Tour de France team analysis with Philippa York

June 28, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we sit down at go through a number of the squads that have been announced ahead of next week’s Tour de France.

 With special guest Philippa York joining Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson in the studio, we look at key selections for the likes of BMC Racing, Movistar and Ag2R La Mondiale – all of which have named strong and dynamic teams for this 2018 edition of the race.

 We also pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of several other teams, such as Vincenzo Nibali’s Bahrain Merida and Jakob Fuglsang’s Astana squad.

And although Team Sky are yet to announce their eight-man line up to defend Chris Froome’s title we look through a number of the possible inclusions and debate whether any weaknesses exist within the British team’s camp.

Tour de France route preview

June 22, 2018

With the Tour de France on the horizon and a volley of teams starting to announce their eight-man rosters for the race, Cyclingnews sits down with EF Education First Drapac – powered by Cannondale’s Tom Southam to analyse and pick apart the race route. The profile of this year’s Tour can be neatly divided into two halves with the first portion dominated by sprints, cross-winds, cobbles and the team time trial. The second half of the race will see the peloton – or rather what’s left of it – head into the mountains with the Alps followed by the Pyrenees. Even the transition stages could be key in the battle for the yellow jersey. There is of course the final time trial on the penultimate day but this year’s Tour de France is set to be brutally tough race with no let up through the early stages in the Vendee or as the race travels through Brittany.

 Along with looking at the route the team of Southam, Cyclingnews’ Daniel Benson, and Procycling editor Ed Pickering pick out the standout riders for the race, from the sprinters to the climbers and GC candidates. Southam also discusses what goes into picking a Tour de France roster, and provides is expert opinion on how the race might unfold.

This podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville.

Tour de France contender analysis & Van Avermaet interview

June 19, 2018

Aside from Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin we’ve seen nearly all of the pre-race favourites for this year’s Tour de France race over the last two weeks. From the Criterium du Dauphine, to the Tour de Suisse and everything in between, there have been impressively strong performances from some candidates, while several still have a way to go before finding their best form.

 In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at the last few weeks of racing with Daniel Benson and Procycling’s Ed Pickering evaluating the form of Richie Porte, Movistar’s trio of Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Vincenzo Nibali and a host of other riders.

 There’s also an exclusive interview with Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet who tells us why he turned his back on a promising career as a football player, his hopes of the future and, his the type of team he’s hoping to join for 2018.

Tour de Suisse: Porte in yellow, Greipel’s contract, Mitchelton team meeting

June 13, 2018

It’s the end of stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse, and in the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at the first mountain-top finish of this year’ race.

 We start with Mitchelton Scott, who kindly allowed us onto their team bus in order to listen to their pre-stage meeting. Conducted by Matt Wilson, the squad made detailed plans about the stage, with each of their riders given precise instructions in order to protect their leader, Jack Haig. The riders looked at the race profile video, while Switzerland’s Michael Albasini gave his expert view on the roads and how the race might unfold. There was time to listen to the riders discuss their rivals and several race scenarios before the squad headed to sign on for the stage.

 Before the start we also spoke to sprinter Andre Greipel on his future at Lotto Soudal. The full details can be found here, but the audio from the interview is certainly worth a listen on its own. The German sprinter is still without a contract for next year, but there appears to be tension between him and his manager, Paul De Geyter, who told Cyclingnews earlier in the week that Greipel has not been offered a contract. Greipel told Cyclingnews on Thursday that he had been handed a two-year proposal.

 We also analyse the race and hear from Larry Warbasse, who was in the early break, and then Richie Porte, who now leads the race after some solid work from his BMC Racing teammates to repel Movistar. We also talk tech, Wilco Kelderman and look ahead to stage 6.

Tour de Suisse: Sagan, BMC share the spoils and Southam guests

June 10, 2018

Following on from a short break after the Giro d’Italia the Cyclingnews podcast returns from the Tour de Suisse. Looking back over the opening weekend, in which BMC Racing and Peter Sagan both enjoyed victories, we analyse the race so far and hear from Sagan, Michael Matthews and Fernando Gaviria.

 We’re also joined by special guest Tom Southam from EF Education First Drapac, powered by Cannondale, who takes us through the race so far, his team’s ambitions for Suisse, the dying art of the breakaway specialists and what it’s like to direct a team at WorldTour level. There’s also time to reminisce about the first kits we bought and in Southam’s case we head back to the 1990s for two standout designs.