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  • Friday May 5, 2006

    Out of 88 Giro’s, 62 have had an Italian winner whereas the Tour has seen just 36 French wins out of 92 races. Every now and again the Giro organizers have tried to encourage great champions from other countries. Coming as it does just one month before Le Tour this has always been a difficult proposition.

  • Tuesday May 9, 2006

    It’s time for the first grand tour of the year; the 89th Giro d’ Italia. To honor this great race, this month’s Pro Shop will focus on stage racing preparation with US cycling legend Greg LeMond and long time pro Andrea Peron (Team CSC).

  • Thursday May 25, 2006

    It’s been a tough last week at the Giro, but tomorrow’s Stage 19 from Pordenone to San Pellegrino is a brute – chucking in 4 huge steep climbs over 224 km to a summit finish. Today we rode the two middle climbs of Passo Fedaia over the Marmolada, and the Passo Pordoi, to see just how tough it’s gonna be…

  • Wednesday May 3, 2006

    The Giro holds a special place for everyone at PEZ, it has something the other Tours don't - and we don't just mean grappa! This year's Giro looks to be an incredible knife fight with tough time trials and harder mountain stages - PEZ takes a look at the possible contenders to bring home the Maglia Rosa when the 06 Edition ends in Milano.

  • Tuesday May 9, 2006

    The race don’t run without the good guys turning wrenches, and one of the best in ‘da biz is Team Discovery Channel’s Alan Butler. We dropped by the pits for a chat before Stage 2, and got a peak inside the truck, plus some interesting scoop from the guys who really keep the racers running…

  • Sunday May 14, 2006

    I guess the first question I should have asked Charly Wegelius was; “Do you get lonely as the only Englishman in the Giro?” But when you remember he’s raced as a professional for seven seasons in Italy, has bought a house in Varese and speaks fluent Italian then maybe it would have been a stupid question...

  • Saturday May 27, 2006

    We saved the biggest day for last, and today was E P I C. We rode over the Passo Gavi AND the Mortirolo, and survived. After 7 hours, over 3 hours of climbing, 110km, and some serious pain, I can say that was one of the best rides ever… check this out…

  • Thursday May 4, 2006

    The Big Man is on the mend and nursing his knee back up to speed - and between trainer sessions takes a little time to check in with PEZ on his progress, share some Giro observations, and of course reader mail and his tastey snak pak…

  • Friday June 2, 2006

    The thing about chasing Grand Tours is that there is never just ‘one’ thing that makes them special. They’re an incredible series of incredible events, compressed into a small window in time. In witnessing the lives of others, you also think about your own. If you’re lucky enough to join the fray like I did for the final week, you better be ready for an exhilarating, exhausting adventure…

  • Wednesday May 24, 2006

    It’s the second day of Dolomite destruction as we chase il Giro, and as the weather turned rotten, the mighty PEZ-Crew’s improvisational skills were put to test as we devised the best plans B, C, and finally D to stay on track and report the last couple of day’s action…

  • Wednesday May 17, 2006

    Ten stages down, and still 11 straight to go. The real fight starts now, as the true race begins tomorrow with a TT and then heads into the mountains for day after day of pain and suffering - Basso is in command, but anything can happen over the 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes. The fun is just getting started – here’s where the real racing starts…

  • Wednesday May 17, 2006

    The 2006 Giro is barely half-way in and far from over. The time gaps are already B I G and after today's rest, it'll be all work until Milano. Not to say it's been an easy ride so far, and the seconds earned have been paid in full - here's how it's taken shape...

  • Tuesday May 9, 2006

    The Giro's visit to the balmy environs of southern Belgium was a definite success: huge fan turn-out, quality racing, and even the weather tried to cooperate for one of the days. PEZ takes a look at the first four Belgo-stages, and looks at the menu of the fun still to come.

  • Monday May 8, 2006

    Another day for the fish on the Giro d’Italia in “sunny” Belgium, after all that rain yesterday, yes you guessed it more of the same today, so bad that the TV coverage was minimal, but the excitement was still there for the finish.

  • Saturday May 6, 2006

    Vai Vai Vai! Il Giro 2006 is underway and even the sun shone in Belgium for today’s race opening TT. Last year’s champ Paulo Savoldelli (Discovery) threw down a super-sized gauntlet with a commanding 11 second salami-slap to all comers, but this race is just beginning, and our ED Hood is there, and rode along with Telekom’s Matthias Kessler for an eye-view of the corsa…

  • Tuesday May 9, 2006

    The Giro d'Italia waved a sunny goodbye today to Belgium and heads back to its namesake, but not before a little matter of 193 Wallonian kilometers are contested by what's left of the peloton. The group was thankful to see the sun, but sad to chalk up a few more abandons before the start,...

  • Sunday May 28, 2006

    After the atrocity that befell virtually all riders over yesterday's horrendous stage, the final jaunt into Milano had to have been looked forward to like an 8-year-old looks to Christmas. There would be no split stage this year, just a hectic bunch sprint in downtown Milano.

  • Friday May 5, 2006

    The Giro starts in Liege, Southern Belgium tomorrow, PEZ man Ed Hood is out there taking his Colt hire car to the limit over the 6.2 kilometre course, with a few well chosen words from Italian Liquigas pro Dario Cioni too.

  • Friday May 26, 2006

    The Giro stood up on its hind legs today and dealt haymakers to the peloton today, forcing the riders over a demanding 224km, covering several formidable mountains and ending with the vaunted, mystical Passo di San Pellegrino, an 18km climb, with an average grade of 6.2% and a strength-sapping max of 15%. Luckily for the riders, at least they had the weather in their favor, as the skies were sunny and the temperatures agreeable.

  • Thursday May 25, 2006

    The Giro pressed on today, with Ivan Basso sitting pretty in the Maglia Rosa, through the Julian Alps and a brief stint in Austria, before zipping town into Gemona. If there is a veritable "rest day" in these final days in the Alps, today qualifies. The 2006 Giro hasn't been kind to breakways, but today just might prove one for a brave group of souls.

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