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

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.

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.

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