Touch Down at TDU: Sagan, White, Swift and Meintjes  

This week the Cyclingnews touch down in Adelaide ahead of the 2017 Tour Down Under to preview the first WorldTour race of the season. We hear from World Champion Peter Sagan, who returns to the race for the first time; Ben Swift and Louis Meintjes and Orica Scott’s Matt White. The team of Daniel Benson, Zeb Woodpower and Jean Francois Quenet analysis the favourites, dissect the route and look back at Sagan’s race debut in 2010 when the then 19-year-old jumped into a break containing Lance Armstrong. Matt White talks about the strength of his team at the race as they look to defend their 2016 crown, while Swift opens up about his move from Team Sky.

2017 season preview featuring Van Garderen, Poels, Demol  

The 2017 cycling season has already begun in earnest with racing in the Southern Hemisphere, and it won’t be long before the WorldTour calendar kicks off in a few short weeks. In the latest Cyclingnews Podcast, the team, joined by Procycling editor Ed Pickering, discuss some of the major appointments in the 2017 calendar, including the Classics, the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and who we expect to shine and who might struggle. The team also talks about the themes that are likely to pervade the season, including mechanical doping, the UCI elections and more. Plus, we speak to Dirk Demol about Tom Boonen’s final Classics campaign, Wout Poels on his breakthrough season and Tejay van Garderen on leadership at BMC.

A disaster for Team Sky and Dave Brailsford? Podcast from Parliament  

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast comes from Portcullis House, London, where Dave Brailsford, Shane Sutton, and British Cycling executives all gave evidence to Members of Parliament over recent allegations of wrongdoing in cycling. In the aftermath of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing, Cyclingnews’ Editor-in-Chief Daniel Benson is joined by The Times’ Jeremy Whittle to dissect the three hours of questioning, the performances of the witnesses, and the atmosphere in the room. At the heart of the inquiry was the infamous mystery medical package delivered from the UK to Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman in France by a British Cycling employee on the final day of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. After British Cycling president Bob Howden and board member George Gilbert – and later Sutton – denied any knowledge of the contents of the package, Dave Brailsford took his seat in front of the MP’s and revealed it was a decongestant drug called fluimucil. We discuss the latest information to emerge and look at where it leaves us in this saga that has thus far yielded more questions than answers.

Cadel Evans: My career from Saeco to Tour de France glory  

We have another special edition for you this week with Cyclingnews Editor Daniel Benson talking to Cadel Evans about his career. Evans looks back on his time as a professional, which began in 2000 with the Saeco team after a spell as a stagiaire in 1999. He moved to Mapei-QuickStep in 2001 and made his Giro d’Italia debut and finished a surprising 14th place despite suffering a major hunger flat on the final mountain stage. The 2002 Giro also gave Evans a taste what it was like to wear a leader’s jersey, even if it was only for a day. A two-year stint at Telekom, plagued by injury and disappointment, was followed by five years with Lotto, which brought with it podium places at the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. At the end of 2009, Evans had put everything into the basket of the World Championships but was seen as the plan b to one-day racer Simon Gerrans. In the interview Evans explains how the team voted to ride for Gerrans rather than him but it was he who would later go on to wear the rainbow stripes at the end of the day. BMC Racing would be the team that he claimed his biggest result, winning the Tour de France in 2011.

Jonathan Vaughters on Cannondale-Drapac, 2017, Taylor Phinney and Tom Danielson  

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, editor Daniel Benson talks to Cannondale-Drapac team manager Jonathan Vaughters. The American relives his team’s 2016 season, which he admits was ‘quiet’ despite finishing higher in the WorldTour rankings than they ever have before. He tells us how Pierre Rolland earned his respect and the impact Andrew Talansky’s decision to miss the Tour de France had on their ambitions. Next year will see a few changes in the team’s line-up with Taylor Phinney, Sep Vanmarcke, Hugh Carthy and Brendan Canty, among others, signing for 2017. Vaughters explains that his aim had been to bolster his Classics line-up, where he sees opportunities for success next season, and expresses his regret at losing riders such as Ramunas Navardauskas and Jack Bobridge. He also talks about his hopes for Phinney, and his belief that the 26-year-old can return to top form after his crash in 2014. Finally, Vaughters discusses his team’s ambition to race clean, how close he came to leaving it all behind after Tom Danielson tested positive for testosterone and why he decided to stay.

