kittel and Daniel Martin next season. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 20, 2017
Stage 1 | Nîmes | Vuelta a España 2017
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The Vuelta a España started in Nîmes in the south of France with a spectacular team time trial that took the riders through the Roman amphitheatre in the centre of the town. BMC Racing won the stage and put their Australian rider Rohan Dennis into the first red jersey of the race. In this episode, kicking off three weeks of coverage of the third grand tour of the season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss the opening stage. We hear from Marco Pinotti, BMC's time trial coach, about how the team laid the foundations for victory. We also hear from LottoNL-Jumbo's George Bennett who felt the course was too technical. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 19, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 15
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August 15 | This month's Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, looks back at the recent racing, from the RideLondon Classique to the European championships and Crescent Vargarda team time trial and road race. From Sweden we hear from Anna van der Breggen, Hannah Barnes and Drops Cycling Team owner Bob Varney. There's also a feature on female sports directors and we speak to two: Donna Rae-Szalinski, who works for Wiggle-High5, and Rachel Heal, who is a sports director for the United Health Care women's and men's teams. And we hear from a trailblazer, Robin Morton, the American woman who fulfilled the role on a men's team at races including the Giro d'Italia in the 1980s. In the final part Molly Weaver tells us about the terrible crash she suffered in February, when she was hit by a car and sustained life-threatening injuries. The Sunweb rider faced a long time out but incredibly returned to racing a few months later, taking part in the Giro Rosa and La Course. We catch up with her initially in the early stages of her recovering and then again at La Course, where she crashed again. Despite such setbacks, Weaver's resilience and optimism are remarkable. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Aug 15, 2017
The transfer merry-go-round | Episode 21
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August 9 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is the final one before our daily coverage of the Vuelta a España begins on August 19. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the flurry of transfers as riders and teams confirmed their moves once the August 1 deadline passed. We also discuss Alberto Contador after he confirmed the Vuelta will be his final race before retirement. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 09, 2017
Post-Tour racing and the transfer window | Episode 20
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August 1 | In this, our first episode since the end of the Tour de France, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are reunited with Daniel Friebe to discuss a busy week of racing. The San Sebastian Classic was won by Michal Kwiatkowski, one of Sky's Tour de France stars. The Pole added the Basque race to Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, which he won in the spring. At the Ride London-Surrey Classic, Alexandre Kristoff made up for failing to win a Tour stage after a strong sprint in The Mall. And, with cycling's transfer window opening on August 1, Daniel updates us on some of the moves to look out for. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Aug 01, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 14
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from the summit of the Col d'Izoard and the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille as Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Lionel Birnie cover La Course. But was the innovative two-day format an improvement on the circuit race on the Champs-Élysées? We hear from the riders, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier and the winner of both the mountain stage and the 'chase' time trial, Annemiek Van Vleuten. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha.
Jul 24, 2017
Stage 21 | Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées | Tour de France 2017
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The Cycling Podcast’s coverage of the 2017 Tour de France concludes with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau picking their individual highlights of the race. We also canvass the opinions of some of the riders and perhaps are not surprised that many of them cite reaching the Champs-Élysées as the high point of their race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 23, 2017
Stage 20 | Marseille / Marseille | Tour de France 2017
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The 20th stage of the Tour de France was the long-awaited time trial in Marseille, starting and finishing in the Stade Velodrome, home of Olympique Marseille. With three riders so close overall, everything was up for grabs, in theory, although Chris Froome’s superiority in the time trials meant that his yellow jersey was never likely to be threatened. But second and third overall did swap places because Rigoberto Uran, the Colombian rider with Cannondale-Drapac, put in a fine performance to ensure he will finish as runner-up when the Tour concludes in Paris tomorrow. Romain Bardet misjudged his ride and clung onto the third place by just a single second, ahead of Mikel Landa. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau capture the atmosphere in the stadium, discuss Maciej Bodnar’s stage victory and assess the final shake-up overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 22, 2017
Stage 19 | Embrun / Salon-de-Provence | Tour de France 2017
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After the Alps and before the time trial in Marseille, the Tour de France had a long transitional stage into the heart of Provence. Had the wind blown it might have been a very interesting day but as it turned out it was the first stage of the race when the breakaway riders had a chance to fight it out among themselves. And in the end it was a roundabout that proved decisive. Just inside the last three kilometres, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Nikias Arndt went the right-hand side of the roundabout and the rest of the break went the other side. That was all it took to give the leading duo enough of an advantage. The way the Norwegian Boasson Hagen dropped Arndt in the final stages was impressive and more than made up for the near-miss in Nuits-Saint-Georges when he lost in a photo finish. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are hit by a slight end-of-term feeling in Salon-de-Provence. They discuss the stage and are joined by Daniel Friebe before looking ahead to Saturday’s time trial. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 21, 2017
16: The First Tour
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In our final episode of Kilometre 0 of the 2017 Tour de France, we look back at the very first race in 1903 with Peter Cossins, the author of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep. We explore the roots of the Tour, why the race was founded and some of the unknown stories from the 1903 race. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 21, 2017
Stage 18 | Briançon / Col d’Izoard | Tour de France 2017
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Orla Chennaoui to discuss the 18th stage from Briançon to the Col d’Izoard. It was billed as the decisive mountain stage of the Tour but Romain Bardet and the rest were unable to unseat Chris Froome and so the Team Sky rider appears to be the favourite to win his fourth Tour title in five years (assuming nothing unforeseen happens in Saturday’s time trial). But the star of the day was Warren Barguil, who won his second stage, clinched the polka-dot jersey as winner of the king of the mountains competition and cemented his place in the top ten overall. We hear from Froome and his Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, and for Barguil and his manager Aike Visbeek. So, join us on the Col d’Izoard… The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 20, 2017
15: The route master
