Rider Interview: Monday was the first rest day of this years Vuelta a España, so for a change of air Ed Hood got hold of Kiel Reijnen – en route to the Tour of Alberta - to have a word about his Stage One and Overall Points win in the USA Pro Challenge and his season to date.
On a day which could so easily have been the dreaded ‘boring sprinter stage’ the race detonated in the last 30 minutes with echelons, splits and a savage finale which saw Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (F des J) the sharpest and fastest.
Rider Interview: Australian Adam Hansen: Compulsive Grand Tour rider, hard worker, cycle shoe designer and manufacturer and all-round funny guy. He is at the start of the 2014 Vuelta a España in Jerez to compete in his 10th Grand Tour in a row. Ed Hood got hold of the Lotto Belisol rider in the South of Spain.
Race Preview: The Vuelta isn’t the Tour or the Giro, but it is unique in its own way, and looking at the line up of starts in Jerez; its going to be the most exciting. Our most experienced Grand Tour scribe, Ed Hood, gives us the low-down, Iberian style.
Interview: As the Vuelta looms ever-closer PEZ speaks to a man whose team will be making history in the race as the first ever African squad to ride a Grand Tour. The Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka will start the Vuelta this coming Saturday and although they've already achieved a lot just by getting to the race, their expectations are still high.
If you're a young racer with dreams of racing in cycling's heartland you couldn't do much better than joining up with the Kingsnorth Wheelers, the amateur team set up in Ghent that has helped riders such as Garmin's Jack Bauer on to great success. We recently caught up with Peter Murphy, one of the key men behind the Wheelers to find out more.
Rider Interview: There are a lot of new, young riders coming up through the ranks, just like the Yates brothers. The next could be Welshman Owain Doull, he already rides for the Irish Continental team: An Post-Chain Reaction and has a string of top results in his palmarés. The next generation.
Rider Interview: Roadside at the Westrozebeke kermis in Flanders Ed Hood spotted a rider worth a chat, AN Post Chain Reaction's Irishman, Conor Dunne. At over two meters tall and racing aggressively he was a hard man to miss on his green XXLarge Vitus. Ed caught up with him after the race...
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.
Roadside: The Tour has been over for a week and as the dust settles in Paris our man Ed Hood is back home to ‘normality’ with his French memories. From Carcassonne to Paris, through the Pyrenees and up to the ‘La Ville-Lumière’; here are Ed’s twenty-one top favourites from this year’s French adventure.
Race Preview: Fresh back from the Tour de France; Ed Hood gives us his thoughts on this Saturday’s San Sebastian Classic. The winner could be a rider with fitness from the Tour or one building up for the Vuelta. Whichever, there is always a tough fight in the Basque Country.
Roadside St.21: Ed Hood’s 2014 Tour de France adventure comes to an end and as he makes his way into the centre of Paris, Ed gives us his thoughts on the riders and everything Tour. As always on the last stage there is time to take in all the sights and reflect on another Tour down.
Roadside St.20: The 2014 Tour de France's only time trial was a long 54km last chance for riders hoping to climb or defend the gc positions. But getting there is half the fun, so PEZ spent the morning down in Bergerac checking out the latest tt rigs before heading onto the parcours.
Roadside Report: From the religious tourist trap of Lourdes to the history of Le Tour and on to to the backstage areas with the buses, tour tech and more - Ed Hood was everywhere today taking it all in. It might have been a rainy day in the South-West of France but it was a great day out roadside at Le Tour. Let's have a look at Ed's day through his eyes...
Rider Interview: Zak Dempster is a young Aussie currently living the dream, racing his very first Tour de France in support of his team leader Leo Konig at the NetApp-Endura team. Ed Hood caught up with Zak during some down time at the race to see how Zak's been getting on at the biggest race in the world as Paris approaches.
Roadside: Vincenzo Nibali showed his class today and won his fourth stage on the Hautacam after passing our man in France; Ed Hood on the Tourmalet. Let’s see what he got up to on the mythical Pyrenean climb, the last mountain of this year’s Tour de France.
Roadside: What a better way to see the Tour de France than in the Pyrenean mountains with L'Equipe open in front of you and in a tent with a TV and a drink in your hand. Ed Hood knows how to see the Tour and have a good time. Day three...
Roadside Interview: Ed Hood’s first hectic day on this year’s Tour de France was meant to be a rest day, but not for Ed. After the mussel party with OPQS, there were rider interviews to get. First up was PEZ favourite; Michael Morkov of Tinkoff-Saxo.
Roadside: Our PEZ man in France, Ed Hood, has been immersing himself in the Tour, as he does every year. And as always that elusive accreditation has given him problems. In the end all was sorted and he headed off to the mountains. Day 2 of Ed’s Tour ‘14 adventure.
Roadside Rest Day: A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the OmegaPharma-Quickstep media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour's rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day.