Dekker’s diaries, Degenkolb defiant and transfer tales  

In this week’s Cyclingnews podcast the team ponder the career and revelations laid out in Thomas Dekker’s recent autobiography. The former Rabobank rider has given a full account of his doping, the murky culture he was part of and his path towards redemption. We also discuss the return to form of John Degenkolb in 2016 after a career-threatening accident earlier in the year. Can the German return to the form that saw him claim Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015? Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet have also discussed their Giro d’Italia hopes and the Cyclingnews team of Daniel Benson, Sadhbh O’shea, and Pro Cycling’s Ed Pickering, give their best guestimates as to whether either rider will be on the start line in Italy next season. And we interview SEG Cycling’s Martijn Berkhout. The Dutchman is one of the most influential rider agents on the circuit with Dan Martin, Wout Poels and Bauke Mollema on his current books. We discuss the main factors that shaped this year’s transfer market, how the marquee moves played out, before the team highlight some of the transfers they think will play a major part in 2017.

Sagan, Froome and Bardet hit Saitama and the first Bahrain camp  

Rider interviews and Tour-Giro analysis Winter might be upon us but it’s still been a busy week in the world of professional cycling with the Saitama Criterium providing the Cyclingnews teams with interviews with Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, and Peter Sagan and the first all-important camp for the Bahrain Merida team in Croatia. We hear from Froome about his Tour de France ambitions, Bardet toys with the idea of riding the Giro and Sagan talks about his Worlds win and new team for 2017. We also dissect the future of the new Bahrain Merida team and whether they can hit the ground running in 2017. The team of Daniel Benson, Ed Pickering and Patrick Fletcher also look back at the Giro d’Italia route and the merits and perils of taking on the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia double with Froome and Nairo Quintana both making noises about stepping up to the challenge in the future.

Tour de France route analysis, Froome, Sagan rules the World  

This week the Cyclingnews team analyse the Tour de France 2017 route, picking apart the key stages and a profile that could lead to the most open edition of the race in years. We speak to three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Adam Yates, and Daniel Martin about the course, as well as their plans for next season. Martin talks about how he balances Grand Tour ambitions with the Classics, Yates discusses his breakthrough season and Froome looks at the key Tour stages. Team Sky director sportif Nicolas Portal also discusses his Team’s TUE use and the ethical merits of being in or out of the MPCC. And finally we dissect the road races from the World Championships in Qatar and Peter Sagan’s and Amalie Dideriksen’s winning rides.

Worlds coverage and Team Sky under the spotlight  

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast focuses on the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, with analysis of the continuing controversy surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins thrown in for good measure. Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson is joined by Procycling magazine editor Ed Pickering and Cyclingnews writer Patrick Fletcher to dissect the racing in Qatar, with guests Mark Cavendish and Allan Peiper sharing their most memorable Worlds moments. We also hear from Ryan Mullen, who was a surprise fifth in the men’s time trial, Annemiek Van Vleuten, who continued her remarkable comeback from her Olympic crash with fifth in the women’s TT, and Tom Steels, who directed Etixx-QuickStep to a third team time trial title. The team discuss the action we’ve seen so far, from the racing to the wider issues such as the stifling heat in the Gulf and the embarrassment of the lack of spectators and atmosphere. We also look ahead to this weekend’s road races, previewing the courses and the contenders for the rainbow jerseys and making predictions that will probably prove well wide of the mark. Finally, we examine - and bemoan the lack of transparency in - the latest developments in the controversy surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins after details emerged of a 'medical package' that Sky paid a member of British Cycling to transport from the UK to France on the final day of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky, and the use of TUEs in cycling  

In the latest Cyclingnews podcast, Daniel Benson, Sadhbh O’Shea and Procycling Editor Ed Pickering discuss Bradley Wiggins’ TUEs (therapeutic use exemption). Wiggins’ TUE files were released as part of the Fancy Bears hack, which has seen many riders and athletes have their documents published online. The leaked documents revealed that Wiggins had received six TUEs during his career, including three for asthma medication Salbutamol and three for triamcinolone acetonide. Wiggins and Team Sky did not break any rules in applying for the exemptions but the revelations have raised questions about the TUE process and how they are used. In the podcast, the team discusses some of those questions, including whether or not the rules should be changed and if Wiggins’ image has been tarnished by the revelations. We also hear from former rider Joerg Jaksche on his experience of using corticosteroids and Jon Tibbs, chairman of JTA Sports, a specialist communication agency in international sport, about Wiggins’ credibility going forward.

