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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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32: Movistar and chill

32: Movistar and chill

2020-03-3102:14:58

Alberto Bettiol's Tour of Flanders, the Movistar documentary on Netflix and the latest on the coronavirus crisis and cycling –  this week’s bumper episode of The Cycling Podcast is really three shows in one and this  description can help you find the talking points you are interested in. 00:00 Introduction Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe get together on the phone from their separate isolated offices to discuss how they are coping with lockdown. There’s also a staggering anecdote from Daniel that includes Pavel Tonkov and American actor Mark Wahlberg. 11:25 Part one (Duration 27:45) – Alberto Bettiol’s Tour of Flanders We look back to last year’s Tour of Flanders and Richard talks to EF Pro Cycling’s Alberto Bettiol, who pulled off something of a shock when he won the race. It was Bettiol’s first pro win and it changed everything for him. 39:10 François’ Song This week, to honour the Tour of Flanders, François channels his inner Jacques Brel and sings Le Plat Pays Qui Est Le Mien. It’s an homage to the flat lands and North Sea. Find out more here. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Plat_Pays) 42:35 Part two (Duration 31:40) – Movistar and Chill We channel our inner Barry Norman (that’s a reference for British viewers who remember his legendary BBC Film programme) to review the new six-part Netflix documentary series The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019. The series takes us on the road at the three grand tours to get to know Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde, Eusebio Unzue and the rest of the Movistar team. We discuss Landa’s sad eyes to the tune playing in Marc Soler’s head during tactical briefings. But how many cinema hot dogs out of five does the film deserve? 1:14:15 Lockdown Larry (Duration: 12:33) The latest despatch from AG2R-La Mondiale rider Larry Warbasse in which he talks about coping with no racing and a very different training regime. 1:26:48 Part three (Duration 40:22) – The coronavirus part We’ve quarantined our coronavirus coverage for people who want to take a total break from the news. We update on the latest impact the virus is having on professional cycling. We hear from Paola Santini of the Bergamo-based Santini clothing company, which has swapped manufacturing rainbow jerseys for face masks and protective clothing. Mick Bennett, organiser of the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain talks about the effect the uncertainty is having. And we hear reassuring news about Ciro Scognamiglio, in response to listeners asking whether he’s been eating properly while locked down in Milan. 2:07:10 François’ tribute to Gianni Mura François Thomazeau with his memory of the Italian sportswriter Gianni Mura, who passed away last week. WATCH ON YOUTUBE 2019 Tour of Flanders, race highlights (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_3-uI8xkjk) 2017 Tour of Flanders, Behind the Scenes documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNpvsJ3_OJo) Available from 14.00 April 1 2017 Tour of Flanders, race highlights (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpXi3QhCRNk) Flanders Classics channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/FlandersClassics1) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) 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. 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.
In this month's episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley dive behind the scenes of some of the leading kit manufactures, designers and technology companies that are driving innovation in technical clothing. They speak to Angelo Trofa, designer of the only kit in the pro peloton from another Uniververse, the Canyon//SRAM kit from Rapha. Marie Cortal from Katusha Sport breaks down the processes of outfitting two world tour teams who come in all shapes and sizes. Photophysical chemistry and volcanic sand make an unconventional appearance in the cycling world as Dr Greg Haggquist from 37.5 discusses his innovative methodologies for developing technical yarns to enable the best possible moisture management in clothing. Finally, with talk of staying dry, we asked Anne Weir from Gore Wear, is it really just dreaming to have a rain jacket as breathable as a base layer? Find out in the show! Service Course is supported by Science in Sport. Get 25% off your next order by using the code SISCP25 https://www.scienceinsport.com This episode is 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://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=c014fa323f&e=be8e0a97d5) The Economist returns to The Cycling Podcast with a new offer for our listeners at a time when facts matter most in the reporting of global affairs. Get your first 12 issues for just £12. Get the magazines delivered to your door plus access to economist.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=366ed12318&e=be8e0a97d5) and the new app. Text CP12 to 78070
