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The Detour Podcast

The Detour Podcast

By Dan Jones & John Trevorrow
Join 'backstage pass' creator Dan Jones and cycling journalist John Trevorrow as they bring you interviews with all the biggest names in cycling. Dan and John have an extensive contact list in the world of cycling and bring plenty of insights and laughs along the way.
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The amazing story of the 2003 Tour de France Green Jersey

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Jai Hindley and Luke Roberts unpack a massive Giro for Sunweb
After finishing second on GC at the 2020 Giro d'Italia we chat with Aussie Jai Hindley about his amazing month.  We also check in Sunweb DS Luke Roberts to go through all the decisive moments throughout the race.
October 28, 2020
George Bennett and Allan Davis live from the Vuelta
We chat with one of our favourite kiwi riders George Bennett as he gets ready for stage 7 of the Vuelta.  We also check in with Allan Davis who is working with the UCI at the Vuelta, and ask him how the COVID-19 protocols are going given the second wave in Spain.  Sam Bewley then wraps the show to give an end of season update and how riders are enjoying their down time.
October 27, 2020
Sir Dave Brailsford version 2.0
It's been a long build up but John finally lands Ineos Grenadiers GM Sir Dave Brailsford.  We chat with Dave about Tao Geoghegan Hart's incredible Giro victory.  We also discuss the 2020 Tour de France and how Dave approaches innovation in the sport.  We also chat with David Millar about his relationship with Tao and what he thinks of the current state of young riders dominating the sport.  
October 26, 2020
Dare to dream | Can Jai Hindley win the Giro???
We chat with Dave Sanders one of Jai's former sports directors about his amazing journey from The Jayco Herald Sun Tour to leading the Giro.  We also check in again with Matt Poyner and Rob Arnold to run through the final stage of the Giro d'Italia and asses Jai's chances of pulling off one of cyclings greatest ever grand tour victories.
October 25, 2020
Riders strike! Who is at fault?
We discuss all the fall out of the riders protest on stage 19 at the Giro.  Are the riders too soft or do the organisers need to work harder at improving conditions at their races?  We chat with Rob Arnold from Ride Media and Brenton Jones checks in from hotel quarantine in WA.
October 24, 2020
Can Aussie Jai Hindley win the Giro?
We recap an amazing stage at the Giro with Jai Hindley taking the win on stage 18.  Can he take out the overall?  We will discuss all the scenarios.
October 23, 2020
Aussie Ben O'Connor's Giro breakthrough! | Matt Wilson checks in to give a Vuelta update
We chat about Ben O'Connor's sensational Giro victory and Mitchelton - Scott DS Matt Wilson checks in from the Tour of Spain as we preview stage 3.   We also chat with Matt White about Ben O'Connor's prospects of finding a contract in 2021.
October 22, 2020
Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White joins us to chat about bubbles, the Giro and Vuelta
We chat with Matt White after his week of isolation to get a read on the final week of the Giro and who he is tipping for the overall at the Vuelta.  We also ask about the COVID-19 bubble situation and how the summer of cycling is shaping up in Australia.
October 21, 2020
Mitch Docker previews the Vuelta & Flanders Race Director Scott Sunderland
EF Pro Cycling rider Mitch Docker checks in to preview the Vuelta and give some insight into how riders are coping with the weird structure of the season.  Tour of Flanders race director Scott Sunderland recaps the event and gives an update on the 2021 season kick off in Australia.
October 20, 2020
Miles Scotson joins the show | Flanders & Giro recap
Aussie Miles Scotson joins the show to chat about a super Giro for Groupama–FDJ.  We recap a drama packed Flanders and chat about Aussie Jai Hindley as he jumps to 3rd on GC at the Giro.
October 19, 2020
Michael Matthews and Allan Peiper join us for a massive Flanders preview
We check in with Michael Matthews after he got the all clear for COVID-19 and UAE Emirates DS Allan Peiper chats with us en route to the start of the Tour of Flanders.  Sam Bewley also pops in to preview Flanders and talks about how tough the 2020 season has been on the pro peloton.
October 18, 2020
COVID-19 Bubbles, Rider Safety, Team Sustainability and all the big UCI questions answered with Tracey Gaudry
Oceania Cycling Confederation President Tracey Gaudry joins the panel to chat about the COVID-19 bubbles, rider safety and many more pending issues for the world of international cycling.