Vuelta wrap, Mark Cavendish, Dan Martin and John Herety  

This week the Cyclingnews team look back at an exhilarating edition of the Vuelta a Espana, in which Nairo Quintana nudged Chris Froome into second place, and Esteban Chaves finished third. There are also exclusive interviews with Mark Cavendish and Dan Martin, both of whom have major obectives for the rest of the season. We also look back the latest action from the two Canadian World Tour races – won by Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet - as well as the key talking points from the Tour of Britain. With the build-up to next month’s Worlds, we kick-off a new series in which current and former riders go back in time and re-live their most memorable or important experiences at World Championship level. First up is John Herety. Now manager of JLT Condor, Herety was the former team director for the Great Britain men’s team. He was in charge when Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam rode for Italy in controversial circumstances. Herety lost his job as a result and Southam and Wegelius never rode for their nation again. In this exclusive interview Herety, for the first time, talks about that day, and the build up to the race and ‘mafia-style’ pressure the riders were under. Finally, we look ahead the Worlds itself with Sadhbh O’Shea, Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson offering their early opinions on who will come out on top.

Steve Cummings: I always knew I had it in me  

Steve Cummings has had a long and varied career on the road and track. He’s ridden for some of the biggest teams in the world and forged a niche in the latter years of his career as one of the most successful breakaway riders in the modern peloton. On the eve of his Tour of Britain win Cyclingnews’ Daniel Benson sat down with the Dimension Data rider at the team’s hotel just outside London to look back at his career – starting with humble beginnings at Landbouwkrediet and including stints at Discovery, Team Sky and BMC.

Vuelta a Espana rest day 2  

As the Vuelta a Espana approaches its final week, the Cyclingnews team takes a look back an action packed week of racing that saw an Alberto Contador attack turn the general classification on its head. The team asks if Nairo Quintana has the race wrapped up and if Team Sky can regroup and make up for the time lost. Can we expect more of the same from the irrepressible Contador? And what of the 90 riders that missed the time cut, should they have been thrown out of the race? The Cyclingnews team also discusses the opening stages of the Tour of Britain and Germany's enviable selection trouble for the World Championships in Qatar.

Vuelta a Espana preview: van Garderen, Boswell, de Jongh and White  

On Saturday the third and final grand Tour of the 2016 season gets underway with a star-studded field lining up at the Vuelta a Espana. Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Esteban Chaves (Orica BikeExchange) are among the big hitters and the race promises to provide a gripping showdown between some of the best stage race riders in the world. Alberto Contador comes into the race looking to extend a phenominal Vuelta record that includes three wins from three starts but he will face immense pressure with Tour de France winner Chris Froome looking to close his season on and high, and Nairo Quintana searching for redemption after a below par – by his standards – Tour de France. The race has a multifaceted feel to it with plenty of subplots woven through the start list. Can Tejay van Garderen spin French sorrow into Spanish silk? We talk to the American about his Tour and his hopes in Spain. We also check in with one of Chris Froome’s right-hand men, Ian Boswell, who is starting his second Grand Tour of the current campaign. Find out about his preparations and his dream of riding the Tour next year. We also tap up our resident correspondent in Spain, Alasdair Fotheringham, who provides his analysis from team Froome and team Contador. We then take time out with Matt White – the man who masterminded Esteban Chaves’ second place at the Giro d’Italia and Adam Yates’ fourth overall the Tour de France. This time around it’s Chaves who has the full backing of White’s team and the Colombian is targeting the Vuelta podium. And finally we speak to Steven de Jongh, the team director looking to close out his time at Tinkoff by helping Contador win his fourth Vuelta crown.

Lizzie Armitstead and the three missed tests  

This week the Cyclingnews and Procycling teams discuss the news that Lizzie Armitstead missed three out of competition tests in a twelve month period. The British rider could have faced a ban but CAS ruled that her first test should be marked void due to issues surrounding the nature of the failed attempt to test her in 2015. Now in Rio for the Olympic Games, Armitstead is fighting on two fronts - for the gold medal in the women’s road race but perhaps more importantly, to save her credibility. In the podcast we discuss her missed tests, the nature of how the story broke in the Daily Mail, Armitstead’s response, and how her reputation sits after his episode. We also look ahead and preview the Olympic Games road races for both the men’s and women’s fields.

