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The Return Of Lance Armstrong – Do We Care? | The GCN Show Ep. 239

The Return Of Lance Armstrong – Do We Care? | The GCN Show Ep. 239

– We’re live from the
Wounded Warriors Ride in Babylon, New York. – Welcome to the GCN Show! (group cheering) – Welcome to the GCN Show. This week we ask if there’s a new Lance
Armstrong controversy, but most importantly,
should we really care. We also have some epic
feats of endurance for you, and a brand new Wahoo competition. – Yeah, and will we see the end of two of cycling’s biggest
problems in Tech of the Week. No more fitness tests because of an app that calculates your
FTP from live ride data. And no more naked Mario Cipollini because of a jersey that
promises no more tan lines. – Will we really ever see
an end to naked Cipollini? I don’t think it’s possible. – I don’t think we will, but maybe old age might see
an onset of less nakedness. But I don’t know. Maybe we should put an
end to it here and now. No more Cippolini naked on the GCN Show. – [Matt] We can only hope for that. (upbeat music) This week in the world of cycling, we’ve seen what I consider
to be irrefutable proof that cycling could indeed save the world. Though after the roads
were closed in London for the Ride London Sportif,
the air quality did this. – [Simon] I’ll tell you what, Matt. I wanna live in a city
with air quality like that. – I’d like to join you. – Yeah, now this week,
we also saw road bikes taken to a whole new level. Chris Akrigg has pushed his gravel bike into uncharted territory
with this new video. (tyres striking rocks) – While at the Tour of Poland, we saw a horse trying to
infiltrate the peloton. And Szymon Godziek, not exactly
known for his race results, tried to do the same, as well. (rock music) – Brilliant. Bonkers, but brilliant.
– Definitely bonkers. Definitely. Now we’ve also seen some more controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong, stirred up by some sections
of the cycling media. And we, well, we wanna
know your thoughts on it. – That’s right. So the backstory, of course,
Lance was famously served with a lifetime ban from competition, having admitted to doping to
win seven Tours de France. But that ban is not just from competition. It’s also from activity
surrounding competition, sanctioned competitions,
that bit’s really important. Then Lance has made something of a return to the cycling sphere this
summer with a daily podcast during the Tour de France. But the controversy
now stems from the fact that the new Colorado Classic bike race have apparently asked Lance to do his podcast from the event. – Yeah, now whether that
constitutes official activity and therefore violates
the terms of his ban, will no doubt be subject to
quite intense legal debate. But kinda more importantly, we wanna know whether we should care, or do we care in the first place? – That’s right, if
you’re not really fussed about what Lance gets up to now, then vote, no, I don’t care. However, if you think Lance has no place around the sport of cycling,
then say, yes, I do care. Vote up there. – And also, get to work in
the comments section, as well. – Yeah. – We know it’s gonna go up
like a bit of a tinderbox on this particular subject, but we do encourage your views down below. But please, please, just keep it civil. – Yeah, do. Nothing really polarises cycling
quite like Lance Armstrong. I suppose there’s the sock length debate. That comes close. – And also Mario Cipollini naked. – Do we have to see Mario
Cipollini naked again? At least Lance didn’t get naked. – No. – Actually, that’s not
true, he was a triathlete. He spent half his career naked, didn’t he? Right, ok, let’s lift
things up a notch, shall we? So to speak, with Mark Beaumont. – Yeah. – He is now nearing the halfway point of his round-the-world record attempt. So that means he’s been on the road for nearly 40 days, maths fans. And he’s now currently battling the short days of the Australian winter and the really technical, twisty roads of the Australian outback. – Hello, GCN. You’re catching up with me in the dark on the 90 mile straight. A 90-mile straight road, can you imagine? I’ve got an exciting
ride into the dark here. But I’ve just finished my
first month on the road and clocked up, is it 7,043 miles? I realise people in history
have cycled more than that. I don’t know how much more,
but nobody’s actually claimed the official Guinness World Record, so en route to hopefully the circumnavigation world record, I thought it would be a worth
one to take off as well. So there’s a challenge for all you keen bean roadies out there, 7,043 miles. Hopefully, that will be
