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.


Recon Ride: Giro d’Italia, Rest day Round-up II  

After 15 stages of racing, the Giro d'Italia peloton enjoys its last rest day Monday. That means it's time for the Recon Ride to take one final look at the way things are playing out in the season's first Grand Tour. The past week of eventful racing – which saw Tom Dumoulin ride into pink with a blazing time trial performance and defend it on the slopes of the Oropa climb – has made for an intriguing situation heading into the last six stages of the Giro. The Dutchman has a bigger advantage than most expected he would at this point, but there are some serious challenges on the horizon, with the likes of Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot lurking. The podcast opines on the current GC picture and looks ahead at the week to come, committing to a few predictions for one last time in this year's race.

Giro d’Italia: Will Dumoulin keep the climbers at bay?  

Is the Giro d’Italia still a wide open race and can current race leader, Tom Dumoulin, hold out against the pure climbers in the mountains? They’re the main topics of discussion on the latest Cyclingnews podcast as Dane Cash and Daniel Benson dissect and analysis the overall standings ahead of Saturday’s crucial mountain stage to Oropa. Tom Dumoulin tops the race with a healthy advantage over his main rivals but Nairo Quintana leads the charge as the climbers look to battle back after Dumoulin’s demolition in the individual time trial. We hear from Bauke Mollema, who sits third overall, and Geraint Thomas, who has slipped out of the top-ten, as we play out the possible tactics for the rest of the race.

Recon Ride: Giro d'Italia, Rest day round-up  

With nine stages done and dusted at the Giro d'Italia, the general classification picture is a little bit clearer, but much remains unknown. The sprinters and a few lucky breakers battled for most of the stage victories in Sardinia, Sicily and southern Italy before the GC hostilities kicked off in earnest on the Blockhaus climb. And yet, while Nairo Quintana claimed the race lead and Sky and Orica-Scott saw their pink jersey hopefuls tumble down the GC leaderboard on stage 9, the overall title remains very much in play among a number of pre-race favourites. The Recon Ride's second Giro d'Italia podcast dissects the first nine days of racing in the Italian Grand Tour and looks ahead to the next six, previewing the upcoming stretch of stages on the menu before the final rest day.

Looming Blockhaus climb set to break stalemate in battle for pink - Giro d'Italia Podcast  

With nearly a full week of racing in the books, almost all of the Giro d'Italia's top pink jersey contenders find themselves on relatively equal footing. Bob Jungels continues to lead the Giro d'Italia. While only 18 riders are still within a minute of the pink jersey, there aren't any major surprises in the group, nor have any of the top favourites separated themselves from their rivals – but that could change with the grueling Blockhaus climb on tap. In the latest edition of the podcast, we talk about the state of the general classification after six days of racing in Italy and look ahead to a climb that should shake up the overall leaderboard. We hear from sports directors Fabricio Guidi, Dario Cioni and Max Sciandri, who give their takes on the 13.6km first-category test that awaits the peloton Sunday, and we also try our hands at a bit of prognosticating.

Polanc conquers Mount Etna as Jungels moves into pink – Giro podcast  

It’s the end of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia and Jan Polanc of the UAE Emirates Team has conquered Mount Etna in highly impressive fashion to take the stage. The Slovenian was in a move of four that slipped clear after just 2km and he was last man standing come the finale. In the race for GC Ilnur Zakarin stole a march on his rivals with a late attack, while Bob Jungels pulled on the maglia rosa for the second time in consecutive seasons. In the latest edition of the Cyclignews podcast we hear from GC contenders Gearing Thomas (Team Sky), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL Jumbo). We discuss a tactical stage in which several riders tried and failed to break clear and how the elements played their part too.

Racism flares up at Romandie, Froome's form, and Giro picks  

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, it’s a full house as Daniel Benson, Patrick Fletcher, Sadhbh O’Shea and Ed Pickering sit down to take a look back at the Tour de Romandie and make their picks for the forthcoming Giro d’Italia. We also hear from Chris Froome on his performance at the Tour de Romandie, Tejay van Garderen on his first Giro d’Italia and Charly Wegelius on Cannondale-Drapac’s WorldTour win drought and building for the future. The biggest news at the Tour de Romandie was Gianni Moscon’s racial abuse of FDJ’s Kevin Reza. Moscon has since been suspended by his team but he was allowed to remain in the race until its conclusion on Sunday. The Cyclingnews team asks if Team Sky should have taken him out immediately and discuss whether or not the UCI’s reaction to the event has been sufficient. Moscon’s teammate Chris Froome had a challenging week on the bike rather than off it, after he lost time on the key mountain stage and finished almost two minutes down on his former teammate and Tour de France rival Richie Porte. Is it time to panic for Froome or will it come together for the three-time Tour de France champion? Dane Cash and Cosmo Catalano have already previewed the Giro d’Italia in the Recon Ride podcast but Daniel, Patrick, Sadhbh and Ed all have a punt at picking their top three and wildcard for the first Grand Tour of the season.

Recon Ride: Giro d'Italia Preview  

Grand Tour season is officially here as the pro peloton prepares to start the 100th Giro d'Italia this Friday in Sardinia. With one of the most impressive start lists in recent memory, this year's race promises to be a worthy celebration of the three-week staple of cycling history. The Recon Ride took a closer look at the parcours – which has a little something for everyone – and the quality collection of riders set to attend, with Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali among the big names hunting the pink jersey. And of course, a few predictions are made during the preview as well. Providing pro-level insight are Bauke Mollema, who will head up Trek's GC campaign, Chris Froome, who offers some thoughts on Sky's Giro leaders Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, and Jim Ochowicz, president of BMC Racing, talking Tejay van Garderen ahead of his big season target.

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.

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