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The Cycling Podcast Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

The Cycling Podcast Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.
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The Cycling Podcast Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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Episodes

82: Stage 15 Millau – Carcassonne | Tour de France 2018

7/22/2018
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The Tour de France reached Carcassonne, the final stop before the second rest day, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a second consecutive stage that was dominated by the breakaway riders. And the Astana team was celebrating for the second day in a row after Omar Fraile’s victory in Mende on Saturday. This time it was their Danish rider Magnus Cort who won. We hear how Astana planned their strategy from Cort’s team-mate Michael Valgren and sports director Lars...

Duration:00:49:16

81: Stage 14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende | Tour de France 2018

7/21/2018
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There were two races on stage 14 of the Tour de France and The Cycling Podcast discuss both of them in the latest episode. At the airfield in Mende, where the stage finished with a brutally short but steep climb, Omar Fraile won from a large break while, almost 20 minutes behind, the overall contenders battled it out, with Primoz Roglic gaining a few seconds to cement his fourth place. In the podcast we hear from Jasper Stuyven, who almost stayed away, and his sports director Alain Gallopin....

Duration:00:41:39

80: Stage 13 Bourg d’Oisans – Valence | Tour de France 2018

7/20/2018
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Today’s stage of the Tour de France was the calm after the storm. Alpe d’Huez had claimed one notable victim – with fourth-placed Vincenzo Nibali having to pull out of the race after a crash caused by catching his bike on a spectator’s camera strap. We ask what the Tour can do to keep the riders safe but retain the atmosphere of the race. With Peter Sagan winning his third stage of the Tour, we also ask whether something needs to be done to avoid a scenario where several top sprinters fail...

Duration:00:49:58

79: The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 25

7/20/2018
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The July episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from France, where Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley report from La Course, the women's one-day race in the Alps. There's also a feature from the Giro Rosa, the women's Tour of Italy. At La Course, a thrilling race was won by Annemiek van Vleuten – who also won the Giro Rosa – with the young Danish star Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig lighting it up with a long-range attack that looked like it might succeed. We hear from Uttrup Ludwig,...

Duration:01:04:05

78: Kilometre 0 – Dutch Corner

7/20/2018
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Lionel Birnie heads to bend number seven on Alpe d'Huez to experience the atmosphere of Dutch Corner. However, because of safety and security concerns, the Tour de France organisers and police had taken steps to control the size and behaviour of the crowd, restricting the amount of alcohol available and leading to a less fervent atmosphere than in past years. It's ironic that Dutch Corner was founded by a local clergyman selling beer to help raise funds to rebuild his church... Kilometre 0...

Duration:00:17:04

77: Stage 12 Bourg St Maurice – Alpe d’Huez | Tour de France 2018

7/19/2018
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The Tour is won on the Alpe (more often than not) so what does this mean for the yellow jersey? Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui discuss Geraint Thomas’s second consecutive stage win and ask whether this means he is now Team Sky’s most likely chance of winning the Tour. We discuss the moves on the mountain – Team Sky’s dominance, Movistar’s frailties, Vincenzo Nibali being knocked off by a motorbike and Romain Bardet’s attacks. Where does this leave the...

Duration:00:39:21

76: Kilometre 0 – Breaking the story

7/19/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 François Thomazeau talks about how Reuters broke the story about organised doping in the Festina team in 1998. One of the news agency's regular stringers called François on the eve of the Grand Départ in Dublin to say a Festina team car had been stopped by customs officers on the Franco-Belgian border and had been found to contain hundreds of doses of doping products. Twenty years ago the media landscape was very different and so when Reuters broke the news it...

Duration:00:30:57

75: Stage 11 Albertville – La Rosière | Tour de France 2018

7/18/2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss stage 11 of the Tour de France, which was the first mountain-top finish of the race. As expected, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas took the yellow jersey from Greg Van Avermaet. What was not anticipated was that Thomas would also win the stage. He and his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome are now first and second overall. As Team Sky took control of the race, others fell completely out of contention....

Duration:00:40:40

74: Kilometre 0 – La Course

7/18/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we spend the day following La Course, the one-day women’s race organised by the Tour de France. Richard Moore, Orla Chennaoui and Rose Manley go to the start in Annecy and the finish in Le Grand Bornand, where they witness a thrilling finish to an exciting race. We hear from Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Dani Rowe, one of the stars of the race, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and the winner, Annemiek van Vleuten. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Hansgrohe.

