The Cycling Podcast Feminin kicks off 2023 with a look at the racing that is already in full swing in Australia. Rose Manley, Orla Chennaoui and Lizzy Banks discuss the first Women’s World Tour race of the season – the Tour Down Under – which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2020.
We also hear from brand new Australian National Champion Brodie Chapman about finally winning the race that kickstarted her cycling career. Back in 2018, Chapman had a full-time office job and was competing in her first ever UCI race when she made the final selection at the National Championships. Her sixth place finish saw her land a pro contract, a move to Europe and even victory in the Sun Tour of Annemiek Van Vleuten. Now she has joined one of the biggest teams in the world, Trek-Segafredo and is looking to both bolster their team of champions as well as pursue some of her own ambitions this year.
Fellow Trek-Segafredo recruit Amanda Spratt also had a stand out performance at the Tour Down Under. Her explosive climbing on stage three left The Cycling Podcast team speculating if she might not be taking a step down from race leadership after all.
Plus we have the latest news from the women’s professional cycling scene including an update on the collapse of the B&B Hotels team and the agreement of a new title sponsor for the former Drops Cycling squad.
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