Lowdown: You must have had your head buried deep in the sand to have missed the hacking of the WADA computer and the subsequent information releases. Bradley Wiggins seems to be the one who has been singled out for special inspection. Lee Rodgers gives us his usual Lowdown to explain how Wiggins has brought most of the controversy down on his own head.
The Lotto Soudal team has announced that it will not be sending riders to participate in the World team time trial championships in Doha, Qatar in October. They say that the cash outlay is not worth the return in publicity to their sponsor. Joe and Steve from 'The Outer Line' dig deeper into the background problems of the UCI's Flagship Event.
Lowdown: Nairo Quintana has won his second Grand Tour, executed with perfect tactics and climbing strength. Lee Rodgers takes a look at the story behind the 2016 Vuelta a España victory and Power Meter Gate, time limits and other race 'assistance'. The Vuelta Lowdown.
Vuelta Best Moments: The third Grand Tour of the year is over and the chat in the PEZ virtual office has been fairly unanimous... The 2016 Vuelta a España has been an all-round success. The question is, why? Here is the PEZ Crew's best moments from the best tour of the year.
Vuelta Roadside: Stage 20 was billed as the showdown for the 2016 Vuelta a España with a serous climb to sort out the final result. The sting was taken out of the finalé tail due to the stage 19 time trial result, but it was still a day of action. Al Hamilton, our man Roadside, was in the mountains to soak up the crazy atmosphere.
Fons De Wolf and Danny Willems had good palmarès, but they came on the heels of Merckx, Maertens and De Vlaeminck and just could not live up to their predecessors. The sad news from Belgium is that Willems was found dead in his apartment last Friday. Ed Hood looks at his life and career.
Vuelta Roadside: Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, had the excitement of following a rider in the time trial stage 19 down the Costa Blanca to the rock of Calpe. Chris Froome rode out of his skin for the stage win and get a bit closer to race leader Nairo Quintana, and PEZ was there to take it all in.
Vuelta Roadside: The Vuelta a España moves on and our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton has moved down the coast to catch the sprint finish of stage 18 in the seaside town of Gandia. There was also the publicity caravan and all it has to offer!
Cycling has seen tremendous growth in the last decade, whether through an appreciation of fitness, or making cities more liveable, or by new technologies including carbon fibre, disc brakes, and electronic shifting at ever-lower price points, and through interesting and exciting new events.
Lowdown: They say a change is as good as a rest, well Lee Rodgers has taken it to the next level to tackle the Mongolia Challenge for the fourth time. This week's Lowdown is not the normal Lowdown, but you have to try something different from time to time and Mongolia looks pretty good.
Jelly Belly p/b MAXXIS NeoPro Jordan Cheyne had the best week of his career so far in Utah as part of the team that put Lachlan Morton in the final leaders yellow jersey. His Tour didn't start too well, but he soon got into the swing of things. Here is how the Tour of Utah went down for Jordan.
The Olympic Games are well and truly underway, how can we tell? There is a cart load of controversy, accusations and sniping... Lee Rodgers, not a man to walk away from that kind of thing, has his two-penneth worth on the backstage events to clarify some points and stir the pot of Olympic shambolism.
Future Stars: In Part 2 of Sam Larner's 'Youth In Revolt' series, the riders of the future, he compares the young climbers of the peloton. In Part 1 Sam had a more general look at the young hopefuls, now it's the turn of the anti-gravity boys.
The love of negroni by 'The Pez' is well known and he shares that liking with Chuck Peña. One of Chuck's favorite places for a meal and a negroni in Washington is Coppi's Organic Restaurant; the food, drink and atmosphere is great... and there is that big cycling connection.
During the Tour de France Lee Rodgers took himself to Japan for a sad event, but that visit re-kindled his love for the roads and scenery of Japan. It's not all crowded neon lit Tokyo, geisha girls and sushi, there is so much more to the land of the rising sun; climbing the mountains of southern Japan, rolling through the rice fields or sprint action on the Keiren track.
On the second rest day of the 2016 Tour de France Ed Hood caught up with Bill and Ellen of American Classic. Ed got the full alphabet of wheels from A to Z, plus the low-down on the wheels of top ten Tour stage finisher; Dan McLay and his Fortuneo Vital Concept team.
RideLondon'16 Roadside: Callum MacGregor had only just returned home from driving Ed Hood round the 2016 Tour de France and found himself in central London on Sunday for the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic. The English capital opened its doors to Tour winner Chris Froome and a star studded start sheet and Callum was there to take in the atmosphere.
TDF'16 Roadside: For every Batman there is a Robin and Callum MacGregor is the Robin to Ed Hood's Batman. Callum is the PEZ Tour de France chauffeur; yes, he sees the French Grand Tour close up, rub shoulders with the stars, photograph the distractions and drive on those closed roads, but he does have a lot to put up with. Driving Miss Eddy.
The Tour de France dust has settled and the PEZ team have had time to digest the three weeks of the French Grand Tour. Was it a good Tour? Who were the heroes of the road? The high points and the low points... Here is what we think:
It’s not often we fans get to descend a Grand Tour mountain pass with the pros, even rarer that we almost take out a pro while descending said pass, and completely unheard of that we share the tale of our own reckless riding with fans the world over. Until now…
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