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 Specialized 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 to ask.
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?
We open up this week's episode with the news, including discussion of Chris Froome's decision to stick with Ineos, Zwift's virtual Tour de France, and Tour de France Podcast host Rupert Guinness's virtual Race Across America.
Then, the great base layer debate. Should you wear one when it's hot? What do the pros do?
Paul Hartner is 21 years old, races for the Project Echelon elite team, and has legitimate dreams of a pro career. This makes him one of the most accomplished openly queer male cyclists on earth.
This is his coming out story and, more broadly, the story of being out in the cycling world. It's told with the help of Trek-Segafredo pro Tayler Wiles and the man who guided Paul out of the closet, Owen McGrath.
It's been a wild week in bike news. We actually had to re-record most of this episode, as the 24 hour gap between recording and publishing saw two major news stories make abrupt U-turns.
Manuela Fundacion will not be Mitchelton-Scott's new sponsor, and Lachlan Morton didn't actually set the Everesting record. We discuss.
Plus, we chat with Justin Williams about a new podcast collaboration between CyclingTips and his L39ION of LA team.
We open this week's episode with the News, including CCC's decision to pull out of its men's WorldTour team and rumors that Romain Bardet may be leaving AG2R.
Then, Shoddy Dave explains how he kitted himself out, head-to-toe, for $200 USD. Helmet, shoes, shorts, jersey, socks, gloves - everything.
Was the gear any good? What did he learn from shopping at the bottom end of the market?
We open this week's episode with the news, from both the cycling world and the rest of the world. We hear from Justin Williams again, this time with a short story we all need to hear. Then we discuss Lachlan Morton's FKT on the Kokopelli trail and, finally, provide some tips on buying and selling used bikes.
How does a sport make heroes? How does cycling build superstars? This is the focus of our third Roadmap Episode, digging into the future of pro cycling at a time when the future is anything but clear.
We speak with Justin Williams, who has built his Legion criterium team into a mini media house, and to Helen Wyman, who understands the lessons road cycling can learn from cyclocross. And finally, we talk to Kimo Seymour of Life Time, the company that owns North America's largest gravel events.
We take a break from our Roadmap Episodes this week (they'll be back next week) to bring you a news roundup, including doping positives and rumors that Chris Froome is looking to change teams, plus a chat with SRAM about the future of its drivetrains.
Can pro cycling take advantage of the bike boom?
This week's special episode looks into this question.
We begin with the calendar. We hear from EF Pro Cycling's Mitch Docker and Mike Woods, as well as the Cyclist's Alliance Iris Slappendel, for a pro perspective.
Then, we look forward. We speak with the founder and CEO of Zwift, Eric Min, about his platform's place in pro cycling now and in the future.
In unprecedented times for the sport, when every race on the calendar is postponed or cancelled and WorldTour teams face extraordinary challenges, we're partnering with Rapha to create a podcast series to consider the future of professional cycling.
This first episode includes insight from Ineos' Dave Brailsford, EF's Jonathan Vaughters, and Rapha's Simon Mottram. We discuss the pandemic's impact on the race calendar, on teams, and on riders. Is there a silver lining to this cloud?
We open this week's episode with a short news roundup, including the latest Tour de France dates and more, before dropping into a conversation with a first-time gravel rider. What did he learn? What can we learn from him? Plus we throw a few mistakes of our own onto the pile.
In Nerd Alert, the focus is on the Babymaker ebike we wrote about this week. Can the bike industry learn anything from its obnoxious but successful marketing?
This week's episode includes a chat with Dirty Kanza founder Jim Cummins on the petition to change his race's name, plus reporter Joe Lindsey joins us to discuss a study into how far apart people need to ride to stay safe.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James yells at the bike industry for not putting fender mounts on enough bikes.
This week's episode opens with the news of a Tour de France start on August 29, ending in September. What would this mean for cycling? The teams? Other races? We discuss.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James explains the positives and negatives of various types of hydraulic brake fluid. Then we have a very serious discussion related to overshoes, their color, and their place next to bare legs.
This week's episode kicks off with all the important bike-related news, good and bad, and then Dane calls up the creator of the Tour de Quarantine, race announcer Brad Sohner.
Nerd Alert this week is a helpful guide to any new cyclists out there. What do you need to make your foray into cycling a success?
