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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Tom Boonen: The rise of a legend in Paris-Roubaix 2002

April 4, 2018

Tom who? That was the question on many peoples’ lips at the end of the 100th edition of Paris Roubaix in 2002. The race was fittingly won by the Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw but behind him that day, and in third place was a young rider by the name of Tom Boonen. Boonen, just 21 at the time, had been ear-marked for greatness since his junior days but during one of the most epic editions of Paris Roubaix the boy became a man and in the 14 years since the Belgian has gone on to establish himself as one of the most distinguished Classics riders of all time. His success over the last few years is well known - he’s a four-time winner of Paris-Roubaix but Cyclingnews have gone back to where it all started, that day in France when Boonen, the young lion, first roared. During the podcast we will re-tell the story from Paris-Roubaix 2002. We will go back in time and re-live the race through the memories of Boonen’s US Postal teammates, with interviews with George Hincapie, Antonio Cruz, Steffen Kjaergaard...