Giro Roadside PEZ: The Giro d'Italia is more than just a race, it's a way of life, maybe for just one day, but it will be a day to remember. In 2016 the Giro came to Emilia, crossing the Apennines “Tosco-emiliani” one of the most deserted regions in Italy; full of forests and lonely mountains. PEZ-Man Alessandro was roadside for the sausages, panini, and borlengo...
Giro Best Moments: The first Grand Tour of 2016 is behind us and maybe the 99th Giro d'Italia lacked some excitement, but it certainly has thrown up many talking points. The guys in the virtual PEZ office always have different views, thank goodness, so who better to sum up the battle for Italian pink.
Roadside Giro 'Top Twelve': Ed Hood is back to the 'day job' but he still has the pink mist of the Giro d'Italia running through his head and has picked his 'Top Twelve' high points of the Italian Grand Tour from a roadside point of view. The Tour de France is for everyone, but the Giro is the Grand Tour for the cognoscente and Ed is a connoisseur of all things Giro.
The curtain has closed on the 2016 Giro d'Italia with an ‘unbelievable’ performance in the last stages by Vincenzo Nibali. They way the Italian champion went from sick to champion was 'incredible' and yes I think you know where Lee will be heading in this Final Giro Lowdown. But, are we wrong to question every performance?
Giro'16 Final Stage Roadside: The last stage of a Grand Tour can be a tad 'flat' - not this one; huge crowds, the stage winner disqualified and two of the top ten on the deck, including Esteban Chaves - right at PEZ's feet.
Race Report: It was a damp start to the final stage of the 99th Giro but, despite several crashes, it was a red-hot sprint that saw the man already in Red finally get the win to go with the jersey - Nizzolo. And then, after the celebrations it was announced that he’d been disqualified!
Good morning from Stage 21, the final stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Cuneo to Torino (163km). Today's possible sprinters' stage will decide the last jersey to be assigned: the Maglia Rossa of the points classification.
GIRO'16 Roadside St.20: PEZ was on the roads over the Col de la Bonette and the colle dell'Lomarda as Vincenzo Nibali turned this Giro around on the storming final day in the Alps. It's time to go roadside at the Giro!
Sant'Anna di Vinadio, 28 May 2016 – Avenging his team-mate Ilnur Zakarin who crashed spectacularly in yesterday's stage, Katusha’s Rein Taaramäe took Estonia’s first ever stage victory at the Giro d’Italia. Behind him, Vincenzo Nibali turned the general classification upside down...
GIRO'16 St.20 Race Report: Vincenzo Nibali staged one of cycling's biggest comebacks on this penultimate day, attacking race leader Esteban Chavez inside 20km to take a commanding lead as the race is all but over.
Giro'16 ROADSIDE: We'd gambled on a big attack by Chaves at high altitude, today. It didn't come and yet again, Kruijswijk looked strong as a beast within 1500 metres of the Giro's highest point - the 2744 metre Colle Dell'Agnello. Little did we know that minutes after the maglia rosa passed us he'd crash on the descent and the race would be turned on its head.
The Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) has won Stage 19 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 162km from Pinerolo to Risoul. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) finished second, with Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) third.
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!
Good morning from Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, Pinerolo to Risoul (162km), featuring the long-awaited Colle dell'Agnello, this year's highest pass at 2744m, and the uphill finish at Risoul in France.
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'.
The Italian rider Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step) has won Stage 18 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 240km from Muggiò to Pinerolo. Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) finished second, with Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) third.
Race Report: Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia was a day for the breakaway and it looked like a two-way battle for the win as they came to the line. One rider had read a different script though and Matteo Trentin ambushed the lead pair just before the line to take a beautiful win ahead of two days in the Alps. Gianluca Brambilla had seen him coming and was just as happy to see his teammate take the win!
Good morning from Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, Muggiò to Pinerolo, at 240km the longest stage of this year's Giro with a demanding finale.
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.