With outdoor riding limited or banned in much of the world, bikes are going online. There are virtual trade shows, replays of races, and of course virtual riding. We talk about what's available to help you scratch the bike itch.
Then, an important discussion: Who from the modern pro peloton would win an early-1900s style Tour de France?
Nerd Alert this week has some practical tips on making sure you're prepared to take care of yourself if you do get out on the bike.
The Olympics are postponed, the Tour de France hangs in the balance, and we have a homemade bread recipe you simply must try.
This week's episode includes reporting from this year's edition of Milan-San Remo, including reactions from Koen de Kort and Adam Hansen.
This week's Nerd Alert walks you through a cleaning and lubing process that will keep chain marks off your living room carpet.
CyclingTips has a new podcast! It's called From the Top, and it's hosted by CT Founder Wade Wallace. In it, Wade chats with the people who built some of the biggest brands in cycling.
This first episode is with Simon Mottram, the founder of Rapha.
This is the only episode of From the Top that will be found on this feed, so make sure you subscribe to From the Top so you never miss an episode.
Bikes are an escape, and so in this episode of the podcast we try to talk about anything but the bad news swirling all around us, and instead look to the positives: What can we do to fill our time? Do socks belong over or under leg warmers? Can you wash a bike in the shower and dry it with a hairdryer?
Plus, a special song to close out the episode from Cofidis pro Nathan Haas.
Knee warmers, are they good or bad? This is the very important topic that dominates this week's Nerd Alert segment. James and Neal are on Team Good, Caley and Abby are on Team Bad. Which team are you on?
It's a good thing this week's Nerd Alert is lighthearted, because the rest of the episode... isn't. Sorry. We run through the latest coronavirus news, abuse allegations, and then say a sad goodbye to Nico Portal and Ben Sonntag.
It's been a rough week in cycling-related news. Coronavirus, abuse allegations, Gianni Moscon - none of it is particularly uplifting, but we need to talk about it. And, don't worry, we do throw some good news in there, too.
Then, in this week's Nerd Alert, James discusses a frequently overlooked component that can make your bike safer.
Warning: This episode has some swearing.
This week's episode opens with a news roundup, from Valenciana to the UAE Tour to track worlds. Then we discuss coronavirus and it's potential impact on the pro calendar.
Then, James discusses a cheap, easy way to make your shifting better.
This week's episode comes to you from Sedona, Arizona, where much of the CyclingTips crew is currently testing a slew of gravel bikes. James, Abby, Caley, and Dave Rome discuss what exactly these sort of tests look like, plus dig into the week's news.
James, Neal, and Abby are back in Vecchio's for this week's episode and kick things off with a rundown of the week's news.
Then, James digs into some new rolling resistance data that suggest using latex tubes can be just as fast as a good tubeless tire.
Neal, Dane, Abby, James, and Caley are back in Vecchio's are run through the latest news, including the young stars of cyclocross worlds and San Juan, and then put the Ferrari allegations in context.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James brings back a report from the Outdoor Retailer show about a bike mechanic class that's coming to American schools. Finally, we find out who the best (and worst) mechanics of the CT Podcast.
Neal, James, Dane, and Caley are back at Vecchio's following a chat through the week's pro cycling news, including discussion of the Tour Down Under, coronavirus, and the craziness at the Vuelta San Juan.
Then, James debunks the concerns around racing with disc brakes, once and for all.
We're back from the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau in Adelaide, this time with a pair of pro mechanics and a lot of questions.
James Huang and Dave Rome lead this episode, which delves into the world of team mechanics. How do they keep white bar tape clean? How often are they swapping chains? We get tips and tricks to keep your own bike running smoothly.
We're back again from the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau in Adelaide, this time with Neal Henderson, the head of sport science at Wahoo and a coach who has helped 47 athletes (including Rohan Dennis) win world championships.
We ask him about Dennis, how to get Shoddy Dave to the finish line of the Strade Bianche sportive, and about his coaching philosophy and use of data.
This week, the CyclingTips Podcast comes to you live from Adelaide, Australia, where we've set up at the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau for the Tour Down Under. This episode includes a chat with TDU winner Ruth Winder and one of its key animators, Brodie Chapman.
James, Neal, Caley, Dane, and Abby are all back in Vecchio's for this week's episode, the first of 2020 with the whole CyclingTips Podcast crew.
First up is a news roundup, discussing Bernie Eisel's retirement, Lorena Wiebes' contract controversy, and more.
