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Valgren interview and report cards for NTT and EF Pro Cycling

Valgren interview and report cards for NTT and EF Pro Cycling

November 29, 2020
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello, we speak to Michael Valgren about his 2020 season, his time at NTT Pro Cycling and his move to EF Pro Cycling ahead of next year’s campaign.
 
The Danish rider spent two years on the African team and never quite managed to replicate the 2018 form that saw him win Amstel Gold Race but he talks about his motivation, why things didn’t work out and how he will fit into EF Pro Cycling’s roster.
As well as hearing from Valgren, we also start our yearly report card analysis of the WorldTour teams and as Valgren features – and because there’s no real method – we start by taking a look at both NTT and EF.
 
NTT actually started the season incredibly well. They came into 2020 with arguably one of the weakest rosters of the WorldTour teams but they won six races by the time Paris-Nice concluded. They dominated a number of online races during lockdown but once racing resumed they struggled. Giacomo Nizzolo won the European Championships and Ben O’Connor took a fine stage in the Giro d’Italia but there was very little for them to celebrate.
 
They ended the year with eight wins but the season was really dominated by sponsorship issues and once more the underperformance of several key riders. Sponsorship issues created uncertainty and tension between the management before Assos stepped in to help the team going forward. We analyze the season for NTT, before Procycling’s editor Edward Picking – a former teacher no less – provides the team with a report card grade.
 
Then we head to EF, and the American team that went from 17 wins in 2019 to 17 wins this year. There was no Monument win this time around but the team were aggressive in every format of racing – they won stages in all three Grand Tours and finished on the podium in the Vuelta a España. They also won the Critérium du Dauphiné with one of the best days of racing we saw all year, and even if you strip out the wins they took outside of the WorldTour – for example, the wins in Colombia – they were impressive. Our presenters look back on the year for the team before Mr Pickering provides his end of season grade.
 
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Israel Start-Up Nations transfer plans, Dowsett’s hour, and NTT struggle

Israel Start-Up Nations transfer plans, Dowsett’s hour, and NTT struggle

November 15, 2020

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello we hear from Israel Start-up Nation duo Alex Dowsett and Kjell Carlström. Dowsett talks about the reasons behind his December attempt on the UCI Hour record, while team director Carlström provides an insight into the team’s transfer strategy, Chris Froome’s path back to the top of the sport, and where the team’s strengths lay in 2021.
 

Hosts Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson recap the endings from both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana but also take an in-depth look at what’s gone wrong at NTT Pro Cycling and how difficult the market is for dozens of riders struggling for teams next season. We also discuss Richard Carapaz, and whether the Vuelta runner-up is Ineos’ best hope for Grand Tour success next season.

 

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Vuelta a Espana favourites, Van der Poel and Van Aert rivalry and Dumoulin interview

Vuelta a Espana favourites, Van der Poel and Van Aert rivalry and Dumoulin interview

October 20, 2020

In the latest Cyclingnews podcast we cast our eyes over the main contenders at the Vuelta a Espana. The field is stacked with stage racing talent, from Chris Froome to Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Richard Carapaz and Dan Martin. We hear from Dumoulin about his own chances, and how he has coped with such a short but intense season.

We also look back at the men’s edition of the Tour of Flanders and discuss the rivalry between winner Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert and  how the pair could shape the Classics for years to come.

The whirlwind of a season then takes us to Italy, where we hear from Jaoa Almeida and Tao Geoghegan Hart as the final week of action begins at the Giro d’Italia.

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Will the Giro reach Milan, possible teams for Cavendish and Longo Borghini interview

Will the Giro reach Milan, possible teams for Cavendish and Longo Borghini interview

October 17, 2020

In the latest Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello, we talk about the precarious situation at the Giro d’Italia after a number of positive COVID-19 tests have lead to two teams withdrawing and one additional team’s management requesting that the race come to an early end.

We discuss if the Giro will make it to Milan or not and how the organisers are vowing to carry on.

We also hear from Mark Cavendish, who spoke to the media in Belgium this week, and we look at the potential teams that he could join in 2021.

With the men’s and women’s Tour of Flanders coming up we look at the favourites and we talk to Elisa Longo Borghini about her season, the Classics and Trek Segafredo.

The road ahead for Mark Cavendish, Gent-Wevelgem and Giro d’Italia highlights

The road ahead for Mark Cavendish, Gent-Wevelgem and Giro d’Italia highlights

October 13, 2020

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we look back at the Giro d’Italia, Gent-Wevelgem and talk about where Mark Cavendish goes from here after he told the world that Gent-Wevelgem might be his final race.  We also hear from Mads Pedersen, Jack Haig, and Alex Dowsett.

