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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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In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker talks to Tom Southam, one of his sports directors on the EF Education First team, and answers some listeners' questions from the postbag. Southam was born in Cornwall, England, and raced in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy as an amateur before turning pro for the Amore e Vita team in 2003. He also rode for Barloworld, Drapac-Porsche and Halfords-Bikehut before ending his racing career with Rapha Condor, where he also began working as a sports director. Check out Mitch's back catalogue as well as his new series Talking Luft, in which you can hear more from his regular guests, on the Life in the Peloton (https://podfollow.com/1078826997) feed. Episode sponsor This episode is supported by Beer52, the craft beer club. All our UK-based listeners can get a case of eight beers for the price of delivery (£5.95) by going to https://www.beer52.com/cycle 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) Theme music The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.
Our Giro reaches Milan after three weeks on the virtual road. We set out from Budapest in Hungary, then spent a few days in Sicily before making the familiar journey the length of Italy, visiting the Dolomites and the Alps and now it's the last leg. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back to the 2017 Giro, won by Tom Dumoulin, who famously had to stop to answer the call of nature by the roadside on the stage to Bormio. We speak to Dumoulin about that day and his Giro victory in general. There's also the final member of Ciro Scognamiglio's Giro Dream Team, the last visit to the kitchen for Lionel and finally we remember some of our favourite memories from the four editions of the Giro The Cycling Podcast has covered from start to finish. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on the journey – we hope you've enjoyed listening to Our Giro as much as we have making it. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. OUR THANKS We'd like to say a few thank yous to those who have helped us make Our Giro. • Our title sponsors Iwoca (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) and longest-standing supporters Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) • Our producers Adam Bowie, Will Jones, Jon Moonie and Tom Whalley and Jonathan Rowe • Amaraterra for providing the soundtrack to Our Giro • Graham Watson (https://www.grahamwatson.com) and Simon Gill (https://www.simongillphotography.co.uk) for the wonderful Giro photographs that have graced social media • Our voice artist Flavia Cappellini, who tells us where we are each day • Ben Lowe of Veloviewer (https://veloviewer.com) and everyone at RGT Cycling (https://www.rgtcycling.com) who plotted and created the route for Our Giro so you could ride along. Was it the first digital Grand Tour? • Stacy Snyder (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SnyderCeramics) for her beautiful mugs and cappuccino sets, which sold out in a combined 18 minutes and to Marco Pinotti for connecting us with the cycling school near Bergamo, which will receive a donation from every Giro cup and mug sold • Greg Andrews of DVineCellars (https://www.dvinecellars.com) for curating the Giro d'Italia and Baby Giro cases of wine • Felicity Cloake, The Guardian's award-winning food writer and author of One More Croissant for the Road, for casting a forensic eye over Lionel's cookery efforts • François Thomazeau for playing us out in such fine style at the end of episodes • Seb Piquet, for lending us the Voice of Radio Tour once again • Andy Storey of Prendas (https://www.prendas.co.uk) for assisting with the Coppa Italia of cycling jerseys • Ciro Scognamiglio for being Ciro • David Luxton and everyone at David Luxton Associates • The shadowy figure of race director Daniele Frieberincini, the toughest Giro taskmaster since Vincenzo Torriani, for devising the route and setting the rules • And most importantly, to you, our listeners for tuning in and for all your feedback. Thanks for joining us on our journey. COMING TOMORROW There won't be a stage of Our Giro tomorrow and the regular podcast will take a week off but we will have a new episode of Explore, our show about adventure riding and bikepacking, Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley return with an episode of Service Course, and Mitch Docker's Life in the Peloton will feature EF Education First sports director Tom Southam. PRESS CONFERENCE In the next couple of weeks we will do a press conference episode where we answer your questions. To ask us anything you like about Our Giro or professional cycling, record a voice memo on your phone and then send it to us on WhatsApp at +44 7971338205 OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO There's still time to ride the final few stages of Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Is stage 20 of Our Giro the 'queen stage'? Well, that's a matter of debate but we have got a bumper episode looking back to the final Friday of the 2018 edition when Chris Froome turned the race on its head. Simon Yates had looked so good for two and a half weeks, winning stages in pink and with panache. Froome had endured crashes and stuttering form in the first half of the race and his victory on Monte Zoncalon over the penultimate weekend looked at the time to be like a consolation prize. As the race reached its decisive final mountain stages, Froome decided to go all in and launched a long-range attack that put not just Yates but all the other general classification contenders on the back foot. Yates cracked definitively, Froome ended the day in pink but as we'll hear in this episode there was much more to it than that. Froome, Yates, Dave Brailsford, Tom Dumoulin, Matt White and Yates's teammate Chris Juul Jensen are among those who reflect on that remarkable day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW The final stage of Our Giro takes us to Milan but it will be far from processional. We'll look back to Tom Dumoulin's overall victory in 2017 and reflect on our favourite Giro memories. OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) . LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
