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.
January 26, 2018
The Cyclingnews team has just returned from the Tour Down Under and while we take a few days off to recover from the jetlag there’s no rest for the Cyclingnews podcast. So this week we have a special edition interview with BMC Racing’s Marco Pinotti, as we sit down and ask him to pick his cycling dream team.
The rules are simple, Pinotti must select seven to eight riders he has ridden with or managed. That means he can pick Mark Cavendish from their HTC-Highroad days, for example, but he can’t pick Marcel Kittel, Lance Armstrong or Geraint Thomas because he’s never been on the same team as those riders.
We sat down with Marco at BMC Racing’s team camp in mid-December and trust us, this is not the team we were expecting. There was no room for the likes of Cavendish, George Hincapie, Cadel Evans, Roman Vainsteins, Pavel Tonkov, Adam Hansen or the controversial Ricardo Ricco. Although, perhaps, there’s little surprise in that one.
So without further delay, lets head over to Marco to hear about his team. This podcast comes to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello. And one final pat on the back for Procycling Trumps who have once again designed some fantastic graphics for us. You can find them here, or the Cyclingnews homepage.
January 21, 2018
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under has been raced and won with Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)taking the final stage and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) the overall victory.
In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello – we here from Greipel and Impey, along with runner-up Richie Porte (BMC) and points classification winner, world champion Peter Sagan.
We look back at the closing stage of the race and prowess of Greipel’s sprint then take a broader look at the race and success of non-Australians in a year there was just two wins for the locals. In the podcast we also discuss the informal morning press conference with UCI President David Lappartient.
January 19, 2018
Hear from Sagan, Impey, Porte, and Haas as GC battle hots up ahead of Willunga
It’s the end of another tough day at the Tour Down Under and world champion Peter Sagan has taken the stage into Uraidla with a sprint win over Daryl Impey and Luis Leon Sanchez. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider now leads the race from Impey at two seconds and teammate Jay McCarthy at nine seconds.
After a stage that saw temperatures nudge over 42 degrees, we hear from the winner Sagan, along with Impey, Richie Porte, and Nathan Haas. Porte attacked several times in the finale and, despite being unable to make a move stick, the BMC Racing rider is well placed heading into stage 5 to Willunga Hill as he looks to secure back-to-back titles.
As for Haas, the Katusha-Alpecin rider suffered terribly in the heat, conceding close to a minute and, with it, any chance of making the podium in this year’s race.
We hear from the riders in the thick of the action, dissect the GC standings, and look ahead to what might happen on the climb of Willunga. Can anyone stop Porte?
January 18, 2018
Hear from Sunweb on how to handle 47 degrees, Viviani on his first Quick-Step win, and Matt White on stage 4
The third stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under was one of the hottest in the race's history, ending with a conclusive sprint victory for Elia Viviani over race leader Caleb Ewan. In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello – we hear from Viviani, Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White, and Sunweb's sports director Luke Roberts.
The win was Viviani's first for his new team Quick-Step Floors as the Belgium squad nailed their leadout and took advantage of Ewan hesitating in the final 200 metres into Victor Harbor. Ewan has the consolation of remaining in the leader's ochre jersey while Viviani jumps into second place overall at 10 seconds. Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey, a dark horse for stage 4, is third at 14 seconds to Ewan.
In the podcast, we hear from Viviani about his victory and how a recon of the finale paid off. We also hear White's preview of the new stage 4 finish into Uraidla and his take on how the stage will play out. Finally, we hear from Roberts, who provides his insight into how to keep riders cool and functioning when the temperature closes in on 50 degrees.
January 17, 2018
Hear from Porte, Greipel, Ewan, along with Morabito on how he defied the medics, in our latest from TDU
It's the end of stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and in the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello – we hear from Andre Greipel, Caleb Ewan, Richie Porte, Adam Hansen and Steve Morabito.
For a quick recap: Greipel won stage 1 of the race and pulled on the first leader's jersey, but today, on the road to Stirling, Ewan surprised everyone and won the stage and took the overall lead in the process. After two days of racing, Ewan leads the race by 10 seconds, with a host of GC candidates hot on his heels.