verified in the coming weeks as the new official world record for the most miles cycled in a month. And I do take that with a pinch of salt, ’cause I appreciate some people
might have pedalled further. But I’m happy about
that, it was a long way, including a big flight
from Beijing to Perth. But yeah, 90 mile straight,
I was here 10 years ago on my own with a touring bike, so I’m back here this time with a full sport team and media crew, and it’s exciting,
heading into the outback, doing some night riding, the
odd kangaroo on the roadside, but, hey, we’ll catch up soon. – Have you seen this yet? (energetic electronic music) – Yes, the Global Triathlon Network is coming very, very soon. Now, it’s been in the offing and in the planning stage
for quite a while now, but from what we’ve seen, it
looks absolutely fantastic. Now, Heather and Mark are
heading up presenting team, and already, Artie and Jason have learned from their expertise. – That’s right. It’s competition time now on the GCN Show, and this week, Wahoo have been kind enough to offer five, five of
these brand new ELEMNT Minis to you lucky GCN viewers. So if you fancy winning one,
and make sure you enter, the link to the competition
is in the description beneath this video. – Hmm, I’ve also got a
competition winner to announce. – Oh, yeah. – Now, the lucky winner
of a Quarq power metre, which will be sent directly to your home, following, of course, the
unboxing competition last week, presented, of course, by
Simon just here to my right is, drum roll please, (drums on table) Chan Wai Tak from Hong Kong. – Congratulations. That is an exciting prize, isn’t it? – That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? – Yeah. (“Reveille”) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’ll start Cycling Shorts with news, with news of cycling shorts, actually. Because Adam Hansen of
Lotto-Soudal’s incredible run of racing 18 consecutive Grand Tours is set to come to an end. He is apparently, although not confirmed, but apparently suffering
from saddle sores. (jazz music) – Let’s give him a round
of applause, as well, racing 18 consecutive Grand Tours. – Big chapeau. – That’s quite a big chunk of his life. – Yeah. – And when you add it all together, I don’t know what it is, it’s
gonna be quite a big number. – We’ll do some maths, and someone can pop it in over the screen. – Yeah. – Alright, from one rider
who has had an impressive run to another rider who
has had an impressive, if, at times, slightly
controversial career, ’cause Alberto Contador is set to retire in five weeks’ time. (speaking foreign language) – It will be sad not to see Alberto riding in the pro peloton in 2018, because he did really animate race, he gave ’em an extra rich
layer with his unpredictable, swash-buckling old school style of racing. – [Simon] Yeah, absolutely,
he won a lot of fans even in the Tour de France
this year, didn’t he? – [Matt] He certainly did. So adios Alberto, I guess. – Yeah, he also helped me with one of my favourite
GCN videos of all time. – Yeah, come on, let’s go! – He put me in the hurt locker that day. – That’s why it’s one of my favourites. – You are not professional,
you need training more. – I was a professional 10 years ago. (laughing) – Right, let’s catch up with
the transfer rumour mill, shall we now, although
it’s not rumours anymore, these are official ones. So first up, Tony Gallopin
is gonna leave Lotto-Soudal after four years and move to (speaks in foreign language) La Mondiale. Thank you.
– Well pronounced. – A few weeks back, we
commented on the rumour about Matteo Trentin going to Orica-Scott. That is now confirmed,
as is, interestingly, Cameron Meyer going to Orica-Scott, ’cause he left Team
Dimension-Data mid-season, but is now going back to World Tour racing with a three-year deal to take him through to the Tokyo Olympics. – Mm, good stuff. Now stepping away from
the pro cycling scene just for a few moments, and back to the world of ultra endurance, now, we’ve already
mentioned Mark Beaumont, well, he’s halfway around the world on his record.
– He is. – But there’s another
rider, funnily enough, trying to break a world endurance record, also in Australia at the same time, chap called Ed Pratt. But his record, well, he’s
doing that on a unicycle, albeit one with aerobars. – [Simon] Oh, nice, yeah, of course. – [Matt] Now, obviously,
being on a unicycle, this record is taking a little bit longer than one with two wheels. – [Simon] Fair enough. – [Matt] Now, Ed did start way back, well, he’s in Somerset in this particular cut, where GCN headquarters is, but way back in March. – Oh, yeah. – 2015. – Oh, yeah. – Yeah, fair play, he has been taking in the sights and sounds of