With so many cyclists now confined to training indoors, Mitch Docker talks to his coach Kevin Poulton about the virtual cycling software Zwift. Back in 2016, Mat Hayman crashed out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and fractured his arm. It looked like his Classics campaign was over but within days he was back training indoors, using Zwift, and less than six weeks later he crossed the line first in the velodrome to clinch victory in Paris-Roubaix. Poulton was Hayman's coach then but Zwift was still relatively new to him. Since then, Zwift has become an additional tool for professional and amateur riders alike. This is a podcast Mitch wanted to do anyway, but with so many cyclists restricted to riding indoors because of the coronavirus crisis it seemed like the perfect time to call Kevin and get under the skin of the training tool that combines athletic effort with video gaming. If you want to know more about Zwift, how the pros use it and how it can help your training, this is the podcast for you. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
In this second part of this week's Cycling Podcast, Daniel Friebe speaks to Marco Pinotti, head of performance at Team CCC, and a resident of Bergamo, one of the cities in Italy that has been worst hit by coronavirus. In the second part we hear from Jonathan Vaughters, boss of the EF Pro Cycling team, who were the first to pull out of the Strade Bianche race a couple of weeks ago, about what the future might hold for the sport once the crisis is over. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the code SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) 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. 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.
This week, we have divided the podcast into two parts, enabling those who want to avoid discussion of the coronavirus pandemic to self-isolate from the subject and enjoy a diverting hour or so listening to us talk about cycling. In this part one, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe pay tribute to the veteran Italian sportswriter Gianni Mura, who died last week, and talk about Milan-Sanremo. We hear from Julian Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates Tim Declercq and Zdenek Stybar about how the Frenchman won the race, then go back in time 38 years to 1982 and a stunning surprise victory for a much less well-known French rider. Lionel remembers Sean Kelly’s descent of the Poggio in pursuit of Moreno Argentin in 1992 and Richard mentions the victory by Italian Maurizio Fondriest the following year. Finally in this part, we hear from AG2R’s American rider Larry Warbasse in Lockdown Larry. WATCH ON YOUTUBE If you want to watch footage of any of the races we talked about this week you can find them on YouTube. 2019 – Alaphilippe’s victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NECr3ZQL1Z4&t) 1982 – Marc Gomez’s surprise (French) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt4Nr1a1yjI) 1992 – Sean Kelly’s pursuit of Moreno Argentin on the Poggio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqEnvZ1ynng) 1993 – Maurizio Fondriest’s win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKywA5jlX8o) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast. Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products use the cod SISCP25 on www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) 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. 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.
In the March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin there's lots of racing, with Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore picking out their moments of the early season – until it was stopped in its tracks by coronavirus.  There's a report from Richard's day in the Drops team car, with Bob Varney and Julian Winn, at Het Nieuwsblad, and we hear from Lizzy Banks, the Bigla-Katusha rider who rode strongly to 6th, Esra Tromp, manager of the Parkhotel-Valkenburg team, and also Rolf Aldag, making one of his first appearances as a sports director in the Canyon-SRAM car.  And there's an interview with Italian rider Martina Alzini, who tells us about living and training in locked down Italy, where the coronavirus crisis is most serious.  The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport. iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is supported by Stitch Fix, the online styling service. Go to https://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling This episode is also supported by Laka, Join a community of cyclists to play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. Go to https://laka.co.uk KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Subscribe now! (http://eepurl.com/bERv1D) 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. 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.
26: Paris-Nice and pause

