The Cycling News Podcast

The Cycling News 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.


UCI World Championships: Team Time Trial analysis  

It’s the morning after the team time trial at the World Championships in Bergen and the Cyclingnews team look back at an exciting day of TTTs that saw Sunweb pull off a historic double win in the men’s and women’s races. We hear from Tom Dumoulin on their sock win, while we also talk to Chris Froome after Team Sky faded to third. There’s also analysis from Boels Dolman’s Danny Stam and Canyon SRAM rider Lisa Brennauer. The Sunweb women’s team adopted a cautious approach over the opening sector of the 42.5km course and were only fourth at the first time check. By the time they hit the to of the climb they were up to third but they won the race on the descent and the technical run in. It was a similar story for the men with Dumoulin and company sitting off the pace early on as Team Sky led at the first check. Victory looked to be heading to BMC Racing but in the closing kilometres the two-time champions fell apart under the pressure from Sunweb.

The Philippa York Podcast. Exclusive interview on her transition, the macho world of sport, and the future  

On July 6, 2017, Philippa York publicly introduced herself to the cycling community and the world at large. Before her transition, Philippa went by the name of Robert Millar. Millar was a successful rider in the 1980s and mid 1990s but hung up his wheels before virtually disappearing from the public arena. The landscape back then - not just in cycling – but in society in general was very different to the one we live in today. There was a lot less understanding, education and acceptance regarding transgender issues and York understandably became a more private person as she sought to protect not just herself but also her family and loved ones, during what was a very important and sensitive part of her life. Earlier this month Cyclingnews sat down with York, who has been a writer on the site for several years. We meet for tea and talked about her transition, coming through the macho-world of professional sport, the barbaric treatment at the hands of certain sections of the media, the recent reaction from the cycling community, her family, and of course where she is now, both professional and personally. We hope you enjoy this podcast and if you’ve been affected by any of the issues please visit.

Recon Ride: GP Québec and GP Montréal preview  

While the Vuelta rages on in Spain, many of the pro peloton's top names are in North America this weekend for the GPs Québec and Montréal.

The final one-day events on the WorldTour calendar ahead of the Bergen World Championships, the hilly circuit races offer an excellent final opportunity for the Classics types to test themselves ahead of their rainbow jersey bids.

With insight from 2016 Montréal winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and 2014 Québec runner-up Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the Recon Ride previews the routes and the favourites for the Canadian GPs.

Recon Ride: Vuelta a España, Rest Day Round-up II  

The Recon Ride delivers one final Rest Day Round-up for 2017, touching on both the surprises and disappointments from week two of the Vuelta a España and looking ahead to the last six days of Grand Tour racing this year. With less than a week left to race at the Vuelta, Sky's Chris Froome seems to have firm control over the general classification, but there's still time and ample tough terrain for his rivals to make up ground. In addition to a big time trial on Tuesday, the final week of the event will throw plenty of mountain challenges at the peloton, including the fearsome Alto de l'Angliru. In other words, there should be at least enough action on the horizon to keep podcasting prognosticators busy for a little while longer.

Recon Ride: Vuelta a España, Rest Day Round-up  

Nine stages into the Vuelta a España, Sky's Chris Froome is wearing the red jersey for the first time since 2011 – but the week ahead will throw plenty of serious challenges at the peloton in Spain. In other words, it's all still to play for in the final Grand Tour of 2017.

The Recon Ride dissects the first block of racing thus far at the Vuelta, evaluating the GC picture and talking surprises and disappointments.

From there it's on to predicting what's next, with some tough stages looming as the Vuelta heads further south.

Recon Ride: Vuelta a España Preview  

Ever the 'last chance saloon' for the pro peloton's stage racing specialists, the Vuelta a España has nevertheless drawn serious star power in the overall contender department in recent years, and this edition is no different. Tour de France winner Chris Froome, thrice a runner-up at the Spanish grand Tour, will look to earn that elusive first Vuelta win on a route as lumpy as ever. Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet and Esteban Chaves are just a few of the many riders who will stand in his way in the battle for the red jersey. The Recon Ride previews the route and the stellar start list, with a bit of assistance from Rohan Dennis. The 27-year-old Australian, making his second career appearance at the Vuelta, discusses his and BMC's plans for the race and also offers his take on which of the numerous big names in attendance deserves favourite status.

Contador prepares to hang up the wheels  

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast takes a closer look at the impending retirement of Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador, who announced this week that he would be hanging up the proverbial wheels after one final tilt at the Vuelta a España, a race he's won multiple times. Koen de Kort, a teammate of Contador's over a decade ago at Liberty Seguros and again now with Trek, offers the perspective within the team, while also weighing in on the Spaniard's chances in his final Grand Tour. For the 34-year-old Dutchman, Contador will be a rider to be reckoned with at the upcoming Vuelta.

