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The Cycling Podcast

Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

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The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España and Classics. 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 Slay ...
 
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In the second part of our look back at the one-day races of 2021, we pick up the story by asking whether Peter Sagan can return to his best to challenge the current crop of Galácticos. We hear from Jonathan Vaughters about the ways racing has changed and why a 'boring' race to watch does not mean an easy race to ride. Toms Skujiņš of Trek-Segafredo…
 
In the first part of our look back at the 2021 road racing season, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussed the cobbled Classics. The Latin title of our series, Annus galaxicus, was Daniel's idea, naturally, and it refers to Julian Alaphilippe, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, who looked set to dominate the one-day races. How…
 
In this fourth and final episode in our mini-series of Explore we look at the gravel scene. Gravel at a crossroads is partly inspired by some of the reaction to our feature on the so-called "first professional gravel race" in Veneto in episode one. Some took exception to the description, with one listener advising us that if we want to talk about g…
 
In this episode of Service Course, Tom Whalley looks back on the fixed gear phenomenon, which peaked around a decade ago, and asks what happened to fixie culture. He speaks with Max Leonard, co-author of Fixed, former bike messenger Emily Chappell, and Tibco-SVB’s Tanja Erath. Tanja came into pro-cycling through the Zwift academy, but before that s…
 
This week's episode comes from the Six Days of Ghent, which is back this week after a year's absence. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie report from a familiarly busy and raucous 't Kuipke on the opening night and speak to some of the star names, including Olympic Madison champion Michael Mørkøv and local favourite Iljo Keisse. We also hear from Maike…
 
For this episode of Explore one of our audio producers, Adam Bowie, takes over on the mic as he sets off to ride the King Alfred's Way in the south west of England. The 350-kilometre circular, mostly off-road, bikepacking route features a mix of gravel tracks, woodland trails, canal towpaths and rural lanes as it takes in parts of the Ridgeway, Sou…
 
In this episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the final unveiling of the 2022 Giro d'Italia route. The Giro stages have been revealed bit by bit this time in batches, rather than chronologically. Has this robbed the Giro route of some of its mystery and majesty or does it not really matter? And what are the other terrible i…
 
In the latest episode of Explore we hear Mark Beaumont’s audio diary from GBDuro, the on- and off-road race the length of Britain, from Land's End to John o’ Groats. Amazingly this was Mark’s first ever organised race — though GBDuro is not a race in the traditional sense. Or perhaps it is? As well as being a test of endurance, it is an event that …
 
In this month's episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore are joined by Lizzy Banks to discuss the British national championships and the Ronde van Drenthe, and we hear from Susanne Andersen who is leaving Team DSM to join Uno-X. We also look back on the first women's Paris-Roubaix and ahead to next year's inaugural To…
 
In this week's episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Alex Dowsett's Hour record attempt. Dowsett held the record back in 2015, before Bradley Wiggins broke it, and he aimed to win it back from the current holder Victor Campenaerts in Mexico this week. He fell just short but he won a lot of admirers for raising awareness of …
 
Explore returns for a mini series this month and in this opening episode we cover the pavé and gravel experiencing the old and new of road racing. The day before the women's Paris-Roubaix, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie, joined by Simon Gill, sampled some of the sectors. Lionel once rode the full 260-kilometre Paris-Roubaix cyclo-sportive but Rich…
 
In this episode, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss some of the latest stories from the world of professional cycling. After saving the team at the last minute a year ago, is this the end of the road for the Qhubeka-NextHash World Tour team? What’s behind the latest shake-up at Movistar, and does Tiesj Benoot really want out of Team DSM? And i…
 
This is a trailer for a new episode available to Friends of the Podcast. The latest in our series featuring The Cycling Podcast's hosts features Lionel Birnie facing the questions from Orla Chennaoui. Lionel talks about his route into cycling journalism, from a childhood spent making football magazines to learning the ropes at his local newspaper. …
 
In this episode of Service Course, Lizzy and Tom speak to two holders of prestigious cycling world records. First up is Ashton Lambie, who at the time of recording is the current holder of the individual pursuit world record, and the first person to go under four minutes in that event. Ashton talks about living in an RV, not wanting to ride for a r…
 
So, this is it, retirement. Or, to put it another way, the longest off-season of my life. I've ridden my final race and in a few short weeks I will be officially retired from the professional peloton. When I made the decision that this would be my final season as a rider, I wanted to prepare myself for what comes next. And so, over the course of th…
 
Richard Moore has been in the Veneto region of northern Italy experiencing the rebirth of racing in an area that is rich in cycling heritage. Richard joins Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to talk about the week's racing and riding. Filippo Pozzato, former Milan-Sanremo winner and Italian national champion, has created a new one-day race in his own …
 
The routes for the 2022 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes were revealed in Paris so now the riders know what awaits them next July. The 109th edition of the men’s Tour will start on Friday, July 1 with a time trial in Copenhagen, followed by two stages in Denmark before a transfer back to France where the cobbles of the Hell of the North awa…
 
