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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.
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The Cycling Podcast Féminin returns for 2020 with a look ahead to the new season and interviews with Morgane Gaultier, the UCI's women's cycling coordinator, and two talented young riders, Sarah Gigante and Pfeiffer Georgi. Gigante is the youngster who shocked her rivals by winning the senior Australian national road race title last year at the age of just 18. Now 19, she backed that up this year by winning the time trial title. Rose Manley caught up with her a few days after the championships.  Georgi, also 19, combined riding for Sunweb with her school exams in 2019. With those behind her, she tells Orla Chennaoui that she will be fully focused on cycling in 2020 as she continues with the Dutch team, one of the eight now with World Tour status.  Orla, Rose and Richard Moore also discuss Annemiek van Vleuten's huge training rides and pick out things to look forward to in 2020, including the revamped Women's World Tour, the Olympic Games and the appointment of Rolf Aldag as a sports director at the Canyon/SRAM team.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Science in Sport SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 HelloFresh: HelloFresh makes it easy for you to cook delicious home-cooked meals from scratch. Choose your favourite recipes from a changing weekly menu, and they’ll deliver all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients you need to cook them, straight to your door. No planning, no shopping, no food waste. The helping hand you need to cook fresh at home. HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk/) is offering listeners to The Cycling Podcast Féminin 50% off their first box and 35% off the next three boxes. Go to https://hellofresh.co.uk and use the code CYCLING1 to take advantage of this offer.  BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (http://thecyclingpodcast.com/) /subscribe. We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com (http://thecyclingpodcast.com/) /book. All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for a look at the week’s cycling news, including Bernie Eisel’s retirement and Bjarne Riis’s return to the World Tour as part of Team NTT’s management. This episode features an extensive interview with Ian Boswell, the American who spent seven seasons in the World Tour with Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin. Boswell has been forced to retire from racing at the age of just 28 because of a series of concussions suffered in crashes – the most recent and most serious being sustained during the Italian stage race Tirreno-Adriatico last March. Boswell talks about the lasting after-effects of the crash, his determination to resume training against doctor’s orders, why he has had to bring the curtain down on his professional racing career and what he plans to do next. He also discusses the difficulty professional cycling has in developing an effective concussion protocol when races are fast moving and the riders want to rejoin the peloton as soon as they can. We also reveal a new collaboration for 2020 with another excellent podcast… Tune in to find out more. SPONSORS Science In Sport: The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 Wattbike Atom: This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom. If you want to take your winter training up a bit with an indoor bike that gets you connected easily to all the best training apps, check out wattbike.com (https://wattbike.com/) . The Wattbike Atom is available from £76 per month. Alzheimer’s Society: We are also sponsored by Alzheimer's Society, which helps support the 850,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia while working to find a cure. Alzheimer’s Society has a series of charity events for riders of all abilities in 2020 so check out Alzheimers.org.uk/cycle (http://alzheimers.org.uk/cycle) if you’re looking to set yourself a challenge. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad Bonus from the archive: The Revenants THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
The Cycling Podcast returns after the Christmas and New Year break with our first episode of 2020. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as they each pick three things they're looking forward to in professional cycling in the coming year. From new teams to riders facing new challenges, big-name transfers and leadership dynamics, new places to visit and, yes, the prospect of goulash. We discuss the likely fortunes of Bahrain-McLaren, Israel Start-Up Nation, Sam Bennett at Deceuninck-Quick Step, the Hungarian Grande Partenza and much more. As for Nice-Paris, well, everything will be explained... SPONSORS The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science In Sport. All our listeners can get 25% off SIS products at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25 This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom. If you want to take your winter training up a bit with an indoor bike that gets you connected easily to all the best training apps, check out wattbike.com (https://wattbike.com/) . The Wattbike Atom is available from £76 per month. BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are four online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast's team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) . We've frozen the price again – it's just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we'll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST EPISODES SO FAR... 1. The Stage That Didn't End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France 2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh 3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d'Italia Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Available now at thecyclingpodcast.com/book (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries) . All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.
It’s Christmas, traditionally a time for people to come together and enjoy the simple pleasure of playing a friendly board game and a glass of eggnog. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and special guest Ned Boulting for The Cycling Podcast’s Christmas Cycling Scrabble Challenge. This is Scrabble, but not as you know it. Only words that have a clear and obvious link to the world of professional cycling are permitted. And with that wonderfully vague rule, let the arguments begin. In honour of professional cycling, the rest of the rules of the game are unwritten… So tune in and see if Lionel can get Zakarin down on a triple word score... The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. SPONSORS After three-and-a-half years, our title sponsorship arrangement with Rapha is coming to an end. We'd like to thank everyone at Rapha, and particularly Simon Mottram, for their support. Science In Sport have been sponsoring us for even longer than Rapha and we're delighted that will continue in 2020. All listeners can get 25% off their Science In Sport goodies at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) by using the code SISCP25 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details. LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA You can buy a gift subscription to our Friends of the Podcast series for the pro cycling fan in your life at thecyclingpodcast.com/gifts (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/gifts) and it will be kept a surprise until the big day. CHRISTMAS BREAK This is our final episode of 2019. We'd like to wish all our listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for listening this year. We hope you'll be with us when we return in early January. In the meantime, we do have a couple of Friends of the Podcast episodes scheduled to go out over Christmas.
Imagine a world without potholes. Imagine a bike frame that is stiffer than one made from carbon fibre yet 20% lighter. Imagine a bike that transmits a potentially endless amount of data, without any wires, and with all the sensors built into the components (and also your clothing). Imagine an elevator that could take you from the earth to the stars. Lizzy and Tom imagine all of those things and find that they are closer to reality than you may think, and the key is Graphene. Remember Graphene? That wonder material that we were all told would revolutionise the way bikes are designed and built? So far we’ve mainly seen it in our tyres and none of the big brands are making their components with it. In this month’s Service Course we ask what happened to Graphene and hear how brands like Dassi are using it to push the limits of what is possible in bike design. We also visit the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre to hear about the science behind the material and find out how scientists are working to make the Graphene revolution a reality. Find out more about... Dassi bikes (https://dassi.com) The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (https://graphene.manchester.ac.uk/about/geic/) Music Service Course’s theme music is Beyond The Black Veil by Moscow Youth Cult. (https://moscowyouthcult.bandcamp.com/track/beyond-the-black-veil) Additional music in this episode by Cody Butler, Experia, August Wilhelmson, From Now On, Emil Axelsson, Nicky Dowling, Mochas, By Lotus and Silver Maple. All additional music and effects licensed through epidemic sound. (https://epidemicsound.com) Service Course is produced by Tom Whalley Thanks to our sponsors. Rapha (https://Rapha.cc) and Science In Sport (https://scienceinsport.com) FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details
182: Meet Flavio Zappi

