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Opening Weekend analysis and Deceuninck dominance

Opening Weekend analysis and Deceuninck dominance

March 7, 2019

In this week's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back at a compelling Opening Weekend in which Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with wins for Zedenek Stybar and Bob Jungels. We hear from the winners, the losers and some of those in between.

 We also analyse a number of performances, and hear from, amongst others, Wout van Aert, who was making his road WorldTour debut; Steven de Jongh after a hugely disappointing weekend for Trek-Segafredo and Mat Hayman on the transition from rider to director.

 We also interview Matteo Trentin after the Italian fought back from a crash in Omloop to salvage a top 10, and Owain Doull on his breakthrough second place in Kuurne and Bob Jungels after his dramatic win. The big debate within the Cyclingnews team is whether the talented all-rounder should focus on the Classics or keep alive his Grand Tour ambitions.

 

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Roglic, Van Avermaet, Kwiatkowski and Irizar

Roglic, Van Avermaet, Kwiatkowski and Irizar

February 28, 2019

Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville.

 Cyclingnews is currently spread across the globe at the moment so we can’t bring you our usual podcast this week.

 Instead, we have put together selection of interviews from the last month. 

 In this podcast, we’ll hear from Primoz Roglic, Greg Van Avermaet, Michal Kwiatkowski and Markel Irizar, who all have varying goals for the season.

 

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Behind the scenes with Trek-Segafredo – Women’s Edition Pocast

Behind the scenes with Trek-Segafredo – Women’s Edition Pocast

February 20, 2019

Welcome to the second episode of Cyclingnews Podcast Women’s Edition, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville.

 In this episode, we take a behind the scenes look at the new Trek-Segafredo women’s team. We will hear from team manager Luca Guercilena, directeur sportifs Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini and star rider Lizzie Deignan.

 Trek-Segafredo are part of a growing trend of WorldTour teams running men’s and women’s squads under the same umbrella, with Movistar, FDJ, Astana, Mitchelton-Scott, CCC, Sunweb and Lotto Soudal all running concurrent programmes.

 Trek have been involved in women’s road cycling with the Trek-Drops team for the past few years, but they announced last July that they would set up their own programme. In the months since the announcement, they have built up a roster of 14 riders, led by former world champion Deignan, with support from former riders Teutenberg and Bronzini. They had their first team camp soon after the conclusion of the 2018 season, at Trek’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

 They met up again, along with the men’s team, a few months later for a training camp in Sicily, in December. This is where we caught up with them, a day after they landed on the Italian island. The training camp was an opportunity for everybody to touch base before the season began at the Tour Down Under just a few weeks later and a chance to get in a final few group rides.

 Click here (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-womens-worldteam-minimum-salary-set-for-2020) for more information developments in women’s cycling set for 2020.

 

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Thomas, Vaughters and Brailsford

Thomas, Vaughters and Brailsford

February 14, 2019

Exclusive interview with the Tour de France winner, Brailsford talks Colombia and EF manager on Martinez

 In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Floyd's of Leadville and Pinarello, we have an exclusive interview with 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. The Welshman opens up about his hunt for form ahead of his Tour defence; his race programme for the season; the track and his first days on the road; and his hopes for the Worlds Championships this year.

 We also head to Colombia and catch up with Dave Brailsford about his search for a team sponsor, and Colombian cycling in general, and there's a short catch up with EF Education First manager Jonathan Vaughters - who is also in Colombia - about the development of Daniel Martinez, who is tipped for big things as his career develops.

 

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Thomas, Tinkov, Cavendish, and Evenepoel

Thomas, Tinkov, Cavendish, and Evenepoel

February 9, 2019

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to in association with Sportful, Floyd's of Leadville and Pinarello we hear from Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, Mark Cavendish and the latest WorldTour sensation Remco Evenepoel.

We also discuss the recent headlines, including the news that Oleg Tinkov attempted to sponsor Team Sky but was rebuffed by Dave Brailsford, and the latest from GMC medical tribunal that centers around former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, Richard Freeman.

Geraint Thomas made his season debut this week and we catch up with Welshman as he lines out his race plans and schedule for the coming season. The 2018 Tour winner dismisses the chance of riding the Giro d'Italia and we debate how Team Sky will settle their leadership between Thomas and four-time Tour winner Chris Froome. With all the speculation and uncertainty surrounding the team's future the next few months could be key as the season builds towards the Tour.

 We also check in with Greg Van Avermaet - 24 hours before his first win of the season in Valenciana. The Belgian rider is the main focal point at CCC Team and his gearing up for the Classics once more. He talks about his squad, his hopes for the season and the World Championships.

 While the European season is in full swing we've also had racing in South America, with the Vuelta a San Juan ending last weekend. The race saw Mark Cavendish make his return to racing, and he talks to Stephen Farrand about his comeback. Finally, we hear from the latest WorldTour sensation Remco Evenepoel, who bypassed the U23 ranks to turn professional at just 19 years of age. We hear from him on his race debut and debate how much pressure the young rider will be under as he begins his racing career.

