Tsgabu Grmay – From Ethiopia to Le Tour

Photo: Kristof Ramon

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton

The pod is back on The Cycling Podcast after taking a break while the Giro d’Italia was on, which gave me a chance to sit down with someone I’ve wanted to get on the podcast for a long time.

Tsgabu Grmay is an Ethiopian racing for my old team, Team Bike Exchange and now in his tenth season as a professional.

He was born and brought up in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and comes from a sporty family.

He’s a great guy, and I’ve had some brief chats with him but I was really interested to hear more about the story of how he got into cycling and made it to the World Tour from a country so far from Europe in so many ways.

He speaks about his journey and following his dream to one day ride the Tour de France – which he has now ridden three times and completed twice – but I was most inspired by his goal-setting and attitude to getting the most out of himself.

It was incredible to hear his perspective and positive attitude to life, even through the hardships he has faced. As you’ll hear he’s a super inspiring guy and I know I left the conversation feeling motivated and energised.

I hope you enjoy the listen!

You’ll also hear in this episode that I’ve decided this will be my final season and, all being well, I’ll end my pro career at Paris-Roubaix in October. But don’t worry, there’s plenty more episodes still to come on the podcast this season.

See you here next week for Talking Luft! with Tsgabu.




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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: June 2, 2021