the world along his journey. – [Simon] Yeah. – [Matt] And funnily enough, it’s a record that’s never
been attempted before. – [Simon] Yeah, so he can take his time. – [Matt] Yeah. – Now, let’s take the pace
up a notch again, shall we, back to the Transcontinental
Race across Europe, because it’s actually finished already and it only started last week. So the first rider to
get to Meteora in Greece was James Hayden, and he
managed it in a quite remarkable eight days, 23 hours, and 14 minutes, which is pretty impressive. – Absolutely. Now, if you’ve not
actually heard of James, you may actually remember him as the guy that taped his head to his neck on a previous edition of
the Transcontinental Race. – Hard to forget that image. – Bizarre, indeed. Now, meanwhile, the rest of the field, well, they’re spread in
an arc, very large arc, through Romania and Slovakia, still munching through
an inordinate amount of kilometres en route to the finish and also having to deal with
a rather nasty heat wave that’s spreading across Europe, too. – Yeah, much like this man, in fact, Sean Conway, a friend of the channel, who is also attempting
his very own world record, this time to be the fastest
person to cycle across Europe. So he’s hoping to do it in 25 days, self-supported, and yes,
his plant pot storage holder has gone with him again for the ride. – That’s the ultimate
boggle hatch, isn’t it? Boggle hatch, hatch your
bog, I’ve got to get– – Ha! – (laughing) Just pause, turn off, ’cause that was really good. (beep) Last week, we announced preregistration for the new GCN Club, and to be perfectly honest with you, we were absolutely thrilled
that so many of you have expressed an interest
in becoming involved, and many of your ideas
and suggestions, as well, they were absolutely fantastic. – They were, we’ve got a
little bit of an update for you, then, this week. One of the ideas that
we’ve got in the pipeline. How do you fancy a pair of
exclusive GCN Club socks? And not just one pair, one different new pair of
GCN Club socks every month, delivered to your door. – Whew. – That’s the proposal on the table. – Hmm, now they’ll be
available in limited number, and for a small monthly fee, you can wear and show your
allegiance to GCN with pride and continue to show your
support for the channel. – That’s right. – A pair of club socks, every month, I mean, I just love it. – Yeah, well, it’ll look
sharp every month, too. – It does. – Very cool. Now of course, this is
very much just the start, so we’ll be in touch to
everyone who registered and we will be asking
for your opinions more, and you can let us know
exactly what you’d like, shape the GCN Club. – Indeed, talking of shaping the GCN Club, I’ve just been down the
loom, got the first sock, hot off the loom. This is, as you can see,
GCN sock number one. – No. – Yeah, do you reckon, sort of minty fresh (Matt and Simon drown each other out) down with this first sock
– I like that. My only slight concern is
they gave you sock number one. How come you got sock number one? – Well, I pulled a few
strings down at the loom, the loom factory.
(Simon groans) But yeah, I managed–
– Pulled a few strings– – But, get this, come a bit closer. There’s gonna be a special limited edition founder member sock, as well, but I didn’t manage to get
my paws on one of those. – So 001 is up for grabs. – Yeah. Tech of the Week, this week,
bit of a surprise for you, is gonna be presented by
our very own tech guru, Jon Cannings in our maintenance set, just upstairs.
– That’s right, he can handle tech. Question is, Matt, can he
handle Mario Cipollini naked, ’cause that’s one of the
things he’s gotta wrestle with. – This week’s GCN Tech of the Week could see the end of two
blights in the world of cycling, fitness tests and tan lines. For anyone who’s
interested in performance, you’ll be well aware of the need of having to gauge your fitness to see how you’re progressing. One way of doing that is
by doing a threshold power, or an FTP, test. Essentially, that’s a one-hour
long, or 20 minutes long, brutal max effort test. The results of that determine
what power you can produce for a one-hour-long period. I know which one I’d rather choose out of 20 minutes or an hour. Now that might not be
necessary anymore, though. Xert have a really cool online facility that allows you to plan, optimise, and essentially monitor
all of your training, as well as giving you FTP results from your actual ride data. That has now been implemented onto an app that can simply be
installed onto your Garmin. Now all you have to do on this
