Rupert, Caley and Iain Treloar, and a pile of special guests, are in Albi, France for the first rest day of the Tour de France. They discuss the new ebike from Specialized, and riding with the Quickstep team to a coffee shop. Then the conversation turns to the upcoming Pyrenees and Alps, what yesterday's splits mean for the overall and for Ineos' dominance, and whether Thibaut Pinot still has a chance.
What could have been a mellow sprint stage was anything but. The GC was flipped on its head, all thanks to a bit of wind.
Caley and Rupert are joined by Ann Braeckman, Iain Treloar, and Ian Parker to break down the day's racing, and what it might mean for the Tour ahead.
More importantly, we rate the press buffet and determine the current leader in the hour classification.
Daryl Impey stole the show in the Tour's 9th stage, taking a breakaway win. Julian Alaphilippe remains in yellow. Luke Durbridge has the coveted Hour Classification. Can he defend it through tomorrow?
The Giro Rosa wrapped up with a somewhat predictable result. Abby calls in with the latest, and then looks ahead to La Course, which takes place in Pau this week.
Thomas De Gendt did what he does best to nab stage 8 of the Tour de France from the breakaway, while Julian Alaphilippe retook the yellow jersey in Saint-Étienne. Caley and Rupert talk panache, Alaphilippe's chances to stay in yellow, Thibaut Pinot's overall hopes, and more.
At the Giro Rosa, Anna van der Breggen topped Annemiek van Vleuten to take a mountaintop victory on stage 9. Van Vleuten still leads as the race heads into its final stage.
If you listened to stage 7’s episode and were annoying by interference noises, we do apologize. We’ve pulled that episode down (so if you listened, congrats, you experienced an extinct episode!).
Thankfully, our Giro Rosa coverage survived. So here’s that. We’ll be back to normal after stage 8 of the Toue wraps up.
The first true test of the Tour de France left almost every team a winner - with one notable exception - and provided a look into the next two weeks of racing. The standouts? Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe. Caley and Rupert discuss the day's racing, and what it all means.
At the Giro Rosa, a lumpy stage ended as a few others have before. Abby Mickey calls in with the details.
On the eve of the Tour's first foray in the mountains, Ineos decided to test out some new wheels: Lightweights. Every rider on the team was on the super light carbon hoops. But is that a good idea? James calls in and offers his perspective.
Caley and Rupe and in Colmar, where today's stage finished, and run through the green jersey battle and look ahead to La Planche des Belles Filles tomorrow.
At the Giro Rosa, it's a story of dominance.
Elia Viviani sprinted to his first ever Tour de France stage victory with a strong display of speed and great lead-out from his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates. Caley and Rupert talk sprint battles and we hear from Caleb Ewan, third on the day, before looking ahead to the hills and mountains on the horizon.
At the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten powered to a queen stage victory and took a commanding overall lead.
Julian Alaphilippe took the first yellow jersey for a Frenchman since 2014, and what a show it was. Caley and Rupert chat about his ride, and then look ahead to the green jersey competition.
At the Giro Rosa, we saw another finish end with an 'oops.'
It's a long way to Paris, but a few contenders for the yellow jersey lost big time in Sunday's team time trial.
Caley and Rupert discuss the results of the day, who won and who lost, and what it might mean for the rest of the race.
Then we hear from Toms Skujins, who on stage 1 took picked up a call from nature he just couldn't send to voicemail.
Finally, Abby Mickey rings in with an update from the Giro Rosa, where an early celebration lost the day.
The opening stage of the Tour de France was won by a rider nobody would have picked before the start. Caley and Rupert discuss Mike Teunissen's victory, what it means for the green jersey competition, and why we might expect at the team time trial tomorrow.
At the Giro Rosa, Marianne Vos showed us all why she's the greatest of all time.
Welcome to the first Tour Daily episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, which will run from today until the end of the 2019 Tour de France. Caley Fretz is joined by Rupert Guinness at the grand depart in Brussels, Belgium. Guinness, a veteran of 31 Tours, tells stories of pre-Tour prep gone wrong, from Stephen Roche's ill-timed bathroom break to Pedro Delgado's missed prologue.
Next, Abby Mickey calls in for a wrapup of the first stage of the Giro Rosa, and a look ahead at the stages to come. We also hear from newly crowned US champion Ruth Winder.
