It’s no secret that for many of the crew here at PEZ, the Giro comes in at number 1 for their favourite race of the year and that is definitely true for me as well. This year’s Giro experience was very brief in comparison to my PEZ duties of recent years, but I still feel lucky that I was able to sneak off work, leave the kids at home with the ever-understanding better half and hang out at the Corsa Rosa for what were three very tough days for the boys on the bikes.
Roadside: The Tour de France is the world's biggest annual sporting event and with millions of potential consumers focused on not only the riders, but also on the products they're racing, Le Tour is often the place to see the latest tech innovations actually in use. To kick off our Tour de Pez 2010, we met up with SRAM, Zipp and Trek Bikes to see what they had in store for 2010 and beyond.
Since we last spoke with SaxoBank’s Richie Porte, he has lost and then regained the white jersey of Best Young Rider, joined the ever increasing membership of the Crash Club at this year’s Giro and successfully ticked off the first real climbs of 2010...and as of a few minutes ago - just taken hold of the MAGLIA ROSA!
Racing Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, the Vuelta, and playing a key role in the first ever world road title for your country would make a dream list of achievements for plenty of aspiring pro cyclists. Throw in a first professional victory and you’ve got a debut year to remember for FDJ’s Aussie pro, Wes Sulzberger.
When you bag a total of 14 Olympic medals and your record from the last two Track World’s is 9 and 7 Golds respectively, it seems only natural to expect big things from the British team this time round. ‘Not so’ says Team GB Performance Director Dave Brailsford CBE. PEZ caught up with him on the first day of the Track World Championships and found out why results in 2012, and not 2009, are what matters to his program right now.
The 2009 Giro d’Italia corsa was officially unveiled today in Venice, and although rumoured details had been leaked for weeks, that took nothing away from next year’s most anticipated Grand Tour. We’re sifting through the stage data for indepth coverage next week, but let’s begin with a quick look at today’s proceedings…