In the first of two episodes this week, Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss Tadej Pogacar's victory at Il Lombardia, the fifth and final Monument of the season. There's also all the most recent cycling news, including Arnaud Demare's win at the end of a thrilling Paris-Tours, the latest transfers and the appointment of Marion Rousse as the dire…
 
That’s a wrap from the 2021 Women’s Tour. Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks as they witness the conclusion of the final stage – the longest of the race – to Felixstowe. The sun was shining, the crowds were cheering and although there wasn’t a drop of rain in the air in the finishing straight the rainbow shone too. Elisa Balsamo, the r…
 
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside… For the second day in a row the Women’s Tour finished beside the sea, this time in Clacton and for the second day in a row Lorena Wiebes won the stage. Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks on the sea front as they recap the stage. We hear from Mark Cavendish, who stopped to watch the race yesterday…
 
It’s another packed podcast from the Women’s Tour. Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks at the famous Rossi’s ice cream parlour on the seafront in Southend-on-Sea as they recap stage four. The stage was won by Lorena Wiebes of Team DSM and we hear her finish line reaction and get the thoughts of sports director Albert Timmer. Lizzy check…
 
So, this is it, my final race as a professional cyclist. When I announced I'd be retiring at the end of this season I didn't know what my last race would be, but then fate stepped in. Paris-Roubaix – a race I've truly loved over the years, was rescheduled from its usual April spot to an end-of-season Sunday in October. It seemed fitting to ride thi…
 
The Women’s Tour had the first time trial stage in its eight-year history as the riders tackled a 16.6-kilometre circuit round Atherstone. But this was about as far from the traditional out-and-back British 10-mile time trial as you could get. Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks in the New Swan in Atherstone as they recap a stage that h…
 
Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks as they recap stage two of the Women’s Tour, which tackled ten climbs on a tough circuit in grim weather. A break of 10 riders got clear to deny a second bunch sprint and at the finish we saw Amy Pieters of SD Worx win her fourth Women’s Tour stage, while Clara Copponi of France took the race lead fro…
 
Join Rose Manley, Lionel Birnie and Lizzy Banks as our nightly coverage of The Women’s Tour kicks off following the opening stage to Banbury. Hear from Sophie Wright, teammate of stage winner Marta Bastianelli, and Anna Christian, who launched one of the most persistent attacks of the opening stage. Plus there’s Lizzie Deignan, who lines up as defe…
 
In this feature length episode from Paris-Roubaix Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie take us on a journey from Compiègne to Roubaix via some of the famous cobbles. From Saturday's first ever women's race we report from the first sector of pavé and hear from riders including Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Marlen Reusser and Lisa Brennauer. From Sunday's men's ra…
 
Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore look back at the world road race championships in Flanders and ahead to the first ever women's Paris-Roubaix. We hear from Elisa Longo Borghini, who led her Italian teammate Elisa Balsamo out to victory in Flanders, and from the British riders Lizzie Deignan and Anna Henderson. There are also interviews…
 
In this week's episode we dissect a thrilling men's road race at the world championships in Flanders: a race hailed by some as the greatest world championship road race in history, played out in front of a crowd estimated at a million. We hear from some of the riders who contributed to the drama and excitement: Belgium's Yves Lampaert, Neilson Powl…
 
It's hill-climb season once again in the UK. In this episode Tom Whalley and Lizzy Banks discuss what could be the UK's steepest climb. Could it even be the steepest climb in the world? Simon Warren, author of 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, and Ben Lowe, the creator of Veloviewer, talk us through their attempts to climb and measure the gradiant of Ba…
 
I’m back this week with one of the more experienced riders in the Women’s Pro Peloton, British rider Hannah Barnes. After turning pro with United Healthcare in 2014, Hannah has ridden for Canyon-SRAM for the past six seasons and is set to move on to the new Uno-X team next year. As a youngster she was multiple national champion across several cycli…
 
In the first of two episodes of The Cycling Podcast Féminin this month, Rose Manley, Orla Chennaoui and Richard Moore, in Bruges for the UCI world championships, look back on Monday's time trial, won by Ellen van Dijk, and ahead to the road race at the weekend. We hear from the time trial silver medallist Marlen Reusser as well as from Leah Thomas …
 
Richard Moore is in Bruges for the World Championship time trials and he checks in with Lionel Birnie to discuss Sunday's elite men's race. It was a neck-and-neck battle between defending champion Filippo Ganna and home favourite Wout van Aert. We hear from four-time world champion Tony Martin, who confirmed his intention to retire after this week'…
 
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the Tour of Britain, the European Championships and some of the latest transfers in the World Tour. Lionel reports back on his stint at the Tour of Britain, celebrates the Classic-esque quality of the Great Orme, and asks if there's a way to Wout van Aert…
 
In this episode Tom Whalley virtually heads off to Eurobike for a catch up with friends of the podcast, New Motion Labs, about the launch of their new Enduo chain. Lizzy Banks immerses herself in the world of ultra-endurance racing as she follows the riders at All Points North as they take on a 1,000-kilometre ride around the north of England. A we…
 
