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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
The Lionel of Flanders In Full

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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