Special No.2 | The Lionel of Flanders in full

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

Lionel Birnie heads to Flanders to witness the build-up to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen as cycling fever grips the region. With three World Tour races in five days, the Classics specialists have plenty of opportunity to hone their form before the Tour of Flanders. But what are these races like? Is it right to think […]

The Lionel of Flanders | Part 5: Ghent-Wevelgem

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The fifth and final part of our series takes Lionel to Ghent-Wevelgem and a trip to the cobbled Kemmelberg climb which has long been a key feature of the race as well as the Plugstreets farm track sections added to the race this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Ghent-Wevelgem […]

The Lionel of Flanders | Part 4: Discovering Flanders

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

In this episode of our mini-series from Flanders, Lionel meets two authors to discuss the cycling culture in the region. Harry Pearson and Edward Pickering have both been working on books, each getting under the skin of cycling in Flanders, albeit with very different approaches. Harry, who has more than a passing physical resemblance to […]

The Lionel of Flanders | Part 3: Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

It’s race day again in Flanders, with the Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke – a race named after a motorway that’s long-since been renamed – taking the riders deep into the hills of the Flemish Ardennes. This race is not called the Little Tour of Flanders for nothing, the course covers territory we know from De […]

The Lionel of Flanders | Part 2: The road to Roubaix

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

Part 2: The road to Roubaix | In this, the second of a five-part series called The Lionel of Flanders, Lionel Birnie gets on his bike and leaves Flanders and crosses the border into France. On the way, he happens upon an anonymous stretch of road that played host to one of the most seismic […]

The Lionel of Flanders | Part 1: Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

Part 1: Dwars Door Vlaanderen | In the first of our five-part Friends of the Podcast Special, Lionel Birnie disembarks from his floating hotel in Kortrijk to ride to Roeselare and the start of the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, one of the most recent additions to the UCI World Tour calendar. The region is passionate about […]

Michal Kwiatkowski wins Milan-San Remo | Episode 11

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

March 22 | The Cycling Podcast this week looks back at the first monument of the season, Milan-San Remo, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discussing Peter Sagan’s searing attack on the Poggio and Michal Kwiatkowski’s perfectly judged sprint on the Via Roma. Did Sagan not listen to last week’s podcast, in which […]

Episode 10 | The Cycling Podcast Féminin

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

March 20 | In the March episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui are joined by Steve Fry of M2 Sports, an agency with a particular interest in women’s cycling. There is an interview with Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen, a look back at the opening events in […]

Alberto Contador lights up Paris-Nice | Episode 10

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

March 15 | The Cycling Podcast this week comes from Nice, where Richard Moore is joined by award-winning French journalist François Thomazeau to discuss Alberto Contador’s bold and exciting attempt to beat Sergio Henao on the final stage of Paris-Nice. There are interviews with stage winners Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe and Richie Porte of BMC […]

Team Sky’s woes continue | Episode 9

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

March 8 | In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest racing in Europe and the ongoing controversy that has engulfed Team Sky, putting pressure on their boss, Sir Dave Brailsford. The European season continues to amp up towards the Spring Classics. At the weekend, […]