Not to blow our horn too much – but hey – we called it: tall, slim Asturian, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) today won his first classic - The Championship of Zurich - in the grand style - 'en seule' the French say, or as we say in English, 'in solitary splendor'.
We left Ed yesterday after Day 1 scratching his head and marvelling at the Swiss engineering and timing at the temporary track in Zurich. This time Ed's right in the thick of the action working as a runner for the stars, photographer and writer for PEZ and still getting out there to watch the races as the big Six Day fan that he is. It's track time!
The Rainbow Jersey has been won by Bettini and lost by everybody else, but there's still work to do. There are three classics to fight for, The Championship of Zurich, Paris-Tours and the final Monument of the year - the Giro di Lombardia. First up is Zurich and PEZ gives a little history of those 240 kilometeres around the hills close to the city of gnomes and bank vaults.
We caught up with GB Worlds U23 time trial rider, Russell Hampton, a couple of days after his ride in Varese to talk about the race, the Academy, and living in Tuscany.
It’s all very well sitting on the sofa watching the Worlds, speaking words of wisdom in between mouthfuls of beer and handfuls of pretzels; but to get the real story, you need to speak to a man who pedaled those hard roads of Mendrisio. We gave Fabian’s loyal lieutenant, Rubens Bertogliati, Monday to recover; then hit the Diquigiovanni man with the questions on Tuesday morning.
Race Preview: The biggest one-day race of the year is on Sunday in Ponferrada. The winner will wear the Rainbow jersey for a year and put his name in the record books for eternity. Ed Hood gives us the Worlds low-down on his way to Spain.
Race Report: All eyes were on past champions Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to take their third team time trial World championships. It wasn’t to be, maybe it was the rain or the wind, or just that the BMC team were faster.
Like Billy Joel says: “there’s a new band in town but you can’t dig the sound from a story in a magazine.” So PEZ tucked-into the passenger seat of the Irish team Skoda and waited for Irish time trial and crit champion, David O’Loughlin to blast-off.
The red cruise missile has locked-on, it’s skimming the ground and will be upon us in seconds – it’s not a real cruise missile, it’s actually super-star to-be, Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, but he’s riding at cruise missile speed. I’m in the following car of Gatis Smukulis of Latvia who’s been battering huge gears through these leafy loops around the western side of Stuttgart in the World under-23 time trial championship.
That’s right – I said “walks”… While the pros took to the course on their race machines for the recon laps, PEZ went one step further… actually it was several thousand steps… In our never-ending quest to provide even more in depth Worlds coverage, PEZ-man Ed Hood walked the entire men’s road race circuit for our up-closest preview ever!
For the first time in some years the Great Britain team has realistic medal hopes for tomorrow's under-23 title road race in Salzburg. Mark Cavendish's name in particular, with a nice new, crisp contract from T-Mobile in his pocket and a big sprint, must be written on a few handle bar stems. PEZ travelled up to quiet Anthering to the GB team hotel for a chat with new man on the management team and former pro, Max Sciandri.
Once again PEZ spares no expense and takes you on a guided tour of the circuit in and around beautiful Salzburg, Austria for the 2006 World Elite Road Race Championship.
Having covered the Six Days, The Giro, Le Tour, and now the Worlds, Ed Hood was, on the scene with camera ready to catch the winners, losers, and the ‘dear god where did that come from's’ in Salzburg. Never short on opinion or what constitutes ‘style’, we submit for your consideration, Mr. Hood’s selections…
It has been a long week already for PEZ-Man in the trenches, Edmond Hood, but it's all been a mere prep for the big day: the Elite Road World Championship. After a refreshing night's rest, it was on to the big business of the biggest one-day bike race around.
Fans make a race special. They add the colour, the spice. They make you laugh, shake your head and sometimes their dedication amazes you. It's not fair to grade them, travelling down from Finland deserves as much of a mention as nicking life-size Tom Boonen cut-outs from your local supermarket in Gent then taking them to Austria.
It almost seems commonplace now, the World Time Trial Championship, but it was only a little over a decade ago when the first Worlds TT took place with a certain Boardman coming out on top. PEZ's Ed Hood is in Salburg and takes a look at the brief history of the Worlds Chrono and previews what's coming tomorrow.
PEZ's Ed Hood got in the pits to have a closer look at yesterday's Elite TT podium finishers' bikes. You know the bikes, you've seen them in pictures, but now get a little closer to both the riders and their time trial rockets.
Just when you thought the World road championships were a distant memory, we have one last blast from Ponferrada. John Young had a pile of great pic's left in his unused locker from the champs, so here is John's favourite shots to bring you 'The Last Word' (or picture) from the Rainbow jersey competition.
With the light fading fast on a perfect Tuscan Saturday afternoon, The Netherlands’ Marianne Vos confirmed that she’s the queen of women’s cycling – successfully defending her title and winning alone in the grand style. Emma Johansson was second for Sweden with Italian girl Rossella Ratto taking bronze. Here’s how it played out...
The 2013 World Cycling Championships Junior Men's Road race rolled today in Firenze, and our very own Ed Hood took to the streets - and bars - for all the roadside action..