Stage 11: No such thing as a routine day
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar, the team of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss stage eleven, which saw an impressive win by Tony Gallopin and a courageous ride by Andrew Talansky, who, suffering with crash injuries, struggled in 32 minutes down.
They report from the finish town of Oyonnax on the day’s events as well as Tuesday’s rest day, which was packed with press conferences. From the Astana event, which included the man in yellow, Vincenzo Nibali, there are interviews with Alexandre Vinokourov, the team’s general manager, and Lieuwe Westra, Nibali’s Dutch teammate.
Earlier, at the Team Sky press conference, Sir Dave Brailsford had asked journalists why there appear to be fewer questions about doping at this year’s Tour. He compared it to 2013 and 2012 when Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins were asked daily to verify that they were clean.
At the Astana press conference Lionel put the question to Vinokourov — who as a rider served a doping ban in 2007 — and he said: “We have a doctor on the team, he says 100% we can win without doping. For us [doping] is out of the question.”
Daniel, meanwhile, speaks to the Tour director, Christian Prudhomme, and the man who brought the race to Yorkshire, Gary Verity. With Prudhomme having promised the most difficult opening week in recent Tour history, he is asked whether it was, in fact, too difficult, with the two pre-race favourites, Froome and Alberto Contador, both out of the race after crashes.