In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the route of the 2020 Tour de France, which was unveiled in Paris earlier in the day.There are new start and finish towns, new summit finishes and only one time trial – on the climb of La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day – but what else is in store and who does it suit? This inevitably leads to a speculation-heavy conversation about a race that is still more than eight months away.Daniel describes the route as being more Biggie Smalls than Tupac, or is it more Tupac than Biggie? Lionel calls it the Tour de Tension, with something to challenge and unsettle more or less every day. Or is this a case of the Vueltafication of the Tour?We also discuss the weekend's two big races – il Lombardia, the final Monument of the season, and Paris-Tours, which has shed its reputation as a slightly dull, formulaic race for the sprinters with the controversial inclusion of the off-road tracks through the vineyards.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
The World Tour season is beginning to wind down with the race of the falling leaves – il Lombardia – at the weekend but in this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on three big stories from the world of cycling.In part one, Daniel remembers Giorgio Squinzi, the boss of the Mapei company who elevated the brand from the humble world of industrial grouts and adhesives to the position as one of the greatest cycling teams of all time. Dr Squinzi passed away last week aged 76 and Daniel reflects on his legacy.In part two, we have an exclusive interview with Graham Bartlett, the CEO of Velon, which is owned by 11 of the World Tour teams. Velon also operates the Hammer Series and it has just filed a complaint against the UCI with the European Commission. Is this the latest development in the same, decades-long dispute between the teams, the governing body and other race organisers?In part three, we discuss e-racing after the winner of the inaugural British eracing championships was stripped of his title for cheating the system to unlock a faster virtual bike. What does this mean for esports and cycling and are we dealing with athletic endeavour or computer gaming here?Finally, we look ahead to il Lombardia and speculate on who will come out on top in the final one-day World Tour race of 2019.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.This episode is sponsored by Stitchfix. Stitch Fix is the personal style service for men and women that evolves with your tastes, needs and lifestyle. Go to stitchfix.co.uk/cycling to find out more.
The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Harrogate, where Saturday's women's road race was won with an astonishing performance by Annemiek van Vleuten.Richard Moore and Rose Manley report from Yorkshire and assess Van Vleuten's victory and the manner in which it was achieved, while Orla Chennaoui files a 'dispatch from the desert,' since she is covering the world athletics championships in Doha. There are interviews with Lizzy Banks, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Alice Barnes, Leah Thomas, Chloe Dygert Owen and defending champion and silver medalist this time Anna van der Breggen. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
The UCI road world championships concluded in Harrogate on Sunday with the men’s elite road race. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a race run off in terrible weather and with a surprising winner in Denmark’s Mads Pedersen. There are interviews with Pedersen’s good friend and fellow Dane Michael Valgren, who was 6th, and with Mathieu van der Poel, Philippe Gilbert and French coach Thomas Voeckler. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
The Cycling Podcast returns to Bettys to discuss the penultimate day of the World Championships in Harrogate.Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the women’s road race, won with an astonishing 104-kilometre solo break by Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, before recapping the controversial disqualification of another Dutch rider, Nils Eekhoff, for drafting a team car after a crash.There’s also a look ahead to the next time the World Championships are to be held on British soil, in Scotland in 2023. Finally there’s another despatch from Irish rider Conor Dunne.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.