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.


Countdown to the Tour de France | Episode 19  

June 21 | In this week's episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing and look ahead to the Tour de France. When next they meet it will be in Dusseldorf for the Grand Départ, but there has been no let up in the racing over the past week, with the Tour de Suisse, which saw a stage win for friend of the podcast Larry Warbasse, the most significant of the pre-Tour events. The Tour of Slovenia saw the return of Mark Cavendish, who has been sidelined with illness for much of the season. He finished second to Sam Bennett on one stage, suggesting that he is, if not at his best, at least on the road back. Daniel has an update on Cavendish's health and fitness and his chances of making the Dimension Data team for the Tour. Looking ahead to the Tour, Lionel waives his usual 'no speculation' rule to indulge in some idle guesswork about who might thrive on a course with fewer mountain-top finishes than recent editions. Will this encourage exciting, unpredictable racing? "Perhaps," says Lionel, "or perhaps not." The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Last day drama at the Dauphiné | Episode 18  

June 15 | In this week's podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by Eurosport commentator, and Chief Superintendent of the Pronunciation Police, Rob Hatch, as they discuss a thrilling Critérium du Dauphiné. As Jakob Fuglsang rode to a surprising victory what does Chris Froome's capitulation and Richie Porte's impressive defence of the yellow jersey mean for the Tour de France? And what of the other contenders' form - Romain Bardet, Esteban Chaves, Alejandro Valverde and the curious case of Alberto Contador, apparently under orders from his team not to attack? We hear from Hannah Barnes who finished 3rd in the Women's Tour. She also had something to say about the recent Hammer Series - as do Daniel and Rob. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 13  

In this month's Cycling Podcast Féminin we report from the OVO Energy Women's Tour with as the Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma held on for a convincing and deserved win. This episode takes you inside the team cars: Richard Moore joins Team WNT and Orla Chennaoui spends a day with Canyon-SRAM. We also hear from Niewiadoma, Lizzie Deignan, Hannah Barnes, Anna van der Breggen and many more. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Lunch with Paul Watson | Episode 17  

June 7 | This episode of The Cycling Podcast is another in the occasional series of lunches with someone from the world of cycling. First, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet up in London for the first time since the Giro d'Italia to introduce the episode and briefly discuss the weekend's inaugural and innovative Hammer Series race. (There'll be more on that when Daniel Friebe returns to the podcast next week). We also get the verdict from Tao Geoghegan Hart, whose climbing, sprinting and team time trialling went a long way to giving Team Sky overall victory. Then it's time for another episode of Lunch With. Lionel Birnie met up with Paul Watson in Milton Keynes a couple of months ago. Watson may not be a familiar name to everyone but his is an extraordinary story. He was part of the British ANC-Halfords team that rode the 1987 Tour de France, although Watson admits he burned out before he even reached the start line in West Berlin such was the heavy schedule of racing that spring and early summer. Watson was a talent (it's tempting to wonder how he would have fared had he been born a couple of decades later) but he found the life of a professional cyclist abroad challenging. After a year with the Belgian Hitachi team, and a controversial newspaper interview, he found himself unable to even take out a British racing licence so headed to the USA and the fledgling mountain biking scene. It's fair to say he's had a love-hate relationship with cycling but last year he was back on the bike and racing. He won a masters age group world title in Belgium last summer before a terrible accident led to multiple operations and a long road to recovery. And that is where we pick up his fascinating story... The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

TRAILER | Pancake Breakfasts and Pursuiter’s Cough: Alexis Ryan’s Californian Diary  

Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan kept an audio diary for The Cycling Podcast at the women’s Tour of California. In it we hear about her roommate Tiffany Cromwell’s unscheduled adventure, we eavesdrop on an unusual motivational speech from Erik Zabel, and we learn about the important ritual of pancake breakfasts – and ‘happiness watts.’ To listen to the full episode, become a Friend of The Cycling Podcast on

PREVIEW | The 1987 Giro according to Stephen Roche  

We're celebrating the end of #Giro100 by giving you a sneak peak of our latest special! On the 30th anniversary of his controversial victory, our fifth Friends Special of 2017 is an interview with 1987 Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche. It was controversial because Roche, in an echo of the 1986 Tour de France, where Bernard Hinault battled Greg LeMond, ended up taking on his Carrera teammate, the defending champion and home favourite, Roberto Visentini. Over the course of the 1987 Giro Roche and Visentini became bitter rivals: there were dirty tricks, skulduggery, hostile fans and a mysterious crash that eventually ended Visentini’s race (Roche makes a subtle distinction: Visentini “didn’t crash,” he suggests. “He fell off.”). Much of the controversy centres on one day in particular, stage 15 to Sappada, and Roche gives a detailed account of his actions. “I didn’t attack Visentini,” he argues. “I just rode down the hill faster than him.” Exclusively for Friends of the Podcast 2017, sign up on

