The Telegraph Cycling Podcast

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast

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The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is a podcast about all things cycling. Join journalists Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie as they chat, interview and analyse the world of professional cycling.

Episodes

29. A chat with Jonathan Vaughters  

December 1 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Cannondale-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters and French journalist François Thomazeau. We spoke to Vaughters about Cannondale-Drapac's season, their new signings and plans for 2017. Despite not winning a World Tour race in 2016, Vaughters explained that he was pleased with the team's progress and noted that they had their highest ever finish in the rankings. We also discussed the announcement by ASO, RCS and Flanders Classics, the organisers of all the biggest races in the world, that team sizes would be reduced by one rider for next season's events. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

28. Sixty Minutes of Ghent  

The latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes a report from the Ghent Six-Day, won by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. It was billed as Wiggins’ last race, but Wiggins was vague whether Ghent really did represent the end – we discuss what he might do next. And there’s an interview from Ghent with the young British team, Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss some of the other news in the cycling world, the demise of Critérium International and the publication of Thomas Dekker’s tell-all autobiography. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport

The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 6  

Episode six of The Cycling Podcast Féminin celebrates the careers of some of the riders who retired at the end of the 2016 season, though there’s also an interview with somebody who is at the pinnacle of her career: Laura Kenny (formerly Trott). The four-times Olympic gold medallist spoke to Orla Chennaoui about life-post Rio and why we are unlikely to see her in a road race any time soon. We hear from the silver medallist and fourth-place finisher from the Rio road race, Sweden’s Emma Johansson and American Mara Abbott, both of whom are bowing out of the sport at the highest level. And there’s an interview with Finnish rider Lotta Lepistö, the world road race bronze medallist who was shamefully ignored in last month’s look back at the championships in Qatar. Finally, Jessie Walker tells the podcast about her disappointing experience with an Italian team. Just 22, Walker has put her career on hold – she tells us why, and whether she might come back. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha

27. The off-season ramble  

November 10 | It's the off-season, and the world of professional cycling has been uncharacteristically quiet for a few days, but nevertheless this is a packed episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the recent Rouleur Classic, where Richard spoke to Italian rider Filippo Pozzato. There's also an interview with Alberto Contador, who is joining Trek Segafredo for 2017. We ask if Contador's hope of winning one more Tour de France before retirement is realistic. And Orla Chennaoui catches up with American rider Megan Guarnier, who won the inaugural women's World Tour classification. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

26. A chat with Ned Boulting  

November 3 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet up with Ned Boulting on the eve of his nationwide tour, Bikeology. He explains the idea behind his one-man show, reviews his first full season in commentary box and how it differs from his previous job as on-the-ground reporter, and looks back at the 2016 season. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

25. London Six-Day and 2017 Giro d'Italia route  

October 27 | This episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast comes from the track centre at the London velodrome on the opening night of the London Six-Day. It is Bradley Wiggins's first race since the Fancy Bears hackers leaked details of therapeutic use exemptions that permitted him to use a corticosteroid before major road races in his career. He teamed up with Mark Cavendish, his Madison world championship partner and despite the recent controversy the crowd's reaction proved the fans were still behind Wiggins. In this episode, Richard talks to London Six-Day organiser Mark Darbon about the new series of track races taking place this winter and culminating with a one-night finale in Palma, Majorca. Richard also talked to Australian rider Cameron Meyer. The former Madison, points race and team pursuit world champion retired from cycling in June but has decided to make a comeback. And Lionel calls Daniel Friebe to get his verdict on the route for the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 5  

October 24 | Episode five of The Cycling Podcast Féminin looks back at the world championships in Qatar and ahead to next year’s revamped La Course by Le Tour de France. There’s an interview with Kelly Catlin, the classical violinist who was a member of the American silver medal winning team pursuit squad at the Rio Olympics, and in his monthly retro feature, Lionel Birnie recalls the 1982 world championship road race won by Britain’s Mandy Jones. Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Bob Varney, who runs Drops, the women’s team who featured in episode one of The Cycling Podcast Féminin. Bob reflects on the team’s first season, the state of women’s racing, and talks about Drops’ plans for 2017 and beyond. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha

24. World Championship road races  

October 20 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the road races at the World Championships in Qatar. The wind blew in the desert, the men's race split into echelons and at the finish it was Peter Sagan who extended his spell in the rainbow jersey for another year. We assess the race, weigh up the tactics and dissect the sprint. The route for the 2017 Tour de France was announced in Paris on Tuesday and in the second part of the podcast we give our first impressions. The Tour will start in Düsseldorf in Germany with an individual time trial, then hit La Planche des Belles Filles in the middle of the first week. What's on the menu and who will the route suit? In the final part, we revisit the big story surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins and discuss our exclusive interview with Dave Brailsford, which was broadcast on Sunday. Where do Sky and Brailsford go from here? The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Dave Brailsford speaks to The Cycling Podcast  