Neal sits down with Tim Johnson to talk gravel racing.
Matt de Neef calls in from Melbourne, just back from covering Aussie nationals.
Finally, James discusses Castelli's new ultra-lightweight kit in this week's Nerd Alert.
We're back! The first CyclingTips Podcast of 2020 runs through major storylines we're keeping an eye on ahead of the coming race season, including Rohan Dennis opening up about an unhealthy relationship with food, Chris Froome's time at team camp and the sponsor search of the world's best women's team.
In this week's Nerd Alert, we discuss the value of pro sponsorship for cycling brands following the announcement that SRAM will now sponsor Movistar, ending the team's 37-year run with Campagnolo.
It's awards season! And we're about to click ov er into a new decade. So we put two and two together, and this episode awards the best rides, riders, controversies, and bikes of the twenty-teens.
Oh, and we pick a few of the worst things, too.
This week's episode opens with discussions of the latest news, including Rohan Dennis' move to Ineos, the new Women's WorldTour teams, and WADA's move against Russia.
Then, Jonathan Vaughters talks about his attempt to hire the winner of Dirty Kanza.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James dives into the subject of micro-mobility, and we talk scooters and ebikes.
This is a sneak preview of our new Nerd Alert podcast, so if you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe to Nerd Alert on your favorite podcast platform.
Although we’ve done all-tech podcasts in the past, the new Nerd Alert will come to you on a more regular basis — every other week — and will be co-hosted by global tech editor James Huang, Australian tech editor Dave Rome, editor-in-chief Caley Fretz, and professional mechanic Zach Edwards.
Episode one is a deep, deep dive into chains. Enj
This week's episode features special guest Jonathan Vaughters of EF-Education First. He's in town ahead of his impending Flagstaff climbing showdown with Neal Rogers.
The show opens with a discussion of Egan Bernal's decision to race the Giro and Tour, and then pivots to Sofie de Vuyst and doping in the women's peloton.
Finally, James laments the lack of winterized helmet options on the market.
This is the first episode of Freewheeling, a new podcast from Abby Mickey. Freewheeling will exist on the regular CyclingTips Podcast channel this week only. In the future, you'll have to subscribe to Freewheeling separately.
This episode tackles important angles on athlete health and nutrition, and delves into RED-S, or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports.
This week's episode opens with a discussion of team allocations for the Tokyo Olympics, then delves into the proper pronunciation of Mads Pedersen.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James speaks with a carbon expert about carbon fiber fork steerer failures - sparked by last week's BMC recall. Is the push for integration making bikes less safe?
This week's show opens with a remembrance of Raymond Poulidor, who passed away this week.
Then, we dive headfirst into the tribunal of Richard Freeman and the sordid testimony this week of Shane Sutton.
In this week's Nerd Alert, we discuss mandatory helmet laws and a patent for a Shimano gearbox.
The Tour of California is going on hiatus - or is it done for good? Caley and Neal discuss the news that America's biggest road race won't happen in 2020.
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is finally testifying. What do we expect to hear?
In this week's Nerd Alert, Dave Rome talks through a pro mechanic's toolbox - what they use, what they don't, and why. And then Caley's true feelings about torque wrenches slip out.
The 2020 Tour de France is low on sprint stages, low on time trials, low on long stages, and is full of climbs from end to end. It's a Tour that looks more like a Vuelta - more dynamic, less formulaic. It's a great match for today's ever-shortening attention spans.
Is that a good thing?
In this week's Nerd Alert, James looks into some strange moves at Strava and the failure of cars to stop when they're supposed to.
This week's episode opens with a discussion of the British Zwift eRacing national champion who had his title stripped and was given a 6-month ban after he cheated on his way to his national title.
Then, we look ahead to Lombardia, the last of the Monuments.
Finally, James takes a look at a new system from WTB that claims it can guess which saddle you need based on, of all things, the width of your wrists.
This week's episode opens with our final thoughts on the World Championships, including the controversy surrounding the disqualification of Nils Eekhoff in the men's U23 race.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James pulls out a study from NASA that provides some insight into why some tires might be better than others on wet roads.
In our final Worlds episode, Dave and Caley chat with Abby Mickey about Annemiek van Vleuten's dominant performance in the elite women's race, then break down a thrilling, brutally difficult men's race.
