The Cycling News Podcast
The Greatest: Top10 female riders since 1998

The Greatest: Top10 female riders since 1998

July 1, 2020

In this week’s episode of the Cyclilngnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful and Pinarello, we rank the top-ten female riders from 1998 onwards. Our time frame takes into consideration the Women’s World Cup that ran from 1998 until 2015 and the  current Women’s WorldTour

With expert opinions from our women’s editor Kirsten Frattini and Procycling’s Ed Pickering we start with an incredibly strong long-list before whittling down to two sets of top tens.

The long list includes Marianne Voss, Leontien van Moorsel, Anna van der Breggen, Fabiana Luperini, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Petra Rossner, Nicole Cooke, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Ina Teutenberg to name but a few, and there are a number of surprise inclusions before settle on the best rider. 

Here's our long-list, so feel free to join in and post your order in the comments below. 

Annemiek Van Vleuten

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

Fabiana Luperini

Petra Rossner

Marianne Vos 

Mara Abbott 

Emma Pooley 

Judith Arndt

Leontien van Moorsel 

Anna van der Breggen

Nicole Cooke  

Ina Teutenburg  

Kristin Armstrong  

Giorgia Bronzini  

Lizzie Deignan

Chloe Dygert

Kirsten Wild

Amanda Spratt

Oenone Wood  

Anna Wilson/Millward

Amber Neben  

Chloe Dygert

Kirsten Wild

Amanda Spratt

Hanka Kupfernagel

Emma Johnansson

Elisa Longo Borghini

Trixi Worrack

Evelyn Stevens

Mirijam Melchers

 

In this week’s episode we also hear from George Bennett and discuss all the breaking  news from Ed’s chicken farm.

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The Greatest: Top 10 cobbled Classics riders of the WorldTour era

The Greatest: Top 10 cobbled Classics riders of the WorldTour era

June 12, 2020
In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful and Pinarello, we look at another top-ten list and this time it’s the cobbled Classics riders from the men's WorldTour era.
 
Our list is comprised of some of the best cobbled specialists of all-time, let alone the last few years, and as well as discussing their palmarès, we analysed the lasting impressions each rider has made on the sport.
 
Starting with a long-list of 15, Daniel Benson (Cyclingnews) and Edward Pickering (Procycling) whittled their respective lists to ten riders before crowning their best riders.
 
The podcast also features exclusive interviews with former Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman – he picks his best cobbled rider, too – and Matteo Trentin on CCC’s sponsorship and how he and Greg Van Avermaet will race together later in the year.
 
Here's our long-list, so feel free to join in and post your order in the comments below.
 
Peter Sagan
Philippe Gilbert
Tom Boonen
Fabian Cancellara
Greg Van Avermaet
Zdenek Stybar
Alessandro Ballan
Juan Antonio Flecha
Nick Nuyens
Niki Terpstra
Mat Hayman
Alexander Kristoff
Stijn Devolder
Andreas Klier
Johan Vansummeren
 
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Chris Froome transfer latest and ranking the best sprinters of the WorldTour era

Chris Froome transfer latest and ranking the best sprinters of the WorldTour era

May 23, 2020

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we analyze the latest news surrounding Chris Froome and his contract situation. The four-time Tour de France winner has been linked with several teams with the notion of a mid-season transfer mentioned in several camps.

We look at Froome’s options, where he should go and whether staying at Team Ineos is his best option.

 As well as our Froome discussion Cn’s Daniel Benson and Procycling’s Edward Pickering rank their top-10 sprinters from the from

 WorldTour era. From a shortlist of 16 to a reduced number of 12 (as you see below) and then to 10, our podcasters rank the fastest riders in the world with some surprising results.

 

Pascal Ackermann

Mark Cavendish

Marcel Kittel

Arnaud Demare

Nacer Bouhanni

Andre Greipel

Dylan Groenewegen

Caleb Ewan

Elia Viviani

Sam Bennett
Fernando Gaviria

Peter Sagan

 

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The Greatest: Top 10 Grand Tour riders of the WorldTour era

The Greatest: Top 10 Grand Tour riders of the WorldTour era

May 10, 2020

Are the greatest and the most successful the same or different? That’s the hot topic in this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews podcast as Ed Pickering and Patrick Fletcher go head-to-head and attempt to rank the greatest GC Grand Tour riders of the WorldTour era.

 In no particular order we selected ten riders: Nairo Quintana, Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins, Vincenzo Nibali , Cadel Evans, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Alejandro Valverde and analyzed their Grand Tour careers since the WorldTour began in 2019 and through four forms of criteria – numbers of wins, longevity, competition and legacy/reputation – Pickering and Fletcher arrived at two very different lists.  