Tour de France rest day podcast  

The Tour de France has reached its first rest day with Chris Froome (Team Sky) leading a gaggle of GC contenders after nine-days of racing. The Tour so far has seen Mark Cavendish’s return, Steve Cummings, Peter Sagan and Tom Dumoulin take memorable wins, and of course, Alberto Contador departure due to injury and illness. On the rest day in Andorra, the Cyclingnews team have an early start, attending BMC Racing’s and Team Sky’s press conferences before an afternoon that included Dan Martin, Nairo Quintana, and Giant’s new sponsor news. In between the morning and afternoon sessions Daniel Benson and Sadhbh O’Shea analysed the Tour’s three days in the Pyrenees, Team Sky’s strength, Quintana’s patience, Contador’s abandonment, and BMC’s leadership. The latest episode also contains Chris Froome, Dave Brailsford, Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen.

Tour de France: Cavendish king, Tinkoff in crisis  

Just before the race heads into the Pyrenees – at last we hear you say – the Cyclingnews team pause to reflect on the recent action from the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish is 3-1 against Marcel Kittel after a highly impressive sprint win in Montanan, and Stephen Farrand and Daniel Benson analyse the Dimension Data’s resurrection, and we hear from his director Rolf Aldag, who has worked with Cavendish through most of his career. And we also look under the hood at Tinkoff – a team that appear on the verge of collapse with their team leader Alberto Contador on his knees and his teammates unwilling to follow team orders help him. Disarray! We’ll bring you interviews from the Tinkoff team including Contador, Sean Yates, and the man at the centre of it all, Roman Kreuziger.

Tour de France: Stages 1-3 with Froome, Cavendish, van Garderen and Porte  

Three stages into the Tour de France and the race has already burst into life with Mark Cavendish’s resurrection, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) crashing back to earth - literally - and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), well, being Peter Sagan and taking an inspiring stage win and a stint in the yellow jersey. What better point for the Cyclingnews team and guest Jeremy Whittle of the Time to sift through the action, analyse the favourites and pick out their best bits from the interviews gathered at the starts and finishes. Hear from Chris Froome (Team Sky), Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte (both BMC), and double-stage winner Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) as the Cyclingnews team gather in Angers, at the finish of stage 3.

Tour de France 2016 race preview: Contador, Froome, van Garderen and Nibali feature  

On the eve of the 2016 Tour de France Cyclingnews arrived in Normandy with a number of team press conferences on the agenda. We sit down with the Times correspondent Jeremy Whittle and talk about the overall contenders and their chances of success and hear from Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador and Tejay van Garderen. There’s also talk about rider safety and whether the race is more or less dangerous than it was 20 years ago, and Peter Stetina, now back at the Tour after his serious race-related accident also features with a heartwarming interview on his love for the sport. We also hear from Steve Cummings on his non-selection for the Great Britain Olympic road team, and there’s just about time to predict a winner for stage 1. All that and more in the Cyclingnews podcast.

The 1996 Tour de France: What to do with Bjarne Riis’ yellow jersey  - Podcast part III  

In our final instalment we look back at the final week of the 1996 Tour de France, before heading to Denmark to sit down for frank interview with race winner Bjarne Riis. We start in Hautacam, where Riis put in one of the most astonishing Tour displays in living history, riding up the final climb in the big ring and destroying a world-class field. The stage to Pamplona – Miguel Indurain’s hometown - is covered, while we also hear from several others who covered the race, including The Times’ Jeremy Whittle and the Guardian’s William Fotheringham. Finally we meet with Riis and talk about his past. It’s well documented that Riis, like the vast majority of the riders he competed against during his career were doped on a concoction of EPO and other banned substances and we ask Riis about his thoughts on that – how his yellow jersey brings up a both a sense of pride and shame and the claims of his nickname of Mr 60 per cent – a reference to his alleged hematocrit level. He once offered the yellow jersey back to race organisers but over time his feelings have gradually changed. We hope you’ve enjoyed these special editions of the Cyclingnews podcast. We’ll be bringing you more episodes throughout this year’s Tour de France.

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