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Santos Tour Down Under – GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 5

Santos Tour Down Under – GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 5

Well since we last met, the team here have
been paying respect to the G of GCN! We’ve literally been here, there and everywhere.
So let’s get on with it. The Tour Down Under. Its been hot, it’s been intense,and it’s
been fiercely competitive. Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel made history on day 1 by taking
his 12th stage at the race. The following day Geraint Thomas of Team Sky became the
first Welshman on the podium as he crossed the line first on stage 2, in the process
earning himself the leaders jersey. Stage 5 coincided with Australia day, and
as if the locals needed an excuse to crack open a few beers, Simon Gerrans stage victory
ensured that the celebrations continued on right through the evening. However, it was
runner up TJ Slagter of Team Blanco who moved into the race lead. The following day Greipel,
with the help of a very well drilled lead out train, bookended the race with another
emphatic sprint victory on the final stage, it also marked his 100th career win. Meanwhile
it was a dream start to the season for Slagter and his brand new team as he comfortably held
on to win the overall General Classification. I distinctly remember him putting Rodriguez
under pressure at last years Giro, d’Italia so I think we can expect to see a lot more
from this 23 year old. We’ve caught up with Shaun Stephens, former Head Coach in Australia
and now Sports Director for Team Sky to find out what it’s like to watch his home race
now that he’s working for a British team. Shaun, an Australian on a British team who
were you supporting down under? Definitely team Sky you know and quite proud to actually
say that I actually am very patriotic but er and wondering how I was going to react
in that circumstance but I think the team is so strong is in such a culture within this
team it’s very easy to very quickly feel part of it so yup my allegiance is my family team
Sky. A strong start for Geraint, yer really strong, really really pleased, you know apart
from probably 6 or 800 metres in that difficult stage, Stage 5 you know apart from that the
entire team performed extremely well. And what are your impressions from your rivals?
As in GreenEDGE i’m assuming you’re talking about? Or any of the other Pro’s really that
were doing well over there? Yer look for early season it’s difficult to know form but you
know obviously the young Slagter, he was very impressive wasn’t he for a young guy. Yer
he sure was yer first Pro Tour win or World Tour win he looked really good. Yer, yer especially
this early in the season. Alright Shaun thanks very much for catching up with us, that’s
fine, speak to you again soon, OK terrific. Keeping up the heat, we caught up with the
brand new Wiggle Honda Ladies Cycling Team in London. It’s an impressive roster, including
a certain trio of British girls who, between them, won 4 gold medals at London 2012, plus
Giorgia Bronzini the double world road race champion and M******* the 8 time Japanese
national champion. The road cycling season has really kicked off now, riders are making
their objectives public and race routes are being unveiled After the Tour de San Luis, I go on to do
the Tour of Oman then Tirreno-Adriatico, which I’ve never ridden and want to see, the rest
of the season we’ll see. On Monday 28th, RCS Sport announced the route
for this years Tirreno Adriatico, otherwise known as the race of the two seas as it runs
from the west to the east coast of Italy. This years edition could be the most hotly
contested yet, with Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins, Cadel Evans and
Joaquim Rodriquez all confirmed to be on the start line.
The Giro del Lazio, which boasts previous winners such as Felice Gimondi, Gianni Bugno,
Paola Bettini and Michele Bartoli, makes a welcome return to the calendar on March 3rd
after a 4 year absence. We’ve been promised by RCS sport that it will be gladitorial.
The list of teams participating in this event, along with the Strade Bianche which happens
on March 2nd, has just been announced. One of those teams is the I AM Cycling a brand
new Swiss professional squad who we spent a few days with just last week. The biggest goals this year are definitely
the classics, the race I want to win the most is definitely still the San Remo just because
I was that close in 2009 and still, still in my head I still think about it you know
there’s not when I’m out on the bike training at home still every, not every day but I mean
every now and then it’s like always in the back of my mind. Now, British Time Trial specialist Alex Dowsett
has kindly taken the time to speak to us about his move away from the home comforts of Team
Sky, lets see what he had to say. They’ve just announced the route for the Tirreno
Adriatico this year for 2013, is that something that could be on your radar it seems to start
and finish with a team time trial and time trial. Erm it’s not looking like it at the
moment but you know these things, these things can change and certainly with the inclusion
and I guess with there being such an importance now on the time trial and that could certainly
swing in my favour so certainly I wouldn’t rule it out and any races with as many time
trials as possible would be perfect for me and waiting for a stage race that consists
of all time trials that would be, that would be perfect. Have you set one big goal for
the year? Get through the Giro would be, or get, I mean at the moment my first grand tour
is looking like it’s going to be the Giro I want to get through it do as good a job
as I can in the team and see what happens in a couple of stages, namely the time trial
stages, just see what I can do really it’s still very much a learning year for me now
that I can get involved in a sort of much bigger races. Alright well good luck for the
start of the season I know it’s just around the corner for you and thanks very much for
joining us. Thank you, cheers Dan. That’s it from GCN for this week. It’s
been a pleasure to be back with you and bring you the highlights from the world of cycling.
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12 comments on “Santos Tour Down Under – GCN’s Cycling News Show – Episode 5

  1. GCN does a great job packing so much information and so many interviews into such a short amount of time! A simply brilliant channel.

  2. There are, if you click on your captions, just on the bottom right of the window you will get them in any language! 🙂

  3. Thank you George you kind words mean a lot, we are try damn hard… tell your cycling friends we are here!

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