Twisted Spoke Giro Podcast. Sky’s Roddy Hammersmythe on stage 2.

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Twisted Spoke Giro Podcast. Sky’s Roddy Hammersmythe on stage 2.


Welcome back to our exclusive interview series with Team Sky’s road captain for the Giro d’Italia, Roddy Hammersmythe.

If the name Roddy Hammersmythe is unfamiliar by the end of the Giro it certainly won’t be.

Roddy Hammersmythe 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. “It 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 |2019-02-03T16:29:29-08:00May 9th, 2010|Giro d'Italia, Podcasts, Sky|10 Comments

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  1. Machaca May 9, 2010 at 10:55 am - Reply

    We ♥ Roddy! We ♥ Roddy! I'm going to name my next son "Moby" in honor of Roddy's reference to the big whale.

    • walshworld May 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Machaca, get your gangland icon working, baby. Thanks for the props but I would seriously re-consider the Moby second child thing. Maybe a third dog or a gold fish. Although Roddy hates fish.

  2. Mike Pardue May 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    WOW In less than two minutes Roddy gave us
    *Stars and little people right
    *Moby Dick right
    *Tiltin at windmills right and
    *Skinny Basque riders right
    Bloody Brilliant! sign me up as the latest Roddy fan.I can’t wait for the next podcast
    You’ve outdone yourself on this one Mr.Walsh

    • walshworld May 9, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Mike, I've been thinking and scheming about Roddy for 6 months. WIfe thought I was crazy and had gone too far. Well, so far response has been excellent. Roddy is alive and ready to inflict his wisdom on the cycling world. As Roddy would say, "Bring the Hammer."

  3. Machaca May 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    By “next child” I of course meant my next overpriced aero wheelset . . . .

  4. joepappillon May 10, 2010 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Where in the hell is Roddy?!?! It's got to be getting close to midnight in Italy and still no interview with the man with a Moby Dick tattoo on his left bicep and the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel on his right (I heard that he has the words "Along with God and his mum, only *I* can judge Pippo Pozzato!" tattooed on his back. T/F?)!!

    Matt, can you get me Roddy's mobile #? I'd like to have one of my staff (probably my newest writer, Mellow Johnny) conduct a short print interview with Roddy for Pappillon.

  5. teamskyfans May 10, 2010 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I just noticed he has no profile page on teamskyfans either.. need to do something about that, but i cant find a palmares for him anywhere.. 😀


  6. teamskyfans May 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Ease up joe.. hes probably stuck in one of those crashes somewhere and is still riding.. 😀

    I think roddy needs a twitter account so he can fight with other riders.. 😀

  7. Neil May 13, 2010 at 1:51 am - Reply


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