Peter Sagan joins Tom and the team to chat about what life is really like as one of the sport’s most colourful characters. He talks about his three world titles, his secrets to nailing a bunch sprint, how he’s viewed in the peloton, and what next after losing his prestigious rainbow jersey.
After a British clean sweep at the three Grand Tours, Tom Fordyce and the team discuss whether a British rider can finish off the year in style and triumph at the world’s most important one-day race. They also look at why the Dutch are dominating the women’s event, and they reveal the rules of wearing the famous rainbow jersey.
As Bury’s Simon Yates wins his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana, Tom Fordyce and the team hear from the man himself and those who first put him on the road to success. They also discuss how unthinkable it would have been even 10 years ago to have three British winners of the three Grand Tours in the same year.
Olympic and World cycling champion Kristina Vogel speaks to Tom Fordyce about her career-ending training accident that has left her paralysed. She tells Tom about the moment she realised she could no longer feel her legs, how she holds no resentment for what happened, and how she is slowly planning her new life.
As Simon Yates takes the race leader’s red jersey at the halfway stage of the Vuelta a Espana, Tom and the team discuss his chances of making it a hat-trick of British winners at this year’s Grand Tours. They ask if Froome and Thomas have lived up to the hype at the Tour of Britain, and discuss the latest doping scandal to hit the sport.
In this week’s episode, Ben Croucher and the team discuss whether Mark Cavendish’s latest health problems will stop him breaking Eddy Merckx’s famous Tour de France record. They also discuss Chris Froome’s chances of winning the upcoming Tour of Britain, and ask if Simon Yates is learning from his mistakes at the Giro d’Italia to become a contender at the Vuelta a Espana.
With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome opting to miss the last Grand Tour of the season in favour of the Tour of Britain, Tom and the team look ahead to one of the most open races in recent memory. They'll ask whether Simon Yates can bounce back here from his disappointment at losing the Giro d’Italia, and they discuss who else has a lot of prove in Spain.
Geraint Thomas tells Tom Fordyce about how insane his life has been since winning the Tour de France. He takes Tom inside the raucous wrap party, talks swapping budget travel for private jets, receiving fan mail from Elton John, and phone calls from Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry.
After three weeks and 3,300 kilometres of racing, the 2018 Tour de France ends with Geraint Thomas in yellow and Wales in giddy ferment. The BeSpoke team reflect on a wonderful adventure, attempt to keep their emotions in check and make a solemn pledge about their future plans.
After three wonderful weeks of racing, Britain’s Geraint Thomas brings it home in style in a nerve-wracking time-trial to secure the yellow jersey and his first ever Tour de France title. Rob Hayles cries, Gareth Rhys Owen pretends not to and Tom Fordyce wonders if he may, by contrast, be emotionally repressed.
The BeSpoke team try not to count any poulets on behalf of the man in yellow, although his performance on the final fearsome Pyrenean climbs makes this awfully hard. Team Sky road captain Luke Rowe tells us about the G he knows, and Jeremy waves a sad-but-happy goodbye.
On a day so hot Rob Hayles forgets who his real friends are and keeps Gareth and Tom waiting in the lobby of a plush Pyrenean hotel, the team meet some ecstatic fans and try not to panic about the decisive stages to come.
On a mountain steeper and longer than Alpe D’Huez, Geraint Thomas takes an iron grip on the yellow jersey as Chris Froome cedes precious time and possible team leadership. Meanwhile, Tom and the team take a fruitless cable-car ride and encounter a frustrating buffering issue.
As the Tour reaches its climax in the mountains of the south-west, an agricultural protest turns spicy for leader Geraint Thomas. One man disappears into a ravine, a Frenchman with a musketeer’s moustache makes the locals swoon and the riders get ready for a T20 dropped into cycling’s Timeless Test.
As the Tour reaches an ancient walled city, Team Sky go a man down after a controversial altercation at the start of Stage 15. Tom Fordyce and the BeSpoke team ask how damaging this is for a Froome/Thomas victory. Rob Hayles admits to getting physical on a bike, but then makes a heinous motion-picture error.
On an airstrip atop a brutal climb, the BeSpoke team get to call two big finishes in the same race.
Oscar Fraile eases the pain for Spain, Geraint Thomas’s strengths are discussed in a small marquee and a topical question is posed: who is cycling’s Tiger Woods?
After a thrilling yet exhausting three days in the Alps, the entire Bespoke team are happy to be reunited, not least because the weather has got frightening. The peerless Sagan grabs a glorious hat-trick and Rob Hayles takes us inside his tunnel of noise.
On Alpe d’Huez, the iconic climb, an iconic performance from Geraint Thomas. There is staying in the yellow jersey and there is winning in the yellow jersey, and so Tom Fordyce and the team eulogise while trying to remember to put the details of their evening’s accommodation in the car’s satnav.