Tour de Romandie: Mountain time trial analysis

April 27, 2018

In tonight's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at an exciting stage 3 at the Tour de Romandie. The stage was won by Egan Bernal of Team Sky, while Primoz Roglic finished second, and just held onto his race lead.

Bernal was the fastest up the 9.9km mountain time trial but his teammate Geraint Thomas, suffered on the climb, losing well over two minutes, and his chances of a high overall place. In this episode, we hear from both Team Sky riders on their mixed fortunes, while we also check in with Richie Porte. The Australian has struggled for form in recent months but finished third on the stage, and is now third overall with two days to go. Although the defending champion admitted to cracking inside the final two kilometres, his result today will give him confidence ahead of the Tour de France.

Along with hearing from the riders, Daniel Benson and Philippa York analyze the race, and of course look ahead to stage 4, the key mountain stage in this year's race.


Tour de Romandie: De Gendt triumph, sprinters stall, TT preview

April 26, 2018

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Cicilismo , Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville.

 In our latest episode, we hear from Thomas De Gendt, Michael Matthews, and Dan Martin. We look back at stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie before making some predictions ahead of Friday’s all-important stage 3 time trial. Joining us once again, Phillippa York, who provides here in depth view on Friday’s time trial.


Matthews strikes at Romandie, Nieve returns, Thomas looks solid

April 24, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - Daniel Benson and Philippa York look back at the prologue from the Tour de Romandie. Michael Matthews came out on top, and won his first race of the campaign, with Tom Bohli and Primoz Roglic rounding out the top three.

 Matthews has had a difficult start to the season due to injury and illness but he showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels over the 4km test in Fribourg. We look back at Matthews’ win, but we also hear from Mikel Nieve, who is coming back after injury ruined his spring. Geraint Thomas, wo finished fifth in the race, also appears in the episode and talks about his bike set up for the technical prologue course.

 As well as the key performances we talk about equipment choices, having seen a number of riders opt for their road bikes. We talk about the skills involved in time trialing, rider confidence and briefly look ahead to the coming days.


Tour de Romandie preview with Philippa York and Allan Peiper

April 23, 2018

In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we are joined by Philippa York at the Tour de Romandie. York sits down with Allan Peiper to reminisce about racing in the 1980s and early 1990s and how racing has changed in the years since. The pair had not met for 25 years until today.

 It’s the night before the Tour de Romandie begins with a prologue start. It’s set to be a great race, with a stacked field that includes Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas, Dan Martin, Michael Matthews and Primoz Roglic.


Fleche wrap, Alps update and Holy Week

April 19, 2018

With the Ardennes Classics in full flow, Giro d'Italia contenders going toe-to-toe in the Alps, and our first documentary film recently launched, there was plenty to get our teeth into in the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast. 

Recorded just after the conclusion of La Flèche Wallonne, Daniel Benson is joined by Patrick Fletcher to discuss and dissect the racing, with a coming-of-age victory of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and continued dominance on the women's side from Anna van der Breggen. 

Flèche is the second instalment in the Ardennes triptych, and so we take a brief look back at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race before looking ahead to the biggest one of all: Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

As well as the Ardennes, we've had great racing over in the Alps of northern Italy, where Chris Froome, Thibaut Pinot and others are putting the final touches to their Giro d'Italia preparations. We take a look at the opening exchanges and do our best to read into the form of those who'll be protagonists on the roads of the Giro next month. 

Finally, we hear from Luke Rowe and Taylor Phinney, both of whom feature in the very first offering from Cyclingnews Films. Titled 'The Holy Week', our first film documents the crescendo of the cobbled classics, from the Tour of Flanders to Paris-Roubaix, taking you behind-the-scenes to experience the races like never before. 


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...


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.


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?


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.


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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