We hear from Greipel about his win, and what was a difficult and emotional 2017, as well as from his long serving teammate, Adam Hansen, who has ridden with the German since 2007.
We also hear from Porte on the battle for the GC, and how his title defence could and should come down to Willunga Hill on stage 5. There’s Ewan on his first stage win of the race but the standout interview comes from Morabito, who calmly explains how he popped his shoulder in after dislocating it in a stage 2 crash.
January 15, 2018
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you Prendas and Pinarello, we look back at the People’s Choice Classic from Adelaide and Peter Sagan’s win ahead of the rest of the sprinters.
With just 24-hours to go until the start of the Tour Down Under we preview the course, and the favourites, and ask if Sagan himself can challenge for the top stop on the GC.
We hear from the world champion, as well Mitchelton Scott’s Caleb Ewan, while we also have an exclusive interview with Thomas de Gendt on how to be a breakaway specialist.
January 12, 2018
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we go behind the scenes with home favourites Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour Down Under.
The team head into the race with sprinter Caleb Ewan in their ranks and they will be looking to Daryl Impey when it comes to the GC battle. On Thursday the team headed out to preview stage 4 of the race. The stage is the first of two back-to-back hilly days in the race, and while the peloton will be familiar with stage 5 up Old Willunga Hill, stage 4, 128km between Norwood and Uraidla, is somewhat of an unknown. The majority of the stage is raced over rolling roads but the road kicks up for an 11-minute effort to the top of Norton Summit Road.
The climb might not be that steep, and many predict that 30 riders could hit the summit together – but the final 7.4km of rolling roads and a short descent could see a late attack or small break go clear. Considering the bonus seconds on offer, and how close the TDU has been in the past, stage 4 could well decide the race.
In this episode, we follow the team and hear from Matt White about the parcours, and his team’s chances. We also talk to the local rider and new national champion Alex Edmondson, and Jack Bauer, who joined the team in the winter.
White also talks about Caleb Ewan’s prospects and the young sprinter’s development as he builds towards his maiden Tour de France in July.
January 11, 2018
The Cyclingnews team have hit the ground running in Adelaide ahead of the Tour Down Under with an action-packed podcast featuring Elia Viviani, Sam Bennett, Scott Davies, EF Education first’s Tom Southam and Cyclingnews’ Daniel Benson and Zeb Woodpower.
The hosts run through the parcours for the race, pick out their favourites, and the key factors that could decide the race.
Southam also talks about the precarious position his team were faced with during the tail-end of last season, and their hopes for this campaign.
Viviani, who moved from Team Sky to Quick-Step Floors during the winter also sits down for an exclusive interview. The Italian talks about his transfer, how he aims to fill Marcel Kittel’s shoes, and his dreams of winning Milan-San Remo.
Bennett discusses his health issues ahead of the race, while Davies shares his feelings about making his WorldTour debut.
January 3, 2018
The 2018 season is here and what better way to kick-start the campaign than by listening to the latest Cyclingnews podcast. This week we sit down and catch up with Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and one of Katusha-Alpecin’s newest recruits, Ian Boswell.
Van Avermaet is gearing up for another tilt at the Classics and after a hugely successful 2017 is hoping to add the Tour of Flanders to his already impressive palmares. We talked to the Belgian about his plans for the year, his dreams of Flanders and how BMC Racing are going to cope without the skills of Daniel Oss, who has moved to Bora.
Boswell arrives at Katusha after spending five WorldTour years at Team Sky. Recorded in early December, we talk to the American about making the switch, the change in atmosphere and how he is gunning to ride the Tour de France for the first time.
We also proudly introduce our new podcast sponsors, Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello. We’re delighted to welcome both brands on board and they’ll be with us throughout the season to help us provide you with the latest interviews, race analysis and more from all the biggest races in the World. A big thank you to both Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello.
We also check out and review [ed. if you can call it that] the WorldTour jerseys for 2018 and share with you the results from our recent reader poll. We close out the first episode of the podcast by making some bold and almost certain to be proved wrong predictions for the season, including who will win the Tour de France and who will be the biggest flop of the season.