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.


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.

Giro d’Italia stage 11: Florence – Bagno di Romagna  

This episode of The Cycling Podcast evaluates an aggressive, unpredictable day when the pink jersey, Tom Dumoulin, and his Sunweb team could not relax for a moment. The stage was won in memorable style by Spaniard Omar Fraile of Dimension Data after a long breakaway and a brilliant tactical move in the final kilometres. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss stage 11 from near Florence, birthplace of the Italian legend Gino Bartali, to Bagni di Romagna. We hear from Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot and Geraint Thomas about their fortunes. We also speak to Laurens Ten Dam, who is going to be a vital ally to his team-mate Dumoulin as the race goes on. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The Playboy, the Philosopher and Other Giro Tales  

This episode of Kilometre 0 features Herbie Sykes, author of a new book called Giro 100, written to coincide with the 100th edition of the race. The book features a host of stories – some poignant, some profound, many very funny – that, together, build and combine to capture the essence of the Giro. Extracts are read by actor and cyclist Malcolm Jeffries. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.

Giro d’Italia stage 10: Foligno – Montefalco  

The time trial in Montefalco turned the Giro d’Italia on its head again and left the race beautifully balanced between the climbers and the time triallists. As expected, Tom Dumoulin won the stage, and took the pink jersey, but it was the margin of his win over Nairo Quintana that suggests this Giro will be alive until deep into the mountains next week. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the movers and shakers in the time trial and Geraint Thomas’s recovery from Sunday’s crash to finish second behind Dumoulin. We also hear from Dutch journalist Hans Ruggenberg of De Telegraaf about Dumoulin, third-placed Bauke Mollema and Steven Kruijswijk, who is tenth overall. As well as the racing, we find out about the Giro’s new trend for holding time trials in wine-producing regions from Italian journalist Pier Bergonzi and Daniel explores the effects of the recent earthquakes on central Italy and the region’s recovery from the devastation. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

The Cycling Podcast Féminin – Episode 12  

Lizzie Deignan in conversation with Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui This month’s episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Lizzie Deignan’s book launch in Leeds. Deignan was in conversation with Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore and talks about her autobiography, Steadfast, which opens with the controversy around her missed drugs tests in 2016. She also talks about sexism, retirement and whether she is a “ticker-off” or a “collector.” We hear from William Fotheringham, who worked with Deignan on the book. And there is an opportunity to win a signed copy of Steadfast. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – The Double  

There's a long way to go to Milan but with Nairo Quintana in the pink jersey the possibility of the Colombian winning the Giro d'Italia is on the cards. And if he is victorious on May 28, the next question will inevitably be: Can he do the double and become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year? We ask that questions and explore the physiological and mental barriers that may be in the way. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.

Giro d’Italia stage 9 – Blockhaus  

The Giro d’Italia reached Blockhaus, the first major mountain of the race, and at last there was drama, although it was the unwelcome kind of drama because a poorly-parked police motorcycle, which was accompanying the race to ensure the riders’ safety, caused a crash which ended Wilco Kelderman’s race and scuppered the overall chances of both Team Sky’s leaders. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe report from Blockhaus on the incident which not only cost Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa but also Adam Yates. When the crash happened, Movistar were driving the pace and it was their man Nairo Quintana who attacked repeatedly on the climb to clinch the stage and take the pink jersey from Bob Jungels. How should we weigh up Quintana’s gains? Was it impressive or perhaps a below-par reward for the effort expended? And were Movistar wrong to carry on setting the pace after the crash – Adam Yates’s Orica-Scott sports director Matt White certainly thought so. Geraint Thomas and Dave Brailsford of Sky sounded remarkably calm despite months of preparation being wiped out in a second. In this episode, we discuss the drama and disappointment and weigh up who looked good and who looked ragged in Quintana’s wake. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 8: Molfetta – Peschici  

If the Giro d’Italia is a 21-course tasting menu, the first week has seen plate after plate of bread with olive oil. Today we were at least offered some meat and cheese. Tomorrow, at Blockhaus is the prima piatti. Stage 8 of the Giro from Molfetta to the pretty coastal town of Peschici in Puglia was aggressive, anarchic and chaotic. A crash for Valerio Conti on a tight corner at the bottom of the final climb denied Italy a first stage win of the race. That honour went to Basque rider Gorka Izagirre of Movistar. The overall contenders remained mainly quiet, apart from Sky’s Mikel Landa. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the race and we hear from Landa and Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford about the Basque rider’s attack. We ask Ciro Scognamiglio about Italy’s week-long drought and hear from Wilier team manager Luca Scinto, who is not slow to vent his frustration. And with the big climb at Blockhaus on Sunday, we talk to Thibaut Pinot and Bauke Mollema about what to expect. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 7: Castrovillari – Alberobello  

After eight days of racing, the 100th Giro d’Italia is yet to spark into life – although with all the mountains in the final week it may be that the old adage about good things coming to those who wait comes true. Stage seven from Castrovillari to the picturesque town of Alberobello, famous for its buildings with conical stone rooftops, was not a classic. Two riders spent much of the day out in front and then there was a sprint finish. But it was a great day for Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott, who won his first Giro stage, and the second grand tour stage of his career. In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the sprint and the lack of action so far but a week that has not been short of cultural and culinary highlights. We hear from Orica’s sports director Matt White about Ewan’s win and also Saturday’s stage to Peschici, from Sam Bennett about the sprint finish and also from Alberobello’s most famous, and perhaps most disgraced, son – Leonardo Piepoli, who was ripping up the mountain stages of the Giro and Tour ten years ago before testing positive for a banned blood-boosting drug. And, as we are in Amaraterra’s home region, we play out with an extended blast of their wonderfully evocative theme music. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Kilometre 0 – Cell-ing their souls?  

