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Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the world of professional cycling.

Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the world of professional cycling.
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Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the world of professional cycling.




Lunch with Brian Holm | Episode 33

December 8 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, we join Brian Holm for pie and mash in London. The former Danish national champion has had an eventful career – he nearly died in a crash when he was a young professional, he won the Paris-Brussels one-day classic and he rode for the German Telekem team, helping his team-mate Bjarne Riis to win the 1996 Tour de France. Like Riis, Holm doped, and later confessed. As sports director for Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia team and now Quick Step...

Duration: 01:02:55

The Giro route and Chris Froome’s bid for glory | Episode 32

The Cycling Podcast this week is devoted this week to the 2018 Giro d'Italia, with the route for the 101st race unveiled on Wednesday. We discuss the route and Chris Froome's decision to try to win his first Giro before going for his fifth Tour de France. It was already known that the Giro would start in Israel, becoming the first grand tour to start outside Europe, but already this is generating controversy and headaches for RCS, the Giro organisers. We hear different viewpoints on the...

Duration: 01:01:07

The Cycling Podcast Féminin | Episode 18

November 27 | The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin is a conversation between Richard Moore and two of the world's most promising young riders, the Canyon-SRAM pair Hannah Barnes and Mieke Kröger. It was recorded before an audience earlier this season at the Rapha Clubhouse in Manchester. In the course of their discussion Barnes and Kröger talk about how they started racing, with Barnes also telling us about her comeback from the serious injury she suffered in a crash in...

Duration: 00:45:10

Training camps and team building | Episode 31

November 22 | Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up in central London after their sell-out West End show at the Arts Theatre to discuss the latest training camp and team building trends. The Australian Orica-Scott team plan to break with established training camp tradition by moving hotels each night, making it more like a stage race, rather than spending time at one base. While it might break with the routine and give the riders a change of scenery every day, will it be...

Duration: 01:05:09

When Orla Met Ned | Episode 30

November 14 | During the Vuelta a España Orla Chennaoui went to Herne Hill velodrome to meet Ned Boulting, who races on the track throughout the year. Both work primarily in television but Orla was keen to talk to Ned about the various other strands to his career. He has gone from interviewer to commentator, written books and, more recently, performed a solo stand-up show. Despite all that, Ned admits that he still feels like a ‘newbie.’ The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and...

Duration: 01:03:11

Vaughters and vin | Episode 29

November 8 | Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are at The Connaught in London's Mayfair to meet Jonathan and Ashley Vaughters. They talk about how the Cannondale-Drapac team – soon to become EF Education First – was saved when it faced extinction and wine, as Ashley was in London to attend a ceremony to induct to the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.

Duration: 00:43:14

Around the world in 78 days

November 3 | In this pilot for a new series – The Cycling Podcast Brevet – Richard Moore meets Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record, pedalling around the globe in 78 days. In doing so he rode 240 miles a day, every day, for almost three months – a remarkable feat that must surely be at the outer limits of what is humanly possible. Two weeks after finishing Beaumont could reflect on the physical and mental toll. “I loved it,” he tells us, “but I suffered more than I’d ever...

Duration: 00:33:13

A conversation with Conor Dunne | Episode 28

November 1 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we sit down to talk to Irish rider Conor Dunne about his experiences at the Vuelta a España. Dunne was part of the Aqua Blue team – the first Irish squad to ride a Grand Tour – that set out from Nîmes in southern France in August. For the 6ft 8in tall rider, the Vuelta presented a huge challenge every day. He finished 158th – and last – overall, although it has to be remembered that in order to finish last in a Grand Tour the rider has to...

Duration: 00:48:52

A postcard from China | Episode 27

October 25 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from the Tour of Guanxi in China, the last World Tour race of the 2017 season. Fran Reyes, who listeners will remember from our Vuelta a España coverage, was there for all six stages and brings us a report from a race that was difficult to follow from afar, but which seems to have been a hit with the riders. We hear from Mikel Landa, in his last race for Team Sky, and his teammate Beñat Intxausti, making a rare appearance after two years of...

Duration: 00:31:02

The 2018 Tour de France route | Episode 26

October 17 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe meet up at St Pancras station to share their first reactions to the 2018 Tour de France route, which had just been revealed in Paris. Several of the pre-announcement rumours turned out to be red herrings. We already knew the race would set out from the Vendée but the first week is packed with surprises. There's stage five to Quimper which Christian Prudhomme dubbed as a Breton version of an...

