Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness find a makeshift paradise to relax and talk about the slow stage 13. The duo dives into how the commissaires changed the time cut on stage 12 and how fewer sprinters in the race have actually made the bunch sprints more dangerous.
They also look at the general classification and discuss who could make a run in the final week.
Caley Fretz spends the day on the famous Dutch corner of Alpe d'Huez and notes the changes for 2018, especially the increased security.
Special guest Rupert Guinness finds Caley after the stage to talk about the GC contenders and how they look as the race leaves the Alps.
And, Rupert is impressed with Alpe d'Huez's press buffet after worrying about it for many days.
Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the excitement that was stage 11 while sipping on a glass of rosé and overlooking the valley below.
Team Sky are balancing Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome as co-leaders, but is there any drama between the two? The duo looks back on previous co-leader teams at the Tour.
And, we hear from Taylor Phinney on surviving in the grupetto and Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White gives his thoughts about the double uppercut the team was dealt on Wednesday.
Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness examine the first day in the mountains, as Dave Everett struggles with working and paying attention to the race at the same time in the press room and asks for a few tips.
The trio go on a few tangents and Rupe talks about the one time he ran up Alpe d'Huez.
And, La Course and the most emotional interview ever! Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig cried her heart out at the finish in happiness and laughter. She also caused few journalists to tear up as well.
Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the chaotic day on the cobbles and, now that it's finished, whether a cobbled stage belongs in the Tour de France.
The duo also reflects on John Degenkolb's (Trek-Segafreo) emotional post-stage interview.
And, Ruth Winder (Sunweb) looks back on a tough 10 days of racing at the Giro Rosa while in the car driving away from the final finish line. Her teammate, Lucinda Brand, makes an appearance as well.
Over dinner, Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the day's action and look at the highly anticipated cobbled stage at the Tour.
We hear from Trek's Matt Shriver on the technical aspect of a cobbled Tour stage and EF Education-First's director sportif Tom Southam explains the tactics aspect.
At the Giro Rosa, Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider give their takes on a crazy stage. The day involved thunder and lightning, and the tough Monte Zoncolan.
Caley Fretz flashes back to the good ol' days and goes out on course to experience the culture of the Tour de France.
Special guest Rupert Guinness finds Caley at the finish, once he arrives, to talk about how these long slogs through the countryside of France are a necessity to the face of the Tour de France.
Ruth Winder tunes in and it's apparent it's been a tiring Giro Rosa thus far, but only two days remain.
Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the professionalism of riders talking with the media after a bad day at the Tour and how some deal with it better than others.
Plus, Guinness gives his thoughts on team buses and how things have changed since he covered his first Tour de France in 1987. #BantheBuses
And, we have a double diary entry from the Giro Rosa, as Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider both tune-in to talk about the brutal uphill time trial and incredibly long transfer after.
In a new segment, Caley Fretz talks "Tactics with Toms," and special guest Rupert Guinness looks back on the good ol' days of the press buffet.
The dynamic duo also discusses the exciting finale of the stage and provide insight into the unique way ASO designed the route.
Also, Sunweb's Ruth Winder tunes in as always from the Giro Rosa, where it was the first summit finish of the 2018 race.
Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss stage four's bunch sprint and whether Mark Cavendish will win a stage at the 2018 Tour or whether the Manx missile will beat Eddy Merckx's Tour stage win record.
And, Sunweb's Ruth Winder gives us a very special diary entry from the Giro Rosa (Hint: She won!).
It's team time trial day at the Tour! Caley Fretz walks the pits with Silca's Josh Poertner and the duo dive deep into the world of time trial bike tech.
Caley is also joined by Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness to talk about the day's racing action.
Plus, Ruth Winder gives us an update from the Giro Rosa and how she's lucky to still have all her skin.
Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness dissect all the action from the second stage of the 2018 Tour de France and discuss how the day's headlines were again the high number of crashes that occurred.
The trio also look forward to stage three's team time trial, and which general classification contenders could gain back time.
At the Giro Rosa, Ruth Winder flashes back to racing the same stage in 2013 and how it is one of the best experiences she's had so far in her young career.
The 2018 Tour de France began on the island of Noirmoutier-En-L’Ïle and Neal Rogers gives a recap of all the action from the opening stage.
Special guest Rupert Guinness, who is covering his 30th Tour, joins our on-the-ground reporters Caley Fretz and Dave Everett to discuss the chaos of stage one. He also shares a fascinating story from when the Tour last visited Noirmoutier-En-L’Ïle in 1999.
Plus, we hear rider diaries from Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider on the second stage of the Giro Rosa.
Caley Fretz, James Huang, and Dave Everett discuss what they've seen and heard so far before the Grande Boucle starts on Saturday.
In nerd alert, they discuss a change in rider fits they've noticed and how riders are moving their saddles forward.
Plus, we hear from Ruth Winder (Sunweb) at the Giro Rosa, catch up with Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) about his first Tour, and talk with EF Education-Drapac's Chief Vibe Officer Taylor Phinney.