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we speak to Thierry Gouvenou, the sporting director of the Tour de France, about how the race route is plotted. This year's Tour has visited all five mountain ranges in France – the Jura, the Vosges, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps – and has led to one of the closest races of all-time. But what is Gouvenou aiming for when he and his team design the route? We ask him. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 20, 2017
Stage 17 | La Mure / Serre-Chevalier | Tour de France 2017
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report on stage 17, which saw the race head into the Alps with the climb of the biggest mountain on the route, the Col du Galibier. The stage was won by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, a former ski jumper who descended brilliantly to give Team LottoNL-Jumbo their first victory of the race. We hear from his sports director Nico Verhoeven about how Roglic targeted this specific stage earlier this year. The race for the yellow jersey saw Rigoberto Uran pinch a crucial time bonus that saw him draw level with Romain Bardet on time, which made it a good day for Richard to spend in Uran’s Cannondale-Drapac team car. We weigh up what that means looking ahead to tomorrow’s final mountain stage, which finishes on the Col d’Izoard. Marcel Kittel, winner of five stages and the green jersey, crashed and pulled out of the race, leaving Michael Matthews to inherit the lead in the points competition. We hear from Quick Step’s sports director Brian Holm about a second disappointing day for their team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 19, 2017
14: Tour de la Musique
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In the 1930s, the Tour de France used to have an official song each year. Almost all of them were absolutely dreadful and it has to be said that although the Tour has inspired plenty of music since, much of it has been little improvement on those early songs. The notable exception is Tour de France by Düsseldorf band Kraftwerk. This episode of Kilometre 0 is inspired by Juke Box Jury as François Thomazeau reveals ten songs that have been inspired by cycling. There's also an appearance by Jean-François Bernard singing his late 1980s 'hit' Tour de France. So, come on pop-pickers, let the countdown commence... Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 19, 2017
Stage 16 | Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère | Tour de France 2017
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During the 16th stage of the Tour de France, the wind blew and caused more than a bit of disruption at the end. In this packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the race as it resumes following the rest day. Michael Matthews of Australia gave Team Sunweb their third stage win in four after some fantastic team-work. But it was not a good day for Quick Step. Marcel Kittel’s hopes of a sixth stage win were ended early in the day when he was dropped and then Daniel Martin slipped from fifth to seventh after being caught out when the crosswinds split the group in the final hour of racing. In this episode, we hear from John Degenkolb, who finished third but was unhappy that Matthews appeared to move across his line in the finishing sprint. We also hear from Matthews’ sports director Luke Roberts and Brian Holm on Quick Step’s jour sans. There’s also a word from AG2R’s Oliver Naesen, who was credited by Romain Bardet for saving his Tour de France ambitions in the crosswinds. In part three we discuss Team Sky’s PR strategy and the row between Dave Brailsford and Cycling News which blew up on the rest day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 18, 2017
13: The African Challenge
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we focus on the African riders who have begun to make an impression on the Tour de France in the past decade. We hear from Doug Ryder, boss of the first African team to ride the Tour, now known as Dimension Data-Qhubeka, Louis Meintjes of UAE-Team Emirates, who finished eighth last year and is high in the overall classification again, and the first Ethiopian to ride the Tour, Tsgabu Grmay. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 18, 2017
12: La Course
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This week sees La Course expand its format from a criterium held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris to an innovative two-day format. They will climb the Col d'Izoard on stage one and then will take part in a new time trial format in Marseille, with the riders going off in the order they finished on the mountain. But how will the event be received and what do some of the riders who will be taking part think of it? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 17, 2017
Stage 15 | Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise / Le Puy-en-Velay | Tour de France 2017
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Today’s episode of The Cycling Podcast starts in the car, as journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drive the course of the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay. It was a twisty, technical course consisting of narrow, grippy roads and steep climbs. Up front the Dutch rider Bauke Mollema attacked 30 kilometres from the finish to win the stage in impressive style. And behind there was drama when Chris Froome had a problem with his rear wheel, initially thought to be a puncture but later confirmed it was a broken spoke. A combination of team-work and Froome’s calmness under pressure meant the yellow jersey was able to rejoin the group of relatively quickly. In this episode we hear from Mollema’s sports director Luca Guercillena, from Dan Martin – who gained more time today – and Quick Step’s Brian Holm as well as Dave Brailsford. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 16, 2017
Stage 14 | Blagnac / Rodez | Tour de France 2017
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There was a significant twist at the end because Fabio Aru, who was left without support from his Astana team-mates, lost time and the yellow jersey to Chris Froome. It was a surprising finish because today was not expected to be a critical one for the overall favourites. But, in this Tour that is being decided by seconds in short bursts of intense racing perhaps nothing should surprise us. Before that, Australia’s Michael Matthews gave Team Sunweb their second consecutive stage win following Warren Barguil’s Bastille Day victory yesterday. We hear from Matthews’ team-mate Simon Geschke and team boss Iwan Spekenbrink, plus from Michael Valgren about Astana’s frailties that cost Aru his yellow jersey. Plus there’s a look ahead to Sunday’s stage through the Cevennes to Le Puy en Velay. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 15, 2017
Stage 13 | Saint-Girons / Foix | Tour de France 2017
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The shortest stage of the 2017 Tour de France was just 101 kilometres but it packed a punch. There were attacks from the moment the race left the neutralised zone. And one of the riders who made the early early attack, Warren Barguil, ended up winning with a perfectly judged sprint. It meant that France had a victory on Bastille Day for the first time since 2005. But the big story of the day was Team Sky’s tactics and in this episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss whether they made the most of Mikel Landa, who got away with Alberto Contador and at one stage looked to be a threat to Fabio Aru’s yellow jersey. We hear from Landa and his Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal and boss Dave Brailsford. Plus there’s Daniel Martin, Contador’s Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. Finally, as it’s Bastille Day, François sings us out with a blast of La Marseillaise, which is not to be missed. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 14, 2017
11: The Kiwi quartet
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There are four riders from New Zealand in this Tour de France and if George Bennett carries on the way he's going, he'll record the best finish by a Kiwi in the race. In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore speaks to the Kiwi quartet – Bennett of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Jack Bauer of Quick Step, Paddy Bevin of Cannondale-Drapac and Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe Gobert – about cycling's profile back in their home country. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 14, 2017
Stage 12 | Pau / Peyragudes | Tour de France 2017
