The Cycling News podcast is a podcast all about the world of professional cycling. Brought to you by the world centre of cycling, the Cycling News podcast reports from the biggest races, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and interviews the stars of the sport.
Tour de France rest day podcast - week 2
In our second Tour de France podcast - sponsored by Zwift - from the 2021 race we look back at the second week of racing and hear from Wout van Aert, Greg Van Avermaet, and Matt Brammeier.
Tour de France rest day podcast
In our first Tour de France podcast - sponsored by Zwift - from the 2021 race we look back at the first nine days of racing and hear from Geraint Thomas, Tadej Pogacar and Tom Southam.
Tour de France selection at Ineos and racing re-starts in Europe
In this week’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we focus on the 12-rider long-list Team Ineos have built for the Tour de France. We run through the riders included, focus on their main GC challenge and ponder where this leaves Egan Bernal after it was confirmed that the Colombian would aim for the Giro d’Italia.
We chart the progress of Geraint Thomas – hear from him twice at the Etoile de Besseges and ask whether age will finally catch-up with him or if he can discover his 2018 Tour winning form and claim a second win in the race at the age of 35.
There’s a discussion over whether any team can win all three Grand Tours in one season, and we discuss some of the latest action from Etoile de Besseges as the European season kicks up another gear.
Tom Dumoulin’s timeout and training camp interviews
In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, we focus on Tom Dumoulin’s decision to step away from the sport with immediate effect, and we have some wonderful new theme tunes sent in by you, our incredible listeners.
We also hear from Bob Jungels, Allan Peiper, and Simon Yates about their 2021 plans but our main focus surrounds the shock news that Dumoulin has decided to take a break from professional cycling. The news came out on Saturday morning, just 24 hours after the 30-year-old had been announced as a co-leader for the Tour de France.
"I took the decision yesterday. And the team supports me in it, and it feels really good. It is really as if a backpack of a hundred kilos has slipped off my shoulders. I immediately woke up happy," Dumoulin said in a statement released by his team.
"It feels so good that I finally took the decision to take some time for myself. That says enough. I have been feeling for quite a while that it is very difficult for me to know how to find my way as Tom Dumoulin the cyclist - with the pressure that comes with it, with the expectations of different parties.
We talk about Dumoulin’s brave choice to take time away from the limelight and why the sport can be demanding in so many other ways other than just the physical.
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Hirschi’s shock move and season predictions
In the first 2021 episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we look back at the first major news story of the year involving the sudden contract termination of Marc Hirschi at Team DSM and his move to UAE Team Emirates. We analyse why the move may have come about and what this says about Team DSM and their decision to release one of the revelations of last year’s season mid-way through his contract.
We look back at some of the other riders who have left the team during existing deals, from Warren Barguil to Michael Matthews, Marcel Kittel and Tom Dumoulin and describe out the departure of Hirschi is somewhat different. The Swiss rider’s departure certainly leaves a void in the team but we look at who can step up to fill the gap and whether Romain Bardet is the perfect fit as their new team leader.
Along with that, Daniel Benson and Ed Pickering from Procycling make some bold predictions for the season in both the men’s and women’s WorldTour, and we also play some of the possible new Cyclingnews theme tunes that our trusted listeners have sent in over recent weeks.
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Cavendish, camps and cake – Philippa York podcast
After a long hiatus Philippa York has returned to the Cyclingnews podcast for a special episode recorded in the UK last week.
It’s been an unprecedented year in cycling but one of the aspects we’ve missed most has been our regular podcasts with York, having previously covered the Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphine, Tour de Suisse and Tour of Britain in her company. But with the off-season in full swing, and with social distancing rules followed to the letter of the law, we met up with York for a catch up.
We talked about her first Tour de France as a reporter this year and what it was like returning to the race in such dramatic circumstances due to the nature of the pandemic, while we also analysed the recent moves involving Mark Cavendish and Rod Ellingworth.
The latter has moved back to Team Ineos after just 18 months at Bahrain McLaren and we discuss whether Ellingworth initial move to Bahrain was a success, what lessons were learned, as well as how important a good director can be for a rider when it truly comes to the cut and thrust of racing.
York also shares her thoughts on Cavendish’s return to QuickStep after a difficult period in his career and whether the move represents a win-win situation for both rider and team. York also goes into detail about how riders handle aspects such as slowing legs and possible retirement, and what it’s like to have the carpet pulled from under your feet when it comes to contracts and stopping.
At this point in the year our coverage is typically full of training camps and team presentations but those days are either on pause or held virtually. However, York shares some of her favourite memories of training camps and team presentations with most of her anecdotes involving cake or in one case, a manager’s daughter even jumping out of a cake at a TVM presentation. It’s a must-listen episode brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello.
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Love the Intro Music
More “top tens!” Add some photos! Keep bringing the interviews! Bike racing needs more personality and less fuss about watts, disc rotors, and carbon everything. “Reduce drag” by continuing to give us the voices of the riders and staff. Oh, and feel free to add some color, e.g., “what did you have for dinner last night?” Or “Who’s the biggest wanker in the bunch?” Or “What’s the most annoying thing about your roommate?”
Interesting information on road bike racing
This is a well done show on road bike racing and all its ins and outs. I really like the analysis as well as the tone of the show. I wish the episodes were a bit more frequent, especially for the grand tours. Please keep bringing back Philippa York’s commentary as well. And please, pretty please, stop the Australians from constantly saying, “Look.” ;)— Oh No! Have Ya’ll abandoned ship?
Please come back! Help me Obe Won, you’re my only hope!
Keep your old theme, or ask The Cycling Podcast team for help
The submitted themes were not good. Woeful, though earnest, efforts. Tom Whalley et al at The Cycling Podcast are fantastic at music.
Your current theme isn’t bad — as compared to the awful ones of CyclingTips or VeloNews.