ROADSIDE Giro'13 St.3: Yesterday’s scenic boat ride to the even more scenic island of Ischia, served as the perfect appertivo for today’s 222km haul from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea. Today we drove what is possibly the most scenic corsa I’ve seen. Ever.
GIRO Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's exciting stage where the attacks were flying left, right and center with Vincenzo Nibali right in the middle and not backing down.
Giro St. 19: A day with no racing opens the possibilities – and PEZ scored a rare double interview with two of Cadel Evans loyal lieutenants Adam Blythe & Steve Cummings.
Roadside St.14: After freezing his way through Milan San Remo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for the year - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain today and he'll be out there again tomorrow for the shortened stage into France - It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
The Giro and Italy are one and the same – beautiful, chaotic, colourful, dramatic, frenetic, simpatico, heroes, villains . . . Always the contrasts. Ed Hood looks back at his week roadside at the Giro and recaps the sights, sounds and stories experienced.
Roadside Report: Today at the Giro sees the PEZ roadside crew transition from the Italian stylings of Alessandro and Angelo to the Scottish wit of Ed Hood. Before Ed takes the reins though lets take a look at some more great photos that Angelo took during his time roadside for PEZ.
ROADSIDE St.9: Sunday's difficult stage in the rain was time for our two Italian roadside photographers to part ways until next time but before they did there was a stage to cover -and what a stage it was! Hills, rain, GC changes and a superb solo break.
ROADSIDE St. 3: Yesterday’s scenic boat ride to the even more scenic island of Ischia, served as the perfect appertivo for today’s 222km haul from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea (say a-shay-ah). This is possibly the most scenic corsa I’ve seen. Ever.
ROADSIDE St.1: “The ONLY story is to have that big Canuck unload a heap of whoop ass on the Paul Weller clone and the shark! Disappointed he shaved the beard....it looked good with the aviator glasses, very euro chic / lumberjack hardman. Proper cycling role model.”
After any adventure to cover the great races of our sport, there’s always one story I can’t wait to write – about an experience so amazing, that it must be shared – with as many people as possible. The telling and retelling takes me back to a moment that passed all too quickly, but left an impression that both surprised me by its intensity, and also restored some faith in human nature.
Roadside Report: For Ed's second day on the Giro he managed to find a great viewing spot on top of the last climb as Visconti and co. came screaming past, upset the local tifosi and even find a bar with no beer. It's time for another roadside adventure with our travelling Scot.
Roadside St.18: The final three days of climbing and the last chances for GC riders started today with the uphill test in Mori. Pez’s Ed Hood was on the ground, on the corsa, and in the bar.
Roadside St.20: On a simply epic day at the Giro, PEZ was there roadside in the blizzard to soak up the atmosphere on a day where Vincenzo Nibali rode himself into the history books and most of the other riders just rode into a freezing hell. It's a PEZ roadside in the blizzard!
ROADSIDE St.9: As a follower of pro races for some 20 years now, our Italian reporter Alessandro Federico has seen a lot of racing all over the world. Nothing quite feels the same though as when his favorite GrandTour of the year comes right through his home region! It's time for a special backyard edition of Alessandro's Giro di Pez.
ROADSIDE St. 4: It’s one of my favorite race day strategies – going fly-on-the-wall and watching the fans watch the action. The clouds parted at just the right time to bathe the start in Policastro Bussentini with warm southern Italian sun, and smiles were ordered all around.
ROADSIDE St.15: We can’t stay without bad weather at the Giro 2013, so a storm of snow just hit us when the race passed at 3km to the finish where me and my friend Salvo waited for the maglia rosa. But a part of that the day has been fantastic with perfect weather and the snow moment just added an epic touch.
Roadside Giro St.16: We've finally let Ed Hood out of the dog house and loose on the streets of Italy as he takes over our roadside duties at the Giro. Direction pressroom, bar and the final climb of the day!
Attenzione Italian bar tenders with your Negronis and pretty ladies for Daily Distractions everywhere - The PEZ himself is on the ground in Italy and currently en route to Naples for today's Giro presentation. He's reported in that all has started well, luggage, bike and PEZ are all in the same place and he even has a driver all lined up. This Giro di PEZ is not going to be like last time......
ROADSIDE St.21: Sunny skies and a 5.5 hour jaunt out of the mountains made for a perfect final day on this 2013 Giro d'Italia, and our roving scribe was there to bring it all home as the race rode its last leg into Brescia.
ROADSIDE St.2: How fast fortunes change when chasing a Grand Tour: one minute you’ve missed the boat to the TTT start, and the next minute you’re in the cockpit of the high speed ferry with il Capitano’s blessing. It’s day 2 and we’re just getting started.