Vuelta a Espana preview featuring Sagan, Yates, Porte and York

August 24, 2018

On the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by our friends at Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, the team of Philippa York, Patrick Fletcher and Daniel Benson preview the 2018 Vuelta a Espana.

 We hear from Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott), and Peter Sagan (Bora hansgrohe), whilst also debating the chances for a number of the GC contenders.

 Porte arrives at the race with a minor illness but is leading BMC Racing in the final Grand Tour before the team disbands in the off-season. Can he keep a united ship or will riders put their personal ambitions above the team’s?

 Simon Yates is looking to improve on his Giro d’Italia, where despite winning stages and leading the race, he fell away in the final stages. As for the world road champion, he starts to the Vuelta looking to win a stage as he builds up for the a Worlds defefence later in the year.

 Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru both head into the race with points to prove, with Vincenzo Nibali flying under the radar, despite his impressive Grand Tour palmares. Miguel Angel Lopez – third at the Giro d’Italia – also gets a mention, and there’s a detabe about whether Team Sky can mount another GC challenge despite the absence of both Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.

 York and Fletcher then pinpoint the key stages and where the race will be won and lost, with York discussing the differences in style and tempo between the Vuelta, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

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Planning for the future: The Yates brothers and Mitchelton-Scott

August 21, 2018

After a couple of weeks away the Cyclingnews Podcast is back. This week’s episode features exclusive interviews with Matt White, and both Adam and Simon Yates.

 Recorded on the final rest-day at the Tour de France, and just after the news of the brothers' re-signing with Mitchelton Scott was announced, Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson sat down with the two riders to talk about why they decided to stay with the Australian team, the steps that brought them to the WorldTour team in the first place and the next steps in their careers.

 With both riders set to take part in the Vuelta a Espana later this week, there's no better time to hear what they have to say.

 White opens up about the pressures of keeping two of his team's best assets, the allocation of budgets, and what it's like to break the bond when riders do decide to take up challenges on other teams.

 These interviews were recorded before the news of Caleb Ewan's move from Mitchelton Scott to Lotto Soudal was confirmed, but White and the Yates brothers also discuss the culture within Mitchelton Scott and its importance in relation to rider development and building a competitive team.

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Tour de France final analysis featuring Thomas, Froome and Dumoulin

August 2, 2018

It has been a few days since the 2018 Tour de France concluded and the Cyclingnews team are back home to record the final podcast relating this this year’s race.

The dust has finally settled, we’ve had a chance to decompress after a long three, and taken stock of the how the three-week race unfolded. As well as looking at the final week of racing, we also discuss where Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas go from here, both in terms of their hopes to lead Team Sky in the future, and as to whether they can return and win the Tour de France in 2019.

 Along with hearing from both Team Sky riders we also feature Tom Dumoulin and ponder what exactly the Dutchman needs to do in order to win the Tour de France. Does he need to build a stronger team around him, or is it case of simply concentrating on one Grand Tour per-season? He doesn’t have to join Team Sky…. does he?

 Along with analyzing the podium finishers, Daniel Benson, Patrick Fletcher and Procycling’s Ed Pickering also contemplate where the pure climbers – so irrelevant in the key points of this year’s GC battle – go from here. It’s another action packed podcast.

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