Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen analysis, Tour of Flanders preview

March 29, 2018

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at the action from Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem, before turning our attention to this weekend's Tour of Flanders.

We hear from Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Marta Bastianelli on their latest results, while Ed Pickering, editor of Procycling, and as luck would have it, author of a new book, The Ronde, joins us.

Pickering is put through his paces with a Flanders-related quiz - although it probably would have been a wise idea for the quizmaster to research the answers first. Pickering's book - out now - celebrates one of the finest one-day races in the world, and uses the unforgettable 2011 edition on which to hang a series of anecdotes and historical stories.

As well as looking back to 2011 we also look ahead to Sunday, identifying some key contenders and the main factors that could shape this year's edition of the race.

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Milan-San Remo review

March 20, 2018


In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at a nail-biting edition of Milan-San Remo.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) stole the show with a daring attack on the Poggio, and despite a flurry of counter-attacks and a late chase, the Italian held on for a famous victory.

At the finish we hear from Nibali, along with Caleb Ewan (second), Alexander Kristoff (fourth), and Peter Sagan (sixth).

We look back at the action but also analyse what it means for Nibali’s career, and Italian cycling. The Italian rider has now won three Monuments to add to his four Grand Tour titles, which begs the question, is he the most complete rider of his generation?

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Milan-San Remo preview and Tirreno talking points

March 15, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we have exclusive interviews with Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Michal Kwiatkowski and Pippo Pozzato.

 Recorded on the morning of the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, our very own Stephen Farrand and Daniel Benson look back at the major talking points from the Italian WorldTour race, and then discuss the form of the main contenders for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.

 At Tirreno-Adriatico Kwiatkowski conquered all with a complete performance on the flats and in the mountains. We talked to him ahead of the final time trial about his Milan-San Remo defence and the growing debate as to whether he could, and should, switch to Grand Tour riding. It’s a quandary he could face this season given the uncertainty over Chris Froome’s future. The Polish all-rounder has now won back-to-back stages races this season.

 Peter Sagan – arguably the favourite for Milan-San Remo given his stature, form and qualities – gives us a short take on his condition and hopes for the weekend. The three-time world champion isn’t one for making bold predictions but his take on the race is ever-worth listening to.

 Now confirmed to make his debut in the race, Marcel Kittel, explains his philosophy about approaching the race. The German had a disappointing start to the season but found his legs and his leadout to be firing on all cylinders in Tirreno. Kittel won two stages but only time will tell if he can make it over the climbs and compete for the win. We spoke to him before his confirmed participation but his answers are still insightful and telling when it comes to the pressure he is trying to distance himself from.

 And finally, we talk to Pippo Pozzato, the last Italian winner of the one-day event. His 2014 triumph essentially made his career, and although he is close to retirement the enigmatic Italian could still be a factor in the race. His greatest strength these days is undoubtedly his experience and he talks about the development of the race and shares his favourites.

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Tirreno Adriatico: mountain showdown featuring Thomas, Dumoulin and Bennett

March 10, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at a thrilling stage 4 at Tirreno-Adriatico.

 

As expected, it all came down to the final climb to Sarnano Sassotetto. The stage was won in impressively fashion by Mikel Landa (Movistar), who held off Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Fabio Aru (Astana).

 

The turning point came when race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) slipped his chain with less than 1.5km to go. The Team Sky rider’s mechanical sparked chaos, with several attacks going clear just before. Despite a late chase, Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) did enough to move back into the race lead.

 

We hear from a devastated Thomas, as well as George Bennett, who almost won the stage. We also interview Tom Dumoulin after the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner was forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico following a crash.

 

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Tirreno TTT featuring Froome, Bardet, Dumoulin & Kittel

March 7, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to by Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – we analyse the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.

 

BMC Racing won the stage, with Mitchelton Scott and Team Sky completing the podium.

 

In the podcast we hear from Chris Froome (Team Sky) with his thoughts on his team’s current status after the Select Committee’s report and his own case. We hear from Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet on their form, their Grand Tour ambitions and Froome’s participation in the race, while Marcel Kittel talks about teething problems since his move to Katusha-Alpecin and how he is trying to get back to winning ways here in Italy – a country he’s not competed in since 2016.

 

European Editor Stephen Farrand talks about the history and relevance of the race, and we also discuss Mark Cavendish’s unfortunate crash and elimination from the race after missing the time cut.

 

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