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Sigma Sports presents Matt Stephens Unplugged

Sigma Sports is proud to present Matt Stephens Unplugged, a regular catch-up with cycling’s favourite character, Matt Stephens, as he chats with special guests and explores the bowels of his own fruity mind. With lots of surprises along the way, the route-map has been torn up; so who knows what direction we’re going in, or where we’ll end up! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sigma Sports is proud to present Matt Stephens Unplugged, a regular catch-up with cycling’s favourite character, Matt Stephens, as he chats with special guests and explores the bowels of his own fruity mind. With lots of surprises along the way, the route-map has been torn up; so who knows what direction we’re going in, or where we’ll end up! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jack Haig from hitch hiking to the podium at Vuelta a España

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Matt Stephens and Jack Haig discuss the value of consistency above all else. The story of how a young Australian mountain biker went from hitching hiking around North America to the third step of the 2021 Vuelta a España is inspirational. His determination and grit are the key to his success and the Bahrain Victorious rider reckons the most important thing to do, is to turn up - just put in a shift no matter how it goes - it’s the sum of your consistency that really makes the difference. Now recovering from a nasty wrist injury, how does he feel to watch the Vuelta on TV and not have the opportunity to play his part?

Sep 02 2022

1hr 7mins

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Rob Hatch is an ordinary man behind an extraordinary voice

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Matt Stephens and Rob Hatch discuss the immense privilege they feel to have the opportunity to commentate on professional cycling for a living. While there might be a lot of ego in the business, Rob’s down-to-earth approach to life is refreshing and his mantra of "be nice to people" is something we can all learn from. With funny stories from behind the microphone, like when the fog at the 2021 Giro d’Italia meant he had to commentate without any pictures, this is a refreshing chat between two great friends. But how well does Rob know fellow Accringtonian Mystic Meg’s racehorse business?

Aug 26 2022

1hr 14mins

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Ella Harris from Zwift Academy Champion to Mont Ventoux Challenger

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Matt Stephens welcomes proud Kiwi Ella Harris to the podcast in this turbo-charged chat about how much her life has changed since winning the 2018 Zwift Academy, which earned her a pro contract with Canyon SRAM. Comparing her riding style to an all-wheel-drive with a diesel engine, Ella can do everything but sprint. That’s when she’s fit, of course. Recovering from surgery at the time of recording, Ella was looking forward to her return to racing at the Mont Ventoux Challenge. But does she know the price of Kimchi Eggs on Sourdough in her local café, did she really invent the spatula, and will her hometown of Dunedin ever acknowledge her as their unofficial ambassador? 

Aug 19 2022

1hr 11mins

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Ben Turner on changing his attitude to have more fun racing

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Matt Stephens and Ben Turner talk about his impressive first season with team INEOS Grenadiers, with his performance at Paris Roubaix a real highlight. Recorded in the lead-up to the British National Championships in June 2022, Ben’s dedication is evident from his preparation for that race, which would become another highlight of his season. But can he beat his good friend Connor Swift’s score in the Doncaster quiz? 

Aug 12 2022

1hr 1min

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Tour De France Femmes Avec Zwift 2022 Special - A pivotal moment in cycling history is unfolding before our eyes

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At the midpoint of the Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift 2022, Matt Stephens chats to Hannah Walker on the ground at the race. With every rider relishing the chance to be a part of history, it’s clear that we’re witnessing a pivotal moment in cycling. Then, with commercial sponsorship an increasingly essential component to race organisation, Matt speaks to Hollie Weatherstone of Muc-Off, who spearheaded a campaign to help charities support more women on bikes all around the world.

Jul 28 2022

44mins

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Tour De France Unplugged Stages 16 to 21 - Vingegaard crowned champion and Pogacar hits the decks

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Looking back at the Tour de France 2022, Matt Stephens reckons it was one of the most memorable editions of all time. Not just for the breathtaking bike racing, but for all the wonderful sights and experiences he shares with us on this podcast. In this episode, we hear about the dog that sneezed mid-kiss, a nun gets kidnapped very briefly, and Bradley Wiggins suffers the after-effects of consuming too many yoghurt drinks. Matt also looks forward to what the future holds for the sporting pair, Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar, who both gained so many fans this season.

Jul 26 2022

52mins

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Tour De France Unplugged Stages 10 to 15 - Pidcock’s Alpe d’Huez victory makes Matt emotional

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The second week of racing at the 2022 Tour de France was nothing short of breathtaking for so many reasons. From Jonas Vingegaard’s race-changing attack to Tom Pidcock’s Tour debut heroics, there’s so much for Matt Stephens to dissect. As usual, Matt has been recording his highlights throughout his time on the ground, including an in-car invasion from the Dutch Corner fans and a close call with an olive oil sample sachet fired from a caravan canon. Matt also looks forward to the final six stages of Le Tour, making some changes to his fantasy team to try and get them further up the leaderboard.

