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2017 In 2018 we will release at least 11 special episodes for Friends of the Podcast. If you have signed up for the 2018 package, you can listen to them below.

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Special No.1 | At home with the Froomes

Orla speaks to Michelle Froome about how she balances life as Chris’ wife and manager, while Richard looked back with Froome on his most successful season yet, which was, at that point not being brought into question by the news of an Adverse Analytical Finding of Salbutamol.
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Special No.2 | Look, It’s Lunch With Matt White

White talks about his career as a rider and a DS, including an eye-opening account of his first grand tour, the 1998 Giro d’Italia, and his experiences of doping.
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Bonus | The Cassoulet Podcast

If you’ve still got room for a little something after your Christmas turkey or goose, why not feast on The Cassoulet Podcast…
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Friends of the Podcast 2017


2017 In 2017 we released over 11 special episodes for Friends of the Podcast. If you have signed up for the 2017 package, you can click through to access the full episodes. If you’ve not yet signed up, there’s a preview of each episode below.

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Bonus | The Cycling Podcast at The Signet Library with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie & François Thomazeau
In early December, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and French journalist François Thomazeau, who will be familiar to those who have listened to our Tour de France coverage, appeared before a sell-out audience at the prestigious Signet Library in Edinburgh.

Special No. 1 | Behind the scenes with Lotto-Soudal
Find out more about the Belgian professional cycling team with the longest-running continuous sponsor, at their training camp in Majorca. We hear from the team’s management, riders and staff and learn about life with the squad that has been part of the peloton since 1985.
Part 1: Behind the scenes with Lotto-Soudal
Part 2: In conversation with Marc Sergeant

Special No. 2 | The Lionel of Flanders
A five-part series taking listeners right to the heart of the action as the Classics season heads towards the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Join Lionel Birnie as he criss-crosses the countryside following three races, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, GP E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem.
Part 1: Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Part 2: The road to Roubaix
Part 3: Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke
Part 4: Discovering Flanders
Part 5: Ghent-Wevelgem
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Special No. 3 | 15th time lucky
Australian Mat Hayman tells the story of how he won Paris-Roubaix at the 15th attempt and just six weeks after crashing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and breaking a bone in his arm. Hayman offers great insight into how he conquered the Hell of the North when all had seemed lost.

Bonus | Boonen’s Farewell
This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast, marks Tom Boonen’s retirement after more than a decade at the top.

Bonus | The Hipster’s Classic
This bonus episode focuses on the Tro Bro Léon, a relatively little-known race in Brittany that has bags of character and quirks and all the ingredients to become a much-loved classic.

Special No. 4 | Giro 100
To mark the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, Richard, Lionel and Daniel discuss what makes the race so eagerly anticipated, from its mountains to its great rivalries.

Giro Extra | Team Sky’s Giro Options
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.

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

Bonus | In conversation with Thomas De Gendt
Back in January we released our first Friends of the Podcast Special, recorded behind-the-scenes at the Lotto-Soudal training camp in Majorca. While there, Lionel Birnie sat down with Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt.

Special No. 6 | Pancake Breakfasts and Pursuiter’s Cough: Alexis Ryan’s Californian Diary
Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan kept an audio diary for The Cycling Podcast at the women’s Tour of California.

Special No. 7 | Lunch with Linus
Ten years ago, Linus Gerdemann won a stage of the Tour de France at Le Grand Bornand and took the yellow jersey. As the Tour de France prepares about to get underway in Düsseldorf, Daniel Friebe met up with Gerdemann near his adopted home in Majorca to talk about the pressure of expectation and how his career never quite matched the heights of that memorable victory in the Alps.

Tour Extra | The Cycling Podcast Live at Rapha Düsseldorf
Our first Tour de France Extra episode, for Friends of The Cycling Podcast, features Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau doing a live event on the eve of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France at the Rapha pop-up in Düsseldorf.