Then Caley tries more English foods, and Dave's mum makes an appearance.
The Worlds roll on. The time trials, juniors, and espoirs are behind us, and only the elites remain.
Caley and Dave are in Harrogate, trying out all sorts of local delicacies, and open this week's episode with a discussion of junior world champion Quinn Simmons' quick jump up to the WorldTour.
Then, Caley sits down with Abby Mickey to preview the elite women's race and talk about the junior road race winner, Megan Jastrab.
This week's episode comes straight from Harrogate, where the Yorkshire world championships kicked off on Monday and continue through Sunday. Caley Fretz and Dave Everett are on the ground and discuss Chloe Dygert's dominant win, Rohan Dennis's redemption ride, Yorkshire accents, Yorkshire food products, a triathlete from Ghana, and much more.
This week's episode opens with a discussion of Iain Treloar's recent column on his old Cannondale CaadX, which, contrary to all known marketing, still shreds.
Where has the bike industry gotten it right, and where has it inflated claims of technological advancement? James and Caley discuss.
Then, Marshall Opel sits down with Dirty Kanza winner Colin Strickland for a wide-ranging chat about all things gravel.
James is back from a Eurobike full of bikes with motors and bikes for riding nowhere, and it feels like an existential moment for the bike world. How do we feel about these changes to the fundamental nature of cycling?
Plus, we hear from Sepp Kuss and Nielson Powless on their time at cycling's new juggernaut, Jumbo-Visma, and discuss Mathieu van der Poel's insane Tour of Britain sprint.
In this week's episode, Caley and Neal are joined by Dane Cash to discuss the ongoing Vuelta a Espana, now in its second week. Can Primoz Roglic hold his lead? Is Movistar's lack of cohesion actually a good thing? Then we hear, briefly, from CyclingTips' reporters in Germany, where the Eurobike tradeshow just kicked off.
This week's episode comes to you from Rapha's Boulder, Colorado clubhouse. We talk Vuelta a Espana, Marcel Kittel's retirement, Colorado Classic, and then James brings up something a bit controversial: Electronic drivetrains aren't always reliable.
In this special episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, Marshall Opel sits down with Tyler Hamilton.
Hamilton raced for two of the most notorious teams of cycling's doping era, and wrote a tell-all book called The Secret Race after he was banned for doping for a second time. He moved to Montana, largely to escape the pro cycling world. Marshall caught up with him there and found out what he's been up to, and what his relationship to the sport looks like now.
This week’s CyclingTips Podcast comes to you from a Boulder institution, Vecchio’s Bicicletteria, where Neal, James, and Caley first talk about Tom Dumoulin’s move to Jumbo Visma (is that team as strong as Ineos now?) and then dig into the best way to find a good mechanic.
There's a lot to rave about in modern bike tech, and a lot to rant about, too. James Huang leads this episode off with a Nerd Alert segment discussing the best and worst of the bike industry.
We have chief gravel correspondent (and van driver) Marshall Opel on the show to discuss gravel racing and victory - and whether the two belong together.
Finally, Matt de Neef is in Boulder all the way from CT's Melbourne office and discusses his ride up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America.
In this series of Nerd Alert podcasts we aim to dispel the myths, understand the technology, and bring you the information you need to go faster.The first episode sees James Huang and Caley Fretz sit down with Specialized’s director of integrated technologies, Chris Yu, and Professor Robert Chung to discuss all things aerodynamics and just how much it matters.
The best Tour de France in years is over. Caley and Rupert are in Paris, joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal and Matt White, director sportif at Mitchelton-Scott, to discuss the last three weeks.
Egan Bernal secures yellow for Paris as Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France stage 20 from the break.
Caley, Iain, Rupert, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson talk about Bernal's Tour performance, what it means for Colombia, and what it means for the race.
Egan Bernal is in the yellow jersey after a wild stage 19 at the Tour de France, which was cut short due to extreme weather and hazardous road conditions.
Caley, Rupert, Iain, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson discuss the day's dramatic events and where the race stands with two days left.
Nairo Quintana won the stage, but did Movistar even want him to? And Egan Bernal got a gap, only to have his teammate try to bridge across. It was a day for odd tactics, and Rupert and Caley are joined by ESPN.com's Bonnie Ford and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson to talk through a spectacular day of racing.
Plus, James Huang calls in for a Nerd Alert segment on climbing bikes.