Mark Cavendish: Exclusive interview with the Dimension Data sprinter  

The former world road race champion and 30-time Tour de France stage winner was back in the United Kingdom last week and Cyclingnews sat down with him near his home outside London for a catch up and a coffee. Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson talks to Cavendish about his blistering success in 2016, illness and injury this season, and this year’s Tour de France and how he and Peter Sagan have moved on after their crash. The Dimension Data rider opens up about his struggles to find form ahead of July, what keeps him going after 11 seasons at the top of the sprinting tree, and his hunger to win a Madison Olympic gold in 2020.

Tour de France wrap  

The Tour de France might be over for another year but the 2017 edition of the race was one of the closest in living memory with the winner and podium places not decided until the final weekend of racing. Chris Froome (Team Sky) ran out the eventual winner, taking his fourth Tour in five years, while Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R Lan Mondiale) rounded out the top three. There were plenty of interesting and topical subplots, from Peter Sagan’s DQ to Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil leading the line for Subweb, to Team Sky’s dominance on GC. In our final Tour de France podcast, we look back at the race, hear from Froome and top ten rider Dan Martin, before looking ahead to the Vuelta a Espana.

Tour de France: Col d'Izoard looms, but time running out for Froome's rivals  

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, we take a closer look at 17th stage of the Tour de France, won by LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic, and discuss where things stand in the GC conversation with just four stages left to race. Hear from Trek's Alberto Contador, who put in another bold but unsuccessful attack on Wednesday, and Quick-Step's Dan Martin, who lost a bit of time on GC after a brief dig of his own – as well as Cannondale-Drapac sports director Charly Wegelius, eyeing a Tour podium spot and maybe more with Rigoberto Urán provisionally second after stage 17. Thursday's stage 18 finishes atop the Col d'Izoard, presenting one final opportunity for the yellow jersey hopefuls to pressure Sky's Chris Froome in the mountains. We delve deeper into the parcours to consider whether Froome's rivals really have a chance deny him a fourth career title.

Recon Ride: Tour de France, Rest Day Round-up II  

With just six stages left to race at the Tour de France, a surprising five riders are currently within two minutes or less of Sky's Chris Froome and his yellow jersey, making for one of the closest GC battles in recent Tour memory.

The second week of racing at the Tour brought plenty of excitement, with Froome losing yellow and then re-taking it as rivals like Fabio Aru (Astana) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) put the three-time winner under pressure. With only one mountaintop finish left, it remains to be seen whether there are enough opportunities for the GC hopefuls to shake up the overall leaderboard.

The Recon Ride looks into where things stand at the Tour as of the second rest day, and glances ahead to the final six days on the horizon as the race makes its way toward Paris.

Recon Ride: Tour de France, Rest Day Round-up  

Stage 9 proved an explosive finale to the first block of racing at the Tour de France before the first rest day. As the Tour peloton takes a breather, the Recon Ride takes stock of where things stand in cycling's biggest stage race. The abandonments of Alejandro Valverde and Mark Cavendish and the disqualification of Peter Sagan seem to be in the distant past now in the wake of a crash-marred ninth stage. BMC's Richie Porte, who looked to be one of the chief rivals of Sky's Chris Froome in the battle for yellow, is no longer in the Tour. Neither is Froome's key lieutenant Geraint Thomas. Meanwhile, Astana's Fabio Aru again proved himself a dangerous challenger to Froome on Sunday, and even provided prime polemica material, attacking Froome when the race leader was dealing with a mechanical. Featuring interview audio with Orica-Scott's Simon Yates, Quick-Step's Dan Martin and Froome himself, the podcast addresses the current state of affairs at the Tour de France and previews the next block of six stages before the second and final rest day.

The fall and rise of Thomas Dekker  

Welcome to a special episode of the Cyclingnews podcast. We’re in the Netherlands to meet former professional cyclist and admitted doper, Thomas Dekker. The former Rabobank rider shot to fame at an early age and when he turned professional he was one of the most hyped youngsters in Europe. He looked on course to have a glorious career. However, early on in his career Dekker was faced with difficult choices over doping. The decision to take performance enhancing drugs sent Dekker on a downward spiral - from injecting vitamins to eventually entering into the murky world of blood doping and EPO. Dekker was eventually caught and banned and although he made a comeback with Slipstream Sports he never fulfilled the early promise he once showed. He retired in March 2015 after a brave but unsuccessful attempt at the UCI Hour record – his career over before it truly began. During a brief visit to his native home Cyclingnews sat down with Dekker at his parents home just outside Amsterdam. We hear from Dekker on how he moved towards doping, the lives he affected by his poor choices, how he spiralled out of control and into a world of debauchery and isolation, before he eventually found redemption and a chance to free himself of his past by telling the truth.

