A recent autopsy review has indicated that the death of Marco Pantani was due to a heart attack brought on by an overdose of cocaine and anti-depressant medication. In 1998, Il Pirata took a Giro/Tour double and Ale Federico headed off on his new moto from Genoa to see the Tour for himself, this is his personal diary...
After freezing his way through Milan-Sanremo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for 2013 - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain on stage 14 of that years Giro d'Itala. It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
Giro Reload: Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale's pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his 'mazzo' on the Mortirolo.
Roadside Report: The last race chase of the year was this past weekend in Italy for our race chaser Alessandro at the beautiful semi-classic, Giro dell'Emilia. The iconic arches in Bologna and the difficult finishing circuit with its demanding climb always make for a great race and a very crowd friendly event where this year Davide Rebellin at 43 years old turned back the hands of time to take the victory.
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.
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'
Roadside Retro: Today on PEZ our superfan in Italy, Alessandro of AlbumCiclismo looks back at some of his best times chasing the Giro di Lombardia and also looks ahead to this Sunday's big race that he'll be chasing once again.
Giro'14 Roadside: PEZ-Man Alessandro wraps his final day on the our Roadside coverage chasing the race across Lombardia to the summit of Monetcampione. Hours in the car and only seconds to see the race - we wouldn't have it any other way at another special day on the Giro.
Roadside St.14: In the 10th year of the anniversary of Marco Pantani's death, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute to the swashbuckling climber again with a stage finish at the ancient Sanctuary of Oropa. PEZ was roadside to witness the battles that would have made Il Pirata proud.
Giro'14 St.13: Giro di PEZ St.13: PEZ-man Ale Federico has both feet planted in the top of the boot at the foot of the Alps - which made a gorgeous backdrop for today's run north from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese and our PEZ-Clusive Roadside reportage.
Giro'14 St.12: PEZ's inimitable Roadside reportage picks up in the famous Barolo wine country in Peimonte - the region named literally for its place at the foot of the Alps, where luckily for us, sampling the local fare is expected when the pink race comes by.
Giro'14 St.8: Marco Pantani's famous training climb the Carpegna is not far from Ale's home on the Adriatic - which made or a fine day at the Giro d'Italia with Mrs. F and his son Mario. It's less about the race and more about a day out with family, all under a perfect sky.
GIRO Roadside St.7: The 2014 Giro d'Italia passes through countless towns from start to finish each year, most of them just a blur as we speed ahead of the race. But a few hours spent in one place can turn up people, lives, and memories that stick in our minds far longer than the few hours it takes to chase the stage.
Stage 6: As the 2014 Giro d'Italia moved north up the ankle of the boot, PEZ's Ale Federico joined the race at Montecassino - The Gate to the South - where the mass destruction of WWII was mirrored by the race causalities of another day of dangerously wet roads.
Roadside Report: After the snow of last year's race chase, this year saw our man Alessandro deal with the cold, driving rain and wind. Still he wouldn't have dreamed of being anywhere else on Sunday but chasing the great Primavera again, roadside with friends for a perfect day out.
Our Italian race chaser Alessandro simply has bike racing pulsing through his veins. He was born on the Tirreno and now lives on the Adriatic so when the Tirreno-Adriatco came into his region this past week he couldn't help but skip work and travel to see the race. Just one last roadside warmup for him before his first true love, Sunday's Milan Sanremo.
Roadside Report: Being roadside at the Strade Bianche is one of the best cycling spectating experiences you could possibly do. Our man in Italy Alessandro is an expert of the gravel roads of Tuscany and today he takes us inside his day out at Saturday's big race from what is arguably the Pro Cycling Calendar’s prettiest race of the year.
COURSE PREVIEW: The 2014 Strade Bianche race on the famous gravel roads of Tuscany features some new sectors of Chianti's answer to the Belgian cobbles. PEZ joined ex-pro Diego Caccia to ride the new gravel sections, take in the Tuscan countryside, and log a perfect day away from work.
February 14th takes on a very different meaning for fans of pro cycling with this year marking ten years since Marco Pantani’s tragic death. But in 1998, Il Pirata was at the top – winning the rare Giro – Tour double. Ale Federico set out from Genoa on his new moto to see the race for himself, and recorded the odyssey in his personal diary…
Course Preview: The 2014 Milan-Sanremo will for the fourth time break with tradition by adding the new Pompeiana climb in the jagged end of the 300km route. The addition makes pro cycling's longest Classic even tougher, and hopes to spoil the sprinters' dreams. PEZ takes the first look.