We start with Mark Cavendish, who told reporters that Gent-Wevelgem could be his final race as pro rider. In emotional scenes, the British rider gave little else away but with his contract up and no confirmation of an extension at Bahrain McLaren could this be it for the sprinter who has won 30 stages of the Tour de France, Milan-San Remo, and many more races? Daniel Benson and Ed Pickering discuss the huge impact Cavendish has had on the sport, his major achievements, what he was like to interview, and how his personality and his fast finish went hand in hand.

We also look back at the Giro d’Italia  - before the latest COVID-19 results were announced – and analyse the finish in the men’s edition Gent-Wevelgem. Coming up in the next edition of the podcast we have an exclusive interview with Elisa Longo Borghini from Trek Segafredo and preview the Vuelta a Espana.

Thomas out of the Giro, Deignan exclusive and Liege recap

Thomas out of the Giro, Deignan exclusive and Liege recap

October 6, 2020

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello, we look back at the first four days of the Giro d’Italia and recap the men’s and women’s editions of Liege-Bastonge-Liege.

We have an exclusive interview with women’s race winner Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo) who talks about her victory, dividing up leadership and the first edition of Paris-Roubaix. We also hear from Marc Hirschi, who finished second in the men’s race.

In the Giro we hear from current race leader Joao Almeida and Matteo Tosatto, who talks about Geraint Thomas after the Welshman crashed out of the race.

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Simmons’ suspension, Giro d’Italia preview and Hansen exclusive

Simmons’ suspension, Giro d’Italia preview and Hansen exclusive

October 1, 2020

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we preview the Giro d’Italia which starts on Saturday and hear from Matt White and Adam Hansen, with the latter dropping huge and unexpected news surrounding his future as an athlete. We’ll also look back at Fleche Wallonne and hear from Marc Hirschi and European Editor Stephen Farrand makes his latest appearance.
 
We also take a look at the most important news from the week, which includes Quinn Simmons suspension from Trek Segafredo after the American responded to a post from a cycling journalist about the upcoming US election, in which she asked supporters of Donald Trump to stop following her on Twitter. Simmons responded by writing “bye,” followed by an emoji of a hand with black skin tone waving. The use of a black emoji by a white person online has been repeatedly highlighted as racist, and the term “digital blackface” has been coined to describe its usage. Simmons later apologized for his actions and he remains suspended. 

World Championships review

World Championships review

September 29, 2020

Featuring Van Aert, Hirschi, Kwiatkowski, van der Breggen, Van Vleutin, and Longo Borghini

In our latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello, we look back at a memorable weekend of racing from the UCI Road World Championships from Imola, Italy.

We focus on the men’s and women’s elite road races and we hear from a number of the key protagonists, including Wout Van Aert, Marc Hirschi, Michal Kwiatkowski, Anne van der Breggen, Annemiek Van Vleutin and

Elisa Longo Borghini.

Van der Breggen began the first elite rider since 1995 to win both the road race and the time trial in the same year, while Julian Alaphilippe stormed to his first road title with an attack on the final climb of the race.

We look back at both races, discuss Dutch domination, how and where both races were won and what the results mean for the rest of the season.

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Roglic closes in as Kwiatkowski saves Ineos’ Tour de France

Roglic closes in as Kwiatkowski saves Ineos’ Tour de France

September 17, 2020

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast looks back at the last few days in the Alps as we hear from Mikel Landa, Julian Alaphilippe, Richie Porte, and Adam Yates.

The racing has seen Michal Kwiatkowski and Miguel Angel Lopez win stages, while the race for the yellow jersey is almost over, with Primoz Roglic looking almost unbreakable.

We analyse the winners and losers from the Alps, and also compare the might of Jumbo Visma with the strongest editions of Team Sky and Ineos from the last few years.

There’s also an in-depth discussion on how Sunweb have come away with a Tour stacked with highlights and discussions over Richie Porte’s Grand Tour career.

 

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Bernal’s Tour collapses, Jungels on Higuita, and we debate doping questions

Bernal’s Tour collapses, Jungels on Higuita, and we debate doping questions

September 14, 2020

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Sportful and Pinarello – we look back at the critical stage 15 of the Tour de France and hear from Egan Bernal and Bob Jungels.

We look at where things went wrong for Ineos Grenadiers in this year’s Tour de France and where they go next. The top-ten on GC in the race has taken shape but Tadej Pogacar is breathing down Primoz Roglic’s neck as the race heads towards the final week and the Alps, and we play out where the race could be won and who else might challenge for a step on the podium.

Jungels talks about the incident in which he crashed Sergio Higuita out of the race and we also hear from Geraint Thomas who finished on the podium in Tirreno-Adriatico.

Finally, we ask, ‘when is the right time to ask questions relating to doping?’ This topic took centre stage on the rest-day when Michael Rasmussen accused a journalist of raising a stupid question in which Roglic was asked why his performances should be believed. The perfectly reasonable question may have caused a stir for some but we debate the delicate nature of asking tough questions and elaborate on why cyclists are asked about the topic in the first place.

 

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