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Stage 12 of the Tour de France from Pau to Peyragudes was slow to get going but after Team Sky dominated all day in the Pyrenees, riding strongly in support of Chris Froome, their leader faltered when it really mattered on the steep final ramp to the line. All the day’s drama was packed into 800 metres of slow-motion sprinting against the gradient, with Romain Bardet winning the stage and Fabio Aru taking the yellow jersey from Froome by a handful of seconds. As Froome himself said, now the race is really on. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau try to read into Froome’s rare moment of weakness and weigh up whether this offers hope to his rivals in the second half of the Tour. And we ask how Astana will approach the race now they have the yellow jersey. Plus there’s discussion about the great French hope for a first Tour winner in more than 30 years, Bardet. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 13, 2017
10: The ambush
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This episode of Kilometre 0 tells the story of Jean-François Bernard's only day in the yellow jersey. After Bernard Hinault's retirement, he was hailed as the next big thing and after a brilliant performance in the time trial on Mont Ventoux he looked in good shape to win the Tour. But on the road to Villard-de-Lans, Charly Mottet and his Système-U team-mates, Stephen Roche, the eventual Tour winner, and others had different ideas. This is the story of the ambush. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 13, 2017
Stage 11 | Eymet / Pau | Tour de France 2017
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau review stage 11, which was a flat and fairly predictable run south from Eymet to Pau. But don’t let the lack of action in the Tour de France put you off listening to the podcast because we have a packed, varied show with plenty of talking points. We discuss the stage, which was won by Marcel Kittel – his fifth of the race – and speculate about how many more he might win. Can he equal the record of eight held by Charles Pélissier, Eddy Merckx and Freddy Maertens? There’s also a chat with Matt White about the lack of race action, Lionel makes a trip to the Tour de France barber (no laughing at the back!) and there’s a focus on Tom Simpson. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Simpson’s death on Mont Ventoux (which the race is not visiting this year) and so we hear from three authors who have written books about Simpson and Ventoux – William Fotheringham, Jeremy Whittle and Andy McGrath. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 12, 2017
9: Ten years after
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Ten years ago, when the Tour de France arrived in Pau, Michael Rasmussen had a secure grip on the yellow jersey and looked set to win the race. But he had been caught giving false information to the anti-doping authorities about his whereabouts. The questions intensified and after winning on the Col d'Aubisque he was withdrawn from the race by his Rabobank team and sponsor. In 2010, Rasmussen admitted using banned drugs for 12 years and in all that time he did not fail a test. As he sees it, an administrative failure cost him a Tour de France title. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we talk to Rasmussen about the 2007 Tour de France and how he feels about it now. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 12, 2017
Stage 10 | Périgueux / Bergerac | Tour de France 2017
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After the drama of Sunday’s mountain stage to Chambéry came the rest day and then a stage that could almost be described as a rest day on bikes. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau we hear from the breakaway king Yoann Offredo, who was frustrated at his long, fruitless ride with only one man for company, and had a few ideas to persuade more riders to try to escape the peloton. The stage was won by Marcel Kittel – his fourth of this Tour – and we ask whether he can make that five, six or even seven by the time the race reaches Paris. We also hear from another German sprinter, Rudiger Selig of Bora-Hansgrohe who was fourth at the finish in Bergerac. There’s also an appearance by Daniel Friebe and a brief poll of sports directors about whether the general classification contenders should have waited when Chris Froome had his mechanical problem on Sunday. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 11, 2017
8: Food with François
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Part of the Tour de France experience is sampling the food and wine the country has to offer. And who better as our guide than François Thomazeau, a man who owns a restaurant in Marseille and has written a book on Parisian bistro culture. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we explore the food of France, starting with escargot (snails) in garlic butter, explaining the hit and miss phenomenon of the Buffet Presse laid on for journalists at every finish town on the route and getting wine tips from Romain Bardet. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 11, 2017
7: The Bus Drivers
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With the whole Tour de France transferring from one side of France to the other on the rest day it means a lot of driving for some of the people working on the race. While the riders travelled by plane, all the race vehicles have almost 600 kilometres to cover. However, that's all in a day's work for the team bus drivers, who clock up tens of thousands of kilometres every season. In this episode of Kilometre 0, we hear from the people who drive the team buses on the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 10, 2017
Stage 9 | Nantua / Chambéry | Tour de France 2017
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An amazing, incident-filled day on the Tour de France saw two of the top five riders crash out and Chris Froome call on the unwritten rule that no one should attack the yellow jersey when he has a mechanical problem to keep his grip on the race lead. Richie Porte, the Australian rider with the BMC Racing team, suffered a shocking crash on the descent of the Mont du Chat near the end of stage nine of the Tour. Ireland’s Daniel Martin also went down and we hear his eyewitness account of the crash. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau try to sort through all the action on a day when there was a photo finish between Rigoberto Uran and Warren Barguil, several crashes, including one that put Welshman Geraint Thomas out of the race with a broken collarbone, and a bit of needle between Froome and Fabio Aru. While Aru claimed not to see Froome had suffered a mechanical problem, Froome said he did not realise Aru had attacked – claims that no doubt dampened the controversy but perhaps stretch credibility. François delivers his single-word verdict on the matter with typical French panache. We also hear from Kiwi George Bennett, who has ridden into the top ten overall, plus Uran’s sports director at the Cannondale-Drapac team Charly Wegelius and Alberto Bettiol. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 09, 2017
Stage 8 | Dole / Station des Rousses | Tour de France 2017
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A fast, aggressive eighth stage of the Tour de France may not have shaken up the general classification too much but the toll will certainly tell on the riders. It was hot, fast and, at times, brutal racing that many may pay the price for in the coming days – perhaps as early as tomorrow’s stage over the mountains to Chambéry. In this packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report from the finish line in Station des Rousses, where they say Lilian Calmejane hold on to win the stage in his first Tour de France, despite a bout of cramp in the final kilometres. We hear the reaction from his Direct Energie team before waiting to see if Juraj Sagan made it home inside the time limit. We also assess Team Sky’s tactics and hear from their sports director Nicolas Portal about why he rated it 8.5 or nine out of ten in terms of stress for his riders today. There’s the award of the first Rapha Pédaleur de Charme t-shirt of this Tour and a welcome return of the Friebos File. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 08, 2017
Stage 7 | Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges | Tour de France 2017