October 16 | The Cycling Podcast met Sir Dave Brailsford to quiz him on the controversies engulfing Team Sky since the Fancy Bears hackers revealed Sir Bradley Wiggins had used a corticosteroid called triamcinolone to treat asthma and pollen allergies before three grand tours, including the 2012 Tour de France, which he won. Although the drug was apparently used in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, by applying for therapeutic use exemption to permit the treatment, the timing of the applications – just before three of the biggest races of Wiggins' career – has provoked questions, particularly in light of the founding principles of Team Sky, which were a zero tolerance approach to doping and a desire to win the Tour with a clean British rider. And Daily Mail reports that a British Cycling staff member, Simon Cope, had travelled to a race in France, the Dauphiné, with a 'medical package' just a couple of weeks before Wiggins and Team Sky's doctors applied for the first TUE has prompted further questions about the team's ethics. Apart from an interview with the BBC's Dan Roan, Brailsford has been silent as the controversies continued to rage. On Friday evening, he met with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie of The Cycling Podcast to ask about Wiggins and Team Sky's use of TUEs, the contents of the package couriered to France and other issues including the ethics of using legal substances such as the powerful painkiller tramadol. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

23. The World Championships in the desert  

October 12 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the world championships in Qatar, look ahead to the weekend’s men’s and women’s road races, and examine the latest developments in the controversy involving Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Qatar was a controversial choice for the sport’s showpiece event and the team time trial and time trials have highlighted one of the anticipated problems – the lack of spectators. Tony Martin of Germany and Amber Neben of the USA won the men’s and women’s time trials, following on from the victories by Etixx-QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans in the men’s and women’s team trials, in front of only a handful of supporters. Both men’s and women’s road races are expected to be sprinters’ affairs, with Andre Greipel, Mark Cavendish and defending champion Peter Sagan among the favourites in the men’s race, and Chloe Hosking and Kirsten Wild among those fancied for the women’s title. In part three the podcast team return to one of the stories currently dominating the sports pages in the UK: the ongoing controversy over Wiggins’ therapeutic use exemptions and a mystery package, thought to be delivered to him, at the 2011 Dauphiné Libéré. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

22. Chaves wins Il Lombardia  

October 6 | In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast the team looks back at Il Lombardia, the season’s final monument and the first ever won by a Colombian, Esteban Chaves. The diminutive Chaves, who rides for Australian team Orica-BikeExchange, was the best in a three-man sprint in Bergamo to cap a brilliant year, in which he finished second in the Giro d’Italia and third in the Vuelta a España. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Chaves’s win, Astana’s curious tactics and the fallout from a typically incendiary interview with Oleg Tinkov, whose Tinkoff team is about to close its doors as Tinkov ends his sponsorship. The Russian exits pro cycling with some barbed comments about the state of the sport and one of his star riders, Alberto Contador. There’s a look ahead to the world championships, which begin in Qatar on Sunday with the men’s and women’s team time trials and an interview with Hannah Barnes, who will ride the team time trial for Canyon-SRAM and also the road race, a week later, for Great Britain. After last week’s podcast was dedicated to a discussion on the controversy engulfing Sir Bradley Wiggins after the leak of his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), we return to this topic with a selection of listeners’ responses to the issue. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is sponsored by Rapha and Eurosport

21. Bradley Wiggins and the TUE  

September 28 | The Telegraph Cycling Podcast returns after its post-Vuelta a España break and turns its attention to Sir Bradley Wiggins and the controversy around the release of his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs). Wiggins was one of several cyclists whose data was hacked – Chris Froome, Fabian Cancellara and Steve Cummings were among the others – but it is the TUEs of the 2012 Tour de France winner which have come under greatest scrutiny. Wiggins and Team Sky did not break any rules – Wiggins used a corticosteroid approved by the UCI and anti-doping authorities – but the case has nevertheless raised questions. What is ‘clean’ sport? Is it reasonable for an athlete to go as close as possible to the ‘line’, between legal and illegal, in the pursuit of victory? Or is a Grand Tour not supposed to be a test of health, endurance and physiology, in which case should TUEs be granted at all? In the latest podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe debate the Wiggins case and the wider issues around it. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin - Episode 4  

Episode 4 of The Cycling Podcast Féminin has an international flavour with news and interviews from Rio, Madrid and Africa. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore look back at the Olympic Games and speak to three of the British medallists, Joana Rowsell Shand, Becky James and Katy Marchant. From Madrid we have interviews with the Women’s World Tour winner, Megan Guarnier of the USA, as well as from Australian rider Carlee Taylor. In his monthly retro feature, Lionel Birnie looks back at the first ever women’s world road race championships. And we hear from Kimberly Coats, sporting director of Team Africa Rising, the first all-African women’s UCI team, who tells of her ambition to find the first female African superstar. Featuring music from bensound.com and incompetech.com

