Thanks to his amazing stamina and efforts of completing the Giro, Tour & Vuelta in the same year for the last two years running, Adam Hansen is one of the most popular domestiques in the WorldTour. He's not just a popular guy thanks to his physical capabilities though he's also got a lot of interesting things to say off the bike as we recently found out during an off season chat with the Lotto-Belisol strongman.
PEZ caught up with Daniel Friebe, author of ‘Eddy Merckx – The Cannibal’, to talk about the book and the difficulties of writing about Merckx, as well as nostalgia in cycling, doping (of course), and gladioli.
A cycling legend in Canada, Alex Stieda won a Commonwealth Games medal on the track in the pursuit and was a professional in Europe and North America for eight years from the mid-80s to early-90s, and wore the yellow jersey at the Tour (the first North American to do so, as everyone knows). Still deeply involved with cycling, PEZ proposed a quick tour of his cycling history, past to present.
With the Tour de France less than two weeks away, what better way to get primed for the Grand Boucle than a look back at the best edition? Richard Moore says that the 1986 Tour de France was the greatest in history, an epic battle between team mates Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault. With VeloPress releasing a new edition of his book recently, PEZ had the chance to speak with Moore.
Garmin-Barracuda has come a long way since its humble beginnings as Team Slipstream-Chipotle in 2007, now with a Grand Tour win from Ryder Hesjedal in this year's Giro d'Italia. PEZ spoke with the author of Argyle Armada, a book chronicling the team, just before the Giro and the Tour of California....and then again after the team's biggest ever win at the Giro d'Italia.
By 1943, Italy was in chaos. For even a well-known sporting hero such as Gino Bartali, his public profile was no guarantee of his safety. Yet Bartali chose an even more risky course of action, as foreshadowed in Part 1. He would subsequently go on to even greater sporting and public glory.
Gino Bartali, the great Italian rider of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, would be a legend if it were just for his exploits on the bike. But his career spanned tragedy and triumph for Italy as a whole and Bartali managed to be at the centre of the action.
The Tour of Flanders is tough enough to have ensured that no rider has ever won it more than three times - and there have been only four who have managed it. One of those riders was an Italian, Fiorenzo Magni.
In 1946, in his first major race after spending most of World War 2 in a British prison camp, Fausto Coppi set out to win Milano-Sanremo. To do so, he took – for the time – three unconventional steps.
We’ve just reviewed the new Team 7-Eleven book on PEZ, but wanted to know more about the story behind the story, as it were. I caught up with author Geoff Drake from his California home and found him fresh from promoting the book, including an appearance at the opening party at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas.
It's always a pleasure to catch up with Adam Hansen. PEZ first profiled the affable Australian at the start of the 2008 season when Hansen had just joined the Highroad team from T-Mobile. Four years on, innumerable kilometers later, and with the Omega Pharma-Lotto team, Guy Wilson-Roberts spoke again with the Australian motor.
What’s the best way to understand what the Giro was like fifty years ago? Simple, ask someone who raced in it. PEZ decided to do just that. Vito Favero finished 2nd in the 1958 Tour de France, and won the 18th stage of the '59 Giro.
The mark of a truly great tv commentator - Paul Sherwen is never short for words. And a good thing as we got his inside view on 2008 and a preview of 2009 – everything from Contador’s ‘sheer class’, the rise of Mark Cavendish, and Armstrong’s return, plus the challenges of commentating during a tumultuous season.