182: Meet Flavio Zappi

2019-12-1701:32:312

In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie travels to Bicester Village retail outlet, not to do his Christmas shopping but to meet former Italian pro rider Flavio Zappi. After a calamitously clumsy introduction at the Rapha cafe (sorry again, chaps!), Lionel talks to Flavio about his career as a rider in the early 1980s when he finished second in the king of the mountains competition at the 1984 Giro d’Italia - a race he acknowledges as one of the flattest grand tours in modern history. In the second half the conversation turns to why he moved to Oxfordshire 25 years ago, rediscovered his love of cycling to help kick a smoking habit and how he established a development team to set young riders on the path to the World Tour. The best known graduate from Zappi’s team so far is James Knox who went via Team Wiggins to Quick Step and had a stunning breakthrough performance at the Vuelta a España this year. We are also joined by Paul Quarterman, who is heavily involved in Zappi’s team and whose son Charlie will ride for Trek-Segafredo with Vincenzo Nibali and new world champion Mads Pedersen next year. The YouTube clip of the 1984 Milan-Sanremo Flavio referenced can be viewed here (Italian commentary). SPONSORS The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. If you would like to get 25% off all your Science In Sport products fill your basket with energy bars, gels, drinks and other goodies at scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) and use the code SISCP25 at checkout. EPISODE SPONSOR This week’s episode sponsor is Procycling magazine, the top quality monthly magazine that takes readers inside the world’s toughest sport. Now in its 20th year, Daniel, Richard and Lionel have all written for the magazine. Pick up a subscription today and get 3 issues for £1 with your special offer code TCP19 at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/tcp19 (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/tcp19/)  or call 0344 848 2852 and quote code TCP19. PLUS receive a FREE the Heroes of Procycling ebook worth £10. FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’ve launched our new Friends of the Podcast system and it’s much easier to get the episodes on your phone now. Episode one, telling the story of Stage 19 of the Tour de France and featuring Egan Bernal, is online now. We’ve frozen the price at £15 for a year’s access and have two episodes to add over the Christmas and New Year period. To sign up you need only an email address and credit or debit card. You do not need your existing Friends of the Podcast login details. Go to thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) for all the details. Anyone who chooses to pay more and become a Very Good or Best Friend of the Podcast will also get a signed copy of our new book The Grand Tour Diaries. Everyone else who signs up as a Friend will be eligible for a 20% discount. Go to http://www.thecyclingpodcast.com/book for details
181: The Americans in Nice

