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World Championships: Team time trial mixed relay

World Championships: Team time trial mixed relay

September 22, 2019

It’s the first day of time trials at the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire and the Cyclingnews team analyse all the action from today’s team time trial mixed relay in which the dominant Dutch brushed aside the challenge from Germany and hosts Great Britain to win the gold.

We hear from Elisa Longo Borghini, Dan Bingham, Jan Bakelants and Lucinda Brand, while we also debate whether the inaugural mixed TTT was a startling success or if the UCI need to go back to the drawing board.

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Did the Colorado Classic make the right decision? – Podcast Women’s Edition

Did the Colorado Classic make the right decision? – Podcast Women’s Edition

September 17, 2019
Find out what Katie Hall, Allie Dragoo, Lindsay Goldman, Omer Shapira, BePink's Walter Zini and race director Sean Petty thought of the inaugural women's-only edition of the race Organisers of the Colorado Classic haven't been shy about trying new ways to make bicycle racing work in the Centennial State, first pairing their 2.HC men's race and US national calendar women's race with a concert in a 'Velorama' with big-named stars they hoped would attract cross-over fans.
 
For this year, however, the Velorama was gone and organisers made the unorthodox move of shedding the men's event and investing their funds in a women's-only UCI 2.1 race. Four stages took the international peloton from Steamboat to Avon and Golden before the finale in downtown Denver in the shadow of Coors Stadium.
 
Chloe Dygert-Owen (Sho-Air Twenty20) swept all four stages, all the jerseys and the overall, but the real winner may have been US women's racing in general as presenting Sponsor VF Corporation decided to return for at least one more year in 2020.
 
The women raced for a total prize purse of $75,000 this year – $5,000 more than the men did in 2018 – and the race crowdfunded tens of thousands more for primes and local charities during the live video coverage that was broadcast for the entirety of each stage.
 
In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, Kirsten Frattini and Pat Malach discuss impressions of the race and its potential moving forward. We also hear from Sho-Air Twenty20's Allie Dragoo, who retired after the final stage, Boels Dolman's Katie Hall, Israeli champion Omer Shapira, Hagens Berman-Supermint rider/owner Lindsay Goldman, BePink directeur sportif Walter Zini and Colorado Classic race director Sean Petty.
Can van der Poel win the World Championships, Landa on Bahrain switch and Azevedo on Katusha

Can van der Poel win the World Championships, Landa on Bahrain switch and Azevedo on Katusha

September 13, 2019

Not for the first time in this year’s Tour of Britain Mathieu van der Poel showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals for a convincing stage win that extended his lead.

And not for the first time the Cyclingnews team of Philippa York and Daniel Benson were left debating whether the young Dutchman can take the rainbow jersey later this month in Yorkshire. Joined by author and journalist William Fortheringham, the team look back at the stage and consider whether van der Poel has perhaps played his cards too early ahead of Worlds, while we hear from the rider himself during his stage-winner’s press conference.

 Fotheringham gives us his expert view on the Worlds course having ridden it earlier this year, while York puts to bed the notion that riding on home roads offers any form of advantage. The pair then talk about the similarities between Yorkshire’s course and the one raced in Oslo in 1993. 

There’s also time to check in with Jose Azevedo and the latest problems at Katusha-Alpecin where the riders are still waiting on news over the team’s future, and we catch up with Mikel Landa on whether the move to Bahrain-Merida will finally offer him the chance of sole leadership at a team.

 

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Van der Poel, Trentin and Swift talk World Championships

Van der Poel, Trentin and Swift talk World Championships

September 11, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we catch up with some of the leading contenders for the World Championships who are currently finessing their form at the Tour of Britain.

We speak to young Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel about his chances in Yorkshire and growing level of expectancy he has on his shoulders.

We also hear from Italian leader Matteo Trentin on his nations chances, a generation of riders now at their peak, and the merits of racing on British roads ahead of Yorkshire.

