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The Cycling Podcast - daily insight and analysis of the Tour de France. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the ...
 
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In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker catches up with another of his sports directors, Juanma Garate. Garate is a former Spanish national road race champion who also won stages of all three grand tours, including the Mont Ventoux stage of the 2009 Tour de France. In this episode, Mitch and Juanma talk about life on the road as a ride…
 
In a final episode of The Cycling Podcast from close to the Champs-Élysées Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the last stage of the 2020 Tour de France. Still digesting yesterday’s time trial we review a stage victory for Sam Bennett before hearing from Connor Swift, who was in the break, Alexander Kristoff, who won the openi…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap an incredible stage of the Tour de France which turned the race on its head. A Slovenian will wear the yellow jersey in Paris tomorrow but the Tour champion elect is not Primoz Roglic, who has led the race since the Pyrenees but Tadej Pogacar, who prod…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are enjoying an early glass of Champagne and a game of table tennis before recapping stage 19. They discuss another stage win for Sunweb and the tactics that led to it, then hear from yesterday’s stage winner Michal Kwiatkowski before…
 
Episode 15: In recent months some sports, notably soccer and NBA basketball but others too, have raised the profile of the Black Lives Matter movement highlighting professional cycling's silence on the issue. Kévin Reza is the only black rider in the 2020 Tour de France peloton. While there have been initiatives to develop riders in Africa and Guad…
 
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in La Roche-sur-Yoron as they recap the final Alpine stage of the Tour de France. There was a one-two for Ineos-Grenadiers, a worrying time for Richie Porte, who punctured on the gravel at the top of the Plateau des Glières and another big move by Bahrain-McLaren that came to nothing. Hear fr…
 
Episode 14: With Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma closing in on their first Tour de France title we look back at the journey they've been on to reach this point. This episode of Kilometre 0 is a sequel to a Friends of the Podcast episode called Chasing Sky that Richard Moore made a couple of winters ago. It told the story of how the Dutch team had its…
 
The Tour de France reached Méribel and a new climb, the Col de la Loze, taking the riders to more than 2,300 metres of altitude. But did it settle the general classification once and for all? On the steep final climb it was Superman Miguel Angel Lopez who soared away from the rest to win his first Tour de France stage. Behind, Primoz Roglic tighten…
 
Episode 13: It's time to hear from our Tour de France diarists again. In this update, we hear from Simon Geschke of CCC who has featured in several breaks and is also helping his teammate Matteo Trentin close the gap in the green jersey competition. But what is the tactic? Geschke explains. Michael Mørkøv of Deceuninck-Quick Step is leadout man for…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in a bustling square in Grenoble. They recap a stage to Villard-de-Lans which was won by the Bora-Hansgrohe rider Lennard Kamna, who succeeded where he and his teammate failed last week when they were outfought by Dani Martinez. We hear from Team Ineos G…
 
Episode 12: This episode of Kilometre 0 is a prequel to a deeper discussion of professional cycling and the environment in a future episode of The Cycling Podcast later this year. Slowly the focus on the sport's impact on the environment and the measures race organisers, teams and individuals can take to reduce the carbon footprint has intensified.…
 
It’s the second rest day of the Tour de France and before the race resumes with its final block of stages, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer another batch of questions from listeners. OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend b…
 
Episode 11: Our diarists return with contributions from NTT Pro Cycling's South African champion Ryan Gibbons, CCC's Simon Geschke on getting in the breaks, Connor Swift on climbing and Pavel Sivakov, who continues to improve after his crashes on stage one. Despatches from our team of audio diarists will appear throughout our Tour de France coverag…
 
In this episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a thrilling stage in the mountains. Team Jumbo-Visma dominated on the final climb and yet Primoz Roglic saw his overall lead trimmed by a handful of seconds by stage winner Tadej Pogacar. The day turned out badly for Ineos Grenadier, whose leader and defending champion Egan B…
 
In this episode of Service Course Lizzy Banks and Tom Whalley discuss some of the new tech being ridden at this year’s Tour De France, Tom channels his inner Raymond Chandler as he starts his hunt for a rare cycling item, Lizzy delves deep into the world of saddles and finds out why you’re probably riding the wrong one. Service Course is supported …
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap another stage win for one of the surprise packages of the race. The stage was won in brilliant fashion by Soren Kragh Andersen of Sunweb, who played the finale into Lyon brilliantly. We discuss the stage finish and also hear fro…
 
