Tour 2014 preview: Before the Grand Départ
The latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar is a preview of the 101st Tour de France ahead of this weekend’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire.
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the atmosphere in Leeds and look ahead to Saturday’s first stage to Harrogate.
There is an interview with Charly Wegelius, the Garmin-Sharp sports director, who discusses the team’s difficult decision to leave David Millar out of their nine-man line-up.
Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, back at the Tour in an official capacity since his last appearance as a rider in 1994, and covering this year’s race for Eurosport, also spoke to Richard and Daniel about Team Sky’s decision to omit Sir Bradley Wiggins from their squad.
‘I think it’s crazy,’ said LeMond. ‘It’s depriving England of a great race. If [Froome and Wiggins’ relationship is] irreperable, I understand. But they should be professional.
‘There’s an advantage to having two leaders,’ LeMond continued. ‘From a logical perspective, if you’re a team spending this much money, and with this a Tour like no other, including a stage with 15km of cobblestones, you should have two riders; you should insure yourself against possible failure.’
And Daniel also spoke to Rolf Aldag, technical director at Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, about Cavendish and his sprint train’s preparation, and his chances of winning on Saturday.