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

The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 15  

August 15 | This month's Cycling Podcast Féminin, with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, looks back at the recent racing, from the RideLondon Classique to the European championships and Crescent Vargarda team time trial and road race. From Sweden we hear from Anna van der Breggen, Hannah Barnes and Drops Cycling Team owner Bob Varney. There's also a feature on female sports directors and we speak to two: Donna Rae-Szalinski, who works for Wiggle-High5, and Rachel Heal, who is a sports director for the United Health Care women's and men's teams. And we hear from a trailblazer, Robin Morton, the American woman who fulfilled the role on a men's team at races including the Giro d'Italia in the 1980s. In the final part Molly Weaver tells us about the terrible crash she suffered in February, when she was hit by a car and sustained life-threatening injuries. The Sunweb rider faced a long time out but incredibly returned to racing a few months later, taking part in the Giro Rosa and La Course. We catch up with her initially in the early stages of her recovering and then again at La Course, where she crashed again. Despite such setbacks, Weaver's resilience and optimism are remarkable. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

21. The transfer merry-go-round  

August 9 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is the final one before our daily coverage of the Vuelta a España begins on August 19. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the flurry of transfers as riders and teams confirmed their moves once the August 1 deadline passed. We also discuss Alberto Contador after he confirmed the Vuelta will be his final race before retirement. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

20. Post-Tour racing and the transfer window  

August 1 | In this, our first episode since the end of the Tour de France, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are reunited with Daniel Friebe to discuss a busy week of racing. The San Sebastian Classic was won by Michal Kwiatkowski, one of Sky's Tour de France stars. The Pole added the Basque race to Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, which he won in the spring. At the Ride London-Surrey Classic, Alexandre Kristoff made up for failing to win a Tour stage after a strong sprint in The Mall. And, with cycling's transfer window opening on August 1, Daniel updates us on some of the moves to look out for. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 14  

This episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from the summit of the Col d'Izoard and the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille as Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Lionel Birnie cover La Course. But was the innovative two-day format an improvement on the circuit race on the Champs-Élysées? We hear from the riders, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier and the winner of both the mountain stage and the 'chase' time trial, Annemiek Van Vleuten. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha.

Stage 21 | Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées | Tour de France 2017  

The Cycling Podcast’s coverage of the 2017 Tour de France concludes with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau picking their individual highlights of the race. We also canvass the opinions of some of the riders and perhaps are not surprised that many of them cite reaching the Champs-Élysées as the high point of their race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Stage 20 | Marseille / Marseille | Tour de France 2017  

The 20th stage of the Tour de France was the long-awaited time trial in Marseille, starting and finishing in the Stade Velodrome, home of Olympique Marseille. With three riders so close overall, everything was up for grabs, in theory, although Chris Froome’s superiority in the time trials meant that his yellow jersey was never likely to be threatened. But second and third overall did swap places because Rigoberto Uran, the Colombian rider with Cannondale-Drapac, put in a fine performance to ensure he will finish as runner-up when the Tour concludes in Paris tomorrow. Romain Bardet misjudged his ride and clung onto the third place by just a single second, ahead of Mikel Landa. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau capture the atmosphere in the stadium, discuss Maciej Bodnar’s stage victory and assess the final shake-up overall. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Stage 19 | Embrun / Salon-de-Provence | Tour de France 2017  

After the Alps and before the time trial in Marseille, the Tour de France had a long transitional stage into the heart of Provence. Had the wind blown it might have been a very interesting day but as it turned out it was the first stage of the race when the breakaway riders had a chance to fight it out among themselves. And in the end it was a roundabout that proved decisive. Just inside the last three kilometres, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Nikias Arndt went the right-hand side of the roundabout and the rest of the break went the other side. That was all it took to give the leading duo enough of an advantage. The way the Norwegian Boasson Hagen dropped Arndt in the final stages was impressive and more than made up for the near-miss in Nuits-Saint-Georges when he lost in a photo finish. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are hit by a slight end-of-term feeling in Salon-de-Provence. They discuss the stage and are joined by Daniel Friebe before looking ahead to Saturday’s time trial. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 - The First Tour  