There’s a catch up with the British national champion Ben Swift on his time at UAE Team Emirates and how he is hoping to galvanize a team around him despite only having six spots on the start line.

Finally, time trial specialist and super domestique Luke Durbridge gives us his take on the Australian team, Rohan Dennis’ chances on defending his time trial title, and the merits of announcing squads as early as possible.

What’s more Philippa York is on hand to give her expert opinion on an array of topics with the Worlds just over a week away.

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Oscar Freire: The rise of a legend at the 1999 World Championships

Oscar Freire: The rise of a legend at the 1999 World Championships

September 9, 2019

1999 had its highs and lows. For every No Scrubs by TLC there was a Mambo Number 5 or virtually anything from the Backstreet Boys’ back catalogue. Bluetooth came about, we all played Snake on our Nokia 3210s, and a Texan shocked the world by winning the Tour de France. Whatever happened to him?

But when it came to professional cycling, maybe the best thing about the sport was just how inaccessible it was. If you wanted to keep up with European racing, your options were either the four lines of text posted on Ceefax, loading up Cyclingnews on your parents’ dodgy modem, or waiting a week for your favourite cycling magazine to hit the shelves.

However you managed to follow cycling back then, the fact that you had work for it only added to the romance. And the final UCI World Championships of the 1990s were arguably the most romantic and beautiful of the entire decade. The setting was perfect, the line-up stellar, even the race-winning break was filled with a mouthwatering array of talent. And, to top it all, we had a shock winner.

This is the story of Oscar Friere’s 1999 Worlds win and how a complete unknown stormed to victory in one of the biggest upsets the sport had ever seen.

Join us as we re-tell the race on its 20th anniversary, and head to meet with Friere at his home in Northern Spain.

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A special thanks to everyone who was interviewed: Oscar Freire, Hugo Coorevits, Servais Knaven, Rolf Aldag, Scott Moninger, Sven Montgomery, Dirk Demol and Dimitri Konyshev.

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Dumoulin’s departure, Van der Poel on Worlds, Vuelta a Espana preview

Dumoulin’s departure, Van der Poel on Worlds, Vuelta a Espana preview

August 22, 2019
In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we discuss Tom Dumoulin's move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma and look ahead to the Vuelta a España, along with hearing from Mathieu van der Poel, Steve Cummings, and Warren Barguil at the Arctic Race of Norway. 
 
First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.
 
Dumoulin's move to break his contract at Sunweb and head to Jumbo-Visma has been on the cards for a while but has still sent shockwaves through the sport. We discuss what went on and what led to the breakdown in the relationship between Dumoulin and Sunweb. We also ask what this move means for him personally, and for Jumbo-Visma, who are amassing a very strong Grand Tour arsenal.
 
Next up, we bring you a trio of interesting stories from the Arctic Race of Norway. First up, we hear from Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel on his build-up to the World Championships next month, and ask: Can he really win it? We also hear from Steve Cummings, who was back on the front foot after a poor Tour de France and poor couple of seasons, and Warren Barguil, who raged at another rider after losing the race by a single second on the final day. 
 
Finally, with the Vuelta a España starting on Saturday, we look ahead to the final Grand Tour of the season. We're joined by our resident Spaniard Alasdair Fotheringham to get the low-down on what to expect in Spain over the next three weeks. 
Jonathan Vaughters’ guide to building a WorldTour team l’Avenir preview

Jonathan Vaughters’ guide to building a WorldTour team l’Avenir preview

August 15, 2019

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast. This week we have three exclusive interviews just for you with Jonathan Vaughters, Alex Howes and French journalist Pierre Carrey all featuring on the episode.

 First up, just to remind you, our friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.

Sticking with Sportful, we still have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month.

 We start with Jonathan Vaughters and a similar theme to last week’s transfer special. In this interview, Vaughters talks about what he looks for in a rider, the different criteria at play and how he has build EF Education First. It’s an eye-opening journey into the complex dynamics in play when it comes to structuring for the future and balancing both long term and immediate goals. There’s also a cameo from Alex Howes, after we caught up with the US national road champion at the Tour of Utah.

