Race Report: Stage 19 was a day of high mountains and high drama as the race passed over the Cima Coppi. Unable to lose Kruijswijk on the climb, it was an unfortunate crash on the descent that saw the Dutchman chasing and losing time all the way into France. Nibali could smell victory for both the stage and the overall and set about re-establishing his enviable reputation as a Grand Tour winner!
The 2016 Giro d'Italia comes to its grand finalé in the northern City of Turin on Sunday, but there is much more to the Piedmont region than big mountain climbs. Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours takes us on a culinary and cultural journey through Torino as the peloton readies its self for the last battles.
PEZ Roadside: After pizza, grappa and good night sleep, Ed Hood has moved a stage closer to the final of the Giro d'Italia in Turin. Today he takes in the sights at the start and on the those crazy cobbles of Pinerolo all surrounded by those 'Tifosi'.
May 26, 2016 - The Giro d'Italia is on the cusp of the most important stages as the final days hit the highest climbs. We look at the possible winner - Steven Kruijswijk. Results, report, quotes and video from the recent Giro stages and the prologue of the Belgium Tour. Cycling news from Philadelphia, Giant-Alpecin and Lotto Soudal. We finish with video of angry pros.
Stage Preview: Stage 18 from Muggio to Pinerolo features two very tough little climbs right at the end - the Par'Martino, and the San Maurizio. I rode these when the Giro finished here in 2009. The difference this time is they're being taken in reverse, turning what was a tough climb followed a very dangerous descent into an even tougher climb with a still challenging drop through narrow, twisty wooded roads, and a 20% kicker to finish it off.
PEZ Roadside: Stage 17 and Ed Hood moves on from one set of mountains to bit of flat-land before the next section of climbing cruelty... for the riders. On a transition stage like this you need to take in as much as you can and Ed doesn't disappoint; bikes, busses and team bosses... and a bit of racing. It's all roadside.
We review the Lazer Z1 +LifeBEAM helmet, a cooperative effort from Lazer and LifeBEAM, two companies that make things for people that go much-much faster than a bicycle… Lazer are at home at 200+ MPH on moto helmets and LifeBEAM’s head gear additions travel around at speeds that start with the word “Mach”, which is fairly quick…
PEZ Roadside: The final week of the Giro d'Italia is here and Ed Hood hit the ground running on his first day on the road Giro chasing. Stage 16 may have been short, but it wasn't short on excitement as the GC men turned the screw for a wild-fire of action. Take it away Ed:
The Taiwan KOM Challenge offers up 11,000 feet of elevation gain in a 62 mile jaunt up the increasingly legendary Wuling Climb. Our Matt McNamara conquered it last October, and Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung is tackling it this July. Let’s look at preparing for this or any other mega-climbing festival.
PEZ Roadside: Everyone knows that the real Giro doesn't start until Ed Hood lands on Italian soil - and business item #1 was join team Orica-Greenedge on their final rest day.
Ahead of the final hard week of the Giro d'Italia the peloton take their third rest day in north Italy and Lee Rodgers gives us his thoughts on the acton so far. Who's hot and who's not: Steven Kruijswijk looks like a Grand Tour champion, has Vincenzo Nibali lost all chance and is the battle over for Alejandro Valverde? All this and more in Lee's Giro Lowdown.
May 23, 2016 - Giro d'Italia rest day number three and we catch up with all the weekend's action from Italy and ask the questions that are on everyone's minds. The Amgen Tour of California finished on Sunday and we have all the results, race reports, quotes and video from the US as well as the Giro. Plus Thomas contract, IAM Cycling stop and Giro video by Orica. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.
It's the best contest on the web - ENTER TO WIN a one week cycling holiday for two with Bici Amore Mio at Italy's best bike hotels. As a loyal PEZ-Fan, you know we love riding in Italy, and by now you've either done it yourself and agree with our fair judgement, or have it on your list.
The 2016 Giro d'Italia will start properly at the weekend as it launches into the final week of continuous mountain climbing. First on the menu are the Dolomites and who better to give us some background on cycling the 'Stone Cathedrals' than Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours.
May 19, 2016 - Young Bob Jungels is the star of the moment in the Giro d'Italia, the pink jersey made a bold move off the front - attack is the best form of defense. All the action from the Giro and California with race reports, results, rider quotes and video. Other cycling news from BMC, Giant-Alpecin and the 2020 Worlds, plus on the bike video.
Lee Rodgers took the weekend off from his usual Lowdowning on bike races and riders to have a look at the new bike offerings at the Shanghai Bike Show. When Lee visits one of these 'happenings' you can't expect a technical blow-by-blow break-down, but you will get the Lee style Lowdown.
I get a lot more requests from people peddling the 'next big thing' on Kickstarter than I ever consider adding as 'content' worthy of our readers' attention, but I do like the new Superband from BiKASE.
The Giro’s decisive Chianti TT this past Sunday placed a heavy emphasis on both massive power AND aerodynamics. The key to both is a healthy and strong lower back and neck. What are some symptoms and management of pain in these areas?
After the first nine days of the Giro d'Italia, Lee Rodgers gives us his Lowdown on the action so far. The German sprinters get full marks as does Brambilla, Jungels and the Etixx - Quick-Step team. Lee is unsure of the form of Vincenzo Nibali, but is sure that Ilnur Zakarin should not be in the Italian Grand Tour.
May 16, 2016 - If the Giro d'Italia wasn't enough we now have the Tour of California! You expect Peter Sagan to win, but when a rider like Gianluca Brambilla takes the overall lead in a Grand Tour, that's something else. All the cycling news from Italy and California with results and video. Other news from Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Giant-Alpecin, Dimension Data and live on-board from the Giro.