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  • Thursday May 8, 2008

    Ahead of this year's race, Andreu took PEZ on a behind the scenes look at the 1990 edition with a very fresh young 7-Eleven team hoping to continue Andy Hampsten's legacy. It was not to be, but there were some very memorable events nonetheless.

  • Saturday May 31, 2008

    I rode both the Passo Gavia and Mortirolo ahead of the race on the May 27 stage 20 at the 2006 Giro. After 7 hours, over 3 hours of climbing, 130km, and some serious pain, I can say that was one of the best rides ever… check this out…

  • Thursday May 25, 2006

    It’s been a tough last week at the Giro, but tomorrow’s Stage 19 from Pordenone to San Pellegrino is a brute – chucking in 4 huge steep climbs over 224 km to a summit finish. Today we rode the two middle climbs of Passo Fedaia over the Marmolada, and the Passo Pordoi, to see just how tough it’s gonna be…

  • Tuesday June 3, 2008

    The Giro is over, and I’ve been back home for 10 days, but there’s a certain sadness that always follows the completion of a Grand Tour. Ed & Ale will agree, and as much as I missed some things about home, I still miss Italy and my favorite race. So much happens each day, that we simply can’t report it all, so here’s a few ‘never before seen’ moments that made week 1 truly memorable…

  • Friday May 30, 2008

    On the day of the Plan de Corones we caught up with a couple of riders who are always happy to talk to PEZ and got their thoughts on the show so far. Ed Hood spoke with Barloworld's Steve Cummings and AG2R's Phillip Deignan to get their ideas on the show so far.

  • Friday May 30, 2008

    "Three days of truth as we await the attacks on Contador." So says the Gazzetta. And the wait was worth it as the Giro GC battle exploded with the kind of attacks the tofosi & historians love - ! We got ourselves down to the start to see what the guys on the ground had to say.

  • Monday May 19, 2008

    While everybody here in Italy is talking about the big fight for the final Maglia Rosa in Milano between Di Luca, Riccт, Contador and the others, I think that the most interesting challenge at the moment is the one that sees Visconti and Russ fighting everyday for a temporary Rosa jersey. They were together in the break to Peschici when Pellizotti left the Rosa to Visconti, and at less then one second behind was our new friend Matthias Russ.

  • Friday May 16, 2008

    I’m happy to report I found a negroni last night- a good one too. A simple stroll into the town center at Peschici revealed a fine assortment of cafes and bars – the good kind with the chairs out front so you can enjoy the view. It was the perfect 'rest' for today's big drive from Vasto to Pescocostanzo along the entire corsa...

  • Sunday May 25, 2008

    Arabba, kilometre zero and the Passa Pordoi starts NOW. Welcome to the Queen Stage of the 2008 Giro, "only" 153 kilometres but five passes - the Pordoi, San Pellegrino, Giau, Falzarego and the Marmolada. You maybe won't win the Giro today, but you could sure lose it, and we drove 148 of those kms ahead of the race for a closer look…

  • Friday May 9, 2008

    It’s like the day before Christamas around here as excitement is building to a fevered pitch for the start of tomorrow’s Giro d’Italia. I’m doing my best to keep up with all the action and soak in the true Palermo experience. I took a spin on the TTT corsa, and can tell you it’s gonna be fast – check this out…

  • Thursday May 15, 2008

    It’s good to be back online from the press room here at the stage 6 finish in Peschici. After yesterday’s big journey clear across the country, I’m recharged and ready to join the fray, and once again today did not disappoint – starting with dinner last night, a ride along the coast this morning, and an awesome view point for today’s finish…

  • Tuesday June 3, 2008

    In Italian we say “Un mazzo cosм!” that can be translated “So mazzo!” to mean you have to sweat a lot for doing something. This “mazzo” is a slang word coming from a card game and gives the idea of the suffering, of the difficulties. Certainly anyone who rode the Mortirolo knows the meaning of “mazzo”.

  • Monday May 19, 2008

    PEZ-Man Alessandro Federico is at it again - he convinced his wife to go for a 'drive', the kind that is less of a drive and more of a preview of the time trial course for Stage 10. But here's more than just a look at the roads, so sit back and enjoy this bellissima preview from Signor Federico.

  • Monday June 2, 2008

    It's 27 degrees as we drive north up the valley from Lovere, north to - the Passo Di Gavia. It comes 90 kilometres into the 224 K stage, it's just under 19 k long and rises from 1260 metres at Ponte Di Legno to 2618 metres at the summit - the highest point of this years Giro. The "Cima Coppi" prime is on offer at the top, awarded for the first rider to top the Giro's highest point.

  • Friday May 30, 2008

    "Savol is doing a trojan's work, gap is now 1-32 to gruppo Bert - wait - ! Di Luca gone alone now - Savol blown -." We're atop of the Passo della Presolana and Richard is watching the action on Cycling.TV, and emailing us from PEZ HQ to my the Black Berry.

  • Thursday May 22, 2008

    Loyal readers will know our long standing tradition to interview at least one of the beautiful ladies who grace the stage for each day’s award ceremonies. At the stage 8 start in Rivasondoli, we met and talked with the lovely, intelligent, and I suspect heartbreaking Laura - …

  • Thursday May 22, 2008

    To find the border between the Emilia and Romagna, you’ve to walk along the main way to Bologna and, near Imola, start to ask for food and drink. The Romagnoli will serve you wine immediately. Once someone won’t serve it anymore but will propose to you a dish of “tagliatelle”, you’re in Emilia. I would like to discover today the exact border between these two lands.

  • Monday May 26, 2008

    Another day in the Trentino region of northern Italy and we’re getting used to the views and car service – it’s the endless up & down of traversing the Dolomiti that makes life on a schedule more challenging. We’re at the northern most point of this year’s Giro for today’s uber-steep and graveled TT up the Plan de Corones climb…

  • Sunday May 18, 2008

    Buongiorno Italia. It’s 5:30am when I leave my home bounding south to meet the Giro. I see a few guys are talking outside of the bar waiting for the fresh cakes of the morning. They’re going home after a long night and I’m just starting an intensive day. Another Giro, in another day in Italy.

  • Tuesday May 27, 2008

    It’s the last day of rest before the final chase to Milano, but the car trip to tomorrow’s stage start is a long one. Good thing the sun is shining and the countryside is gorgeous… here’s how the day looked to us.

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