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One of the closest finishes in Tour de France history meant that the winner could not be determined by the naked eye or even the finish line photograph. Instead, the jury had to look at enhanced pictures to give the victory to Marcel Kittel, by a margin of just six milimetres over Edvald Boasson Hagen. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the stage finish and Kittel’s third victory of this Tour. We hear from Boasson Hagen and also his mum, who had arrived in France just in time to see her son pipped. We also hear from Quick Step’s Brian Holm and Patrick Lefevere. There’s a discussion about andouillette, the traditional sausage made from tripe and the speciality of Troyes, and a chat with Lotto-Soudal domestique Lars Bak about the long, tiring job of chasing a break all day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 07, 2017
6: The pioneer
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This episode of Kilometre 0 features Phil Anderson, the first Australian – in fact, the first non-European – to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Anderson describes the day early in his debut Tour in 1981 when the race entered the Pyrenees and he found himself climbing with the best in the world. We also hear from former pro rider, race organiser and journalist John Trevorrow, journalist Rupert Guinness and Orica-Scott sports director Matt White. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 07, 2017
Stage 6 | Vesoul / Troyes | Tour de France 2017
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On Thursday the Tour de France returned to the flatlands after the mountains of the previous day, with the sprinters doing battle again in Troyes. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau of The Cycling Podcast discuss the day’s main talking points, and we get reaction from Jack Bauer of Quick Step Floors and Marc Sergeant, the man in charge of the Lotto-Soudal team. Troyes is a town with a rich British cycling heritage, with many top British riders – most recently Adam Yates – living in the area and riding for one of the two local clubs. We hear from one of them, Rod Ellingworth, who lived there in the 1990s and is now race coach at Team Sky. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 06, 2017
5: Breakaway kings
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we focus on one of the wild card teams, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, who have put riders in the breakaways day after day during the first week of the Tour de France. We hear from Yoann Offredo, who was in the break on the road to Liège with Taylor Phinney and was caught very late on , Frederik Backaert, Guillaume Van Keirsbulk, who spent almost 190 kilometres off the front alone during stage four, and their team leader Guillaume Martin. Plus veteran sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren explains what his team's objectives are and how he manages a team of debutants. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 06, 2017
Stage 5 | Vittel / La Planche des Belles Filles | Tour de France 2017
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The first mountain-top finish of the 2017 Tour de France offered a few clues as to who is going to contend for the final yellow jersey of the race but La Planche des Belles Filles did not provide the big sort we have seen on the climb in the Vosges in the past. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss Fabio Aru’s stage win – the second time an Italian national champion has won on top of this climb in the Tour, the previous winner being Vincenzo Nibali in 2014, the year he went on to win overall. Chris Froome took the yellow jersey from his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, who was left to do support work he might not have expected to but for Sergio Henao’s disappearing act in the closing kilometres. We also look back at the crash between Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, which put the Manx sprinter out of the race because of his injuries and the world champion out of the race as a result of the jury’s decision. We ask a range of riders and sports directors their opinion on the crash and the punishment. And there’s a sensational new segment called The Water Feature (it’s a one-off, we promise) in which François says he can tell Contrex mineral water from the Tour de France’s official water, Vittel, and a couple of other French brands. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 05, 2017
4: The Green Tour?
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Cycling is a healthy, environmentally-friendly pursuit but how green is the Tour de France? With a huge convoy of race motorbikes and cars, a fleet of team cars and scores of buses burning fuel at the rate of a euro per kilometre and trucks, not to mention helicopters, the Tour's carbon footprint is considerable. And that's before we consider the issue of riders littering the countryside with wrappers and plastic bottles. But the Tour is making efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The zone de collect, where riders can dispose of their wrappers knowing a team of litter-pickers will tidy up after them is just one small initiative. But how aware of the Tour's environmental impact are the people who are involved in the whole travelling roadshow? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 05, 2017
Stage 4 | Mondorf-les-Bains / Vittel | Tour de France 2017
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A long, slow day on the Tour de France ended in drama, disappointment and disqualification in Vittel. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the decision to disqualify the world champion Peter Sagan for causing Mark Cavendish to crash in the finishing straight. There’s reaction to the post-race confusion which culminated with the decision of the UCI jury to send Sagan home. To a degree that overshadowed French champion Arnaud Démare’s first Tour de France stage win, although FDJ boss Marc Madiot certainly won’t see it that way. And then there’s the performance of man of the day Guillaume Van Keirsbulk, who spent almost 200 kilometres out in front on his own, before being recaptured. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 04, 2017
3: The Podium Girls Debate
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Jan Bakelants' ill-judged comments about podium girls in a newspaper interview just before the Tour de France reignited the debate about whether it's time the do away with the tradition. Orla Chennaoui looks at both sides, speaking to the women who do the job to find out what's involved and how they feel about their role on the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 04, 2017
Stage 3 | Verviers / Longwy | Tour de France 2017
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Peter Sagan’s victory at the top of the hill in Longwy was not a surprise, but the manner of it was exceptional. The world champion seemed to toy with his rivals on the climb, closing down a move by Richie Porte, then teasing Greg Van Avermaet and still having enough to win the race even after pulling his foot out of his pedal and calmly clicking it back in again. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss Sagan and ask if there’s anything left to say about the enigmatic Slovakian. We hear from Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Enrico Poitschke about how the team tackled the final kilometres of the stage. We also assess who of the general classification contenders looked good on this stage, which can be seen as a warm-up for Wednesday’s more serious test at La Planche des Belles Filles. And there’s the long-awaited return of the Friebos Files. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jul 03, 2017
2: A Tour of survival
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Thirty years ago, the British ANC-Halfords team started the Tour de France in West Berlin against all the odds. The story of how that first Tour was also their last has often been told as one of failure and a team that was out of its depths but the remarkable achievement was just getting to the start line. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Malcolm Elliott, Graham Jones and Shane Sutton, three of the ANC-Halfords riders that year. And we focus on Tony Capper, the man who got ANC-Halfords to the Tour before it all fell apart. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.
