8. Track and dirt roads

Mar 09, 2016, 09:07 PM

March 9 | This week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes reports from the track cycling world championships in London and the Strade Bianche in Tuscany.

“I’m proud of them,” an emotional Shane Sutton, the coach in charge of the British team, told us as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish crossed the line to secure a memorable madison victory in the London velodrome on Sunday.

For Cavendish the gold medal was compensation for his sixth place finish in the omnium, in which he hopes to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics. But when we put it to Cavendish that he looked stronger in the madison than in the omnium, he passionately disagreed – hear his response on this week’s podcast.

One of the stories of the world championships was the American women’s team pursuit victory. Their coach, Andy Sparks, works with limited resources and a budget that is a fraction that of many other teams’. How does he do it? Sparks tells us on this week’s podcast.

Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe also discuss Fabian Cancellara’s third victory in Strade Bianche, the race over the white dirt roads of Tuscany. And we have a dispatch from the women’s race, the first event of the new women’s World Tour series. It was won by Lizzie Armitstead, the world champion who is in tremendous form – we have a finish-line interview wth Armitstead in this week’s podcast.

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Trainer Road and Eurosport.