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.


Episode 9 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin  

February 20 | Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui return for the second Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2017 in the company of Drops rider Abi Van Twisk. They recorded the episode in London following the launch of the Women’s Tour, which will include a final stage in the centre of the Capital. But the June event will still be over five days rather than seven, much to the disappointment of race director Mick Bennett. We hear from Bennett and also from Katie Archibald, the Olympic team pursuit gold medallist who is hoping to ride the Women’s Tour for her new squad, Team WNT. As well as the Women’s Tour we discuss the Women’s Tour Down Under with Van Twisk, who rode that and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. She tells us about these races and why, in Adelaide, she preferred the accommodation provided for the women – a boarding house – over the Hilton Hotel, where the male riders stayed. In the final part we hear from Tracey Gaudry, the UCI vice president, about year two of the Women’s World Tour, and there’s an interview with world champion Amalie Dideriksen in which she tells Orla about her hopes for 2017. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport #procycling #cycling #UCI #WomensWorldTour #Drops

An early-season ramble | Episode 6  

February 16 | A lull in the early season sees The Cycling Podcast go off-piste and discuss the prospects of Tom Boonen as he prepares for his final spring Classics campaign before his retirement at Paris-Roubaix, reflect on the early retirement of German former wunderkind Gerald Ciolek, and feature a special report on the diabetic team, Novo Nordisk. We also hear from Mick Bennett, director of the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. At the launch of the latter in central London, where the final stage of the Women’s Tour will be held, Bennet tells us about their efforts to extend the race to seven days – a bid thwarted by British Cycling, the governing body. “We’re a bit baffled,” admits Bennett. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Double trouble and bucket breaks | Episode 5  

February 9 | As the 2017 season continues to move through the gears, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return to review and debate the latest results and news from the professional peloton’s front line. Nairo Quintana’s victory in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana bodes well for his chances of pulling off a Giro-Tour double last achieved by Marco Pantani in 1998. At least that’s what Lionel, Richard and Daniel agree, not, naturally, without a few reservations and points of discord. Another topic on this week’s agenda is the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol. A shortened stage in Valencia and a cancelled one in Dubai have once again raised the question of whether professional cycling is turning too soft. Our team weigh up whether that’s a fair charge, and report on prevailing views from within the peloton. We also have a on-the-ground Dubai dispatch from Hannah Troop, a focus on Ireland’s newly founded Aqua Blue team, and a tribute to the 1956 Tour de France winner, Roger Walkowiak, who died this week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Of Punch-ups and Plagiarism | Episode 4  

Our latest episode sees Lionel Birnie and his weekly round-up fully tested by a frantic few days of early-season racing and news. After hearing from Marcel Kittel and Andrei Grivko about their dust-up in the Dubai desert, Lionel, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe ponder whether the race jury was right to eject the Ukranian. This week’s podcast also features interviews with both the star, David Millar, and the director of a soon-to-be-released film that seems destined to take its place among the most vaunted cycling documentaries. The main feature, however, is the Cycling Podcast’s idiosyncratic ethical report on World Tour teams. We talk boulangeries, lawsuits and bathroom plagiarism in a segment that could either shake or solidify fans’ allegiances to their favourite teams and riders. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Tour Down Under, Berlin Six and Damian Collins MP | Episode 3  

January 27 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe briefly recap the Tour Down Under, where Richie Porte won on Willunga Hill for the fourth year in a row and Australian riders completed a clean sweep of stage wins for the second successive edition of the race. Daniel reflects on the death at the age of 31 of former under-23 world champion Dmytro Grabovskyy, who won the rainbow jersey and looked to have a glittering career ahead of him when he signed for Quick Step. However, Grabovskyy struggled with alcoholism during his career and those close to him warned he was following a similar self-destructive path to Marco Pantani and Frank Vandenbroucke. Daniel also visited the Berlin Six-Day race where he spoke to organiser Valts Miltovics about the challenges of organising the event and the shape of the Six-Day scene. In the final part, Richard and Lionel met Damian Collins MP, who is chairing the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s select committee hearing into doping in sport. So far they have taken evidence from and asked questions of Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford, British Cycling president Bob Howden, coach Shane Sutton and, this week, heard explosive testimony from Nicole Cooke. But how did the DCMS hearing come to be, what are its powers, who might be called to give evidence next and what are the possible conclusions? We ask the man in the hot seat. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist

Mud, sweat and energy balls | Episode 8 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin  