Giro d'Italia Stage 21 - Monza - Milan  

The final podcast of the 100th Giro comes from the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, scene of the finish of the time trial that ended the race. It was a thrilling finale, one that race director Mauro Vegni could only have dreamed of, with four, maybe even five, riders all in contention before the 29km stage. We hear from Nairo Quintana’s Movistar teammate Rory Sutherland, from the first Maglia Rosa, Lukas Postlberger, and the rider who finished last, Giuseppe Fonzi. In the end it was Tom Dumoulin who emerged triumphant as the first ever Dutch winner – we also hear from his teammate, Laurens ten Dam. And we ask other members of the peloton and the press room for their moments of the Giro, before taking Eurosport presenter Jonathan Edwards – completing his first Grand Tour – for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d'Italia Stage 20: Pordenone – Asiago  

The penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia saw Thibaut Pinot take a strong stage win as Nairo Quintana held the pink jersey and Tom Dumoulin slipped a few more seconds. Yet the race remains in the balance. With only a flat 29km time trial into Milan to come the top four are separated by just 53 seconds and any one of them could still be crowned winner. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage and the implications for the pink jersey, and we hear from Julien Pinot, Thibaut’s brother and coach, as well as from Pinot’s teammate Sebastian Reichenbach. There is also reaction from Dumoulin, Bauke Mollema, Ilnur Zakarin, Matt White and Dimitri Konyshev. We also take Doug Ryder, team principal of the African team Dimension Data, for a spin in the Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Stage 19: San Candido - Piancavallo  

On the penultimate day in the mountains the 100th Giro d’Italia saw a re-shuffling of the top four, who are now separated by just 53 seconds. It sets up a thrilling finale with Saturday’s final mountain stage followed by the time trial into Milan. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss the action and there are interviews with stage winner Mikel Landa, former pink jersey Tom Dumoulin and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali. We announce the winner of the final Pedaleur de Charme of the Giro and we are played in once again by the phenomenon that is Dino Zandegu, who sings us his song dedicated to Nairo Quintana. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 - The Debutant  

At this year's Giro d'Italia Michael 'Rusty' Woods is making his Grand Tour debut at the ripe old age of 30. But his path to the World Tour has been unconventional. Woods was a brilliant middle-distance runner: to this day he claims the honour of having run the fastest mile on Canadian soil by a Canadian (3:57.48). His running career was ended by a series of stress fractures and at 25 he took up bike racing. Four years later he became one of the oldest neo-pros when he signed for Cannondale-Drapac. He played a key role in teammate Pierre Rolland's victory on stage 17 of the Giro, featuring in the same breakaway and marking the counter-attacks. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Allpress Espresso.

Giro d’Italia Stage 18: Moena-Ortisei  

Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia was dubbed the ‘Queen Stage,’ though in this mountainous 100th edition of the Italian tour there are a few contenders for this unofficial honour. It was won by Tejay van Garderen, the BMC leader who had looked down and out, while the overall battle simmered and threatened to boil over at the finish when harsh words were exchanged between race leader Tom Dumoulin and the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe digest all the day’s action in Ortisei, and we hear from Van Garderen’s teammate, Joey Rosskopf, his directeur sportif, Marco Pinotti, and Team Sky’s Phil Deignan. There’s also an interview with Nibali’s Bahrain teammate Kanstantsin Siutsou and discussion of a close competition for the white jersey of best young rider, which Britain’s Adam Yates now wears, having leapfrogged Bob Jungels. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 17: Tirano – Canazei  

Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia took the riders into the Dolomites and ended with a win for Pierre Rolland and Cannondale-Drapac. We hear from Rolland’s teammate Davide Formolo – the last Cannondale rider to win a Grand Tour stage, at the Giro two years ago – as well as from the sports director, Charly Wegelius. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe also return to Tuesday’s drama, when a call of nature almost cost Tom Dumoulin the pink jersey. We hear from his Sunweb teammates Chad Haga and Georg Preidler, who face three more tough days before the Giro reaches Milan. Looking ahead to Thursday’s Dolomites stage there is also an interview with double Giro winner and local boy Gilberto Simoni. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The Sufferfest: Surviving the Giro mountains  

The sixteenth stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia to Bormio will be remembered as one of the most gruelling in recent times. For most riders at the Corsa Rosa, though, Tuesday was merely their latest encounter with the agonies they know only too well from previous ordeals in the mountains. How do they get through? What mental tricks & hacks can possibly override the physical pain? In this episode of Kilometre 0, the Cycling Podcast answers this question with the help of the very men who step every day into the pain cage. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.

