Welcome to the Tacx Turbo Talks! In this series of short but powerful podcasts we connect you to our WorldTour partner teams during the cycling season. You get a nice and unique ‘view’ behind the scenes during the big races and Grand Tours. There will be a new podcast every week with different topics like race tactics, insight information, how to climb, sprint, and warm-up, how to win or defend a Grand Tour jersey and much more. Have fun listening!
Tacx Turbo Talks – Indoor season
We hope you enjoyed our podcasts during the cycling season! During the indoor season, the frequency will be a bit lower and the approach will be slightly different.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 26
CANYON//SRAM Racing’s team manager and sports director Ronny Lauke joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the final of the Zwift Academy 2019. He explains how the idea of the Zwift Academy started (1:54), the qualification process of the Zwift Academy and the aim of the training camp with CANYON//SRAM Racing (4:04), the selection criteria and process to determine the winner (7:27), how the final call is being made (10:55), how the team is involved in the Zwift Academy from the start (11:20), how past winners have developed within the team and why age is not a limiting factor (12:45), the integration and evaluation of the Zwift Academy winner within the team (15:19), his best advice for the three finalists (20:59), and the growth of cycling as an e-sport (23:35).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 25
Sebastian Kienle joins the 25th episode of the Tacx Turbo Talks to look back at the Ironman World Championships and his 2019 season. He talks about how he deals with the post Kona blues (0:47), his feelings about the race and his entire 2019 season (3:45), how his mindset helped him to a podium finish (5:35), the financial and sportive benefits of finishing 3rd instead of 4th (8:45), his special friendship with Ben Hoffmann (12:30), his motivation and appreciation for the life as a professional triathlete (16:30), and his favourite Tacx workout (20:42). He then takes the time to answer a great variety of Tacx Turbo Talks fan questions: from his current FTP to where he’ll spend Christmas, and from his favourite 70.3 course to who he thinks could be the next non-German winner in Kona (23:32). Enjoy!
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 24
Cyclocross legend Sven Nys joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to chat about the upcoming 2019-2020 season. He talks about the globalization and growth of the sport and the challenges it brings (2:41), the importance of having a diverse and international World Cup calendar (6:16), the popularity of the sport amongst young and old in Belgium (7:45), the exceptional talent of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert and how cyclocross benefits their road racing (9:45), the possible shift in training they cause (12:17), his expectations of the riders of his Telenet Baloise Lions team this season (14:11), and how he tries to guide his son Thibau through the sport (16:02). To end the podcast he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (18:46) and tells us what we should look forward to the most this season (21:19).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 23
Mikkel Honoré of Deceuninck – Quick Step joins the Tacx Turbo Talks this weeks. He looks ahead to the Tacx Pro Classic and its challenging conditions (1:04), shares his experiences riding on Dutch roads (2:05), his expectations for the race (4:09), the main lesson and highlight in his first year as a pro (5:53), his outlook for next season and his off season plans (9:17), what it was like racing with Elia Viviani (13:17), and he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:51).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 22
Patrik Nilsson of BMC Vifit Pro Triathlon Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to preview the famous triathlon World Championships in Kona. He talks about acclimatising to hot and humid conditions (1:16), what makes Kona so special compared to other races (2:45), how he dealt with struggling from cramping issues in 2018 (5:42), his goal for this year’s race and the ideal scenario (8:10), the benchmark that the Germans Jan Frodeno, Patrick Lange, and Sebastian Kienle are setting in the sport (11:25), and he attempts to make podium predictions (13:28). Patrik then reveals the secret about his hair in the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (15:16), before giving a tip to age-group triathletes to improve their cycling (16:02) and his favourite Tacx workout (17:04).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 21
Anna van der Breggen of Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks from Yorkshire to chat about the World Championships. She talks about her silver medal in the time trial (0:56), her year in the rainbow jersey (2:20), deciding on the team tactics with a chance to go back-to-back world titles (3:50), how the challenging course and weather conditions can affect the race (6:04), the myth of the knitted rainbow coloured cycling gloves (11:20), her impressive resume and goals for the future (12:04), and she answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (13:27).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 20
Alex Dowsett of Team Katusha Alpecin joins the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast. He talks about the Tour of Britain and the growth of cycling in the UK (0:44), his focus on the time trial and his tailored preparation for the World Championships in Yorkshire (3:41), the course and length of the time trial (7:56), the world hour record and his ambition for a new attempt (9:53), the favourites for the world time trial title (14:11), the phenomenon Remco Evenepoel (15:59), MVDP being the favourite for the road race (21:08), and his own expectations (22:14). He then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (23:26), before talking about his condition haemophilia and his charity Little Bleeders (24:06).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 19