This episode of Our Giro looks at the relationship between the Giro d'Italia and the literary tradition of journalists, writers and poets covering the race. We look at the 1949 Giro and the continuing rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali through the pages of a collection of writing by novellist and poet Dino Buzzati. Daniel speaks to Filippo Cauz and Leonardo Piccione, two young writers who are seeking to capture the poetry and emotion of the Giro in their collection of writing, Bidon. We also revisit the work of Gianni Mura and some of the other great writers who have added a literary flourish to their coverage of the race. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for Tales of the Tappe. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. READING LIST Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi, by William Fotheringham The 1949 Giro d'Italia, by Dino Buzzati Catastrophe and other stories, by Dino Buzzati Road to Valour: Gino Bartali – Tour de France Legend And World War Two Hero Across the River and Into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway Bidon – bidonmagazine.org (http://www.bidonmagazine.org/) (In Italian) COMING TOMORROW We look back at the sensational final Friday of the 2018 Giro d'Italia when Chris Froome launched a long-range attack, cracking an already faltering Simon Yates and setting himself up to win the race overall. We speak to Froome, Yates, Dumoulin and the other chief protagonists.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Stage 18 of Our Giro reunites us with Brian Nygaard, who stood in for Lionel during his brief trip home from the race to watch his football team get walloped in the FA Cup final. Continuing the Giro's recent tradition, this episode is our 'wine stage' featuring Daniel's conversation with Nygaard, whose career in cycling has taken him from press officer to team manager to journalist. The Dane has worked as press officer for Bjarne Riis's CSC team, Team Sky and Orica-GreenEdge, was part of the management at Leopard-Trek and recently has written and commentated on cycling. Other than cycling, Nygaard's passions are Italy, food and wine. He now runs a wine-making business in California. Pour yourself a glass of something nice and sit back for a conversation about the joys of Italy. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW The literary Giro. We look at the 1949 Giro d'Italia and the continuing rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali through the prism of Dino Buzzati's reports.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
In this episode of Our Giro, we meet Trek-Segafredo general manager Luca Guercilena and learn about his career in professional cycling. Guercilena was not a pro rider but a sports scientist, whose career began with the Mapei team – where he tested a certain Daniel Friebe and, according to some observers, failed to spot the talent in front of his eyes(!) Later on, he was part of the Leopard-Trek team which has evolved through several identities to become the Trek-Segafredo team today. In this episode, Guercilena talks about some of the riders he has worked with over the years. We also hear from Ciro Scognamiglio, whose Giro Dream Team is nearing completion, and Lionel makes the Lombardy favourite, polenta with sausage ragù. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW From press officer to team manager to journalist, we meet the Dane Brian Nygaard, who has moved to California to run a vineyard and wine production business. We talk about his love of cycling and Italy, how one waned briefly but the other definitely did not. STACY SNYDER'S SECOND BATCH OF MUGS ON SALE TOMORROW A second batch of Stacy Snyder's mugs and cappuccino sets will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27) at 5.30pm UK time (12.30pm east coast). Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. We've reached the knockout stages so get voting for your favourites. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
