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  • Sunday January 31, 2016

    Cycling: Team Katusha 2016 
KRISTOFF Alexander (NOR)/ 
Equipe Ploeg /(c)Tim De Waele

    Rider Interview: Alexander Kristoff was one of the biggest winners of the 2015 season with over twenty wins to his name. His Tour of Flanders win has to be the high point and the man from Oslo wants more of the same this year.

  • Friday January 29, 2016

    Adelaide - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands / Team Astana) and moderator and former cyclist Paul Sherwen pictured during  the Teampresentation of  the Santos Tour Down Under 2014 - photo Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos © 2014

    Interview: Paul Sherwen has just returned from Australia and the 18th Tour Down Under, so Alastair Hamilton got hold of him at home in Uganda to hear his impressions of the latest edition of the season opener. Obviously the chat didn't end there; predictions were made for the coming year and the ASO/UCI battle got a good airing.

  • Wednesday January 27, 2016

    Cycling: Team Katusha 2016 
LAGUTIN Sergey (RUS)/ 
Equipe Ploeg /(c)Tim De Waele

    Rider Interview: Sergey Lagutin is in his thirteenth year as a professional cyclist and in that time he has ridden for more than a handful of top teams, been Uzbekistan National champion six times and took World U23 championships in 2003.

  • Monday January 25, 2016


    Rider Interview: Clara Koppenburg's 2015 season got better and better, and aged just 20 years, her future looks bright indeed. Ed Hood had to talk to this burgeoning star in the making.

  • Sunday January 24, 2016


    Interview: Every team has one, a 'press guy' or 'gal' in some cases, all do a great job sending out press releases, setting up interviews and arranging media days and presentations. Chris Baldwin was one of the most helpful, but with his mastery of the Russian language there was always an air of mystery.

  • Thursday January 21, 2016

    Adelaide - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Richie Porte (Australien / BMC Racing Team)  pictured during the day's before the start of the Santos Tour Down Under 2016  - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2016

    Rider Interview: Richie Porte has always been the nearly man with Sky, he has a good selection of wins, but there has always been a Wiggins or a Froome higher in the team pecking order. Now the Australian is following in the footsteps of Cadel Evans to the BMC team and new horizons.

  • Monday January 18, 2016

    Neeltje Jans  - Zeeland - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Dennis Rohan (BMC Racing Team) pictured during  le Tour de France 2015 - stage 2 - from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans (Zeeland) -166 KM - on sunday 05-07-2015 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs//Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2015

    Rider Interview: Hour record, Tour de France stages, World and National titles, Tour Down Under and a bag full of other top wins, that is the palmarès of BMC's Rohan Dennis and he's still only 25. Will he be the next Grand tour GC man to come from team pursuiting? He thinks so.

  • Saturday January 16, 2016

    Hoogvliet - Gent - Wevelgem -  left Stefan Mutter and Phil Anderson - Fons De Wolf grits his teeth as he accelerates up the Kemmelberg. The Belgian would round out the podium during the 1982 race. De Wolf was considered by many to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. He would secure many wins throughout his career including winning the 1980 Giro di Lombardia and the 1981 Milan-San Remo. After retiring from cycling in 1990, he became a funeral director in Breendonk  - foto Cor Vos ©2012

    Interview: Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan were three successful Aussie pros in the 70’s - but the man who really showed Australians could win the biggest races was 1980's legend Phil Anderson. PEZ talked with Phil about his career, and pro life in the golden age of modern racing.

  • Friday January 15, 2016

    Adelaide - Australie - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Paul Sherwen - Phil Liggett pictured  at the evening criterium in Adelaide - Down Under  Classic - foto Cor Vos ©2012

    INTERVIEW: Cycling's most popular commentator Phil Liggett talks with PezCyclingNews about the 2016 season, the current state of the sport, and how his job has changed in the age of blogs and social media.

