The 2014 Giro d'Italia's Irish sojourn came to a close after three stages and our own Gordan Cameron was on hand to take it all in with Marcel Kittel being the sorriest rider to leave after two awesome sprint victories. After crossing from the north into the land of bilingual roadsigns, Euros, and kilometers not miles, Gordan was also sorry to see the Giro return home.
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.
Race report: Poland got everything right today, with Michal Kwiatkowski putting the rainbow-colored gloss on a perfect team performance. Kwiatkowski soloed across to, and away from, a late escape group, and flew to a perfect solo Worlds victory.
Race report: Well, if you're going to snatch a last gasp world title you might as well do it by the narrowest margin you can manage. Rainbow-banded joy for Australia's Campbell Flakemore, as the luck of the Irish deserted another pre-race favorite, Ryan Mullen. The winner's advantage? 0.48 seconds!
Race report: In his what seems like 48th consecutive Grand Tour, Lotto-Belisol's Aussie adventurer Adam Hansen cruised home to take a massive stage win in Cangas Do Morrazo. Fortune favors the brave, and Hansen took his chance brilliantly, attacking off the front on a small rise as previous escapee Alexey Lutsenko was swept up.
Race report: It's not often you get to take your best ever win in front of a home crowd, in your home Grand Tour … in front of riders of the calibre of Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. Today Cofidis man Dani Navaro did just that, with a scintillating late attack to solo home in the Parque de Cabárceno.
Race report: The contenders chose to sort out their own private battles over the last kilometer of another intriguing Vuelta stage, which allowed the young Italian hero Fabio Aru to take a perfectly timed win. Contador hangs onto the overall, but it's getting close!
Race Report: Italy's Alessandro De Marchi has taken a step up from most aggressive rider's award at the Tour by getting onto the top step as stage winner at the Vuelta. De Marchi was in a four-man escape and solo'd to the line. Chris Froome had a down-and-up day; from tarmac to time bonus.
Race Report: Today was designed to be raced hard … from the flag. We had escapes and counter attacks, an ever-changing picture. The one constant was the polka-dot vision Rafal Majka, always in the action and ultimately grabbing the glory for a second stage win at this 2014 Tour.
Race Report: Hell, it's a cruel sport sometimes. Bike racing really knows how to break your heart. It was a pretty routine stage, pretty flat after the Alps and with a rest day to follow. Today was not really a day for much to happen. We had a long dual escape, but the longer it went on … well, you just started to hope that the escapees would hang on.
Race report: Vincenzo Nibali seems to be taking a stance to win this Tour in a 'historic' manner. Strong on the cobbles and now stage wins in the Yorkshire Ardennes, the Vosges and the Alps. It was a display of controlled fury from the race leader as he nailed the day. Behind him the GC got a bit of a shake-up...
Roadside St.3: Three days of record Tour de France crowds in the UK came to a close with a thundering sprint outside Buckingham Palace today Gord was roadside in Cambridge - and now you are too...
Roadside St.2: Our PEZ-Clusive roadside coverage lands our man Gord on the Côte d'Oxenhope Moor as stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France ducks and dives across the English countryside from York to Sheffield. Here's what today's stage was like on the road...
Roadside St.1: Mark Cavendish was screaming when he wheeled past me. An animal roar of pain, disappointment, frustration and anger. Once again, home soil has not been a happy place for Cav when the biggest prizes are on the line. All the Yorkshire excitement Roadside with PEZ man Gordan Cameron.
Roadside Leeds: I know that the Team Tinkoff-Saxo team press conference has finished – a human swarm of backwards-jogging cameramen scuttles drunkenly across the carpark. One mass, sixty-legged, clusters around king bee Contador as he makes for safety in the team car.
Roadside: Seven long years ago, the Tour rolled into London to huge acclaim. The ASO always had it in mind to return to the UK, but when? Not until one of the country's most cycling-mad regions emerged as a possible Grand Depart venue, and now the biggest show in the sport has made it's furtherest journey north. The Tour explodes onto the roads of Yorkshire!
Roadside: The Giro's Grande Partenza was more than just a bike race swishing past. For Northern Ireland, it was a game changer, a chance to advertise a different side of a country. For Belfast especially, its reputation is like the scar-tissue covered legs of a crash-prone racer. Not pretty …
Race Report: Well, whaddya know? The break made it all the way to the line of the 2014 Giro d'Italia's stage 13. Bardiani-CSF’s young Italian Marco Canola made his team very happy and ensured he’ll never have to buy a drink again. He used his head, legs and elbows to get into the winning position in Rivarolo Canvese, nailing his first Grand Tour stage.
Roadside St.2: If you want to get around in a new city, you always, ALWAYS ask the old(er) residents, because they know everything, especially bus routes. If you want to drive on the Giro d'Italia course, you do the same … ask your elders because they really do know what they're doing!
Roadside St.1: I'm not sure how long Dan Martin was eyeing the Giro d'Italia on home soil. Probably since he found out RCS Sport were talking about it. A unique opportunity. A dream come true. Winning was a realistic hope … tonight, recovery is the only goal.