In this episode of Our Giro we hear from 1988 Giro d'Italia champion Andy Hampsten, the only American to win the race. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at the 1988 Giro which was shaped by terrible whether on the stage to Bormio, which went over the Gavia. Snowy conditions made for a cold, miserable day in the saddle for the riders but there was no question as far as the riders were concerned that such a prestigious stage would go ahead. It would never happen today but it has gone down in Giro history as one of the most incredible stages of any grand tour. Hampsten was not first to the top of the Gavia that day (that was Dutchman Johan Van de Velde); and he did not win the stage either (that was another Dutchman, Erik Breukink) but the American did take the pink jersey from Franco Chioccioli (who lost more than five minutes) to take control of the Giro. Over to Hampsten, who usually lives for part of the year in Tuscany, to tell the story... The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We meet Trek-Segafredo general manager Luca Guercilena, who did not have a career as a professional rider but came through the management ranks at the Mapei team. STACY SNYDER'S SECOND BATCH OF MUGS ON SALE TOMORROW A second batch of Stacy Snyder's mugs and cappuccino sets will go on sale on Wednesday (May 27) at 5.30pm UK time (12.30pm east coast). Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage now. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Andy Hampsten is the only American to win the Giro d'Italia but in the first of two episodes with him we look at the 1985 race when he switched mid-season from a small domestic team in the US to the 7-Eleven squad that had been invited to ride the race. Two days from the end, Hampsten won a stage at Gran Paradiso – a short, explosive road race – which earned him a contract for 1986 with the La Vie Claire team of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. Continuing the American theme, we also hear from Robin Morton, who was the first woman to work as a team manager and follow the Giro in a team car, when the Linea-Gianni Motta team rode the race in 1984. The predominantly American squad had the 1966 Giro winner Motta as their lead sports director. Morton talks to Orla Chennaoui about her experiences working at the Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. LINK If you want to see Hampsten's attack, as mentioned by Richard in this episode, the original RAI footage is on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cAgF0T9GiA) . The episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin featuring Orla's interview with Robin Morton is here (https://audioboom.com/posts/6586949-the-cycling-podcast-feminin-episode-20-i-the-1980s) . The website Bikeraceinfo.com (https://www.bikeraceinfo.com/) by Bill and Carol McGann has a host of great stories about the grand tours taken from their books, which are also available digitally and in print. COMING TOMORROW Our interview with Andy Hampsten continues as we look at the 1988 Giro d'Italia, which he won, and focus on the stage that went over the Gavia in the snow. Epic is an over-used word in professional cycling but it certainly applies to that day.   COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage now. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Every year, the Giro d'Italia shows off the best countryside Italy has to offer. It's not to say that France and Spain are not blessed with great scenery but Italy seems to provide the most consistently beautiful backdrop for the racing. The Giro's slogan – the toughest race in the most beautiful place – might have a touch of hype but it's probably fair to say it is the most photogenic of the three grand tours. In this episode of Our Giro, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at the visual aspect of the Giro. We meet legendary photographer Graham Watson, who witnessed the drama of the Giro more more than three decades before retiring to New Zealand. Graham explains why the Giro was his favourite race to photograph and watch and looks back at some of the most memorable moments – from the duel between Stephen Roche and Roberto Visentini in 1987, to Marco Pantani's brilliance in 1998 and downfall in 99, to Alberto Contador coming straight from the beach to win a decade later. We also talk Italy's sense of style on and off the bike with Sir Paul Smith, who designed the maglia rosa in 2013, and Andy Storey, who runs through some of the most memorable Italian jerseys. Plus author and cultural historian Kassia St Clair talks about the power and charm of the colour pink. There's also the latest rider added to Ciro Scognamiglio's increasingly eclectic Giro Dream Team and François Thomazeau plays us out with La Vie En Rose. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. LINKS You can check out some of Graham Watson's finest photographs on his website (https://www.grahamwatson.com/) . You can also buy his books, prints and posters. Andy Storey's book on the history of cycling jerseys is called The Art of the Jersey. You can buy some great retro remakes at prendas.co.uk (https://www.prendas.co.uk/) Kassia St Clair's book is called The Secret Lives of Colour. COMING TOMORROW We meet the only American to win the Giro, Andy Hampsten. This is the first of a two-part interview with the 1988 champion. In part one, we talk about his breakthrough stage win during the 1985 race. COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage from Sunday. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Beer52 (https://www.beer52.com/cycle) . You can try a case of eight great beers for just the cost of delivery by going to https://www.beer52.com/cycle RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
