DiscoverThe Cycling Podcast32: Movistar and chill
32: Movistar and chill

32: Movistar and chill

Update: 2020-03-313


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.

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.


2019 Tour of Flanders, race highlights

2017 Tour of Flanders, Behind the Scenes documentary
Available from 14.00 April 1

2017 Tour of Flanders, race highlights

Flanders Classics channel

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32: Movistar and chill

32: Movistar and chill

Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore