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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.




BeSpoke's end of year awards

What a year it’s been. A clean sweep for British riders of the three Grand Tours in Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Simon Yates, but who will the BeSpoke team pick as the best rider of 2018? Tom Fordyce gets the band back together and is joined by Rob Hayles, Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen – the team that covered the Tour de France for BeSpoke. As well as rider of the year, awards are also dished out for the best day’s racing, most thrilling moment, and biggest inspiration.


Mr & Mrs Thomas - How we won the Tour

He cried on his wedding day and when he won the greatest prize in cycling, but listen to Geraint Thomas as you’ve never heard him before in this BeSpoke special. With his wife Sara alongside him, the 2018 Tour de France winner talks to Tom Fordyce about how he overcame mountains and a sore bum on the eve of the world’s biggest race to get the better of his teammate Chris Froome. Thomas's year was capped off by winning the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award in December.


Is it game over for Cavendish?

In this week’s episode, Ben Croucher and the team discuss whether Mark Cavendish’s latest health problems will stop him breaking Eddy Merckx’s famous Tour de France record. They also discuss Chris Froome’s chances of winning the upcoming Tour of Britain, and ask if Simon Yates is learning from his mistakes at the Giro d’Italia to become a contender at the Vuelta a Espana.


Stage 17: A horrible climb, a happy Welshman and a rapid escape

On a mountain steeper and longer than Alpe D’Huez, Geraint Thomas takes an iron grip on the yellow jersey as Chris Froome cedes precious time and possible team leadership. Meanwhile, Tom and the team take a fruitless cable-car ride and encounter a frustrating buffering issue.


Is there a Plan G?

Geraint Thomas joins Tom Fordyce to chat about his win at the Criterium du Dauphine, his hopes for being a co-leader at the Tour de France, and his plans for the future. Plus, Tom and the team assess the form of fellow Brit Mark Cavendish ahead of the Tour.


Stage 8: 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.


Stage 7: "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 5: 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?


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


Flaaaaanders & why you shouldn’t interview Luke Rowe with your 4-year-old in the room

On the eve of the second monument - the Tour of Flanders - the guys look at who’s going to win it, speak to Journalist Laura Winter about the women’s race and OJ makes the mistake of trying to interview Luke Rowe whilst his 4-year-old daughter is in the room.


Welcome to the 80s, where mullets were helmets & cyclists dreamed of aluminium

After they managed to track down the man who made the Channel 4 TDF theme music, OJ, Tom and Rob revel in what cycling was like in the 80s. They also review the first monument of the season and look at the problem with potholes on British roads.


Chris Froome returns an "adverse" drugs test

Reaction to Chris Froome returning an "adverse" drugs test at the Vuelta a Espana. Follow the team @5liveSport and use the hashtag #BeSpoke for video highlights from each show.


Six days, hill climbs & journalistic heavyweights

This week, OJ Borg, Rob Hayles and Dr Michael Hutchinson discuss how six-day racing saved Rob from a Dickensian life as a chimney sweep, speak to Haley Simmonds about the National Hill Climb Championships and when it's OK to vomit. And they send their biggest journalistic heavyweight to conduct the first media interview of deposed UCI president Brian Cookson.


Chris Froome's Secret World of Climbing

Ahead of this year's Tour de France, the three-time champion Chris Froome takes us inside the peloton as he talks about the tactics, the psychology, the pain, the rivalry, and the close encounters with fans during the famous mountain stages.