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GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 2

GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 2


We’re back, well I am at least. Today we’re
going to be looking at the tour down under, google hangout with none other than Neil Rogers,
get the latest stories in the cycling media. And this week I’m being joined by Martyn Ashton
former world champion in mountain bike trials and well general mountain bike legend to be
honest. Can you get your foot off the sofa please. So here we go and it’s straight over to the
US. Hi Neil thanks very much for taking the time to join us there’s been a lot of rumours
in the press over the last few days about a possible confession from Lance Armstrong,
what have you heard and what’s your take on it? That’s a really good question, if you’d
asked me Friday morning if I thought a Lance Armstrong confession was imminent I would
have said no, the last time I spoke with Armstrong was in July and he said there would never
ever ever be a conffesion so the question is what’s changed and I think a mountain of
evidence assembled by USADA is what’s changed, I don’t think the Armstrong camp ever expected
anyone to present so much evidence of doping with Armstrong and the US postal team. I also
don’t think they anticipated the public perception to turn on him the way it has and there are
a lot of theories out there right now that this possible confession story that ran in
the New York Times is actually Armstrong team floating it out there, testing the waters
to see what the public perception might be. There’s no question that Armstrong is facing
several law suits where he may be compelled to testify under oath, the alternative at
that point would be to try and settle, and so perhaps the Armstrong team is trying to
test the waters, see what the perception is to a possible confession and then make the
decision do we go ahead testify under oath and confess or do we try to settle. Thanks
for your time Neil and if any more news comes up it would be great to speak to you again.
Alright Thank-You. Just around the corner now is the first world
tour event of the season, the Tour Down Under in Australia. Starting on the 22nd January
and running for 6 stages this is now a key International event even for the non Australian
riders. In their latest January issue Pro cycling have run a 4 day feature on the event,
among the names to watch out for are Andre Greipel an ex winner riding for the Lotto
-Belisol team he will face competition from Marcel Kittel of Argos-Shimano, Tyler Farrar
of Garmin Sharp and Mark Renshaw of the new team Blanco. Also you should look out for
Phillipe Gilbert, the current world champion and Simon Gerrans will return with his Orica
Greenedge team to defend his 2012 title. We couldn’t go through the news today without
mentioning the sad death of Burry Stander who was killed when he was hit by a car whilst
on a training ride. The popular South African was under 23 World Champion in 2009 and was
a rising star of the cross country mountain bike scene. Breaking news just in is that RCS sport have
NOT given the Katusha team a wildcard entry into this years Giro d’Italia. The three remaining
spaces have been given to Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox, Vini Fantini Selle Italia, plus
team Colombia. How many people does it take to do this news
show, you can’t be trusted on your own, alright! Well in the news recently a lot has been the
UCI president Pat McQuaid and cycling news.com recently ran a story after he gave an interview
to the Irish Examiner. He hit back at his critics saying that they’ve been doing all
that they can in the fight against doping and simply don’t have the powers of search
and phone tapping that the police do. We’ve also learnt that Mark Cavendish is due
to make his season debut later on in January at the Tour de Jose in Argentina and we’re
looking forward to seeing him race in his brand new Omega Pharma Quickstep kit. Now roadie gear is not really my area of expertise,
well it didn’t used to be, but we’ve put together a comparison of the 2012 and the 2013 kit
designs so you can decide for yourself what’s good, what’s bad and what’s plain ugly and
I’m just going to drop in here that’s on GCN, the Global Cycling Network. We like to do as we say so the crew and team
are taking on a new challenge this year the Granfondo Stelvio Santini, which is very difficult
and I need to get training. From Italy Giro D’Italia 2002 and 2005 Winner
Paolo Savoldelli, former Garmin-Cervelo Pro Cyclist and Commentator Daniel Lloyd. 21.5km
long with a maximum grade of 12%, Averaging 7%
Highest paved roads in the Eastern Alps. Granfondo Stelvio Santini Challenge, want to know how it went? Click here Covering 2 of the most brutal yet beautiful
climbs in the world the Mortirolo and the Stelvio pass, these ascents echo in the feats
of riders such as Fausto Coppi and Marco Pantani. For only the second year the Granfondo Stelvio
Santini will allow you to test yourself against some of these legendary tough climbs and follow
in the pedal strokes of some of cyclings greatest ever icons. That does sound good. Now for all of you training hard in the southern
hemisphere in glorious sunshine you can hear the pangs of jealousy all around we’ve got
some how to tutorials for you that can A help you improve your tan make you look even better,
if that’s possible and B help you improve your bike skills. Well that’s it for this week thanks very much
for joining us, we’ll be back again soon, in the mean time don’t forget to leave your
comments just down here. This has been the Global Cycling Network, the what? GCN the Global Cycling Network, ooooo yer that’s what it’s called the Global Cycling Network, got it GCN yeh

24 comments on “GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 2

  1. Short, sweet, to the point and not patronising or elitist and cliquey. Liked it and will definitely tune in for number two

  2. All these people who say pro-cycling is dead. You would never know it after watching these videos presented by GCN. I can hardly wait for the season to start. Will be fun to watch the season unfold and GCN cover it. Thanks

  3. Great show, keep it coming. A better set might be nice, like a bike shop (out of hours so its quiet for audio?), or even a cycle cafe. However, love the channel, hope it grows to become a freeview channel one day!

  4. It's not just amazing but also inspiring how much this channel has evolved! keep the good work always,lads ๐Ÿ˜Š

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