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GCN’s Weekly Cycling News Show – Episode 3

GCN’s Weekly Cycling News Show – Episode 3

Welcome back you’re watching the Global
Cycling Network, with me, Martyn Ashton…. and this week I’m joined by a very special
guest, Martyn, good header, That’s right it’s Lee Dixon, Arsenal and England soccer
legend, and all round cycling nut, I didn’t know that, it’s true. Plenty coming up in
the show, let’s dive straight into the pro ranks and the organisers of the Vuelta have
announced this year’s route, featuring a summit finish in France – the race’s first
foray over the border in ten years it’s going to be one of eleven summit finishes
in the 2013 edition Martyn the race includes the mega-steep Angliru which is arguebaly
where Chris Froome lost the Vuelta in 2011 and certainly Bradley Wiggins fell out of
contention. Yer it really is one for the climbers there’s only 1 team time trial at the start
and 1 individual time trial, this one’s gonna be a hell of a race. News now from the
Aussie road championships, that took place over the weekend – Matt Keenan joined us on
a google hangout, from Melbourne. So Matt what went down in Balerat this weekend? Well
Mart it probably seems like an odd time of the year to you guys for us to host our national
championships but this is the only period where all the best riders in Australian cycling
are at home and Luke Durbridge at 21 years of age became the first to do the double he
won the time trial and the road race, you better get used to his name. Wow so Luke,
Luke Durbridge he’s GreenEDGE right, he’s, is he the next great hope for Australian cycling?
He’s our next, or he’s our answer to Fabian Cancellara he’s not our next Cadel Evans,
he’ll be our first Luke Durbridge, I think he can win prologues at the Tour de France
he proved that at the Critérium du Dauphiné,he beat Wiggins and took the yellow jersey so
he could be doing similar things to Fabian Cancellara we hope so at least. Well he sounds
like an exciting rider and you mentioned there was some breaking news over there right now.
There is, when the Lance Armstrong affair broke we saw Matt White an Australian confess
to doping along with Steven Hodge who was a former member of cycling Australia, that
led to a federal investigation there’s been a finding handed down today with 16 recommendations,
most of them pretty generic; don’t have people who were involved in doping involved in the
sport but one that really caught my attention stated that those who were on the board in
cycling Australia needed to go on a course effectively as how to operate on a board,
which I saw as a sign of a lack of faith in those who are actually running the sport here.
Well that’s interesting and we’ll see how it develops, Matt we’re going to be listening
to you soon again about the Tour Down Under is that right are you going to come back and
give us some news? I look forward to giving you updates and maybe Simon Gerrans going
back to back, nice one cheers Matt. One team that definitely won’t be going
to the Tour Down Under is Katusha. That’s right Lee,
the Russian outfit, featuring World number one Joaquim Rodriguez, failed in its latest
attempt at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to regain its ProTour status. Now they’re
trying for a Pro Continental licence ,which is a step down, with a view to riding in the
Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Well if they haven’t got a license they can’t ride
anywhere. The Italian Federation has backtracked on
its ban against ex dopers riding for the national team meaning that the likes of Ivan Basso,
Michele Scarponi and Franco Pelizotti can all ride for Italy at the word championships
in Florence later this year. Elsewhere, Steve de Jongh has joined Saxo-Tinkoff
as Sports Director. If you cast your mind back the Dutchman was released from his contract
at Team Sky last October after admitting to using banned substances during his racing
career — something that fell foul of the British team’s zero tolerance policy. Team
principal Bjarne Riis had been on the lookout for another director to bolster his line-up.
And it’s the end of an era as Former World and Olympic champion Nicole Cooke announces
her retirement at the age of 29. The British rider enjoyed the best season of her career
in 2008 when she won Olympic Gold on the roads of Beijing, followed up with the World title
in Varese. At her retirement press conference Cooke was critical of the UCI for it’s lack
of support for Womens racing. And now from skinny tyres to knobbly tyres Martyn,
that’s right news of a ruckus in the world of downhill mountain biking. Aaron Gwin has
been forced to deny breaking a three year contract with Trek World Racing after sensationally
leaving and joining Specialized. Trek are claiming a letter of intent signed by Gwin
last August is legally binding — he’s claiming a subsequent contract sent to him
was not what he’d initially agreed. Expect this one to rumble on.
Every where you look at the moment, one story is dominated the cycling headlines, Yes, it’s
Lance Armstrong That’s right this is the week, it’s the Oprah Winfrey show and what
can we expect, well I was lucky enough to speak to Richard Moore, cycling journalist
to see exactly what was going to go down. Are we going to get what we want, are we going
to get an admission? I think we’re going to get an admission I think it’s going to be
a partial admission and it won’t be very specific it will be a general kind of confession I
also wonder if because of that mainstream American audience who might not be that interested
in the specifics or aufait with the specifics of doping and cycling whether Armstrong might
be allowed to fudge the issue a little bit and talk about the health and the medical
practices rather than the doping. I also fear that Oprah Winfrey and again that mainstream
American audience won’t be all that interested in the roles of people like Johan Bruyneel
or Hein Verbruggen or the UCI that kind of specific information that cycling fans would
be very interested in finding out but I don’t think that mainstream American audience will
be all that interested in. Ok so we get the admission, that’s what we want, for cycling
what are the implications once we’ve got it? I don’t think there are many implications
for cycling, we know what went on it’s more about Lance Armstrong now and that’s why he’s
doing it, he’s doing it to try and manage some kind of return I think to public life
in some way shape or form, I don’t think that can be in sport now, certainly not in cycling
but he clearly you know doesn’t want to go quietly, he wants to return otherwise why
would he be giving an interview to one of Americas most watched television programmes.
Well it’s certainly an intriguing story, one of the biggest stories in cycling and it happens
on Thursday, it’s live on the net and GCN will be following up on that next week. Quite appropriate really being in a padded
cell because I’m joined by Liz Dimmock who’s just about to cycle around the world on an
epic journey, Liz tell us about it. In July i’ll be cycling 80,000 miles across 5 continents,
averaging around 130 miles a day and hopefully breaking a world record and I’ll be sending
regular updates to GCN, don’t forget to follow on GCN.
That’s about all we’ve got time for this week, my thanks to Lee Dixon, it’s been
awesome, coming up next week we’ve got the debut of Cavendish on the Omega Pharma Quickstep
team, don’t forget the tour down under, the Tour Down Under, lots of exciting stuff,
this has been GCN, don’t forget to leave your comments down below and if you haven’t
subscribed yet you can do that just up here.