Duration:00:24:35

73: Stage 10 Annecy– Le Grand Bornand | Tour de France 2018

7/17/2018
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The Tour de France reached the Alps after the rest day and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recap the tenth stage. We hear from the team-mate and sports director of Julian Alaphilippe’s Quick Step team after the Frenchman won the first Tour stage of his career. Plus we hear from Rolf Aldag, sports director of Dimension Data, after the nervous wait to hear if Mark Cavendish and some of the other sprinters made the time limit. And from BMC Racing’s Jim...

Duration:00:44:46

71: Kilometre 0 – The Data Dimension

7/17/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look at the growing use of data and statistics in professional cycling. With so much information available, what is useful to the team managers and riders? We also talk to Stephan Van der Zwan, co-owner of the Pro Cycling Stats website about how more teams are using the information he collates and publishes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.

Duration:00:15:28

70: Kilometre 0 – Pavé

7/16/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0, Lionel Birnie heads out on to the pavé to witness one of the most dramatic Tour de France stages in years. The morning after the French national holiday and with France playing in the World Cup final later that evening there was a huge, enthusiastic crowd out on the roads. But for the riders it was a case of chaos, crashes and hoping for the best... The Cycling Podcast is supported Hansgrohe.

Duration:00:27:41

69: Stage 9 | Arras – Roubaix | Tour de France 2018

7/15/2018
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This episode of The Cycling Podcast comes from the grandstand at the famous outdoor velodrome in Roubaix, which traditionally hosts the finish of the Paris-Roubaix classic. Today’s stage nine covered almost 22 kilometres of cobbled roads and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau convene to make sense of the action and ask what the results mean for the rest of the Tour. As expected, the stage spelled the end for at least one of the overall contenders and the unlucky man was...

Duration:00:42:54

68: Stage 8 | Dreux – Amiens | Tour de France 2018

7/14/2018
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With the cobbled stage looming the Tour de France peloton rolled through the countryside from Dreux to Amiens waiting for the inevitable sprint finish. For the second day in a row, Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen won the stage in decisive style. Fernando Gaviria and Andre Greipel, who crossed the line in second and third were later relegated to last in the results for illegal moves – Greipel for squeezing Gaviria towards the barriers and Gaviria for nudging back with his head a couple of...

Duration:00:52:48

67: Stage 7 | Fougères – Chartres | Tour de France 2018

7/13/2018
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Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau recap a quiet day on the Tour de France – a long 231-kilometre trek across the countryside that barely sparked into life until the final five kilometres. With the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix looming we ask whether such days are an inevitable consequence of the stress of the opening days of the Tour and the reduction in team size from nine to eight riders. We also talk to Hilaire Van der Schueren, sports director of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, the...

Duration:00:46:16

66: Kilometre 0 – Ten years of Argyle

7/13/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 we look back ten years to the Slipstream team's Tour de France debut. Jonathan Vaughters talks about the team's anti-doping ethos and the steep learning curve of riding their first Tour. We hear from Will Frischkorn who almost won a stage in the first week, and ask Vaughters how it felt to be challenging for a place on the podium with Christian Vande Velde in the final week. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.

Duration:00:31:07

65: Stage 6 | Brest – Mûr de Bretagne | Tour de France 2018

7/12/2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a chaotic finale to a stage that finished on the Mûr de Bretagne in Brittany. In last night’s podcast we asked Daniel Martin if he felt the Mûr de Bretagne finish suited him better and today he provided the answer. We also discuss the misfortune for Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin and ask whether Dumoulin’s time penalty for drafting behind a team car after his mechanical problem was a fair...

Duration:00:55:38

64: Kilometre 0 – Cartes du Tour

7/12/2018
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In the fourth episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France we meet Paul Fournel, author of a new illustrated history of the maps of the Tour. Fournel is one of Frances’s most respected writers and he tells us about his book and his lifelong love affair with cycling and with the Tour. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe.

Duration:00:17:26

63: Stage 5 | Lorient – Quimper | Tour de France 2018

7/11/2018
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In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a tough, tricky and hilly stage through the Breton countryside that saw a familiar winner in Quimper. World champion Peter Sagan won with a perfectly timed sprint on the final hill – it was his second stage win of the race – but he was pushed all the way by Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli. We hear from Colbrelli’s team manager Brent Copeland about his sprinter and also team leader Vincenzo...

Duration:00:47:18

62: Kilometre 0 – 20 in a row

7/11/2018
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This episode of Kilometre 0 features the Australian rider Adam Hansen, who set a record of completing 20 grand tours when he rode the Giro d'Italia in May. Hansen is not riding this Tour de France – it's the first one he's missed since his run began in 2011 – but he was in the Vendée working for a television station and getting a glimpse of another side of the race for the first time. We spoke to him about his record-breaking run and asked some of the riders and staff at his Lotto-Soudal...

Duration:00:25:11