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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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16: Adam Blythe Interviews Caleb Ewan
**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)**
15: Order! Order! Team Sky becomes Team Ineos
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).
14: The Cycling Podcast Féminin March 2019
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).
13: Gravel roads and crosswinds
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).
12: Deceuninck's opening weekend double
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)
11: Tejay's Tour ambitions
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).

11: Tejay's Tour ambitions

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10: Astana on fire
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).**

10: Astana on fire

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9: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 32
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/CYCLINGTo get 25% off Science in Sport products, go to scienceinsport.com and enter the code SISCP25 at the checkout.
8: Cavendish on the comeback trail
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)
7: Katusha-Alpecin's reboot
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)

7: Katusha-Alpecin's reboot

2019-02-0701:07:252

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James Warrener

rip Paul Sherwen

Dec 7th
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Inver Darroch

I listened to Sherwen and Liggett because my Dad did when he watched the TdF. My Dad had a Flying Scot bike and I inherited my love of TdF because of him and P&P’s commentary. I honour my Dad’s memory by watching the TdF and it will never be the same without the two Ps’ travelogue.

Dec 6th
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Ben Nicholas

what is the music you play during the ft advert?

Sep 27th
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Matthew Gotham

Guys, I'm really not interested in what you had for dinner every day.

Jul 27th
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Jeremy Brown

why can't I listen to it on my podcast

May 25th
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Tristan Peck

Probably the best sports podcast I listen too and cycling isn't my number one sport. Richard, Daniel and Lionel are a great combination with news, features and humour in the right measure. Full daily episodes of all grand tours too. Excellent podcast.

Jan 29th
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Glen Gorham

great episode, more!

Nov 7th
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