Jul 18 2022

56mins

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Tour De France Unplugged Stages 4 to 9 - Cobbles, Hills, Mountains and Mitch Docker

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From the cobbled flatlands of Flanders to the mixed surface mountain top finish of La Super Planche des Belle Filles, the first full week of the Tour de France did not disappoint. Matt Stephens has been to every stage and brings us his personal highlights. From getting Mitch Docker’s opinion on the Belgian fans to clearing out a supermarket of yoghurt drinks with Bradley Wiggins, there’s never a dull moment on this epic edition of the Tour de France Unplugged. Matt looks back at the racing too, and offers some hot tips for your Fantasy Tour de France team as the race heads into the Alps.

Jul 11 2022

38mins

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Tour De France Unplugged Stages 1 to 3 - From Denmark with Love

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From the heart of the Tour De France 2022, Matt Stephens looks back at the opening three stages in Denmark and takes us behind the scenes as he soaks up the atmosphere in Copenhagen. Matt shares his highlights so far with Geraint Thomas’ gilet, Bernie Eisel’s massive box of fries and Dylan Groenewegen’s tears all featuring, there’s something for everyone. But how are his team faring in the fantasy tour de france league?

Jul 04 2022

27mins

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Tour de France Unplugged - Preview and Fantasy Team Selection

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A brand new series of special episodes following Matt Stephens around the 2022 Tour de France. With the first stage in Copenhagen just around the corner, Matt shares his favourite moments of the Tour from days gone by and looks forward to what should be a sensational three weeks of racing. Matt chooses his Fantasy Tour de France team on air, and there are some real surprises in his selection. To join his league and get involved, head to sigmasports.com/podcast.

Jun 30 2022

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Giro Unplugged Stages 16 to 21 - Bellisimo Giro di Hindley, mate

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Matt Stephens joins us from behind the scenes of the Giro d’Italia 2022, in this the fourth and final podcast in this special series. Rarely has a Grand Tour left it so late to be decided, Jai Hindley can put the ghosts of 2020 to rest and the Australian can take home that Maglia Rosa for keeps. Matt reflects on the final six stages of this wonderful race picking out his highlights and key moments that will live long in his memory.

May 29 2022

29mins

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Giro Unplugged Stages 10 to 15 - Girmay’s historic victory and Ned’s new shirt

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Episode three of Matt Stephens’ behind the scenes Giro d’Italia 2022 podcast series. With Biniam Girmay securing an historic victory on Stage 10, Matt and Ned Boulting reflect on the gravity of that victory as well as the Eritrean’s misfortune on the podium. We find out what the chaps are looking forward to seeing in the final week of this thrilling grand tour, with three more stages in the high mountains, a sprint and a time trial remaining - it’s all to play for. And with Matt busy making phone recordings whenever he can, we’re treated to a critique of the Giro Caravan, Matt’s struggle with a continental breakfast, and a round robin review of Ned Boulting’s new shirt.

May 23 2022

38mins

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Giro Unplugged Stages 4 to 9 - The Story So Far with Ned Boulting

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The second instalment of our Giro d’Italia special series, with Matt Stephens behind the scenes with Ned Boulting to discuss the drama of the race so far. Looking back at stages 4 to 9, there’s plenty to discuss - Cav’s emotional 300m sprint victory, Biniam Girmay’s incredible Giro debut, and the joys of the most unpredictable grand tour they’ve ever watched. Find out what the pair are looking forward to over the coming week, and get a real flavour of how it feels to be on the road following the race with Matt’s random recordings; there’s an incidence of Eurobeat road rage, a haunted mole grips, and a very windy volcano to contend with - an episode not to be missed!

May 16 2022

46mins

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Giro Unplugged Stages 1 to 3 - Hungary for Goulash with Stephen Roche

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A new series of short catch-ups with Matt Stephens from the heart of the action at the 2022 Giro d’Italia. Recorded on rest day one, Matt looks back on stages one to three to reflect on Mark Cavendish’s emotional sprint victory. He also enjoys some Goulash, and finds out how the Giro came to Hungary from Stephen Roche. Matt tells us what he’s looking forward to in the coming stages and uses the term ‘Netflix and Chill’ with innocent naivety. 

