Race Report: Polish flyer Michal Kwiatkowski put Sagan to the sword with a fearsome burst of power inside the closing half-kilometer of pro cycling's gravel road classic - the 2014 Strade Bianche.
Race Report: The first weekend of northern cobbles have jarred the bones, shaken the senses and quickened the pulse. It's only a month until Flanders, and Roubaix! Today's 2014 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne revealed some very interesting shows of strength from certain teams; for others, a lot of work to be done and a few hard truths to hear.
INTERVIEW: The Grande Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia is less than four months away, but this spring comes with an Hibernian twist as cycle sport's coolest Grand Tour starts outside mainland Europe for the first time. PEZ snagged a precious slot in the crammed diary of the man behind the Giro's three-stage sojourn in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Darach McQuaid.
Women's pro cycling is deservedly picking up more and more of a profile, and why shouldn't it when the most complete racer in the world is the stand-out superstar? Marianne Vos can win on road, track and dirt but there are plenty of fast women chasing her wheels. Here's a look at who to watch in 2014.
With the pro cycling season starting this weekend Down Under and in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis, it's time to take a closer look at some of the promising new riders in the WorldTour. Young, talented and with WorldTour contracts these Neo Pros could well be the future of our sport.
This time last year, PEZ gave the old crystal ball a thorough polish to see if we could pick which of pro cycling's neo-pros might turn into stars. Some excelled, but others not so much - here's our report card!
The 2013 Grote Scheldeprijs was a hard fought battle through the fields of Belgium with their mix of cobbles and wind that always makes for some classic racing. Our own Gordan Cameron was inside ropes for sign on and the VIP tribune at the finishline - it's little wonder this was one of his favorite stories of the year.
Orica-GreenEDGE pro Simon Clarke has established himself as a serious World Tour hitter over the last couple of years. A breakout Vuelta King of the Mountains title and stage win in 2012 was followed by a solid 2013 topped with a top ten in the brutal Florence Worlds in September. How has this season been and what's in store for 2014? We recently caught up with Simon in Taiwan of all places to find out.
There's been a lot of chatter about the Tour of Flanders this past week since the organizers have again changed the parcours of the great event after supposedly listening to fans' input. Nothing beats the old parcours though, as PEZ-Man Gord Cameron saw in the best possible way earlier this year - from the saddle.
Which ladies set the roads on fire this year? One name may dominate, but there were a whole host of riders who made their mark on the women's racing scene in 2013. Our own Gordan Cameron takes a closer look at the 2013 season and names his 10 best performers of the women's peloton.
Roadside report: It's a challenge unlike any other. There may be races to higher altitudes, but for eye-watering gradients and morale-sapping length the Taiwan KOM Challenge trumps them all. World Tour riders have come here and had meltdowns – 87 kilometers of climbing can do that to you!
Taiwan KOM Challenge Roadside: Taiwan really is a stunning place, and I've barely seen any of the island. Today's press event was a photo and video call held by the seaside in Hualien. The sun's heat and light was benevolent rather than oppressive as the riders' minds turned to tomorrow's torture.
TCF Taiwan KOM Challenge: I've been very lucky to have covered racing for Pez in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, the UK, Andorra and Spain (for about five minutes) … but never anywhere quite like this. The spectacular and multicolored townscapes and lush mountains of Taiwan. In one of the friendliest societies around, lurks one of the hardest challenges in cycle sport.
Chasing Paris-Roubaix is always an adventure, but one that requires a plan. We'd set out to catch Paris-Roubaix with a four-stop strategy, under the experienced guidance of Velo Classic Tours. But lucky for us, these best-laid plans went awry in the most incredible way. This is the story of how we reached the velodrome on race day.
The route of the Tour de France 2014 has been presented today and the news is that the Vosges mountains will again feature in the race and in particular a summit finish at La Planche des Belle Filles - the site of Chris Froome's very first Tour stage win in 2012. Our very own Gordan Cameron was there roadside that day to catch the action and atmosphere that we will expect to see again in '14.
Race report: The Spanish pocket rocket Joaquim Rodriguez took a very popular victory at the 2013 Giro di Lombardia, for the second year in a row sloshing through the downpour to finish the season on a high. He held off Alejandro Valverde to drive a stake through the hearts of at least some of last week's world championship nightmares.
Portugal won a nerve-shreddingly tense finishing straight poker game over Spain as the smaller Iberian nation gave its neighbour a kicking in the 2013 World Cycling Championships Elite men's road race. Rui Costa, a double stage winner at this summer’s Tour de France had just enough to take a desperate sprint over Joaquim Rodriguez to grab the rainbow jersey.
It's just a shame that Joaquim Rodriguez lost so much time early on in this extraordinary Vuelta Espana; Purito produced a trademark last-gasp acceleration to snare the stage win today as Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Horner continued to throw heavyweight hooks at each other. Today, it was the American who landed the biggest blows, battering his Italian rival out of the red leader's jersey.
We used to see Ekimov try this nearly every day at the Tour de France back in the day, the last kilometer smash-and-grab raid. It didn't often work, but Bauke Mollema implemented the tactic to perfection today. A Vuelta-saving stage win for the Belkin leader, and here's how he did it ...
Race report: Yeah, procycling is easy. Romp the Tour de l’Avenir, get a World Tour contract, rock up to the Vuelta and trounce an elite breakaway group. Big congratulations to the super talent Warren Barguil for a perfectly executed stage victory on the stunning Catalan coast this afternoon.