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Fast Talk, Ep. 17: Breaking away with Cannondale-Drapac's Toms Skujins  

The breakaway. It is perhaps the noblest form of victory, and the most difficult. Joining and then winning from breakaways is as much art as science, as much tactical awareness as strength. In this episode, Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz are joined by Cannondale-Drapac's escape ace Toms Skuijns, winner of two breakaway stages of the Tour of California, as well as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case, to discuss the tips, tricks, and tactics needed to make a breakaway move stick. Fast Talk is presented by Quarq.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 26: Sticking a fork in the classics and a look back at Hampsten's Giro  

The classics are over. Sad trombone. But Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison still have plenty to say about the Ardennes courses, Alejandro Valverde, Boels-Dolmans, and much more. Plus, a look at a late stage of the 1988 Giro d'Italia that might have been even more crucial to Andy Hampsten's victory than the fabled Gavia stage, which includes a chat with Hampsten himself.

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Special Little 500 Episode: Cinder tracks and singlespeeds in Indiana  

The Little 500. It's just a bunch of college kids on singlespeeds, but it's so much more. Caley Fretz heads to Bloomington, Indiana for the annual event, which captivates a 40,000 student campus and an entire state, and embeds himself with the winning team, the Black Key Bulls.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 25: You should care about Amstel now. Also, Chloe Dygert Owen is very fast.  

You should care about Amstel Gold now. Why? Because removing the Cauberg finale made for a fantastic, tactical race on Sunday, for both the men and women. Amstel is now set to be the perfect segue into what we think will be one of the best Ardennes weeks in years. Plus, we #AskACat3 how the bergs should be ridden and introduce a new segment: Who's Wronger?! Then, a look at future superstar Chloe Dygert Owen, who just won her fifth world title at just 20 years old.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 24: Paris-Roubaix  

Greg Van Avermaet wins Paris-Roubaix and Tom Boonen ends an illustrious career as one of the greatest classics riders ever. Caley Fretz and Andrew Hood take you to northern France, to cobbled sectors and to the inside of the Roubaix velodrome, in their final dispatch from the cobbled classics.

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Fast Talk, ep. 16: Forget what you thought you knew about warm-ups  

Everyone has a warm-up routine, which is sometimes simple, and sometimes very complex. But what are we actually achieving with a pre-race routine? Is it helping us or actually hurting our potential to perform? VeloNews senior editor Caley Fretz and coach Trevor Connor go in-depth on the science behind warm-ups and provide tips on how to get the most out of your next race by tailoring your routine to the event and your own needs.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 23: Sagan's jacket problem and Matthew Hayman on the Roubaix lottery  

Who is at fault for Peter Sagan's Kwaremont crash, the rider or the fan? Or perhaps the weather? Caley Fretz, Andrew Hood, and Gregor Brown dissect the incident before pointing their conversation toward Paris-Roubaix. This episode includes insight from last year's winner Mathew Hayman and one of the last winners of a wet Roubaix, Servais Knaven.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 22.4: Flanders recap, America's first flanders win, and a day atop the Muur  

The 2017 Tour of Flanders was one for the ages: A long-range attack, the return of the Muur, an American winner, and so much more. Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, Andrew Hood, and Kristen Legan sit down with a Kwaremont beer after the race to discuss the big wins of Coryn Rivera and Philippe Gilbert, then Caley takes you to the top of the Muur, provides an update on Taylor Phinney and Sep Vanmarcke following their crashes, and chats with first-time Flanders rider, Trek Segafredo's Kiel Reijnen.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 22.3: The Flandrian vibe on the eve of De Ronde  

What's it like to be in Belgium this week? Our reporters bring stories of their time in Flanders thus far, including a trip to the Muur, a ride in the Flanders sportif, and the press conferences of Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan.

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Ep. 22.2: The Pre-Flanders Special  

Special bonus Flanders episode! Who's the top favorite for Sunday? What would a win mean for Greg van Avermaet? Is Peter Sagan angry? Fred Dreier, Kristen Legan, and Caley Fretz have flown to Belgium and are joined by Euro locals Andrew Hood and Gregor Brown to make their final predictions for the Ronde.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 22: A dispatch from Gent and sacrilegious Flanders route changes  

Holy week is upon us! Fred Dreier, Kristen Legan, and Gregor Brown are in Gent, Belgium for the cobbled classics, where they sit down to dissect the odd tactics and dirt roads of Gent-Wevelgem and discus the upcoming Tour of Flanders. Can Greg van Avermaet keep the streak going? Is Peter Sagan tired of everyone riding against him? Then, Caley Fretz is joined by VN contributor Ryan Newill to discuss the evolving Flanders route, and why keeping things traditional isn't always great for business.

