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Kilometre 0 is the official start, after the départ fictif, for each day’s stage of the Tour de France. It is also a show from The Cycling Podcast, taking listeners behind the scenes at the three Grand Tours. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe along with special guests François Thomazeau, Fran Reyes and Orla Chennaoui as they tell the untold stories of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Tune in for tales from the World Cup of Tiramisù to the lofty heights of the Angliru and everything in between.

Kilometre 0 is the official start, after the départ fictif, for each day’s stage of the Tour de France. It is also a show from The Cycling Podcast, taking listeners behind the scenes at the three Grand Tours. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe along with special guests François Thomazeau, Fran Reyes and Orla Chennaoui as they tell the untold stories of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Tune in for tales from the World Cup of Tiramisù to the lofty heights of the Angliru and everything in between.
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Kilometre 0 is the official start, after the départ fictif, for each day’s stage of the Tour de France. It is also a show from The Cycling Podcast, taking listeners behind the scenes at the three Grand Tours. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe along with special guests François Thomazeau, Fran Reyes and Orla Chennaoui as they tell the untold stories of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Tune in for tales from the World Cup of Tiramisù to the lofty heights of the Angliru and everything in between.

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English

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Episodes

9: Andorra

9/14/2018
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A growing number of professional cyclists call Andorra home. Lionel Birnie calls it “the worst place in Europe.” Ahead of the Vuelta’s visit, we speak to a number of riders who live there and ask them about living and training in Andorra. Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.

Duration:00:22:59

7: The sponsorship crisis

9/10/2018
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As teams close and struggle for sponsorship it can seem that cycling’s business model is fatally flawed. In this episode of Kilometre 0 we hear from Michael Mørkøv, whose team, Quick-Step Floors, is the most successful of 2018 yet is still looking for funding for 2019\. We also hear from Luca Guercilena, the Trek-Segafredo manager, from Matthias Brandle, who has ridden for three teams that have folded, and from Mauro Gianetti of Team UAE-Emirates. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist....

Duration:00:18:59

6: 36 x 32

9/7/2018
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The vogue for ever steeper climbs and ever lower gears has been one of the biggest changes in cycling over the last 20 years. To understand the extent of the change, and the effect on climbing tactics and technique, we hear from riders, former riders, mechanics, physiotherapists and sports directors, including Sepp Kuss, Michael Woods, Maxime Monfort, Ian Boswell, Markel Irizar, Brian Holm and Aike Visbeek. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print...

Duration:00:18:53

5: A Spanish dynasty

9/5/2018
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This episode of Kilometre 0 looks at the history of the Movistar team, tracing its roots back to the Reynolds team and the early 1980s. Movistar has a reputation for being old school, but we hear from riders and sports directors who know how the team operates to find out what it's really like. Kilometre 0 is supported by The Economist. UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist delivered to their door by texting KM0 to 78070.

Duration:00:26:02

Cooked: riding and eating the Grand Tours

9/3/2018
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This episode was made for Friends of the Podcast as part of Kilometre 0 series recorded at the 2017 Vuelta a España. [Become a Friend of the Podcast](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) to keep us on the road at the three Grand Tours. You'll get access to a library of in-depth, feature-length episodes. In this fourth episode of Kilometre 0, recorded at the 2017 Vuelta a España, we hear from Hayden Groves, who is riding his third Grand Tour of 2017. But Groves isn’t a professional...

Duration:00:20:55

15: Chavanel: A year on Tour

7/27/2018
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The final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France focuses on Sylvain Chavanel, who is riding a record 18th Tour. Thursday's 18th stage was the 365th stage of his career, meaning he's spent a whole year of his life riding the Tour de France. We speak to Chavanel and several of the people who know him best, including Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, the manager of the team he started and will finish his professional career with. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps

Duration:00:24:00

14: The experiment

7/26/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie head to the summit of the Col du Portet to witness the short Pyrenean mountain stage with the innovative gridded start. What did the riders think and would it change the dimension of the race? Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps

Duration:00:25:36

13: Rebuilding Cofidis

7/25/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 Orla Chennaoui talks to Cedric Vasseur, the boss of the French Cofidis team. Cofidis has been a fixture at the Tour de France for more than 20 years. In that time they have enjoyed stage wins and yellow jerseys but were also at the centre of a doping scandal in 2004. It is now ten years since Cofidis won a Tour de France stage and at the start of the year Vasseur was brought in to turn around the team’s fortunes. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers...

Duration:00:23:51

12: The coach

7/24/2018
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At La Rosière in the Alps, Geraint Thomas won the stage and took the yellow jersey and, more than an hour later, Mark Cavendish crossed the line last and well outside the time limit. For Rod Ellingworth it was a bitter-sweet day because both riders were graduates of the British Cycling Academy he founded and ran. The next day, on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Orla Chennaoui travelled with Ellingworth in a Team Sky car and asked him about his relationship with both riders and his approach to...

Duration:00:25:29

11: Schleck returns to the Tour

7/23/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 Richard Moore spends the day with 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck. The former rider from Luxembourg is back at the Tour driving VIPs for one of the race's sponsors, Skoda. Richard talks to him about his career and how he has adjusted to retirement. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps

Duration:00:17:35

10: 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

9: 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...

Duration:00:30:57

8: La Course 2018

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

7: 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, showers & taps

Duration:00:15:28

6: 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, showers & taps

Duration:00:27:41

5: 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, showers & taps

Duration:00:31:07

4: 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, showers & taps

Duration:00:17:26

3: 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

2: The pain barrier

7/10/2018
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On stage one Lawson Craddock crashed, breaking his scapula and suffering a deep laceration above his eye. He finished the stage but the question was whether it was wise for him to carry on. With the help of the Education First medical staff he started the next morning and survived the stage. Then came an even bigger test – the team time trial. In this episode we speak to Craddock and also to his medics, sports directors and teammates. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps

Duration:00:26:36

1: The debutants

7/9/2018
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In this episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we speak to some of the riders who were experiencing the Tour de France for the first time. The nerves and sense of anticipation were heightened in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île as they prepared to tackle the biggest race of them all. From he youngest rider in the race, to others who had waited almost all their careers to make their debut, we ask whether the Tour feels different to other events Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe, showers & taps

Duration:00:16:14