Mobile phones – everyone has one (more or less) and they are here to stay but what effects are they having on us and, in particular, on the athletes in professional cycling? This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at phones, screen time and the use of social media and finds that there's at least one rider who is keen to buck the trend. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Dalston.

Giro d’Italia stage 6: Reggio Calabria – Terme Luigiane  

Stage six of the Giro d’Italia headed to Terme Lungiane, a natural spa north of Reggio Calabria, where the day started, and although the race for the pink jersey is only bubbling gently at the moment, the battle for the honours at the finish line was intense. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the close sprint between two riders in red and black – BMC Racing’s Silvan Dillier and Trek’s Jasper Stuyven – and ask whether Cannondale-Drapac’s efforts to bring in the break were left too late. We hear from their sports director Fabrizio Guidi and rider Joe Dombrowski, who had different opinions on the matter. Britain’s Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates lie second and third overall at the moment and at the finish line Daniel caught up with them. We also hear from Sky’s sports director Brett Lancaster on why Reggio Calabria holds such special memories and there’s a chat with one of the sport’s legends who won almost every other race on the calendar but only rode the Giro once right at the end of his career. There’s also news of the first Pédaleur de Charme prize of this Giro. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Giro d’Italia stage 5: Pedara – Messina  

The Giro d'Italia was island-hopping again after stage five, leaving Vincenzo Nibali's home town of Messina and heading across the water to the mainland. With Richard Moore returning home for a few days, it's up to Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to negotiate the journey and this episode features the ferry journey across the Strait of Messina that gives Nibali his nickname, The Shark. The fifth stage of the race from Pedara to Messina was always going to be one for the sprinters but it was a relatively quiet day until the race reached the finish town. Luka Pibernik thought he had won the stage with a brilliantly-timed burst only to find that there was still a six-kilometre loop of the town to go. At the real finish, Fernando Gaviria continued Quick Step's fine opening week with his second stage win. In this episode, which unfolds as Lionel and Daniel attempt to cross the three-kilometre stretch of water by ferry, we also hear from Mauro Vegni on boring stages (he was referring to the Tour de France), Brent Copeland and Kanstantin Siutsou of Bahrain-Merida about Javier Moreno's disqualification for pushing Diego Rosa off his bike and Hugh Carthy of Cannondale-Drapac, who had a great day at Mount Etna on Tuesday. We also discover why there isn't a bridge linking Sicily to the mainland. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

KM0 - A Day In Pink  

There was a surprise on day one of the Giro d'Italia, when Lukas Pöstlberger of Austria, making his Grand Tour debut, won the first stage to take the Maglia Rosa. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Pöstlberger, his mother, who is following the whole Giro, his first coach and his Bora-Hansgrohe sports director as they relive a memorable day. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Allpress Espresso.

Giro d’Italia stage 4: Cefalù – Etna  

It was hoped that the Giro d’Italia would explode into life at Mount Etna in Sicily but a strong wind discouraged attacks from most of the favourites. However, there was an impressive stage win, a new pink jersey, a crash for one of the the overall contenders and a controversial incident that has led to one rider being disqualified from the race. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage in the shadow of the active volcano and there’s a surprise appearance by friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport. The two men of the day were Bob Jungels, who took the pink jersey from his Quick Step team-mate Fernando Gaviria, and Jan Polanc, who pulled off a stunning stage win from the break in similar fashion to his victory at Abetone two years ago. We hear from the two Dutch hopefuls Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk, who had contrasting afternoons on the volcano, Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates, who is now third overall, and his sports director Matt White, as well as Eusebio Unzue of Movistar. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

KM0 - A Tale Of Two Islands  

The Grande Partenza of the hundredth Giro d’Italia is a tale of two islands, Sicily and Sardinia, that are almost identical in size but deeply different in many other respects. The former has produced the best Italian rider of the last ten years, Vincenzo Nibali, while the latter has given birth to only a handful of professional cyclists and only one of international standing, Fabio Aru. Aru’s absence from the Giro through injury may have disappointed the home crowds but it didn’t ruin the party in Alghero, Olbia, Tortolì and Cagliari on the opening weekend of the Corsa Rosa. In our first Kilometre 0 of this year’s race, we explore the complexities of both islands’ relationship with cycling and indeed Italy - and learn a few things along the way. Kilometre 0 is supported by Allpress Espresso.

Giro d’Italia Stage 3: Tortolì – Cagliari  

The Giro d’Italia’s stay on Sardinia has come to an end with a dramatic third stage to Cagliari. It was short and sweet and the final 25 kilometres were shaped by strong winds. The Sardinian start makes logistics tricky for everyone on the race, not least The Cycling Podcast’s team. So this episode starts in Cagliari airport, where a choir had assembled to greet the riders arriving for their charter flight to Sicily. In this episode, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage, and the wind-assisted fireworks at the end, when Quick Step Floors, and their Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels in particular, drove the pace, split the field and put pink jersey Andre Greipel in difficulty. They also set up Fernando Gaviria for his first grand tour stage win. We hear from Matt White, Rod Ellingworth and Astana’s Paolo Tiralongo about Tuesday’s mountain-top finish at Mount Etna and BMC Racing’s Max Sciandri about their hopes for the overall classification. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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