The Cycling Podcast: Best of 2014
Over the Christmas period we will be posting links to some of our favourite shows from the 2014 season.
In 2014, we produced 70 episodes of discussion, debate, interviews and insight from the world of professional cycling.
We brought you episodes from the Tour de France, the Classics, the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Nice, the Arctic Race, the Tour of Britain and more.
We joined forces with the Telegraph and VeloNews, had more than 1.8 million downloads, topped the iTunes sport chart in July and held our first live event…
We’d like to thank all our listeners, guests, contributors and everyone else who has helped us along the way.
We’ll be back from our winter break in mid-January and have some big plans for the 2015 season.
Merry Christmas from Richard, Lionel, Daniel and the rest of the team.
No. 1 – The Marco Pantani Special
In February, we marked ten years since the Italian climber’s untimely death with this look back at his career and the legacy he has left.
No. 2 – Paris-Nice: The Race to the Sun
Lionel went to Paris-Nice in March and met up with friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport to discuss the race. He also spoke to Dave Brailsford, Geraint Thmomas, Wilfried Peeters, Simon Yates and Steve Cummings.
No. 3 – Paris-Roubaix Special
Richard, Daniel and Lionel discuss the elements that make the cobbled Classic unique and ask multiple winners Tom Boonen and Sean Kelly what it’s like to ride. We also hear from Taylor Phinney.
No. 4 – The Giro d’Italia in Belfast
Richard, Lionel and Daniel travelled to Belfast and Dublin for the opening weekend of the Giro d’Italia and were joined by ex-Garmin-Sharp rider Daniel Lloyd to look forward to the race. In this episode, we hear from Nicolas Roche and his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mate Chris Juul Jensen, plus Garmin sports director Charly Wegelius. Plus there’s the flavour of Ireland to savour.
No. 5 – The David Millar Interview
In June, David Millar fully expected to be riding his final Tour de France before retirement. That was before Garmin-Sharp left him out of their final nine. However, Richard, Lionel and Daniel met him and discussed his best, worst and most poignant memories from his Tour career.
No. 6 – The Tour de France in Yorkshire
Richard, Lionel and Daniel discuss the first stage of the Tour from Leeds to Harrogate, Marcel Kittel’s victory and Mark Cavendish’s crash. We also hear from Christian Prudhomme and learn of his love of ‘bunting’, plus debutant Simon Yates.
No. 7 – The Dave Brailsford Interview
On the eve of the Tour, Richard and Lionel sat down for an exclusive interview with Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford. In the wide-ranging discussion, Brailsford talked about his team-selection philosophy and the issue of Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which permit riders to take prescribed medicines. The Brailsford interview starts at the 18:25 mark. We also hear from sports directors Servais Knaven and Matt White and Sky’s Geraint Thomas about the upcoming cobbles.
No. 8 – The Tour hits the cobbles
Lionel’s eyewitness account of the day the Tour de France descended into ‘hell’, hitting the cobbles made famous by the Paris-Roubaix Classic. He starts out in Ypres, meets Eddy Merckx and then heads out to watch the peloton on the pavé.
No. 9 – Ciro and spilled rosé
The Tour de France reached St Etienne, roughly the midway point of the race, and the podcasters are fully institutionalised by this point. Richard spills rosé on his laptop, Ciro makes a virtuoso appearance. Oh, and they talk about the race too.
No. 10 – The Tour de France ‘Live’ from Chamrousse
In this episode from the Tour, Richard, Lionel and Daniel go walkabout at the finish of stage 13 in Chamrousse. They describe the race as it unfolds, speak to journalists and, when the stage is over, riders about the day’s action.
No. 11 – Nibali wraps up the Tour at Hautacam
The Tour was drawing to a close, the host nation had three riders vying for the podium and Richard, Lionel and Daniel were joined by French journalist François Thomazeau.
No. 12 – Sun and Snow: The Arctic Race
Daniel returns from the Arctic Race with this special report. Features Marcel Kittel, Dag-Otto Lauritzen and much more.
No. 13 – Inside the Tour of Britain
Richard and Lionel go on the road at the Tour of Britain. Richard spends a day in the MTN-Qhubeka team car. We also hear from Alex Dowsett, Bradley Wiggins and Michal Kwiatkowski.
No. 14 – The Shane Sutton Interview
Richard, Lionel and Daniel headed to Manchester, the home of British Cycling, to interview ‘the new Dave Brailsford’ Shane Sutton.