Finally, Jonathan Vaughters provides his thoughts on the handling of Chris Froome's case.
For the documentary Icarus, lifelong cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to experience the effects of performance-enhancing drugs, and to see just how easy it might be to beat anti-doping tests. With the help of Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, Fogel used EPO, testosterone, and Human Growth Hormone as he trained for the 2015 Haute Route. Along the way, however, he inadvertently became entrenched in Rodchenkov’s clandestine world of helping Russian athletes dope for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. For this podcast, Editor Neal Rogers spoke with Fogel about the original mission for the project, focusing on everything that ended up on the cutting-room floor after his documentary took an unexpected, and unimaginable, turn.
In our "retirement" miniseries, we talked to several cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult.
In this episode, we talked to cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routely. At the end of 2016, they both retired at the same time --albeit not entirely by choice -- and they've started a new business together. Away from the cycling industry, the Routely are now brewing Kambucha in Canada.
It has never been a more challenging time to run an independent brick-and-mortar bicycle shop, what with decreasing profit margins, a more knowledgeable and demanding clientele, and the impossible situation of trying to compete head-to-head with gargantuan online retailers who not only have everything in stock, but also sell it cheaper. The road ahead is undoubtedly rocky, but there is a path forward — which is a good thing, since every cyclist will need the help of a good bike shop sooner or later.
Adam Hansen is the Energizer of the pro cycling world. With more than 380 days of racing over the 19 past grand tours, he just can't seem to be stopped. CyclingTips roving report David Everette talks with Adam about his persistence and his remarkable energy and efficiency: in addition to being a pro cyclist, Adam makes time for software development, a cycling shoe company, and more.
The active career of a professional cyclist is a relatively short one. While there certainly are some exceptions, most pros retire in their early thirties.
As an athlete, their whole life revolves around the next training session, the next race, the next goal and the next season. Their lives are filled with travel and their social circles tend to consists of other cyclists with the same lifestyle.
And so, being a professional cyclist is so much more than a job. For most, it’s an identity and a way of life. Losing that when retirement comes, can be a very difficult thing and each athlete copes with it differently.
In this miniseries, we talked to four cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult.
In this first instalment, we chatted with American Phil Gaimon (who last rode for Cannondale) and his self-proclaimed “worst retirement ever.”
Come back later for chats with Swedish rider Emma Johannson and cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routley.
On the road, pedal-assist eBikes make a certain amount of sense for certain applications. But what about on singletrack, where skill level often develops in tandem with fitness — and where access is ongoing challenge for mountain bikers? For this podcast, editor Neal Rogers spoke with a wide variety of stakeholders, including eMTB manufacturers, mountain-bike racers, and representatives from the International Mountain Bike Association, who find themselves in the middle, torn between widening their base and disenfranchising those who have fought for trail access since the advent of the sport.
In this episode of the CyclingTips podcast, roving reporter David Everett asks the hard questions. Specifically, he asks pros what it's like to ride in the Tour de France grupetto. With stories from Andres Greipel, Sky DS Servais Knaven, Quick Step Floors DS Brian Holm and more, and finds out -- among other things -- that if you want to avoid losing a body part, you'd better do as the Bus Driver says.
The Tour de France is plenty difficult and dangerous even considering the things racers can control. Safer bikes and courses help with danger; better training and equipment helps with chances of success.
But that still leaves a lot of factors that are out of racers' control. How do riders in the Tour de France deal with those things? Sometimes with luck, ritual, and superstition.
In this episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, News Editor Shane Stokes talks with Cadel Evans, Greg Lemond, Taylor Phinney, Sean Kelly, and many more former and current racers about how they work to control the uncontrollable in the Tour de France.
25% of the racers in this year's Tour de France are racing it for the first time. For many of these racers, it's a dream come true...until suddenly it's not. For this episode of the podcast, the editors of CyclingTips caught up with several TdF debutants before the race to learn about their hopes and expectations, and then again during the race to find out what the reality is like. The results span from incredible—white and polka-dot jerseys—to heartbreaking: serious and painful accidents. This is a can't-miss episode of the CyclingTips podcast including pre- and during-race interviews with Taylor Phinney, Paddy Bevin, Stefan Kung, as well as pre-race interviews with Damien Howsen and Jay McCarthy.
CyclingTips' Matt de Neef and Shane Stokes are on the ground in Dusseldorf, Germany with an insider's look at what you can expect from this year's course, the favorites for all the important battles, and predictions for the critical first week stages. Featuring clips from Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans, Matt White, and Dan Martin, this is the deep-dive TdF pre-race episode you should not miss.
For years Specialized has been beating the drum of women’s specific bikes, but when it comes to the 2018 line of bikes, Specialized is diverting from that approach. The 2018 Tarmacs and Diverges feature a unisex frame with gender-specific touch points. Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook sat down with Specialized’s road product manager, Stephanie Kaplan, to talk about what led to Specialized’s 180-degree turn on gender-specific geometries.