October 17, 2020
We chat with the first North American to wear the yellow jersey - Alex Stieda
Alex Stieda joins the show along with Phil Anderson to relive the 1986 Tour de France and how Alex claimed the coverted Maillot Jaune.  Alex raced from 1977 to 1992 and opens up about retirement and how the cycling scene is going in Canada.
October 16, 2020
Can Caleb Ewan become Australia's best ever sprinter? | Robbie McEwen and Allan Davis join the discussion
We chat with 12 time Giro stage winner Robbie McEwan and 2009 Tour Down Under winner Allan Davis about Caleb Ewan and what lies ahead for the pocket rocket.  We also recap Caleb Ewan's win at Scheldeprijs and preview stage 12 of the Giro.
October 15, 2020
We chat with Phil Liggett and review his new documentary "The Voice of Cycling"
We all know Phil Liggett is a legend of the sport of cycling.  As a result there has been a feature length film made on his career titled 'The Voice of Cycling' which will have its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on the 17th of October.  We chat with Phil about the movie and his career in the sport.  We are also joined by Matt Keenan, Gerry Ryan and Scott McGrory to share some classic Liggett stories.
October 14, 2020
Mitchelton-Scott out of the Giro | GM Brent Copeland joins the show to discuss what's happened
Mitchelton-Scott GM Brent Copeland joins the show to update the situation with the team after they have withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia after four staff test positive for COVID-19.  Commentator Matthew Keenan joins the panel to unpack another eventful day in Italy.
October 13, 2020
The rise and fall of the Linda McCartney Racing Team
We chat with David McKenzie and Neil Stephens about the Linda McCartney Racing Team which raced from 1998 to 2001.  We also chat with Susan Stewart who pioneered the IteamNova after the collapse of the LMRT in 2002.
October 12, 2020
How do we fix the COVID-19 Bubble? Sam Bewley joins the show to chat about the CPA and rider safety.
Dr Bridie O'Donnell joins the show to chat about the Giro and where things are at with the current COVID-19 situation.  We chat with Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White about what needs to be done to protect riders and teams moving forward.  Sam Bewley joins us after his training ride to chat about the CPA and what is being done for rider safety.
October 11, 2020
Simon Yates tests positive for COVID-19 | Matt White updates his condition
We chat about the breaking news from the Giro with Simon Yates testing positive for coronavirus.  Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White gives us insights live from the team bus.  We then chat with cycling superstar Grace Brown on the back of her incredible form.
October 10, 2020
George Bennett joins the show to recap the Tour de France for Jumbo Visma
We chat with Kiwi George Bennett about this years heartbreak at the Tour de France.  We also get insights on how riders feel about returning home at the end of the season with the current COVID restrictions.  We also flash back to the Orica-GreenEDGE safari in South Africa back in 2015.
October 9, 2020
How did Ganna win that? Daryl Impey also joins the show to reflect on his career with GreenEDGE
We recap another exciting stage at the Giro with Ganna taking his 82kg frame to victory.  We chat with South African Daryl Impey about his amazing journey with the GreenEDGE organisation.
October 8, 2020
More Giro carnage with helicopters and stray bottles. We preview a wide open stage 5
Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White previews a lumpy day at the Giro and gives us insights into the long transfers from Sicily.  Matt Wilson gives us an update from the Belgium classics.  We talk about the new 'metre matters' law being passed in Victoria and John shares a classic Giro story from 2003.
October 7, 2020
Matt White gives an update on Simon Yates and Baden Cooke talks about the 2005 Giro Biffo
Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White takes us through exactly what happened on stage 3 of the Giro as Simon Yates lost touch with the GC contenders on the final climb.  Baden Cooke then joins the show to talk about being thrown into the barriers during the 4th stage of the 2005 Giro costing him a maiden stage victory.
October 6, 2020
We recap an epic Liege, Stage 2 and chat with the first Aussie to win a Giro stage Michael Wilson
Don't ever salute too early!   We recap all the drama from Liege and look at some other famous early crows.  Matt White outlines the tactics for stage 3 and Michael Wilson joins the show to chat about his career and his greatest victories.