Duration: 00:53:33

Stage 10 | Caravaca / Elpozo Alimentación | Vuelta a España 2017

The Vuelta a España resumed after its first rest day in rainy Murcia and The Cycling Podcast has an interview with Chris Froome, who is in the overall lead and in a strong position to win his first Vuelta. He talks about the threats ahead over the next two weeks, his fears about another ambush, like the one that cost him the Vuelta in 2016, and how his rivals have caught up with him – he also hints that one year he will miss the Spanish tour to ride the Tour of Britain. Richard Moore, Daniel...

Duration: 00:39:53

Stage 9 | Orihuela / Cumbre del Sol, El Poble Nou de Benitatxell | Vuelta a España 2017

Stage nine of the Vuelta a España saw another hilltop finish and a win for Chris Froome – the first time this season he has been able to cross the line first with his arms in the air. Richard Moore and Fran Reyes discuss the stage and also the latest news concerning Cannondale-Drapac, the World Tour team whose future has been plunged into doubt following the withdrawal of a sponsor. We hear from Froome’s sports director, Nicolas Portal. And we talk to Joe Dombrowski, one of the Cannondale...

Duration: 00:53:19

Stage 8 | Hellín / Xorret de Catí | Vuelta a España 2017

Stage eight of the Vuelta a España finished close to the summit of Xorret de Catí, a famously tough climb in southern Spain. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes tell the story of the stage but the main drama of the day was arguably before any racing started with the news that Warren Barguil had been sent home by his team, Sunweb. Barguil was one of the stars of the Tour de France, winning two stages and the King of the Mountains, but, according to his team, he “openly expressed that...

Duration: 00:39:08

Stage 7 | Llíria / Cuenca | Vuelta a España 2017

It was another day for a breakaway at the Vuelta a España as stage seven took the riders inland from Llíria to Cuenca. Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss a stage that almost supplied a fascinating twist to the plot when it seemed that Jetse Bol, of the tiny Colombian Manzana Postobon team, might take the red jersey of overall leader from Chris Froome. In the end Bol fell short by just 47 seconds, but how did a Dutchman end up on a Colombian team? Fran spoke to Bol to find...

Duration: 00:41:03

Stage 6 | Villareal / Sagunt | Vuelta a España 2017

The hills of Valencia made for open, aggressive racing both in the pursuit of the stage win and the race for the leader’s red jersey. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Fran Reyes discuss the sixth stage from Villareal to Sagunt, which saw a Polish one-two at the finish. The honours went to Lotto-Soudal’s Tomas Marczynski, an old training partner of Fran’s, with Pawel Poljanski second. But behind them, Alberto Contador continued to look...

Duration: 00:36:57

Stage 5 | Benicassìm / Alcossebre | Vuelta a España 2017

The Cycling Podcast comes from the beach at Alcossebre, as holidaymakers enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Fran Reyes reflect on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España. The stage finished with a steep climb which led to a slight reshuffle of the overall places, although Chris Froome of Team Sky retained the leader’s red jersey and stretched his overall advantage by eight seconds. Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko of Astana won the stage and was the strongest on the...

Duration: 00:41:17

Stage 4 | Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona | Vuelta a España 2017

The Vuelta a España reached Spanish soil after it’s opening few days in France and Andorra, and although there are few seasoned sprinters in the race, the peloton nevertheless brought everything back together in time for the finish. And it was the Italian Matteo Trentin who succeeded in giving Quick Step their second stage win of the race. They had hoped to lead him out for victory in Gruissan a couple of days ago but his team-mate Yves Lampaert took a flyer and ended up winning. Richard...

Duration: 00:40:18

Stage 3 | Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella | Vuelta a España 2017

The Vuelta a España headed from France into Andorra and the first serious climbs of the race. And it was no surprise to see a former Vuelta champion and the pre-race favourite right at the head of affairs. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss stage three of the race. The stage was won by Vincenzo Nibali, the 2010 Vuelta champion, but it was Chris Froome of Team Sky who applied all the...

Duration: 00:48:19

Stage 2 | Nîmes / Gruissan | Vuelta a España 2017

The wind blew across the south of France but the Vuelta a España peloton did not split although there was a change of race leadership at the finish in Gruissan. Although there were no breakaways, it was still a tense, nervous day in the peloton as no one wanted to get caught out if gaps started to open in the bunch. In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to review the racing, which resulted in a one-two for Quick...

Duration: 00:46:43

Stage 1 | Nîmes | Vuelta a España 2017

The Vuelta a España started in Nîmes in the south of France with a spectacular team time trial that took the riders through the Roman amphitheatre in the centre of the town. BMC Racing won the stage and put their Australian rider Rohan Dennis into the first red jersey of the race. In this episode, kicking off three weeks of coverage of the third grand tour of the season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe are joined by Spanish journalist Fran Reyes to discuss the opening stage....

Duration: 00:46:55

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