33 comments on “GCN’s Weekly Cycling News Show – Episode 3

  1. I love you content GCN. Cycling needs more exposure, and youtube is a great way to give the fans what they want. As a media production graduate though, the videos could use some polish and tigher editing. All in all they appear on the verge of being professionally done.

  2. Arsenal and cycling, my two favourite things lol, but seriously keep up the great work gcn. Also any more specific info on the Oprah/lance show eg. Where on the internet can I watch it and what time?

  3. th 1 dood – go to oprah dot com …put 'armstrong' in the search and it will take you to the page where it is gonna be streamed. She is saying he did confess during a 2 and half hour interview … but shame Lance was not talking to Krimmage or Walsh…now THAT would be a great interview.

  4. The Armstrong interview is being streamed by, see at 9/8 Central Standard Time (2am UK time)

  5. The first time in 10 years the Vuelta crossed the border? In 2009 the Vuelta traveled across the Spanish border as well with the first stage an ITT on the Dutch TT circuit in Assen, the next 3 stages started in The Netherlands as well.

  6. Thanks for covering other cycling news besides the obvious. I will be glad when there is no more news on Armstrong, sick of that dude along time ago. Looking forward to your coverage on this years races and stories. Thank you.

  7. No we believe thats the job of the exerts in testing.Some of the big magazines, and small for that matter are very good at this

  8. Thanks Thomas, the people making this content come from the highest level, its really about resource, timing and budget – a lot to do in a very short space of time. Half the crew were in Milan at the Giro launch and we need to make our budget go a long way. Glad you are enjoying the channel though.

  9. Understandable . . . I am impressed with the quality considering it's free and has no advertising other than google.

  10. Nice video as always, presenting is simple; enough not to baffle those new to the sport, but doesn't patronise more "experienced" audiences.
    However, no mention of Gracie Elvin or Shara Gillow by either the commentator or presenters? Dissapointing, especially as you report Nicole Cook being clearly annoyed with the lack of coverage of womens cycling later on!

  11. I was thinking more fuck off Football. Why do you need a retired football player? Cheapens what has been an otherwise excellent start to your channel.

  12. oh come gcn, let lee dixon stick to football. it's so strange to see a football pundit doing a cycling news read. just not right man. it's like asking kobe bryant to present f1 news. no-no from me. get liggett, sherwen, sean kelly or any past professional cyclist…

  13. Lee is an massive cyclist, ridden across Europe twice for charity, he's out on his bike several times a week training and LOVES cycling.

  14. Another great video GCN. Is there a way of enabling the Feed tab on your channel page to allow comments to be made from there rather than opening videos in a separate page, or am I doing something wrong?

  15. We will be running some reports from the tdu from our crew down their. It won't be highlights but it will keep you informed and hopefully some cracking insight as well!

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