Life in the Peloton is back after the Vuelta a España and for this episode I spoke to two young Kiwi champions who are going to have very big futures. If you don't know the name Fisher-Black yet, I reckon you're going to hear it a lot in the coming months and years. Niamh and Finn Fisher-Black are brother and sister who are both racing at World Tou…
 
In our final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Vuelta a España we hear for the last time from our three audio diarists, James Knox of Deceuninck-Quickstep, Pavel Sivakov of Ineos Grenadiers and Joan Bou of Euskaltel-Euskadi. While Sivakov finished the Vuelta in good shape, and able, he said, to carry on for another week, for Knox and Bou the final we…
 
The Vuelta a España completed its three week pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with Primoz Roglic the winner, and The Cycling Podcast was there to witness it. The theme of this final episode from the Vuelta is pilgrims and we tell the story of the 2021 race in six parts, including the Movistar story – with an update on Miguel Angel Lopez's sensa…
 
The penultimate stage of the 2021 Vuelta a España served up a feast of exciting and dramatic racing and The Cycling Podcast was there to see it. In this episode we hear from two of the day's winners, Jack Haig and Gino Mader of the Bahrain Victorious team, while Patxi Vila and Enric Mas of Movistar reflect on the shocking withdrawal of a rider who …
 
There was another humdinger of a stage at the Vuelta a España and The Cycling Podcast was on the ground in Monforte de Lemos to speak to Lawson Craddock, who helped set up his teammate, Magnus Cort, for the win, as well as their sports director, Juanma Garate. We also hear from the second- and third-placed riders, Rui Oliveira and Quinn Simmons. An…
 
For two riders at the Vuelta a España the journey from Burgos to Santiago de Compostela represents something much bigger than a three-week Grand Tour. A year ago the Bora-Hansgrohe pair, Anton Palzer and Ben Zwiehoff, were both pro sportsmen but in completely different disciplines and indeed Palzer had never participated in a bike race. In this epi…
 
The Vuelta a España tackled a new mountain, Alto d'El Gamoniteiru, at the end of stage 18 and Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore were at the summit to witness the riders coming across the line. In this episode we hear from Gino Mader, who had an important role looking after his team leader, Jack Haig, while also cementing his own position in the top t…
 
It was arguably the performance of his career. Primoz Roglic won the seventeenth stage of the Vuelta a España to take a commanding overall lead into the final few days of the Spanish tour, and The Cycling Podcast was roadside to witness it. We hear from some of the fans – from Spain and Slovenia – as well as the atmosphere of the roadside experienc…
 
The Vuelta a España resumed after the second rest day in Cantabria in the north of Spain with a final stage for the sprinters, won by the man in the green jersey, Fabio Jakobsen. In tonight's episode we hear from Jakobsen's leadout man, Bert Van Lerberghe, and from Joe Dombrowski, whose team tried to distance Jakobsen on a climb. We look ahead to W…
 
In our latest episode of Kilometre 0 we hear about the second week of the Vuelta a España from two of our audio diarists, Pavel Sivakov of Ineos Grenadiers and Joan Bou of Euskaltel-Euskadi. Sivakov talks about getting his confidence back after the low of crashing out of the Giro d'Italia, while Bou tells us about how he is coping with his first gr…
 
In The Cycling Podcast's first press conference episode of the Vuelta a España Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore answer listeners' questions, which ranged from Romain Bardet's English, Team Bike Exchange's woes, the possibility of a fourth grand tour in the Southern Hemisphere, podcasters' use of language and the recruitment process of our audio diar…
 
In the latest episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we hear from one of our audio diarists at the Vuelta a España, James Knox of Deceuninck-Quick-Step. James tells us about his rest day tumble, awkward Anglo-French relations with his roommate, Florian Sénéchal, and getting his heart rate up to 206 beats per minute, in his raw, insightful an…
 
The Vuelta a España reached its second rest day but the much-anticipated sort out failed to materialise meaning that there’s a surprising wearer of the red jersey as the race goes into its final week. Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie check in with Daniel Friebe in Spain once again to recap stage 15, which saw a long pursuit match between eventual wi…
 
The first of two very challenging weekend stages was a bit of a stalemate as far as the race between the overall contenders was concerned but there was an intriguing battle for the stage win. RIchard Moore and Lionel Birnie check in with our man in Spain, Daniel Friebe, to recap stage 14, which was won by Romain Bardet. The Frenchman was arguably t…
 
It was back to work for the sprinters on stage 13 of the Vuelta a España and in The Cycling Podcast we discuss a lead-out that appeared to go wrong for Deceuninck-Quick-step before going spectacularly right, with Florian Sénéchal taking the win. Tom Pidcock tells us what happened to split the bunch in the closing stages, with Matteo Trentin and Ber…
 
Tim Moore's new book, Vuelta Skelter, sees him retrace the journey of the 1941 Vuelta a España in the wheel-marks of the winner, Julián Berrendero. Berrendero was a Republican who had spoken out against Franco. He spent 18 months in a concentration camp but was released in time to ride the 1941 Vuelta, or "the tour of a nation reborn," as it was br…
 
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