Race Report: Limburg; the sun beaming down, tree blossoms gleaming white, fiercely green grass and a sequence of knife-edge climbs that cut riders to the quick. The Amstel Gold Race is as good to look at as it is hard to ride. A war of attrition hammered out across a picture-postcard, spring landscape.
The cobbles are behind us as we move onto the hilly Classics and first up is the Amstel Gold Race. Yes, Holland is mostly flat, but try riding up the Cauberg and say that's not a hill. Our Classics expert, Ed Hood, gives us the benefit of his Amstel experience - the race and the golden liquid.
Race Report: There is never a surprise winner in Roubaix and today's 'Hell of the North' didn't disappoint the fans. The cobbles were dry and fast, perfect for a certain German who used to be a sprinter and now is the Classicsman of 2015 - John Degenkolb. The fast and furious road to Roubaix.
The 'Hell of the North' hits the cobbles of Northern France on Sunday, our L'enfer du Nord expert, Ed Hood, runs his eye over the uneven surface of Paris-Roubaix. The course and runners for 2015 and the history of the Queen of the Classics. Sunday in Hell - The PEZ Preview.
Race Report: Norway’s Alex Kristoff took his second Monument, to go with his 2014 Primavera win, leaving Quick-Step’s canny Dutchman, Niki Terpstra in his jet wash. Greg Van Avermaet made the podium again with third spot after last year’s second place, beating Peter Sagan to the line.
The early season Belgian cobbled Classics have been building up to this Sunday and the battle of the Tour of Flanders, or De Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ed Hood looks at the history and examines the parcours for this Monument of the road. Who will be the winner? Not an easy answer, but he will be a Lion of Flanders.
Race Report: All but dead in the water on the final haul up the Kemmelberg - and there was plenty of it landing across Flanders today - Luca Paolini produced an outstanding and tactically immaculate win in Gent-Wevelgem today.
The cobble season is upon us, this is the time of year to be in Belgium or better; Flanders. On Sunday Gent-Wevelgem heads out of Deinze for a ride to the coast and back via France, followed by a succession of gruesome cobbled climbs before the finish. Bad weather and hard riders make for a real Classic, here is the PEZ Preview.
Milan Sanremo is the longest classic of the year but the kilometers can simply fly by when you are chasing the race. From the start in Milan to the key points along the route and finally to the Poggio our man Ale was there, in the rain, taking it all in - from the first rider on the road until the very last.
Race Report: John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) joined the greats on Sunday on the Via Roma taking the 106th Milan-Sanremo with a perfectly timed sprint, relegating 2014 winner Alex Kristoff (Katusha) to second with ‘coming man’ Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) giving notice that he can win this race, one day.
Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, is addicted to chasing bike races, he just can't stop. To help him with his 'problem' we sent him to three stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, this should get him to the week-end and his next fix with Milan-Sanremo. Hit the road Ale!
Spring must be here in Europe, at last, as the first big Classic of the season leaves Milan on Sunday morning to make the near 300 kilometre journey to Sanremo. Our 'Primavera' expert, Ed Hood, takes a look back at his Sanremo experiences and forward to this years protagonists in the battle to the Ligurian coast.
One of the most beautiful races of the year is without a doubt the Strade Bianche on the now mythical white gravel roads. Following the race and capturing all the action and beauty of this race roadside for Pez was our experienced race chaser Alessandro who filed this story after a perfect day out in the Tuscan countryside.
Organizers of the Southeast Regional Series (SRS) announced its lineup of host venues and 11 categorized races across four states for the third annual cycling competition.
Race Report: In a glorious race across the ‘white roads’ of Tuscany, Zdenek Stybar scored the best win of his road career, out duelling Greg Van Avermaet and Alejandro Valverde at the 2015 Strade Bianche Eroica Pro.
The Strade Bianche has in just a handful of editions done what no other young race has before - shouldered its way into the leagues of bona-fide Monuments where the course is what gives it a true identity. Dirt roads, never ending hills, and a landscape as only a true 'vedutista' could paint, it's no wonder the race is a fave among riders and fans alike.
This Saturday the 9th Strade Bianche heads off from San Gimignano to cross the 'White Roads' before finishing in the historic city of Siena. Our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico (and his bike), covered the last 20 kilometers to take in the final climbs and those dirt roads in his Tuscan homeland.
Race report: After yesterday's lemming-like ride into self-destruction, Etixx-QuickStep's riders would no doubt have taken to the road with Patrick Lefevre's team-talk thunder-clapping around their ears like a Pete Townsend power-chord from a 1970s Who concert. Today, they got it right in the end with a fine sprint win for Mark Cavendish.
Race Report: Up against three Etixx-Quickstep riders, and three of the best classics riders in the world, it was last year’s winner Ian Stannard of Team Sky who showed them all how to ride the Omloop. Boonen, Vandenbergh and Terpstra could do nothing to hold back a rampaging Englishman who wanted this win more than any other in his career.
The cobble season starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then rattles its way into Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday. These races are for the hard men of the roads. Ed Hood looks back at the last five years of the 'cobbles week-end' and forward to this year.