In this episode we look at the art and psychology of descending the big mountains. As Our Giro approaches the big mountain stages, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe we talk about some editions of the Giro d'Italia that have been decided going down hill. We hear from American rider Christian Vande Velde, who suffered a bad crash on a descent early on in the 2009 Giro d'Italia. Vande Velde struggled with the mental aspect of descending in races and Daniel speaks to him about how he worked to conquer those fears. We also speak to Steven Kruijswijk, the Dutchman who arguably could have won the Giro but for crashing into a snow wall on a descent in the 2016 Giro. There's also a reminder of the Tiramisù World Cup and Lionel's efforts at making the coffee-infused dessert are judged by Felicity Cloake. There's also controversy from the turbo trainer in Our Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. FURTHER READING The Outside magazine article about downhill skiing by Jennifer Kahn that Daniel mentioned is here (https://www.outsideonline.com/1908781/scott-macartneys-comeback) . COMING TOMORROW The Visual Giro. We speak to legendary photographer Graham Watson about seeing the race through the lens of his camera. We also hear from Sir Paul Smith, who designed the maglia rosa in 2013, and Andy Storey, author of the Art of the Jersey, about Italian style on the bike, plus we learn about the colour pink. COPPA ITALIA OF CYCLING JERSEYS What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast) page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage from Sunday. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by StitchFix (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling) . If you want to update your wardrobe while the clothes shops are shut why not let one of StitchFix's stylists do the work for you. Five items are delivered to your door. Keep the ones you want and send back anything that doesn't suit you. RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at Paris-Nice, the last World Tour stage race before coronavirus brought the world to a halt. In stage 13 of Our Giro we hear from Max Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe who was in sparkling form this spring, finishing second at the Volta ao Algarve before winning Paris-Nice, which made its way to the French Riviera as Europe was on the verge of lockdown. The race continued in surreal circumstances, as Daniel describes in this episode, and was curtailed a day short. Schachmann – who won a stage of the 2018 Giro at Prato Nevoso the day before Chris Froome attacked and cracked Simon Yates – talks about Paris-Nice, how he hoped to capitalise on his excellent spring form and what the future holds when racing returns. We also hear from Andrea Agostini, chief operating officer of UAE Team Emirates, who was in the UAE as the virus began to spread among riders and people working on the race. Agostini was hospitalised in the UAE before recovering enough to return home. This episode also reveals the next member of Ciro Scognamiglio’s Giro Dream Team, and there’ll be few surprises about who he has chosen as team leader. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We look at the art and psychology of descending and talk about editions of the Giro d'Italia that have been won by going downhill fast. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Stage 12 of Our Giro picks up the Max Sciandri story at the point where he decided to switch nationalities and swap his Italian racing licence for a British one. Sciandri also recalls riding the 2000 Giro d'Italia for the vegetarian Linda McCartney Foods team and we hear from the team's press officer John Deering about a remarkable stage win for David McKenzie. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember that 2000 race and Marco Pantani's comeback after being kicked out of the previous year's Giro while just a couple of days from clinching victory. As we are in Cesenatico, Pantani's home town, we look back 12 months to the day Daniel and Lionel dropped in on the family-owned piadineria and Lionel's attempt to make the traditional Italian flatbread sandwiches is scrutinised by food writer Felicity Cloake. There's also wine of the day and another appropriate song to play us out from François Thomazeau. The full, unedited Max Sciandri interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast in a couple of days. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW We look back a couple of months to life before lockdown, speaking to Max Schachmann, who won Paris-Nice, the last major race before coronavirus brought professional sport, and much of the world, to a standstill. LIFE IN THE PELOTON While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
There's a Giro d'Italia flavour to a very special episode of Life in the Peloton. Mitch Docker gets the Orica-GreenEdge band back together to tell the story of an unforgettable Giro for the team. Orica-GreenEdge won the team time trial in Belfast to put Svein Tuft into the maglia rosa. The following day the jersey swapped to the shoulders of his teammate Michael Matthews and the Orica riders spent the next week defending the lead. Later came a stage win in pink for Matthews at Montecassino and another for Pieter Weening at Sestola. For this episode, Mitch has spoken to his old teammates plus sports director Matt White about the build-up to the Irish Grande Partenza and the pressure of going into the first stage as one of the favourites. Together they piece together the story of a band of brothers battling together to do the best for their team. This episode was recorded remotely during lockdown. The producer was Will Jones. So, without further ado let Mitch introduce you to Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Brett Lancaster, Michael Matthews, Cameron Meyer, Svein Tuft, Pieter Weening and Matt White. Or, as he knows them, Durbo, Heppy, Burt, Bling, Kamikaze Cam, Sveino, WeenDog and Whitey. 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) Theme music The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as Our Giro reaches Tuscany. We interview Max Sciandri about his journey from Derby to the Tuscan hills via Los Angeles. Sciandri was one of the Movistar sports directors who helped guide Richard Carapaz to victory in last year's Giro and he's a familiar voice to podcast listeners. We thought we'd talk to Max about his early years in Britain, how he discovered cycling, his father's link to Robert De Niro, and his Giro d'Italia stage wins. As Our Giro reaches the halfway mark we also explain how the Intergiro competition worked with the help of Magnus Backstedt, who won the classification's blue jersey in 2003. We look back at the day Lionel and Daniel went in search of Riccardo Riccò, there's a classic wine of the day and François Thomazeau plays us out with an appropriate song. The full, unedited Max Sciandri interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast in a couple of days. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: Our interview with Max Sciandri continues, and we look at the 2000 Giro when Marco Pantani returned to racing 11 months after being expelled from the race when on the verge of winning. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
It's time trial day for Our Giro and we look back to the 2013 race and remember the day Alex Dowsett gave Great Britain a stage win they perhaps expected Bradley Wiggins to deliver. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return refreshed after a virtual rest day with another packed episode. After two years with Team Sky, Dowsett switched to Movistar and the 2013 Giro gave him his first taste of grand tour racing. A tough opening week (is there any other sort at the Giro?) concluded with a 54.8-kilometre time trial. Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky's leader and the reigning Tour de France champion, was the pre-race favourite and the expectation was that he'd get a faltering Giro campaign back on track with a blistering ride against the clock. But Dowsett, one of the earlier starters, set a time that would prove to be untouchable – despite a few nervous moments watching in the hot seat. Hear how he and Movistar prepared for the stage and get under the skin of what it's really like on time trial day at the Giro. In this episode, there's also a Roman pasta cook-off, judged by Felicity Cloake. Are you Team Carbonara or Team Amatriciana? And what goes in an authentic carbonara. (Hint: not cream, ham or mushrooms). The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: We meet The Supertuscan, Max Sciandri, and talk about his journey from Derby to Tuscany via Los Angeles, his career as a rider, and what the Giro means to him. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
In 2010, Richie Porte was a first-year professional and rode the Giro d'Italia for Saxo Bank. After a promising sixth place in the opening time trial in Amsterdam he spent the first half of the race comfortably inside the top ten. Then came the stage to L'Aquila, which had been hit by a terrible earthquake the previous year. A huge break got away and gained a lot of time. Porte was in it and ended the day in the pink jersey. We hear from Porte about that Giro and the stage to L'Aquila in particular. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for a rest day. There's no stage to ride but this episode features a look back at last year's rest day when Richard and Daniel were beseiged by cats seeking to steal their pre-podcast crisps, Lionel cooks the traditional Abruzzese lunch of arrosticini (lamb skewers) and Ciro Scognamiglio adds another rider to his Giro dream team. The full Richie Porte interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast soon. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW: We look back to the 2013 Giro d'Italia when Alex Dowsett won the individual time trial on a day when everyone expected another British rider, Bradley Wiggins, to take the honours. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Italy was full of confidence in 1990. The country was alive, at the cutting edge of sport and fashion and with a booming economy. About to host the World Cup, the nation's cyclists were on the cusp of a resurgence too. After three years of foreign victors at the Giro, an Italian led from start to finish. Gianni Bugno took the pink jersey in the opening time trial in Bari and defended it all the way to Milan – only the fourth man to lead the race all the way through, and only the second after Eddy Merckx in 1973 to actually do it in the maglia rosa. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look back at those heady days of 1990 and remember the song that defined the summer. No, not Nessun Dorma, the BBC's World Cup theme, Notte Magiche, or Magic Nights. We break down Bugno's victory, compare and contrast him to football's poster boy Roberto Baggio, assess the state of the Giro at the time, look at Italian cycling's re-emergence and ask how important a role the discovery of EPO as a performance-enhancing drug played in Italy's early Nineties renaissance.  We hear from author, historian and expert on all things Italian, John Foot, and from Bugno himself. There's another delve into The Cycling Podcast's back catalogue to discuss the so-called 'Zoncolan of the South', wine of the day, plus musical contributions from Amaraterra (who perform our Giro theme song, Cozze), and François Thomazeau. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... A rest day at a grand tour usually means a trip to the launderette and a round of press conferences for The Cycling Podcast but tomorrow we look back to an incredible day in 2010 when almost a third of the peloton got in a big break to L'Aquila and Richie Porte announced his arrival as a stage race contender. