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 11 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin  

In this month’s Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui report from Flèche Wallonne, where Anna van der Breggen won her second of three Women’s World Tour races in a week. It’s an episode packed full of interviews: we hear from Van der Breggen, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Megan Guarnier, Boels-Dolmans manager Danny Stam, Tour of Flanders winner Coryn Rivera, new Women’s World Tour leader Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna Christian. There are also extended conversations with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, the former triple world champion who endured a difficult season in 2016 and is on the comeback trail with Canyon-SRAM, and Victoria Williamson, the British sprinter who suffered a terrible crash last year. There is still a question over whether Williamson will be able to return to racing – not that you would know it from her enthusiasm and positive attitude. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

Valverde Mountain | Episode 15  

April 20 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Amstel Gold Race before handing over to Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui at the Mur de Huy in Belgium, where Flèche Wallonne took place. Both Lionel and Daniel agree that the course changes at the Amstel Gold Race shook things up, although Philippe Gilbert, the architect of a stunning winning at the Tour of Flanders earlier this month, must again take all the credit. With Gilbert now set to miss Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, what did the Amstel Gold Race tell us about the form of the other contenders ahead of the final spring Classic of the season? After Lionel and Daniel's analysis of Sunday's race and look ahead to the weekend, it's time to cross to the Ardennes where Richard and Orla witnessed both the men's and women's races, which turned out to be convincing repeat victories for Alejandro Valverde (fourth year in a row) and Anna Van der Breggen (third year in a row). Between them, Richard and Orla spoke to Lizzie Deignan, Michal Kwiatkowski, Samuel Sanchez, Michael Woods and Serge Pauwels, but there can be no doubt that the Mur de Huy must now be known as Valverde Mountain. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

Cannibal of the Cobbles | Episode 14  

April 12 | In this week’s podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe pick over the bones of the fastest ever Paris-Roubaix, won by Greg Van Avermaet. Van Avermaet has been in sparkling form throughout the cobbled classics, winning four, and he claimed his first Monument in clinical and decisive fashion. He had to outsmart Zdenek Stybar, the Quick-Step rider who sat on the three-man winning break, hoping his leader, the four-time winner Tom Boonen, riding his last race, would reappear at the front. Was Stybar wrong not to work with Van Avermaet and Sebastian Langeveld? Richard says yes. Daniel and Lionel beg to differ. They also look back on the Basque Tour, where Alejandro Valverde racked up another win: he has been as prolific in the southern stage races as Van Avermaet has been over the cobbles of northern Europe. And as the world track championships get underway in Hong Kong we have an interview with Callum Skinner, the sprinter who won gold and silver medals at the Rio Olympics. Skinner, an athlete who isn’t afraid to express a view, talks Fancy Bears and TUEs, British Cycling and bullying, politics and sexuality. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Bonus | Boonen's Farewell | Trailer  

This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast, marks Tom Boonen's retirement after more than a decade at the top. The Belgian former world champion wanted one final Classics campaign before bowing out on the Roubaix velodrome, where he won a record-equaling four editions of Paris-Roubaix. Add to that three victories at the Tour of Flanders, five wins at Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke, three each at Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, a couple of editions of Scheldeprijs and one Dwars Door Vlaanderen and it's fair to say Boonen is one of the modern kings of spring. But what is it about him as a rider and a person that has ensured such levels of popularity in Belgium and abroad? We hear from his long-time team manager Patrick Lefevere, sports director Brian Holm, rivals Andreas Klier, Sep Vanmarcke and Mat Hayman plus Belgian journalist Hugo Coorevits, who has followed every step of Boonen's career. Exclusive to Friends of the Podcast. Sign up on to hear the full episode, along with 11 other in-depth specials.