October 5, 2020
Alan Davis shares Giro stories and we relive some classic Tour de France bloopers
We dissect all the drama from the opening time trial at the Giro and chat with Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White after an impressive ride by Simon Yates.  Alan Davis joins the show live from Spain and Scott McGrory relives some funny stories from the 2009 Tour de France.
October 4, 2020
Our 2020 Giro d'Italia Preview
The Giro is back as we are joined by Olympic Gold Medalists Scott McGrory and Brett Lancaster to chat about all the contenders for this years race.  Mitchelton-Scott Sports Director Matt White also stops by to chat about Simon Yates and his predominately Aussie squad.
October 3, 2020
We digest the most epic Tour de France stage of all time!
Allan Peiper gives an incredible insight to the stage 20 TT and the atmosphere inside the UAE Emirates team.  Matt White reflects on the Tour and looks ahead to the Giro and Matt Keenan joins the panel.
September 20, 2020
Kiwi George Bennett joins the show to give insights into Jumbo Visma's Tour de France
George Bennett joins the show before the stage 20 time trial to chat about an amazing Tour de France for Jumbo Visma.  Allan Peiper give a run down on the TT course and we flash back to a motivational speech from Bewls at the 2016 Giro.
September 19, 2020
Can Pogacar still win the tour? We chat with DS Alan Peiper to find out how
We chat with UAE Emirates DS Alan Peiper who gives a run through of Pogacar and his mindset in this years Tour de France.  We also catch up with Luke Dirbridge and check in with his progress for the World TT Championships next week.
September 18, 2020
The tour is not over yet! Simon Gerrans, Phil Liggett and Matt White join the show
Liggett, Gerrans and Whitey join the show as we recap a brutal stage 17.   We look ahead at the main GC chances and what tactics will be adopted to try and unsettle Roglic and Pogacar for the remaining stages.
September 17, 2020
Our massive stage 17 preview and yes there will be fireworks!!!
SBS Commentator Dr. Bridie O'Donnell joins the show to give her insights on the race so far and how things have been in the commentary box.  Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White gives his predictions for the stage and Sam Bewley breaks down the tactics from the GC teams as they tackle the 170km stage with two brutal HC climbs
September 16, 2020
The day Esteban Chaves and his lieutenants made the impossible possible
Sam Bewley shares the story of the 2016 Vuelta when Esteban Chaves had 1 minute 20 to make up on Alberto Contador to make the podium.  An incredible tale of complete commitment by the team to a game plan, no matter how slim the chances were of success.  We also spoke with Matt Keenan prior to the start to chat about the rest day and how he thinks the next week will pan out for the 2020 Tour de France.
September 15, 2020
The amazing story of the 2003 Tour de France Green Jersey
It was the closest fight for the green jersey in the history of the race.  Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen were only separated by two points on the final stage and it all came down to the final sprint.  Hear from Baden Cooke, Matt Wilson and even David Millar drops in for a couple of insights on what was an incredible race. 
September 14, 2020
Neil 'The Sheriff' Stephens on Pogacar and shares some GreenEDGE memories
We check in with Mitchelton - Scott DS Julian Dean to see how the team is tracking for a monster stage of the Tour de France.  We then chat with UAE DS Neil Stephens about Pogacar and relive some classic Backstage Pass moments
September 13, 2020
Does cycling have a concussion issue? Kiwi Sam Bewley joins the panel
We chat with Dr. Bridie O'Donnell about the crash on stage 13 involving Bardet and how was he allowed to continue riding with concussion.  Matt White joins us to preview stage 14 and Sam Bewley gives rider insights throughout the show.
September 12, 2020
Sam Bewley talks about crashing out of his first Tour de France
We chat with Lucas Hamilton after his win at Tirreno Adriatico.  Sam Bewley checks in from Girona and gives us an update on his injuries after the stage 10 crash at the Tour de France.  We also jump in the Detour DeLorean and relive some classic Backstage Pass memories.
September 11, 2020
Phil Liggett, Mat Hayman and Robbie McEwen
Phil joins us live from the UK to chat about his new documentary "The Voice of Cycling" and his thoughts on the tour so far.  Mat Hayman explains how he has found the transition into the role of DS with Mitchelton-Scott.  Robbie McEwen fights through terrible wifi to break down the stage 11 sprint and the DQ of Peter Sagan.
