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TOUR'18: Ed's First Rest Day Round Up!
Tour Rest Day No.1: As the Tour de France leaves the flat lands and launches into the Alps for the more decisive mountain stages. What have we learnt from the first week? Ed Hood take a look back at the first nine stages on the first Tour rest day as we wait for the peloton's appointment with destiny.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 16, 2018 - The Tour de France is in full swing as it leaves the cobbled behind and head for the hills. Sunday's stage finished any idea's of overall victory for Richie Porte - Top Story. All the results from France, plus the Österreich-Rundfahrt. Achievement of a lifetime: Heinrich Haussler, Williams joins Bahrain-Merida, Hirschi U23 Euro champion, Nijssen wins Wattmeister and cool Sagan.
TOUR'18 Stage 9: Degenkolb Resurfaces In Roubaix!
Stage Report: John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) brought two years of misery to a close with a riveting victory in Roubaix on Stage 9 of the Tour de France, bettering race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step) in a three-man sprint after a bruising stage over the “pavés du nord”.
PEZ Bookshelf: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
TDF'18 Stage 8: Groenewegen Grabs Gold Again
Photo Book: When you're hot, you're hot, and LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen stoked his winning form with another perfectly timed sprint into Amiens for stage 8 of the 2018 Tour de France. After 181 processional kilometers, perhaps the best part of the day for fans is this gallery of the day's best shots from pro photog Cor Vos.
TOUR'18: The First Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The Tour de France peloton has the opening week under its belt and so far everyone is still in the running for the overall win, give or take a minute here and there. We have seen a lot of images so far, but here are the ones we missed and some from behind scenes you'll never see anywhere else.
TOUR'18 Stage 7: Groenewegen Grabs Chartres!
Stage Report: After an 'easy day' of 231 kilometers from Fougères to Chartres the peloton animated its self in the finalé to fire LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen across the line ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and the green jersey wearing Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) held the overall lead with 6 seconds on Sky's Geraint Thomas.
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TOUR'18: The First Week Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The Tour de France peloton has the opening week under its belt and so far everyone is still in the running for the overall win, give or take a minute here and there. We have seen a lot of images so far, but here are the ones we missed and some from behind scenes you'll never see anywhere else.
TOUR'18: The PEZ Presentation Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: The excitement is rising as the Tour de France prepares for the Grand Depart on Saturday. The teams were presented to the fans on Thursday evening in La Roche-sur-Yon on the French coast - The PEZ Presentation Photo Gallery.
The Second Motivation For The Public At The Tour de France
Tour Caravan PeloPics: The Tour de France publicity caravan is the hight point of the race for many people, after the riders of course. It's not just the free gifts thrown out by the girls and boys atop the different vehicles, but all the noise and excitement building up to the main act of the day.
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Arundel Floor Pump 1 Review
The ARUNDEL Floor Pump 1 offers pro-level performance & quality for top level value - this bicycle tire pump costs just $99 US - and would make a handsome addition to any self-respecting road cyclist's work shop.
Lizard Skins Bar Tape - Which Thickness is Right for You?
Lizard Skins showed up at Sea Otter 2018 with something new – now offering three thicknesses of their DSP bar tape line. They’ve been making exceptional bar tape since 1993, and their DSP polymer, which combines comfort with a unique tackiness that enhances grip – was such a hit that they launched successful tape lines for baseball, hockey, and lacrosse.
KOO Orion Glasses: The First Look
VIDEO: The Koo Orion glasses are the newest eyewear from the Italian brand who also make KASK helmets. You've seen the gear on Team Sky riders, and while lens and frame shape will likely be the #1 reason you'd buy these, they're also heavy with features like Zeiss lenses, arms that adjust length-wise to fit different sized heads, and a nifty anti-fog vent.
First Look: BONT HELIX Road Shoe at Sea Otter 2018
VIDEO: I talked with Stephen from BONT Shoes about their all new HELIX road shoe, with carbon sole and fully integrated BOA laces that actually wrap completely around the foot. The fit is enhanced with an anatomically shaped toe box, and they're offered in a few cool color options. You can buy 'em online for US$399, or at a select dealer.
Gravel Bike Review: Niner RLT 9 RDO
With the growing trend for Gravel road cycling, it’s a section of our sport that we can’t ignore nor do we want to, since it's an awesome way to simply enjoy more riding.  Here's a closer look at the Niner RLT RDO, a gravel / adventure bike from some guys with deep roots on off-road cycling.
Lake CX402 Shoe Review: Custom Comes At A Price!
