May’s episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin covers all the racing in April as well as last weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire. Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore look back on a thrilling Amstel Gold Race, won by Kasia Niewiadoma, who we hear from after her 6th place at Flèche Wallonne a few days later.

There is an interview with Lizzie Deignan, who has just returned to the sport after the birth of her daughter. Deignan discusses the challenges facing her and her new team as she starts a new phase of her career, admitting that in her absence the standard of women’s racing has improved significantly.

There are also interviews with two of the revelations of the season so far, Annika Langvad and Demi Vollering. Roxane Knetemann, the veteran Dutchwoman, tells us why this will be her final season, and Bob Varney opens up about a difficult period for his Drops team.

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