Worlds: Who will replace Peter Sagan as the next world champion?

September 28, 2018

Hear from Sagan, Alaphilippe, Bardet, Yates brothers, plus Van Vleuten and Spratt

The road races have kicked off at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, and the marquee events are set to take place with the elite women on Saturday and the elite men on Sunday.

In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, Kirsten Frattini, Sadhbh O’Shea and Stephen Farrand preview the upcoming elite races and the favourites to win.

We first review the performances of the junior women’s race, won by Austria’s Laura Stigger, and the junior men’s race, won by Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel.

We preview the courses for the elite races and then hear from Peter Sagan, three-time and defending champion in the men’s race, along with other favourites to take the jersey, including Julian Alaphilippe and Romain Bardet (France), and Simon and Adam Yates (Great Britain).

We also hear from individual time trial winner Annemiek Van Vleuten, who is also a favourite for the road race title, and her compatriot Anna van der Breggen, along with outside contender Amanda Spratt (Australia).

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World Championships: Dennis knocks Dumoulin off time trial throne

September 27, 2018

Hear from the medallists, Martin on broken back, Kwiatkowski looks ahead to road race

 Australia’s Rohan Dennis won his first-ever world title in the elite men’s individual time trial on Wednesday at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. A feat that he claimed has been four years in the making.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,

Kirsten Frattini, Stephen Farrand and Sadhbh O’Shea break down the 52.5km course and discuss the outcome of the race.

 We hear from the new world champion, Dennis, on his career-defining victory, and medallists Tom Dumoulin and Victor Campenaerts.

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World Championships: Dutch women dominate, Dumoulin and Dennis talk time trials

September 26, 2018

Hear from Van Vleuten, Van der Breggen and Evenepoel the Belgian wunderkind

 The individual time trials have started at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships with the junior women’s and under-23 men’s events on Monday followed by the junior men’s and elite women’s event on Tuesday.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss the success and disappointments, the favourites and the winners of the individual time trials.

 It’s been a great start for the Dutch women with Rozemarijn Ammerlaan winning the first rainbow jersey of the week in the junior event and Annemiek van Vleuten smashing the elite women’s race to win her second world title. It was a Dutch podium sweep with Anna van der Breggen taking the silver and Ellen van Dijk the bronze.

 On the men’s side, we saw Denmark’s Mikkel Bjerg win the under-23 event and Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel win the junior event.

 We hear from Van Vleuten about her victory and Van der Breggen about her loss, as they both look ahead to the road race on Saturday.

 We also hear from Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis, the two big favourites for the upcoming elite men’s individual on Wednesday.

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World Championships: Jungels, Dennis, Van der Breggen talk team time trial

September 24, 2018

Van der Breggen expresses disappointment at loss of trade team event

 The 2018 UCI Road World Championships have kicked off in Innsbruck, Austria, in the mountainous Tirol region of the Alps, with the elite women’s and men’s trade team time trails on Sunday.

 In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville,

Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss winning teams Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM. It was the final edition of the trade team, event after a six-year run, before the UCI take steps toward a national team version of the discipline at next year’s World Championships in Yorkshire.

 We hear from Quick-Step Floors’ Bob Jungels, BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis and Boels-Dolmans’ Anna van der Breggen on the official end of the trade team time trial.

 

The event now moves into the national team events; individual time trials and road races for the junior, under-23 and elite men and women, for what will be seven more days of racing.

 The World Championships is never strictly about the bike races and so while in Innsbruck the UCI will be announcing the new WorldTour reforms, while at the same time the CPA is set to host an election that will decide its new president.

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To hell and back- A World Championships preview

September 21, 2018

The World Championships in Innsbruck are just around the corner with the team time trial due to bring up the curtain on the event this Sunday. There will be eight days of action in the Austrian city, which will feature some of the toughest Worlds courses in recent memory. 

In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast the team of Sadhbh O’Shea, Patrick Fletcher and Procycling editor Ed Pickering take a look at what’s to come in Innsbruck. We talk about the demise of the team time trial, the dominance of the Dutch and analyse the tough road race courses. Finally, the team lays their cards on the table and make their predictions for the road races. How many will they get right?

