VELO SQUARE LOGOIn this, the first of four weekly VeloNews editions of The Cycling Podcast supported by Jaguar, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Andy Hood, who is about to embark on his 18th Tour de France.

We get Andy’s assessment of Andrew Talansky and Tejay Van Garderen’s Tour hopes and hear from Danny Pate, the American rider who will be part of Chris Froome’s back-up at Team Sky. We also hear from three-time Tour champion Greg LeMond.

Andy, who is European correspondent for VeloNews, is based in Spain and so is an authority on the Spanish scene. We get his verdict on Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde as the Tour prepares to get underway in Leeds.

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