BeSpoke – the BBC’s cycling podcast - launches for the 2019 season on the day that Team Sky announced they are to become Team Ineos from 1 May. It means they’ll be able to keep their stellar line up of the world’s best riders including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas who have won five Tours de France between them. But what does it mean for the future of cycling with many believing that Sky’s sponsorship withdrawal would be a leveller. Jonathan Vaughters – manager of American team EF Education First – gives us his thoughts.
BeSpoke's end of year awards
What a year it’s been. A clean sweep for British riders of the three Grand Tours in Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Simon Yates, but who will the BeSpoke team pick as the best rider of 2018? Tom Fordyce gets the band back together and is joined by Rob Hayles, Jeremy Whittle and Gareth Rhys Owen – the team that covered the Tour de France for BeSpoke. As well as rider of the year, awards are also dished out for the best day’s racing, most thrilling moment, and biggest inspiration.
Mr & Mrs Thomas - How we won the Tour
He cried on his wedding day and when he won the greatest prize in cycling, but listen to Geraint Thomas as you’ve never heard him before in this BeSpoke special. With his wife Sara alongside him, the 2018 Tour de France winner talks to Tom Fordyce about how he overcame mountains and a sore bum on the eve of the world’s biggest race to get the better of his teammate Chris Froome.
Thomas's year was capped off by winning the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award in December.
Is it game over for Cavendish?
In this week’s episode, Ben Croucher and the team discuss whether Mark Cavendish’s latest health problems will stop him breaking Eddy Merckx’s famous Tour de France record. They also discuss Chris Froome’s chances of winning the upcoming Tour of Britain, and ask if Simon Yates is learning from his mistakes at the Giro d’Italia to become a contender at the Vuelta a Espana.
Stage 17: A horrible climb, a happy Welshman and a rapid escape
On a mountain steeper and longer than Alpe D’Huez, Geraint Thomas takes an iron grip on the yellow jersey as Chris Froome cedes precious time and possible team leadership. Meanwhile, Tom and the team take a fruitless cable-car ride and encounter a frustrating buffering issue.