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  • Friday December 19, 2003

    All is not gloom and doom on the contract front for the pros. Several young riders are finding places on pro teams, including Thomas Ziegler, who has just signed with the German TT1 Gerolsteiner outfit. We got to know Thomas a little better in this recent q & a from Michele Thomasi…

  • Tuesday October 14, 2003

    Carbon, carbon, carbon!!! We know, it’s all we talk about, but at least we’re still seeing lots of cool developments from this “wunder-plast”. The shapability of carbon is unmatched, and we’re seeing designs for every taste. Italian maker Stella Azzurra has done some pretty cool stuff of their own – here’s a look at their latest handlebars, stem, and seatpost…

  • Wednesday August 27, 2003

    Burned out from too much riding and racing yourself? Then why not read about other people’s rides? Among the most popular rides in Italy are the “granfondi” – which are competitive rides for all levels of riders, over some good distances, followed by lots of wine a pasta… Michele Tomasi recently rode the famous Granfondo Pinarello in Treviso Italy…

  • Friday August 22, 2003

    It's Friday, late August, not much news. A perfect day for a ride, which is exactly what our own Michele Tomasi was doing in the north eastern region of Veneto in Italy today, when he helped guide the Phonak team to the route for tomorrow's Giro de Veneto. Michele picks up the story...

  • Tuesday August 19, 2003

    Bikes, components, even riding gear, it seems these days everything is being made from carbon fibre. Everybody knows the fine qualities of this material, not the least of which is the property of carbon to be shaped any way the designer likes – to create a vision, so to speak. Graeme Murray has created a crank set different from anything else on the market…

  • Wednesday August 6, 2003

    It was a very hard race thanks to the continued heat wave across Europe, but Marco Serpellini baked himself a victory in Italy. In the first 140kms there was a solo escape of "Andreone" Tafi (CSC),...

  • Tuesday August 5, 2003

    The 100th edition of the Tour de France is now a pleasant cigarette-inducing memory, and the United States Postal Service Presented by Berry Floor (also team with longest official name) delivered the most-worthy winner. Most of us are aware of the time and prep the team dedicates to their quests. With access to virtually any brand, winning races is concern #1, so choosing equipment to do this would be concern #2.

  • Tuesday July 8, 2003

    We're doin' it all for you - the Pez-Readers! We're so international, we've got an Italian doing French to Italian to English translations - so you don't miss a thing from the planet of cycling we call "le Tour". Italian correspondent Michele Tomasi reports on rider comments from Petacchi, Nazon, Simoni and even Salvodelli after today's 3rd stage... (so cut us some slack on the grammar!)

  • Tuesday July 8, 2003

    Manuel Quinziato is in his 2nd year as pro rider, with the Italian Team Lampre. He was born in the same area of Gilberto Simoni and Francesco Moser, Trentino-Alto Adige, and he even has similar characteristics to Francesco Moser: he’s a strong time trial cyclist. As Team Lampre isn’t riding the Tour de France this year, Manuel had some time to talk with PezCycling News…

  • Monday June 30, 2003

    It didn't seem a very difficult track, but in the last 2 laps the group was very small. Fassa Bortolo tried to control the race, with Petito and Basso working for Bartoli and Pozzato. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) was one of the most active, ...

  • Friday June 20, 2003

    Since May 1st, and starting at the Giro, it’s been mandatory for all pros to wear helmets in all events, as ruled by the UCI. Before this ruling helmets were mandatory only in Belgium, the Netherlands and USA. Helmets have come a long way from the days of the Bell V-1 – remember those indestructable cereal bowls?

  • Friday June 20, 2003

    Grischa Niermann is a young German, who chose (and was chosen) to run for one of the biggest pro teams of the world: Rabobank. If a team like this one chose this guy, there's a reason. Last year he took part at Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, with great results: 22th in the first and 51th in the second...

  • Thursday May 29, 2003

    Dario Frigo: "Perhaps it has been cause of the cold day, and so as many people know, I prefer cold to hot weather. I came to this Giro not at the top, and the weather lately was similar at Tour de France; really hot to me.

  • Wednesday May 28, 2003

    Stage 17 down, 4 to go. Petacchi has done what no one expected, but claims he's still in pain from the crash, Lomabrdi makes excuses, and Simoni has a secret. Read the comments...

  • Monday May 26, 2003

    Sunday's Stage 15 TT gave us perhaps the sneak peek at the finishing order of this Giro, but there's still a tough week left across the north and through the Alps before Milan. Here's what Gonzalez, Simoni, Garzelli and more had to say after yesterday's stage ...

  • Friday May 23, 2003

    "Today we passed through Salice, the town where his family lives, and we stopped to remember our friend. This morning I met at the start his wife and his older daughter, and it was very emotional. "

  • Thursday May 22, 2003

    What a day! The steepest climb since the Angliru, triple chain rings, a glimpse of Il Pirata - and the "real" Giro d'Italia shaping up - here's the buzz from the village...

  • Wednesday May 21, 2003

    Robbie McEwan on the dangerous finish "This stage was a bit dangerous because there were many corners, high speed, and wet roads. In the last corner I took it ahead and I heard a strong sound behind me. I didn't check, but I guessed somebody crashed...."

  • Tuesday May 20, 2003

    Arvesen: "It was many days that I was thinking about this stage. And so I couldn't do better than win it. In the final we were just 4 men and so everybody was interested to arrive at the finish together. And as Im a good sprinter, I didn't have many problems to win".

  • Monday May 19, 2003

    What a day at the Giro - Cipo gets bagged by LeBlanc, then bags a record! Here's the buzz from the espresso bars in Tuscany...