The Tour is here. Neal, Caley, and James preview a difficult, climb-filled route, discuss the favorites for each jersey (except polka dots, which are definitely going to Julian Alaphlippe), and then dive into a hypothetical: What happens to Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas if Egan Bernal, just 22 years old, wins this Tour de France?
Keep an eye out for our Giro Rosa preview later in the week.
This week's episode takes you on a journey from the meteoric rise to catastrophic fall of a bike company called SpeedX.
The theme of today’s episode: Conspiracies.
There is a surprisingly large contingent of people who believe that Chris Froome’s crash last week was faked.
And the manager of a women’s cycling team is claiming that accusations of sexual and psychological abuse from at least nine riders are all part of an orchestrated conspiratorial campaign against him.
Pro cyclist Abby Mickey joins Caley and Neal in the basement to discuss the latest racing news, plus the latest maneuverings of the Illuminati.
Sweat! Paying attention to it can help you be a better cyclist. This week we're joined in the basement by special guest Dr. Allen Lim, who explains how to hydrate for your own sweat profile. It's all a bit more complicated, and yet also more simple, that it first appears.
But first, Caley, Neal and Allen talk through the first few stages of the Dauphine, and Allen provides some insight into how pros time their form ahead of the Tour de France.
After an exhausting week of delivering the Giro diaries, Caley has gone on vacation, but not before filing one last segment from the Giro d’Italia. In Caley’s absence, Neal and James are joined by Marshall Opel, our “Man the Van” pursuing an Endless Gravel Summer. After chatting about the rumors that Team Ineos is courting Giro winner Richard Carapaz, and whether the sport needs to implement budget caps, Marshall shares his experiences and observations from the Dirty Kanza 200. Finally, Neal previews his upcoming interview with MTB world champion Kate Courtney, who is two for two in XCO races in 2019.
The queen stage of this Giro d'Italia saw early fireworks but seemed to fizzle in the end, until the final climb. But it wasn't a GC battle that caught our eye, it was Miguel Angel Lopez, felled by a spectator, and his quite reaction to be taken down.
Caley and Neal discuss the incident and then rate this year's Giro. Was it a good vintage?
A year after he dropped out of the Giro with what would turn out ot be Epstein Barr virus, Esteban Chaves found redemption in the Dolomites, taking an emotional stage win with his parents in the crowd.
Caley is joined by Ian Dille of FloBikes to talk through the stage, plus look ahead to Saturday's massive mountain stage. Will it be a firecracker, or a fizzle?
The final bunch sprint of this Giro d'Italia turned out to be... not a bunch sprint. Oops, said the sprinters.
Caley and Neal break down the sprint team's mistakes, discuss the trade rumors swirling around Movistar's GC stars, and debate whether Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa, or Simon Yates will attempt a Froome-esque long bomb.
Dave's gone home, but Caley is still on the ground in Italy, and he calls up Neal to chat about Wednesday's mountain stage and the two big GC days still to come.
Plus, we talk to Jered and Ashley Gruber about their lives on the road, plus get some top tips on how to come watch the Giro yourself.
Straight to you from a traffic jam in northern Italy, Caley and Dave break down the antics of the Mortirolo and discuss the gear choices (and mechanical issues) brought on by the famed climb. Plus we hear from Hugh Carthy, Fabrizio Guidi, and Primoz Roglic.
It's raining in Bergamo, host city for the Giro d'Italia's second rest day. Dave and Caley do a small hotel tour and run into none other than Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen, who has a high-tech new way of monitoring his pedal stroke. Then it's time to reminisce about Giro stages past, and get excited about what's coming up in the race's last week.
Caley and Dave start their day on a roundabout island, surrounded by the peloton of the Giro d'Italia, and end it sitting on a set of steps that lead down to Lake Como. In between was one of the most exciting Giro stages we've seen in years.
Needless to say, it was a good day. Listen in for details of Primoz Roglic's bike swap, plus the daring ethos of Hugh Carthy.
Richard Carapaz struck out alone and won big — he took the stage and the pink jersey. Caley and Dave discuss Movistar's two-pronged tactics, why these sort of maneuvers work in the Giro but not the Tour, and, as a result, why the Giro is better than the Tour.