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The Cycling News Podcast

The Cycling News podcast is a podcast all about the world of professional cycling. Brought to you by the world centre of cycling, the Cycling News Podcast reports from the biggest races, including the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and interviews the stars of the sport.

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Cyclingnews Podcast: Review of the year

Earlier this month the Cyclingnews Podcast team recorded their first episode in front of a live studio audience. Featuring expert knowledge from Philippa York and Yanto Barker - and podcast mainstays Edward Pickering from Procycling Magazine and Cyclingnews’ Daniel Benson - we looked back at the last 12 months with a quickfire review of the cycling year, starting with the monuments of spring, on through the Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta and the World Championships. We even took questions from the audience.Full of genuine insight into the racing season and anecdotes from York’s career, the podcast provided a neat overview of the year with one eye also looking towards the future and the riders the panel expects to dominate in 2020.This podcast was brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello, Floyds of Leadville and Wattbike.To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here.Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida.The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists.BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.

48mins

29 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Peter Stetina: From the WorldTour to gravel racing

In this episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Floyds of Leadville and Pinarello, we kick off 2020 with an exclusive interview with Peter Stetina. The American rider turned away from the WorldTour at the end of the 2019 campaign, and is now preparing for a change in direction as he embarks on a season of gravel races. In late December, we sat down with Stetina, who enjoyed ten years at the top of elite racing at the WorldTour level. He talks about his time in the sport, stage racing, almost losing his leg after a career-threatening crash, and how his accident forced him to take stock of everything around him. "I'm stepping away in my prime," Stetina tells us, as he looks back on a decade-long career that has spanned a number of high-profile teams. Stetina also talks about his charity work and the causes close to him, before opening up about his hopes for the future, as he enters a new phase of his life.We hope you enjoy our discussion with Peter Stetina.To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here.Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.

46mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Tour de France review: Bernal, Thomas, Brailsford and Kruijswijk

It’s Sunday morning, the day after the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France and the race is heading to Paris with Egan Bernal in yellow and Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk rounding out the podium after Vincenzo Nibali won stage 20 to Val Thorens.  In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful,  Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville we hear from a triumphant Dave Brailsford, Kruijswijk, Thomas, and Dan Martin.  We look back at the final stage in the Alps and discuss the how, where and why in relation to Bernal’s win as well Team Ineos’ seventh Tour title in eight years. Geraint Thomas opens up about his difficult year and his hopes for the future and Brailsford flicks on the power point to talk strategy.  There’s debate over whether Jumbo Visma have what it takes to win the Tour and if leaving Dylan Gronewegen at home next season would give them a better chance, and Dan Martin gives his reasoning as to why his Tour de France never really got going.  It’s our last podcast from the Tour de France so we also talk highlights and lowlights, including Pinot, Alaphilippe, hotel, Patrick Lefevere, Bardet and McDonald’s.

47mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Chris Froome latest, Brailsford's and Dan Martin's witness account - Dauphine Podcast

Hear from Philippa York on whether Wout Van Aert is the next Sean Kelly For the second day in a row Wout Van Aert showed a clean pair of heels and dispatched with his rivals to win the stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The only difference this time around was that he won a messy bunch sprint rather than a time trial. However, the day was once again overshadowed by the latest news involving Chris Froome, who underwent eight hours of surgery after his horrific fall on Wednesday. We hear from Dave Brailsford who offered a medical update this morning. We also speak to Dan Martin who witnessed the crash. Martin was just a few metres behind Froome during the recon and was left shaken by the events. He talks to us about the scene on the road, his thoughts on what happened, and how precarious bike racing can be. We also have an interview with Servais Knaven who talks about the mood within the Team Ineos camp, Tour de France leadership, the plans for the rest of the Dauphiné and how the management will aim to pick the team up after the loss of their leader. Finally, we return to racing with Philippa York provider her assessment of Van Aert and whether he could in fact be the next Sean Kelly. This podcast is brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

26mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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World Championships: Sagan, Pedersen, Van Vleuten and van der Poel

In the final Cyclingnews podcast from the 2019 UCI World Championships we look back at the final two days of action and the elite men’s and women’s road race. We hear from new rainbow jersey holders Annemeik van Vleuten and Mads Pedersen, along with Coryn Rivera, Amanda Spratt, Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin, Mathieu van der Poel, and Jacob Fuglsang.  We also look back at the week as a whole and discuss the latest on Rohan Dennis, the farcical outcome in the U23 race and how the championships stacked up as a whole. This podcast was brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello, Floyds of Leadville and Wattbike. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. http://apple.co/32jXDgY.Sponsor messageBorn in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.