is just ride to your limit, so it could be a short ride, a long ride, it doesn’t matter, as long as you ride until you can’t ride anymore. Now, the app itself is compatible with certain Garmin head units, and with the Connect IQ function. You’ll also need a powermeter, that’s essential, obviously. The app itself is free,
which is pretty cool. So if that’s the end of fitness tests, have we got the end of jersey tan lines? You could go from this to this. Now, it’s amazing he’s been able to stand in exactly the same place,
clearly weeks apart, the same hair, same background, quite simply incredible. Now, for some of us, tan lines,
they’re a badge of honour, but often, they’re quite embarrassing to actually go down to the beach. So Ekoi, the French clothing manufacturer, have come up with a solution for that. So the Ekoi Solair is apparently the world’s first
trans-bronzing cycling jersey. Apparently, you can tan through it as if you’re wearing a
medium-strength sunscreen. Now, I’m not sure I’d look
like that even with a tan. No, no chance. – Racing news now, and
BMC’s Dylan Teuns took, well, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest win of his career by taking an overall
at the Tour of Poland, fulfilling, I think, the
potential that he showed when he first joined BMC back in 2015. Now, he set the foundation for his win with a mightily impressive
victory on stage three, where he outpaced none other
than World Road Race champion Peter Sagan on the brutally
steep uphill run to the line. Now, rounding out the podium, second place with Rafal
Majka of Bora-Hansgrohe. Third place was Wout Poels of Team Sky, who also took an impressive
victory on the final stage. – He did. Interesting to note, Dylan
Teuns started his career with BMC at the same time that Ed Pratt set out to unicycle around the world. – Interesting fact. – Yeah, thanks very much. Right, another rider, who
needs no introduction, but who also used his
devastating form to good effect, was Team Sky’s Mikel Landa. He used his stellar
Tour de France condition to great effect by winning the overall, two stages, the points, and
the mountains classification at the Vuelta Burgos, and he pointed out afterwards
that, at the Tour de France, he went there as a domestique,
and he finished fourth, and he was then made team
leader for the Vuelta Burgos and he won it, well,
annihilated it, in fact. – I like the way he just pointed that out. – Yeah, you can’t argue
with that, can you, really. – Well, the second edition,
or the second running of the European Road
Championships took place in Herning, in Denmark, over the weekend, and things started off
with the time trials. Now, in the men’s elite time trial, it was Victor Campenaerts
of Belgium who took the win, so a great win for him there. And it was Ellen van Dijk who
took her second successive title in the European Championship
by winning the women’s. Now, a real illustration
of how competitive it was in the men’s elite time trial was this set of stats from Ryan Mullen. He finished just four seconds after pace in the bronze medal position, but those stats, absolutely nuts.
– They are almighty, aren’t they, those are
impressive stats, aren’t they. – I reckon it’s world, er,
record potential right there. – Well, you say that, Matt, but that time trial took 54 minutes, so he’s got six minutes to find, it could all unravel for him – Yeah, that’s a good point. – in that final six minutes. – Drop off a cliff from that point. – Yeah, it, maybe more
preparation needed, Ryan, but still, potential, but a bit
of potential there (laughs). In the road races, it was Marianne Vos who won the women’s race. She out-sprinted breakaway
companions Giorgia Bronzini and Olga Zabelinskaya
to take that victory. Then in the men’s race, it was run off in some pretty
blustery, windy conditions, and it was, I think it’s
fair to say, resurge in Alexander Kristoff of
Norway, who sprinted to, well, a rather chaotic
sprint win, actually. Second place Elia Viviani, and Moreno Hofland of the
Netherlands was in third. Viviani not terribly impressed
with Kristoff’s sprinting, but actually unfounded,
I think, but anyway, he nevertheless remonstrated the Norwegian when he rolled across the line, in that way that only Italians can manage. The rest of us just look
like idiots when we do it. – [Matt] Yeah, they do it
with style, don’t they? – [Simon] They do. – Sticking with European
champs for a bit side, in the men’s elite road
race, Norway, well, they played an absolute tactical blind to the extent that this
week’s Wattage Bazooka goes to Edvald Boasson
