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.
A new season brings some new faces to the Pro peloton, so Gordan Cameron has had a look at the form of the 2015 neo-pros and puts together his list of 'Top Ten' men to watch. The first year for a professional can be a steep learning curve, but these guys could be on the podium sooner than most.
After an exciting World Cyclo-cross Championships battle and the start of the Ladies' Tour of Qatar yesterday (Tuesday), Gordan Cameron takes a look at the 'Top Ten' women for the 2015 season. Marianne Vos is not at the top of his list, so you might be surprised with the line-up.
David Pearce has come to the end of his Tour Down Under with the final stage 6 circuit race in Adelaide. As always he sends in a photo collage that takes in the full atmosphere of the Australian WorldTour race, Adelaide and the star of the show; the Santos Tour Down Under.
A desperate attack by pre-race favorite Richie Porte saw him steal the queen stage but he couldn't quite reach the leader's jersey falling two seconds short as Rohan Dennis hung on in fine style. The sentimental favorite Cadel Evans was also well in attendance as was a simply huge Aussie crowd with our photographer David Pearce right in amongst them all to capture these great images of all the action.
There are many things that make the Tour Down Under one of the best World Tour races of the calendar to visit - from the amazing scenery to the quality racing but the TDU wouldn't be the race it is without the fans. Our man Down Under David Pearce played the fan on Stage 4 and caught up with some of the crowd that make that atmosphere happen.
Stage three of the Santos Tour Down Under saw PEZ man in Australia, David Pearce, spend the day in the Drapac team car to get the full in race experience. From coffee to cycling heroes and the chance to see the day's race break up close. Did the break go all the way? Read on to find out.