Lunch with Jonathan Vaughters

On the Tour de France’s first rest day, Lionel Birnie made the trip to Castres to meet Jonathan Vaughters for lunch. Things didn’t quite go to plan. Inexplicably, and despite reserving a table, the restaurant was finishing its lunch service at 1.30pm and so Lionel and Jonathan had to search for a brasserie that was […]

The Giro Rosa Diaries

The 30th Giro Rosa was held over 10 days in early July. It is widely accepted as the most important and prestigious women’s stage race on the calendar. It has the history, the course and the mountains and, unquestionably in recent years, the field to justify its status. This year it was headed by defending […]

Lunch with Dave Brailsford

The week before heading to Brussels for his tenth Tour de France as team principal and his first with new sponsors, Dave Brailsford sat down for lunch with The Cycling Podcast and a wide-ranging conversation about the transition from Team Sky to Team Ineos, the crash that ruled Chris Froome out of contention for a […]

Inside the Canyon//SRAM team car

Stage 5 of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour was the most difficult and decisive of the six-day race and Orla Chennaoui had a ringside seat. She was in the Canyon//SRAM team car as their rider Kasia Niewiadoma went on the attack in the Welsh mountains to try and wrest the overall lead from Liane Lippert. […]

Lionel of the Ardennes | Part two

In part two of Lionel of the Ardennes, Lionel and Simon focus of Liège-Bastogne-Liège where they join the Lotto-Soudal team for their pre-race recon ride over the new finale. Professional cycling is surely the only sport where a meet the media appointment is held in a lay-by next to a portable toilet, some recycling bins […]

Lionel of the Ardennes | Part one

Two years ago, the Lionel of Flanders was born. This spring, Lionel Birnie and Simon Gill head to the heart of the Ardennes to discover the other part of Belgium, Wallonia. The first of a two-part series for Friends of the Podcast focuses on Flèche Wallonne, the midweek race which finishes on the Mur de […]

The Revenants

Bernhard Eisel and Marco Haller have much in common: both pro riders, for Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin respectively, they also share a home town, Klagenfurt in southern Austria, a friendship and, as of one day in late April 2018, an experience that could have killed both of them or at least ended their careers. Instead, […]

A coffee with Patrick Lefevere

In January, Lionel Birnie travelled to Calpe in Spain for the team launch of the 2019 Deceuninck-Quick Step squad. The following morning he sat down with the team’s boss, Patrick Lefevere, who has been in management for almost four decades and has built a team that has become a prolific winning machine. Philippe Gilbert’s victory […]

Tour of Flanders 9, Team Sky 0

On the side of the Team Sky bus there is a list of their achievements from the last decade: 8 Grand Tour victories, 52 stage races and 230 one day races and stage wins. But at the Tour of Flanders, which for many is the world’s greatest one day race, there has only been failure: […]

Opening Weekend

This episode of The Cycling Podcast for Friends of the Podcast comes from Het Vlaamse Openingsweekend – the Opening Weekend of the Belgian cobbled Classics season. Lionel Birnie and Simon Gill head to Flanders for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne for this sequel to Flanders Fever and The Lionel of Flanders. It’s 20 years since […]