Luke Durbridge -Talking Belgian Cobbled Classics 2021

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton

We have the Belgian classics back in Spring time and, as usual, the racing has not disappointed!

My race schedule has meant I’m not up there for the smaller races this year, but my good mate and fellow classics lover Luke Durbridge is up there giving it hell with Team BikeExchange. It’s become a bit of a tradition to do a catch up and chat classics, so that’s what we did!

I touched base with Luke just after Gent-Wevelgem and got his thoughts on this year’s field and if the racing really is as gnarly this year as it looks on TV.

We look back at E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem, chat how the races differ while on similar roads and then jump into some questions you sent in.

We chat nutrition and fuelling during the classics, speak about the hardest sectors and talk about what equipment we use to combat the cobbles. We also chat about the new generation of pros like Van Aert, Van Der Poel and Alaphilippe, and how the new breed have changed the way the races play out.

It was great to chat classics as always, I hope you enjoy the listen.

Stay tuned to Life in the Peloton next week for an episode of Talking Luft.

Until then, enjoy watching Tour of Flanders this weekend!




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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 31, 2021