Stage 16: Rovetta-Bormio  

For some the Giro d'Italia really started with stage 16, the first multi-mountain stage in the Alps that finished with a fast descent to Bormio. The stage was thrilling and controversial with the debate over whether Tom Dumoulin's rivals should have waited when he stopped to answer a call of nature before the third major climb of the day. Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss this and we hear from some of the day's protagonists. There's also a surreal contribution from Dutch veteran Bram Tankink and we take Joe Dombrowski for a drive in The Cycling Podcast's Maserati. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

Kilometre 0 – Memories of Michele  

On the eve of the Giro d'Italia stage that goes over the Mortirolo, scene of one of Michele Scarponi's finest hours, his friends and former team-mates pay tribute to the rider who was killed while training last month. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.

Giro d’Italia stage 15: Valdengo –Bergamo  

Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia was more like a one-day Classic than a grand tour stage coming at the end of the second week – and not just because it finished in Bergamo and used roads that would not have looked out of place at the end-0f-season Il Lombardia. The race was furious from the start, with the peloton reluctant to let any break get its head. The first two hours saw the speeds top 50 kilometres per hour and it took more than 100 kilometres for a break to go clear. At the finish, it was the white jersey wearer, and best young rider, Bob Jungels who produced a finish worthy of any race in the world to win the stage. Behind him all the general classification riders were forced to react and Nairo Quintana was second on the stage to pinch a six-second time bonus that starts the process of chipping away at Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are in Bergamo. There’s a debate about polenta, praise for Vincenzo Nibali and a discussion about whether Dumoulin can hold the pink jersey all the way through the mountains. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 14: Castellania – Oropa  

This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from Biella, at the foot of the climb to a Oropa where stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia finished. It was a stage when Tom Dumoulin must have expected to come under pressure but he not only stood up to the attacks from Nairo Quintana but managed to drop the Colombian in the final few hundred metres to win the stage and tighten his grip on the pink jersey. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, assess the riders who moved up and down the general classification and ask what is in store for the final mountainous week of the race. We also hear from Vincenzo Nibali, the defending champion about his own and Dumoulin's performance at Oropa. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 13: Reggio Emilia – Tortona  

Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia was completely flat and was always likely to end in a sprint and so it proved, although the wind threatened to make for a nervous afternoon. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Fernando Gaviria’s fourth and best Giro stage win, and attempt to explain the nuances of the breakaways. We also hear from Stefano Zanatta, directeur sportif of the Bardiani team that has lost Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni after positive doping tests before the race. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has left the race because of an injured knee following his crash on the road to Blockhaus and we hear from Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the decision not to go any further. And, as we are deep in Fausto Coppi’s country, we remember the Italian legend who won the Giro five times and died in 1960 at the age of 40. Finally, we look ahead to Saturday’s stage to Oropa, where the battle for the pink jersey will resume. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – I ♥ The Giro  

In this episode of Kilometre 0 we find out what it is that people love about the Giro d'Italia. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.

Giro d’Italia stage 12: Forlì– Reggio Emilia  

After three explosive days – the day to Blockhaus, the time trial and then Wednesday’s hilly stage – the 100th Giro d’Italia calmed down again. A three-man break on the road from Forlì to Reggio Emilia was never likely to succeed, and so it proved. At the finish, the bunch was all back together and Fernando Gaviria, the 22-year-old Colombian sprinter, won his third stage of the race. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and the likelihood of Gaviria winning again tomorrow and taking the ciclamino jersey all the way to Milan to cap a brilliant first grand tour. We hear from Luca Scinto, Filippo Pozzato and Stefano Zanatta about the Italian teams’ woes. Mark Cavendish is the latest star to take a trip in our Maserati Quattroporte, there’s the second part of our Laurens Ten Dam interview and voting for the second Pédaleur de Charme opens. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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