26: Paris-Nice and pause

2020-03-1801:17:211

The world of professional cycling is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus and so the season has been put on hold after Paris-Nice. From their separate studios, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap what will be the final race for a while. Daniel was on the road covering a surreal edition of the Race to the Sun and he reports on the decision by organisers ASO to push on to Nice and what it was like as the effects of the virus spread across Europe. We also reflect on what was an attacking and entertaining edition of the race and discuss whether the 'three-kilometre rule' should have applied to Max Schachmann after his crash on the run-in to the finish of the penultimate stage in Apt. What now for cycling? With the spring classics and the Giro d'Italia already postponed the sport faces a set of circumstances unprecedented in peacetime. We also hear from Italian Martina Alzini, who is currently locked down at home, and Mitch Docker – host of Life in the Peloton – from Girona about what these new restrictions mean for pro riders. It's too early to say when or how the racing programme will resume but The Cycling Podcast show will go on. You can find out more details about that in our weekly newsletter. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also supported by Cyclist – the monthly magazine dedicated to road cycling. To celebrate the 100th issue of the magazine you can get a big discount on a year's print and digital subcription by going to https://cyclistmag.co.uk/podcast. As well as saving over £82 you can also get a copy of the A3 print book Big Rides, which is worth £25. KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) 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. 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.
Life in the Peloton is a packed episode of two halves this time as Mitch Docker and his good mate Luke Durbridge look back at the first Belgian Classics of the season before answering some great listeners' questions. Mitch and Luke used to be teammates at Orica-GreenEdge, now they live not too far from each other in Girona, and they caught up after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne to talk about 'opening weekend'. They explain how pro riders choose the right clothing for the bad weather, Mitch reveals his favourite Belgian beer and they give their take on Gianni Moscon's latest rush of blood to the head. Then Mitch delves into the email bag to answer some cracking questions. They talk Classics, cobbles and climbs, the importance of upper body strength and double bar tape... How noisy are disc brakes and who would win a two-up between them on the velodrome in Roubaix? Episode sponsors This episode is supported by Vélo Birmingham and Midlands. The organisers of one of the biggest and best closed-road sportives in the UK is also organising the British national road race championships from June 18-20 this year. You can watch the best of British battle it out for the prestigious national champion's jerseys, then take part in either the 45-mile or 100-mile ride. And all podcast listeners can get a £10 discount on the ride entry at velobirmingham.com (https://www.velobirmingham.com/) with the code CYCLINGPODCAST. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
Strade Bianche may have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy but Paris-Nice got underway and the opening two stages turned out to be more like mini Classics. Crosswinds caused chaos and whittled down the number of riders likely to contend for overall victory as the race heads towards the hills and, hopefully, the sun at the end of the week. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the racing and the impact coronavirus is having on professional cycling before Daniel Friebe dials in from France to talk about the opening days of Paris-Nice. Ciro Scognamiglio also updates on the situation in Italy following the cancellation of Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and a host of other spring races. We also hear from Tiesj Benoot about his winter transfer from Lotto-Soudal and his objectives for the season. In the final part, there's a moving tribute to Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal by Tao Geoghegan Hart. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/) This episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) KEEP UP TO DATE Sign up for The Cycling Podcast's weekly email newsletter to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. This week, Lionel writes about the return of Explore. Sign up at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) 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. 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.
Explore returns to The Cycling Podcast as a monthly show following the seven-part debut series, which was release at the end of 2018. Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop introduce the show, which will also feature regular contributions from former World Tour professional rider Ian Boswell. In this episode we meet Felicity Cloake, award-winning food writer for The Guardian and author of the excellent One More Croissant for the Road (https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008304935/one-more-croissant-for-the-road/) , to talk about cycle touring and the search for culinary perfection in France. After spending July covering the Tour de France for the past couple of decades, the highs and lows of French cuisine is a subject close to Lionel's heart so he was interested to hear how Felicity decided which route to take, which dishes to seek out and understand why touring a country by bicycle offers a deeper perspective on the changing cultures and landscape as a journey unfolds. Combining the spirit of Henri Desgrange with the essence of Elizabeth David, Felicity went in search of the French Classics but, this being cycling, she also went to sleep hungry and (slightly) demoralised in a tent. We also hear from Ian Boswell, who rode for Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin before retiring at the end of last year after suffering successive concussions sustained in crashes. Ian who will explore the world of gravel and self-supported racing this year will be filing a monthly despatch for our series. In this first instalment, we catch up with him in the depths of  winter in Vermont to find out what he has planned for 2020. Show notes 0:00 Lionel and Hannah introduce Explore 8:26 Coffee with Felicity Cloake, part one 38:20 Welcome to Explore, Ian Boswell 1:03:40 Back to Felicity for part two OUR SUPPORTERS The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)
22: Opening weekend