Jul 03, 2017
Stage 2 | Düsseldorf / Liège | Tour de France 2017
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Stage two of the Tour de France took the riders from Germany into Belgium, where Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Francois Thomazeau convene to discuss the action and main talking points, from chaotic bunch sprints to controversial skinsuits. We hear from Brian Holm, sports director of the stage winner, Marcel Kittel, and from Ben Swift, the British rider who was seventh. The day’s heroes were Taylor Phinney and Yoann Offredo, the final two survivors of a breakaway that was only swept up in the final few kilometres. At the start in Dusseldorf Richard spoke to Phinney’s mother, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, the first women’s Olympic road race champion at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. As well as supporting her son, she has some pointed things to say about women’s cycling. We also hear from Phinney’s Cannondale-Drapac sports director, Charly Wegelius. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #tourdefrance #tdf #tdf2017 #tdf17 #procycling
Jul 02, 2017
Stage 1 | Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf | Tour de France 2017
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The rain fell as the Tour de France got underway in Düsseldorf but Geraint Thomas of Team Sky powered through the drizzle to win his first Grand Tour stage and take the yellow jersey. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and French journalist François Thomazeau discuss the opening day of the 2017 race and ask how long Thomas can hope to keep the yellow jersey. The script said that Germany’s Tony Martin would win the stage and give the home nation a yellow jersey to cheer but it didn’t work out that way. We hear from Martin, Thomas and Richie Porte, who decided to exercise caution on the wet roads. That turned out to be a wise decision considering what happened to Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana’s Movistar team-mate, who crashed heavily on a corner and is already out of the race. And with tomorrow’s stage to Liège likely to finish in a bunch sprint we hear from Mark Cavendish, who was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr syndrome earlier this year but has recovered sufficiently to be on the start line. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #Tourdefrance #Procycling #TDF #TDF2017
Jul 01, 2017
1: Düsseldorf Départ
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Our debut episode of Kilometre 0 from the 2017 Tour de France focuses on Düsseldorf, the first German city to host the grand départ since West Berlin 30 years ago. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines. #TDF2017 #TourdeFrance #ProCycling #Cycling #TryPod
Jun 30, 2017
Countdown to the Tour de France | Episode 19
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June 21 | In this week's episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing and look ahead to the Tour de France. When next they meet it will be in Dusseldorf for the Grand Départ, but there has been no let up in the racing over the past week, with the Tour de Suisse, which saw a stage win for friend of the podcast Larry Warbasse, the most significant of the pre-Tour events. The Tour of Slovenia saw the return of Mark Cavendish, who has been sidelined with illness for much of the season. He finished second to Sam Bennett on one stage, suggesting that he is, if not at his best, at least on the road back. Daniel has an update on Cavendish's health and fitness and his chances of making the Dimension Data team for the Tour. Looking ahead to the Tour, Lionel waives his usual 'no speculation' rule to indulge in some idle guesswork about who might thrive on a course with fewer mountain-top finishes than recent editions. Will this encourage exciting, unpredictable racing? "Perhaps," says Lionel, "or perhaps not." The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 21, 2017
Last day drama at the Dauphiné | Episode 18
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June 15 | In this week's podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Eurosport commentator, and Chief Superintendent of the Pronunciation Police, Rob Hatch, as they discuss a thrilling Critérium du Dauphiné. As Jakob Fuglsang rode to a surprising victory what does Chris Froome's capitulation and Richie Porte's impressive defence of the yellow jersey mean for the Tour de France? And what of the other contenders' form - Romain Bardet, Esteban Chaves, Alejandro Valverde and the curious case of Alberto Contador, apparently under orders from his team not to attack? We hear from Hannah Barnes who finished 3rd in the Women's Tour. She also had something to say about the recent Hammer Series - as do Daniel and Rob. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 15, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 13
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In this month's Cycling Podcast Féminin we report from the OVO Energy Women's Tour with as the Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma held on for a convincing and deserved win. This episode takes you inside the team cars: Richard Moore joins Team WNT and Orla Chennaoui spends a day with Canyon-SRAM. We also hear from Niewiadoma, Lizzie Deignan, Hannah Barnes, Anna van der Breggen and many more. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
Jun 12, 2017
Lunch with Paul Watson | Episode 17
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June 7 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is another in the occasional series of lunches with someone from the world of cycling. First, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet up in London for the first time since the Giro d'Italia to introduce the episode and briefly discuss the weekend's inaugural and innovative Hammer Series race. (There'll be more on that when Daniel Friebe returns to the podcast next week). We also get the verdict from Tao Geoghegan Hart, whose climbing, sprinting and team time trialling went a long way to giving Team Sky overall victory. Then it's time for another episode of Lunch With. Lionel Birnie met up with Paul Watson in Milton Keynes a couple of months ago. Watson may not be a familiar name to everyone but his is an extraordinary story. He was part of the British ANC-Halfords team that rode the 1987 Tour de France, although Watson admits he burned out before he even reached the start line in West Berlin such was the heavy schedule of racing that spring and early summer. Watson was a talent (it's tempting to wonder how he would have fared had he been born a couple of decades later) but he found the life of a professional cyclist abroad challenging. After a year with the Belgian Hitachi team, and a controversial newspaper interview, he found himself unable to even take out a British racing licence so headed to the USA and the fledgling mountain biking scene. It's fair to say he's had a love-hate relationship with cycling but last year he was back on the bike and racing. He won a masters age group world title in Belgium last summer before a terrible accident led to multiple operations and a long road to recovery. And that is where we pick up his fascinating story... The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Jun 07, 2017
TRAILER | Pancake Breakfasts and Pursuiter’s Cough: Alexis Ryan’s Californian Diary
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Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan kept an audio diary for The Cycling Podcast at the women’s Tour of California. In it we hear about her roommate Tiffany Cromwell’s unscheduled adventure, we eavesdrop on an unusual motivational speech from Erik Zabel, and we learn about the important ritual of pancake breakfasts – and ‘happiness watts.’ To listen to the full episode, become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast on thecyclingpodcast.com
Jun 06, 2017
PREVIEW | The 1987 Giro according to Stephen Roche
