Ned's back in London. David's still stuck in Spain. From tomorrow their voices will meet in France, as they resume commentary roles for the Dauphiné. This pod contains proper preview-type punditry on the route and the riders as well, we also added REMCO.
For the first time ever Ned and David are commentating remotely. These were their takeaways:
Ned: "A great day's racing in the very heart of France. We got excited about it all over again, then we launched off into another voyage of fruitless intellectual discovery."
David: "I think Clermont Ferrand is like the town called Rugby in England. We've heard of it yet we have know idea where it is."
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With a kilometre to go on the Col de Porte, there were a good dozen leaders left, including Porte.
David and Ned love stuff like this. They salute the winners and not so winners of the day, and hear from Matt Rendell in Piedmont, as well as update the ever developing Life And Times Of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
David and Ned show signs of race fatigue as the GC pack gets a minor re-shuffle and there's a splendid individual ride to admire from the Italian Champ.
Plus, which climbs strike fear into you heart and which don't? And what is it about Tignes.
This episode features no Wittgenstein.
This was one of our best ever podcasts, we discussed everything, not only about the days stage, but also about the philosophy of bike racing as well as a brief attempt at further understanding Wittgenstein. We worried about Remco, we worried about and dissected Roglic and his crash. We did it once and it took us 35 minutes, on pushing stop Ned realised his memory had run out on his recorder - it was devastating. We were tired and gave up, a few hours later that evening we decided to get back in the saddle and do it again, and it was ever better, and it took 40 minutes. Ned's memory card had been completely cleaned, too clean, it was no longer formatted so there was nothing saved. Alas, we gave up. Stage 4 does not exist in Never Strays Far world.
Ned and David look back at Mountain Squash - a race that lived up to its name. Matt Rendell and Steve Cummings report from Lombardy, and we all draw breath in this punishing cycling season that has barely started.