Tour Extra | The Roadtrip
The Roadtrip | Part 1
The Roadtrip | Part 2
Part one of a two-part episode called The Roadtrip, go behind the scenes with The Cycling Podcast at the Tour de France as they travel from town to town and restaurant to restaurant reflecting on how covering the race has changed. Part two of the Tour de France Roadtrip veers off course to discuss hotels, meals and mishaps. Richard, Lionel and François are joined by Orla Chennaoui, Caley Fretz and Ciro Scognamiglio.

Special No. 8 | Inside the team car: a day with Cannondale-Drapac
Richard Moore joined Cannondale-Drapac on the first of two big Alpine stages in the final week of the Tour de France. And what a stage it was…

Special No. 9 | Kilometre 0 at the Vuelta a España 2017

Episode 1 | Baptism of fire

Episode 2 | Lucho

Episode 3 | The Broomwagon

Episode 4 | Cooked: riding and eating the Grand Tours

Episode 5 | The Photographers

Episode 6 | Sierra Nevada

Episode 7 | Viva La Vuelta!

Episode 8 | Last men standing

Episode 9 | Angliru

Kilometre 0 | Week 1

Kilometre 0 | Week 2

Kilometre 0 | Week 3

Special No. 10 | Youngish Americans
Richard Moore heads to Nice to catch up with Larry Warbasse, Ian Boswell and Joe Dombrowski, two years after the original episode, Young Americans.

Special No. 11 | Team of the Year
Team of the Year is a look at Sunweb, whose men’s and women’s teams enjoyed an outstanding season.

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Friends of the Podcast 2016


2016 In 2016 we released over 11 special episodes for Friends of the Podcast. If you have signed up for the 2016 package, you can listen to them below.

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Bonus | In conversation with Geraint Thomas
Get instant mobile access to our bonus episode with Geraint Thomas now. It was recorded at the end of the best season of his career. In December 2015 he sat down with Richard Moore at the Manchester Velodrome and, before an audience of 200, to discuss the 2015 season and his ambitions for the coming year.
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Episode 1 | The Froome Tests
Chris Froome entered a laboratory in west London for physiological testing after winning his second Tour de France in August 2015. The results have been pored over since they were made public, and their significance debated – not least by The Cycling Podcast.
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Episode 2 | The Rise and Demise of HTC-High Road, The Team of the Century
The Rise and Demise of HTC-High Road, The Team of the Century charts this multi-national squad’s explosive four years, through interviews with team owner, Bob Stapleton, former sports directors Brian Holm and Rolf Aldag, and the sprinter who gave them so many wins, Mark Cavendish.
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Episode 3 | Flanders Fever
Our third episode of the 2016 Friends of the Podcast series focuses on Flanders, the area of Belgium that is home to so many races and has produced so many great champions.
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Episode 4 | Young Americans
Hi, this is Ian Boswell,” said the voicemail at The Cycling Podcast Towers. “Just calling to see if you guys want to come down to Nice to see what we’re up to. We have a little group of Americans down here and we’d love to show you around.”
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Episode 5 | An Evening with Ciro
The news broke like Neapolitan hearts at the harrowing notion of pineapples on pizzas: Ciro Scognamiglio was coming to London.
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Episode 6 | Joe Dombrowski’s Giro Diary
Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski recorded this audio diary for Friends of the Podcast throughout the Giro d’Italia. Go behind-the-scenes at the Giro, at the team meeting, inside the team hotel, and learn what it’s like to ride a grand tour.
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Episode 7 | Operacion Puerto: The Day the Tour Almost Died
On the eve of the 2006 Tour de France, as the teams gathered in Strasbourg, the Operacion Puerto doping scandal exploded. In the first post-Lance Armstrong race the two favourites, Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, were sent home before a pedal was turned. The Tour was in chaos.
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Episode 8 | Mont Ventoux: Heat, Wind & Fear
Mont Ventoux has inspired novelists, musicians and playwrights. It has prompted philosophers to ponder the meaning of life and it has tempted countless cyclists to test themselves against its steep slope. As the Tour de France returns to Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day this year, this episode looks at the mountain, its stories and its myths.
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Episode 9 | El Pistolero: The Many Lives of Alberto Contador
In the ninth Friends Special of 2016, we look at Alberto Contador’s career: from his crash and near fatal aneurysm in 2004, to his first Tour de France win in 2007, his battle with teammate Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour, his positive test for clenbuterol in 2010, and his commitment to attacking, aggressive tactics – most recently at the 2016 Vuelta a España.
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Episode 10 | 2020 Vision
What does the future of professional cycling look like? In this episode, we look at the state of men’s road racing as the UCI World Tour is set to balloon to 37 events for 2017 and the team owners continue to worry about the long-term security of their operations while ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France, extends its influence.
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Episode 11 | Full Circle: The Bradley Wiggins Story
In this two-part episode, we look back at Bradley Wiggins’ career, from his early directionless days with French pro teams, his track success, his transformation into a Tour de France champion and the controversy that has marred what was billed as his farewell at the Ghent Six. We hear from some of the people closest to him throughout his career.
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Friends of the Podcast 2015


