This week I go through Ineos' just-released Tour de France lineup (01:10), talk about the pros and cons of their selection, why they left Rohan Dennis at home, and if Richard Carapaz should be the team's main leader after his performance at the recent Tour de Suisse (14:10). Then I get into how to avoid falling into the trap of thinking second-tier riders will win the Tour (20:07) if Julian Alaphilippe is flying under the radar as a GC contender (22:47), if Jumbo-Visma is just a bad team now (30:30), why ISN made a mistake in sending Chris Froome to the Tour as a road captain (33:41) and then a few notes on the upcoming US Road Race Championships (37:51).
I go through my notebook from the Criterium du Dauphine (01:30), talk about the flaws in Ineos' confusing multi-leader strategy (04:12), if it is a problem that Mark Padun thoroughly outclimbed the team on both Saturday and Sunday (17:40), who they should back for the Tour (21:14), the incredibly exciting racing at the Tour du Suisse (26:20) & how many early Tour stages Mathieu van der Poel could win (32:40).
This week I break down where exactly Egan Bernal won the recent Giro d'Italia (01:16) before diving into what we've learned so far at the Criterium du Dauphine (24:20) and what it means for the upcoming Tour de France.
In this minisode, I go through my race notebook from today's Giro d'Italia stage 19 (01:00) before Team BikeExchange Performance Director Marco Pinotti joins (13:30) to talk about the looming final time trial on stage 21, DQS' potential mismanagement of Remco Evenepoel, how Joao Almeida is emerging as the strongest rider in this race and his thoughts about how this pivotal final weekend will play out.
This week I talk about the Giro d'Italia's abridged stage 16 (01:10), preview tomorrow's stage 17 (21:07), and throw out a crazy theory about how Egan Bernal should lead Ineos at the upcoming Tour de France (29:05).
This week I go through my notes from stages 9 (01:50) & 10 (06:37) before sitting down with 6-time Italian time trial champion & current Team BikeExchange performance coach Marco Pinotti (21:10) to talk about what the heck is going on with the recent trend of riders like Remco Evenepoel coming into grand tours with tip-top form after long layoffs from racing and how he sees the rest of the Giro playing out.
In this mini-episode, I break down Ineos' strategy from yesterday's Stage 6 (01:44), go through the big takeaways from the race so far (18:57), and dive into the rationale behind Ineos' decision to invest so much energy into breaking up the race mid-stage on Thursday (21:19).
This week I go through the big takeaways so far at the Giro d'Italia (02:04), who the GC winners are (06:26), Deceuninck-QuickStep's strange tactics on stage 4 (09:33), why the GC outcome at the Giro is so hard to predict (16:39), the curious case of Remco Evenepoel (19:50) and previewing tomorrow's stage 6 (27:53).
This week I touch on why so many of the big-time GC riders skipped the Tour of Romandie (01:27), go through my notes from the race and touch on what Geraint Thomas' definitive victory means for his position at Ineos (05:09) and discuss if Chris Froome's continued struggles mean ISN will leave him off their Tour team (24:20). Then I jump into the Giro d'Italia and discuss the route, the health issues plaguing the favorites, and, ultimately, who will win (27:07).
I go through my race notebook for Tadej Pogacar's incredible win at the Men's Liège-Bastogne-Liège (01:40) as well as SD-Worx's flawless tactics in the Women's edition that delivered Demi Vollering to her first major WorldTour victory (29:14). Then I dive into the interesting intra-team battle brewing at the Tour de Romandie (42:55).