In our latest episode, discussing stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by guest presenter Ian Boswell, the former professional rider with Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin.
It was a tough day in Italy, with heavy rain and cold weather turning a hilly stage into a battle for survival. We hear from James Knox of Deceuninck-Quick Step who describes himself as “an emotional and physical wreck after one of the worst experiences of my life – it was truly awful.” Nevertheless, he rode strongly, as did his team, to defend Joao Almeida’s pink jersey of race leader.
The stage winner was Jhonatan Narvaez of Ecuador and Ineos Grenadiers, another graduate — like Almeida and indeed Boswell — of Axel Merckx’s Hagens Berman Axeon development team. Boswell tells us about his time on that team, including the day he spent at the Merckx family home in Belgium eating chocolate mousse…
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