Vuelta Stage 21  

September 11 | In this final episode of The Cycling Podcast's coverage of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the end of this year's race, and talk about which riders and teams have performed particularly strongly at this Vuelta. The stage was won by Magnus Cort Nielsen of Orica-BikeExchange in a bunch sprint, picking up his second stage, and Orica-BikeExchange's fourth of this year's Vuelta. Nairo Quintana was safely in the peloton, allowing him to confirm his victory on the podium ahead of Chris Froome in second place, and Esteban Chaves in third place. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 20  

In this, the penultimate episode of The Cycling Podcast's coverage of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe assess the mountain stage to Alto de Aitana. The stage was won by the young French rider Pierre Latour – and Daniel reveals that BMC's Darwin Atapuma possibly misjudged the finish because of poor information from his team car. The battle for the red jersey did not ignite, although Chris Froome tried to shake Nairo Quintana he was unable to. The same could not be said for the fight for third place. Orica-Bike Exchange played another tactical blinder to move Esteban Chaves back onto the podium at the expense of Alberto Contador. There are inteviews with Orica's sports director Neil Stephens, Adam Hansen, who is completing his 16th consecutive grand tour this weekend – a run that stretches back to the 2011 Vuelta and includes every Giro, Tour and Vuelta since – and a chat with French stage winner Lilian Calmejane. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 19  

In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe sit down for a post-stage drink on the beach at Calpe to discuss the 19th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The 37-kilometre time trial offered Chris Froome an opportunity to gain time on race leader Nairo Quintana and give himself a slim chance of overall victory on Saturday's final mountain stage to the Alto de Aitana. And Froome took full advantage on the narrow, twisty and technical course, winning the stage and moving to within a minute and 21 seconds of Quintana. Lionel and Daniel ask whether Froome gained as much as, or more than, expected or whether Quintana was playing it safe knowing he had a comfortable cushion. They also analyse the other changes to the top ten positions, assess the Vuelta's entertainment quality and look ahead to tomorrow's Alto de Aitana summit finish. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 18  

September 8 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a third stage win for Orica-Bike Exchange, courtesy of Denmark's Magnus Cort Nielsen, and look forward to Friday's time trial. There's also rumours of the Vuelta visiting the highest paved road in mainland Europe, at 3,300 metres in the Sierra Nevada, in the next couple of years. And there's and extended conversation with journalist Andy Hood of Velonews about the Vuelta and its place in Spanish culture and the Spanish sporting landscape. Finally, we hear Dave Brailsford's reaction to video footage of Team Sky's bus at the Tour of Britain passing a cyclist fast and close. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 17  

September 7 | Mathias Frank gave IAM Cycling a second stage win of the Vuelta a Espana on the steep Alto Mas de la Costa climb. The Swiss rider broke away from a larger break with Italy's Dario Cataldo and then dropped him in the final kilometres, holding off a chase from Robert Gesink and Leopold Konig. In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the day's action and also look back at Sunday's dramatic stage when Chris Froome was left isolated and trailing in the wake of Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador's surprise attack. We hear from Sky's boss Dave Brailsford. There's also a chat with our latest Pédaleur de Charme, Sam Bewley of Orica-Bike Exchange and a look ahead at the closing stages of the race. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 16  

September 5 | After two days of drama at the Vuelta a Espana, it was a quiet day in the heat of Spain. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the 16th stage, won by Luxembourg's Jean-Pierre Drucker, but first they deal with the controversy hanging over from the previous stage to Formigal when 91 riders finished outside the time limit. The issue has divided people and we hear three different points of view, from BMC sports director Max Sciandri, Giant-Alpecin rider Koen De Kort and the Vuelta's race director Javier Guillen. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

Vuelta Stage 15  

September 4 | In a packed episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast from the Vuelta a Espana, Lionel Birnie witnesses Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador dash Chris Froome’s hopes of winning the race with a daring attack on stage 15 to Formigal. Although Froome is not completely out of contention, the Team Sky leader has a mountain to climb if he is to unseat Quintana. The stage was short – just 118km – and sweet for Quintana, who reacted quickly when Contador attacked almost from the gun. Froome was left isolated, and without Sky team-mates to help chase. He turned to Orica-Bike Exchange, because Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates had also missed the move, and then received some slightly unlikely assistance from Astana. Amid all the drama, Gianluca Brambilla’s excellent stage victory for Etixx-Quick Step was perhaps a little overlooked. The main bunch – or gruppetto – came in almost 54 minutes after the stage winner, well outside the time limit leaving the race jury with a conundrum. Could they eliminated more than half the field for slow riding? Lionel joins Daniel Friebe to discuss all this and much more. We hear from Sky’s Dario Cioni about their bad day at the office and from Tinkoff’s Steven De Jongh, who raised eyebrows at Astana giving Sky a helping hand. There’s also a quick chat with yesterday’s stage winner Robert Gesink. The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

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