Hagen of the Norwegian team. Now he went clear with Nikolay Trusov and Jens Keukeleire in the last 10K. Then, in only the way that he can, with 1,500 metres to go, he kind of surged off
the front of the group, and he looked set fair for victory, but was caught agonisingly
close to the line with 300 metres to go. Yet, still, he deserves this. – A surging Wattage Bazooka,
congratulations, Edvald. – The best type. – We’ve got one more
Wattage Bazooka this week, of course, it’s the GCN
viewer Wattage Bazooka, and this week it goes to Rhys Edwards, nominated by his dad, Gareth. Apparently, according to this video, his Dad, Gareth, said he did a bike throw on the line at the top of Dewes but he didn’t need to, ’cause he’d already knocked 27 minutes off his personal best time. – 27 minutes? – How good is that? To be fair, those days, when you could knock 27
minutes off your personal best. – My personal best, I’m
adding 27 minutes on top. Flips the other way a bit.
– Yeah. – Keep ’em coming, #wattagebazooka. – Yeah, please do. – It’s time now for hack
forward-slash bodge of the week, and we’re gonna start
this week’s with this, which is what actually he’s done– – [Simon] Wow! – [Matt] It’s from Fergus
Main, who made this clock in his designer technology class, using some old bike parts, I mean– – [Simon] Nice work! [Matt] That is, it just
looks great, doesn’t it? – [Simon] Yeah. – [Matt] Really all attention to detail, you got the cogs, got
the chain, got the wheel, and I guess it tells the time. – [Simon] Well, hopefully! – [Matt] Do you know what? I’d buy that. – [Simon] Would you? – [Matt] I’d buy that, I’d
pay for it, I’d buy it. Hack, definitely.
– And you can sell it to Matt, as well, extra bonus. Right, this next one, I feel
like I’m being trolled, Matt, Alex Cadogan likes his
fishing and his chain keepers, so there you go, there’s a chain keeper. Although, to be fair,
I quite like this one. That, to my mind, sums up chain keepers, you’ve just got a dodgy
little quick release and a piece of old packaging. – [Matt] It’s simple and effective (Simon and Matt drown each other out) – [Simon] Does the trick. (Simon and Matt drown each other out) – [Matt] But this over on Instagram, this is from Kings in Taiwan, up in Taichung in Taiwan, only in China. Basically, it’s a saddle, well,
it’s a kind of an ass saver made from, well, it looks like a bird. Thankfully, the bird isn’t a real one, as far as we’re aware.
– It’s not a real one. – [Matt] But unorthodox, quite artful, I probably wouldn’t buy that one. No.
– No? It’s quite macabre, I’m not massively into taxidermy, so wouldn’t want to sit on one. – [Matt] No. – [Simon] Alright, this I really like, this is Tobias Dalhaus’s
A-level coursework, so that’s his, like, school-leaving coursework. Portable cycling rollers. Look at that, that is a nice job. And then when you zoom
in on the old rollers, look at the craftsmanship! – [Matt] That is,
there’s a theme emerging. – [Simon] Oh, yeah? – [Matt] I’d buy that. – [Simon] You’d buy that? – [Matt] Yeah. – [Simon] Tobias, stick it
on eBay, Matt’s gonna bid. – [Matt] Yeah, I’d offer you a good deal. I mean, that, that’s a thing of beauty. – It’s not your position to
offer him a good deal, is it? He’s gonna offer you a deal. – Oh yeah, for that, yeah,
that’s how eBay works. We’ll come to some agreement. – Alright, well, there we go. And then the last one,
there’s another one I like. – [Matt] This is looking good, isn’t it? This is from Chris Hamar: I turned a selection of old bike chains into a bottle opener. – [Simon] Yeah. – [Matt] How neat is that? You know what’s coming next, don’t you? – [Simon] No, what’s that? – [Matt] I’d buy that. – [Simon] Yeah? – [Matt] Yeah, as a gift. – [Simon] Chris, stick it on
eBay, Matt’s gonna buy it. That’s another GCN hack, now, innit? – [Matt] Brilliant stuff, keep ’em coming. – Well yeah, and now,
potentially you’ll make money out of GCN hack, because
Matt’s gonna bid on it on eBay. – Yeah, I feel my garage
is gonna get quite full. Caption competition now. Last week, we had this
picture of Pete Sagan on a podium at the Tour of Poland. Now, your entries were so good, for the first time in a long time, we’ve actually got two prizes. Second place was
– Two prizes! – Two prizes, now second
place, who also wins a bottle, is from Alan Parker, whose caption was, After downing the bottle,
he’ll be Peter So-Gone. That one’s good.
– Oh, yeah. – That’s good, that’s worth second place. We’ve got another one
for first, here we go. – Wow, my word, alright, first prize then, this one we really chuckled at, and many of you did, as well, judging by the amount of
up-votes under this comment. It’s STUH, This Cava-ndish
goes down far too easily. (drumbeat and cymbal)