1hr 14mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Has Bernal done enough to lead at the Tour de France?

Dumoulin, Demol and Wegelius all feature this week  In the last episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – we look at latest action from the Tour de Suisse where Egan Bernal put in a dominant performance to win stage 7 and extend his overall lead. We debate the Tour de France leadership dilemma facing Team Ineos, and hear from Dirk Demol on Katusha’s rebuilding.  After Jumbo Visma confirmed that they were interested in bringing in Marcel Kittel we discuss the merits of the move, as well as the news that Tom Dumoulin will miss this year’s Tour de France due to injury.  Finally, we hear from Charly Wegelius on how he fell in love with cycling at a young age, and his first memories from the Tour de France.  The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-cycling-news-podcast/id1012929015 Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

28mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Alaphilippe assessment, Brailsford on Cobo case, and Porte previews the mountains – Dauphine Podcast

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we look back at stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Julian Alaphilippe came out on top after winning from the early break and Philippa York gives her expert analysis on the Frenchman and who he compares to from the last two decades. We also hear from Dave Brailsford on the shock news that Juan Jose Cobo may be stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a España. Such a move would make Chris Froome the overall winner and as such the first British rider to win a Grand Tour. With the Dauphiné about to reach the mountains and the first real test since the time trial we also hear from Richie Porte and Steven Kruijswijk. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

20mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville - we analyse the transfer market and we have three special guests, with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott joined by rider agents Martijn Berkhout from SEG and Joao Correira from Corso. First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful. We have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. Finally, on jerseys, our signed jersey from EF Education First is going to David Churchill who subscribed to us from our Podbean Platform. David, if you're listening, drop us a line at cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com and we'll post out that signed jersey and shorts as soon as we can. But let's jump right in. The Tour is over and August 1 means one thing – the start of the transfer window. We're going to start with our interview with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott. They've seen Matteo Trentin leave for pastures new but White has assembled one of the best teams in the WorldTour circuit. In this interview, we talk about working to a budget, making sure you sign riders who fit your team's culture and the balance between short term wins and long term development. Our next guest is Martijn Berkhout from SEG. They're one of the biggest agencies in the world and work with the likes of Dan Martin and Wout Poels, both of whom are out of contract at the end of the season. Berkhout talks about 'creating options' for his athletes and how the transfer market has changed in recent years. The Dutchman also pinpoints the main influences and elements that have shaped the market. Our final interviewee in this week's podcast Joao Correira. You may remember him from his Cervelo TestTeam days but now he runs the Corso agency alongside Ken Somner. They work with Laurens ten Dam but also a huge raft of young talent – from Tao Geoghegan Hart to Mads Pedersen and Michael Valgren. Correira also works with promising non-European riders and he talks about how he balances their hopes and dream with the reality of WorldTour cycling and the shifts in the market as more and more young athletes turn pro at a young age.Sponsor messageBorn in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.

39mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Thomas, Vaughters and Brailsford

Exclusive interview with the Tour de France winner, Brailsford talks Colombia and EF manager on Martinez  In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Floyd's of Leadville and Pinarello, we have an exclusive interview with 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. The Welshman opens up about his hunt for form ahead of his Tour defence; his race programme for the season; the track and his first days on the road; and his hopes for the Worlds Championships this year.  We also head to Colombia and catch up with Dave Brailsford about his search for a team sponsor, and Colombian cycling in general, and there's a short catch up with EF Education First manager Jonathan Vaughters - who is also in Colombia - about the development of Daniel Martinez, who is tipped for big things as his career develops. Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful (https://www.sportful.com/ii) has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972.  Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships.  Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike.  For more details visit Sportful.com (https://www.sportful.com/ii) and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful  (https://www.instagram.com/sportful/)

44mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Paris-Roubaix preview

The cobbled Classics are almost at their end with Paris-Roubaix set to close the curtain on the pave for this season. The Hell of the North is one of the most unpredictable races on the calendar, but this week the Cyclingnews team will try to have a go at predicting what will happen.  The team discuss the wide variety of contenders, while also daring to pick who we think will make the podium and we take a look at some of the tech on show for this weekend’s race.  We also hear from a few of the contenders themselves after they completed their recons of the course, including Wout van Aert, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander Kristoff and former winner Philippe Gilbert. The Cyclingnews Podcast is brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful. 

57mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Thomas, Tinkov, Cavendish, and Evenepoel

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to in association with Sportful, Floyd's of Leadville and Pinarello we hear from Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, Mark Cavendish and the latest WorldTour sensation Remco Evenepoel. We also discuss the recent headlines, including the news that Oleg Tinkov attempted to sponsor Team Sky but was rebuffed by Dave Brailsford, and the latest from GMC medical tribunal that centers around former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, Richard Freeman. Geraint Thomas made his season debut this week and we catch up with Welshman as he lines out his race plans and schedule for the coming season. The 2018 Tour winner dismisses the chance of riding the Giro d'Italia and we debate how Team Sky will settle their leadership between Thomas and four-time Tour winner Chris Froome. With all the speculation and uncertainty surrounding the team's future the next few months could be key as the season builds towards the Tour.  We also check in with Greg Van Avermaet - 24 hours before his first win of the season in Valenciana. The Belgian rider is the main focal point at CCC Team and his gearing up for the Classics once more. He talks about his squad, his hopes for the season and the World Championships.  While the European season is in full swing we've also had racing in South America, with the Vuelta a San Juan ending last weekend. The race saw Mark Cavendish make his return to racing, and he talks to Stephen Farrand about his comeback. Finally, we hear from the latest WorldTour sensation Remco Evenepoel, who bypassed the U23 ranks to turn professional at just 19 years of age. We hear from him on his race debut and debate how much pressure the young rider will be under as he begins his racing career. Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful (https://www.sportful.com/ii) has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com (https://www.sportful.com/ii)  and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful  (https://www.instagram.com/sportful/)

53mins

9 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Jonathan Vaughters' guide to building a WorldTour team l’Avenir preview

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast. This week we have three exclusive interviews just for you with Jonathan Vaughters, Alex Howes and French journalist Pierre Carrey all featuring on the episode.  First up, just to remind you, our friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Sticking with Sportful, we still have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month.  We start with Jonathan Vaughters and a similar theme to last week’s transfer special. In this interview, Vaughters talks about what he looks for in a rider, the different criteria at play and how he has build EF Education First. It’s an eye-opening journey into the complex dynamics in play when it comes to structuring for the future and balancing both long term and immediate goals. There’s also a cameo from Alex Howes, after we caught up with the US national road champion at the Tour of Utah.  Our final interview is with the well-respected French journalist Pierre Carrey who is a regular for Liberation. Carrey gives us the rundown on the Tour de l’Avenir, which starts Thursday. The ten-day race is viewed as mini Tour de France with a raft of U23 riders and future stars taking part. We talk about the relevance of the race, how team managers use it as a hunting ground for talent; how the style of racing compares to the WorldTour, and who to watch over the next fortnight.  Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.

55mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Opening Weekend analysis and Deceuninck dominance

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back at a compelling Opening Weekend in which Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with wins for Zedenek Stybar and Bob Jungels. We hear from the winners, the losers and some of those in between.  We also analyse a number of performances, and hear from, amongst others, Wout van Aert, who was making his road WorldTour debut; Steven de Jongh after a hugely disappointing weekend for Trek-Segafredo and Mat Hayman on the transition from rider to director.  We also interview Matteo Trentin after the Italian fought back from a crash in Omloop to salvage a top 10, and Owain Doull on his breakthrough second place in Kuurne and Bob Jungels after his dramatic win. The big debate within the Cyclingnews team is whether the talented all-rounder should focus on the Classics or keep alive his Grand Tour ambitions. Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful (https://www.sportful.com/ii) has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships.  Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com (https://www.sportful.com/ii)  and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful  (https://www.instagram.com/sportful/)

56mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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Dumoulin's departure, Van der Poel on Worlds, Vuelta a Espana preview

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we discuss Tom Dumoulin's move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma and look ahead to the Vuelta a España, along with hearing from Mathieu van der Poel, Steve Cummings, and Warren Barguil at the Arctic Race of Norway.  First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August. Dumoulin's move to break his contract at Sunweb and head to Jumbo-Visma has been on the cards for a while but has still sent shockwaves through the sport. We discuss what went on and what led to the breakdown in the relationship between Dumoulin and Sunweb. We also ask what this move means for him personally, and for Jumbo-Visma, who are amassing a very strong Grand Tour arsenal. Next up, we bring you a trio of interesting stories from the Arctic Race of Norway. First up, we hear from Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel on his build-up to the World Championships next month, and ask: Can he really win it? We also hear from Steve Cummings, who was back on the front foot after a poor Tour de France and poor couple of seasons, and Warren Barguil, who raged at another rider after losing the race by a single second on the final day.  Finally, with the Vuelta a España starting on Saturday, we look ahead to the final Grand Tour of the season. We're joined by our resident Spaniard Alasdair Fotheringham to get the low-down on what to expect in Spain over the next three weeks.

34mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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How EF Education First selected their Tour de France team

Exclusive and behind the scenes access with American WorldTour teamIn the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - we go behind the scenes with EF-Education First Pro Cycling team at their training camp in Girona, Spain, as they finalise their Tour de France roster.With exclusive access to the riders, including Rigoberto Uran, Michael Woods and Tejay van Garderen, we follow the team as they're put through there paces during two flat-out team time trial efforts. The three-day camp took place last week and formed the backdrop for the team's final selection process for the Tour de France. Present at the camp were Woods, van Garderen, Uran, Tanel Kangert, Mitch Docker, Lawson Craddock, Tom Scully, Sebastian Langevald, and Simon Clarke. Alberto Bettiol who was in the mix for a Tour de France spot was racing the Italian nationals at the time.Team director Charly Wegelius takes Cyclingnews through the process of team selection on the final morning of the camp and explains his goals and what he's looking for from the riders as they set out on their final test. He must narrow down a list of 10 to eight by the end of the day and over a 13-minute long time trial test - which the team ride twice - he watches on from the team car. Cyclingnews had the chance to follow in the second team car with the opportunity to listen and observe as Wegelius offers instructions over the radio before the team then begin their internal de-brief that provided a fascinating insight into team tactics and the morale within the squad.Wegelius then brings everyone together. He praises Woods and Kangert on taking shorter pulls on the front in order to keep the pace high, and he tells Scully that his skill in moving off the front of the line is so smooth that it's like watching an experienced pursuit rider in action. Back at the team hotel, and under the baking sun, we sit down with Uran for a short interview.  It's rare moment to talk to the 2017 Tour de France runner-up about the camp and his season to date.We then look for a place to interview van Garderen. There are a set of benches in the shade a few meters away from the team buses but they are currently occupied with Wegelius and another director Andreas Klier, who are both deep in conversation with road captain Simon Clarke. It's obvious that a decision on the team is about to be made.Van Garderen  - no stranger to successful team time trial squads - takes us through how EF Education First communicates during TTT efforts. We also talk to the American about how much effort goes into the off-the-bike preparation at camps of this nature, and of course his aspirations at the Tour after his fine second place in June's Criterium du Dauphine.By the time van Garderen has left, Klier and Wegelius have done the same. They've retreated back inside the hotel for a final conference before going door-to-door at the hotel and breaking the news to the nine riders at the camp as to whether they have made the selection. For most, it's good news but for Craddock and Docker this is as far as it goes. Although  Bettiol has missed the camp due to the Italian nationals he will make the Tour team.After spending time with the riders we sit down with Wegelius. We ask him about how the team has gelled as a unit over the last three days and also how important the team time trial is in the balance of selecting their entire Tour de France Tour team. Wegelius' task is unenviable but he's selected a squad for the Tour de France that can fight on a number of fronts and even the riders who have unfortunately missed out have played their part in spurring on the eight who have been selected.Uran will challenge for the podium, Mike Woods will support and target stage wins and Van Garderen appears revitalised since his move to the team. Bettiol will have chances, and there's experience and horsepower with Langeveld, Scully, Clarke and Kangert running the engine of the team. With the camp now over the team disperses. Some riders like van Garderen remain in Girona for extra training, while others like Uran head back to their European base in Monaco. Within a couple of hours everyone has checked out, the trucks are loaded up and the team has moved on. The next stop is Brussels and the Tour de France.However, there's one final chance to talk to Michael Woods. He's loaded up his car and is ready to head home but he agrees to sit down with us to talk about the camp and of course what will be his Tour de France debut.Overall, this was a successful camp for EF-Education First. There were some tough moments in terms of the selection process but the riders selected are of the highest caliber and they head to the Grand Depart with realistic goals. This podcast offers a rare glimpse into the minds of the riders and staff of a WorldTour squad on eve of a Grand Tour, and provides a more relaxed environment in which the athletes can talk about their training, the cohesion within the squad and their hopes for the Tour de France. With the team finally announced publicly on Tuesday, now all they have to do is deliver.To win an EF-Education First team kit, signed by their Tour de France squad simply subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast on iTunes or on our Podbean platform. We'll select the lucky winner during the Tour de France.  To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here.https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-cycling-news-podcast/id1012929015 Below the podcast code in the storySponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

46mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Giro d’Italia: Rest day podcast with Dumoulin, Roglic and Ewan