181: The Americans in Nice

2019-12-1001:06:173

In a follow up to a Friends Special from 2016, Richard Moore travels to Nice to meet up with American professionals Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski and Larry Warbasse, and also a couple of younger riders, Will Barta and Matteo Jorgenson. Boswell, Dombrowski and Warbasse are all at different points in their careers. After a serious crash in March, Boswell didn't race again in 2019 and is starting to look beyond cycling. Dombrowski is about to change teams, from EF-Education First to UAE-Team Emirates. Warbasse can reflect on his first year in a French team, Ag2r.  They talk commitment and balance, the folly of youth and the benefit of experience, unfulfilled ambitions and strange dreams. We also meet Barta, who has just finished his first season with CCC, and Jorgenson, who will ride for Movistar in 2020.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. EPISODE SPONSOR This episode is supported by Laka, the community of cyclists co-operating to insure their bikes and equipment and keeping premiums down. To check out Laka go to their website at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST 2020 We've improved our Friends of the Podcast system so it is now much easier to sign up and access the special episodes using your favourite podcasts app. We've frozen the subscription fee too – it's still £15 for the year – and we'll be releasing 15 episodes over the course of 2020. Episode one is already online, it looks at the dramatically truncated 19th stage of the Tour de France and features Egan Bernal and the voice of Radio Tour, Seb Piquet. Sign up now at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/) THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries, which covers the 2018 and 2019 seasons is available now at our website, thecyclingpodcast.com (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries)
In the final Cycling Podcast Féminin of the year the team look back on their standout moments of 2019 with Kasia Niewiadoma, Lizzy Banks, Maria Martins and Bob Varney. It’s been a difficult few weeks for one of the teams of the year, Parkhotel Valkenburg. Their world number one, Lorena Wiebes, is the subject of offers from bigger teams and another rider, Sofie De Vuyst, announced that she has tested positive for a steroid. We speak to the team’s general manager, Esra Tromp, about a successful season followed by a turbulent few weeks. Finally, Orla Chennaoui speaks to Kelsey Erickson about her work leading SafeSport at USA Cycling and Rose Manley talks to Christine Majerus about her cyclocross campaign. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport. EPISODE SPONSOR This episode is supported by Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/) , the online personal styling service that takes the strain out of clothes shopping. A great wardrobe starts with your perfect fit. Stitch Fix's stylists discover clothing for you, hand-selected for your size and style.
The Cycling Podcast's 11-date Grand Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland has reached its conclusion and Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are back with an episode recapping the cycling news. Former British national champion Adam Blythe joined us for two of our live shows – at London's Arts Theatre and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – and in this episode he speaks about the decision to retire from professional racing at the age of just 30. Blythe talks about the moment he made the decision to retire and, having hosted a series of interviews for The Cycling Podcast in the spring, now sees opportunities in the media having also appeared on Eurosport's grand tour coverage. We also have an extract from our first Friends of the Podcast special episode of 2020 – which tells the story of stage 19 of the Tour de France, when a hailstorm and landslide halted the race. We hear from Egan Bernal, who took the yellow jersey that day. There's also a clip from our live show featuring Richard reading an entry from our new book The Grand Tour Diaries, also telling the story of the Tour's dramatic 19th stage. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. SPONSORS This episode is also sponsored by Cyclist magazine. Give the gift of Cyclist Magazine – the stress-free present that lasts all year. Save up to £11.89 on an annual gift subscription to our favourite monthly read with free postage thrown in. Simple. Easy. Perfect. Go to https://cyclistmag.co.uk/podcast to subscribe for a year. THE GRAND TOUR DIARIES Our new book The Grand Tour Diaries is available now for £15. Richard, Lionel, Daniel, François and Orla document the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España plus the Women's Tour. Order from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) and get the book delivered to your door. The book is currently only available from our publishers, not from Amazon. 2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We're almost ready to launch our 2020 Friends of the Podcast programme. We've frozen the price and improved the delivery system. Stand by for details of our new faff-free system in next week's episode. MUSIC We are often asked about the music in our shows. The title music in our regular episodes is called This Is The Last Day Of Your Life by Glass Pear. There's a Spotify playlist featuring some of the music heard in The Cycling Podcast here (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0lJbxlr1DkkIH3Vt2tayG8?si=cPe9urthTUGe-CHcuye8tg) .
