Giro d’Italia 2018 rest day analysis

May 21, 2018

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville, comes on the third rest day of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. 

A week on from our previous rest day podcast, there are plenty of developments to discuss, chiefly Simon Yates' continued dominance, Tom Dumoulin's growing consistency, and Chris Froome's short-lived resurgence. 

We'll hear from all three, with reaction from Sappada from Yates and Dumoulin and rest day press conference thoughts from Froome.

In the studio, Patrick Fletcher is joined by Procycling magazine editor Ed Pickering not just to discuss the action from the second week, but also to look ahead to the final stages of this Giro d'Italia. Tuesday's all-important time trial is followed by three gruelling stages in the mountains, so there's ample room for the plot to thicken, even if this looks suspiciously like a two-horse race, and maybe even a one-horse race. 

Before making more predictions that will no doubt fail to stand the test of time, we also bring an interview with Bernhard Eisel on his recovery from emergency brain surgery at the end of last month.

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Yates soars, Froome flops – Giro d’Italia rest day

May 14, 2018

It’s the second rest day of the 2018 Giro d’Italia and the Cyclingnews team are back to dissect the latest developments in Italy.

 Since our last episode after last week’s Mount Etna stage, the general classification took further shape at the weekend with summit finishes on Montevergine di Mercogliano and Gran Sasso d’Italia.

Chris Froome crashed on the former and lost a minute on the latter, and we’ll hear from the Team Sky rider as he sat down with the press near the Adriatic coast on Monday’s rest day.

 Daniel Benson is joined by Patrick Fletcher and Procycling magazine Editor Ed Pickering to discuss whether the four-time Tour de France champion can now realistically win this Giro, and why Sky have found the Giro such a tough nut to crack.

 We’ll also hear from Simon Yates, who added a further stamp of authority on proceedings with stage victory on Gran Sasso. He looks comfortably the strongest rider in the race, we conclude, and has one of the strongest teams.

 As well as focusing on the two Brits, we ponder whether 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, third overall, should be satisfied or concerned, whether Montevergine winner Richard Carapaz is the real deal, and why Astana burned their matches on Gran Sasso.

 Thoughts are spared, too, for the relative fortunes of Rohan Dennis, Domenico Pozzovivo, and Fabio Aru.

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Reading the runes on Etna

May 11, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we take a look at the first week of the Giro d’Italia and read the runes after the first summit finish of the race on Mount Etna.

 It was a perfect day for Mitchelton-Scott, with Esteban Chaves winning the stage and Simon Yates taking the overall lead, and we discuss whether one of them can win the Giro d’Italia, and how the Australian team play their cards from here on in.

 We hear from Yates to get his reaction to the day’s events, along with Rohan Dennis, the rider divested of the maglia rosa. We also hear from Chris Froome, who ticked a box by staying with the main group of favourites but was hardly convincing on Etna.  The same goes for 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, and we assess his chances along with those of the rest of the general classification contenders.

 We then look ahead to this weekend’s action, with two more summit finishes closing out the first week. The mountains in this Giro are concentrated in the final week but stages 8 and 9 should see some action, if not on the category 2 finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano on Saturday then certainly on the near-50km final climb of Gran Sasso d’Italia on Sunday.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 preview podcast

May 3, 2018

With the 2018 Giro d’Italia less than 24 hours away Cyclingnews and Procycling look ahead to the first Grand Tour of the season.

Analyzing the route with Giro d’Italia European Editor, Stephen Farrand, and featuring Chris Froome and defending champion Tom Dumoulin, we look ahead to the next three weeks, with the Giro starting in Israel on Friday with a 9.9km time trial. The race heads to Sicily after Monday’s first rest-day, before arriving on the Italian mainland for stage 7. It’s a route that’s designed to with both the climbers and time trialists in mind, and the start list is packed with stars. The race contains eight mountain stages, with Etna, the Monte Zoncolan, and three back-to-back stages in the mountains in the final week set to decide the race.

 Away from Froome and Dumoulin, Italy’s hopes rest on Fabio Aru – who has made the podium on two occasions. Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez, Simon Yates, Michael Woods, Rohan Dennis, Thibaut Pinot and Davide Formolo are also in the mix. The CN and Pro teams look at the strengths and weakness of all the potential contenders, and make some bold predictions when it comes to the final podium for Rome on May 27.

