Life in the Peloton – Tsgabu Grmay

Season 9, Episode 78,  Jun 02, 2021, 08:00 AM

Life in the Peloton is back after taking a break while the Giro d'Italia was on, which gave me a chance to sit down with someone I've wanted to get on the podcast for a long time.

Tsgabu Grmay rides for my old team, now called Team Bike Exchange, and he's racing his tenth season in the pro peloton. He was born and brought up in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and comes from a sporty family. I was really interested to hear the story of how he got into cycling and made it to the Tour de France, which has ridden three times and completed twice. But I was most inspired by his goal-setting and his attitude to getting the most out of himself.

But as inspirational as I found talking to Tsgabu, it wasn't quite enough to persuade me to reconsider the big decision I announced a few weeks ago. I've decided this will be my final season and, all being well, I'll end my pro career at Paris-Roubaix in October. It's time to find out what life has in store for me outside the peloton...

Don't worry, though, there's still plenty more podcasts to come, and I hope you enjoy this one.


Photo by Kristof Ramon @KristofRamon.

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Theme music
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.