In our final episode of Kilometre 0 of the 2017 Tour de France, we look back at the very first race in 1903 with Peter Cossins, the author of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep. We explore the roots of the Tour, why the race was founded and some of the unknown stories from the 1903 race. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Stage 18 | Briançon / Col d’Izoard | Tour de France 2017  

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are joined by Orla Chennaoui to discuss the 18th stage from Briançon to the Col d’Izoard. It was billed as the decisive mountain stage of the Tour but Romain Bardet and the rest were unable to unseat Chris Froome and so the Team Sky rider appears to be the favourite to win his fourth Tour title in five years (assuming nothing unforeseen happens in Saturday’s time trial). But the star of the day was Warren Barguil, who won his second stage, clinched the polka-dot jersey as winner of the king of the mountains competition and cemented his place in the top ten overall. We hear from Froome and his Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, and for Barguil and his manager Aike Visbeek. So, join us on the Col d’Izoard… The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The route master  

In this episode of Kilometre 0 we speak to Thierry Gouvenou, the sporting director of the Tour de France, about how the race route is plotted. This year's Tour has visited all five mountain ranges in France – the Jura, the Vosges, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps – and has led to one of the closest races of all-time. But what is Gouvenou aiming for when he and his team design the route? We ask him. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Stage 17 | La Mure / Serre-Chevalier | Tour de France 2017  

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report on stage 17, which saw the race head into the Alps with the climb of the biggest mountain on the route, the Col du Galibier. The stage was won by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, a former ski jumper who descended brilliantly to give Team LottoNL-Jumbo their first victory of the race. We hear from his sports director Nico Verhoeven about how Roglic targeted this specific stage earlier this year. The race for the yellow jersey saw Rigoberto Uran pinch a crucial time bonus that saw him draw level with Romain Bardet on time, which made it a good day for Richard to spend in Uran’s Cannondale-Drapac team car. We weigh up what that means looking ahead to tomorrow’s final mountain stage, which finishes on the Col d’Izoard. Marcel Kittel, winner of five stages and the green jersey, crashed and pulled out of the race, leaving Michael Matthews to inherit the lead in the points competition. We hear from Quick Step’s sports director Brian Holm about a second disappointing day for their team. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – Tour de la Musique  

In the 1930s, the Tour de France used to have an official song each year. Almost all of them were absolutely dreadful and it has to be said that although the Tour has inspired plenty of music since, much of it has been little improvement on those early songs. The notable exception is Tour de France by Düsseldorf band Kraftwerk. This episode of Kilometre 0 is inspired by Juke Box Jury as François Thomazeau reveals ten songs that have been inspired by cycling. There's also an appearance by Jean-François Bernard singing his late 1980s 'hit' Tour de France. So, come on pop-pickers, let the countdown commence... Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Stage 16 | Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère | Tour de France 2017  

During the 16th stage of the Tour de France, the wind blew and caused more than a bit of disruption at the end. In this packed episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the race as it resumes following the rest day. Michael Matthews of Australia gave Team Sunweb their third stage win in four after some fantastic team-work. But it was not a good day for Quick Step. Marcel Kittel’s hopes of a sixth stage win were ended early in the day when he was dropped and then Daniel Martin slipped from fifth to seventh after being caught out when the crosswinds split the group in the final hour of racing. In this episode, we hear from John Degenkolb, who finished third but was unhappy that Matthews appeared to move across his line in the finishing sprint. We also hear from Matthews’ sports director Luke Roberts and Brian Holm on Quick Step’s jour sans. There’s also a word from AG2R’s Oliver Naesen, who was credited by Romain Bardet for saving his Tour de France ambitions in the crosswinds. In part three we discuss Team Sky’s PR strategy and the row between Dave Brailsford and Cycling News which blew up on the rest day. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The African Challenge  