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We're celebrating the end of #Giro100 by giving you a sneak peak of our latest special! On the 30th anniversary of his controversial victory, our fifth Friends Special of 2017 is an interview with 1987 Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche. It was controversial because Roche, in an echo of the 1986 Tour de France, where Bernard Hinault battled Greg LeMond, ended up taking on his Carrera teammate, the defending champion and home favourite, Roberto Visentini. Over the course of the 1987 Giro Roche and Visentini became bitter rivals: there were dirty tricks, skulduggery, hostile fans and a mysterious crash that eventually ended Visentini’s race (Roche makes a subtle distinction: Visentini “didn’t crash,” he suggests. “He fell off.”). Much of the controversy centres on one day in particular, stage 15 to Sappada, and Roche gives a detailed account of his actions. “I didn’t attack Visentini,” he argues. “I just rode down the hill faster than him.” Exclusively for Friends of the Podcast 2017, sign up on thecyclingpodcast.com
May 29, 2017
Stage 21 | Monza to Milan | Giro d'Italia 2017
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The final podcast of the 100th Giro comes from the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, scene of the finish of the time trial that ended the race. It was a thrilling finale, one that race director Mauro Vegni could only have dreamed of, with four, maybe even five, riders all in contention before the 29km stage. We hear from Nairo Quintana’s Movistar teammate Rory Sutherland, from the first Maglia Rosa, Lukas Postlberger, and the rider who finished last, Giuseppe Fonzi. In the end it was Tom Dumoulin who emerged triumphant as the first ever Dutch winner – we also hear from his teammate, Laurens ten Dam. And we ask other members of the peloton and the press room for their moments of the Giro, before taking Eurosport presenter Jonathan Edwards – completing his first Grand Tour – for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 28, 2017
Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Pordenone – Asiago
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The penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia saw Thibaut Pinot take a strong stage win as Nairo Quintana held the pink jersey and Tom Dumoulin slipped a few more seconds. Yet the race remains in the balance. With only a flat 29km time trial into Milan to come the top four are separated by just 53 seconds and any one of them could still be crowned winner. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and the implications for the pink jersey, and we hear from Julien Pinot, Thibaut’s brother and coach, as well as from Pinot’s teammate Sebastian Reichenbach. There is also reaction from Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema, Ilnur Zakarin, Matt White and Dimitri Konyshev. We also take Doug Ryder, team principal of the African team Dimension Data, for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 27, 2017
Giro d'Italia Stage 19: San Candido - Piancavallo
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On the penultimate day in the mountains the 100th Giro d’Italia saw a re-shuffling of the top four, who are now separated by just 53 seconds. It sets up a thrilling finale with Saturday’s final mountain stage followed by the time trial into Milan. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the action and there are interviews with stage winner Mikel Landa, former pink jersey Tom Dumoulin and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali. We announce the winner of the final Pedaleur de Charme of the Giro and we are played in once again by the phenomenon that is Dino Zandegu, who sings us his song dedicated to Nairo Quintana. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 26, 2017
9: The Debutant
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At this year's Giro d'Italia Michael 'Rusty' Woods is making his Grand Tour debut at the ripe old age of 30. But his path to the World Tour has been unconventional. Woods was a brilliant middle-distance runner: to this day he claims the honour of having run the fastest mile on Canadian soil by a Canadian (3:57.48). His running career was ended by a series of stress fractures and at 25 he took up bike racing. Four years later he became one of the oldest neo-pros when he signed for Cannondale-Drapac. He played a key role in teammate Pierre Rolland's victory on stage 17 of the Giro, featuring in the same breakaway and marking the counter-attacks. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 26, 2017
Giro d’Italia Stage 18: Moena - Ortisei
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Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia was dubbed the ‘Queen Stage,’ though in this mountainous 100th edition of the Italian tour there are a few contenders for this unofficial honour. It was won by Tejay van Garderen, the BMC leader who had looked down and out, while the overall battle simmered and threatened to boil over at the finish when harsh words were exchanged between race leader Tom Dumoulin and the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe digest all the day’s action in Ortisei, and we hear from Van Garderen’s teammate, Joey Rosskopf, his directeur sportif, Marco Pinotti, and Team Sky’s Phil Deignan. There’s also an interview with Nibali’s Bahrain teammate Kanstantsin Siutsou and discussion of a close competition for the white jersey of best young rider, which Britain’s Adam Yates now wears, having leapfrogged Bob Jungels. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 25, 2017
Giro d’Italia stage 17: Tirano – Canazei
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Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia took the riders into the Dolomites and ended with a win for Pierre Rolland and Cannondale-Drapac. We hear from Rolland’s teammate Davide Formolo – the last Cannondale rider to win a Grand Tour stage, at the Giro two years ago – as well as from the sports director, Charly Wegelius. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe also return to Tuesday’s drama, when a call of nature almost cost Tom Dumoulin the pink jersey. We hear from his Sunweb teammates Chad Haga and Georg Preidler, who face three more tough days before the Giro reaches Milan. Looking ahead to Thursday’s Dolomites stage there is also an interview with double Giro winner and local boy Gilberto Simoni. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 24, 2017
8: The Sufferfest: Surviving the Giro mountains
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The sixteenth stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia to Bormio will be remembered as one of the most gruelling in recent times. For most riders at the Corsa Rosa, though, Tuesday was merely their latest encounter with the agonies they know only too well from previous ordeals in the mountains. How do they get through? What mental tricks & hacks can possibly override the physical pain? In this episode of Kilometre 0, the Cycling Podcast answers this question with the help of the very men who step every day into the pain cage. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 24, 2017
Stage 16: Rovetta - Bormio
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For some the Giro d'Italia really started with stage 16, the first multi-mountain stage in the Alps that finished with a fast descent to Bormio. The stage was thrilling and controversial with the debate over whether Tom Dumoulin's rivals should have waited when he stopped to answer a call of nature before the third major climb of the day. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss this and we hear from some of the day's protagonists. There's also a surreal contribution from Dutch veteran Bram Tankink and we take Joe Dombrowski for a drive in The Cycling Podcast's Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
May 23, 2017
7: Memories of Michele
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On the eve of the Giro d'Italia stage that goes over the Mortirolo, scene of one of Michele Scarponi's finest hours, his friends and former team-mates pay tribute to the rider who was killed while training last month. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.
