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BeSpoke: at the Tour de France 2017


Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and the team on the road at cycling's most famous race.

Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and the team on the road at cycling's most famous race.
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Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and the team on the road at cycling's most famous race.




Stage 17: Three (and a half) more stages to go for Yates

It's a bumper catch up edition of Bespoke with OJ, Tom Fordyce & Michael Hutchinson looking at what Simon Yates has to do if he’s going to become the first Briton to win the Giro. They hear from his key domestique Jack Haig, find out if Chris Froome still has hope of the podium & get an update from Jeremy Whittle in Italy who is in need of dry pants.


Stage 16: Yates remains on course for Giro glory

Simon Yates remains on course to become the first British man to win the Giro d'Italia. Tuesday's time trial was Tom Dumoulin's big chance to close the gap, but Yates held his nerve and still holds a 56 second lead with five stages remaining. Tom Fordyce is joined by Michael Hutchinson and Jeremy Whittle to assess the performance of both men, you will hear from Yates and his Mitchelton–Scott team boss Matt White, who says the young rider from Bury continues to surprise him.


Stage 15: Simon Yates’ knockout blow?

After a spectacular solo stage win for Simon Yates that leaves his rivals’ hopes hanging on the ropes, Tom Fordyce is joined by Jeremy Whittle to discuss stage 15. Reigning champion Tom Dumoulin is more than two minutes back, albeit with the time trial to come, but Chris Froome looks out of contention after he fell back to seventh.


Froome can still win the Giro – Brailsford

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford tells Tom that he believes Chris Froome can make up the time deficit to win the Giro d’Italia, after his rider held off race leader Simon Yates to take victory on the mighty Zoncolan.


Who is ready for the mighty Zoncolan?

After Viviani wins his third stage, and Simon Yates retains the race leader's pink jersey, Tom and Jeremy assess the brutality and relentless nature of the one everyone's been waiting for - the Zoncolan. They'll hear from those who have taken on its monstrous gradients, and those who prefer to write about it.


Sam Bennett blows his sprint rivals away

Despite a powerful finish for Bennett, there was no change in the GC standings. Tom and Jeremy discuss the art of sprinting and the grudges, backstabbing and duels in the peloton.


Stage 11: The lad from Bury

It was another good day for Britain's Simon Yates as he took victory at stage 11 to extend his overall lead. OJ Borg and Tom Fordyce are joined by journalist Jeremy Whittle to look at the Giro at its half way point and what we can expect from the final stages. They also find out what the people of Bury, including former UCI president Brian Cookson, think of their new favorite son.


Stage 10: Another quiet day at the Giro? No chance!

What was billed as a long, quiet transition stage turned into a frantic day's racing as second-placed Esteban Chaves endured a miserable day in the saddle, dropping out the top 10. But his Mitchelton–Scott team-mate and race leader Simon Yates picked up some precious seconds over his rivals. You will hear from Yates, and his team director Matt White joins Tom Fordyce and Jeremy Whittle to discuss the team's strategy for the remainder of the race with Chaves out of contention.


BeSpoke at the Giro d'Italia 2018: Stage 9:Yates is strongest rider in the Giro

In today’s edition, Tom Fordyce and Jeremy Whittle discuss Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia, which saw Britain’s Simon Yates win on the summit of Gran Sasso d'Italia to strengthen his grip on the race leader’s pink jersey. They are joined by 1988 winner Andy Hampstead, who believes that the young rider from Bury is the “strongest” man in the race. And, after another poor day for Britain’s five-time Grand Tour winner Chris Froome, Tom and Jeremy assess how long he might continue for.


Is Froome losing his nerve?

As Chris Froome hits the deck again on Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, Tom and Jeremy ask if the five-time Grand Tour winner is experiencing a run of bad luck, or if a great rider is starting to lose his way. They look at whether the race leader Simon Yates can keep his cool in potentially tricky conditions in the coming days, and assess the potential of stage winner Richard Carapaz.


"Yates brothers race Froome & co like it's a club ride"

As Britain's Simon Yates retains the lead at the Giro d'Italia, Tom and Jeremy catch up with his old cycling club in Lancashire, where it all began. Find out what made him the rider he is today, and how his family back home are coping with the drama and excitement.


Stage 6: The story of the Giro first week

OJ Borg is joined by Dr Michael Hutchison and journalist Jeremy Whittle to review stage six. Plus Sir Dave Brailsford assesses Chris Froome’s performance so far, and explains just what makes the Giro so special.


Italians rise to the occasion in Sicily

Join Tom Fordyce and cycling journalist Jeremy Whittle as they look back on Enrico Battaglin's stage five victory of the Giro d'Italia ahead of compatriot Giovanni Visconti. Britain’s Simon Yates continues to impress - we talk confidence tricks and virtuous circles. The Australian Rohan Dennis retains the lead but does he have what it takes to hang onto it for much longer? And as Mount Etna looms over the race, will the ancient volcano blow the race wide open?


Froome struggles as Yates moves up to third

Chris Froome loses more ground on the leaders, but is it time for the four-time Tour de France winner to panic? Tom Forydce is joined by cycling journalist Jeremy Whittle to discuss where it went wrong and how pivotal the journey up Mount Etna could be later this week. They also reflect on Belgian Tim Wellen's stage win and discuss Britain's "rising star" Simon Yates who is up to third in the general classification.


The inside track on Froome's attempt at history

How have the turbulent last few months away from competiton affected Chris Froome's performance? Despite a significant deficit on his rivals, all may not be lost. Tom Doumoulin is Froome's main rival for the Giro title, and we look at the sport's new superstar. Plus, has cycling changed Israel or has the country changed the sport? And join in our debate today; do current riders have it too easy compared with grizzled old professionals?


As the pink jersey changes hands, a big surprise at the finish line

Rohan Dennis takes the lead at the Giro d’Italia and there’s a dramatic finish to this sprint stage in Tel Aviv. Plus Tom meets an army of Eritrean cycling fans at the finish line of this second stage in Israel who are supporting a man with an incredible tale.


Froome’s bid for history off to a shaky start

Well we expected a bit of drama at the start of the first Grand Tour of 2018 and the first stage in Jerusalem certainly delivered. Chris Froome crashed before the race had even begun and lost a significant amount of time on his main rival. So how will all this affect him after just one day of the Giro?


Clouds hang over Team Sky at Giro in Israel

Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford face the media together for the first time since the storm over an adverse finding. We ask, should Froome be riding and should the race be starting in Israel? Which of Froome’s rivals might derail him and where might it happen?


Gary Verity, Protests at the Giro and how to buy Lance’s House

So if you’ve ever fancied owning Lance Armstrong's house, OJ & Tom this week work out if they can afford it as well as looking at Lance’s future now his final lawsuit has been concluded. They also talk to Sir Gary Verity ahead of the Tour of Yorkshire and look at the political problems surrounding Israel ahead of the start of the Giro D’Italia.


Michael Goolaerts Special

Following the death of Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider, Michael Goolaerts at the 2018 Paris-Roubaix race, Tom Fordyce, Rob Hayles and Dr Michael Hutchinson discuss the circumstances around the Belgian’s mid-race cardiac arrest, the reactions of other pro-cyclists and whether testing and screening could prevent further tragedies in the future


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