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

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.

Fuglsang pounces and Porte purrs on Mont du Chat  

Richie Porte (BMC) raced into the lead on stage 6 of the Criterium du Dauphine with a composed performance on stage 6. The Australian was edged for the win by Jacob Fuglsang (Astana) while Chris Froome (Team Sky) bounced back after a poor showing in the race’s earlier time trial. At the finishline Cyclingnews news caught up with Froome, Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves – the latter unable to hold the leaders on the final climb of the Mont du Chat. Catch up with all the latest analysis and reactions with the Cyclingnews podcast.

Fuglsang pounces and Porte purrs on Mont du Chat  

Richie Porte (BMC) raced into the lead on stage 6 of the Criterium du Dauphine with a composed performance on stage 6. The Australian was edged for the win by Jacob Fuglsang (Astana) while Chris Froome (Team Sky) bounced back after a poor showing in the race’s earlier time trial. At the finishline Cyclingnews news caught up with Froome, Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves – the latter unable to hold the leaders on the final climb of the Mont du Chat. Catch up with all the latest analysis and reactions with the Cyclingnews podcast.

Dauphine: Porte delivers hammer blow to Froome and Tour rivals in time trial  

Three days on from our exclusive podcast interview with Richie Porte (BMC Racing) the Australian put in one of the best time trial performances of his career to win stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine. Porte won ahead of Tony Martin but put 37 seconds the Tour’s defending champion, Chris Froome (Team Sky) with this year’s Grand Depart just a few weeks away. In this podcast episode the Cyclingnews sit down to analyse the form of Porte, Froome and several other riders, while we hear from both, and Alberto Contador. With four days to go and three stages in the mountains the Dauphine is well poised for a fantastic showdown.

Recon Ride: Tour de Suisse preview  

The Tour de Suisse might not have quite the calibre of yellow jersey contenders on its start list as its French counterpart, the Critérium du Dauphiné, but the dearth of Tour podium hopefuls comes with a few advantages. For one thing, it means that many of the top names in Switzerland – and there are plenty – will be focused squarely on actually winning the race or a few of its stages, rather than simply building their form for next month. One of of those likely Tour de Suisse GC contenders, Bahrain-Merida's Ion Izagirre, joined the Recon Ride to offer some insight on his form and his expectations for the event he came within 12 seconds of winning last year. He'll aim to turn last year's runner-up performance into an overall victory in 2017, but it won't be easy. Giro winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) are among the other potential GC threats set to attend. Beyond the general classification conversation, the list of riders set to hunt stages in Switzerland is very strong. Peter Sagan has won at least one stage in the race every year since 2011, and he'll look to extend that trend through the 2017 edition, while Fernando Gaviria should be the class of the pure sprinters in attendance.

Richie Porte Criterium du Dauphine interview  

Twelve months ago Cyclingnews sat down in a hotel on the outskirts of Saint-Etienne for an interview with Richie Porte. Back then he was halfway through his first season at BMC Racing and building up towards his first shot at Tour de France leadership. Twelve months on, and more through luck than anything else, we found ourselves back at the same hotel as Porte lines up for his second assault on the Tour. In the last twelve months Porte’s stock has risen steadily and after impressive GC wins in the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie – along with a stage in Paris-Nice – he is racing the Criterium du Dauphine as part of his final Tour de France build up. On the eve of stage 2 pf the Dauphine Cyclingnews sat down with Porte to talk about how he has moulded the BMC Racing team to fit his needs, his growing stature, if he can cut out the bad days, and whether he can topple Chris Froome this July.

Recon Ride: Critérium du Dauphiné preview  

The Giro d'Italia is in the rearview mirror, and that means Tour de France tune-up season is underway. Everything kicks off this weekend at the Critérium du Dauphiné. One of the most prestigious one-week events on the pro cycling calendar, the Dauphiné has drawn most of the Tour's top contenders – as it usually does – for eight days of hard racing in France. Defending champion Chris Froome will look for win number four, but the competition will be fierce with Alberto Contador, Richie Porte, Alejandro Valverde and plenty of other big names in the mix. A parcours that features a time trial and some very steep climbs will ensure the Dauphiné is an ideal proving ground for the big stars ahead of cycling's main event.

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.

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