May 22, 2017
Stage 15 | Valdengo to Bergamo | Giro d’Italia 2017
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Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia was more like a one-day Classic than a grand tour stage coming at the end of the second week – and not just because it finished in Bergamo and used roads that would not have looked out of place at the end-0f-season Il Lombardia. The race was furious from the start, with the peloton reluctant to let any break get its head. The first two hours saw the speeds top 50 kilometres per hour and it took more than 100 kilometres for a break to go clear. At the finish, it was the white jersey wearer, and best young rider, Bob Jungels who produced a finish worthy of any race in the world to win the stage. Behind him all the general classification riders were forced to react and Nairo Quintana was second on the stage to pinch a six-second time bonus that starts the process of chipping away at Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are in Bergamo. There’s a debate about polenta, praise for Vincenzo Nibali and a discussion about whether Dumoulin can hold the pink jersey all the way through the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 21, 2017
Stage 14 | Castellania to Oropa | Giro d’Italia 2017
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Biella, at the foot of the climb to a Oropa where stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia finished. It was a stage when Tom Dumoulin must have expected to come under pressure but he not only stood up to the attacks from Nairo Quintana but managed to drop the Colombian in the final few hundred metres to win the stage and tighten his grip on the pink jersey. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, assess the riders who moved up and down the general classification and ask what is in store for the final mountainous week of the race. We also hear from Vincenzo Nibali, the defending champion about his own and Dumoulin's performance at Oropa. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 20, 2017
Stage 13 | Reggio Emilia to Tortona | Giro d’Italia 2017
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Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was completely flat and was always likely to end in a sprint and so it proved, although the wind threatened to make for a nervous afternoon. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Fernando Gaviria’s fourth and best Giro stage win, and attempt to explain the nuances of the breakaways. We also hear from Stefano Zanatta, directeur sportif of the Bardiani team that has lost Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni after positive doping tests before the race. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has left the race because of an injured knee following his crash on the road to Blockhaus and we hear from Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the decision not to go any further. And, as we are deep in Fausto Coppi’s country, we remember the Italian legend who won the Giro five times and died in 1960 at the age of 40. Finally, we look ahead to Saturday’s stage to Oropa, where the battle for the pink jersey will resume. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 19, 2017
6: I ♥ The Giro
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we find out what it is that people love about the Giro d'Italia. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 19, 2017
Stage 12 | Forlì to Reggio Emilia | Giro d’Italia 2017
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After three explosive days – the day to Blockhaus, the time trial and then Wednesday’s hilly stage – the 100th Giro d’Italia calmed down again. A three-man break on the road from Forlì to Reggio Emilia was never likely to succeed, and so it proved. At the finish, the bunch was all back together and Fernando Gaviria, the 22-year-old Colombian sprinter, won his third stage of the race. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and the likelihood of Gaviria winning again tomorrow and taking the ciclamino jersey all the way to Milan to cap a brilliant first grand tour. We hear from Luca Scinto, Filippo Pozzato and Stefano Zanatta about the Italian teams’ woes. Mark Cavendish is the latest star to take a trip in our Maserati Quattroporte, there’s the second part of our Laurens Ten Dam interview and voting for the second Pédaleur de Charme opens. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 18, 2017
Stage 11 | Florence to Bagno di Romagna | Giro d’Italia 2017
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast evaluates an aggressive, unpredictable day when the pink jersey, Tom Dumoulin, and his Sunweb team could not relax for a moment. The stage was won in memorable style by Spaniard Omar Fraile of Dimension Data after a long breakaway and a brilliant tactical move in the final kilometres. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss stage 11 from near Florence, birthplace of the Italian legend Gino Bartali, to Bagno di Romagna. We hear from Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Geraint Thomas about their fortunes. We also speak to Laurens Ten Dam, who is going to be a vital ally to his team-mate Dumoulin as the race goes on. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 17, 2017
5: The Playboy, the Philosopher and Other Giro Tales
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This episode of Kilometre 0 features Herbie Sykes, author of a new book called Giro 100, written to coincide with the 100th edition of the race. The book features a host of stories – some poignant, some profound, many very funny – that, together, build and combine to capture the essence of the Giro. Extracts are read by actor and cyclist Malcolm Jeffries. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 17, 2017
Stage 10 | Foligno to Montefalco | Giro d’Italia 2017
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The time trial in Montefalco turned the Giro d’Italia on its head again and left the race beautifully balanced between the climbers and the time triallists. As expected, Tom Dumoulin won the stage, and took the pink jersey, but it was the margin of his win over Nairo Quintana that suggests this Giro will be alive until deep into the mountains next week. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the movers and shakers in the time trial and Geraint Thomas’s recovery from Sunday’s crash to finish second behind Dumoulin. We also hear from Dutch journalist Hans Ruggenberg of De Telegraaf about Dumoulin, third-placed Bauke Mollema and Steven Kruijswijk, who is tenth overall. As well as the racing, we find out about the Giro’s new trend for holding time trials in wine-producing regions from Italian journalist Pier Bergonzi and Daniel explores the effects of the recent earthquakes on central Italy and the region’s recovery from the devastation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 16, 2017
The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 12
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Lizzie Deignan in conversation with Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui This month’s episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Lizzie Deignan’s book launch in Leeds. Deignan was in conversation with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore and talks about her autobiography, Steadfast, which opens with the controversy around her missed drugs tests in 2016. She also talks about sexism, retirement and whether she is a “ticker-off” or a “collector.” We hear from William Fotheringham, who worked with Deignan on the book. And there is an opportunity to win a signed copy of Steadfast. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 16, 2017
4: The Double
