Back in March, Mitch Docker was planning to travel to Tuscany to race on the white roads for the first time. But the coronavirus pandemic meant Strade Bianche was postponed and for the best part of five months the peloton has been in suspended animation – training, racing indoors and waiting for the resumption.

This week, Mitch heads to Italy for his first race but before he travelled he got together with his good friend Luke Durbridge of Mitchelton-Scott to preview the race and answer listeners’ questions.

In this episode find out why Strade Bianche can suit both the Classics specialists and the climbers, why climbing on the white roads is similar to climbing on the cobbles, and get some insight into how Luke maintains his focus during time trials.

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The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

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