Aw, yeah. Lotta mentions in the comments
about elbows and all sorts, it was a cracking one.
– It was a good week for the comments. – It was, and I suspect this
week is gonna be good, as well, because it’s that little
horse that we talked about at the Tour of Poland, just, you know, invading the bunch. Can I have a go at this one? – You’ve already had a little practise. Go ahead, the stage is yours, Simon. – (clears throat) After
Rigoberto Uran’s near miss at the Tour of France,
the Cannondale-Drapac team has decided to employ
some more horsepower. (crickets chirping) Yeah (laughs).
– You know what to do. Comments down below. – Now, before we get to what’s coming up on the channel this week, we thought we’d have a little look-back under last week’s videos, ’cause, as ever, you guys really with some brilliant, brilliant comments. This one, under the
Psychology for Cyclers video, really took my fancy. So we asked you what you did to help improve your
mental state when riding, and RicardoRix said he
pretends to be a TV commentator and self-commentates his ride
as if he’s in a time trial going for a record. How cool is that, what a great idea. – That’s quite interesting
insight in psychology, but when I was first doing
commentary, cycling commentary, I actually commentated on myself in the car whilst driving. Yeah,
– My word, that’s – A little bit weird. – Interesting insight as well, for ya. – Got another cracking comment. This was under the video
about slamming your stem that me and Dan did over
in Alta Badia, Italy, from daAnder71: now repeat that test over 100, 150, and 200 kilometre distance, and tell us how your back feels. 120 likes on that, fair point. – It is a fair point, actually. – But it was basically
illustrating what the pros do, so they’re pretty dialled in
for that sort of position, but you do raise a certain point, we’d never, ever recommend, here at GCN, slamming your stem and just
going out for a long ride, and any kind of changes to your position should be done
incrementally and over time. – That’s right, you won’t go
fast if you’re uncomfortable. – No way. – But if you are comfortable slammed, seems like you will go faster, I guess.
– Indeed. – Right, then, coming up
on the channel this week, let’s hit it, what’ve we got, Matt? – Indeed, well on Wednesday, it’s how to pace for a
sportive using a power metre, and on Thursday, it’s six
tips for multi-day events. – That’s right, that’s your
home route, Johnny Beavan. – How’s it, how’s it going by the way? – [Johnny] Pretty good,
pretty good, feeling fresh. – Anyway, you’re not
tapering already, are you? – [Johnny] No, just a little bit. – Yeah, little bit of tapering’s going on. – [Johnny] Few more days’ training. – Good stuff.
– Good luck. – On Friday, ask GCN anything. – Saturday, we’ve got
a very lovely pro bike, Pete Sagan’s new specialised, and on Sunday, pretty
excited about this one, Matt, Matt and I went to Berlin for
a super-commuter challenge. And then Monday, back
in the maintenance set, with Maintenance Monday. – And, on Tuesday, ask, it’s
not Ask GCN Anything, is it. – It’s the GCN Show (all laugh) Number 240. – It’s such a high number
that my brain couldn’t cope. It’s time now for Extreme Corner. – That’s right, at the
beginning of the show, we gave you a little sneaky clip of Chris Akrigg’s new gravel
bike video, The Guide Raw, it’s so good, frankly, we thought you’d probably want to
watch a little bit more. Here we go. – Check it out. (water running) (tyres striking rocks) – Oof. – That is good, I like that. – That’s pretty good. I mean, it was great,
great skills, great video, couple of points. – Well, yeah, that’s true,
actually, we did pick up. Firstly, Chris, you didn’t
ride through the stream, and I was under the impression
that, when gravel riding, you should not avoid water. – That’s what we did, on our gravel ride.
– Get your feet wet. – And also technically,
Chris, that was actually a high-intensity gravel ride, as well. – I’d like to see your profile from that, ’cause it did look like there
was a lot of top end in there. You probably want to
knock it back a notch. – A lot of high cadence
stuff, just saying. – He’s got a lot of power, hasn’t he? Oh, my word.
– Yeah, it’s there, isn’t it? Just lets it go when he wants, doesn’t he? Bosh. – Wattage Bazooka right there, actually. – Yeah. – Right, that probably is
all we’ve got time for now on the GCN Show for this week, I’m afraid. Before leaving, do firstly
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  1. Hey guys, can you send me an orbea orca size 56 that you may not use anymore please.
    I’m in Seattle Washington.