 

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The edge of popularity - Women’s Edition Podcast

The edge of popularity - Women’s Edition Podcast

January 30, 2019

Cyclingnews is proud to introduce the first episode of our Cyclingnews Podcast Women's Edition, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, Cyclingnews has been committed to covering women's cycling and our new Women’s Edition podcast is a part of that commitment.

You will be able to find this and other Women's Edition episodes in your usual Cyclingnews Podcast feed, so you won't have to adjust anything to get even more coverage from the world of cycling.

The Women's Edition will take on a slightly different format to our usual podcast as we take a more in-depth look at the sport. Topics will range from colour race commentary to interviews with athletes and prominent figures within the sport, while diving underneath the surface to bring you the most captivating stories from the peloton.

That brings us to our first episode, following the first major race of the season, the Women’s Tour Down Under, where Editor-in-Chief Daniel Benson sat down to discuss the state of women's professional cycling with CCC-Liv rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and retired rider turned Trek-Segafredo directeur sportif Ina Yoko Teutenberg.

Women's professional cycling is about to undergo some big changes with the Women's WorldTour reforms set to start in 2020. There will be a new two-tiered team system and a minimum salary introduction for riders who are contracted to race with the top level teams.

There will also be heightened contractual standards to better protect self-employed riders whereby teams must offer social insurances such as maternity, health and pension.

Some teams and riders believe the reforms are not affordable and too aggressive and that there are other areas of women’s cycling that need to develop first, such as improvements to the exposure of women’s races through live streaming and television.

"It's all being done in the wrong order," Moolman-Pasio said. "It's one thing to make a new set of rules, and to enforce certain minimum salaries, etc., but if we don't have the means to raise those funds, in other words: enough exposure, than it's just going to kill the sport.

"We are at a delicate point at the moment where there is a huge potential and scope for the sport really exploding and becoming super popular. But there is also potential that it could just go down the same road as men's cycling and have all the same issues."

Teutenberg and Moolman-Pasio, combined, have over 20 years of experience at the highest level of the sport and have seen it change first hand over the years, for good and for bad. 

Sit back and enjoy our conversation with them as the discuss their own experiences, the developments within the sport, and the Women’s WorldTour reforms.

 

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Tour Down Under analysis, best kits and San Juan preview

Tour Down Under analysis, best kits and San Juan preview

January 26, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, the team of Patrick Fletcher, Ed Pickering and Daniel Benson look back at the final stages of the Tour Down Under, critique the best and the worst of the 2019 WorldTour kits and look ahead to the Vuelta a San Juan.

We hear from the unlucky Patrick Bevin, who crashed on the penultimate stage of the Tour Down Under, and eventual winner Daryl Impey. We check in with the recently retired Mathew Hayman, while former pro rider and 2004 Tour Down Under winner Patrick Jonker talks about his time riding for the late Peter Post.

We analyse and debate the sprinters' starts to the season, and then look ahead to San Juan, where Fernando Gaviria, Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish will all be making their 2019 racing debuts.

 

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Controversy at the Tour Down Under

Controversy at the Tour Down Under

January 19, 2019

We're at the Tour Down Under and we've seen one of the most dramatic stages in the race's history, with a relegated winner and a crash and major scare for the overall leader on stage 5.

 Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) crossed the line first, but was relegated by the race jury for a headbutt on Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), who was promoted to victory.

 In the GC, Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) crashed inside the final 10km but was paced back to the bunch to retain his lead. He's back in the team hotel after a trip to hospital and, subject to a concussion test tomorrow morning, will start the final stage to Willunga Hill on Sunday. He currently leads Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) by seven seconds. It's still all to play for.

 In the podcast we hear from Ewan's DS Mario Aerts and eventual stage winner Philipsen, along with Robbie McEwen and Richie Porte.

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Tour Down Under: Impey and Bevin square up in GC battle

Tour Down Under: Impey and Bevin square up in GC battle

January 18, 2019

We have a bumper edition of the Cyclingnews podcast after stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. We hear from Richie Porte, Daryl Impey, Patrick Bevin, Matt White, Tom Southam, and Michael Woods.

The stage saw Impey edge out overall leader Patrick Bevin and reduce the New Zealand rider's advantage to just seven seconds with two days of racing remaining.

The stage came alive on the Corkscrew climb, with Porte, George Bennett, Wout Poels and Michael Woods - the best four climbers in the race - going clear.

It looked as though Bevin was in trouble but he paced himself, and used Impey’s Mitchelton-Scott team to bring the race back together on the technical descent.

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Bevin blitz hits Tour Down Under

Bevin blitz hits Tour Down Under

January 16, 2019

In today’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back at stage 2 of the Tour Down. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) stole the show with a blistering turn of speed to win the stage and the Kiwi now leads the race from Elia Viviani by five seconds, but for the second day in a row Bevin stolen a march on the pre-race GC riders and has a 15 second buffer on the likes of Daryl Impey, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis. Game over?

 We hear from Bevin, Matt White and Caleb Ewan, who finished second, before previewing stage 3 and a crucial day that could see Bevin’s team stretched to their limit. We have an actual race on our hands.

 

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