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Fuglsang’s class, Bernal’s promise and Roglic’s resolve

April 29, 2018

In our final instalment of the Cyclingnews podcast from the Tour de Romandie we hear from stage 4 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and climbing sensation Egan Bernal (Team Sky). With one stage to go Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) leads Bernal by eight seconds, with last year’s winner Richie Porte (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium.

 Philippa York and Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson look back at Saturday’s key mountain stage and analyse the performances from the top GC riders. We discuss why Fuglsang has enjoyed such a successful twelve months, where BMC’s Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte go from here, and the futures of Bernal and Roglic in terms of Grand Tour ambitions. We also hear from the Colombian and Fuglsang, before concluding our final podcast from this year’s race.

 The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville

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Tour de Romandie: Mountain time trial analysis

April 27, 2018

In tonight's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at an exciting stage 3 at the Tour de Romandie. The stage was won by Egan Bernal of Team Sky, while Primoz Roglic finished second, and just held onto his race lead.

Bernal was the fastest up the 9.9km mountain time trial but his teammate Geraint Thomas, suffered on the climb, losing well over two minutes, and his chances of a high overall place. In this episode, we hear from both Team Sky riders on their mixed fortunes, while we also check in with Richie Porte. The Australian has struggled for form in recent months but finished third on the stage, and is now third overall with two days to go. Although the defending champion admitted to cracking inside the final two kilometres, his result today will give him confidence ahead of the Tour de France.

Along with hearing from the riders, Daniel Benson and Philippa York analyze the race, and of course look ahead to stage 4, the key mountain stage in this year's race.

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Tour de Romandie: De Gendt triumph, sprinters stall, TT preview

April 26, 2018

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Cicilismo , Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.

 In our latest episode, we hear from Thomas De Gendt, Michael Matthews, and Dan Martin. We look back at stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie before making some predictions ahead of Friday’s all-important stage 3 time trial. Joining us once again, Phillippa York, who provides here in depth view on Friday’s time trial.

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Matthews strikes at Romandie, Nieve returns, Thomas looks solid

April 24, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - Daniel Benson and Philippa York look back at the prologue from the Tour de Romandie. Michael Matthews came out on top, and won his first race of the campaign, with Tom Bohli and Primoz Roglic rounding out the top three.

 Matthews has had a difficult start to the season due to injury and illness but he showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels over the 4km test in Fribourg. We look back at Matthews’ win, but we also hear from Mikel Nieve, who is coming back after injury ruined his spring. Geraint Thomas, wo finished fifth in the race, also appears in the episode and talks about his bike set up for the technical prologue course.

 As well as the key performances we talk about equipment choices, having seen a number of riders opt for their road bikes. We talk about the skills involved in time trialing, rider confidence and briefly look ahead to the coming days.

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Tour de Romandie preview with Philippa York and Allan Peiper

April 23, 2018

In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we are joined by Philippa York at the Tour de Romandie. York sits down with Allan Peiper to reminisce about racing in the 1980s and early 1990s and how racing has changed in the years since. The pair had not met for 25 years until today.

 It’s the night before the Tour de Romandie begins with a prologue start. It’s set to be a great race, with a stacked field that includes Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas, Dan Martin, Michael Matthews and Primoz Roglic.

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Fleche wrap, Alps update and Holy Week

April 19, 2018

With the Ardennes Classics in full flow, Giro d'Italia contenders going toe-to-toe in the Alps, and our first documentary film recently launched, there was plenty to get our teeth into in the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast. 

Recorded just after the conclusion of La Flèche Wallonne, Daniel Benson is joined by Patrick Fletcher to discuss and dissect the racing, with a coming-of-age victory of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and continued dominance on the women's side from Anna van der Breggen. 

Flèche is the second instalment in the Ardennes triptych, and so we take a brief look back at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race before looking ahead to the biggest one of all: Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

As well as the Ardennes, we've had great racing over in the Alps of northern Italy, where Chris Froome, Thibaut Pinot and others are putting the final touches to their Giro d'Italia preparations. We take a look at the opening exchanges and do our best to read into the form of those who'll be protagonists on the roads of the Giro next month. 

Finally, we hear from Luke Rowe and Taylor Phinney, both of whom feature in the very first offering from Cyclingnews Films. Titled 'The Holy Week', our first film documents the crescendo of the cobbled classics, from the Tour of Flanders to Paris-Roubaix, taking you behind-the-scenes to experience the races like never before. 

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