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Fast Talk, ep. 15: Should you eat gummi bears like Sagan? The difference between food and fuel  

Should you eat gummi bears like Peter Sagan? Maybe. In this episode, Coach Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz are joined by Dan Cavallari and Stacy Sims, founder of Osmo, to discuss the difference between food and fuel — what you should be eating on the bike, and off. We cover everything from the basics of sugars to osmotic gut pressure to the benefits (or lack thereof) of red algae. Some of the conclusions might just surprise you.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 21: A new Sagan rivalry? Coryn Rivera's big win. Cobbles are coming!  

Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison break down the thrilling finale of Milano-Sanremo. Did Sagan go too early? Should he have forced Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe to pull? What can he learn from an American Cat. 3? Then Kristen Legan stops by to discuss the first WorldTour win of rising American star Coryn Rivera, and take a look ahead to the three cobbled semi-classics coming up this week.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 20: Was Ferrari right about doping? Plus: MSR picks, Tirreno analysis  

Was Dr. Ferrari right about doping? Is it a black and white issue? Your VN Podcast hosts are joined by Mark Johnson, author of Spitting in the Soup, for an in-depth discussion of doping in sport that includes perspectives and arguments you probably haven't heard before. Don't miss this one. But first, bike racing! Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison break down last week's Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico stage races and look ahead to Milano-Sanremo and the Giro d'Italia. Is Nairo Quintana fit too early? Can Rohan Dennis turn into a real GC contender?

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Fast Talk, ep. 14: Polarized vs. Sweet Spot training, the great debate  

Which is better, Sweet Spot training or polarized training? To find out, Fast Talk hosts Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz invited in proponents of each type of training — FasCat's Frank Overton on the Sweet Spot side, and Boulder Center for Sports Medicine's Ryan Kohler to advocate for a polarized model — and let them have at it. Don't know what Sweet Spot or polarized training are? Don't worry, that's covered first.

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Fast Talk special live episode: Your training questions, answered  

It's a special bonus episode! Fast Talk hosts Caley Fretz and Trevor Connor took to Facebook Live to answer reader questions in real time, covering everything from pre-ride nutrition to favorite intervals to knee pain. This is the audio from that conversation. Yep, that means you get TWO Fast Talk episodes this week! Hallelujah.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 19: Britain's medical mysteries, Strade Bianche, and a crazy Paris-Nice  

A box of testosterone patches and dozens of vials of a corticosteroid are the latest potential clues in British Cycling's ongoing medical mystery series, which remains unresolved. Will Dave Brailsford still be at Sky by the Tour de France? What exactly was going on at British Cycling in 2011? Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and European Correspondent Andrew Hood discuss the controversy. But first, the three dig into a rainy and thrilling Strade Bianche and wild, windswept opener to Paris-Nice.

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VN Podast, Ep. 18: Much ado about Omloops, Abu Dhabi's impact on Kuurne, and exercise addiction  

What did we learn from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad? Is there really a witch's curse? Why didn't Sep attack? Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison dissect the weekend's racing and look ahead to Le Samyn and Strade Bianche. Then, Fred sits down with Chris Case to discuss exercise addiction.

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Fast Talk, ep. 13: Picking a Power Meter  

There is no training tool more powerful than a power meter, when it's used properly. But which one you should buy? What part of your bike should it be on? Is a one-sided power meter good enough? Coach Trevor Connor and senior editor Caley Fretz are joined by our tech crew, Dan Cavallari and Kristen Legan, to answer these questions and many more. Plus, pro power insight from Cannondale-Drapac's master of the breakaway, Toms Skuijns.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 17: Omloop, Kuurne, a confluence of Lance, and a team kit without logos  

The classics are here! Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison discuss Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (and Tom Boonen's chances there), then dive into a confluence of Lance Armstrong. Plus, a chat with the manager of a team without logos on its jersey. How do they make that work? Chris Johnson explains.

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