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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Marco Pinotti’s cycling dream team

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. 

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Tour down Under: Impey secures overall succes as Greipel takes stage win 18

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.

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Can anyone stop Richie Porte at the Tour Down Under?

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?

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Hot hot heat at the Tour Down Under

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.

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Tour Down Under: Sprints, crashes, and a looming GC battle

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.

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Peter Sagan, Ewan Tour Down Under and de Gendt

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.

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