  • Thursday January 14, 2016


    Rider Interview: "I'm not a replacement for Cavendish because I am myself." That is what Marcel Kittel had to say when asked about there being any pressure coming to Etixx - Quick-Step after Mark Cavendish. The big German had much to talk about at his Spanish training camp: Sprinting, lead-outs, Tom Boonen, Classics, hair and washing dishes.

  • Thursday January 7, 2016

    Astana Proteam 2016 - Training Camp Calpe

    Rider Interview: Astana's Gatis Smukulis is a man with a strong handshake, it's not one you will forget. Strong hands and a strong character, he's a rider who came out of Latvia to cut a pro career in France before moving to Katusha and now Astana. Alastair Hamilton caught up with him at their Spanish training camp.

  • Wednesday January 6, 2016

    Jausiers - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tour de France 2008 - Le Tour 16e etappe - Cuneo > Jausiers  - John-Lee Augustyn (Barloworld) - foto Marketa Navratilova/Cor Vos ©2008

    Rider Interview: Back in January 2009 Ed Hood interviewed a young guy called ‘Christopher Froome’ but at the time we were not sure if anyone would be interested in a boy from Africa. Now it is a different story and we thought you might like to see what a younger Mr. Froome had to say for himself six years ago. . .

  • Monday January 4, 2016

    Rodez - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) - Peter Sagan (Team Tinkoff Saxo)  pictured during  le Tour de France 2015 - stage 13 - from Muret to Rodez  on fryday 17-07-2015 - 198.5 KM - photo VK/NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2015

    Every year we catch-up with Greg Van Avermaet at the BMC training camp in Spain and this past year was up and down for the man from Lokeren. Lots of podium places, a doping scandal, a new baby and a Tour de France stage win, plenty to talk about.

  • Sunday January 3, 2016


    In part 1 of the Shelley Verses story, Ed Hood took us through Shelley's break through on to the European Pro scene. In part 2 she returns to the US for a new life, but with many memories of star riders and top races: Francesco Moser's massage, the Italian fans and who had the best legs.

  • Saturday January 2, 2016


    Shelley Verses was the first female soigneur to work on a top professional team in Europe. This was at a time when most team managers still thought a woman's place was at home making the soup. This is her story of that break through as told to Ed Hood.

  • Thursday December 31, 2015


    Rider Interview: Jacopo Guarnieri can talk on any subject, but sprinting is his bread and butter and as Alexander Kristoff's last man in the Katusha lead-out train, he know's his stuff. We also talked about his love of Paris-Roubaix, doping and being a cycling sex god.

  • Tuesday December 29, 2015

    Roeselare - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Pauwels Serge (Team Mtn Qhubeka) - Quintana Rojas Dayer Uberney (Team Movistar) - Froome Christopher (Team Sky)   pictured during Na-Tour criterium van Roeselare 2015 - photo GG/PN/Cor Vos © 2015

    Rider Interview: The last statistic I saw for the average career span of a professional cyclist was less than three years; 2016 will be Serge Pauwels’ 11th season as a full professional - and that’s not counting two seasons with the Rabo Continental team.

  • Monday December 28, 2015

    Verbania - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Philippe Gilbert (BMC)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-18 - from  Melide to Verbania - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos/POOL © 2015

    Rider Interview: World champion, National champion, multi-Classics and Grand Tour stage winner; Philippe Gilbert has a full palmarès. PEZ-man, Alastair Hamilton, made his yearly trip up the Spanish coast to have a word with the BMC puncheur.

  • Sunday December 27, 2015


    In part 1 of Ed Hood's interview with Australian star, John Trevorrow, he covered much of his career as a rider. In part 2 he describes his transition from Euro rider back to Australian pro, and his roll in the Herald Sun Tour stage race. Plus much more in the Trevorrow style.

  • Saturday December 26, 2015


    Ed Hood has dug into his suitcase of retro and pulled out an interview with John Trevorrow to keep you entertained over the festive period. Before the likes of Richie Porte or Cadel Evans and even earlier than Phil Anderson, there were a big band of Australians making a name for themselves in Europe, John Trevorrow was one of them.