Robbie McEwen – World Tour Racing 101

Photo: Graham Watson

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton

Robbie McEwen doesn’t do many podcasts, so I was really happy when he said yes to coming on Life in the Peloton.

He’s a good friend of mine as well as an ex-teammate and fellow Aussie. He’s also someone I looked up to as I was coming up through the sport in my younger years.

As one of the best sprinters of his generation – a generation that overlapped with the likes of Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, Thor Hushovd, Tom Boonen and Alessandro Petacchi – Robbie won 12 stages of the Tour de France. He also won the Green Jersey three times.

Now retired, Robbie has stayed connected with the sport as Matt Keenan’s co-commentator on the Tour de France‘s world feed, with viewers in Australia and round the world hearing his insight and analysis every day in July.

For this podcast, I wanted to tap into that knowledge and experience of racing and really break down for everyone what racing a World Tour race is like.

We talk about sprinting and the difference between the sprint trains and the riders who make their way through the final kilometres with only one or two teammates to help, relying on their own instincts to get to the front, just as Robbie did.

Robbie talks about tactics, about how the sprinters can save effort at crucial times, how to ride in the crosswinds and also about the unwritten rules which govern the peloton.

I really enjoyed hearing the perspective of one of the best in the biz and as always with Robbie it was a fun catching up.

Stay tuned for another episode ofTalking Luft here on the Life in the Peloton channel next week.




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Show Notes

Read more about Robbie in his autobiography – One Way Road

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Theme Music

The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.


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Released: March 17, 2021