 We discuss both list and some of the notable absentees from our original ten, and to break up the proceedings we have an interview with Simon Yates thrown in for good measure.

 

We’d love to know your top-tens, so please post them in the comments below.

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Sam Bennett, Haas, Alaphilippe and the most ‘clicked’ riders

Sam Bennett, Haas, Alaphilippe and the most ‘clicked’ riders

May 3, 2020
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we catch up with Sam Bennett on living in lockdown and how he envisages the year unfolding. We also chat with Nathan Haas with the Australian providing us with his selection of tunes to listen to while training indoors.
 
There’s time to also check with our women’s editor Kirsten Frattini on the latest developments in the women’s peloton – including the Bigla-Katusha story and how the team face closing.
Hosts Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson also discuss the merits and the draw backs surrounding eRacing, while we talk all things Alaphillipe with the Frenchman set to be the cover star on next month’s edition of Procycling magazine. We share who the top ten riders are on CN according to 'clicks' and Ed takes us through the process of how Procycling determine the cover stars throughout the year.
 
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Annemiek van Vleuten: The five races that changed my life

Annemiek van Vleuten: The five races that changed my life

April 28, 2020
In this episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast Women’s Edition we sat down with Mitchelton-Scott rider Annemiek van Vleuten in the spring of 2019 ahead of what turned out to be one of the biggest years in her career. 
 
It was a year that saw the Dutch all-rounder secure victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a second overall title at the Giro Rosa and then dominate the elite women’s road race with a history-making 105km solo attack that netted her the victory at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire.
 
The 37-year-old Van Vleuten has been a professional since 2009 and has become one of the best riders and most recognisable names in the women’s peloton. She is also a two-time world champion in the time trial, two-time winner of Giro Rosa champion, and a double winner of La Course, and the current elite women's road race world champion.
 
Before we met up with Van Vleuten in the spring of 2019, we asked her to look back on her career and pick out five of her biggest moments and the ones that meant the most for her. 
 
The conversation happened just days before she soloed to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, but she had plenty of moments to pick from her decade-long career including the Tour of Flanders, Olympic Games, World Championships, Giro Rosa and La Course.
 
Enjoy our conversation with Annemiek van Vleuten. 
 
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Dumoulin, White and Slipstream’s beginnings

Dumoulin, White and Slipstream’s beginnings

April 18, 2020

A bumper edition of the CN podcast

It’s been a few weeks since our last episode but the Cyclingnews podcast is back with interviews with Tom Dumoulin and Matt White 

We also discuss the likelihood of the  Tour de France taking place later this year and whether it’s too soon to get excited about race dates that have been scheduled for the second half of the year.

European editor Stephen Farrand provides the latest lowdown from Italy and the Giro d’Italia’s plans, while we also look back at the formation of the Slipstream team. The American squad recently announced a round of cuts and layoffs but in the 2000s they burst onto the scene, and Ed Pickering from Procycling magazine was at their team launch in Boulder, Colorado 13 years ago. Pickering and CN’s Daniel Benson talk about the team’s first rosters and pose the question as to whether they’ve stayed true to their roots.

 

Tom Dumoulin, at home in Belgium, catches up with us over Skype and talks about lockdown, altitude camps and his thoughts on the new 2020 calendar, while Mitchelton Scott’s Matt White joins us from Spain to discuss how teams can start to plan for the coming months.

 

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Our latest competition gives you the chance to win one of two musettes. We have one from Katusha Alpecin that’s stuffed with goodies and kit from last year, while we also have a similar prize for BMC Racing fans. Can you tell we’ve recently moved offices and need to clear some space?

 All you have to do to win these fantastic prizes is head to our Itunes page, give us a review and post your top three kits for 2020 (men’s or women’s). We’ll announce the winners in the next couple of weeks. 

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The coronavirus crisis: Where do cycling and global sports go next?

The coronavirus crisis: Where do cycling and global sports go next?

March 12, 2020

Last week, when we recorded an episode entirely devoted to the covid-19 coronavirus crisis. The hope was that by now we’d be back to some semblance of normality and that racing would at least be back on the agenda. Seven days later though and that scenario is far bleaker than many of us could have imagined. Granted, as we recorded this episode Paris-Nice is somehow still on but around the world bike races are being pulled left right and centre. It looks as though the entire season is at risk.

Coming up we’ll hear from our European Editor Stephen Farrand, who is based in Italy, one of the most heavily hit countries, and we talk to Italy’s Matteo Trentin from CCC team, who gives us riders’ perspective. 