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Part two of our look at the life and times of the Giro d'Italia's record stage winner Mario Cipollini picks up the story in 2002, as he has just won the rainbow jersey at the World Championships. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at the final seasons before his eventual retirement, which he had threatened a couple of times previously. The ceremonial skinsuits were a reflection of his flamboyance and marketing power but the doping allegations and darker accusations since retirement have all complicated the Lion King's legacy. We also hear Mark Cavendish's verdict on who was the greatest sprinter. And there's the latest selection from Ciro for his Giro d'Italia dream team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... We look back at Italia '90. Not the football World Cup or Nessun Dorma, although both feature, but the Giro led from start to finish by Gianni Bugno, who gave Italy her first victory for four years at a time when the country's confidence was sky high. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Mario Cipollini holds the record for the most Giro d’Italia stage wins and so we are going to spend the next two stages of Our Giro looking at his career and life, which has been as turbulent as it’s been flamboyant. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe take a broadly chronological look at the career of the man who was nicknamed the Lion King and Super Mario, who marketing men wanted to use to sell their products and who was the undisputed fastest man in the world for a period in the 1990s. This part takes us to the peak of his career, the 2002 season when he threatened to retire and yet won Milan-Sanremo and the World Championship title. We hear from two of his contemporaries in the bunch sprints, Tom Steels and Ivan Quaranta, from Matt White and from photographer Graham Watson, who saw the Lion King up close. There’s also wine of the day, a delicious simple lunch that combines carbs to brilliant effect, and the regular amacord feature delving into The Cycling Podcast’s back catalogue. As Daniel points out, at the start of the 2000s, the five biggest names in professional cycling were Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich, Frank Vandenbroucke and Mario Cipollini… All achieved greatness as well as notoriety and could be seen as poster boys for an era when the professionals rode as close to the sun as they could. Strap yourselves in to see if we can tame the Lion King. The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. COMING TOMORROW... Our two-part look at the life and career of Mario Cipollini concludes, covering the end of his racing days and a life away from the sport that has been turbulent. WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
Our Giro reaches Mount Etna for its first summit finish and, appropriately enough, the story of one of the Giro’s most famous explosions.  Call it a capitulation, a hunger flat, a bonk – cycling has as many terms for running out of fuel and hitting the wall as Eskimos have for ice. In 2002 Cadel Evans, the Australian former mountain biker taking part in his first Grand Tour, was in the pink jersey and only had one mountain to hang on. Evans was riding for Mapei, the world’s best team, in what was, as we discussed in our stage 4 episode, a controversial, scandal-ridden Giro. In this episode we speak to Evans about his baptism of fire and about the stage when his body said ‘enough’ – he tells us what it was like to ride for Mapei, to have a teammate expelled after testing positive and to find himself in the lead so close to the finish.   Although Evans didn’t win, the experience did provide an important building block in a career that would see him win the Tour de France nine years later. Amarcord is our daily visit to the vaults and in today’s we revisit Giromondo, an episode of Kilometre 0 from the first Giro we covered in full as The Cycling Podcast in 2016.  The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport. FURTHER READING OR WATCHING... To see the stage where it all fell apart for Cadel Evans (with Italian commentary) go here on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YnKOwPz2b0&t=) . COMING TOMORROW... In stage seven of Our Giro we’ll be embarking on the first of a two-part special on the life and times of Mario Cipollini, the most colourful, flamboyant and controversial sprinter in Giro history – as well as the holder of the record for most stage wins.  WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25 This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/) RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro (https://thecyclingpodcast.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e30db910a0fe0ac7464cd458e&id=b47ea6766a&e=be8e0a97d5) for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and http://Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro. GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at http://Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.
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Dazza Tm

Loved every minute Mitch

May 27th
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K K

Hey Mitch, just one reason why people set the difficulty to zero is for racing. With no gradient simulation, the race is a flat road, so you don't get hit by gear changes and/or fatigue from climbing

May 7th
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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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