In this episode of Kilometre 0 we focus on the African riders who have begun to make an impression on the Tour de France in the past decade. We hear from Doug Ryder, boss of the first African team to ride the Tour, now known as Dimension Data-Qhubeka, Louis Meintjes of UAE-Team Emirates, who finished eighth last year and is high in the overall classification again, and the first Ethiopian to ride the Tour, Tsgabu Grmay. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Kilometre 0 - La Course  

This week sees La Course expand its format from a criterium held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris to an innovative two-day format. They will climb the Col d'Izoard on stage one and then will take part in a new time trial format in Marseille, with the riders going off in the order they finished on the mountain. But how will the event be received and what do some of the riders who will be taking part think of it? Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Stage 15 | Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise / Le Puy-en-Velay | Tour de France 2017  

Today’s episode of The Cycling Podcast starts in the car, as journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drive the course of the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay. It was a twisty, technical course consisting of narrow, grippy roads and steep climbs. Up front the Dutch rider Bauke Mollema attacked 30 kilometres from the finish to win the stage in impressive style. And behind there was drama when Chris Froome had a problem with his rear wheel, initially thought to be a puncture but later confirmed it was a broken spoke. A combination of team-work and Froome’s calmness under pressure meant the yellow jersey was able to rejoin the group of relatively quickly. In this episode we hear from Mollema’s sports director Luca Guercillena, from Dan Martin – who gained more time today – and Quick Step’s Brian Holm as well as Dave Brailsford. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Stage 14 | Blagnac / Rodez | Tour de France 2017  

There was a significant twist at the end because Fabio Aru, who was left without support from his Astana team-mates, lost time and the yellow jersey to Chris Froome. It was a surprising finish because today was not expected to be a critical one for the overall favourites. But, in this Tour that is being decided by seconds in short bursts of intense racing perhaps nothing should surprise us. Before that, Australia’s Michael Matthews gave Team Sunweb their second consecutive stage win following Warren Barguil’s Bastille Day victory yesterday. We hear from Matthews’ team-mate Simon Geschke and team boss Iwan Spekenbrink, plus from Michael Valgren about Astana’s frailties that cost Aru his yellow jersey. Plus there’s a look ahead to Sunday’s stage through the Cevennes to Le Puy en Velay. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Stage 13 | Saint-Girons / Foix | Tour de France 2017  

The shortest stage of the 2017 Tour de France was just 101 kilometres but it packed a punch. There were attacks from the moment the race left the neutralised zone. And one of the riders who made the early early attack, Warren Barguil, ended up winning with a perfectly judged sprint. It meant that France had a victory on Bastille Day for the first time since 2005. But the big story of the day was Team Sky’s tactics and in this episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss whether they made the most of Mikel Landa, who got away with Alberto Contador and at one stage looked to be a threat to Fabio Aru’s yellow jersey. We hear from Landa and his Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal and boss Dave Brailsford. Plus there’s Daniel Martin, Contador’s Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. Finally, as it’s Bastille Day, François sings us out with a blast of La Marseillaise, which is not to be missed. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The Kiwi quartet  

There are four riders from New Zealand in this Tour de France and if George Bennett carries on the way he's going, he'll record the best finish by a Kiwi in the race. In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore speaks to the Kiwi quartet – Bennett of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Jack Bauer of Quick Step, Paddy Bevin of Cannondale-Drapac and Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe Gobert – about cycling's profile back in their home country. Kilometre 0 is supported by Nederburg Wines.

Stage 12 | Pau / Peyragudes | Tour de France 2017  

Stage 12 of the Tour de France from Pau to Peyragudes was slow to get going but after Team Sky dominated all day in the Pyrenees, riding strongly in support of Chris Froome, their leader faltered when it really mattered on the steep final ramp to the line. All the day’s drama was packed into 800 metres of slow-motion sprinting against the gradient, with Romain Bardet winning the stage and Fabio Aru taking the yellow jersey from Froome by a handful of seconds. As Froome himself said, now the race is really on. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau try to read into Froome’s rare moment of weakness and weigh up whether this offers hope to his rivals in the second half of the Tour. And we ask how Astana will approach the race now they have the yellow jersey. Plus there’s discussion about the great French hope for a first Tour winner in more than 30 years, Bardet. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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