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 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.
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.
INTERVIEW: Adam Hansen is one of the most reliable & strongest domestiques in the World Tour, a valued helper for André Greipel and previously one of Mark Cavendish's main men but he's also a lot more. He's a Grand Tour stage winner, a businessman, an inventor and a nice guy to boot. We caught up with him just before he starts his 8th straight GrandTour on Friday.
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’.
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Almost 20 years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
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!
INTERVIEW: Rebuilding a team after two of your star riders get busted for doping was a nightmare come true for 2013's Vini Fantini. But team DS Luca Scinto found the support of sponsors, fans, and a new crop of riders to return as Team Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo. We talked with Luca, and team rider Mauro Finetto about the comeback...
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.
INTERVIEW: The Grande Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia is less than four months away, but this spring comes with an Hibernian twist as cycle sport's coolest Grand Tour starts outside mainland Europe for the first time. PEZ snagged a precious slot in the crammed diary of the man behind the Giro's three-stage sojourn in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Darach McQuaid.
Thor Hushovd Interview: Ex-World champion, twice Tour points winner, Vuelta points winner, multi-National champion and Classics specialist; Thor Hushovd has had a long and successful career. Even though he had a slight hiatus in 2012 his winning ways have not left him - So what is the future for the man from Norway? We find out what the big man’s plans are for 2014.
Rider Interview: One of PEZ's charges at the recent Berlin and Copenhagen Six Days was a man who was having his second bite at the six day circus cherry, America's Daniel Holloway. From stagiere with Garmin to stints on pro teams in the US and abroad with national championships on the track and criterium circuit on the way, Daniel has seen a lot of racing.