This week, we have divided the podcast into two parts, enabling those who want to avoid discussion of the coronavirus pandemic to self-isolate from the subject and enjoy a diverting hour or so listening to us talk about cycling.

In this part one, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe pay tribute to the veteran Italian sportswriter Gianni Mura, who died last week, and talk about Milan-Sanremo.

We hear from Julian Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates Tim Declercq and Zdenek Stybar about how the Frenchman won the race, then go back in time 38 years to 1982 and a stunning surprise victory for a much less well-known French rider.

Lionel remembers Sean Kelly’s descent of the Poggio in pursuit of Moreno Argentin in 1992 and Richard mentions the victory by Italian Maurizio Fondriest the following year.

Finally in this part, we hear from AG2R’s American rider Larry Warbasse in Lockdown Larry.

If you want to watch footage of any of the races we talked about this week you can find them on YouTube.

2019 – Alaphilippe’s victory

1982 – Marc Gomez’s surprise (French)

1992 – Sean Kelly’s pursuit of Moreno Argentin on the Poggio

1993 – Maurizio Fondriest’s win

The Cycling Podcast, brought to you by iwoca and supported by Science in Sport

iwoca is title sponsor to The Cycling Podcast.

Over the past seven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now they’re a team of more than 300 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses, including cafes, spin studios and bike shops. They can lend between £1,000 and £250,000 and make it quick and easy to get a decision. If you are interested in finding out more about what iwoca can do for small businesses go to: iwoca: Fast, fair and flexible business funding

The Cycling Podcast is supported by Science in Sport. For a 25% discount on all your Science in Sport sports nutrition products go to

This week’s episode is supported by Hello Fresh.

This episode is also supported by Cyclist – the monthly magazine dedicated to road cycling. To celebrate the 100th issue of the magazine you can get a big discount on a year’s print and digital subcription by going to As well as saving over £82 you can also get a copy of the A3 print book Big Rides, which is worth £25.

Signing up as a Friend of the Podcast has never been easier. Our new system will get you connected in just a few clicks. Why sign up? Apart from getting access to our special episodes throughout the year – there are five online already – you will be helping us to keep The Cycling Podcast’s team car on the road to provide daily Grand Tour coverage. Sign up at We’ve frozen the price again – it’s just £15, which will work out at less than £1 per special episode. If you want to pay more we’ll send you a copy of our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries.

1. The Stage That Didn’t End – Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France
2. The Cycling Podcast On Tour – The best bits from Belfast and Edinburgh
3. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part one, 2019 Giro d’Italia
Bonus from the archive: The Rise and Demise of HTC-Highroad
Bonus from the archive: The Revenants
4. The Grand Tour Diaries Audiobook – Part two, 2019 Tour de France
Bonus from the archive: Meeting Jean Bobet

Available now at All Friends of the Podcast can get a 20% discount.