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in Clermont-Ferrand as they recap stage 13 of the Tour de France. It was an aggressive stage from the gun and turned into a twin battle for the stage and the overall classification. The race for the stage win was fascinating with EF Pro Cycling and Bora-Hansgrohe going head-to-head on the fin…
 
Episode 4: Our Tour de France diarists return to explain what's going on inside the race. In this episode we hear from Mitchelton-Scott's Sam Bewley, who crashed out the other day and has made it home to recover from a broken wrist and rib, from Sunweb's Nikias Arndt, teammate of stage winner Marc Hirschi, and from Connor Swift of Arkéa-Samsic abou…
 
It was Jacques Chirac and Raymond Poulidor day on the Tour de France, as the stage finished in the former French president’s home town as well as through the Eternal Second’s home town of St Léonard-de-Noblat. But the day belonged to Marc Hirschi, nicknamed Baby Spartacus by François after his exploits in the opening week of the race. The Sunweb ri…
 
Episode 9: In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore speaks to American historian Christopher Thompson, author of Tour de France, a cultural history of the race which starts by examining how the race’s origins are rooted in a national crisis of confidence and masculinity in the wake of the Franco-Prussian war. The book also looks at the ways th…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in Chauvigny to reflect on a routine sprint stage that had a moment of drama after the riders had crossed the line. Victory went to Australia’s Caleb Ewan, who claimed the fifth stage win of his career and the second of this race …
 
In this episode of Life in the Peloton, it's time for Mitch Docker to answer the questions. Recorded on the Tour de France rest day, Mitch answers a range of questions sent in by listeners. What food does he miss most when on a grand tour? Who'll be in yellow in Paris, Pog or Rog? What metrics does he display on his bike computer during a race? And…
 
Episode 8: With back-to-back sprints coming up after the rest day and no win on the board yet, the pressure was beginning to mount on Deceuninck-Quick Step's Irish champion Sam Bennett. Being the designated sprinter for the Belgian squad at the Tour de France brings with it responsibility. The long line of sprinters who have shouldered that expecta…
 
Everyone on the Tour de France woke up nervous after the rest day, and not just because the racing was due to resume. The results of the COVID-19 tests could have altered the race but, although there were four positives among team staff all the riders were negative and no teams have had to leave the race. The Tour director Christian Prudhomme did t…
 
Episode 7: Our team of diarists take us inside the Tour de France bubble again. We hear from Simon Geschke of CCC Team about being in the thick of the action in the Pyrenees and from Connor Swift of Nairo Quintana's Arkéa-Samsic team about what it's like to ride in the peloton in the mountains. We also hear from Ineos Grenadiers rider Pavel Sivakov…
 
It’s the first rest day of the Tour de France, which can mean only one thing – the rest day press conference, in which Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau answer questions about the race sent in by listeners. OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesse…
 
Episode 6: On Sunday The Tour de France stage started in Pau, home town of Nicolas Portal, who passed away suddenly in March aged just 40. This episode of Kilometre 0 remembers Portal with Vincent Lavenu, the AG2R sports director who helped him switch from mountain biking to road racing. We also hear from Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford and CE…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap the second and final stage in the Pyrenees. It was the most absorbing stage of an intriguing first week and leaves the Tour beautifully poised going into the first rest day. We recap stage nine, which was brought to life by Team …
 
The 2020 Tour de France reached the Pyrenees and an absorbing day of racing further sorted the overall standings and perhaps suggested for the first time that this race will be more complex than just anticipated battle between Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in Luchon, at the foot of the Pey…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, we recap a seventh stage that had everything. There was an aggressive pace set by Bora-Hansgrohe to drop all the sprinters at the start of the stage, then crosswinds caused havoc at the end of the stage. There was even time for a breakaway by Thomas De Gendt. Join Richard Moore, Lionel…
 
Episode 5: We hand the mic to our Tour de France diarists again to get inside the race bubble. In this episode we hear from Connor Swift of Arkéa-Samsic who is riding his first Tour de France – in fact, his first Grand Tour – and has the job of looking after their leader Nairo Quintana. Swift gives us his first impressions of the race and talks abo…
 
The Tour de France’s second summit finish of the opening week didn’t shake up the overall standings but it did see a barnstorming breakaway and a very fast pace from Kilometre 0. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau outside a busy restaurant in Meyrueis in the Cévennes to recap a stage win by Alexey Lutsenko – the first for a Ka…
 
Episode 4: The Rider by Tim Krabbé is one of the finest books ever written about cycling and it is features the Tour de Mont Aigoual in the Cevennes, where the Tour de France goes today. In this episode we hear from the author and from former professional Laurens Ten Dam, who has made a film inspired by the book, plus cycling writer Max Leonard, wh…
 