  2. nobody insisted that Barry Bonds or Mark McGuire, just to name a few that have used performance enhancing drugs, to be banished from their sport forever. Why should Lance? And apparently many of the peleton were doing the same. Level Playing fieldl? Pretry much. Lance is a stud! Face it! Get over it! he's a kick ass commentator too!

  3. Until Indurain, Riis, Ulrich, Pantani (well not him cos he's dead) and EVERY other GC contender between LeMond and Evans gets the same treatment as Lance he should have all his results re-instated and all stupid sanctions lifted.

  4. Why the fuck has GCN 1.3 mil subs and GMBN has just about 0.5 mil? Who the fuck cares about road cycling? It is hours and hours of the same thing.

  5. did armstrong have to pay back all the money he got from doping related cycling events? that seem just fair since he cheated. a ban is just the least he should get. he just proved how bad of a person he is. jail for life at least.

  6. The same people whom band him are the same people that purposely let the doping go on because they were making so much money off of him. He brought coverage and sponsorship money to the sport which they had never seen. Let him race.

  7. He should be able report on biking. He went as far as a racer could go, and brought the sport to the front.

  8. If they were that concerned about doping, they would test the before and after each race. Lance was doing what everyone else was. No need to keep the man down that this sport recognized !

  9. The whole field was doping. They still are. The real crime was stripping the best cyclist in the world of 7 titles. Greg Lemond is a jealous cunt.


  11. I DO care.. Honestly, Lance Armstrong might be, love him or hate him, THE biggest name in cycling, ever. There are argument for others, Eddy Merckx, Etc… But more people seem to know of Lance Armstrong over any other cyclist. If you really love cycling, you might open your mind and elongate your acceptance, And recognize what Armstrong, juiced or not, was able to accomplish.

  12. Lance the pariah scapegoat did nothing unusual in elite sport, he is a great champion. Ways to enhance performance are constantly improving and nobody wins clean. Sky just have'nt been busted yet.

  13. The whole thing is bs…yes lance doped but everyone did during that time. Heard of Ulrich, Indurian, pirate, pretty much everyone. I know this a pro Brit show but even your 4 time Tour de France champ Fromme is doping..I guess cycling is still not or never will be clean

  14. The Tour the France should have all wins for the last 30 years removed. Also clean up cycling by bringing in 10 kg bike weights either you can ride them or gtfo grow your legs. No TUE'S zero, can't ride the 10 kg bike go home. We need a new look for cycling having what looks like 80 year old dudes on EPO looks silly. 10 kg bikes would mean that all riders would need much stronger and bigger legs. If you can not race competitively on a 10 kg bike weight which feels like paper you need to give up cycling period.

  15. If they ban all the dopers for life, then I don't care, but if they do not.. then shut the F up and leave him live his life.

  16. Lance became a bit of a symbolic figure in cycling’s reckoning of its doping culture. Arguments abound on either side regarding his behavior, resulting punishment and potential return. For me…I still believe he was an incredible athlete and cyclist. Whilst I feel somewhat complicit in his prior sins (Ardent supporter!) and wouldn’t have pissed on him, were he set afire in front of me, time has tempered my stance. His podcast is well good. I say let him return. But amusing that so many who
    Doped, willingly, and fought to maintain secrecy and anonymity, piled on and get a sort of free pass.

  17. Lance was both the best cyclist and the best doper among many dopers in the field. people act like doping was only a Lance problem when in fact many were doping and probably are still doping till this day.

