Wout van Aert was impressive, Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar showed they are the men to beat, and Egan Bernal had un jour sans. We dig into what it means headed into the last week of the Tour de France.
At the Giro Rosa, Vos showed her strength and the coming days look incredibly difficult. We hear from diarist Ruth Winder on the tough third stage.
Sunweb showed once again that it's the most aggressive and cohesive stage hunting team in this Tour de France. The triple punch into Lyon gave them yet another victory.
Plus we have a report from a gravel-filled Giro Rosa and a look toward Sunday's Tour massive mountain stage.
The Giro Rosa kicked off today, and we have a report from Abby and diary from Ruth Winder in today's episode.
In France, the Tour saw two races in one, among breakaway riders and the GC. Who came out on top? We break it down.
He did it. After two close calls, Marc Hirschi finally stayed away, taking his first Tour de France stage win, which also happened to be his first pro victory.
We discuss the brilliant tactics of his Sunweb team and look ahead to tomorrow, one of the hardest stages of the entire Tour.
A sprint stage at the Tour de France, and drama after the finish. Peter Sagan made himself some room on the right side of the final 100 meters, and the maneuver got him relegated, with big implicates in the fight for the green jersey.
Did he deserve it? Your podcast hosts are almost in agreement... except for one of them.
The echelons never really came on stage 10, but the sprinters delivered their own brand of excitement. The tight, twisty route led to numerous crashes and a furious finale. We break down the sprint and look ahead to tomorrow.
Young Tadej Pogacar once again proved he's willing to attack. Primoz Roglic looked calm and collected. His team, Jumbo-Visma, is just strong enough. The French are still close. And Egan Bernal is coming around.
There's lots to talk about in our final episode from the first week of the Tour.
It was a Tomsultuous, chaotic, brilliant stage at the Tour de France. The first day in the Pyrenees saw a series of hard attacks, with no team fully able to control the GC group, plus a successful breakaway containing a certain fiancée of one of our podcast hosts.
We break down the day's tactics and discuss how the race for yellow is looking after the first day in the high mountains.
Echelons! Lots of them. We discuss how they form, why they're so hard, who gained and who lost on the most frenetic stage of the Tour de France thus far.
Plus, a look ahead to the Pyrenees, picks from the Secret Pro, Rigoberto Uran on a camel, and Bauke Mollema's second-hand peanut butter.
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It wasn't the most thrilling stage, despite an uphill finish. Is there a truce in the peloton? Or are they just scared of week three?
Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder joins us to look ahead to the Giro Rosa and José Been includes a bridge in her stage 7 lesson.
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A largely uneventful stage wrapped up with a fantastic sprint and a bit of controversy when it was announced that Julian Alaphilippe would lose his yellow jersey after taking a feed within the final 20km.
We have EF's Jonathan Vaughters on the episode to discuss that incident (the same thing happening to Rigoberto Uran a few years ago) and the GC race as a whole.
José Been is back with another lesson and Abby and Shoddy show you what it's like at the start line these days.
The first GC battle is now behind us. Did we learn anything?
José Been joins us today to analyze the race. Roglic looked good, Carapaz looked bad, Bernal looked questionable, and Shoddy's favorite Frenchman put in a late dig.
Plus, a story of Guillaume Martin's drinking exploits and a food and wine tour of tomorrow's stage.
A mostly uneventful stage ended in a furious sprint finish defined by a nasty headwind. It took patience and more than a little daring to pull off the victory.
Then, James joins us for a Nerd Alert on clinchers (with tubes!) at the Tour.
Plus, we hear from the Secret Pro ahead of the first uphill finish of this Tour de France.
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Julian Alaphilippe is at it again.
The Frenchman took yellow a stage earlier this year than last - it took him until stage 3 in 2019 - but the week ahead looks favorable for a long defense. Can he do it? Do we need to become Alabelievers, once again?
Plus, a more detailed look at yesterday's crashes, a top stage 3 tip from the Secret Pro, and much more.
It was a somewhat surprising podium for the first stage of the Tour de France, led by the elder statesman of the sprinters, Alexander Kristoff.
It was a day full of crashes, and though most of the GC favorites stayed upright many of their domestiques did not.
At La Course, an expected sprint didn't play out that way, and we dig into why.
Finally, the Secret Pro sends over his tip for Stage 2.
Welcome to the first Tour Daily episode, coming to you from an Airbnb in Nice (and elsewhere. Thanks, COVID).
In this final episode before the Tour kicks off, we run through the route, key stages, plus make some picks for the most important competition, the race for the Maillot Sable.
Plus, we get a stage 1 pick from the Secret Pro.
The 2020 Tour de France is an Alps-heavy route with eight mountain-top finishes and one crucial mountain time trial. It begins in Nice, takes a quick dip into the Alps, then runs west for a brief stint in the Pyrenees. That’s followed by a long slog across the middle of France, highlighted by a massive uphill finish at Puy Mary. The last week bounces around in the Alps and leads into a time trial finishing on La Planche des Belles Filles for the penultimate stage.
Who's going to win?
We're less than two weeks from the start of the Tour de France. The Dauphine is behind us, but didn't answer many of the questions we had when it started. GC favorites are injured. Young riders are rising. We dig into the race, plus the crashes at Lombardia, and look ahead to the Tour.
You know what really grinds James's gears? Water bottles.
Jumbo-Visma is on a tear. Can they hold on to that form?
Plus, we dissect the Tour of Poland crash, Dylan Groenewegen's level of fault, and what the race organizer should have done differently.
Transfer season is in full swing. What do the major moves mean for both the riders and their new teams?
This week's Nerd Alert discusses the regional specificity of gravel tires, and the best way to find a tire that works for your part of the world.
This week's episode discusses the first major one-day of the re-started season, Strade Bianche, including insight from Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins on the heightened chaos inside a peloton racing every day like it might be the last race of the season.
Plus, we round up the latest transfer news, discuss Peter Sagan's future teammate, Nils Politt, and where Marianne Vos might end up next year.
This week's Nerd Alert is simple: We're hiring a tech writer. What sort of skills are we looking for?
This week's episode runs through the first weekend of racing, including Annemiek van Vleuten's incredible run of wins and a spate of riders being pulled from the Vuelta a Burgos over coronavirus concerns.
In this week's Nerd Alert, we kick off with news from Mavic and its new ownership, then dig into threaded bottom brackets and why they're still not a cure-all for creaks.
How do you take a bike like the Tarmac SL6 and make it even better? In this special episode, pun intended, we sit down with the engineers behind the new Tarmac SL7 to talk optimization, aerodynamics, integration, and lots more.
Thanks to Specialized for partnering with us on this episode, and for making the engineers behind the Tarmac available for whatever questions we wanted.
This week we chat about e-racing's ability to lower barriers in Africa, debate whether Chris Froome should make Ineos' (sorry, Grenadier's) Tour de France team, and look into what a new freehub body from Campagnolo tells us about future groups from the Italians.
Bike racing approaches, and with it plenty of bike racing-related news. We run through news from the Tour de France, La Course, and the Virtual Tour de France, plus dig into Chris Froome's decision to jump to Israel Start-Up Nation.
Then, a spirited debate: How do our podcast hosts stack up as home mechanics?