The Cycling Podcast

The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France.


episode 6: The vegan pro | Kilometre 0

Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal follows a plant-based diet. Being lactose intolerant he cut out dairy products years ago and stopped eating meat a couple of seasons back. But is a meat-free diet compatible with the rigours of professional cycling?

We hear Hansen talk about his reasons for following a vegan diet, how he feels and whether it's difficult to get the food he needs when he's at a grand tour and his team doesn't have its chef.

Sports nutritionist Nigel Mitchell, who works with the EF Education First team and is writing a book about plant-based diets for cyclists, thinks that more professional riders will cut meat from their diets for a host of reasons.

And while Hansen may be unusual in that he's a vegan, the peloton has seen plenty of vegetarian riders in the past and in 2000 an entirely vegetarian team, Linda McCartney Foods, rode the Giro d'Italia without touching 'even a slice of prosciutto'.

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 2019-05-24  32m