The Cycling News Podcast
Dumoulin’s departure, Van der Poel on Worlds, Vuelta a Espana preview

Dumoulin’s departure, Van der Poel on Worlds, Vuelta a Espana preview

August 22, 2019
In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we discuss Tom Dumoulin's move from Team Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma and look ahead to the Vuelta a España, along with hearing from Mathieu van der Poel, Steve Cummings, and Warren Barguil at the Arctic Race of Norway. 
 
First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.
 
Dumoulin's move to break his contract at Sunweb and head to Jumbo-Visma has been on the cards for a while but has still sent shockwaves through the sport. We discuss what went on and what led to the breakdown in the relationship between Dumoulin and Sunweb. We also ask what this move means for him personally, and for Jumbo-Visma, who are amassing a very strong Grand Tour arsenal.
 
Next up, we bring you a trio of interesting stories from the Arctic Race of Norway. First up, we hear from Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel on his build-up to the World Championships next month, and ask: Can he really win it? We also hear from Steve Cummings, who was back on the front foot after a poor Tour de France and poor couple of seasons, and Warren Barguil, who raged at another rider after losing the race by a single second on the final day. 
 
Finally, with the Vuelta a España starting on Saturday, we look ahead to the final Grand Tour of the season. We're joined by our resident Spaniard Alasdair Fotheringham to get the low-down on what to expect in Spain over the next three weeks. 
Jonathan Vaughters’ guide to building a WorldTour team l’Avenir preview

Jonathan Vaughters’ guide to building a WorldTour team l’Avenir preview

August 15, 2019

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast. This week we have three exclusive interviews just for you with Jonathan Vaughters, Alex Howes and French journalist Pierre Carrey all featuring on the episode.

 First up, just to remind you, our friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.

Sticking with Sportful, we still have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month.

 We start with Jonathan Vaughters and a similar theme to last week’s transfer special. In this interview, Vaughters talks about what he looks for in a rider, the different criteria at play and how he has build EF Education First. It’s an eye-opening journey into the complex dynamics in play when it comes to structuring for the future and balancing both long term and immediate goals. There’s also a cameo from Alex Howes, after we caught up with the US national road champion at the Tour of Utah.

 Our final interview is with the well-respected French journalist Pierre Carrey who is a regular for Liberation. Carrey gives us the rundown on the Tour de l’Avenir, which starts Thursday. The ten-day race is viewed as mini Tour de France with a raft of U23 riders and future stars taking part. We talk about the relevance of the race, how team managers use it as a hunting ground for talent; how the style of racing compares to the WorldTour, and who to watch over the next fortnight.

 

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Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents

Analysing the 2019 transfer market with teams and agents

August 8, 2019

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville - we analyse the transfer market and we have three special guests, with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott joined by rider agents Martijn Berkhout from SEG and Joao Correira from Corso.

First up, we have some exciting news for our readers. Our lovely friends at Sportful have come up with a 20% discount on all products at sportful.com. All you have to do is head to their website and use the code: cyclingnews20. This deal is in place throughout all of August.

Sticking with Sportful. We have two signed Bahrain-Merida jerseys from Vincenzo Nibali to give away. All you have to do to win is go to our iTunes page and give us a review. We'll pick the two lucky winners later this month. Finally, on jerseys, our signed jersey from EF Education First is going to David Churchill who subscribed to us from our Podbean Platform. David, if you're listening, drop us a line at cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com and we'll post out that signed jersey and shorts as soon as we can.

But let's jump right in. The Tour is over and August 1 means one thing – the start of the transfer window. We're going to start with our interview with Matt White from Mitchelton-Scott. They've seen Matteo Trentin leave for pastures new but White has assembled one of the best teams in the WorldTour circuit. In this interview, we talk about working to a budget, making sure you sign riders who fit your team's culture and the balance between short term wins and long term development.

Our next guest is Martijn Berkhout from SEG. They're one of the biggest agencies in the world and work with the likes of Dan Martin and Wout Poels, both of whom are out of contract at the end of the season. Berkhout talks about 'creating options' for his athletes and how the transfer market has changed in recent years. The Dutchman also pinpoints the main influences and elements that have shaped the market.

Our final interviewee in this week's podcast Joao Correira. You may remember him from his Cervelo TestTeam days but now he runs the Corso agency alongside Ken Somner. They work with Laurens ten Dam but also a huge raft of young talent – from Tao Geoghegan Hart to Mads Pedersen and Michael Valgren. Correira also works with promising non-European riders and he talks about how he balances their hopes and dream with the reality of WorldTour cycling and the shifts in the market as more and more young athletes turn pro at a young age.

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Sportful leads the market with innovative and technical apparel so you can experience those unforgettable moments, your very best days on a bike. For more details visit sportful.com. Follow the ride on Instagram @sportful.