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There's a long way to go to Milan but with Nairo Quintana in the pink jersey the possibility of the Colombian winning the Giro d'Italia is on the cards. And if he is victorious on May 28, the next question will inevitably be: Can he do the double and become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year? We ask that questions and explore the physiological and mental barriers that may be in the way. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 16, 2017
Stage 9 | Montenero di Bisaccia to Blockhaus | Giro d’Italia 2017
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The Giro d’Italia reached Blockhaus, the first major mountain of the race, and at last there was drama, although it was the unwelcome kind of drama because a poorly-parked police motorcycle, which was accompanying the race to ensure the riders’ safety, caused a crash which ended Wilco Kelderman’s race and scuppered the overall chances of both Team Sky’s leaders. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe report from Blockhaus on the incident which not only cost Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa but also Adam Yates. When the crash happened, Movistar were driving the pace and it was their man Nairo Quintana who attacked repeatedly on the climb to clinch the stage and take the pink jersey from Bob Jungels. How should we weigh up Quintana’s gains? Was it impressive or perhaps a below-par reward for the effort expended? And were Movistar wrong to carry on setting the pace after the crash – Adam Yates’s Orica-Scott sports director Matt White certainly thought so. Geraint Thomas and Dave Brailsford of Sky sounded remarkably calm despite months of preparation being wiped out in a second. In this episode, we discuss the drama and disappointment and weigh up who looked good and who looked ragged in Quintana’s wake. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 14, 2017
Stage 8 | Molfetta to Peschici | Giro d’Italia 2017
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If the Giro d’Italia is a 21-course tasting menu, the first week has seen plate after plate of bread with olive oil. Today we were at least offered some meat and cheese. Tomorrow, at Blockhaus is the prima piatti. Stage 8 of the Giro from Molfetta to the pretty coastal town of Peschici in Puglia was aggressive, anarchic and chaotic. A crash for Valerio Conti on a tight corner at the bottom of the final climb denied Italy a first stage win of the race. That honour went to Basque rider Gorka Izagirre of Movistar. The overall contenders remained mainly quiet, apart from Sky’s Mikel Landa. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and we hear from Landa and Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford about the Basque rider’s attack. We ask Ciro Scognamiglio about Italy’s week-long drought and hear from Wilier team manager Luca Scinto, who is not slow to vent his frustration. And with the big climb at Blockhaus on Sunday, we talk to Thibaut Pinot and Bauke Mollema about what to expect. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 13, 2017
Stage 7 | Castrovillari to Alberobello | Giro d’Italia 2017
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After eight days of racing, the 100th Giro d’Italia is yet to spark into life – although with all the mountains in the final week it may be that the old adage about good things coming to those who wait comes true. Stage seven from Castrovillari to the picturesque town of Alberobello, famous for its buildings with conical stone rooftops, was not a classic. Two riders spent much of the day out in front and then there was a sprint finish. But it was a great day for Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott, who won his first Giro stage, and the second grand tour stage of his career. In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the sprint and the lack of action so far but a week that has not been short of cultural and culinary highlights. We hear from Orica’s sports director Matt White about Ewan’s win and also Saturday’s stage to Peschici, from Sam Bennett about the sprint finish and also from Alberobello’s most famous, and perhaps most disgraced, son – Leonardo Piepoli, who was ripping up the mountain stages of the Giro and Tour ten years ago before testing positive for a banned blood-boosting drug. And, as we are in Amaraterra’s home region, we play out with an extended blast of their wonderfully evocative theme music. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 12, 2017
3: Cell-ing their souls?
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Mobile phones – everyone has one (more or less) and they are here to stay but what effects are they having on us and, in particular, on the athletes in professional cycling? This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at phones, screen time and the use of social media and finds that there's at least one rider who is keen to buck the trend. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.
May 12, 2017
Stage 6 | Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane | Giro d’Italia 2017
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Stage six of the Giro d’Italia headed to Terme Lungiane, a natural spa north of Reggio Calabria, where the day started, and although the race for the pink jersey is only bubbling gently at the moment, the battle for the honours at the finish line was intense. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the close sprint between two riders in red and black – BMC Racing’s Silvan Dillier and Trek’s Jasper Stuyven – and ask whether Cannondale-Drapac’s efforts to bring in the break were left too late. We hear from their sports director Fabrizio Guidi and rider Joe Dombrowski, who had different opinions on the matter. Britain’s Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates lie second and third overall at the moment and at the finish line Daniel caught up with them. We also hear from Sky’s sports director Brett Lancaster on why Reggio Calabria holds such special memories and there’s a chat with one of the sport’s legends who won almost every other race on the calendar but only rode the Giro once right at the end of his career. There’s also news of the first Pédaleur de Charme prize of this Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 11, 2017
Stage 5 | Pedara to Messina | Giro d’Italia 2017
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The Giro d'Italia was island-hopping again after stage five, leaving Vincenzo Nibali's home town of Messina and heading across the water to the mainland. With Richard Moore returning home for a few days, it's up to Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to negotiate the journey and this episode features the ferry journey across the Strait of Messina that gives Nibali his nickname, The Shark. The fifth stage of the race from Pedara to Messina was always going to be one for the sprinters but it was a relatively quiet day until the race reached the finish town. Luka Pibernik thought he had won the stage with a brilliantly-timed burst only to find that there was still a six-kilometre loop of the town to go. At the real finish, Fernando Gaviria continued Quick Step's fine opening week with his second stage win. In this episode, which unfolds as Lionel and Daniel attempt to cross the three-kilometre stretch of water by ferry, we also hear from Mauro Vegni on boring stages (he was referring to the Tour de France), Brent Copeland and Kanstantin Siutsou of Bahrain-Merida about Javier Moreno's disqualification for pushing Diego Rosa off his bike and Hugh Carthy of Cannondale-Drapac, who had a great day at Mount Etna on Tuesday. We also discover why there isn't a bridge linking Sicily to the mainland. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
May 10, 2017
2: A Day In Pink
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