Lowdown: Sometimes it is better to say nothing and maybe David Millar should take note of that smart piece of advice. Put yourself in the crosshairs and you are bound to take some flak. Lee Rodgers has the Lowdown on Mr. Millar and his latest pontifications in the New York Times. Rodgers rant time!
The insanely tough Taiwan KOM Challenge is just days away. It's a climber's race - running just 105km, it's uphill the entire way to the finish at over 3200 meters. Brett Lindstrom is returning for his 4th run to the top, and offered his look getting ready for this main event.
The Fancy Bears hacking of the WADA/Olympic data base unearthed Bradley Wiggins' TUE use just before three important events has caused rumblings of doubt and calls of stretching the letter of the law. Wiggins has not broken the rules as they stand, but there is the moral question and whether or not the TUE system is wrong. Joe Harris and Steve Maxwell of The Outer Line ask; is it 'Treating or Cheating?'
Worlds'16: Now the dust (sand) has settled, the PEZ Crew have got together to air their thoughts on the rainbow races in Doha. We have a special addition to the gang: US and LottoNl-Jumbo's Alexey Vermeulen who rode the time trial and the road race in the desert of Qatar. The 2016 World championships, good, bad or...? Here is what the PEZ Crew think.
Lowdown: By winning the 2016 World elite road championships, Peter Sagan has bolstered his reputation as the best riders in the peloton at the moment... and moving him towards the title of one of the best ever. Lee Rodgers dissects the Doha championships and gives us his lowdown on 'THE' race of the year and the characters of the battle.
Lowdown: Has it really been a year since the last World Championships? Remember that one? The one in Richmond, the successful one, where riders didn’t end up vomiting uncontrollably thanks to unforgiving temperatures, the one where the locals actually seem to enjoy cycling?
World Road Championships Retro: It's hard to keep track of the events that Ed Hood has attended - easier to count those he has missed. His first Worlds for PEZ was in Salzburg back in 2006, no team time trial in those days, the event didn't return until 2012, but Ed was there for all the other road action, here is his stroll down memory lane.
Lombardia Photo Special: Saturday's Il Lombardia didn't disappoint with top cycle sport action along with the stunning scenery of Lake Como. Esteban Chaves took the win and we have a selection of the best photos of the day from the race organizers, RCS, and ace photographer Cor Vos.
Retro PEZ: Saturday's 2016 Il Lombardia will be the 110th edition of the race, the final Classic of the season is the oldest on the calendar. Ed Hood isn't old enough to remember the first edition in 1905, but has had a romantic relationship with the 'Race of the Falling Leaves' for a long time and casts his memory back to his first visit to the Northern Italian race in 2007.
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.
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