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46 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Episode 7 - Looking Back, Looking Forward
We reflect on an incredible Tour de France 2020 - a race that had just about everything; thrills and spills aplenty, shock stage wins, a fierce battle for the green jersey and the yellow jersey changed hands in the final mountain time trial. BORA-hansgrohe came to the Tour with ambitions for the yellow and green jerseys and fell just short. We focus on key stages of the Tour for the team, bringing you both commentary and rider interviews. We are also delighted to welcome former British national champion Matt Stephens to the podcast to help us mull over the remarkable three weeks we’ve just been treated to!
32 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Episode 6 - Mind Over Matter
In this episode, we take a step back from the racing and look at an issue that is increasingly important within our society and our sport - mental health. To deliver the very best elite sporting performances, riders must be in top physical shape. But it is also vital to ensure their minds are in good health too. We speak with Max Schachmann, Lennard Kämna, and Peter Sagan about pressure, media scrutiny, and conﬁdence. Team manager Ralph Denk talks about how the team supports the riders and coach Dan Lorang explains how he keeps the riders motivated and focused, despite the extreme pressure of professional cycling. We also hear from team nutritionist Robert Gorgos, who talks about the risk of eating disorders in a sport that demands extreme weight management.
28 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Episode 5 - The Finish Line
In this episode we look at the build-up to the final three stages, and their impact on the race. It was the most mountainous race in history, and the weather - be it rain or wind - played its part. But this year, there was another factor; as the coronavirus pandemic added layers of tension and drama we have never seen before in the biggest bike race on earth. We will speak to lead-out man Daniel Oss on what it is like to help Peter Sagan fight for another green jersey in the sprints. Plus, we hear from Sagan himself on what it is like to wear the green jersey riding into Paris, and how prestigious a finale it is. We also speak to the riders who reflect on their memories of Paris - the inevitable joy, euphoria, exhaustion, and disappointment as one of the greatest sporting events in the world comes to a close.
30 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Episode 4 - Overcoming Mountains
This year’s Tour de France is the most mountainous in history and in this episode, we are going to look at the epic climbs that decide this race. There are 29 categorised climbs, eight mountain stages, four summit ﬁnishes, and one mountain time trial, on the penultimate stage in the 2020 edition of the race. BORA-hansgrohe’s team leader Emmanuel Buchmann will be looking to contest the climbs at the front of this great race alongside the teams’ domestiques who will ensure he is in the best shape possible, conserving as much energy as he can, before the ﬁnale of each mountainous stage. We will hear from Emmanuel, and teammate Maximillian Schachmann about overcoming injuries, and their thoughts and tactics for the climbs in this route. We'll also hear from sports director Enrico Poitschke on the strategy, the tactics in the mountains, and how they have changed given the injuries sustained by the team before this year’s Tour. Dan Lorang talks about keeping the riders focused if they have suﬀered crashes, or if they are having a bad day and Peter Sagan shares what it’s like to be a sprinter in the most mountainous Tour, and how he manages the climbs, as well as having an in-depth look at some of the mountains on this year’s route.
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