Luke Rowe and Tony Martin were kicked out of the Tour following an incident. Did they deserve it? Can they appeal?
Caley, Rupe, and Iain are once again joined by Josh Robinson of the Wall Street Journal to talk about the day's racing, and the day's controversy. Then, they discuss Josh's Thursday front page story on the two men in charge of artfully adjusting inappropriate road paint.
The Tour de France rolled out of its second rest day and into baking temperatures and a relatively straightforward sprint stage. But nothing at the Tour is every truly straightforward.
Geraint Thomas fell down again. Caleb Ewan proved he's the man to beat in Paris, if he can get there. Iain Treloar only got two keychains from the caravan. Caley, Rupert, and Josh Robinson break down the heat-soaked action and look ahead to the looming Alps.
It's hot in Nîmes. Very hot. Caley, Rupert and Iain are joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal in the shade of a square in this southern French city to discuss the legacy of this year's Tour de France winner.
To wrap things up, Iain takes us deep into a Tour de France caravan schwag experience.
Simon Yates nabs his second Tour stage win as Julian Alaphilippe cedes time on stage 15.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain delve into the wide-open general classification battle at the Tour de France, with insights on rising star Emanuel Buchmann from Felix Mattis. Also, hear from Richie Porte after an action-packed day in the Pyrenees.
Thibaut Pinot powered to the stage 14 victory on the Tourmalet, while Julian Alaphilippe continued to shine as big names like Geraint Thomas lost time.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain wonder if it's time to start believing in Alaphilippe and consider who else might be able to knock him out of yellow. Also hear from Abby Mickey and Marianne Vos after a compelling race at La Course.
Julian Alaphilippe takes an impressive stage 13 time trial win to extend his Tour de France lead. Marianne Vos storms to victory at La Course.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain talk with Bonnie Ford and Joshua Robinson about a compelling day in France.
Simon Yates got his first Tour de France stage win, Rohan Dennis abandoned the race under unusual circumstances.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain discuss the day's events from Pau with some insights from other Tour journalists as well, plus a brief appearance by Dave Everett.
Caleb Ewan took his first Tour de France victory, Richie Porte was part of a big crash, and Jens Keukeleire defended the Hour Classification with exceptional panache.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain check in from a restaurant in Toulouse and talk through the day's big stories, plus look ahead to the Pyrenees and beyond.
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 depart in Brussels. 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.
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.
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 Team Ineos and Giro winner Richard Carapaz rumors, Marshall shares his experiences and observations from the Dirty Kanza 200. Finally, Neal previews his upcoming interview with MTB world champion Kate Courtney.
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.
The Giro d'Italia has officially entered the high mountains, and stage 13 did not disappoint. Caley and Shoddy Dave dropped into the race on its lucky 13th day and bring you this episode from atop the final climb, the first uphill finish of this Giro.
The Giro d'Italia is in full swing, and James, Neal, and Caley kick off with the latest news from Italy, plus a chat with the 20-year-old winner of the Tour of California. A discussion of the modern doping landscape, including motorized doping, wraps up this week's racing segment.
Marshall Opel, our man in the Endless Gravel Summer van, is in the basement to chat about a new gravel groupset and the balance between serious gravel racing and laid-back gravel riding. Is the sport road-ifying? We dig in.
The Giro d'Italia saw losses for Tom Dumoulin and a win for Primoz Roglic, the Tour of California may finally be won by its home team, and a couple of old sprinters are back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. We open with a discussion of the latest racing news and then turn to the decidedly nerdy.
In Nerd Alert, Caley and James note the apparent linear relationship between the amount of dirt and gravel in an event, and the size of the tire best suited to that event.
This week's episode opens with the latest in racing news then Neal, Caley, and Dane look ahead to the Giro d'Italia and Tour of California, both of which kick off this weekend.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James explains why Trek's rumored move to threaded T-47 bottom brackets is big news for the bike industry, and the crew discusses Giant's new no-questions-asked carbon frame replacement program.
Neal, James and Caley are back in the basement for the first time in nearly a month and open this week's episode with a pressing question: Is Liege-Bastogne-Liege finally exciting?
The second part of the show digs into the Rapha Roadmap. This massive document lays out problems with pro cycling, and proposes solutions. But would those solutions work? And who would implement them?
In this week's Nerd Alert, James poses a reader question: Does a product's place or origin matter?