But we start this episode by talking to Rob Harris, AP’s global sports correspondent. In this interview, we step away from cycling and look at the wider problems that sport now facing. We ask who decides which sports go ahead, whether, as Lewis Hamilton recently said ‘cash is king’ and just how damaging the possible loss of marquee events such as the Olympics, European Championships and a host of other events could be for sport on a global stage. 

Closer to home, Stephen Farrand has been with Cyclingnews for almost a decade. He is based in Italy and has covered the Giro since 1994. These are unprecedented times for Italian cycling and its society as a whole. We caught up with Stephen on Thursday afternoon, just after the conclusion of stage 5 at Paris-Nice. He gives his insight into how Italy is coping and where racing could go from here.

For our final interview, we stick with an Italian theme. Matteo Trentin is the vice president of the Italian riders association and one of the most respected riders in the peloton. The CCC rider is currently in Spain for a short training camp but we spoke with him about his thoughts on racing and the coronavirus and what the riders and teams should be doing under the difficult circumstances. 

 

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Cycling’s coronavirus crisis - Podcast featuring Vaughters and White

Cycling’s coronavirus crisis - Podcast featuring Vaughters and White

March 6, 2020

As you might expect this podcast solely focuses on the Coronavirus and its effect on professional cycling.

 We’re going to hear from team bosses Jonathan Vaughters, and Matt White, as well as our European Editor Stephen Farrand, who lives in Italy, and Sophie Smith, who made it home from the UAE and is safely back in Australia.

 But we start with Stephen Farrand and we discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the Italian race scene and how teams and the Italian public at large are struggling to cope. This was recorded just a few hours after RCS announced that Strade Bianche would not take place this weekend.

Our interview with Jonathan Vaughters from EF Pro Cycling was conducted on Thursday evening but Paris-Nice was set to go ahead and EF were down to ride.

 Vaughters talks about how teams are trying to understand the quickly evolving situation and the various playbook scenarios they are having to consider when it comes to race selection, rosters and riders’ health.

 Matt White’s Mitchelton-Scott team was one of the first, if not the first, to announce that their men’s and women’s teams would be halting all racing with immediate effect. That as before Strade Bianche was canceled. In this interview White talks about the wellbeing of his riders, and the logistical stresses put on a team. He uses the example of the recent developments at the UAE Tour as an example.

 Finally, we hear from Australian journalist Sophie Smith on the dramatic twists that took place at the UAE Tour last week. Some teams and riders are still stuck in the UAE and will be there until mid-March but the situation for around 72 hours was fraught and tense, to say the least. In this interview with Smith, we take you through how the situation unfolded.

 

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Our latest competition gives you the chance to win one of two musettes. We have one from Katusha Alpecin that’s stuffed with goodies and kit from last year, while we also have a similar prize for BMC Racing fans. Can you tell we’ve recently moved offices and need to clear some space?

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Yates, Froome and Ewan at the dinosaur park

Yates, Froome and Ewan at the dinosaur park

February 26, 2020

The UAE Tour continues and in the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – we wrap up stages 3 and 4. We hear from Adam Yates on his stage win and race lead, and Caleb Ewan and Sam Bennett after both riders missed out on stage wins. Ewan crashed and found himself out of position on Wednesday, while Bennett jumped too early and altered his leadout train. We talk about both sprinters and just how competitive this race has been.

 As in previous days we also drop in at Team Ineos to talk to Chris Froome. The four-time Tour de France winner is using the UAE Tour as his comeback race and in this latest catch-up we talk to him about his future beyond 2020 – he’s out of contract this year – and how he’s feeling after several days of competition. 

 Picking up from our previous discussion over the Australian emu wars of the 1930s – to remind you, the emus won – presenters Daniel Benson and Sophie Smith continue the theme by turning their attention to their limited dinosaurs facts after stage 4 started outside a dinosaur theme park in Dubai.

 Spoiler: Their facts and knowledge on the subject really are limited.

 

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Our latest competition gives you the chance to win one of two musettes. We have one from Katusha Alpecin that’s stuffed with goodies and kit from last year, while we also have a similar prize for BMC Racing fans. Can you tell we’ve recently moved offices and need to clear some space?

 All you have to do to win these fantastic prizes is head to our Itunes page, give us a review and post your top three kits for 2020 (men’s or women’s). We’ll announce the winners in the next couple of weeks. 

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Our versatile Fiandre line uses proprietary technology to keep you dry and comfortable in inclement, variable weather conditions. 

Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. 

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