One of the biggest boosts for your Mojo is new shoes, and Chuck Peña has gone to the top shelf for a pair of Lake CX402s. Not cheap, but a work of shoe art in 'carbon and kangaroo leather… dead sexy!' is Chuck's description of Lake’s flagship model. But are custom fit, colors, and kanga-leather worth the price?
TOUR'18: Ed's First Rest Day Round Up!
Tour Rest Day No.1: As the Tour de France leaves the flat lands and launches into the Alps for the more decisive mountain stages. What have we learnt from the first week? Ed Hood take a look back at the first nine stages on the first Tour rest day as we wait for the peloton's appointment with destiny.
TOUR'18 Stage 9: Degenkolb Resurfaces In Roubaix!
Stage Report: John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) brought two years of misery to a close with a riveting victory in Roubaix on Stage 9 of the Tour de France, bettering race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step) in a three-man sprint after a bruising stage over the “pavés du nord”.
TDF'18 Stage 8: Groenewegen Grabs Gold Again
Photo Book: When you're hot, you're hot, and LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen stoked his winning form with another perfectly timed sprint into Amiens for stage 8 of the 2018 Tour de France. After 181 processional kilometers, perhaps the best part of the day for fans is this gallery of the day's best shots from pro photog Cor Vos.
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Travel: Southern France Stay & Ride
Cycling in France, it's a dream for many and has been a dream come true for our Australian PEZ man in France, Chris Selden who has been living in various parts of France since 2008. Now Chris is sharing his dream with others after he has bought and renovated a beautiful old house in the South of France that he is renting out for visiting cyclists.
It's Negroni Week: Back to Barolino!
Negroni Week on PEZ wouldn't be complete without homage to a true maestro of mixology. I speak only of Marco - proprietor of the legendary Barolino in Levanto Italy.  I vowed after first discovering his bar at the 2009 Giro to return one day with Mrs. Pez - and order two of his finest Negronis.
My Favorite Climb: Col de la Rouquette
With more than 25 years of racing experience around the world under his belt it's fair to say that our man in France, Chris Selden has ridden up a lot of climbs in his life. His choice of a favorite climb amongst the thousands that he's done though is a bit of a surprise, the Col de la Roquette in the Hérault Valley in France.
Top Ride Revisited: Gran Fondo Damiano Cunego!
As part of our stay with Garda Bike Hotel for the Pez 10th Anniversary, we signed up to ride the GF Damiano Cunego in nearby Verona. Our hosts Nicola & Alberto know the region, the people, and handled all the details for our stay in Lake Garda, which left nothing for us to do except enjoy the ride.
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PEZ Bookshelf: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
Roadside Roubaix'18: Dan Does L'enfer du Nord!
Roadside PEZ: On Sunday, the 2018 Tour de France hits the famous cobbles of Paris-Roubaix for stage 9 and as PEZ-man Daniel Thevenon will be writing the race report we look back at 'Dan's Day in Hell'. Keep it PEZ for all the Tour action.
PEZ Bookshelf: Mapping Le Tour!
Book Review: As the 2018 Tour kicks off on the French coast, Leslie Reissner takes a trip down Memory Lane and journeys the Tour de France routes of the past. Mapping le Tour by Ellis Bacon maps the journey taken from the first Tour to 2014 when the French race hit the roads of Yorkshire.
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Sunweb: Stage 9 Roubaix After Movie
Team Sunweb take you behind the scenes with their latest #InsideOut feature at stage nine of the Tour de France, as the peloton tackled the cobbles of Roubaix.
Cobbles Are In Our DNA
Quick-Step Floors CEO Patrick Lefevere, sports director Tom Steels, Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra and Belgian Champion Yves Lampaert talked of the inextricable link between the team and the pavé and the impact the cobbles could have on the Tour de France general classification.
Pre Vs Post Ride Coffee - What do Cyclists Prefer?
Coffee is a major part of the cycling culture. There’s no doubt about it. In fact, many cyclists jokingly say that if it wasn’t for a coffee they may not even ride at all!
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Toolbox: Beat the Heat - With Your Brain
We have just passed the summer solstice and most of us in the northern hemisphere are facing long and hot days on the bike. There are lots of ways to improve our physical capacity in hot conditions, but can we improve our riding through improving our psychological response to heat stress?
Le Tour: Sprinters' Checklist
TOOLBOX: With the 105th le Tour de France starting on July 7, much of the focus will be on climbers & general classification riders, but with eight flat stages, the Tour is an excellent opportunity for the sprinters to shine too. This unique discipline requires a certain type of rider - with only a few possessing the physiology and mentality to bang shoulders and wheels at 50+ mph.