September 10, 2020
Covid-19 positives, Super fan flashback and insights from our no 1 journo Rupert Guinness
We chat with renown Aussie journalist Rupert Guiness about his 30 years of covering the Tour de France.  Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White gives an update on the Covid-19 positive in the team and we flash back to a very amusing day at the Vuelta.
September 9, 2020
Adam Yates joins the show to reflect on four amazing days in yellow
We chat with Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White and get insights from the stage 1 crash from George Bennett and Sam Bewley.
September 8, 2020
Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Stuart O'Grady chat about the 2011 Tour de France
We go back to a historic edition of the Tour de France for all the inside stories from the battle between Leopard Trek v BMC.  Hear how there was a plan weeks earlier on the Leopard Trek team bus to unleash hell on stage 18 finishing up the Col du Galibier.  We then reflect on Cadel's Tour de France victory and what it has meant to Australian cycling.  
September 7, 2020
Superstar Svein Tuft joins us live to talk about his amazing journey
We chat with Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White to analyse stage 8 and look ahead to another day defending yellow.  Canadian Svein Tuft joins us live to chat about his memorable moments in his career and general theories on life itself.
September 6, 2020
The effects of riding a Grand Tour too young and David Millar joins us from the UK
We preview a massive weekend ahead at the Tour de France with the first of two big mountain stages ahead.  William Walker drops in to talk about Pogacar and riding grand tours at a young age.  ITV commentator David Millar chats with us live to chat about what it means to wear yellow and gives some sound advice for Adam Yates.
September 5, 2020
Daryl Impey, Phil Anderson and 88' Gold Medalist Duncan Armstrong
A jam packed show as we go live to the Mitchelton-Scott team bus en route to the start of stage 7 at the Tour de France.  We also catch up with the first Australian to wear the yellow jersey Phil Anderson as well as the 1988 200m Freestyle Gold Medalist Duncan Armstrong.
September 4, 2020
Yates in Yellow and Phil Liggett joins us for a chat
We catch up with the 'Voice of Cycling' Phil Liggett to get his take on the race so far.  Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White talks about what the jersey means to the organisation.  And finally Tour de France debutant Sam Bewley gives us insights from a riders perspective.
September 3, 2020
What do riders eat at the Tour de France?
We chat with Mitchelton-Scott chef Nicki Strobel about how he feeds the riders at the Tour de France and team soigneur Joachim Schoonaker about how Covid-19 has changed the race for the support staff.
September 2, 2020
We chat with Bling Matthews and can Yatesy claim Yellow?
A huge edition of the Detour as we recap Caleb Ewans amazing stage victory and get insights from Michael Matthews about his signing with Mitchelton-Scott for the 2021 season.
September 1, 2020
Yates you almost can! We recap stage 2 at chat with Simon Gerrans
We chat with Simon Gerrans who is on the ground at the Tour de France commentating for ASO.  We also check in with Mitchelton-Scott DS Matt White to see what the tactics are for stage 3.
August 31, 2020
Crashes and carnage for the Tour de France opener
We chat with Mitchelton Scott DS Matt White about all the action and drama from the opening stage at the Tour de France.  Whitey also looks into his crystal ball for Stage 2 predictions.  We also check in with Matt Keenan to see how it was commentating from Australia instead of on the ground in France.
August 30, 2020
2020 Tour de France Stage 1 Preview
With special guests Matt White, Sam Bewley and Dr. Bridie O'Donnell to preview the opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France.
August 29, 2020
Our 2020 Tour de France Preview
We chat with commentator Matt Keenan and Mitchelton Scott DS Matthew White to preview the 2020 edition of the race.  We also take a listen to New Zealand George Bennett and his feelings about the potential of testing positive to Covid-219 during the three weeks.
August 28, 2020
Cadel Evans takes you inside his 2011 Tour de France victory
2011 will forever be etched into the history books of Australian Sport when Cadel Evans become the first Aussie to win the Tour de France.  We chat with him about the lead up to that year edition and why was he so relaxed prior to the race start.  We also dive into the race tactics and what happened on the famous stage 18 finish up the Galibier.  
August 26, 2020
Insights from an 8 time World Champion - Caroline Buchanan
Caroline Buchanan is a superstar of the BMX and Mountain Bike world.  We chat with her about her rise to fame, Olympic campaigns, sponsorship and the crash which almost ended her life in 2017.  Another inspirational tale of mental toughness and passion to be the best.
