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Author: Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

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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 ( and Science in Sport (
716 Episodes
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.
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 (
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 (
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 SportThe music for this episode is by Amaraterra (
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.
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 ( .
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.
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.
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.
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.]( 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.](
Comments (8)

Cameron Anderson

Obvious that he hasn’t managed the microphone setup before.

May 17th

James Warrener

rip Paul Sherwen

Dec 7th

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

Ben Nicholas

what is the music you play during the ft advert?

Sep 27th

Matthew Gotham

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

Jul 27th

Jeremy Brown

why can't I listen to it on my podcast

May 25th

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

Glen Gorham

great episode, more!

Nov 7th
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