Lee Rodgers aimed his eagle eye at David Millar's new job with British Cycling in his Lowdown yesterday and was less than convinced at the validity of the appointment. Ed Hood, on the other hand, has penned his thoughts from the other side of the debating chamber and taken to the hustings... Ed's view:
Paul Jesson was a young man with a pro contract with a top team, podium places in some big races and even a stage win at the Vuelta only to have it all taken away in a tragic accident. He may have lost his leg but he lost none of his courage and determination as he fought back to top International competition again and Paralympic glory. This is the inspirational story of Paul Jesson.
Down amongst the thousands of fans, family, team staff and just plain crazies in the Netherlands for the Worlds was our very own Ed Hood. It's time now to re-live the action, the sights, the smells & the music with him from the Elite Men's Road Race - Roadside!
The first road race is won and done at the World Championships and our man Ed Hood was there rubbing shoulders with the best to get the lowdown on the circuit and the expert's favorites for Sunday.
It might have been a day off from racing today at the World Titles but our man Ed Hood on the roadside had no such luxuries. With interviews to conduct and a region to discover, Ed hit the ground running today with camera in hand. It's time for another installment of Valkenburg - Roadside!
A great day of racing at the Worlds saw Tony Martin double up his golds and Taylor Phinney doing the same with silver. To capture this historic day Ed Hood moved PEZ Mobile HQ almost onto the race circuit to bring us all the action. He isn't just reporting from the roadside this year - he's living there!
With the result of the team time trial coming down to OmegaPharma's ability to smoothly ride up the Cauberg and BMC's ability to explode we thought it was time to take a closer look at this crucial part of the World's circuit. Our man on the scene, Ed Hood laced up the trainers and hit the road to examine this mythical climb.
Roadside Vuelta'12: The roadside was absolutely packed full of crazies on the exciting Bola Del Mundo altitude finish yesterday - two of whom worked for Pez! Ed Hood runs us through all the action of the last mountain stage of the Vuelta'12 - Roadside!
The ‘Eureka’ moment with Bradley Wiggins came in 2009, during le Tour de France. Martin and I were at the bottom of the climb to Verbier, watching the action on a beat up TV which the enterprising owner of a roast pig sandwich stall had set up. They were all there, including Contador and Lance. It was no sparring match or flurry of token attacks, this was ‘for real’ - but Wiggins wasn’t just hanging by a thread, he was in the mix...
Men of the Tour, thus far? Wiggins, definitely; Sagan, for sure; Greipel, yes - and, Michael Morkov. Ed Hood logged a couple hundred kms in the rental car on rest day to catch up with the KOM leader. The Danish ex-world madison champion and six day star's stage one breakaway to grab the polka dot jersey and his defence of it for the first week was one of the talking points of the race.
Cav has settled another ghost, it was 1967 when Tom Simpson last won the world championships for Great Britain. In Copenhagen last autumn the Manx man became the second Briton to don the rainbow jersey. But it was way back in 1959 when Ireland's Seamus Elliott became the first and only rider from the British Isles to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - until Sunday, that is.
A quotation first, from Philippe Brunel’s chapter dealing with Milan – San Remo in that sumptuous book, ‘The Spring Classics,’ ‘Some, like Boonen, speak of a lottery. “They already said that in my era,” Merckx once commented, “but do you know many guys who won the jackpot seven times with the same ticket?”
In the glitz of the European professional season sparking into life it's easy for results to get missed - take Kristian House's (GB & Rapha Condor Sharp) win in the Tour of South Africa for instance. We caught up with the former British National Champion after his triumph way down south.
The sad news came this morning that husband, friend, trainer, and anti-doping crusader, Aldo Sassi, had finally succumbed to the untreatable tumors in his brain. The trailblazing coach was a lot more than just a trainer to the riders he worked with and to his last days, he was constantly in touch, defiant against his fate. Let's look back at an interview with Sassi from just under two years ago and take a chance to remember a great man.
When you see the name Edmond Hood at the top of an article you know you are going to get interesting, in-depth, and incisive writing. Ed has more experience at every level of the sport than just about anyone and everyone. Alastair Hamilton took a few minutes recently to try to get the 'King of the Blackberry' to spill the beans on the man behind the words.