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 Rest Day: A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls.
Interview: Just before the big Tour de France kickoff tomorrow we managed to catch up with Paul Sherwen, one half of cycling's most famous commentary team to get his thoughts on the big race, predictions and more.
Rider Interview: The Tour de France build-up is well underway and Ed Hood managed to grab American rider Matthew Busche of Trek Factory Racing for some words before his first ‘Grand Boucle’. Busche has been on a Vuelta winning team in the past, will that be enough preparation for the Tour?
Rider Interview: Just 20 years old and from the other side of the world, young Aussie George Tansley has been thrown into the deep end in the heartland of racing in Belgium but he hasn't sunk. Far from it in fact, he's come out fighting - and winning with a string of high placings and victories of late we thought it was time to catch up with this man on the rise as he pursues his dream of professional racing.
Pro Interview: One of the new signings for Garmin-Sharp this year was Portugese climber André Cardoso. Often seen at the front during the Giro working tirelessly for his team leader we thought it was time to catch up with André to find out more about him and see how he is feeling in his first year at World Tour level.
The author of such famous cycling books as 'Slaying the Badger' and 'Tour de France 100', journalist Richard Moore has been busy on something new. We caught up with the UK-based author to talk about book projects old and new, and much more from this wealth of cycling knowledge.
Tubeless wheels for road bikes have been one of the most popular Pez Tech topics ever. While most of us run good ol' clinchers - better traction, cornering, handling, and lower weight all await in the promised land that tubeless can offer. We caught up with American Classic wheels founder Bill Shook who first designed road tubeless wheels back when everyone thought it was a crazy idea for more.
His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st – good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the ‘monuments’.
We caught up with one of America’s most accomplished cyclists, Frankie Andreu, the director of the 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda pro cycling team. Having just returned from the Tour of Mexico, Frankie was happy to talk about how racing has changed in 20 years, and what it takes to guide a pro cycling team today.
Martijn Verschoor Interview: It’s March so it must be time to catch up with Novo Nordisk rider; Martijn Verschoor. Even this early in the season he has put three big events under his belt and we managed to grab him at his Spanish base for some words before he shot off to Mexico.
He's British, he's one of the fastest men in the world over four kilometers and an Olympic and World Champion on the track in 2012 and no it's not Bradley Wiggins. It's Steven Burke, a stalwart of the British Team Pursuit squad and a man with a fearsome turn of speed. We recently caught up with Steven to chat about what the future holds for the fast man from Lancashire.
Young, talented and in just his 3rd season as a pro, at 22 years old Arnaud Démare already has a palmares that many older pros envy. With wins at the Vatenfall Classics, Tour de Suisse, Qatar and more he's a young man on the move. We recently caught up with Arnaud to talk about his career so far and his ambitions for what lays ahead.
Our talent spotter Ed Hood has been at it again scouring the globe for the next big rider. This time he's found a young Englishman making his way through the ranks in Nantes, France with the prestigious amateur team Union Cycliste Nantes Atlantique - the home to many riders in the past who have gone on to pro careers. Could Douglas Dewey be another name on that list in the future?
Diego Ulissi is one of the most talked about riders of the last 6 months after finishing 2013 with numerous wins he's now started 2014 with wins Down Under and back home in Italy. We recently caught up with Diego to talk about his season so far as he prepared for Tirreno-Adriatco.
Borut Božič Interview: The Classics season has started and if you are a fan of those cobbles it won’t be long before you see the name: Borut Božič in the results. The Slovenian is Astana’s man for those early hard man’s races in Belgium and Northern France and we were lucky enough to have a chat about his big love; those Northern roads of Hell!
Philippe Gilbert Interview: After his phenomenal 2011 season Philippe Gilbert has not been hitting the high points, excluding a World road championship, but after a relaxing winter he is back; strong and motivated. Milan-Sanremo and the Ardennes Classics are his goal and maybe another year in the rainbow jersey, but the big question is; will he grow a beard? Find out here.
Steve Cummings Interview: World champion on the track, Vuelta stage winner and loyal team man; Steve Cummings is all of these and now winner of the Tour Méditerranéen. Just before his successful February we managed an exclusive one-to-one chat with the big man in Spain at a BMC training camp and then caught up with him again after his Dubai and Méditerranéen success.
Greg Van Avermaet Interview: Greg Van Avermaet might have been the second man in the Classics for BMC, but over the years he has proved that he can be successful from February to September. This year he will be the main man in his home Flemish Classics for the Swiss bike manufacturer. We sat down with Greg when he was training in Spain to hear his plans for 2014.
Tom Boonen Interview: Tom Boonen is a man in form in Qatar and is on a mission after an illness ridden 2013 season. We caught up with the Belgian multi-champion in Spain as he piled in the kilometres just before heading off to the deserts of Qatar.