Toolbox: Safe Travel Medicine
Whether travelling internationally for work, vacation or athletic competition, it’s important to prepare ahead. Medical and health aspects to consider when travelling include: travel and health advisories, immunizations, medications, and jet lag.
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DS Mario Aerts About the Team Training Camp in Livigno
While the Tour de France is underway, a major part of the other Lotto Soudal riders is currently staying in Livigno from 7 until 22 July to prepare for the second part of the season.
CCC Taking Over Team BMC Sponsorship in 2019
The future of Continuum Sports, currently operating as BMC Racing Team, was confirmed on the first rest day of the Tour de France with the news that Polish shoe and bag company CCC will become title sponsor in 2019.
Eric Young Completes the Three-Peat at ​ ​Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix
Prior to the 2018 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, the list of men’s cyclists who had won the famed race three times in a row stood at just one - Canadian cycling legend Ron Hayman.
Host City of Three-Time World Champion Peter Sagan’s Road Gran Fondo Announced
Bike Monkey, in partnership with Grand Tour stage winner and three-time World Champion Peter Sagan announced Windsor, California as the host city for the upcoming Sagan Road Fondo.
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Readers' Rigs: Favaloro Puma XLight
As a lover of high end bikes, our reader Andy from Connecticut was always going to get a special bike when he went bike shopping but instead of just another off the shelf option he instead went all out with a sweet custom Favaloro Puma XLIGHT from Italy decked out with full Campag Super Record of course. Bellissimo!
Readers' Rigs: Trek Discovery Roubaix Special
This Trek is a special bike for many reasons: it has suspension, it has ridden Paris-Roubaix, it's an ex-team bike and it holds great memories of a wonderful man who is no longer with us. Martin Clark put the bike together in memory of his friend and took it back to Roubaix.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized Allez Sprint LTD
Today's reader is Aaron from Australia who has recently added to his ever growing stable of Specialized bikes with a new Allez Sprint LTD in bright pink which certainly doesn't go unnoticed on the roads down under.
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Aqua Blue Sport's Matt Brammeier - PEZ Talk!
Rider Interview: After a long professional career and many teams, Matt Brammeier has decided to hang up his wheels and move behind the scenes to tutor the U23 Men’s Endurance Academy at British Cycling. Ed Hood caught up with the Irish multi National champion to talk past, present and future.
Alejandro Valverde Back To The Tour de France
Valverde's Tour Preview: Alejandro Valverde; the Spanish allrounder is returning to the 'Grande Boucle' after his brutal crash on stage 1 of 2017 race. That crash nearly put an end to Bala's sporting career, but the man from Murcia has come back stronger in 2018 with a dozen victories before the Tour start. Here are his thoughts on the big race.
Nairo Quintana's 2018 Tour de France Preview
Quintana's Tour Preview: The 2018 Tour de France starts on the French coast on Saturday the 7th of July and the teams are wound up for the big 'Grand Depart'. The Movistar team is starting with three leaders, Nairo Quintana. Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa. We have the first of a three-part series with Blues' big names for the 'Grande Boucle'.
Landa Set For Maiden Tour de France With Movistar
Landa's Tour Preview: The second Movistar Tour interview is with Mikel Landa. The Basque climber is set to take the start of the Tour de France for the first time with the powerful Telefónica-backed squad, alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Landa's third Tour appearence, but first with Movistar; the strongest team on the Vendée start line of the 'Grande Boucle'.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 16, 2018 - The Tour de France is in full swing as it leaves the cobbled behind and head for the hills. Sunday's stage finished any idea's of overall victory for Richie Porte - Top Story. All the results from France, plus the Österreich-Rundfahrt. Achievement of a lifetime: Heinrich Haussler, Williams joins Bahrain-Merida, Hirschi U23 Euro champion, Nijssen wins Wattmeister and cool Sagan.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
July 12, 2018 - The Tour de France has been to the seaside, but it's no holiday! All the news from “la Grande Boucle”. Not just the Tour, also Österreich-Rundfahrt. The all powerful ASO rule the roost-Top Story. Other cycling news: Eros Poli, Sunweb to La Course, Schmidt and Biermans stay with Katusha-Alpecin and Mediofondo Casartelli postponed. A full EUROTRASH Thursday.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 09, 2018 - The 2018 Tour de France is two stages in, we catch up with all the fun from “la Grande Boucle” and Austria. Chris Froome has been keeping the Tour in the news - Top Story. Not all Tour: Hansgrohe extends with Bora, 2 years for Politt and Zabel, land art for the Tour of Britain, la Vuelta safety campaign and Tom Veelers' coaching debut video.