The ‘opening weekend’ race analysis

February 26, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – Edward Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the ‘opening weekend’ in Belgium and analyse the racing that saw Michael Valgren (Astana) come out on top in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) continue his fine start this season with victory in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. 

We hear from Valgren and two of the Omloop protagonists, Mitchelton Scott’s Matteo Trentin and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education First), while Jim Ochowicz provides the latest on BMC Racing’s search for sponsorship. 

The main focus, however, is on the Classics and as well as looking at the winners, we also focus on where some of the leadings teams – Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Floors – were found wanting.

There’s also the latest on Astana’s financial situation and a quick look ahead to Peter Sagan’s season debut at next weekend’s Strade Bianche.

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Porte, Froome, Wiggins and Kwiatkowski round-up at European openers

February 22, 2018

Coming up this week, we have an exclusive interview with Richie Porte on his future at BMC Racing. The Australian was almost anonymous at the Volta ao Algarve but we spoke at length about his race plans and how he is aiming to peak for the Tour de France.

 

BMC Racing has not signed any riders for 2019, and the squad’s future is still uncertain. In our interview Porte confirms that he has given the team until May to find a sponsor before he begins talks with other squads.

 

We also hear from Algarve winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), who took the final stage and the overall on the last stage of the race. We talk about the race highlights, before turning our attention the Ruta del Sol, where Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) took an impressive win.

 

We hear from Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford, who were both at the race, and then we head back to the UK for Bradley Wiggins' team launch in London. We hear from the former rider on his hopes for his Continental team in 2018, while there's still no escaping the difficult questions stemming from his Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) history.

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Tom Southam’s cycling dream team

February 12, 2018

Welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.


This week, with the Cyclingnews team scattered around the globe at various races in Colombia, Oman and Spain, we thought we’d bring you another one of our cycling dream teams.

 

Last month it was the turn of Marco Pinotti and this time we sit down with Tom Southam. The former rider, turned dircteur sportif with EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, had a colourful career, and although he never made it on the WorldTour stage he represented Great Britain and rode for some of the smaller, yet more fascinating teams on the circuit.

 

It’s often the case that the riders who struggle the most, and who rarely taste high-profile success, have the most interesting stories, and Southam fits that bill. The former Amore & Vita, Barloworld, Drapac and Rapha rider has picked a team of home-grown riders and mercurial European talents, including Steve Cummings and former Banesto sprinter Jeremy Hunt.

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Chaotic Dubai sprints and Brailsford’s defence of Chris Froome

February 8, 2018

This week on the Cyclingnews podcast we listen to David Brailsford as he breaks his silence to the press in Colombia about Chris Froome's on-going salbutamol case, and we discuss Froome's controversial up-coming season debut at the Ruta del Sol.

We also take a look at the action from the Dubai Tour, where so far Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish have shared the spoils. We hear from Cavendish after he claimed his first win of the season and Groenewegen after he lost the lead after being docked 20 seconds for drafting.

This year's Dubai Tour has seen some new and modified sprint trains, and we analyse the winners and losers so far, and who has impressed in the first tests between some of the sprinting elite.

We also discuss the season so far with our two esteemed guests, Ed Pickering and Sadhbh O'Shea, picking their highlights from the early season, including Daryl Impey’s Tour Down Under win, the Cyclo-cross Worlds and Trek-Segafredo's start to their campaign.

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Inside Marcel Kittel’s Katusha-Alpecin lead-out train

February 1, 2018

The German and his teammates on how they’ve gone about setting up a new alliance

Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and our newest partner, Floyd’s of Leadville. This week we have a special edition of the show as we go behind the scenes of Marcel Kittel’s lead-out train at Katusha-Alpecin’s Mallorca training camp.

Kittel is arguably the best pound-for-pound sprinter on the planet right now and won five stages in last year’s Tour de France before announcing that he was moving from Quick-Step Floors to Katusha-Alpecin for the 2018 campaign. At the team’s recent training camp we sat down with Kittel and several of his new lead-out men, including Marco Haller, Nils Politt, and Rick Zabel.

Kittel came to Katusha to replace the outgoing sprinter Alexander Kristoff, and attempted to bring Fabio Sabatini with him. That move failed, and the loss of Michael Morkov to Kittel’s old team, Quick-Step meant that Kittel and his Katusha squad had some rebuilding to do.

In this exclusive podcast we hear from Kittel and his lead-out about how they have trained together and bonded over the off-season, the intricate nature of lead-out trains, and how Katusha-Alpecin hope to kick-start their new sprint dawn at the Dubai Tour next week.

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