This week's episode finds Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the green room backstage at the Y Theatre, Leicester, before the ninth stage of their Grand Tour. We recap the theatre tour so far and answer some of the questions posed by the audience that we didn't have time to get to on stage. We also meet Stacy Snyder, the ceramist who has been making the beautiful cups for The Cycling Podcast during the grand tours. Stacy travelled over from Virginia to see the live event in London's Leicester Square and to meet the podcast team. There's an appearance by Giro stage winner and co-host of our Service Course show Lizzy Banks and finally, we catch up with Colin Sturgess, former world professional pursuit champion, who joined us on stage at the Y Theatre in his home city, Leicester. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This week's episode is supported by Beer52. To order a case of eight beers plus two free beers (making ten!) for just the price of delivery, and to join the monthly beer club, go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle
This month Lizzy Banks takes Service Course back to the place where it all began for her, Hill Climbs. It was the Sheffield University Hill Climb at Curbar Edge in Derbyshire where Lizzy first started to believe that she may have a serious future in the sport and so for this episode she goes back to her roots to look at hill climbing bikes in all their glorious eccentricities. The show features Lizzy’s season closing event, the Mam Nick Hill Climb, as well as an interview with a man who seems to spend all his time riding uphill, Phil Gaimon. We also visit Zed Wheels to find out about super lightweight wheels built with string, and Rebecca Richardson talks about hacking (sometimes literally) weight off your bike on a budget. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. SPONSORS Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.
The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin includes a feature on arguably the greatest team in the history of women's racing, Boels-Dolmans. With both sponsors giving notice of their intention to quit, the Dutch squad faces an uncertain future. We speak to the team director, Danny Stam, its longest-serving rider, Christine Majerus, and former riders Lucy Martin and Nikki Brammeier. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore also discuss the news concerning rider quotas for next year's Olympic Games road races, with the men once more far outnumbering the women. And there's an interview with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig about her switch of teams, from Bigla to FDJ, and how she intends to find the improvements necessary to land a big win. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
After travelling from Bristol to Belfast and reaching London on Monday night, The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour has reached its halfway point. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the week's news – double Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummings' retirement, the latest from Dr Richard Freeman's General Medical Council hearing and we hear from Matt White about how he sits down to plan the race programme for Mitchelton-Scott's riders. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is also sponsored by Harry's razors. If you'd like to get the Harry's trial set for £3.95 go to harrys.com/cycling (https://www.harrys.com/go/gb-podcast-article-vs-brochure-oct19?dc=&utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&utm_source=Cycling+Podcast&utm_campaign=audioBoom&utm_content=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&crid=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&hid=&name=Cycling+Podcast+listeners) THE GRAND TOUR Tickets are still available for the final week of our Grand Tour from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) On Monday, November 25 we'll be back in London with special guests Rod Ellingworth – the new boss of Bahrain-Merida – and former British champion Adam Blythe. Tickets are selling fast for this show. We then go to Cambridge (Nov 26), Edinburgh (Nov 27), Leicester (Nov 28) and Manchester (Nov 30).
174: Remembering Poulidor

