The Cycling Podcast

The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie – 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. The Cycling Podcast was founded in 2013 by Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie To support The Cycling Podcast, subscribe as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to more than 50 episodes. Subscribe at (


episode 59: Our Giro stage 12: Giro 2000

Stage 12 of Our Giro picks up the Max Sciandri story at the point where he decided to switch nationalities and swap his Italian racing licence for a British one.

Sciandri also recalls riding the 2000 Giro d'Italia for the vegetarian Linda McCartney Foods team and we hear from the team's press officer John Deering about a remarkable stage win for David McKenzie.

Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember that 2000 race and Marco Pantani's comeback after being kicked out of the previous year's Giro while just a couple of days from clinching victory.

As we are in Cesenatico, Pantani's home town, we look back 12 months to the day Daniel and Lionel dropped in on the family-owned piadineria and Lionel's attempt to make the traditional Italian flatbread sandwiches is scrutinised by food writer Felicity Cloake. There's also wine of the day and another appropriate song to play us out from François Thomazeau.

The full, unedited Max Sciandri interview will be available for Friends of the Podcast in a couple of days.

The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

We look back a couple of months to life before lockdown, speaking to Max Schachmann, who won Paris-Nice, the last major race before coronavirus brought professional sport, and much of the world, to a standstill.

While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast.

WATCH OUR FIRST FILM Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes.
OUR SPONSORS iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to
Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at with the code SISCP25
RIDE OUR GIRO If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and for helping us create Our Giro.
GIRO WINE CLUB Our friends at have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.

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 May 21, 2020  1h8m