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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Tour de France review: Bernal, Thomas, Brailsford and Kruijswijk

Tour de France review: Bernal, Thomas, Brailsford and Kruijswijk

July 28, 2019

It’s Sunday morning, the day after the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France and the race is heading to Paris with Egan Bernal in yellow and Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk rounding out the podium after Vincenzo Nibali won stage 20 to Val Thorens.

 In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful,  Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville we hear from a triumphant Dave Brailsford, Kruijswijk, Thomas, and Dan Martin.

 We look back at the final stage in the Alps and discuss the how, where and why in relation to Bernal’s win as well Team Ineos’ seventh Tour title in eight years. Geraint Thomas opens up about his difficult year and his hopes for the future and Brailsford flicks on the power point to talk strategy.

 There’s debate over whether Jumbo Visma have what it takes to win the Tour and if leaving Dylan Gronewegen at home next season would give them a better chance, and Dan Martin gives his reasoning as to why his Tour de France never really got going.

 It’s our last podcast from the Tour de France so we also talk highlights and lowlights, including Pinot, Alaphilippe, hotel, Patrick Lefevere, Bardet and McDonald’s.

Tour de France: Bernal storms into yellow as mudslide ends stage

Tour de France: Bernal storms into yellow as mudslide ends stage

July 26, 2019

The stage was set for a battle royal between the GC contenders but in the end stage 19 of the Tour de France was nullified after storms and a resulting mudslide hit the route. It meant that there was no stage winner with organisers ASO forced to take the times from the penultimate climb. This put Egan Bernal, who had been on the attack, in the yellow jersey.

 In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful, Pinerallo and Flyods of Leadville  - we hear hear from Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan and Seb Piquet from ASO after one of the most dramatic days in Tour de France history.

 

The fallout from Rowe and Martin being expelled from the Tour de France

The fallout from Rowe and Martin being expelled from the Tour de France

July 24, 2019

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast was going to be based around Matteo Trentin and his win on stage 17 of the Tour de France but then Tony Martin and Luke Rowe decided to steal the limelight by having an altercation on the final climb of the stage.

The result of which was a disqualification for both riders after Martin tried to run Rowe off the road and the Ineos rider decided to retaliate by providing Martin with a close-up inspection of his right hand. The UCI regulators didn’t take to kindly and booted both riders out of the race. 

There was a joint video from Rowe and Martin in which they apologized but unless the UCI overturn their decision - and that’s unlikely - both Ineos and Jumbo Visma will start stage 18 with a man less. This evening the Cyclingnews team headed straight to the Team Ineos hotel to soak up the atmosphere and try and talk to the riders and staff. The latter proved impossible but we debate the race rules, ask if Team Ineos have a discipline problem and discuss how the loss of two key riders effects the race going forward. 

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Tour de France rest day podcast – Thomas, Alaphilippe, Adam Yates and Brailsford

Tour de France rest day podcast – Thomas, Alaphilippe, Adam Yates and Brailsford

July 22, 2019

The latest episode of the Cyclingews podcast is now out and brings you all the latest from the Tour de France press conferences in Nimes. We have the complete lowdown from a number of team press conferences including QuickStep, Team Ineos, Groupama FDJ, Movistar, and some Mitchelton Scott thrown in for good measure.

 We hear from the race leader himself Julian Alaphilippe, Dave Brailsford, Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates as the race takes a break before heading into the final week and the deciding states of this year’s race.

 Thomas talks about leadership and Team Ineos, Egan Bernal and the French threat from Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe. We also hear from the QuickStep rider and debate whether Patrick Lefevere should build a GC team around the rider in the next few years.

 Dave Brailsford talks Tour tactics and Adam Yates opens up about his Tour disappointment and how he’s going to bounce back in the future. 

Pinot rises as Thomas and Bernal politely tussle for Tour de France leadership

Pinot rises as Thomas and Bernal politely tussle for Tour de France leadership

July 21, 2019

In the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville we look back at another blockbuster at the Tour de France after seeing Simon Yates win stage 15 and Thibaut Pinot put time into all of his GC rivals. 

For the first time in this year’s race Julian Alaphilippe looked vulnerable as the Tour reached its final summit finish in the Pyrenees. The Frenchman still has over a minute on Geraint Thomas, who in turn looked better than he did on stage 14 but still lost time to his teammate Egan Bernal.

Emanuel Buchmann has now emerged as a podium contender, while the dynamic between all three of Movistar’s leaders looks set to entertain us all the way to Paris.

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Latest on Dennis’ future as Alaphilippe stuns the Tour de France

Latest on Dennis’ future as Alaphilippe stuns the Tour de France

July 19, 2019

What next for Australian after walking out of the race? 

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we looked back at Julian Alaphilippe’s stunning victory in the Pau time trial. The Frenchman won ahead of Geraint Thomas and Thomas de Gendt and now leads Thomas by 1:26 ahead of the two key mountain stages. 

Coming up we’ll hear from Thomas and John Allert from MacLaren on the bizarre situation involving Rohan Dennis after he quit the race on stage 12. We ponder whether this is the end for Dennis at Bahrain Merida, and just how far Alaphilippe can go in the maillot jaune.

 

(itunes link http://apple.co/32jXDgY )

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Tales from the women’s Tour de France - Women’s Edition Podcast

Tales from the women’s Tour de France - Women’s Edition Podcast

July 16, 2019

Isabel Best highlights the forgotten stars of cycling

Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast Women’s Edition, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. In the latest episode we speak to Isabel Best, author of the Queens of Pain: Legends and Rebels of Cycling, a book which chronicles the story of some of the pioneers of women’s cycling. 

With the one-day race La Course by Le Tour de France held on July 19 in Pau, the first part of this episode focuses on Lyli Herse, Millie Robinson and the original women’s Tour de France.

Herse and Robinson had two very different upbringings, but their worlds collided when they met on the start line of the first-ever women’s Tour de France in 1957. 

This incarnation of the event was not run by the organisers of the men’s Tour de France and would last just a year. A new women’s Tour would be created in 1984, and this time it was run by the same organiser as the men, though it would come to an end in 1989. 

There would be various versions of a women’s Tour de France over the years, but the last one that resembled a proper Tour happened in 2009. 

As well as discussing the lives of Herse and Robinson, we talk about the merits of creating an equivalent women’s Tour de France today, while maintaining the historical races currently on the women’s calendar. 

In the second part of this episode, we take a look at how Best came to write her book, Queens of Pain, and her thoughts on how things have changed in women’s cycling over the years. 

We also talk about more of the riders that she wrote about; the indomitable Tillie Anderson, the irrepressible Marguerite Wilson, and the ambitious group of Australians that set about making and breaking distance records.

Our discussion brings us all over the world from the late 19th century to the 1970s. 

Sit back and enjoy our walk through history. 

 

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