The Cyclingnews Podcast

The Cyclingnews Podcast

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The Cycling News podcast is a podcast all about the world of professional cycling. Brought to you by the world centre of cycling, the Cycling News podcast reports from the biggest races, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and interviews the stars of the sport.

Episodes

Recon Ride: Liège-Bastogne-Liège Preview  

The Ardennes Classics reach their conclusion Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the last Monument of the spring. Top-shelf climbing legs, a punchy finish, tactical cunning and elite endurance are all valuable tools for a race that checks all the boxes for a major Classic – Liège is very long, very demanding and very, very old. Can Movistar's Alejandro Valverde leverage his blazing form en route to a fourth career victory? Can Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski pick up the baton for defending champion Wout Poels – sidelined with a knee injury – and hunt down a second Monument win this year? Can Dan Martin find his way back to the top of the podium in the race that saw him claim his first big one-day victory a few years ago? With the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne lending a hand as guides for which riders are in form and motivated this April, the Recon Ride looks ahead to 'La Doyenne.'

Recon Ride: Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne preview  

With Paris-Roubaix and the major cobbled one-days in the books, it's on to the Ardennes Classics. The action kicks off on Sunday in the Netherlands at the Amstel Gold Race with La Flèche Wallonne to follow on Wednesday as excitement builds for the Monument finale of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Recon Ride takes a closer look at the lumpy profiles and punchy contenders for Amstel and Flèche in a double-header preview show that also ponders whether route changes could realistically entice longer-range attacks. With veteran Ardennes stars like Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde looking to fend off a new generation that includes Michael Matthews and Sonny Colbrelli, there are plenty of big names and plenty of storylines to make for an interesting week ahead.

Recon Ride: Paris-Roubaix preview  

Sunday's Paris-Roubaix is the grand finale of the cobbled Classics, a race that has spent more than a century punishing riders with its uniquely brutal terrain. As a last chance saloon for a number of big Classics stars who build their seasons around early spring racing, Paris-Roubaix adds Monumental pressure to an already daunting list of challenges that also includes the Arenberg Trench and the Carrefour de l'Arbre. Experience counts for a great deal in the 'Hell of the North', as veteran Mathew Hayman proved in 2016. The Recon Ride covers the route, the favourites and the storylines ahead of the main event, and Hayman himself joins the show to provide his perspective on a race he's started more than a dozen times.

Recon Ride: Tour of Flanders preview  

The hype has been building through tune-up race after tune-up race, but the Tour of Flanders is finally here this Sunday. The biggest event on the Flemish cycling calendar, it might as well be a national holiday—and from an exciting racing standpoint, it rarely disappoints. Defending champion Peter Sagan and a seemingly unstoppable Greg Van Avermaet are the red-hot favourites for a high-calibre showdown on some of cycling's most famous Classics climbs, including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, back for the 2017 edition of the race. The Recon Ride takes a closer look at the route and the start list – with some pro insight from rising star Oliver Naesen – ahead of De Ronde.

Recon Ride: E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem preview  

With Milan-San Remo in the books, Classics season is truly in full swing. The one-day specialists are headed to Belgium for a full slate of racing on bumpy terrain. After a midweek appetizer on the cobblestones of Dwars door Vlaanderen, this weekend will see riders contesting the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke on Friday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Featuring many of the same iconic cobbled climbs as the Tour of Flanders, E3 is a perfect tune-up race, but it's earned its place as a coveted Classics prize in its own right. The list of recent champions more than lives up to the race's WorldTour billing. Former winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be among the top favourites again this year, as will Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and at least half of the Quick-Step line-up. Gent-Wevelgem is the older of the two races and has long been a favoured battleground for the fast finishers, but impressive attacks in recent editions have denied the sprinters their chance to battle for the win. Time will tell if the likes of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will have the final say Sunday.

