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Tuesday March 2, 2010
The wait is over, the season is real. The opening weekend in Belgium provided terribly difficult racing, some surprises, big Belgian disappointment, and a lot of stories. The lovers of hills got their due in Switzerland and teh Giro di Sardegna wrapped. So take a few minutes and catch up on all that's worth catching up on.
Thursday June 5, 2008
Say Arrivederci to the Giro as it’s almost Bonjour to Le Tour. We’ve got the latest on the ASO/UCI punch-up as well as the tune up events in Luxembourg and France. Stateside, it’s Philly and a full-up Nature Valley as well as Johan serving up some bedtime reading. It’s a global ET and it’s full today.
Thursday June 28, 2007
The VERSUS Channel held their annual pre-Tour press conference today, hosted by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. It’s a great chance to check in with two guys who’ve seen more Tours than most of us, and are never short of opinions. Once we got through the usual barrage of uninspired doping questions from the mainstream guys, it was time to ask about the race itself…
Friday November 3, 2006
Tour de France route selection is based on various criteria – some we know and some we can only guess at - but in addition to geographically moving the race around the country, the parcours are also influenced by towns and regions with the deepest pockets... Every mayor of every town in France knows full well that ‘une grande’ check is often the best way to entice le Grande Boucle into your corner of France each summer.
Thursday October 26, 2006
The parcours for the 2007 Grande Boucle were announced today in Paris, and PEZ was knee-deep in ‘le hoopla’ in a room light on active pros, but well-stocked with former cycling stars who joined the festivities. We know the fight against dopers is far from over, but the mood was one of excitement none-the-less – it’s still the greatest bike race in the world…
Tuesday July 25, 2006
Pez-Man Nick O’Brien joined an exclusive group allowed to ride the full Tour de France stage 5 distance from Beauvais to Caen – 219 mostly flat kms across northern France – just hours ahead of the actual race. Closed roads, cheering fans, a fast closing caravan… this was not your average Tuesday ride…
Sunday July 23, 2006
It’s another American success in Paris – somehow there were no more bizarre twists or turns today, and Floyd Landis navigated the final stage without mishaps to score his maiden Tour de France win. Given the amount of time he spent chatting with other riders in the peloton today, I think his win seems a pretty popular one.
Saturday July 22, 2006
On his penultimate day chasing the race, James Hewitt gets up close and personal with a few of the stars of the sport and nearly has his bike stolen! Read on to find out how...
Friday July 21, 2006
PEZ-Man braving the Tour in the field, James Hewitt, finds himself in Albertville for the final day in the mountains of 2006. After such a spectacular day at the TdF its pretty hard to try to compete with the Floyd so I will not try but if you are so inclined, read on!
Thursday July 20, 2006
With 16 stages down and 4 to go, Pez caught up with Destination Cycling’s Tour de France Challenge team in the stage 17 start town of Saint Jean de Maurienne – two days ahead of the race.
Thursday July 20, 2006
In the 1940s and 1950s, days like this were common. They sure as Hell don’t happen often nowadays, which makes Floyd Landis’s incredible ride today all the more amazing. I can’t remember seeing anything like this...It doesn't seem possible, but today turned out to be even better than yesterday! Long live the Tour de L'Anarchie!
Thursday July 20, 2006
On his mission to bring you all the Tour and a press pass have to offer as well as a review of the French law enforcement community, Pez contributor and espresso impresario James Hewitt reports live from the summit finish in La Toussuire...
Wednesday July 19, 2006
Tomorrow's final day in the Alps will have a lot to live up to after what might arguably be the best day of bike racing that we've seen in YEARS. After the last two mountain stages the riders will go to bed wishing they didn’t have to face another sunrise. They will wake up Thursday morning to the tolling of iron bells from the church in St. Jean de Maurienne, a final call to prayer for the day that lies ahead.
Wednesday July 19, 2006
In one stretch of mountain road the compete order of the Tour de France was shaken, stirred, guzzled and spewed today as total anarchy ruled the slopes of the climb to la Toussuire. EVERYONE attacked, Floyd cracked, and there were more ‘Bams’ today than Barney Rubble’s son and Emeril combined. This is racing at its finest!
Wednesday July 19, 2006
On his mission to follow the Tour and show you the sights that no eye has ever seen and hear sounds no-one has ever heard our intrepid adventurer tackled Alpe d’Huez. Read on to find out the real story of what its like to climb the famed mountain on race day...
Tuesday July 18, 2006
Stage 15's finish atop Alpe d'Huez was nothing but the stuff of classic bike racing, but tomorrow promises at least as vivid of a display of fireworks - and possibly more. PEZ-Man Randall Butler is on the scene and had a look at Wednesday's stage to La Toussuire. There's a LOT of climbing, but first we had to learn how to say it...
Tuesday July 18, 2006
Team CSC’s lost Tour improved again today when Luxembourger Frank Schleck stuck it to his early break companions on the feared slopes of Alpe d’Huez, and finally dropped former Giro champ Damiano Cunego after a 10km slug-fest with the Italian to go solo. Floyd Landis took over GC duties by forcing his rivals to either do the work or get off the bus.
Monday July 17, 2006
One week ago today we were all looking forward to a certain style of Tour de France; the events of last Thursday and Friday changed everything. The riders who will be grabbing the glory may have changed but the velos that will do the biz are pretty-much the same. Pez checks-out the steeds of the top contenders…
Sunday July 16, 2006
Another boiling hot day on the Tour gave us another new name on the winner’s podium. France continue to have a great Tour as Bouyges Telecom took some of the glory to follow the success of Ag2r, Cofidis and Credit Agricole.
Saturday July 15, 2006
Bit of a strange day today, Bйziers to Montйlimar, 230 kilometers of undulating roads with five 4th Category climbs and a hard day tomorrow, but with a Rest Day the day after, then the race should really begin in the Alps. So today a group should get away.