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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.




Tour de France - 2019 review

A look back to the conclusion of the 2019 Tour de France with Simon Brotherton, Gareth Rhys Owen, Rob Hayles and Jeremy Whittle.


Tour de France - Stage 21 - Paris

The riders sipped champagne whilst the crowds waited for them to make their way into Paris bringing the 2019 Tour de France to an end. Champion Egan Bernal crossing the line with Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas who was second. Rob, Simon, Jeremy and Gareth reflect the final day for the sprinters and look back at a tour that had it all.


Tour de France – Stage 20 – Bernal victorious

Gareth Rhys Owen, Simon Brotherton, Rob Hayles and Jeremy Whittle reflect upon Colombian Egan Bernal’s victory at the Tour on a day when Geraint Thomas clinched second and Vincenzo Nibali won a shortened stage in the Alps. Plus an unexpected guest drops into the podcast.


Tour de France - Stage 19 - Avalanches

It was supposed to be a short but brutal stage, but it wasn’t meant to be called off due to an avalanche. But it was and Team Ineos’ Egan Bernal now wears the leaders yellow jersey with Julian Alaphilippe finally relenting. Listen in as the BeSpoke team nearly get struck by lightning and then washed away as they descend from the mountain.


Tour de France - Stage 18 - A Battle Royale

Nairo Quintana takes the stage victory but the main talking point is whether or not Geraint Thomas attacked his own team mate and co-leader Egan Bernal. Rob Hayles, Jeremy Whittle, Simon Brotherton and Gareth Rhys Owen ask if the reigning champion was right to do it, what it means, plus Rob gives us an insight in the art of descending after Julian Alaphilippe puts on a masterclass.


Tour de France - Stage 17 - Luke Rowe disqualified

The contenders for the yellow jersey get through stage 17 unscathed as the Alps draw sharply into focus. Australian broadcaster Sophie Smith joins the team to give her lowdown on the final three days of intense climbing, and British Time Trial specialist Alex Dowsett explains how tough this tour really is. And there is some breaking news regarding Thomas’ teammate Luke Rowe who is sent packing.


Tour de France - Stage 16 - Thomas goes down but is not out

Caleb Ewan wins the sprint but Geraint Thomas takes a tumble. He is more lucky than one rider who is out with a broken wrist. But with temperatures into the high thirties things get heated as the BeSpoke team try to pick their 1-2-3 in Paris with four competitive days left. Plus we get the lowdown on the new favourite for the Tour, home favourite Thaibaut Pinot.


Tour de France - Rest Day - Geraint Thomas and Dave Brailsford join BeSpoke

The BeSpoke team drive through the night to join up with reigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Ineos Team Principle Sir Dave Brailsford on the final rest day. With Julian Alaphilippe cracking for the first time yesterday, the BeSpoke team run through who has a genuine shot of glory in Paris.


Tour de France - Stage 8 - Breakaways & broken bikes

Geraint Thomas and his Ineos teammates crashed with 10km to go but fought back to limit the damage to Gianni Moscon's snapped frame. This was all going on whilst Thomas de Gendt rode a remarkable breakaway victory. Julian Alaphilippe stakes his claim to be considered a real GC contender, and Jeremy pulls out two of the worst jokes you'll hear all summer within a minute.


Tour de France 2019 preview

The 2019 Tour de France starts this Saturday. With Chris Froome out, we hear from Geraint Thomas who aims to defend his crown. Plus we ask what the future holds for Mark Cavendish after he wasn’t picked by Team Dimension Data.


The Art of the Time Trial

Bent double, legs aching, lungs burning, knees knocking into your ribcage as you race against the clock: the Time Trial is cycling in its purest form. But what does it feel like to ride a professional TT and what's the science behind it? In 2015 Alex Dowsett broke track cycling's world hour record by 446 metres. He and Michael Hutchinson - who held the competition record for 10, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles - join BeSpoke to reveal the finer details and find out why it's better to have hairy...