August 22, 2020
"I really thought I was going to die" - The inspirational story of Will Walker
Many people who know Aussie cycling have heard of Will Walker.  But not many know the real story.  Once touted as "the next Cadel" Will had some big success as a junior winning national titles and signing with dutch team Rabobank at the height of their dominance in the world tour.  At the age of just 20 he raced in the Tour of Spain which many criticised due to the demands on the body.  Unfortunately for Will he suffered from complications with his heart forcing him into early retirement.  He miraculously made another return to the sport which almost ended his life.  To this day Will struggles to talk about the day at the National Championships that almost killed him.  He opens up in this episode to share that insight.  A truly inspirational story for not just fans of cycling.  
August 18, 2020
Phil Liggett - "The Voice of Cycling"
Phil Liggett. “The voice of Cycling” The man who has commentated 47 Tours de France and 15 Olympics talks about his passions; Cycling, South Africa, Australia and the Lance fiasco
August 11, 2020
The inside story of the McQuaid cycling dynasty
The McQuaid family have a rich history in cycling. Pat was president of the UCI in probably its most challenging era – Kieron was almost knocked of his bike by Irish Rebels in the Munich Olympics – Paul raced world championships and has built all the bikes and taught the actors how to ride for the new Hollywood movie “The Racer” and the youngest Darach is the new Chairman of World Tour team Mitchelton Scott. Who better to tell us where cycling is currently at and how we move forward, and supply a few well needed laughs!
August 5, 2020
The pioneer of Australian Cycling - Phil Anderson
A special episode of the Detour as we chat with Phil Anderson - the first non European to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France.  He details how he got his first break to ride in Europe as well as some of his best battles with the like of Bernard Hinault on the road.  Phil also talks about how he helped a young Simon Gerrans take up cycling, and the struggles he had in the early years.
July 27, 2020
The rollercoaster ride of being a pro cyclist - Amanda Spratt
A fascinating chat with Australia's top ranked women's cyclist Amanda Spratt as she opens up about the highs and lows of her career.  We chat about her road to recovery after a severe crash in 2008 which lead to a long and strenuous road to recovery.  Amanda talks about the current pandemic and the effect on protocols as well as her relationship with current World Champion Annemiek Van Vlueten.  
July 20, 2020
The highs and lows of covering the Tour de France - Rupert Guinness
We chat with acclaimed journalist and author Rupert Guinness after he recently completed the challenging VRAAM event.  He opens up about what it was like covering the Tour de France over 30 times from Cadel's amazing victory in 2011 to the Armstrong era.
July 13, 2020
Bikes, business and new beginnings - Gerry Ryan
We chat with Mitchelton Scott owner Gerry Ryan about the new era for the team.  Gerry opens up about the new management restructure as well as what happened in regards to the failed Manuela Fundación partnership.  We also go back to his beginnings as a young boy from Bendigo and trace the journey to becoming one of Australia's most successful businessmen.  In the current Covid-19 crises Gerry also discusses how he has managed his many business ventures through the tough times, particularly his theatre productions which are currently on hold globally.
July 7, 2020
Ep3 - What lies ahead for the TDU with Stuart O'Grady
How will European teams get to Australia for the TDU?  What does a cycling HUB look like?  Tour Down Under race director Stuart O'Grady answers all the pending pandemic questions surrounding the 2021 edition of the Tour Down Under.  We also deep dive into the highs and lows of his 20+ year career on the road and track.
June 30, 2020
Ep2 - Robbie McEwen the Speed Demon
Robbie McEwen at one time was considered one of the worlds best sprinters winning 12 stages of the Tour de France and the green jersey on three occasions (02,04,06.). We chat about his career both on and off the bike and the current state of cycling amongst the Covid-19 pandemic.
May 13, 2020
Ep1 - The route of the problem with Dan Jones
This first edition of the relaunched Detour Podcast goes back to the origins of the DeTour movie with legendary filmmaker Dan Jones.  We will discuss how a young 23 year old filmmaker got his first break to film the 2005 Tour de France and the journey since then.   QcivGVJ07u8xOjANM8pn
May 5, 2020