The Vuelta and the Tour of Britain
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the latest twists and turns in the Vuelta a España, with Alberto Contador emerging as the favourite just weeks after sustaining a broken leg at the Tour de France.
Can Contador, who is in the race leader’s red jersey, be beaten? With Chris Froome struggling for form, and Nairo Quintana forced out after two crashes in two days, the Spaniard is the clear favourite. So the podcast asks the question: were Contador’s injuries as severe as everybody thought? Has he indulged in a spot of bluffing?
We also look ahead to the Tour of Britain and the long-awaited showdown between the world’s two fastest sprinters, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, with Daniel pointing out that they haven’t faced each other for over a year, since the Champs-Élysées on the final day of the 2013 Tour de France. And a remarkable statistic: Cavendish has never beaten Kittel in a head-to-head sprint.
The finish in Liverpool, which hosts stage one of the Tour of Britain on Sunday, is tailor-made for the sprinters, and so it should see the first of up to three Cavendish versus Kittel showdowns.
We have an interview with Kittel, with the German speaking about the pressures of fame, and with Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett, who discusses this year’s route.
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