After a break of almost five months, racing is back.

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the opening three days of the Vuelta a Burgos and look ahead to the first World Tour race following the resumption, Strade Bianche.

Twenty-year-old Remco Evenepoel picked up where he left off in the spring. After winning both stages he rode before the season was interrupted (the Vuelta a San Juan and Volta ao Algarve), the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider won the first uphill finish in Burgos at Picón Blanco ahead of a string of top climbers.

What should we make of Evenepoel’s victory celebration – brushing the dust off his shoulders, seemingly suggesting it was an easy win?

We hear from three riders about what it’s like to be back in action after so long – Team CCC’s Paddy Bevin and Attila Valter and Trek-Segafredo’s Charlie Quarterman.

Then we look ahead to Strade Bianche, where the dust from the white roads of Tuscany will fly on Saturday. Excitement is building for a race which started off in an autumn slot before becoming a spring classic and will this year be held in the height of the Italian summer.

Mitch Docker of EF Pro Cycling, and host of Life in the Peloton, looks ahead to his first race since the spring and his debut at Strade Bianche.

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