Alberto Contador is this week’s guest on the Tacx Turbo Talks. ‘El Pistolero’ talks about finishing his career on a high in La Vuelta 2017 (1:15), how he keeps fit and trains on the Tacx Neo 2 to prepare for his Gran Fondo (1:50), his favourite workout on the Neo 2 (4:00), this year’s Vuelta and his observations in the GC battle (5:42), his favourite Vuelta memory and preferred Grand Tour (8:51), what makes La Vuelta often so unpredictable (10:37), why he started his own team through his foundation (12:45), and the World Tour ambitions for his team (14:55). To finish the show, he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (16:54).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 18
Felix Großschartner of BORA – Hansgrohe joins the Tacx Turbo Talks on the first rest day of La Vuelta. He discusses his rest day activities (0:53), the first week of racing and his focus for this Vuelta (2:09), playing FIFA with other riders in the peloton (4:01), the objective for the rest of the Vuelta (5:10), switching from skiing to cycling (7:43), and his development over the years and future goals (9:41). He then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (12:52), and talks about the band of brothers within BORA – Hansgrohe (14:04).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 17
Sebastian Fini of CST Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast to chat about the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. He talks about missing out on the podium in the Team Relay event (0:48), the course in Mont-Saint-Anne and how he adapts to the circumstances (2:55), the importance of the start (7:25), the variation in his training (9:39), how he started racing on a MTB (11:35), and his goals for the Cross Country event and the future (12:18). He then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:48), before finishing with rapid fire (15:36).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 16
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana Pro Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks ahead of La Vuelta. He talks about previous successful participations (0:47), dealing with the disappointment of this year’s Tour de France (2:36), his preparation for La Vuelta (4:40), the strength of Astana for this Vuelta (5:58), how the Vuelta differs from other Grand Tours (7:41), looking forward to the World Championships and Tokyo 2020 (9:16), and his contract extension with Astana (11:14). He then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (13:05), before he goes through our rapid fire round (13:58).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 15
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Bigla Pro Cycling joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about her 2019 season. She talks about the increase in fans and media attention (1:04), her successful spring classics campaign (2:47), the hiccup that lead to a disappointing Giro Rosa (4:56), bouncing back in La Course (7:16), Bigla Pro Cycling’s dominance in the Tour of Scotland (8:31), and she looks ahead to the World Championships in Yorkshire (10:26). Cecilie then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (13:23), before concluding the chat by answering rapid fire questions (15:33).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 14
Niki Terpstra of Team Total Direct Energie is this week’s guest on the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast. He talks about his recovery from a shoulder injury sustained in the Tour de France (0:45), the European Championships near his hometown, designing the course, and his expectations of the race (2:06), getting back to race fitness and goals for the remainder of the season (5:00), young riders coming through at the highest level (8:22), and his first season and role at Team Total Direct Energie (9:25), before he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (11:38), and goes through the rapid fire round (12:57).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 13
Stefan de Bod of Team Dimension Data joins the Tacx Turbo Talks ahead of the Tour de Pologne. He talks about the challenges obtaining the right visa to race in Europe (0:57), how it affects his chances of riding La Vuelta (2:12), his breakthrough 3rd place overall in Tour of Austria (3:59), his role at the Tour de Pologne (5:07), being new to riding at the World Tour level (6:10), his goals and plans for the rest of the season (8:54), representing the Qhubeka charity and how bicycles change life (10:02), and about his first bike and love for cycling (11:45). Stefan then reveals a secret skill in answering the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (13:11), before he answers a round of rapid fire questions (14:52).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 12
Michael Woods of EF Education First Pro Cycling joins the Tacx Turbo Talks from the second rest day in the 2019 Tour de France. He talks about riding with two broken ribs (0:39), the physical and mental challenge it provides (2:25), the goals for the third week of the Tour (4:06), how the heat and altitude will affect the peloton and the team’s leader Rigoberto Uran (4:47), how his experience of competing at the highest level in running helps his cycling career (7:14), the overwhelming amount of support from Canada (10:15), before he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (11:05), and wraps it up by answering a round of rapid fire questions (11:43).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 11
Kasper Asgreen from Deceuninck – Quick Step joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the Tour de France. He talks about the first ten days of this year’s Tour (0:40), the recovery from his crash on stage 3 (2:30), the team’s goals in the next part of the Tour (4:06), rocking the Danish national time trial jersey on stage 13 (5:43), his rest day activities (8:45), the new young talented generation of Danish cyclists (9:32), before he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (11:45).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 10