Gilbert wins a Flanders of what ifs | Episode 13  

April 5 | Philippe Gilbert's remarkable win in the Tour of Flanders is the main subject up for discussion in The Cycling Podcast this week, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe debating whether Gilbert would have held on to win had Peter Sagan not crashed at a crucial point in the race. We also look ahead to Paris-Roubaix and ask whether Tom Boonen, in his final race as a professional, can win a record fifth title. And we hear from Mat Hayman, the defending champion and the subject of our latest Friends Special, as he looks ahead to starting his favourite race with No.1 on his back. Hear about the latest Rapha Monuments competition, with a holiday and Rapha clothing up for grabs, and find out how to get 20% off all your Science in Sport products. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

15th time lucky |  Mat Hayman: how I won Paris-Roubaix | Trailer  

Six weeks before last year's Paris-Roubaix Mathew Hayman crashed and broke a bone in his arm. He was told he'd be out of action for six weeks. Five days after the crash he was on a turbo trainer in his garage, his arm supported on a ladder. Five weeks later he returned to racing in Spain. Amazingly, he started his 15th Paris-Roubaix, the race he most loves. He hoped to help his team. But then he got in the day's big break. Then he found himself in the winning move with four-time winner Tom Boonen... The race that unfolded was one of the greatest in the history of the Hell of the North - with the most surprising winner. In this third Cycling Podcast Friends Special of 2017, Hayman relives his triumph, describing the buildup to the race before watching - for the first time - and talking us through the thrilling final 20km. This episode is available exclusively to Friends of The Podcast. Sign up on to hear Mat Hayman's story, along with 11 other in-depth special episodes.

Cobbled Classics and Catalonia | Episode 12  

March 30 | With three World Tour races taking in the cobbles and climbs of Flanders, it can mean only one thing – the Ronde Van Vlaanderen is just round the corner. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the week's three races – Dwars Door Vlaanderen, the Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem – and weigh up who's hot and who's not. While the Classics riders are occupied by the cobbles, the stage race specialists were racing at the Volta a Catalunya, where evergreen Alejandro Valverde took a convincing win. But, Daniel asks, what does Valverde's form say about the current landscape of professional cycling? Daniel has also been to Düsseldorf, the German city that will host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France this summer. While there, he meets the Tour's director, Christian Prudhomme, who has some views on the new Hammer Series race. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

The Lionel of Flanders trailer  

March 23-27: A five-part series for Friends of the Podcast 2017. Lionel Birnie heads to Flanders to witness the build-up to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen as cycling fever grips the region. With three World Tour races in five days, the Classics specialists have plenty of opportunity to hone their form before the Tour of Flanders. But what are these races like? Is it right to think of them as mere hors d’oeuvres before the main event? Lionel likes to think he knows a fair bit about Flandrian cycling but how much of an expert is he really? For this five-part series, released each morning, he’s heading to Kortrijk and will be travelling by bike and staying on a boat. What can possibly go wrong? To access the full series, sign-up on

Michal Kwiatkowski wins Milan-San Remo | Episode 11  

March 22 | The Cycling Podcast this week looks back at the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussing Peter Sagan’s searing attack on the Poggio and Michal Kwiatkowski’s perfectly judged sprint on the Via Roma. Did Sagan not listen to last week’s podcast, in which Daniel advised him to exercise some patience? Or did it not make much difference – would Sagan have won the sprint? Or, as he said afterwards, is the show more important than the result? Kwiatkowski, meanwhile, has been a thorn in Sagan’s flesh since the pair were juniors. The Pole continued Team Sky’s best ever start to a season – ironic, given their troubles off-the-bike – adding Milan-San Remo to Strade Bianche after Sergio Henao claimed Paris-Nice a week earlier. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

Episode 10 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin  

March 20 | In the March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Steve Fry of M2 Sports, an agency with a particular interest in women’s cycling. There is an interview with Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen, a look back at the opening events in the Women’s World Tour, including an outstanding edition of Strade Bianche, and a feature on cycling families. We hear from the Backstedts, Magnus and his daughter Elynor, from Abby-Mae Parkinson, the daughter of former national champion Lisa Brambani, and the four Druyts sisters from Belgium, who all ride for the same team, Sport Vlaanderen-Guill D’or. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport. #procycling #uciwomens #womenscycling #UCIWWT