2015Throughout 2015 we released 11 special episodes for Friends of the Podcast. If you have signed up for the ’15 package, you can listen to them below,

If not, go to My Account and add the 2015 package to your account for just £5.

Become a Friend of the Podcast to access a mix of documentary-style shows, discussion, analysis and interviews about professional cycling.

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No. 1 | Team Sky, The First Five Years
Richard, Lionel and Daniel look back at the origins of Team Sky and trace its evolution and discuss the important events that have shaped the team. This is Team Sky, the good, the bad and the ugly.

No. 2 | The Cobbled Classics
The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix dominate the early part of the spring campaign. In this episode, Richard, Lionel and Daniel discuss what makes these races great, delving into their own memories of covering the events.

No. 3 | From Flanders to Roubaix
Recorded out on the road, this episode captures the sounds of the two iconic cobbled classics and takes you to the heart of the action in the track centre at the velodrome in Roubaix as John Degenkolb and co enter the arena.

No. 4 | At Home with Mark Cavendish
Daniel Friebe travelled to Tuscany to spend some time with Mark Cavendish. He found him in engaging, entertaining, reflective mood. This is Mark Cavendish, unplugged, uncensored and unmissable…

No. 5 | The (Im)Perfect Tour de France, Live at Foyles
Drawing on their years of experience covering the race, Richard, Lionel and Daniel set about assembling their perfect Tour de France for an event held before an audience at Foyles, the book store in London. Their anecdotes join together to complete a route that tells another side of La Grande Boucle…

No. 6 | Brailsford & Froome at the Tour
Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie meet Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome at the end of the first week of the 2015 Tour de France for two exclusive interviews.

No. 7 | The PIRC (Podcast Independent Reform Commission)
This episode by Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe is devoted entirely to the issue of drugs in cycling.

No. 8 | The 2015 Tour de France Review
As they hit the road to travel from Alpe d’Huez to Paris, The Cycling Podcast review the Tour de France.

No. 9 | In Conversation with David Millar
Richard Moore sits down with ex-pro David Millar at The Dancehouse Theatre in Manchester to discuss his latest book ‘The Racer’, published by Yellow Jersey Press.

No. 10 | Adam & Simon Yates
Lionel Birnie travelled to Haslingden in Lancashire to meet two of the best young riders in the world, who also happen to be twin brothers.

No. 11 | Live at Lord’s
Our 11th and final Friends Special of 2015 sees the three amigos – well, Richard, Lionel and Daniel – in live action at Lord’s, the home of cricket, in a show recorded during the recent London Sports Writing Festival.


TCP Specials 2018-11Sign-up to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and get access to a range of at least eleven feature-length episodes. The first episode is online now and we will continue to release shows throughout the year. It costs £15 (although you can pay more if you wish) and your support enables us to keep the weekly episodes and daily coverage of the Grand Tours free-to-air.