Recon Ride: Milan-San Remo Preview  

Italy hosts the first of its two 'Monument Classics' this Saturday at Milan-San Remo. The Recon Ride breaks down the 291 kilometres of racing and covers the top contenders and the under-the-radar outsiders in the latest podcast. 2015 race winner John Degenkolb provides some pro analysis of his own midway through the show to lend at least a bit of professional credibility to the whole affair.

Recon Ride: Tirreno-Adriatico Preview  

Even running concurrently with Paris-Nice in France, Tirreno-Adriatico has managed to attract plenty of marquee names to Italy this week for a seven-day trek across the country. Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru are among the GC favourites who will hope to stay consistent through the opening team time trial, the brutal Terminillo climb at the end of the fourth stage and the individual time trial that closes out the race. Greg Van Avermaet, the surprise winner in a rain-shortened 2016 edition of the race, may have a tough time defending his overall title but he'll make the start as a contender for stage victories alongside Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan. The Cyclingnews Podcast reviews the parcours and the potential protagonists ahead of the event in the latest Recon Ride pre-race show.

Recon Ride: Paris-Nice Preview  

WorldTour stage-racing makes its European debut this Sunday at Paris-Nice, the 'Race to the Sun'. Eight days of racing north to south just as it's starting to warm up outside in France, it makes for a fine first big target for the peloton's GC riders, with opportunities for the sprinters as well. Always destined to battle it out with Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico to attract stars at this time of the season, Paris-Nice will welcome the likes of Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Richie Porte to fight for the leader's jersey, with a tantalizing collection of flatter days as well to favor the likes of André Greipel and Marcel Kittel. The Cyclingnews Podcast previews the action with another episode of the Recon Ride pre-race show, examining the parcours and naming favourites and outsiders for the early-season showdown in France.

A catastrophic day for Team Sky  

Matt Lawton from the Daily Mail and the Times’ Jeremy Whittle join Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson to dissect and analyse another dramatic day at theDepartment of Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) anti-doping committee. Wednesday saw Simon Cope give evidence in front of members of parliament with the former British Cycling employee reaffirming that he was unaware of the contents of the medical package that he transported to Team Sky at the Dauphine in 2011. The Jiffy bag, it has been claimed by Team Sky, contained Fluimicil however UKAD chief executive, Nicole Sapstead, later told the committee that neither Sky nor British Cycling could back their story with sufficient paperwork. Sapstead gave a damning overview of Dr Richard Freeman’s inability to keep medical records, while Damian Collins MP – chair of the committee - told Cyclingnews that British Cycling and Team Sky were now in a ‘terrible position’ regarding their credibility. We pick apart the hearing and discuss the possible fallout and the central question - where does this leave Dave Brailsford?

Recon Ride: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne preview  

With Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne fast approaching, the Cyclingnews Podcast moves into preview mode. Now in its third season, the Recon Ride pre-race show teams up with Cyclingnews to present a double-header preview episode for Belgium's "opening weekend." With a healthy dose of excitement about the start of the Classics and armed with several somewhat useful facts, Dane Cash and Cosmo Catalano cover all the bases necessary to prepare you for the cobblestones, and they make a few predictions as well.

Behind the scenes at Trek Segafredo  

This week we take you behind the scenes at Trek Segafredo, the team of Alberto Contador, John Degenkolb and the former home of Fabian Cancellara. Narrated by Dane Cash, and with interviews with team manager Luca Guercilena, sports director Dirk Demol and several of the riders, we take you inside the team during the winter training camp in Spain. We look under the hood of the ambitious WorldTour team, tracing their roots to the merger between Leopard Trek and RadioShack Nissan, all the way to their present goals of winning the Tour de France and becoming the number one ranked team in the world. Guercilena became the manager in 2013 after a turbulent year in which former boss Johan Bruyneel left the team and was subsequently banned for ten years for his part in the US Postal team’s doping programme. It was left to Guercilena to pick up the pieces and his quiet revolution since then has transformed an aging team into a more dynamic force. In the podcast he talks about how he stamped a new identity on the team, his transfer policies and hopes for 2017.