Alberto Contador lights up Paris-Nice | Episode 10  

March 15 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from Nice, where Richard Moore is joined by award-winning French journalist François Thomazeau to discuss Alberto Contador’s bold and exciting attempt to beat Sergio Henao on the final stage of Paris-Nice. There are interviews with stage winners Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe and Richie Porte of BMC Racing, the Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal and Cannondale-Drapac rider Joe Dombrowski. Thomazeau offers a French perspective on the Team Sky controversy: “The support for Team Sky has seemed to us a little over-the-top at times, and now the way the support has turned into hatred looks a bit overblown as well.” In the final part we hear from Daniel Friebe, who looks ahead to the first of the Monuments, Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, giving his star-ratings on all the favourites. Also in this week’s podcast, details of a Science in Sport giveaway and a brilliant Rapha Monuments competition. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

Team Sky's woes continue  | Episode 9  

March 8 | In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing in Europe and the ongoing controversy that has engulfed Team Sky, putting pressure on their boss, Sir Dave Brailsford. The European season continues to amp up towards the Spring Classics. At the weekend, Strade Bianche both underlined its claims on a place among those hallowed races, and also the credentials of the riders likely to star in Belgium, in particular, over the coming weeks. Daniel has previously dubbed MichaƂ Kwiatkowski Sky’s “vanity signing”. Will the Pole’s second victory in the event force him to revise that assessment? Meanwhile, in Paris-Nice, two sensational stages on the plains and in the winds of the Northern France saw the Quiskstep and FDJ teams flourish – and pre-race favourite Romain Bardet get himself disqualified for illegal assistance from a team car. Our hosts weigh up the rights and wrongs of that decision - then switch their focus to the even more contentious latest developments in the saga of Team Sky, the Jiffy Bag and the Fancy Bears leak. More precisely, they ask and answer the question of whether it is time for Brailsford to fall on his sword as the riders, though notably not Chris Froome, publicly back their boss. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

First of the Cobbled Classics | Episode 8  

March 1 | The cobbled classics got underway at the weekend and The Cycling Podcast discusses Greg Van Avermaet’s win at Het Nieuwsblad and Peter Sagan’s at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. We hear from Cannondale-Drapac manager Jonathan Vaughters whose rider, Sep Vanmarcke, was third in the first of these two races – but did Vanmarcke get his tactics right? Daniel Friebe is back from the Abu Dhabi Tour and, with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie, he discusses how racing in the desert matches up to the more traditional events in Belgium. The future could perhaps be the Hammer Series, a new weekend of racing to be held in Holland in June and announced on Wednesday by Velon. We hear from Velon chief executive Graham Bartlett, who explains the format and the thinking behind the new event. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

Grand Tour strategy with Orica-Scott  | Episode 7  

February 22 | There’s a lot of racing to discuss and look forward to in The Cycling Podcast, with Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie joined by Daniel Friebe at the Abu Dhabi Tour, which has a stellar cast of stars, including Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Vincenzo Nibali. We hear from British rider Ben Swift who moved over the winter from Team Sky to the newly renamed UAE Team Emirates and there’s also an interview with Swift’s teammate, local rider Yousif Mirza. And there's a first appearance on the podcast of 2017 by our old friend Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport. We discuss the Orica-Scott Grand Tour strategy with Esteban Chaves targeting the Tour de France and the Yates twins, Adam and Simon, riding the Giro d’Italia. There’s news from the Ruta del Sol, won by Alejandro Valverde, and the Tour of the Algarve, won by ski jumper-turned-cyclist Primoz Roglic. And we look ahead to the first cobbled classic, Saturday’s Het Nieuwsblad. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport

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  

February 3 | 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

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