The Guardian’s Tour de France Correspondent Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen join Tom Fordyce as the 2019 Giro d’Italia finally gets exciting with a brilliant 12th stage - Italian Cesare Benedetti claiming his first grand tour stage win in dramatic fashion. Meanwhile Team Ineos are failing to make a dent and one of the BeSpoke team isn’t impressed with how they look in their first Grand Tour in their new kit. They discuss the latest developments in a doping story that is gathering momentum, plus Gareth has some exciting shopping news.
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stages 7-10
After a poor time trial showing Simon Yates' team boss Matt White gives us an update on his rider and tells us that while Primož Roglič is yet to put a foot wrong he'll face a much bigger challenge on the climbs.
There’s a lot of love on the pod for the ‘Shark of Messina’ Vincenzo Nibali, and whilst Modena is famous for Ferrari, Luciano Pavarotti and balsamic vinegar, the dull, flat stage 10 will not live long in the memory.
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stages 5 & 6
There's an Italian winner of Stage Six and another in the Maglia Rosa as the GC leaderboard is turned upside down at San Giovanni Rotondo. Tom Fordyce, Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen also discuss riders being pulled out of races as Operation Aderlass intensifies, a quiet start to Grand Tour life for Team Ineos, who benefits from five 200km plus stages in the opening week and why you shouldn't bring your dog to a bike race.
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stages 1-4
The 2019 Giro d'Italia is underway. In this first special podcast Tom Fordyce, Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owens look at the first four stages. Is Primož Roglič good enough to wear the pink jersey throughout? Can Great Britain's Simon Yates capitalise on a strong start? And who will win the battle of the sprinters? Plus with Jeremy and Gareth having both been in Bologna for Stage One, who had the best food?
Masochism & unfinished business – the 2019 Giro d’Italia preview
Last year’s Giro winner Chris Froome tells BeSpoke how he loves to inflict pain on his competitors as we preview the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro D'italia. Meanwhile fellow Brit Simon Yates - who was on the verge of winning last year’s race before spectacularly imploding - says he’s put it all behind him. Rob’s bottom is blamed for his inability to climb, Jeremy makes a very bold prediction, plus the team are joined by ex pro rider and current manager of EF Education First Jonathan Vaughters, who admits that cyclists are masochistic.