  18. Lance Armpit has no place in cycling. He is a textbook psychopath. According to Greg Lemond, Mr. Armpit would have been lucky to reach the top thirty in cycling, based on his power output numbers. Armpit won so many Tour de Frances; however, he is nowhere near the most powerful cyclist in history. His wins were completely dependent on doping.

  19. Watch Nicole Cooke's interview where she talks about Lance and see if you still think it's OK that he cheated "because everyone did". He stole people's careers and dreams from them.

  20. Does the UCI normally dictate who can or cannot make a podcast? It makes sense for them to be able to ban someone from participation in the sport as a rider or coach. Regardless of whether you think that Armstrong is an evil master villain, or that he was only doing what everyone else did, UCI should only apply the same rules they would apply to anyone else. Separately: I'm not at all in favour of doping, but if doping adds even as much as 5% to your performance, the other 95% was hard work and talent, and the same goes for any athlete who cheats. You can't just take a tablet and become superhuman.

  21. I knew the sister of one of the cyclists during the 2000 olympics. she said someone went through the olympic village every morning before sunrise to collect sharps containers from the athletes. she mentioned testosterone and HGH was massive within cycling. basically if you didn't dope you didn't make a team?
    I don't know how true this is, but it doesn't surprise me.
    and honestly if I wanted to be the best and knew all the best riders were doping, then I wouldn't hesitate. there's no trophy for being the most honest rider.

  22. At the time I was inspired to start cycling by this man, I will not stand in judgment. We're all human, we all make mistakes. Just goes with it. I don't want to burden myself with negative connotations. ☺️❗️

  23. we should go to great strengths to keep cycling clean . I dont want to know about Cycling and lance armstrong (lower case) lets keep this jerk out of our sport

  24. the second I heard he was invited to do a podcast at a race, I stopped caring, I agree he should be banned from participating or actively engage in any part of a team or race…
    as mechanic, trainer, scout, masseuse, whatever…

    but him, on his own doing a podcast… fuck off, stop wasting my time with useless nonsense clickbait shite!

  25. Lance Armstrong's legacy to cycling is that because of his behaviour cycling is no longer considered a genuine sport. It has been relegated back to what it was initially designed to be in the first place. It is simply a way to get fit.
    It is now no different to a hobby, such as going to the gym. The races that take place are not seen by anyone as bicycle races, but rather as drug races. It is merely a battle of doping regimes. Who can make best use of the drugs to maximise what the body can do.
    People who want to get fit have two choices, stay inside and get fit in a gym, or go outside and ride a bike and enjoy the fresh air.
    All those outside cycling never really saw it as a proper sport in the first place. People would jump on a bike and go for a ride to escape the human race. It was an opportunity to have solitude, and do all your thinking. Adding another 100 people on bikes alongside you defeats the purpose, you are trying to escape other humans, not join them.
    But even with a hobby if you add money to the equation the greed of humans will ensure there will be people enticed by the lure of getting rich. For a while there cycling was considered to actually be a sport. That was before lance Armstrong killed it.
    What next will become a sport, maybe sex? Perhaps we can have the sex olympics.

  26. He only got caught cause he dominated, and was viscious trying to cover his lies. But so did everyone else at the time, and I bet even today they are still doping. Let him be.

  27. The only thing that should concern people about this multimillionaire sociopath doing podcasts is he any good? He is crap! Slow dimwitted and out of touch with with a sport where the athletes won't have anything to do with him. Kim Kardashian would make a much better presenter. At least there would be a reason to tune in.

  28. Love Lance. Love his podcast. Couldn't care less what a bunch of nerds and officials think about his participation in anything at all. He may be an arrogant d!*k but it takes arrogance to believe in yourself enough to do spectacular things. I would have thought after seeing Icarus that we all now understand how impotent the governing bodies are (in any sport) to manage doping. why would we trust these same impotent morons to decide who provides coverage and from where?

  29. Thanks for chosing my comment from a previous video. I don't even blame Matt for totally butchering my nickname.

  30. If anyone wants to ride a bike instead of a car? All are welcome! Its biking? Come on. Its like banning someone from walking

  31. I understand about 1/3 what these guys are saying. I guess my ears just aren't tuned to the British accent. I guess I should be happy with just looking at the pretty pictures then.

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