Life in the Peloton – Robbie McEwen
As one of the best sprinters of his generation – a generation that overlapped with the likes of Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, Thor Hushovd, Tom Boonen and Alessandro Petacchi – Robbie won 12 stages of the Tour de France. He also won the green jersey three times.
Now retired, Robbie has stayed connected with the sport because he is Matt Keenan's co-commentator at the Tour de France and viewers in Australia and round the world hear his insight and analysis every day in July.
For this podcast, I wanted to tap into that knowledge and experience of racing. We talked about sprinting and the difference between the sprint trains and the riders who made their through the final kilometres with perhaps only one or two teammates to help, relying on their own instincts to get to the front, as Robbie did. Robbie talked about tactics, about how the sprinters can save effort at crucial times, how to ride in the crosswinds and also about the unwritten rules which govern the peloton.
I really enjoyed hearing the perspective of one of the best in the business and I hope you do too.
Until next time,
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The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.