22: Opening weekend

2020-03-0401:21:163

The season finally started, according to Lionel Birnie, with Belgium’s “Opening Weekend” comprising Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday followed by Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday.  The racing was thrilling, but there has been a lot of other news in the cycling world, from coronavirus and its possible effects on the upcoming races, not to mention the four teams still in quarantine in Abu Dhabi, to Gianni Moscon’s latest transgression and disqualification at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.   Lionel, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore discuss all this and there are interviews with Moscon’s Team Ineos sports director, Gabriel Rasch, as well as Allan Peiper of UAE-Team Emirates and Rik Van Slycke, whose Deceuninck-Quickstep team managed a win and a second place at the two Belgian races. We hear from young riders Fred Wright and Quinn Simmons, making their debuts in the Belgian races. And we have exciting news of our own – a new title sponsor, iwoca, who we warmly welcome to The Cycling Podcast. News of the sudden and tragic death of Nicolas Portal, the Team Ineos sports director, broke after we recorded this episode. We will have a full appreciation of Portal in next week’s podcast. The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.  Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding (http://iwoca.co.uk/) The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to www.scienceinsport.com (http://www.scienceinsport.com/)   This week’s episode is supported by Hello Fresh.  HelloFresh makes cooking from scratch easy and convenient. As well as delivering fresh, quality pre-portioned ingredients to your door, they now have 21 different recipes to choose from each week. From Family Favourites and Balanced recipes under 600 calories to recipes that are on the table in ten-minutes flat, there’s something for everyone to try. And to make mealtimes even more memorable, you can also add extras like desserts and artisan bread for extra convenience.  For the simple way to cook fresh, HelloFresh is offering you 50% off your first box and 35% off your next three boxes. Head to https://hellofresh.co.uk and use the code CYCLING to receive 50% off your first box and 35% off your next three today.
In this month’s episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley take a look at the new kit that's arrived in the peloton for 2020. They hear from young riders, Mikkel Bjerg, Katrine Aalerud, Niamh Fisher-Black and her brother Finn, all of whom have recently stepped up to bigger teams, and talk about the challenges of using totally new equipment. There’s also a conversation with Cannondale’s Global Director of Sports Marketing, Jonathan Geran, about how the brand have expanded its presence in the women’s side of the sport, by being the bike sponsor for 3 professional teams. He talks about the feedback that the pros give to the brand and the way it influences design, and also the changing nature of what pros demand from a bike supplier. The answer to that one seems to be gravel bikes. Service Course is supported by Science In Sport. Get 25% off your next order by using the code SISCP25 https://www.scienceinsport.com/ Our theme music is Beyond The Black Veil by Moscow Youth Cult https://moscowyouthcult.bandcamp.com/ Additional music in this episode by Orange, King Masa, Beat Me, Ekans, From Indigo, Once Upon and Before Chill. All licensed through Epidemic Sound. https://www.epidemicsound.com/
Mitch Docker meets a man whose voice will be familiar to cycling fans throughout the world. For many, Matt Keenan is the voice of the Tour de France thanks to his lead commentary work which is heard by viewers in the US, Australia and anywhere that takes the world feed from race organiser ASO. Matt grew up in the same neighbourhood as Mitch and also dreamed of being a professional cyclist. When he realised he didn't have the engine for Life in the Peloton he switched his sights to a job in the commentary booth. Mitch gets to the heart of the commentator's job – the difficulty of identifying riders, explaining a complex sport to a broad audience and striking up a rapport with a co-commentator. Sit back, relax and enjoy a conversation with one of the most recognised voices of cycling. Episode sponsor Hello Fresh delivers fresh, healthy meal boxes with pre-portioned ingredients to take the hassle out of shopping and cooking. Saving you time and money and ensuring you eat well, Hello Fresh offers a choice of 21 different recipes each week. Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 50% off their first meal box and 35% off the next three with the code CYCLING at hellofresh.co.uk (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk/) Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (http://www.lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (http://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (http://www.twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
19: Remco on fire

19: Remco on fire

2020-02-2601:01:311

Is Remco Evenepoel the new Eddy Merckx? He's Belgian, he's 20 years old and he's won both stage races he's taken part in so far this season. Following up victory at the Vuelta a San Juan, the Deceuninck-Quick Step sensation won the Tour of the Algarve with a strong performance in the hills and an impressive time trial. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Freibe discuss Evenepoel's potential and ask how he will fare in his debut Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, later this season. Of course, Lionel is on hand with his fire extinguisher to dampen down the excitement around Evenepoel, cautioning against getting carried away and reminding everyone that Merckx won Milan-Sanremo in his first full season as a professional in 1966. We also discuss the resurgence of Nairo Quintana, who added the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var title to the Tour de La Provence he won last week. And with coronavirus cancelling sporting events in Italy we ask whether Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and possibly even the Giro might be affected by the spread of the virus. Plus there's news of Daniel's impromptu lamb lunch with John Degenkolb in Majorca and some joking about unusual race names and some nonsense about a stage race named after a German airport. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. SPONSORS This episode is also sponsored by Stitch Fix. If you want to update your wardrobe with the help of a personal stylist sign up at stitchfix.co.uk (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/) now. For a £10 monthly styling fee, you can get a delivery of five items of clothing selected for you, which takes the hassle out of clothes shopping. Keep and pay for the items you love and send the others back. We are also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all operating together to insure their bikes and equipment while keeping premiums down and ensuring claims are settled quickly by staff who understand cycling. Check out Laka at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) . 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 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France Bonus from the archive: Meeting Jean Bobet 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.
18: A new Nairoman?

18: A new Nairoman?

