Hi, this is Ian Boswell,” said the voicemail at The Cycling Podcast Towers. “Just calling to see if you guys want to come down to Nice to see what we’re up to. We have a little group of Americans down here and we’d love to show you around.”

Richard Moore took the Team Sky rider up on his invitation, visiting the Côte d’Azur to spend a day with three young Americans: Boswell, Joe Dombrowski of the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team and Larry Warbasse of IAM Cycling. Borrowing Joe’s bright red scooter, he followed them on a training ride before sitting down with the trio to discuss everything from living in Europe to the nastiness of the peloton, the relevance of power data to the legacy of Lance Armstrong.

Dombrowski talks of his frustration at Team Sky’s failure to diagnose the leg injury that disrupted his first two seasons as a professional, Warbasse opens up about the uncertainty of riding for a team that offers only one-year contracts, and Boswell tells us all about how he secured an extension with Sky – thanks to a PowerPoint presentation.

All three riders will be riding the forthcoming Giro d’Italia, Boswell and Dombrowski supporting their leaders, Mikel Landa and Rigoberto Uran, in the mountains, and Warbasse helping his team’s sprinter, Matteo Pelucchi.

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