Episode 1165: Munster’s Scar Tissue, Ross Byrne And JJ’s Big Day Out, Sam Bennett’s Giro Feast, Jose v Gary
Sam Bennett hails from two of the world’s cycling hotbeds – Belgium, and Carrick On Suir Co. Waterford – and this year’s Giro d’Italia has been his break out tour, winning two stages so far, the first Irish rider to win multiple stages of a Grand Tour since Sean Kelly in the 1988 Vuelta.
‘That was genius timing!’ ????
Sam Bennett pips Elia Viviani to get his first ever Grand Tour stage win after a frantic sprint finish! ????#Giro101 pic.twitter.com/XtcSAWjULW
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 11, 2018
Cillian Kelly of Velocast joins us to detail Sam’s background, to put the enormity of the wins in context, and we ask if Bennett can dine out on this success, literally, for the rest of his life.
This is the first time ever that Ireland have four current professional cyclists who have won a Grand Tour stage:
— Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton) May 11, 2018
Leinster and Munster come into this weekend’s Pro 14 semi final in contrasting moods. Munster flamed out against Racing 92, while Leinster have another European Cup in the bag. Its a huge day for the two 10’s selected, JJ Hanrahan and Ross Byrne, who are both looking to make the next step in their careers. We ask Liam Toland if Munster can deal with the mental scar tissue from previous semi finals, and if Leinster’s electric back three of Carbery, Larmour and Lowe can be forced into making defensive errors.
I met former Ireland international Tony Buckley on Wednesday with the intention of looking back on Munster’s last European Cup triumph 10 years ago. What we ended up discussing was far more important than rugby. https://t.co/BTRwNxY1DE
— Paul Dollery (@PaulDollery) May 18, 2018
Plus there’s Jose V Gary ahead of the FA Cup final, Ulster’s distractions ahead of their do or die European Cup playoff, Munster’s South African influence, Sean Kelly emotes, and Froome’s PED limbo.
Jose Mourinho takes thinly-veiled swipe at Gary Neville https://t.co/8fixXXc9Q9 #mufc pic.twitter.com/jW6u5KmztR
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) May 18, 2018
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