 Our final interview is with the well-respected French journalist Pierre Carrey who is a regular for Liberation. Carrey gives us the rundown on the Tour de l’Avenir, which starts Thursday. The ten-day race is viewed as mini Tour de France with a raft of U23 riders and future stars taking part. We talk about the relevance of the race, how team managers use it as a hunting ground for talent; how the style of racing compares to the WorldTour, and who to watch over the next fortnight.

 

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Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents

Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents

August 8, 2019

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville - we analyse the transfer market and we have three special guests, with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott joined by rider agents Martijn Berkhout from SEG and Joao Correira from Corso.

First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.

Sticking with Sportful. We have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. Finally, on jerseys, our signed jersey from EF Education First is going to David Churchill who subscribed to us from our Podbean Platform. David, if you're listening, drop us a line at cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com and we'll post out that signed jersey and shorts as soon as we can.

But let's jump right in. The Tour is over and August 1 means one thing – the start of the transfer window. We're going to start with our interview with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott. They've seen Matteo Trentin leave for pastures new but White has assembled one of the best teams in the WorldTour circuit. In this interview, we talk about working to a budget, making sure you sign riders who fit your team's culture and the balance between short term wins and long term development.

Our next guest is Martijn Berkhout from SEG. They're one of the biggest agencies in the world and work with the likes of Dan Martin and Wout Poels, both of whom are out of contract at the end of the season. Berkhout talks about 'creating options' for his athletes and how the transfer market has changed in recent years. The Dutchman also pinpoints the main influences and elements that have shaped the market.

Our final interviewee in this week's podcast Joao Correira. You may remember him from his Cervelo TestTeam days but now he runs the Corso agency alongside Ken Somner. They work with Laurens ten Dam but also a huge raft of young talent – from Tao Geoghegan Hart to Mads Pedersen and Michael Valgren. Correira also works with promising non-European riders and he talks about how he balances their hopes and dream with the reality of WorldTour cycling and the shifts in the market as more and more young athletes turn pro at a young age.

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Tour de France review: Bernal, Thomas, Brailsford and Kruijswijk

Tour de France review: Bernal, Thomas, Brailsford and Kruijswijk

July 28, 2019

It’s Sunday morning, the day after the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France and the race is heading to Paris with Egan Bernal in yellow and Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk rounding out the podium after Vincenzo Nibali won stage 20 to Val Thorens.

 In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful,  Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville we hear from a triumphant Dave Brailsford, Kruijswijk, Thomas, and Dan Martin.

 We look back at the final stage in the Alps and discuss the how, where and why in relation to Bernal’s win as well Team Ineos’ seventh Tour title in eight years. Geraint Thomas opens up about his difficult year and his hopes for the future and Brailsford flicks on the power point to talk strategy.

 There’s debate over whether Jumbo Visma have what it takes to win the Tour and if leaving Dylan Gronewegen at home next season would give them a better chance, and Dan Martin gives his reasoning as to why his Tour de France never really got going.

 It’s our last podcast from the Tour de France so we also talk highlights and lowlights, including Pinot, Alaphilippe, hotel, Patrick Lefevere, Bardet and McDonald’s.

Tour de France: Bernal storms into yellow as mudslide ends stage

Tour de France: Bernal storms into yellow as mudslide ends stage

July 26, 2019

The stage was set for a battle royal between the GC contenders but in the end stage 19 of the Tour de France was nullified after storms and a resulting mudslide hit the route. It meant that there was no stage winner with organisers ASO forced to take the times from the penultimate climb. This put Egan Bernal, who had been on the attack, in the yellow jersey.

 In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful, Pinerallo and Flyods of Leadville  - we hear hear from Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan and Seb Piquet from ASO after one of the most dramatic days in Tour de France history.