sprinters special  

From Marcel Kittel to Caleb Ewan and more. In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast the team, Daniel Benson, Sadhbh O’Shea and Procycling Editor Ed Pickering, discusses sprinters. The season might only be a few weeks old but the team takes a look at who is leading the battle of the fast men so far and who has disappointed. Our man on the ground in Dubai, Stephen Farrand has been busy interviewing some of the big names out in the UAE. We hear from Kittel, who has won two stages of the Dubai Tour so far, about his altercation with Andrey Grivko (Astana) on stage three of the race. His team manager Patrick Lefevere also weighs in on the issue. Mark Cavendish’s lead-out man Mark Renshaw gives his views on the season so far and we also talk to Team Sky Performance manager Rod Ellingworth. Finally, the team make their predictions about who will be the dominant sprinter in 2017.

Brajkovic: I'm judged because of the shady teams I've raced on  

Cycingnews sat down with Janez Bajkovic at the Tour Down Under. It was supposed to be a routine interview about his new team, Bahrain Merida, and his goals for the season but it turned into so much more. Brajkovic turned professional in 2005. During his long career he has ridden for what he admits are a number of shady teams. He has raced alongside Lance Armstrong at US Postal, Astana and RadioShack, all under the tutelage of Johan Bruyneel. Both Bruyneel and Armstrong are currently serving life-time bans from the sport but at 33, Brajkovic is still here and still racing his bike. A veteran from a generation that has gone through the mill, it didn’t take long for the Slovenian to open up about the sport and how doping has altered cycling. Not everyone will agree with what Brajkovic has to say – that he saw no clear evidence of doping at Postal; that he’s been tarnished with the same brush as dopers and that he has lost opportunities because of a combination of nationality and the squads he’s been on. Whatever your thoughts, though, Brajkovic has an interesting perspective on professional cycling’s troubled past and issues, such as doping, that are never black and white.

Tour Down Under wrap: Porte, Sagan and home domination  

Welcome to the last Tour Down Under podcast of 2017. The Cyclingnews team once again link up with French correspondent Jean Francois Quenent to analyse the race and draw conclusions from the six-day race. We hear from overall winner Richie Porte who laid down an important marker ahead of July’s Tour de France and the team discuss whether the Australian can rival the very best at the race. The team also look at Caleb Ewan, who comes away from the race with four stage wins. The Orica Scott dominated his rivals here at the Tour Down Under but bigger challenges are on the horizon with the Giro Italia part of his programme.

Tour Down Under recap: Ewan and Porte dominate, Chaves on coming back from injury  

The Tour Down Under is once again the topic of discussion in the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast as the team discusses the sprint dominance of Caleb Ewan and whether Richie Porte can be stopped in the battle for the ochre jersey. In the aftermath of Ewan's third sprint win of the race, Daniel Benson, Zeb Woodpower and Jean-Francois Quenet sat down in the Hilton Hotel lobby to run the rule over the Australian sprinter and what his wins mean in the bigger context of the season. With the crucial Willunga Hill stage next on the agenda, the trio look ahead to the day of racing and how to stop Porte from taking a fourth straight victory on the 3km climb. We hear from the race’s main protagonists, Porte and Ewan, in today's podcast with a special, and exclusive, interview with Esteban Chaves on his near career-ending crash in 2013 and transformation into one of the current stars of the peloton.

Ewan holds off Bennett and Sagan, Southam guests  

In the latest Tour Down Under podcast the team analyse Caleb Ewan’s winning ride at the People’s Choice Classic and hear from the Orica Scott sprinter and his team boss Matt White. Along with special guest, Tom Southam from Cannondale Drapac, we also pick apart the tactics of the race, and discuss who really is the leader at Orica Scott for the Tour Down Under and whether Peter Sagan can win the overall. There’s time to hear from the World Champion, along with Matt White, before we vote on the best WorldTour kits of 2017. Tom of course picks Cannodale Drapac but his top three, and his least favourite also feature.

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.

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