Tom Boonen: The rise of a legend in Paris-Roubaix 2002

April 4, 2018

Tom who? That was the question on many peoples’ lips at the end of the 100th edition of Paris Roubaix in 2002. The race was fittingly won by the Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw but behind him that day, and in third place was a young rider by the name of Tom Boonen. Boonen, just 21 at the time, had been ear-marked for greatness since his junior days but during one of the most epic editions of Paris Roubaix the boy became a man and in the 14 years since the Belgian has gone on to establish himself as one of the most distinguished Classics riders of all time. His success over the last few years is well known - he’s a four-time winner of Paris-Roubaix but Cyclingnews have gone back to where it all started, that day in France when Boonen, the young lion, first roared. During the podcast we will re-tell the story from Paris-Roubaix 2002. We will go back in time and re-live the race through the memories of Boonen’s US Postal teammates, with interviews with George Hincapie, Antonio Cruz, Steffen Kjaergaard...

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Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen analysis, Tour of Flanders preview

March 29, 2018

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at the action from Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem, before turning our attention to this weekend's Tour of Flanders.

We hear from Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Marta Bastianelli on their latest results, while Ed Pickering, editor of Procycling, and as luck would have it, author of a new book, The Ronde, joins us.

Pickering is put through his paces with a Flanders-related quiz - although it probably would have been a wise idea for the quizmaster to research the answers first. Pickering's book - out now - celebrates one of the finest one-day races in the world, and uses the unforgettable 2011 edition on which to hang a series of anecdotes and historical stories.

As well as looking back to 2011 we also look ahead to Sunday, identifying some key contenders and the main factors that could shape this year's edition of the race.

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Milan-San Remo review

March 20, 2018


In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at a nail-biting edition of Milan-San Remo.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) stole the show with a daring attack on the Poggio, and despite a flurry of counter-attacks and a late chase, the Italian held on for a famous victory.

At the finish we hear from Nibali, along with Caleb Ewan (second), Alexander Kristoff (fourth), and Peter Sagan (sixth).

We look back at the action but also analyse what it means for Nibali’s career, and Italian cycling. The Italian rider has now won three Monuments to add to his four Grand Tour titles, which begs the question, is he the most complete rider of his generation?

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Milan-San Remo preview and Tirreno talking points

March 15, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we have exclusive interviews with Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Michal Kwiatkowski and Pippo Pozzato.

 Recorded on the morning of the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, our very own Stephen Farrand and Daniel Benson look back at the major talking points from the Italian WorldTour race, and then discuss the form of the main contenders for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.

 At Tirreno-Adriatico Kwiatkowski conquered all with a complete performance on the flats and in the mountains. We talked to him ahead of the final time trial about his Milan-San Remo defence and the growing debate as to whether he could, and should, switch to Grand Tour riding. It’s a quandary he could face this season given the uncertainty over Chris Froome’s future. The Polish all-rounder has now won back-to-back stages races this season.

 Peter Sagan – arguably the favourite for Milan-San Remo given his stature, form and qualities – gives us a short take on his condition and hopes for the weekend. The three-time world champion isn’t one for making bold predictions but his take on the race is ever-worth listening to.

 Now confirmed to make his debut in the race, Marcel Kittel, explains his philosophy about approaching the race. The German had a disappointing start to the season but found his legs and his leadout to be firing on all cylinders in Tirreno. Kittel won two stages but only time will tell if he can make it over the climbs and compete for the win. We spoke to him before his confirmed participation but his answers are still insightful and telling when it comes to the pressure he is trying to distance himself from.

 And finally, we talk to Pippo Pozzato, the last Italian winner of the one-day event. His 2014 triumph essentially made his career, and although he is close to retirement the enigmatic Italian could still be a factor in the race. His greatest strength these days is undoubtedly his experience and he talks about the development of the race and shares his favourites.

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Tirreno Adriatico: mountain showdown featuring Thomas, Dumoulin and Bennett

March 10, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville – we look back at a thrilling stage 4 at Tirreno-Adriatico.

 

As expected, it all came down to the final climb to Sarnano Sassotetto. The stage was won in impressively fashion by Mikel Landa (Movistar), who held off Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Fabio Aru (Astana).

 

The turning point came when race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) slipped his chain with less than 1.5km to go. The Team Sky rider’s mechanical sparked chaos, with several attacks going clear just before. Despite a late chase, Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) did enough to move back into the race lead.

