Paris-Nice and the case of Dr Freeman

Season 9, Episode 22,  Mar 15, 2021, 08:27 PM

In the first of two episodes of The Cycling Podcast this week, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss Paris-Nice and another defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by Primoz Roglic.

Roglic lost the Tour de France to his Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar in the most dramatic fashion in the final time trial. And with victory all but certain in Paris-Nice, he crashed twice on the same descent on the final day of the race and was unable to claw his way back into the leading group.

We discuss Roglic's misfortune and ask whether his Jumbo-Visma teammates did enough to help him on the final day. We also look at the previous day's stage, when he overtook Gino Mäder right on the line to take the victory and the time bonus. At the time there was plenty of debate about whether Roglic should have let Mäder have his moment of glory but given how the race turned out is it not the case that the riders have to take every chance they get?

In the final part, which starts at the 45:00 mark, we discuss the news that a Medical Practioners Tribunal had found former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman guilty of the charges against him, saying that Freeman had ordered a consignment of testosterone gel knowing or believing it was for a rider. We hear from The Guardian's Sean Ingle, who has covered the long-running case since the start, and ask where this leaves the architects of British cycling's golden era, and Dave Brailsford of Team Ineos, in particular now.

Our analysis of a sensational edition of Tirreno-Adriatico and our look ahead to Milan-Sanremo, the first monument of the season, will be in our second episode of the week, which will be released on Wednesday.

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