Today’s episode of The Cycling Podcast starts in the car, as journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau drive the course of the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Laissac-Sévérac-l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay.
It was a twisty, technical course consisting of narrow, grippy roads and steep climbs. Up front the Dutch rider Bauke Mollema attacked 30 kilometres from the finish to win the stage in impressive style.
And behind there was drama when Chris Froome had a problem with his rear wheel, initially thought to be a puncture but later confirmed it was a broken spoke. A combination of team-work and Froome’s calmness under pressure meant the yellow jersey was able to rejoin the group of relatively quickly.
In this episode we hear from Mollema’s sports director Luca Guercillena, from Dan Martin – who gained more time today – and Quick Step’s Brian Holm as well as Dave Brailsford.
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