We’re back with the RideLondon Classic
In the first post-Tour de France Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe report from Sunday’sLondon-Surrey Classic and discuss the latest news from the world of cycling.
Adam Blythe, who rides with the British-based NFTO team, sprang a surprise in London, winning from a breakaway that included Team Sky’s Ben Swift and former world champion Philippe Gilbert of BMC Racing.
There are interviews with Gilbert, Blythe’s former teammate at BMC, who says that Blythe could race again at World Tour level: “He has the potential to do it but I don’t know if he really wants to do it.”
We also hear from Matt White, the sports director at the Orica-GreenEdge team, who looks ahead to Adam Yates’s Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España, which starts on 23 August. Yates’s twin brother Simon rode well in his first Tour de France, featuring in two breakaways before pulling out with a week go to.
But White reveals that he expects even more from Adam in Spain: “Stage wins,” he said.
“I know there’s a very high level of climbers at the Vuelta but if you take yourself out of [contention for] general classification it certainly does open up opportunities,” White continued. “Like Simon he won’t be completing the Vuelta. I think around the two-week mark is ideal.”
White also urged the Great Britain selectors to pick both Yates brothers for the world championships in Spain. “They’d be mad if they didn’t pick them for the worlds, both brothers,” said White. “I think if the British team qualify nine they’d be third or fourth guys in the team, I reckon.
“They were the best in the world last year as under-23s and they’ve made that step up quicker than anyone thought they would.”
We also hear from Brian Holm, director at Omega Pharma-QuickStep, who reports on Mark Cavendish’s recovery from injury and his imminent return to racing, and there are interviews with the Team Sky pair of Ben Swift and Ian Stannard, who fractured a vertebra in March and made his comeback last week.
“It’s been a very long, boring process,” said Stannard, who added that he was “gutted” to miss the Tour de France. “It’s my aim for next year to be back there,” he said. “I’m still not super comfy on the bike but it’s only a matter of time when you think of the size of injury I had.”
Stannard continues his recovery riding the Eneco Tour this week, and confirmed that he is likely to miss the Vuelta. “I’d love to do the Vuelta but I’ve got to be realistic. It might frazzle me for next year. I think the sensible option would be to not ride it.”