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Team Sunweb and AG2R La Mondiale report cards – Podcast

SAINTMARTINDERE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 08 Nicholas Roche of Ireland and Team Sunweb Crash Injury during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 10 a 1685km stage from ile dOleron Le Chateau dOleron to ile de Re Saint Martin de Re TDF2020 LeTour on September 08 2020 in Saint Martin de Re France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Nicolas Roche in action at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In this week’s edition of the Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you by Sportful and Pinarello – we hear from Nicolas Roche about his 2020 season and the success of his Team Sunweb squad. 

The Irishman played a significant part in the team’s success this year, which included three Tour de France stage wins. He talks about his road captain role and plans for next season, when Team Sunweb will be known as Team DSM after securing sponsorship from the major, Dutch-based nutrition, health and sustainable living product company.

We also hand out season review report cards on Team Sunweb and AG2R La Mondiale, and we ask our listeners to record a new version of the Cyclingnews podcast theme tune.

With just five wins this year, which was a third of what they won in 2019, AG2R La Mondiale had a tough season. Their standout riders were Nans Peters at the Tour de France and then Benoît Cosnefroy, who took three of their wins. At 25, he’s really starting to fulfill the potential he showed when he won the World Under 23 title in 2017. 

However, the team as a whole struggled, losing Romain Bardet at the Tour to a crash and concussion, and then missing out on a glut of victories in smaller races in France after the majority of them were cancelled. We review their year, Ed Pickering from Procycling awards them a grade, while we also cast our eyes over their 2021 roster.

Over at Team Sunweb, the German registered team won 16 races, which is their most since 2014 when they had 41 wins. They won three stages in the Tour, Fleche Wallonne, finished second in the Giro d’Italia, and had two of this year’s breakthrough riders in Jai Hindley and Marc Hirschi.

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