174: Remembering Poulidor

2019-11-1400:51:36

The Cycling Podcast is currently on a theatre tour but Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recorded this week's episode a few hours before taking to the stage at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall. They discuss the latest developments in the General Medical Council's hearing into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman, and Shane Sutton's extraordinary appearance before he stormed out. We also hear from The Telegraph's Tom Cary, who has been at the hearing. François reflects on the death of Raymond Poulidor, who finished on the podium at the Tour de France eight times without ever winning the race or even pulling on the yellow jersey. Poulidor's grandson is Mathieu van der Poel and so his legacy lives on in the peloton but how will France remember the man they nicknamed the Eternal Second? The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review some of the biggest stories from the past week in professional cycling. After 14 years, the Tour of California – the biggest stage race in the USA – is taking a hiatus. What does this mean for racing in America – and does Peter Stetina's decision to quit the World Tour in favour of gravel events such as Dirty Kanza suggest the sport is heading in a different direction? Richard reports back on his trip to McLaren HQ in Woking, where he met Bahrain-Merida's new boss Rod Ellingworth and asks him about signing Mark Cavendish and reluctantly seeing world time trial champion Rohan Dennis leave. We also discuss Filippo Ganna's world record-breaking four-kilometre individual pursuit ride in Minsk. And as the medical hearing into the conduct of Dr Richard Freeman – former doctor for both Team Sky and British Cycling resumes – we discuss the implications of Dr Freeman's admission that he'd lied about the delivery of testosterone to British Cycling HQ. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling) The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour There's still time to get tickets for our Grand Tour – and get 20% off our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) Nov 11 - Bristol Nov 12 - Cardiff Nov 13 - Worcester Nov 14 - Dublin Nov 15 - Belfast Nov 18 - London Nov 25 - London Nov 26 - Cambridge Nov 27 - Edinburgh Nov 28 - Leicester Nov 30 - Manchester
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast we hear from Tom Pidcock, the versatile young rider who explains his decision not to step up to a World Tour team in 2020. Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore also discuss Mark Cavendish’s move to Bahrain-Merida. Can he and Rod Ellingworth roll back the years and have the kind of success they enjoyed together at British Cycling and Team Sky? We also discuss the politics of the UCI’s conflicts with the teams and even with the anti-doping body that they established. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) . Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/)  products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe give their first reaction to the 2020 Giro d'Italia route as it is unveiled in Milan. The Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, will be followed by a transfer to Sicily – without a rest day – and a journey that hugs the southern and Adriatic coastlines before a very difficult final week in the Alps. We weigh up the time trials, a stage in Marco Pantani's home town Cesenatico, and ask whether the route is tempted fate with the weather. Before that, we discuss the retirement of Taylor Phinney, a rider who looked to be a once-in-a-generation talent when he first turned professional but whose career was compromised by a horrendous crash at the US Championships in 2014. We also hear from British riders James Knox and Tao Geoghegan Hart as their seasons wind up at Il Lombardia. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) . Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout. Episode sponsor – Stitch Fix If you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
Inspired by Caroline Criado Perez’s book Invisible Women (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CQ2NZG6/) , Tom Whalley and new co-host Lizzy Banks (Bigla Pro Cycling) ask how data bias is present in cycling. They hear from Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio about a fundamental UCI rule that she believes is based on data solely from male riders, and Liz Colebrook, one of the few female frame builders in the UK, who says that cycling design not only ignores women but other “outliers” too. Also on the show is Ben Watson, a para-cyclist with Team GB, who won gold at his race at the World Championships in Harrogate. He tells us about the adaptations that help him get the best out of his performance and the other innovative ways that equipment is modified by para-athletes. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. SPONSORS Science In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out. Laka sponsors this episode of Service Course. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to https://laka.co.uk to find out more. FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST We’d like to thank everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019. Your support keeps these episodes free for all to enjoy. The penultimate episode of this season is now live. The Road Trip takes you behind the scenes with Richard, Lionel and François at the Tour de France. Become a Friend of the Podcast https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the route of the 2020 Tour de France, which was unveiled in Paris earlier in the day. There are new start and finish towns, new summit finishes and only one time trial – on the climb of La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day – but what else is in store and who does it suit? This inevitably leads to a speculation-heavy conversation about a race that is still more than eight months away. Daniel describes the route as being more Biggie Smalls than Tupac, or is it more Tupac than Biggie? Lionel calls it the Tour de Tension, with something to challenge and unsettle more or less every day. Or is this a case of the Vueltafication of the Tour? We also discuss the weekend's two big races – il Lombardia, the final Monument of the season, and Paris-Tours, which has shed its reputation as a slightly dull, formulaic race for the sprinters with the controversial inclusion of the off-road tracks through the vineyards. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
168: An autumnal ramble