The quietest day in modern Tour de France history had an unexpected twist in the tail and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau were on hand to discuss the stage. It was expected to be a sprint but it was surprising that there was no breakaway all day. We ask why the stage turned out the way it did and hear from Deceuninck-Quick Step’…
 
Episode 3: La Course started in 2014 as a criterium race on the Champs-Élysées before the final stage of the Tour de France. Since then the race has been a two-day event with stages on the Col d'Izoard and in Marseille, before reverting to a one-day race. This year, La Course kicked off the Tour, preceding the opening stage on Saturday. In the 1980…
 
The riders tackled the first summit finish of the 2020 Tour de France earlier than normal but the fourth stage to Orcières-Merlette provided the first shake-up among the overall contenders. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau convene at a restaurant in the mountain resort, which has a very distinct out of season feel. With few holid…
 
Episode 2: We have signed up nine riders and a sports director to keep audio diaries for us throughout the Tour de France and in this second episode of our Kilometre 0 series we'll hear from some of them. Debutant Pavel Sivakov had an eventful opening weekend and in this episode we hear his anticipation at the prospect of riding the Tour de France …
 
The third stage of the Tour de France was expected to end in a sprint, and so it proved, but in this episode of our race coverage from France find out why the finish was like the race to find the quickest queue at the supermarket checkout. After leaving Nice, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recorded the podcast in the centre of …
 
Episode 1: The Col d'Èze is not the hardest climb in the world. It's not particularly long, or steep, but it is steeped in cycling's history because for many years it was the final battleground for Paris-Nice. The race used to conclude with a Sunday afternoon time trial on the hill and in the 1980s the Irish dominated, with Stephen Roche and Sean K…
 
The Tour de France’s opening weekend in Nice sent the peloton into the hills. With so many riders having crashed on Saturday there were some bruised and tender bodies dreading a difficult day with four tricky climbs to tackle. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a day that went some way to restoring normality to this unique To…
 
The opening stage of this most unusual Tour de France turned out to be a strange day, befitting this most peculiar year. Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in Nice to recap a stage won by the veteran Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, who last won a stage on the Champs-Élysées a couple of years ago. With rain falling in Nice for th…
 
In this episode of Life in the Peloton, Mitch Docker talks to his boss at EF Pro Cycling Jonathan Vaughters to find out what a team manager does. Vaughters founded the team and has steered it through two mergers and kept it afloat when the organisation's future looked to be in jeopardy a couple of seasons ago. But what does the role entail? Vaughte…
 
With the Grand Départ in Nice just a few days away, the countdown to the start of the 2020 Tour de France is on. It will be a Tour like no other and in this episode, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look forward to the race. We weigh up the Ineos Grenadiers team selection, which saw Chris Froome's bid for a fifth Tour victory put on h…
 
In a bumper episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe recap a thrilling and incident-packed week of racing and try to work out the implications for the Tour de France. The Critérium du Dauphiné is always an important warm-up race for the Tour but with the Grand Départ in Nice just two weeks away it was an even b…
 
In the August episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we speak to Lizzie Deignan, the former world champion who rides for Trek-Segafredo and returned to racing with the rest of the women's peloton last month. Deignan discusses the races to come, picking out La Course by Le Tour de France at the end of August as a highlight, and she talks about the w…
 
Racing is back and so it was time for Mitch Docker to get on the road for two Italian Classics – one old, one relatively new. This is Mitch's audio diary from the week he rejoined his EF Pro Cycling teammates and pinned on a number for the first time since the Aussie summer. We follow the team as they tackle the white roads of Strade Bianche and an…
 
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a week packed with racing as the Classics riders tackled the first, and longest, Monument of the season while the stage racers continued their build-up to the Tour de France. In part one: We review Milan-Sanremo and Wout Van Aert's incredible Italian double. Last week he won Strade Bianche, thi…
 
We return to racing in the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin with reaction to and analysis of Strade Bianche, the first Women's World Tour race of the resumed season. We held back the July episode so Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore could discuss the race, which was won by the world champion Annemiek van Vleuten but was als…
 
Temperatures soared in Tuscany on Saturday and the riders occasionally disappeared in clouds of pale dust as they crossed the dirt roads. Strade Bianche was a brutal return to the World Tour for the riders and in this episode we assess Wout Van Aert's victory. The Belgian made his breakthrough at the same race two years ago, finishing third behind …
 
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