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 146: Stage 8 | Santa Pola – La Manga del Mar Menor | Vuelta a España 2021

Although it was a quiet day on the Vuelta a España there’s plenty for Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie to talk about.
They discuss the sprint finish and a second victory for Fabio Jakobsen before reflecting on some comments from EF Education-Nippo sports director Juanma Garate about Hugh Carthy, who withdrew from the race yesterday.
We ponder the impact of pressure and leadership responsibility following an excellent result – Carthy was third in last year’s Vuelta – and whether general classification contenders sometimes have to take a step back before moving forwards.
The finish town of Mar Menor has been battling ecological disaster over the past couple of years and there were some protests from people hoping the Vuelta’s visit would shed some light on the issue. While it’s understandable the Grand Tours want to show off the best of the areas they pass through we discuss whether the sport also has a responsibility to help publicise important issues.
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