PouwerPlay Peloton: Aussie road season 2017, off-season moves and 2018 ft. Kieran Pender (Ep. 01)

Talking the highlights, disappointments and breakthroughs of the 2017 men's Australian cycling road season with cycling writer Kieran Pender. Also discussing off-season moves and a look ahead to the 2018 season.

Show notes:

1:45 Kieran Pender's introduction in the peloton

5:20 2017: a year of mixed cycling memories for Australian

7:05: Michael 'Bling' Matthews' historical ride to green

9:50 What's next for Bling as sprinter who can climb?

12:45 The Bling vs Sagan comparison and future duels

14:20 Standout performances: McCarthy maturing and Richie's development

16:50 Richie Porte and the Tour de France: a now or never combination?

18:47 How crashes affected the 2017 season for Aussie riders

21:12 The curse of bad luck for Rohan Dennis

22:33 Gerrans and Ewan disappoint for Orica-Scott in the 2017 season?

24:31 Breakthrough performances of Turbo Durbo, Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton

29:31 Discussing off-season moves of Haas, Gerrans and Orica-Scott

33:15 The importance of team culture and team morale

34:57 Orica's look (and name), and targets for 2018

37:31 Spring classics: under appreciated in Australia?

39:50 The dependency of funding for the development of Australian cycling