Stages - Lance Armstrong's Tour de France podcast
Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 10:16AM
John Koenig

It’s the time of year when Americans suddenly pay attention to professional cycling. The Tour de France began yesterday with a rainy, slippery, crash-filled time trial, providing immediate drama. One long-shot favorite ended up in the hospital, another rode either cautiously or doesn’t have the legs. Team Sky is now the prohibitive favorite to once more help Froome repeat as champion, but all the mountains and sprints and effort, the work, the blood and guts, remain ahead for all 199 riders. 

Watching the Tour online is easy now; highlights appear on YouTube almost as they happen, it seems. Lots of feeds from Europe are available. Plenty of commentary and opinion is online - everyone is a Tour de France expert (I listen to Bob Roll). 

In modern bike racing, who is better qualified to break down each day’s racing in podcast form than Lance Armstrong? Nobody. Whatever your feelings about Lance, put them aside and listen to Stages, his new daily Tour de France podcast.

Co-hosted by Armstrong’s old friend from Austin radio, JB Hager, Stages is compelling and refreshingly different than traditional cycling commentary. Armstrong is watching each stage on TV just like we do. He and Hager talk about what they saw, answer some listener questions, and note all the interesting insights Lance has that we’ll never notice. He knows the peleton and race strategy inside and out, and brings insight to his commentary unlike anyone else's. 

With the episode covering the first road stage, Armstrong clearly is relaxing and beginning to hit his stride. He pulls no punches in his opinion of VeloNews, and some race management personnel involved in this race. I love it.

Lance Armstrong knows all there is to know about professional cycling. His insights are unique, and he smoothly delivers them in a low-key, entertaining manner. If anyone is going to tell it like it is, it’ll be Armstrong. As he points out in the introductory episode, he's no longer working in the cycling industry and can afford to pull no punches.

Stages and Lance Armstrong is must listening for me. Search for Stages wherever you get podcasts, or go to their site. The podcast appears in my feed only an hour or so after the stage ends. Oh, and big bonus points to Lance, or whoever selects his intro and outro music; it rocks! Great guitar, '60s oriented instrumentals. Damn fine.

http://lancearmstrong.com/stages

 

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