Twisted Spoke Giro podcast. Sky’s Roddy Hammersmythe on Wiggin’s big win.

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Twisted Spoke Giro podcast. Sky’s Roddy Hammersmythe on Wiggin’s big win.


We’re back with our exclusive phone interviews with Roddy Hammersmythe, Team Sky’s road captain during their first Giro D’Italia. The always entertaining Hammersmythe gives us an insight into why Bradley Wiggins was able to win the opening prologue.

For those few people who don’t know about the popular and entertaining British rider, here are excerpts from his Team Sky Bio:

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. “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 |2019-02-03T16:29:29-08:00May 8th, 2010|Giro d'Italia, Podcasts, Sky|9 Comments

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  1. Machaca May 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I think I saw Roddy up on Mount Tam today in his full Team Sky regalia. Of course he was hammering a blistering pace . . . .

  2. phil May 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    bloody brilliant. can wiggo go to eleven?

    • walshworld May 8, 2010 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Phil, you're the first Roddy fan, congratulations. I'll be chatting with Mr. Hammersmythe after each stage of the Giro so keep listening and spread the word.

  3. joepappillon May 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Hammersmythe is definitely funny. Great quotes.

  4. drfrot May 9, 2010 at 1:28 am - Reply

    “It’s not like it’s the Tour of Egypt, man…”


    • walshworld May 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      GLad you like Roddy. He’s a rock n’ roller, baby.

  5. teamskyfans May 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Genius.. we approve muchly..

    • walshworld May 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Good to hear from the Sky Fans. I was hoping Roddy would find a place in your hearts. I’ll be chatting with him after every stage of the Giro. Now you just have to get the Team to embrace him. Then we’ll bring him along for the TDF.

  6. Yo Vinny! May 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Bloody brilliant man….right! I need to dig under the bucket…right! I am a fan


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