We also hear from former journalist, turned press officer, Philippe Maertens about his memories of the 1999 World Championships in Verona. 

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Wrapping up the Canadian WorldTour races

September 10, 2018

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) brought the curtain down on the Canadian WorldTour races on Sunday with a win in the GP Montreal. The victory cemented his ‘double’ after winning the GP Quebec last week.

 The two races also saw the end of Simon Gerrans’ WorldTour career. The Australian was the last rider to win the Canadian double, back in 2014, and we discuss his career and extensive palmares, as well as Matthews’, who exclusively talks to Cyclingnews about how he modeled his recent performances on Gerrans’ 2014 displays.

 We also discuss the relevance and stature of the Canadian races – both in terms of their importance to the North American scene but also the global calendar. Hosted by Daniel Benson and Kirsten Frattini, we also debate the need for a women’s WorldTour race in Canada after the UCI president David Lappartient visited Montreal and issued part of his blue print to improve women’s cycling.

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

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Quebec preview and Van Avermaet exclusive interview

September 7, 2018

Ahead of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec the Cyclingnews team sit down and preview the first of two Canadian WorldTour races of the season. We look at the main favourites, discuss who has the form, motivation and the support to triumph that has seen the likes of Peter Sagan and Simon Gerrans both triumph on in the past.

 We also bring you an exclusive interview with Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing0). The Belgian rider talks about how the new CCC team will be built around him in 2019, and the greater responsibility he is likely to shoulder after BMC Racing saw most, if not all, of their stage racing talent leave. Van Avermaet talks about the loss of several teammates but also the signing of several new faces who will be expected to help him. The 33-year-old also talks about the Canadian races, his season as a whole, and the World Championships, where he hopes to have a free role.

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Michael Matthews – Exclusive podcast interview

September 6, 2018

Heartbreak at missing the Worlds, a year of hard knocks and his love for the bike

 We’re in Canada, ahead of the two World Tour races and we’ll be bringing you several podcasts over the coming days. First up, we have an exclusive interview with Michael Matthews from Team Sunweb.

 The Australian has had a difficult year beset by injury, illness and bad luck. We sat down with him in the centre of Quebec’s old town to talk about his season.

 Matthews provides a very personal, honest and open account about his mental and physical battles during his lowest points of the year, and his heartbreak at missing the selection for the Worlds team, where he was willing to sacrifice everything for his friend and national teammate, Richie Porte.

 The former Tour de France green jersey winner shares his setbacks, which included riding with the wrong saddle height for the majority of the season, how he shut down after the disappointment of abandoning the Tour and how those closest to him helped him rediscover his passion and love for the bike.

 What also comes across is how level headed and he is, and that despite his knocks this season he’s still hungry to win again. He starts the Canadian races as one of the main favourities, and we talk about the remaining goals he has for the year.

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Vuelta analysis, Aqua Blue fallout and the future for Mark Cavendish

September 1, 2018

On the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at the first six stages of the Vuelta a Espana and hear from Richie Porte and former race leader Michal Kwiatkowski.

 Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson dissect the first six stages and the GC battle as the race heads towards Sunday’s first major mountain test, while the team from Cyclingnews and Procycling also analyze the fallout from Aqua Blue’s demise, the latest on Mark Cavendish.

 It’s been a turbulent month for Aqua Blue. At the start of August they announced that they had bought Sniper Cycling, the parent company of Veranda’s Willems Crelan. Within minutes that press release was removed with Sniper denying a deal a had been done. A few days later Aqua Blue owner Rick Delaney told Cyclingnews that news will be out soon. He says it will be positive news but that for legal reasons he could not divulge more information. Then this Monday another press release lands and Aqua Blue announce that they are folding. We take an in depth look back at what happened, how a Pro Continental team could vanish after less than two years into the sport.

We also discuss the future for Mark Cavendish, who at the age of 33, has been diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus (EBV) for a second time. Cavendish is taking a break from competitive cycling but his return to the sport is somewhat uncertain with no new contract yet for 2018, and while he most certainly will have options, could this latest setback be the end for one of cycling’s most successful sprinters of all time?

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