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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 (https://rapha.cc) and Science in Sport (http://scienceinsport.com/).
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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

2019-02-2100:56:391

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)
154: Remembering Paul Sherwen
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
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

2019-02-0701:07:251

161: Christmas drinks with Dan Lloyd
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)
6: The disruptors from 'Derbados'
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 Campanaerts 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)
5: Deja vu Down Under
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)

5: Deja vu Down Under

2019-01-2400:59:093

3: A fresh start for Caleb Ewan and a reboot for Bob Jungels
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)
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Comments (7)

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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