Chasing a Grand Tour - or any race for that matter, is often less about the race, and more about the adventure. One of my best days 'happened' at the 2013 Giro d'Italia as my driver Mino and I crossed the ankle of southern Italy's boot. The tiny road we chose eventually disappeared, leaving us to find our way across uncharted farm tracks to a distant hill top town - which itself was a maze of navigational chaos. In the end we didn't accomplish much, but it's days like these that make the journey worth every wrong turn.
After freezing his way through Milan-Sanremo earlier in the year our roadside expert Alessandro thought he'd seen the last of snowy bike races for 2013 - was he ever wrong! We sent him out again into the snow and rain on stage 14 of that years Giro d'Itala. It's a springtime snowy roadside special!
Roadside Reload: Grand Tour veteran Ed Hood was at the 2013 Giro d'Italia covering the action for PEZ and the stage to Vicenza that year has practically the same profile and course as stage 12 for the Giro'15. We retrace Ed's day of fun on the Crosara climb and look forward to next years Italian Tour.
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.
The Giro is over but never far from our minds or hearts. We filed so many stories this year that a couple still haven't been posted. Here's Alessandro's report from his day chasing the tough stage to Pescara that saw Adam Hansen light up the break at the start.
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.
Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three action packed weeks in the Giro and analyzes the highlights and the lowlights of this great race.
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.
Race Report: After what seems like three weeks of snow, sleet, rain and grey skies, it's beautiful like we always imagine Italy should be. Blue cloudless heavens, sunshine and gorgeous lakeside towns. The 2013 Giro d'Italia ended in a sprinters' firefight, and Cavendish came out on top today. But the overall glory goes to Vincenzo Nibali …
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!
Race Report: Vincenzo Nibali showed today that he is the worthy winner of the 2013 Giro d’Italia with a demolishing ride on the steep slopes of the Dolomites. His pink jersey gleamed through the falling snow at the top of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for the stage win and confirmation of his superb home victory. Another great day on a brilliant Giro d’Italia.
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.
Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's difficult mountain time trial and analyses the winners, the losers and more in another classic Lee's Lowdown.
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.
Race Report: Is it all over bar the shouting? The man that some call ‘Nibbles’ took a big bite out of his Giro d’Italia opposition with a storming uphill TT win to Polsa. As Evans suffered in the rain, the pink-clad panther performed with panache to put himself in a position so comfortable, he could be reclining with a cigar, dressed like Hef, being fed grapes by … well, you get the picture.
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.
Race Report: Another transition stage as the mountains approach but the opinions were divided on how the stage would run out. Bunch sprint, small group sprint, long breakaway? Well what we were treated to was another all out attack fest where the hits just kept coming but once again it was Movistar on top.
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.
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!
Race Report: Today was planned as a transition stage but 238km of racing with attacks flying from the gun meant that this day was anything but easy. GC changes and attacks from most riders in the top 10 highlighted an exciting stage that saw the Giro once again smile on Benat Intxausti.