168: An autumnal ramble

2019-10-0901:05:171

The World Tour season is beginning to wind down with the race of the falling leaves – il Lombardia – at the weekend but in this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on three big stories from the world of cycling. In part one, Daniel remembers Giorgio Squinzi, the boss of the Mapei company who elevated the brand from the humble world of industrial grouts and adhesives to the position as one of the greatest cycling teams of all time. Dr Squinzi passed away last week aged 76 and Daniel reflects on his legacy. In part two, we have an exclusive interview with Graham Bartlett, the CEO of Velon, which is owned by 11 of the World Tour teams. Velon also operates the Hammer Series and it has just filed a complaint against the UCI with the European Commission. Is this the latest development in the same, decades-long dispute between the teams, the governing body and other race organisers? In part three, we discuss e-racing after the winner of the inaugural British eracing championships was stripped of his title for cheating the system to unlock a faster virtual bike. What does this mean for esports and cycling and are we dealing with athletic endeavour or computer gaming here? Finally, we look ahead to il Lombardia and speculate on who will come out on top in the final one-day World Tour race of 2019. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport. This episode is sponsored by Stitchfix. Stitch Fix is the personal style service for men and women that evolves with your tastes, needs and lifestyle. Go to stitchfix.co.uk/cycling to find out more.
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Comments (17)

Maarten Borsten

woow maybe because I am Dutch but this is crap

Jan 15th
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Kenny Milne

in my opinion this is by far the best cycling podcast , I enjoy these throughout the whole season

Jul 27th
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Kenny Milne

in my opinion this is definitely the best of the different TDF podcasts , and cycling podcasts in general

Jul 23rd
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Hassif

For some reason I can no longer replay episodes I have already listened to. Is anyone experiencing the same thing?

Jun 28th
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Cameron Anderson

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

May 17th
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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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