 

We hear from a devastated Thomas, as well as George Bennett, who almost won the stage. We also interview Tom Dumoulin after the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner was forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico following a crash.

 

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Tirreno TTT featuring Froome, Bardet, Dumoulin & Kittel

March 7, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to by Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – we analyse the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.

 

BMC Racing won the stage, with Mitchelton Scott and Team Sky completing the podium.

 

In the podcast we hear from Chris Froome (Team Sky) with his thoughts on his team’s current status after the Select Committee’s report and his own case. We hear from Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet on their form, their Grand Tour ambitions and Froome’s participation in the race, while Marcel Kittel talks about teething problems since his move to Katusha-Alpecin and how he is trying to get back to winning ways here in Italy – a country he’s not competed in since 2016.

 

European Editor Stephen Farrand talks about the history and relevance of the race, and we also discuss Mark Cavendish’s unfortunate crash and elimination from the race after missing the time cut.

 

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The ‘opening weekend’ race analysis

February 26, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – Edward Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the ‘opening weekend’ in Belgium and analyse the racing that saw Michael Valgren (Astana) come out on top in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) continue his fine start this season with victory in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. 

We hear from Valgren and two of the Omloop protagonists, Mitchelton Scott’s Matteo Trentin and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education First), while Jim Ochowicz provides the latest on BMC Racing’s search for sponsorship. 

The main focus, however, is on the Classics and as well as looking at the winners, we also focus on where some of the leadings teams – Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step Floors – were found wanting.

There’s also the latest on Astana’s financial situation and a quick look ahead to Peter Sagan’s season debut at next weekend’s Strade Bianche.

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Porte, Froome, Wiggins and Kwiatkowski round-up at European openers

February 22, 2018

Coming up this week, we have an exclusive interview with Richie Porte on his future at BMC Racing. The Australian was almost anonymous at the Volta ao Algarve but we spoke at length about his race plans and how he is aiming to peak for the Tour de France.

 

BMC Racing has not signed any riders for 2019, and the squad’s future is still uncertain. In our interview Porte confirms that he has given the team until May to find a sponsor before he begins talks with other squads.

 

We also hear from Algarve winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), who took the final stage and the overall on the last stage of the race. We talk about the race highlights, before turning our attention the Ruta del Sol, where Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) took an impressive win.

 

We hear from Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford, who were both at the race, and then we head back to the UK for Bradley Wiggins' team launch in London. We hear from the former rider on his hopes for his Continental team in 2018, while there's still no escaping the difficult questions stemming from his Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) history.

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Tom Southam’s cycling dream team

February 12, 2018

Welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.


This week, with the Cyclingnews team scattered around the globe at various races in Colombia, Oman and Spain, we thought we’d bring you another one of our cycling dream teams.

 

Last month it was the turn of Marco Pinotti and this time we sit down with Tom Southam. The former rider, turned dircteur sportif with EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, had a colourful career, and although he never made it on the WorldTour stage he represented Great Britain and rode for some of the smaller, yet more fascinating teams on the circuit.

 

It’s often the case that the riders who struggle the most, and who rarely taste high-profile success, have the most interesting stories, and Southam fits that bill. The former Amore & Vita, Barloworld, Drapac and Rapha rider has picked a team of home-grown riders and mercurial European talents, including Steve Cummings and former Banesto sprinter Jeremy Hunt.

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Chaotic Dubai sprints and Brailsford’s defence of Chris Froome

February 8, 2018

This week on the Cyclingnews podcast we listen to David Brailsford as he breaks his silence to the press in Colombia about Chris Froome's on-going salbutamol case, and we discuss Froome's controversial up-coming season debut at the Ruta del Sol.

We also take a look at the action from the Dubai Tour, where so far Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish have shared the spoils. We hear from Cavendish after he claimed his first win of the season and Groenewegen after he lost the lead after being docked 20 seconds for drafting.

This year's Dubai Tour has seen some new and modified sprint trains, and we analyse the winners and losers so far, and who has impressed in the first tests between some of the sprinting elite.

We also discuss the season so far with our two esteemed guests, Ed Pickering and Sadhbh O'Shea, picking their highlights from the early season, including Daryl Impey’s Tour Down Under win, the Cyclo-cross Worlds and Trek-Segafredo's start to their campaign.

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