In the first Cycling Podcast Féminin of 2017 Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Delia Beddis, a double winner of the Three Peaks cyclo-cross race, and Ian Cleverly, the editor of Rouleur. The theme, ahead of the world championships this weekend, is cyclo-cross, and there are interviews with under-23 world champion Evie Richards and 13-time American champion Katie Compton. We also hear from Kajsa Tylen, who has just set a new for riding the greatest distance in a year, completing 32,326 miles. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport #procycling #cycling #ciclismo #cyclisme #womenscycling #cyclocross #Bieles17

What does the 2017 season have in store? | Episode 2  

February 20 | The episode of The Cycling Podcast was recorded just as the 2017 UCI World Tour season was getting underway at the Tour Down Under. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss what they are looking forward to in 2017, analyse the changes to the World Tour calendar and rules, assess the Vuelta a España route, which was announced last week, and weigh-up the Giro d'Italia wild card selections. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist

Back to the future: riders to watch in 2017 | Episode 1  

January 11 | In the first episode of 2017 The Cycling Podcast turns the spotlight on some of the potential stars of the future. Featuring two of the world’s leading development teams, we speak to Tao Geoghegan Hart, Adrien Costa and Joan Bou, and to the individuals who run those teams, Axel Merckx and Alberto Contador’s brother, Fran. Merckx runs Axeon Hagens Berman, whose alumni include Taylor Phinney, Alex Dowsett, Joe Dombrowski, Ian Boswell and Jasper Stuyven. Better known as the son of Eddy, the greatest cyclist of all time, Merckx junior has earned a reputation for spotting and nurturing young talent. Geoghegan Hart is the latest to move on to the World Tour, joining Team Sky for 2017, with Costa, who, aged just 18, finished second at last year’s Tour of Utah, tipped to follow him and perhaps even emulate the American to whom he has been compared, Greg LeMond. The regular podcast, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, will return next week. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #cycling #cyclisme #ciclismo #cyclist

32. Review of the year  

December 27 | This episode looks back at some of the highlights and memorable moments of The Cycling Podcast's coverage in 2016, featuring regular hosts Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe as well as the cast of guests, including Orla Chennaoui, François Thomazeau and, of course, Ciro Scognamiglio. It features some of the best moments of the three Grand Tours – the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España – which we covered in full for the first time. And the episode features the Matt White MegaMix – all will become clear! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at The Cycling Podcast. This is the final episode of the year – we hope you've enjoyed listening – and we will return on January 11. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 7  

December 22 | The seventh episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is a riding special. Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore report from a women's ride in Kent with Dame Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic gold medallist from Athens 2004, where she won the 800m and 1500m. Having recently taken up cycling, Holmes tells us how it compares to athletics and about her new ambitions on two wheels. We hear from Financial Times journalist Nathalie Thomas, who attended a new women's training camp in Girona run by former Dutch pro Marijn de Vries, and in the final part former London courier Emily Chappell tells us about ultra distance riding and The Transcontinental Race. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha.

31. Catching up with Graeme Obree  

December 15 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore meets former world champion and World Hour Record holder Graeme Obree. They talk about the film Battle Mountain, which tells the story of Obree's attempt to set a new human-powered landspeed record, as well as his Hour Record attempts in Norway in 1993. Obree also discusses the the question of whether the body rules the mind or the mind rules the body. 'If my head was transplanted on to your body you could have been world champion,' he told Richard. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

30. Lunch with… Charly Wegelius  

December 8 | This is the first in an occasional series of podcasts called Lunch with The Cycling Podcast. Lionel Birnie is joined by Charly Wegelius, the former professional rider who wrote the book about being a domestique, and is now one of the most highly-rated young sports directors working in the UCI World Tour. They meet at the Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant at London's Kings Cross to discuss professional cycling over lunch. The conversation covers Charly's childhood growing up in Yorkshire with his mum and brother but travelling to Finland to stay with his dad, who was a Olympic showjumper. Charly turned professional in 2000 with the biggest team of the day, Mapei-Quick Step. But he experienced both ends of the spectrum because when Mapei pulled the plug on the team, Wegelius battled to remain in the pro ranks with a small Italian team, earning the respect of more established riders by learning the role of team support rider. Wegelius did not win a race in a career that spanned more than a decade but he did ride and finish the Giro d'Italia seven times, plus the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. But despite not being one of the sport's winners, he feels his career path is an advantage now he has to manage riders who range from the most talented to those hoping to do enough to secure another contract. He talks about the sports director's job, Cannondale-Drapac's winless 2016 season in the World Tour and planning for the coming season and also describes living in Finland between races. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.

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.

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