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back on the opening week of the Giro d’Italia and debate whether the race is effectively over after Primoz Roglic put significant time between himself and his rivals in the stage 9 time trial. There are still two weeks of racing and a flurry of mountain stages to come and while Roglic is in the driving seat the likes of Vincenzo Nibali will be confident of at least trying to unsettle the Jumbo Visma rider. Simon Yates, on the other hand, has several minutes to make up after a shocking time trial on stage 9, and we debate whether the British climber can bounce back in the second half of the week. We hear from Tom Dumoulin and discuss whether his departure is good or bad for Roglic, and finally we hear from Caleb Ewan, who won his first Grand Tour stage in Lotto Soudal colours on stage 8. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-cycling-news-podcast/id1012929015 Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida.  The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Basitianelli ,Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing.  Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technolgy to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.  Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com  Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

28mins

20 May 2019

Rank #16

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Fleche Wallonne recap and Liege-Bastogne-Liege preview

In this episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, the team takes a look back at the men's and women's Fleche Wallonne races. In the men's, Julian Alaphilippe claimed is second title, while Anna van der Breggen stormed to a record equalling fifth in the women's event.  As well as the winning rides, we discuss some of the standout performances and some of those that didn't hit the mark.  We also hear from Van der Breggen on her win, Jakob Fuglang on taking second in the men's race and Michael Matthews on his eighth place after a difficult start to the season.  Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful. 

38mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Dauphine Podcast - Pinot's form, rider retirement and Froome, Dumoulin and Yates

In the latest instalment of the Cyclingnews podcast Daniel Benson and special guest Philippa York look back at an exciting stage at the Criterium du Dauphine. They talk about the action and hear from a quartet of  Chris Froome, Tom Domoulin, Jakob Fuglsang, and Adam Yates but the trust of the podcast centres around Thibaut Pinot and the search for a French Tour de France winner and when riders face the reality of retirement.  Pinot takes centre stage after he attacked several times on the stage and split the GC group. It was a real sign of intent and although the Tour de France is still several weeks away his performance will have drawn attention. York talks about the pressure placed on French riders since the days of Bernard Hinault and the generations of riders who have grown up in the rider’s illustrious shadow.  We also talk about retirement. Stage 2 saw Steve Cummings pull of the race and although there’s no indication that the rider will hang up his wheels, at the age of 38 it’s not beyond the realms of possibility either. We discuss the causes of retirement and what prompts a rider to eventually make that tough decision to stop.  To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here. Sponsor message Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida. The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Bastianelli, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing. Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

33mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Vos victorious in Yorkshire, Bernal out of the Giro

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Flyods of Leadville, we hear from Marianne Vos after her incredible win at the Tour de Yorkshire. We also hear from Lizzie Diegnan on her return to racing, and Philippa York and author William Fotheringhan talk about the Harrogate Worlds course. Fotheringham was out on Friday riding the course and likened it to the Oslo course from 1993. He and York talk a walk down memory lane and discuss both the Norwegian course and Harrogate’s 2019 parcours. We then jump to the men’s Tour of Yorkshire and debate the stage that saw Alexander Kamp defy the odds but take home a well-deserved win ahead of Chris Lawless and Team Ineos.  There’s a segment looking ahead to Sunday’s final stage with York providing her ever-excellent analysis. And of course we talk about the news that Egan Bernal has broken a collarbone and will miss the Giro d’Italia. Where does this leave Team Ineos on the eve of their Grand Tour debut. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews podcast, click here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-cycling-news-podcast/id1012929015 Sponsor message  Born in the Italian Dolomites, Sportful has been making athletes faster, more efficient and better protected since 1972. Official apparel supplier to Team Virtu Cycling, Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida.  The same Pro Issue apparel, which includes our BodyFit Pro and Fiandre lines, worn by Marta Basitianelli ,Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali is available to purchase by all cyclists. BodyFit Pro; a form fitting design with a focus on enhanced aerodynamics was created specifically for the rigours of pro bike racing.  Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technolgy to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions.  Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com  Follow the ride on instagram @sportful

28mins

4 May 2019

Rank #19

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Tour Down Under analysis, best kits and San Juan preview

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, the team of Patrick Fletcher, Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the final stages of the Tour Down Under, critique the best and the worst of the 2019 WorldTour kits and look ahead to the Vuelta a San Juan. We hear from the unlucky Patrick Bevin, who crashed on the penultimate stage of the Tour Down Under, and eventual winner Daryl Impey. We check in with the recently retired Mathew Hayman, while former pro rider and 2004 Tour Down Under winner Patrick Jonker talks about his time riding for the late Peter Post. We analyse and debate the sprinters' starts to the season, and then look ahead to San Juan, where Fernando Gaviria, Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish will all be making their 2019 racing debuts. Sponsor message Sportful has a rich and successful racing history; optimising performance for athletes who have gone onto win Grand Tours, one-day classics, and the World Championships. Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit Sportful.com and follow the ride on Instagram @sportful

55mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #20