Milan Sanremo is the longest classic of the year but the kilometers can simply fly by when you are chasing the race. From the start in Milan to the key points along the route and finally to the Poggio our man Ale was there, in the rain, taking it all in - from the first rider on the road until the very last.
Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, is addicted to chasing bike races, he just can't stop. To help him with his 'problem' we sent him to three stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, this should get him to the week-end and his next fix with Milan-Sanremo. Hit the road Ale!
The best GC riders in the world will be hitting the picturesque and very hilly roads of Central Italy this Saturday to take on the 226km, Stage 4 of the Tirreno-Adriatico but before they do our Italian photographer Ale checked the stage out for himself. What he found was some magic scenery, some simply superb riding but also one very difficult day for the riders. Here's his tale.
One of the most beautiful races of the year is without a doubt the Strade Bianche on the now mythical white gravel roads. Following the race and capturing all the action and beauty of this race roadside for Pez was our experienced race chaser Alessandro who filed this story after a perfect day out in the Tuscan countryside.
This Saturday the 9th Strade Bianche heads off from San Gimignano to cross the 'White Roads' before finishing in the historic city of Siena. Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico (and his bike), covered the last 20 kilometers to take in the final climbs and those dirt roads in his Tuscan homeland.
Looking back through the virtual library of 2014 adventures it's hard to choose which ones to relive, but when it comes to the Giro we have to go for one from Alessandro. Our man in Italy know's his country and where to find the best points of interest. Enjoy!
A recent autopsy review has indicated that the death of Marco Pantani was due to a heart attack brought on by an overdose of cocaine and anti-depressant medication. In 1998, Il Pirata took a Giro/Tour double and Ale Federico headed off on his new moto from Genoa to see the Tour for himself, this is his personal diary...
After freezing his way through Milan-Sanremo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for 2013 - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain on stage 14 of that years Giro d'Itala. It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
Giro Reload: Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale's pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his 'mazzo' on the Mortirolo.
Roadside Report: The last race chase of the year was this past weekend in Italy for our race chaser Alessandro at the beautiful semi-classic, Giro dell'Emilia. The iconic arches in Bologna and the difficult finishing circuit with its demanding climb always make for a great race and a very crowd friendly event where this year Davide Rebellin at 43 years old turned back the hands of time to take the victory.
Italian PEZ man Ale Federico has moved on from Il Lombardia to his favourite race; the Giro dell'Emilia in Bologna. It's not just the racing that's good, but also the food pulls Ale back year after year. He will be roadside on Saturday, but here is why he loves Emilia.
Roadside Report: The Giro di Lombardia is always a highlight of the year for our Italian superfan Alessandro and this year he was fortunate enought to experience a perfect fall day instead of the rain of previous editions. Here's the story of his day out chasing the 'Race of the Falling Leaves'
Roadside Retro: Today on PEZ our superfan in Italy, Alessandro of AlbumCiclismo looks back at some of his best times chasing the Giro di Lombardia and also looks ahead to this Sunday's big race that he'll be chasing once again.
Giro'14 Roadside: PEZ-Man Alessandro wraps his final day on the our Roadside coverage chasing the race across Lombardia to the summit of Monetcampione. Hours in the car and only seconds to see the race - we wouldn't have it any other way at another special day on the Giro.
Roadside St.14: In the 10th year of the anniversary of Marco Pantani's death, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute to the swashbuckling climber again with a stage finish at the ancient Sanctuary of Oropa. PEZ was roadside to witness the battles that would have made Il Pirata proud.
Giro'14 St.13: Giro di PEZ St.13: PEZ-man Ale Federico has both feet planted in the top of the boot at the foot of the Alps - which made a gorgeous backdrop for today's run north from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese and our PEZ-Clusive Roadside reportage.
Giro'14 St.12: PEZ's inimitable Roadside reportage picks up in the famous Barolo wine country in Peimonte - the region named literally for its place at the foot of the Alps, where luckily for us, sampling the local fare is expected when the pink race comes by.
Giro'14 St.8: Marco Pantani's famous training climb the Carpegna is not far from Ale's home on the Adriatic - which made or a fine day at the Giro d'Italia with Mrs. F and his son Mario. It's less about the race and more about a day out with family, all under a perfect sky.
GIRO Roadside St.7: The 2014 Giro d'Italia passes through countless towns from start to finish each year, most of them just a blur as we speed ahead of the race. But a few hours spent in one place can turn up people, lives, and memories that stick in our minds far longer than the few hours it takes to chase the stage.
Stage 6: As the 2014 Giro d'Italia moved north up the ankle of the boot, PEZ's Ale Federico joined the race at Montecassino - The Gate to the South - where the mass destruction of WWII was mirrored by the race causalities of another day of dangerously wet roads.