2020-02-2057:111

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap a great week of racing for Colombian riders and the EF Education First team. The outstanding performance of the week was by Nairo Quintana, who grabbed his first victories for the French Arkéa-Samsic by winning the stage to Chalet-Reynard, halfway up Mont Ventoux, to clinch the Tour de La Provence. Meanwhile, EF Education First dominated the Tour Colombia by winning the team time trial to set up a clean sweep of the overall podium, topped by Sergio Higuita. We also hear from EF Education First sports director Juan Manuel Gárate and rider Lawson Craddock about the experience of racing in Colombia and coping with the effects of consistently high altitude during the race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. 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 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France 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.
In the February episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we hear from the new cyclocross world champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and also from Danny Stam, who tells us how his team, Boels-Dolmans, has managed to attract a new sponsor, SD Worx. The new sponsor has signed up for four years, ensuring the future of a team that has set the benchmark for women’s teams. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore discuss the early season racing and there is also an interview with Canyon-SRAM rider Hannah Barnes and an update on the Cyclists’ Alliance including an interview with board member Rhian Ravenscroft. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Science in Sport Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. 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 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France 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.
16: The Pogfather

16: The Pogfather

2020-02-1255:352

In this week's episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap the early season races and ask what the 2020 season has in store for Slovenian sensation Tadej Pogacar's after his victory at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. We also hear from Cameron Wurf, the former World Tour pro-turned-triathlete who has returned to the top ranks of professional cycling with Team Ineos.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. 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 4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France 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.
In this episode of Life in the Peloton Mitch Docker meets Andre Greipel, the German sprinter who won 11 stages of the Tour de France between 2011 and 2016. The pair sat down to talk during the Tour Down Under and Mitch reveals that Andre has been a long-time listener to the Life in the Peloton podcast and asked when he would be invited to be a guest on the show. Mitch starts by asking Andre about an unusual race victory – his only pro win that came from a breakaway – and then the pair talk about his early days in East Germany, his rise to become one of the fastest men in the world, his internal team rivalry with Mark Cavendish and what has kept him at the top for so long. Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/) Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton) Or follow on social media: Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/) Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)
In this week’s podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss all the latest racing and news and there’s an in-depth look at a team that’s been reinvented for 2020.  Apart from all the racing, Jakob Fuglsang, the Danish rider on Astana, has been subject to the allegation that he has been working with the banned doctor, Michele Ferrari. Any such association would constitute an anti-doping offence but media outlets in Denmark and Norway report that the authorities are investigating Fuglsang and his Astana teammate Alexey Lutsenko on the basis of tip-offs from whistleblowers. Fuglsang, Lutsenko and Ferrari have all denied the allegations.  In the second part we turn our attention to Movistar, the Spanish team with 14 new riders, and a more international mix, in 2020. We hear from Eusebio Unzué, the man who’s been at the helm for its entire 40-year existence, from his son, Sebastián, and from one of the new signings, British rider Gabriel Cullaigh. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport.  Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off all their Science in Sport products by going to scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) and entering the code SISCP25 at the checkout. This episode is supported by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service that takes the work out of dressing well. It’s a fun and light-touch. To get started, go to http://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling, fill in a Style Quiz and tell us about your personal style and aesthetic, budget, size and shape, fit challenges, clothing needs and wants. A personal stylist will send you five items of clothing, each hand-picked for you from our selection of 100 of the best European Brands, including established names, cool emerging designers, and exclusive brands. Try on everything at home. Mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. Buy what you love, send back the rest. Go to http://stitchfix.co.uk/cycling
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the early season news and recap the Tour Down Under. There's also Luca Scinto's ban on power meters, the news that the UCI is considering a world championship for gravel racing and we discuss Peter Sagan's latest milestone – his 30th birthday. It was at the Tour Down Under a decade ago that Sagan first made a splash as a professional. As he begins his fourth decade, we ask whether the three-time world champion has fulfilled his potential – so far, at least. And find out which team's grand tour contenders are like the cast of Last of the Summer Wine... 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 Laka: Laka is a community of cyclists who play fair and take good care to save each other money on insurance. If you want to find out more about bicycle insurance powered by you at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) 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.
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Graham Rooke

Really enjoyed this episode, loved the discussion on the favourite parts of the Ronde

Mar 23rd
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SecretSam999

"Rim brakes are just as good as discs", she says, not having ridden discs....

Mar 4th
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SecretSam999

Porte would also need to stay rubber side down

Feb 1st
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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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