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Cyclist Magazine Podcast Episode 11 – Connor Swift and his Tour de France debut

James and Joe catch up with Connor Swift fresh off the back of his Tour de France debut

Cyclist magazine
24 Sep 2020

The 107th Tour de France has just finished and proved to be one of the most dramatic editions in modern history.

21-year-old Tadej Pogačar shocked the cycling world on the penultimate day's time-trial on La Planche des Belles Filles by overturning a 57-second deficit to Slovenian compatriot Primož Roglič, eventually winning Le Tour by 59 seconds. It truly was one for the ages!

But while Slovenian Pogrog battled it out for the Maillot Jaune, there was also a 24-year-old Yorkshireman by the name of Connor Swift riding his way around France on Grand Tour debut.

As recent as 2019, Swift was racing for the now-defunct British Continental team Madison Genesis at the Tour Series in Redditch. Last Sunday, he finished cycling's biggest race.

So James and Joe got on the phone and had a chat with Swift to see what it was like to make his Grand Tour debut, talk being Nairo Quintana's personal bodyguard, whether he made any enemies in the peloton and what it was like to get in a Champs-Élysées breakaway.

James also takes us through his recent trip to Italy which included plenty of beautiful mountains and sadness at the demise of the breakfast buffet while Joe gives us a sneak preview into what to expect on the next episode!

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