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Looking to get the latest insight into the pro peloton whilst on the go?

Whether it be during your morning commute, at the gym or just taking a well earned rest day at home.

Then look no further than ‘The Lead Out’ podcast where each month we delve into the biggest stories on the pro scene, analyse what they can mean for the upcoming races and make our own predictions for the month ahead.

Yorkshire 2019 World Championships preview and Vuelta recap

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This month, host Alex Ballinger is joined by the Cycling Weekly editor Simon Richardson and news editor Vern Pitt to break down the Vuelta a España, before they look ahead to the World Championships in Yorkshire.

After reflecting on the last Grand Tour of the year, Alex, Simon and Vern look in-depth at the Worlds races, courses and contenders as Britain hosts the prestigious event for the first time since 1982.

Tour of Britain Preview

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In the newest episode of Cycling Weekly’s racing podcast The Lead Out, host Alex Ballinger and former pro Yanto Barker preview the upcoming Tour of Britain.

The eight-stage race on home roads is a highlight of the British calendar as world class do battle from Glasgow to Manchester.

Alex and Yanto explore the route and weigh up the chances of the favourites, including some predictions about superstar Mathieu van der Poel.

Vuelta a España preview

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In the latest episode of show, Alex Ballinger and Simon Richardson look ahead to the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a España.

With three weeks of hard racing over the Spanish mountains, Alex and Simon look at the key stages and all the contenders as general classification riders look to their final chance for a major victory.

July 2019

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The 2019 Tour de France is here and we have all the key stages covered, we analyse the favourites to take the yellow and green jerseys, and our two hosts Paul Knott and Yanto Barker make their predictions in the Tour preview episode of The Lead Out

With five summit finishes, an individual and team time trial as well as the addition of bonus points on top of some iconic climbs, the Tour de France 2019 edition looks set to be an absolute classic.

June 2019

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In the latest episode of The Lead Out, Paul Knott and Yanto Barker break down the biggest stories from the Giro d’Italia where Richard Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian in history to win a Grand Tour.

Before looking ahead to the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour du Suisse with the Tour de France fast approaching.

May 2019

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In May’s edition of The Lead Out, Paul Knott, Yanto Barker and Simon Richardson look back on the cobbled classics at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

We delve into Victor Campenaerts record breaking Hour Record ride and admire the phenomenal Spring of Mathieu van der Poel which culminated in victory at the Amstel Gold Race.

The guys then look ahead to the final Monument of the Spring at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, before turning their attention to the Tour de Yorkshire including an exclusive interview with Chris Froome.

April 2019

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In April’s edition of The Lead Out, Paul Knott, Alex Ballinger and Simon Richardson analyse the first monument of the season at Milan-San Remo,

Before comparing the equally positive but despairing fortunes of the Yates brothers at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

Concluding the review of the month, we analyse Team Sky’s new sponsorship deal with Ineos and what impact it will have on the sport both internally and externally.

Alex and Simon then go head-to-head in our 30-second effort on whether Strade Bianche should be given monument status.

The guys then look ahead to the cobbles classics of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, including interviews with Greg Van Avermaet and Luke Rowe.

March 2019

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In March’s edition of The Lead Out, Paul Knott and Yanto Barker look back on an exciting month of racing, preview the first monument of the season at Milan-San Remo and look ahead to the two European stage races at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

Looking back at the Colombia Tour, are we seeing a shift in Colombian dominance within the sport?

Has Primož Roglič put his name forward as the favourite for the Giro d’Italia after beating Tom Dumoulin at the UAE Tour.

After a tricky start to the season, Deceuninck – Quick-Step are back to their old ways winning both races on opening weekend on home soil.

This month’s rider focus is Caleb Ewan – can the Australian sprinter make the leap onto the top step of the podium at Milan-San Remo after coming so close in 2018?

Our two hosts predict who they think is going to win the Italian monument in our 30-second effort.

Before concluding with the underwhelming medal haul of Britain’s track worlds squad and the dominance of Team Astana so far this season.

February 2019

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The first month of the season is in the books, but the professional cycling scene has thrown up a number of stories for our presenters to delve in to.

In the second episode of The Lead Out, Paul Knott, Alex Ballinger and former pro rider Yanto Barker analyse the two big stage races of the year so far at the Tour Down Under and Vuelta a San Juan.

Richie Porte’s secured a sixth win on Willunga Hill, to the controversial week Deceuninck – Quick-Step had at the Vuelta a San Juan.

We also take a look at how the major sprinters in the pro peloton have fared over the first month, including an in depth rider focus interview with Fernando Gaviria.

>>> February 2019 – Sprinter’s special, UAE Tour & Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad preview

Yanto and Alex pick sides in our ’30-second effort’ on whether Mark Cavendish will break Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France stage win record.

Before the guys look ahead to the inaugural UAE Tour, where a loaded field is expected to line up before the first major European races begin on opening weekend at Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

January – Season Preview

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Our brand new monthly racing show ‘The Lead Out’ is here and it is time to take a closer look at the 2019 race season with Paul Knott, Simon Richardson and Yanto Barker.

We discuss the biggest off-season stories including Team Sky’s impending sponsorship issues, the transfer comings and goings for Richie Porte and Lizzie Deignan.

>>> The Lead Out: January 2019 – Tour Down Under and season preview

Whether the formation of CCC team from the ashes of BMC can support Greg Van Avermaet’s ambitions and how will Caleb Ewan’s and Fernando Gaviria’s sprint train will line up for their respective new teams.

Our 30-second effort is based around whether Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas should be Team Sky leader for the Tour de France, plus our hosts give their predictions for the major races of the 2019 season.

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