You join our intrepid HumansInvent.com podcasters Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie in Albi, on the eve of the Tour de France’s entry into the Pyrenees.
On the menu is a review of arguably the most intriguing stage of the Tour so far, the seventh from Montpellier to Albi, during which Peter Sagan’s Cannondale team set a fierce pace on the early climbs to distance the other sprinters, Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel. Richard, Daniel and Lionel dissect Cannondale’s tactics, explaining what they were doing and why it worked.
For journalists with a few Tours under their belts, Albi remains the starting point for one of the most remarkable and controversial periods in the race’s recent history. Find out all about the 2007 Tour and why it’s so amusing that the Belkin team’s base for the night is at the Albi Campanile hotel.
We also hear from OmegaPharma-Quick Step’s team doctor, Dr Helge Riepenhof, who has been treating Tony Martin’s injuries since his crash on Corsica.
We look forward to the first of two weekend stages in the Pyrenees and, with the use of a crystal ball, predict Sky’s team tactics and wonder what their rivals can do to turn Sky’s work to their advantage. We also speak to Sky’s boss Dave Brailsford about the opening week and what the mountains hold in store.
All that and almost a falling out about whether golf’s a proper sport.
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