Life in the Peloton – Paul De Geyter
This week, Mitch Docker interviews his former manager, Paul De Geyter, to get the lowdown on the mechanics of rider contracts, who are the best and worst team managers to work with, and how the coronavirus crisis might be affecting the transfer market.
Now retired, De Geyter, who was also general manager at WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal, was one of the first rider managers, with the late Frank Vandenbroucke one of his early clients.
De Geyter talks freely about how the UCI regulations affect the way agents and managers work and the process of agreeing deals for a wide range of riders, from domestiques to team leaders.
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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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