Giro podcast: Roddy Hammersmythe on the rest day.

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Giro podcast: Roddy Hammersmythe on the rest day.


No rest day for the hardly weary in this year’s Giro d’Italia. We’re back with Team Sky’s road captain extraordinaire Roddy Hammersmythe and his unique perspective on riding the Italian grand tour.

Roddy answers any and all questions and is happy to respond to reader questions. Roddy’s Team Sky bio is right below.

Roddy Hammersymthe is a versatile rider, a rouler, hard man and captain on the road for Team Sky’s debut at the prestigious Giro D’Italia. The last man signed by manager Scott Sunderland, Roddy brings a wealth of experience and a dominating personality whenever and wherever there’s a bike race to be won.

There is no mistaking the excitment and passion Roddy brings to Team Sky. “My role is to bring the hammer,” he says. That’s the attitude, right? I set the tone on the squad and it’s all about the hammer.”

Working with a British team and so many British riders is a dream come true from Hammersmythe. “We got got something special here, it’s like when Deep Purple would hit the stage or Led Zeppelin. The lads believe in each other and we’re putting on a show,” says Roddy. We’re here to rock ‘n’ roll, top the podium and score UCI points.”

With major stars like Bradley Wiggins, Evald Boassen Hagen and Juan Antonio Flecha, it would be easy to overlook the major impact that Roddy has on the squad. “He’s the spark plus, the emotional leader of Sky, he brings the hammer,” says manager Scott Sunderland. “He makes my job easy, because Roddy knows exactly what to do at any given moment in a race. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen or done.”

Stay tuned because we’re sure you’ll be hearing plenty from Roddy as team Sky tackles the Giro for the first time.

By |2019-02-03T16:29:28-08:00May 11th, 2010|Giro d'Italia, Podcasts, Sky|7 Comments

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  1. Mike Pardue May 11, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Roddy sounds upset by the lack of respect.Rumors on the web are saying that Roddy only signed a one year deal with Sky.Apparently other teams have found out about this and a huge bidding war is going on behind the scenes for Roddy’s services in 2011. Bruyneel and Lance are in the mix and Vaughters wants him in retaliation for Sky pouching Wiggins. I can’t believe Sky will give up the Hammer without a fight. Of course everything is just rumor at this point

    • walshworld May 11, 2010 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Mike, thanks for stoking the fire. Yes, those rumors are in fact true. ROddy asked me to keep that in confidence but later in the Giro we will be adressing those rumors and getting Roddy’s comments. It would be sweet revenge for Vaughters to poach Hammersmythe and Lance likes the old guys. the true hard men he can count on. I may ask Vaughters point blank about Roddy and Garmin at the Tour of California.

  2. teamskyfans May 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I really must stop chuckling about skinny basque climbers.

  3. Bish May 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    quite possibly the least Mancunian person in the world – a west country/cockney mash up. love it! =0)

    • walshworld May 12, 2010 at 5:51 am - Reply

      Bish, can you twll I grew up listening to Monty Python and Michael Caine in the Ipcress File? So what would the man cities in the west country be?

  4. teamskyfans May 12, 2010 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Dunno, i was born in lancashire, grew up in the east end of london and lived the last twenty years in devon and cornwall… I sound just like that 😀

  5. Johnny Masury May 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Roddy sounds like a cross between Harry Shearer (from the Spinal tap days) and the geico gecko.
    Nice work mate.

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