It has been a dramatic 24 hours for the Tour de France  

Arnaud Demare won the stage 4 sprint into Vittel, but it was an incident between Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish that made the headlines. The two came together in the sprint, when Sagan stuck out his elbow and Cavendish crashed. The jury initially gave Sagan a 30-second time penalty and docked him points in the points classification, but later expelled him from the race after they deemed him to have endangered riders. Cavendish was initially cleared of any fractures in the hand he injured in the crash, but an MRI later revealed he had broken his scapula and he was pulled from the race. The team discusses whether the decision was the right one and we hear from both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan on the crash, and president of the race jury, Philippe Marien.

Tour de France stage 3: Porte attacks, Froome moves up, Contador cautious & Sagan on top  

Stage 3 of the Tour de France saw the race start in Belgium, and dip into Luxembourg, before an uphill finish in Longwy, France. The nervous stage saw Peter Sagan (Bora) pull a foot from one of his pedals in the sprint but still take the win ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb Giant) and Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors). In the race for the yellow jersey Richie Porte (BMC Racing) briefly opened up a gap on his rivals before being swallowed up by a group containing around 30 riders. Alberto Contador briefly matched Porte’s acceleration before drifting back into the bunch, while Chris Froome had a relatively calm day after crashing on stage 2. We hear from all three riders – Froome, Porte and Contador, while CN’s Daniel Benson and Pro Cycling's Ed Pickering offer their analysis from the race.

The long road to Dusseldorf: Esteban Chaves gears up for his Tour de France debut  

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we take an in-depth look at the development of a Grand Tour contender and a team that has transformed with him. It's been a challenging year for Esteban Chaves, whose preparation for the upcoming Tour was derailed by a nagging knee problem, but the 27-year-old Colombian climber and his Orica-Scott team have learned the value of patience, especially considering the way their relationship began. Featuring interviews with Chaves and Orica sports director Matt White, the podcast gets the story on how rider and team have dealt with a frustrating 2017 season, why it's only a small hurdle compared to the injuries Chaves battled back from earlier in his career and, most importantly, whether he ever stops smiling.

Recon Ride: Tour de France Preview  

After half a season's worth of 'tune-up' races, the main event of cycling's stage racing calendar has arrived. The Tour de France kicks off in Dusseldorf on Saturday and it's shaping up to be a tough one to predict. A parcours featuring a few new punchy ascents and only two short time trial stages should set up a GC battle skewed towards the climbers, and defending champion Chris Froome will have his work cut out for him after a relatively quiet build-up campaign. Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador are among the top names who will look to dethrone the three-time winner of the yellow jersey. Beyond the GC battle, Peter Sagan is back to hunt his record sixth straight green points jersey. And it's anyone's guess who will emerge as the top dog in the bunch kicks, with no one sprinter establishing himself as the dominant fast finisher this spring. The Recon Ride previews all that and more with an in-depth look at the parcours and start list of the sport's most watched event.

Transfer market special - Podcast  

We’re just over two weeks away from the Tour de France and the transfer season is already in full swing. Riders can’t officially sign for teams until August 1st but that doesn’t stop agents, riders and teams discussing deals ahead of the deadline. In this week’s episode we’ll run down a list of potential moves, from Mikel Landa to Movistar, to the host of big name riders at BMC Racing and QuickStep Floors who are all out of contract. The Cyclingnews team also analysis which teams need to bolster their squads for 2018 and we hear from rider agent Martijn Berkhourt from Sports Entertainment Group (SEG) on the main influences in this year’s market, and Trek Segafredo’s and Katusha Alpecin’s managers Luca Guercilena and Jose Acevedo on how they are assembling teams for next year.

Dauphine: The final cut featuring interviews with Fuglsang, Porte and Froome  

In the final instalment from this year’s Criterium du Dauphine the team look back at an excellent week of racing that culminated in a well-deserved and thrilling win for Jakob Fuglsang. Forever the bridesmaid and never the bride – Fuglsang picked up two stages wins in the race but his final day triumph, on the last ascent of the race knocked Richie Porte (BMC Racing) off the top step of the podium by just ten seconds with a last-day ride from Dan Martin that earned the Irishman his third overall and his second podium in as many years. We hear from Fuglsang, who describes his post-race phone call from previous teammate Vincenzo Nibali, a bitterly disappointed Richie Porte and Chris Froome – who has now tipped the Australian as the number one favourite for the Tour de France.

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