May 09 2022

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Fred Wright would love to win Flanders one day

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Matt Stephens and Fred Wright discuss that itching feeling to get back on the bike after a few days of rest, which might come as a surprise given the depth of effort Fred put into his Spring Classics season. Now with his sights firmly on the Tour de France, the Team Bahrain Victorious rider is so versatile that he has the luxury of picking and choosing whether he goes for it in a bunch sprint or a Time Trial stage. Having met Bradley Wiggins there as a kid, it wasn’t until he reached his teens that he realised that Herne Hill Velodrome and its volunteers had shaped him as a rider, and a person; setting him on his path to stardom in the pro peloton.

Apr 29 2022

1hr 5mins

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Tanja Erath from Zwift Academy Champion to Paris Roubaix

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Matt Stephens chats with Tanja Erath about her life-changing Zwift Academy victory and her subsequent professional cycling career, which has led her to recently finishing her second Paris Roubaix. A fully qualified doctor, Tanja is seizing the opportunity to enjoy every moment of her racing career with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, safe in the knowledge that returning to work as a medical doctor is just like riding a bike. But how does her knowledge of medicine affect her decision making on race day, how did fracturing her vertebrate make her a better doctor, and how much does entry cost to the Jazz Club in Heilbronn cost for non-members? The answer to these questions and more are all in this fascinating episode of Matt Stephens Unplugged!

Apr 22 2022

1hr 11mins

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Nico Roche on how dancing changed his life

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Matt Stephens joins Nico Roche in his hotel room for an up-close and personal chat about his recent retirement from the pro peloton and his plans for the future. With a fascinating insight into the differences between bike racing pre and post-Covid lockdowns, Nicolas reckons things will never be the same again. Having recently stepped out of his comfort zone to take part in Dancing With The Stars on Irish TV, Nico describes how the challenging experience changed his life. And after a somewhat nomadic upbringing, the Franco-Irishman elected to be quizzed on his current hometown of Monaco - but how well does he know his Eurovision song contest winning titles?

Apr 08 2022

1hr 16mins

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Kasper Asgreen explains how he won the Tour of Flanders

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Matt Stephens enjoys the company of the 2021 Tour of Flanders champion, Kasper Asgreen, in this monumental episode. Knowing your strengths is a key attribute of any successful bike racer, but it's the execution that really matters, as Kasper recalls his tactical approach to winning the Ronde Van Vlaanderen last season. He also remembers the moment Patrick Lefevere really made him sweat - just before offering him a place on his dream team, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. But it was Kasper’s hidden talents that left the biggest impression on our host, and it's a matter of time before we find out if he will fulfil Matt’s request to display them on the podium.

Apr 01 2022

1hr 5mins

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Connor Swift on premature celebrations

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Matt Stephens chats to Connor Swift about Steak Bakes, clothes horses, and premature celebrations. Listen to his captivating recollection of the moment he threw his hands in the air at Tro Bro Leon, 2021 only for it to go to a photo finish. The Arkéa–Samsic rider might have become British national champion at just 22 years of age but now, four years later, he really feels like he’s developing into a late bloomer. But what does that mean for young riders coming through the ranks now? And what does Connor know about the oldest goldfish in Doncaster? 

Mar 25 2022

1hr 3mins

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Magnus Bäckstedt on two-wheel drifting at Paris-Roubaix

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Matt Stephens and Magnus Bäckstedt chat about his famous victory at Paris-Roubaix, in this fascinating Spring Classics themed episode. A formidable figure on the bike, the big Swede forged his powerful legs in the world of downhill skiing, and he explains to Matt how he had to make a tough decision as to which sport to dedicate himself to. It proved a good choice, as his Alessio–Bianchi teammates of 2004 would attest, helping him to deliver a memorable victory at Paris-Roubaix. Now, Magnus dedicates his time to helping his two daughters achieve their own goals; with both Elynor and Zoë Bäckstedt riding at the very highest levels too. But how well does Magnus know the heavy metal rock bands of his hometown of Linköping? There’s only one way to find out…

Mar 18 2022

1hr 16mins

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Already the best cycling podcast

By fantasticheyheyhey - May 07 2020
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Just puts a smile on your face when ya listen to an ep. Matt’s a natural. I already listen to too many different cycling pods... Most are a bit humorless (or like Lance’s, peppered with jokes but unfunny), just dryly discussing race results and industry news. And I’ll happily listen to that because I love the sport and also don’t have a life. But this one is really unique, very lighthearted and not directly covering the news of the sport. It expresses the joy and color of bike racing in a way that’s missing in a lot of the industry’s media. Already my favorite.