A spring Monument at the height of summer, a revised parcours due to a skirmish with coastal towns who refused to host the race, a last minute change making the race weigh in at a record 305km, and each team allowed only six riders so that the organisers could invite a total of 27 teams to participate. But to use a well-worn French phrase, Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose, because, as is tradition, it was the final 30km when the race kicked off, the Cipressa and Poggio made the selections and at the finish line, it came down to half a wheel length between the champion – Wout Van Aert – and the former champion. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).
In our 100th episode , Kathi, Midge and Chris welcome back VeloVoices founder Tim to talk about three of the most exciting finishes of the year – all within the last week – Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and, of course, the first Monument of the year, Milan-San Remo. Then we get all misty-eyed as we recall our favourite podcast memories from the past four years – that’s when it gets just a touch mushy …
We look back on a bumper two weeks of racing dominated by the facial hair of John Degenkolb and Luca Paolini, and the emergence of Geraint Thomas as a major classics force.