Kilometre 0 – Tour de France 2016
Kilometre 0 is a series of short episodes taking listeners behind the scenes at the Tour de France. It is supported by Nederburg.
Episode 1 – A day in the life
What’s a day in the life like for journalists at the Tour de France? This opening episode of KM0 from the Grand Départ in Normandy.
Episode 2 – The rebirth of German cycling
After a few years in the doldrums after a string of doping scandals, German cycling is enjoying a rebirth with Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, Tony Martin and John Degenkolb all winning big races. The Tour of Germany is coming back and next year the Tour de France will start in Düsseldorf. This is the story of how a country got its cycling mojo back.
Episode 3 – The Sports Directors
What do the team sports directors at the Tour de France do? And what makes a good one?
Episode 4 – The French Foreign Legion
It used to be that the best French riders stayed with the top French teams but the likes of Warren Barguil, Pierre Rolland and Julian Alaphilippe have headed abroad. So what’s it like to ride for a foreign team at the Tour?
Episode 5 – The political cycle
What connects Trump, Brexit and the Tour de France? Listen to this episode of Kilometre 0 to find out.
Episode 6 – Book club
How many of the riders in the Tour peloton unwind with a good book at the end of the day?
Episode 7 – Zone Technique
The Tour de France is a huge logistical operation. We spoke to Frank Jacobs to find out what it takes to pack up a small town every evening – only to move a couple of hundred kilometres down the road for the following day.
Episode 8 – Paul Smith & cycling fashion
Richard Moore meets designer Paul Smith to talk about the changing fashions in cycling.
Episode 9 – Bastille Day
To mark Bastille Day, we look at French cycling with Nicolas Portal, Thibaut Pinot’s brother and coach, Julien, and the last French winner on the national holiday, David Moncoutié.
Episode 10 – The escape artist
Meet Steve Cummings, the man who likes to ride at the back of the peloton until it’s time get break away from the front.
Episode 11 – The African dream
Most teams exist to raise awareness of a commercial sponsor, but Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a little bit different, with the riders also racing to raise awareness of – and money for – a charity that distributes bikes throughout Africa.
Episode 12 – Disc brakes
Disc brakes have been trialled in the peloton but are not being used at this Tour de France. We look at the technology and ask riders and mechanics about the pros and cons of discs.
Episode 13 – The Badger
Bernard Hinault has always had an imposing presence at the Tour de France, whether as a rider and five-time champion, or as part of the organisation and the daily podium presentations. But he is stepping down at the end of this Tour. We find out more about the Tour legend.
Episode 14 – Lanterne rouge
After a crash on the first day, the Tour has been a battle of survival for Ireland’s Sam Bennett. He lies last overall, in the lanterne rouge position, but getting this far at all is quite an achievement…
Episode 15 – Le Tour de Vin
In this, the final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Tour de France, we look at the subject of wine. Why do stage winners not toast their victory on the podium with a bottle of Champagne? Which Tour rider spent the off-season working in a vineyard learning about winemaking? And why does Jonathan Vaughters have a particular reason to remember the day Bradley Wiggins clinched fourth place of the 2009 Tour de France on Mont Ventoux?