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Photo Special: Earlier this month Andy Schleck said that he would race no more. The younger half of the most successful brother combination in modern cycling would not turn a pedal in anger again due to the knee injury he sustained in the Tour de France. We pay tribute to Andy Schleck with a photo special.
Roadside Reload: Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d'Italia covering the action for PEZ and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro'15. We retrace Ed's day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour.
Men's professional cycling: it's all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not as Phil Gaimon details in “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” .
The third Taiwan KOM Challenge is on the 15th of November, 2014 and as PEZ reporter Gordan Cameron found out last year it is one amazing race. The KOM Challenge is the high point of the Taiwan government-supported 'Taiwan Cycling Festival' and is a true high mountain challenge. It's brutal, but has a beauty all of its own.
Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the latest cycling book from Velopress, 'Goggles & Dust' collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. PEZ's Literary Editor Leslie Reissner goes back in time to review this book of truly classic images from Europe’s most hallowed races.
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.
Just when you thought the World road championships were a distant memory, we have one last blast from Ponferrada. John Young had a pile of great pic's left in his unused locker from the champs, so here is John's favourite shots to bring you 'The Last Word' (or picture) from the Rainbow jersey competition.
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'
Lombardia Preview: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…
Our PEZ man at the World road championships, Ed Hood, filled his camera’s memory on Sunday. And so on his journey home he picked out his selection of favourite photos. You can’t beat those unique, behind the scenes shots to keep the Ponferrada World's feeling going for just a little bit longer.
Roadside Report: 255km of tough racing was on the agenda on Sunday and as always Ed Hood was there for every single moment from the warmup to the startline the finishline and then the post race reactions. Here's a look at his day, roadside in the rain in Ponferrada for the 2014 Men's World Road Cycling Championships.
Roadside Report: Roadside for the action & back stage before and after the race for the reactions - Ed Hood was everywhere in Ponferrada today as he watched the Junior Men's Road Race in the morning and then the big Women's Race in the afternoon where France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot upset the favorites with a great sprint victory.
Roadside PEZ: With the World's next big stars battling it out in the U/23 Road Race there was nowhere else our veteran reporter and talent spotter Ed Hood would rather be than roadside in Ponferrada soaking up the atmosphere and action. Here's a look at Ed's first day roadside at the 2014 World Road Cycling Championships.
Race Analysis: With the last of the Grand Tours behind us for another year Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the race and analyzes the events, the stages, the crashes and the controversy of Alberto Contador's win over Chris Froome at the 2014 Vuelta a España.
Congratulations to Sam Thompson - winner of the CX Skinsuit by Verge cycling apparel - just in time for 'cross season.
Roadside Reload: Three of the hardest days of the 2014 Vuelta continue on Sunday with a massive kick in the gut on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga. PEZ got up close and personal with the sleeping giant on a quiet day ahead of the race in 2010. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Roadside Retro: This years Vuelta a España starts in the deep South of the Iberian peninsular; Jerez de la Frontera. In 2010 the heat was on when the team time trial kicked off in Sevilla with temperatures in the 40’s. Our man Alastair Hamilton was there - here is how he suffered.
Well known for his large collection of classic bicycles our Literary Editor Leslie couldn't resist adding one more bike to his stable in the form of a brand new, custom made Tommasini. First up though was a visit to the factory in Tuscany and a meeting with Irio Tommasini himself to get measured up.
Almost a decade of chasing the Grand Tours from the Roadside POV has led me to one undeniable conclusion - everything goes better with sausages. Nothing says good times like a smoking grill and that mouth-watering aroma of sizzling spices, seasoning, fat and mixed meat bits - mmm mmm good.
Ed Hood loves the Tour, the ‘6 Days’ of Gent, and the cyclo-cross in Koksijde, but where he's happiest is at a Kermis in Belgium - beer, frites, and bike racing. Sunday he watched the Tour final in Paris – Monday it was Westrozebeke.