We’re back!!!! There has been real actual racing and Kathi, Luke,Euan and special guest Lukas Knöfler gather round the table and chew over the resumption of the season.
We talk about:
Just how good is Annemiek van Vleuten?
Just how damn hot is Wout Van Aert?
Just how rubbish have Team Ineos got?
Just how good have Jumbo Visma got?
We look at the Italian classics and the Dauphine. We salute the new riders coming up and mark the changing of the guard. Plus, we take a look ahead to the Tour De France and the Giro Rosa. Fans of True Crime podcasts will also get under the skin of the happenings in downtown Durango, Colorado.
This classic Tour de France dress rehearsal was a largely sodden, slow burner, only coming alight on the weekend’s short, sharp mountain stages after a mid-way time-trial had exposed the GC contenders. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang seized the leader’s jersey with a late attack on stage 7, which he easily retained on the final stage, despite a handful of riders being within a minute of him. The podium was rounded out by runner-up Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and third-placed Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe) who both survived the weather-related culling of GC contenders.
This classic Tour de France dress rehearsal was a slow burner, only coming alight in the mountains after two time-trials and two sprint stages. Sky’s Geraint Thomas won his fifth one-week stage race in Indurain-like fashion, off the back of his performances in the time-trials and his consistency in the mountains. He measured his efforts to resist everything that second-placed Adam Yates – winner of the final stage – and third-placed RomainBardet could throw at him on the ascents and descents. There was to be no repeat of last year’s ultimate stage denouement.