Thomas De Gendt from Lotto-Soudal joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the 2019 Tour de France. He talks about the fight to get in the breakaway in this Tour (1:20), the battle for the win and KOM points on La Planche des Belles Filles (2:27), the pressure of performing in the Tour de France (4:22), what a structured day in the Tour looks like (5:56), and his non-massage, non-warm up preferences and dealing M&M’s in the peloton (8:37). He then shares what his power efforts are when he’s trying to get into a breakaway (10:47), the satisfaction of being in the breakaway (13:04), who his favorite breakaway companions would be (14:00), before he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (15:13) and predicts the winner of the Tour (16:05).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 9
Tony Martin from Jumbo-Visma joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to preview the 2019 Tour de France. He talks about starting his 11th TDF (0:51), chances to grab the yellow jersey (1:48), his role on the team this Tour de France (2:41), his first long training camp at altitude (4:14), how his experience can help the team and improve the team time trial (6:09), and what brought him to Jumbo-Visma (8:28). He then shares how he ended up riding with sandpaper on his saddle (10:25), before he answers Jeanne Korevaar’s Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (12:03).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 8
CCC-Liv’s Jeanne Korevaar joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the Dutch national road race championships and the Giro Rosa. She talks about the warm weather conditions (1:05), how she and her entire family got involved in cycling (2:53), the race tactics for the nationals (5:29), her dream scenario and that winning feeling (6:15), her 2019 season so far and development as a rider (8:24), the excitement of riding the upcoming Giro Rosa (10:00), the biggest lesson learnt from riding with Marianne Vos (12:45), and she answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:27).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 7
Nathan Haas from Team Katusha Alpecin joins the Tacx Turbo Talks from the Tour de Suisse. He talks about riding in wet weather, his Tour de Suisse so far, finding form this season and the hunt for a Tour de France spot, and on having a bet with his director on his time trial result. He then answers not one, but two Tacx Turbo Talks fan questions of the week before sharing his love for Canberra’s cycling scene and looking ahead to the World Championships in Yorkshire.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 6
Canyon//SRAM Racing’s Tiffany Cromwell joins the Tacx Turbo Talks straight after stage 4 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. She discusses the race and its popularity with fans and riders, the development of women’s cycling, getting more women on the bike through the Women’s 100, her role in the upcoming Giro Rosa and La Course, and Tokyo 2020 plus her love for Japan. She then answers the food related Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week, before talking about her infamous banana bread and the best food experiences on cycling adventures.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 5
EF Education First’s Tejay van Garderen joins the Tacx Turbo Talks for its fifth episode. Tejay raves about his recent visit to Colombia, before zooming in on the Dauphine, explaining why it fits his Tour de France preparation, how he feels coming in to the race and what opportunities lie ahead. Tejay then explains EF Education First’s emphasis on (team) time trials this year, how Rigoberto Uran is the number one option for the Tour, and whether he has an advantage racing at altitude. To wrap things up, Tejay answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week about weight training and what the rest of the season might have in store for him.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 4
Jay McCarthy from BORA-hansgrohe joins the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast on the last rest day of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Jay talks about the great Giro for his team so far, his rest day program, the team backing sprinter Pascal Ackermann, his role helping out on both sprint and mountain stages, being prepared for a frantic uphill start of a wet stage, the ambitions for the final week of the Giro, long term personal goals, and he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 3
Bob Jungels joins the Tacx Turbo Talks on the first rest day of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. He talks about the long and tough start of the Giro, on finding his rhythm and climbing legs after a break from racing since Tour of Flanders, on preparing for the Giro after his cobbled classics campaign, the team’s spirit after the first week of the Giro and his ambitions, the current GC standings and gaps between the contenders, and Bob answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week before telling about his involvement in the annual junior race GP Bob Jungels.
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 2
Caleb Ewan joins the Tacx Turbo Talks from the Giro d’Italia to talk about all things sprinting. He talks about coming close to the win on stage 2 and 4, his new sprint train and working on the lead-out train, on becoming stronger and more versatile as a rider, on having the pressure of being the main guy in a grand tour, on the upcoming days and sprint opportunities in the Giro, looking ahead to the Tour de France and he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week!
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 1
In our first podcast we’re looking forward to the Giro d’Italia with Ben O’Connor. In last edition of the Giro d’Italia the rider of Team Dimension Data was heading for a neat top 10 finish in his first ever Grand Tour. But with just two days to go the 23 year old fell on the descent of the Col de Sestrière, breaking his collarbone and ending his race. For this year’s Giro he is again the team’s main hope for the overall classification. How does he look forward to this Grand Tour and what will be his tactics to revanche the drama last year’s La Corsa Rosa?