This week I discuss the Vuelta GC battle heating up with Roglic & Carapaz tied on time in the second week, ask if Mike Woods is over or underachieving, and briefly review last weekend's Giro d'Italia.
The GC band is back together again at the Vuelta a Espana, but this time the racing is actually exciting! Also, the Giro d'Italia gets ready to enter a brutal few stages in the high mountains. Also, we got a taste of the future Tour of Flanders and I talk about if this new rivalry is actually good racing.
This week I break down the first few stages of the Giro d'Italia, talk about an exciting Liege finish and then bring on superagent João Correia, who represents Giro d’Italia leader João Almeida, on the young rider’s rapid rise, Portuguese cycling, and his view on how to nurture young talent. Also, an easter egg for BTP listeners is Laurens ten Dam piping up in the background.
This week I discuss World Championships, break down the Giro d'Italia route and go over why Aleksandr Vlasov should be considered a potential winner for the overall.
I break down what went wrong for Jumbo-Visma at this year's Tour and if there is anything Primoz Roglic could have done to avoid his crushing Stage 20 defeat to Tadej Pogacar. I then talk about the surprise news that Nairo Quintana's hotel room was raided after Stage 17 and then play some roadside audio from Stage 20 sent in by Kevin in Basel.
I review a brutal stage 15 at the Tour de France, talk about where Ineos goes from here, and if anyone can derail the Jumbo train. Then EF Performance Manager Nate Wilson comes on to talk about their pre-Tour camp process, training theories, the incredibly fast climbing speeds at this year's race, and how he sees Roglic and Pogacar handling the high Alpine climbs in the third week.
In this week's episode, I go over the first week of the Tour, take a look at the looming Stage 20 TT and go over why it is going to be difficult for Egan Bernal to shake Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic in the Alps.
In this episode, we through stages 1-3 of the Tour de France, answer a listener question about the Green Jersey, and briefly preview what I think will happen on stage 4.
On the eve of the grand depart of the Tour de France, we preview the betting odds for the overall contenders (4:07), green jersey (22:48), young rider's jersey (29:50) climber's jersey (31:15), team classification (32:35) and then distill it all down to key advice at (33:34).
Ineos Leave Thomas & Froome at Home, Tour de France Under Threat From COVID & National Road Champs Review
We talk about Team Ineos' decision to leave Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas off their Tour de France team and where they go from here (1:30), discuss their new-look Tour squad (4:30), compare and contrast Egan Bernal and Primoz Roglic's weaknesses (10:30), talk about who benefits if the Tour is shortened due to COVID (19:40), layout why Sagan is a lock for green (29:20) and quickly go over notable results from national championships (31:08).