Podcast #49: All the World’s a race

We’ve got the whole world in this podcast – or rather, all the Worlds. We review the championships from the BMC win of the team time trial to Bradley Wiggins‘ TT gold to Michal Kwiatkowski‘s brilliant taking of the road race rainbow. We also review an exciting, panda-free, finish of the season’s fifth and final Monument, Il Lombardia.

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Il Lombardia: Dan Martin wins without Panda assist

Dan Martin timed his winning attack to perfection, coming like a speeding train from the back of the leading riders with 450 metres to go and catching them unaware to take a well-deserved victory without a panda in sight, as he did at Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year. The seemingly eternal bridesmaid Alejandro Valverde was second and former world champion Rui Costa finished third.

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Il Lombardia preview

With the season drawing to a close, Il Lombardia, the fifth of the five monuments of road cycling, gives riders a last chance to grab a big win. It takes in some of the most beautiful roads in Italy, including the stunning Lake Como. In the previous two editions, wet weather has turned the event into a war of attrition but with its punishing distance (256km) and series of hills, this is still a race for the puncheurs.
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