Road Captains | Kilometre 0

Road captains are leaders but rarely winners. They are usually experienced, but not always. They are a link for communication between sports directors and riders and they need to have detailed knowledge of the course, acting almost as human GPSs. Now, with ever more information available to riders and sports directors, there is a greater […]

George Bennett | Kilometre 0

With just five days remaining of the Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma are homing in on victory. Having placed riders on the podium at this year’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, it could be the Dutch team’s first Grand Tour win in their current guise – their first since Rabobank pulled out […]

The director | Kilometre 0

In this episode of Kilometre 0 by The Cycling Podcast we speak to Javier Guillén, the director of the Vuelta a España. Guillén was appointed in 2009 and one of his first decisions was to introduce the red jersey of race leader. On the red jersey’s tenth anniversary he tells us what he thinks of […]

The Basque Country | Kilometre 0

These days, when the Vuelta a España comes to the Basque Country it feels like a homecoming. The crowds are enormous and the tough, hilly roads virtually guarantee exciting racing. Yet for 33 years the Vuelta didn’t come here at all, only returning in 2011 when the organisers could be confident that Basque separatists wouldn’t […]

Axel’s Alumni | Kilometre 0

There is a thread that connects no fewer than nine riders spread across six teams at this year’s Vuelta a España. George Bennett, Neilson Powless, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Will Barta, Sam Bewley, Lawson Craddock, Logan Owen and Ben King all rode for the American development team that’s run by Axel Merckx – […]

Ullrich 1999 | Kilometre 0

In this episode of Kilometre 0 Daniel Friebe looks back at the 1999 Vuelta a Espana. It was the first year the Vuelta race leader wore a gold jersey, the peloton tackled the severe slopes of the Angliru for the first time, the late Jose Maria Jimenez and Frank Vandenbroucke lit up the race with […]

Soigneurs | Kilometre 0

The soigneurs are the foot soldiers who keep the peloton rolling. Every day their duties involve preparing drinks bottles and food for the riders, handing up the musettes at the feed zone, meeting the riders at the finish line with a cold drink and a change of clothes. And then, at the end of the […]

Sliding doors | Kilometre 0

Earlier this summer, the UCI announced that Juan José Cobo was guilty of a doping offence and would be stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a España title. While Chris Froome was in hospital following his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné he learned – almost eight years after the race had finished – that he […]

Auf Wiedersehen, Marcel | Kilometre 0

Marcel Kittel’s first grand tour stage victory came in the Vuelta a España in 2011 when he beat Peter Sagan and Oscar Freire to the line in Talavera de la Reine. Late last week, he announced his retirement at the age of 31 and in this episode of Kilometre 0 we speak to some of […]

Eight Seconds | Part 2 | Kilometre 0

In the second part of our look at the 1989 Tour de France, Lionel Birnie catches up with Greg and Kathy LeMond to hear their memories of the closest edition of all time. Kilometre 0 is supported by Hansgrohe showers and taps.