Geraint Thomas's guide to surviving a crash

Geraint Thomas tells BeSpoke he's lucky to be ok following his crash at the Tour de Suisse which could've have scuppered his defence of the Tour de France. He talks us through the finer details of what it's like to crash at 50km/hour and says he'll need to knuckle down over the next couple of weeks to get match fit for cycling's biggest race. Plus we hear how athletes clean up their road wounds, but please don't listen if you're having your dinner.


Chris Froome in intensive care after 55 kilometres an hour crash

Britain's Chris Froome is in intensive care after crashing into a wall at 55 kilometres an hour during a reconnaissance ride at the Dauphine stage race in south-east France. He will no longer compete in this year’s Tour de France. Sir Dave Brailsford - team principal of Team Ineos - joins BeSpoke to update them on Froome's injuries after the six-time Grand Tour winner was airlifted to hospital with multiple fractures.


Michael Woods special

EF Education First's Michael Woods played Ice Hockey before becoming an elite runner, only taking up cycling to keep fit. He joins BeSpoke to discuss his journey to front of the peloton, describes how he suffers from imposter syndrome and reflects on how his son Hunter, who he lost at 37 weeks, spurred him on to his maiden grand tour stage victory at last summer's Vuelta.


Lizzie Deignan special

With the Giro d'Italia in our slipstream, BeSpoke pops across the Pennines to Leeds and a catch-up with Lizzie Deignan - the dominant British female road racer of her generation and, as of eight months ago, a mother to daughter Orla. We find out how she is balancing the competing demands of racing and motherhood, chew over her chances of winning back her World title in Yorkshire this September and ask whether her Trek-Segafredo team-mates have got any closer to cracking the correct...


Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz victorious in Verona

In the city synonymous with Romeo and Juliet, there are no late dramas nor tragedies for dashing race leader Richard Carapaz. The BeSpoke team analyse where the young Ecuadorian won this 102nd Giro, pick out their favourite moments of a race that has sometimes underwhelmed and attempt to get Jeremy Whittle to finally pronounce Primoz Roglic's name without hesitation or error.


Giro d'Italia 2019 - Stage 18

A warm feeling resonates through BeSpoke's Gareth Rhys Owen as the breakaway just kept their advantage after separating from the peloton 170kms out, with Italy's Damiano Cima winning by inches in just his second year as a professional. Richard Carapaz maintains the overall lead in the General Classification with 1min 54 over Vincenzo Nibali and Primoj Roglic back in third. Cycling broadcaster Laura Winter joins Jeremy Whittle and Gareth as the Giro nears completion and discusses whether...


Giro D'italia: The final week

Bad weather and dangerous descents made for a captivating 16th stage of the 2019 Giro. The Italian rider Giulio Ciccone won, whilst Richard Carapaz remains the race General Classification leader, a lead he took from Primoz Roglic whose tour turned on its head after a badly timed toilet break. He now sits third behind Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali with just five stages left. BBC Cycling commentator Simon Brotherton, joins Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen.


Giro D'Italia 2019: Stage 12 - Hail Cesare

The Guardian’s Tour de France Correspondent Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen join Tom Fordyce as the 2019 Giro d’Italia finally gets exciting with a brilliant 12th stage - Italian Cesare Benedetti claiming his first grand tour stage win in dramatic fashion. Meanwhile Team Ineos are failing to make a dent and one of the BeSpoke team isn’t impressed with how they look in their first Grand Tour in their new kit. They discuss the latest developments in a doping story that is gathering...


Masochism & unfinished business – the 2019 Giro d’Italia preview

Last year’s Giro winner Chris Froome tells BeSpoke how he loves to inflict pain on his competitors as we preview the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro D'italia. Meanwhile fellow Brit Simon Yates - who was on the verge of winning last year’s race before spectacularly imploding - says he’s put it all behind him. Rob’s bottom is blamed for his inability to climb, Jeremy makes a very bold prediction, plus the team are joined by ex pro rider and current manager of EF Education First...