January 11 | In the first episode of 2017 The Cycling Podcast turns the spotlight on some of the potential stars of the future. Featuring two of the world’s leading development teams, we speak to Tao Geoghegan Hart, Adrien Costa and Joan Bou, and to the individuals who run those teams, Axel Merckx and Alberto Contador’s brother, Fran.

Merckx runs Axeon Hagens Berman, whose alumni include Taylor Phinney, Alex Dowsett, Joe Dombrowski, Ian Boswell and Jasper Stuyven. Better known as the son of Eddy, the greatest cyclist of all time, Merckx junior has earned a reputation for spotting and nurturing young talent. Geoghegan Hart is the latest to move on to the World Tour, joining Team Sky for 2017, with Costa, who, aged just 18, finished second at last year’s Tour of Utah, tipped to follow him and perhaps even emulate the American to whom he has been compared, Greg LeMond.

The regular podcast, with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, will return next week.

The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport