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.
Mark Cavendish Interview: The fastest man in the World on two wheels is one description of Mark Cavendish, but when it comes to talking he doesn’t hang about either. We found that out in what was meant to be a short interview with the man from the Isle of Man when his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team were in Spain for their team presentation in January. No lead-out was needed to get ‘Cav’ going!
Interview with Geoffrey Soupe of the FDJ professional cycling team. He is French, 25 years old and potentially one of the best lead-out men in the world. Riding for FDJ he has helped both Nacer Bouhanni and Arnaud Démare to important victories but 2013 saw him become crucial to Demare’s success. We recently caught up with Geoffrey to find out more about the man and what plans he has for the future.
Interview: Even before his World Championship win Rui Costa was one of the hottest names in the World Tour. Back to back Tour de Suisse titles, two Tour de France stage wins and more - 2013 was certainly a big one. We recently caught up with Rui to talk about his huge season, his change of teams to Lampre-Merida and more.
Interview: Earlier in January, Marcel Kittel, the top sprinter from the 2013 Tour de France was training with his Giant-Shimano team in Spain, so our local man; Alastair went to find out what made the big German tick. What he found was a big sprinter full of confidence, humor and lots of interesting things to say.
Interview: Tony Martin is pro cycling's fastest time trialer, but his targets go far beyond the rainbow jersey. The Dubai Tour, the Tour of Belgium and the Basque Country Tour are also in his sights, not just the TT stages but also the overall victories... Pez talks with the speedy German.
INTERVIEW: If the name Calvin Watson doesn’t mean much to you now, it soon will – he’ll be part of pro cycling's new Trek Factory Racing team lining at the Tour Down Under. The 20 year-old Australian joins Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck boys in one of the highest profile teams on the planet.
INTERVIEW: Tinkoff-Saxo's Michael Morkov is one of the few pro cyclists who excels on both the boards and the road. We interviewed Michael during his 'off season' of training camps and track racing to chat about the sixes and the upcoming 2014 road season in the new look Tinkoff-Saxo squad.
INTERVIEW: With four top 10 finishes in the Tour de France, Haimar Zubeldia is one of the most experienced men in cycling's Pro Peloton. Not as old as his teammate Jens Voigt or former teammate Chris Horner, Haimar has still seen many changes in his Pro career and we recently caught up with him in Spain to chat about modern racing, radios, Basque independence and more as he heads into his 17th season as a pro.
This time last year, PEZ gave the old crystal ball a thorough polish to see if we could pick which of pro cycling's neo-pros might turn into stars. Some excelled, but others not so much - here's our report card!
INTERVIEW: Life in the tough Belgian cyclocross scene is a dream few have and fewer live. But New Zealand's Angus Edmond has joined the big leagues and took time to tell us about riding against the biggest cross riders in the world.
INTERVIEW: A young Aussie bike racer relocates half-way around the world to chase his dream in France, marries a beautiful French girl, fathers two darling children, finds his lost racing legs and logs in as editor of PEZ. If the best life is also one that's least expected, then our own Chris Selden is living large - let's meet the man!
Interview: Slovenian strongman Aldo Ino Ilesic signed for UnitedHealthcare this year and immediately slotted into their famous blue train. Not just a leadout man though, Aldo also took a big win in 2013 taking the US Airforce Clarendon Cup and we recently talked to Aldo about his season, what lays ahead and his tough Christmas training regime.
At 42 Jens Voigt is heading into his last season as a professional cyclist. Throughout his career he has been one of the ‘strongmen’ of the peloton, chasing breaks, fetching water bottles and every now and again; winning a race. A nice guy with a punishing nature; no more “shut up legs” from Jensie.