This month, The Cycling Podcast Féminin team get what they wished for: a fiercely fought battle between two teammates. Lotte Kopecky and Demi Vollering gunned it out at Strade Bianche with the Dutchwoman eventually crowned the victor after a tense photo finish. Despite being pipped into second, the Italian classic marked yet another chapter in Kopecky’s extraordinary early season in which she has never finished lower than runner-up.
Rose Manley, Orla Chennaoui and Lizzy Banks discuss the race and its fallout, including the controversial disqualification of Kristen Faulkner for the wearing of a continuous glucose monitor.
Rose also speaks to Puck Pieterse, one of the unlikely stars of Strade Bianche. Cyclo-cross racer Pieterse finished fifth in her first ever Women’s World Tour road race. She explains her approach to having fun on the bike and why we won’t be seeing her at any more road races this season.
The team also talk about a less acrimonious team one-two finish at Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Last month’s interviewee Shirin van Anrooij took the win there, followed by her Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Balsamo.
Orla closes the show with a beautiful tribute to our deeply missed friend Richard Moore, who passed away a year ago.
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