Special No. 5 | The 1987 Giro according to Stephen Roche

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

On the 30th anniversary of his controversial victory, our fifth Friends Special of 2017 is an interview with 1987 Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche. It was controversial because Roche, in an echo of the 1986 Tour de France, where Bernard Hinault battled Greg LeMond, ended up taking on his Carrera teammate, the defending champion and […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 9 – Blockhaus

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

The Giro d’Italia reached Blockhaus, the first major mountain of the race, and at last there was drama, although it was the unwelcome kind of drama because a poorly-parked police motorcycle, which was accompanying the race to ensure the riders’ safety, caused a crash which ended Wilco Kelderman’s race and scuppered the overall chances of […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 8: Molfetta – Peschici

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

If the Giro d’Italia is a 21-course tasting menu, the first week has seen plate after plate of bread with olive oil. Today we were at least offered some meat and cheese. Tomorrow, at Blockhaus is the prima piatti. Stage 8 of the Giro from Molfetta to the pretty coastal town of Peschici in Puglia […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 7: Castrovillari – Alberobello

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

After eight days of racing, the 100th Giro d’Italia is yet to spark into life – although with all the mountains in the final week it may be that the old adage about good things coming to those who wait comes true. Stage seven from Castrovillari to the picturesque town of Alberobello, famous for its […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 6: Reggio Calabria – Terme Luigiane

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Stage six of the Giro d’Italia headed to Terme Lungiane, a natural spa north of Reggio Calabria, where the day started, and although the race for the pink jersey is only bubbling gently at the moment, the battle for the honours at the finish line was intense. Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the close […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 5: Pedara – Messina

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

The Giro d’Italia was island-hopping again after stage five, leaving Vincenzo Nibali’s home town of Messina and heading across the water to the mainland. With Richard Moore returning home for a few days, it’s up to Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe to negotiate the journey and this episode features the ferry journey across the Strait […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 4: Cefalù – Etna

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

It was hoped that the Giro d’Italia would explode into life at Mount Etna in Sicily but a strong wind discouraged attacks from most of the favourites. However, there was an impressive stage win, a new pink jersey, a crash for one of the the overall contenders and a controversial incident that has led to […]

Giro Extra | Team Sky’s Giro Options

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

Giro Extra | This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast from the Giro d’Italia looks at Team Sky’s two leaders, Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, and asks what their strategy will be as the race develops. We speak to Thomas, who is racing for the overall classification for the first time in his career, […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 3: Tortolì – Cagliari

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

The Giro d’Italia’s stay on Sardinia has come to an end with a dramatic third stage to Cagliari. It was short and sweet and the final 25 kilometres were shaped by strong winds. The Sardinian start makes logistics tricky for everyone on the race, not least The Cycling Podcast’s team. So this episode starts in […]

Giro d’Italia Stage 2: Olbia – Tortolì

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Podcast | No Comments

The Giro d’Italia’s second stage in Sardinia saw German champion Andre Greipel win the sprint finish, as Caleb Ewan pulled his foot out of the pedal at a crucial moment. The headwind made it a long, relatively slow day in the saddle but the drama at the end made up for it. Russia’s overall contender […]