Rider Interview: The Tour de France is over for another year, but life goes on and the steady stream of young riders still comes through. The Lotto Soudal team has just announced three stagiaires for the end of the 2016 season and the youngest of those hopefuls is James Shaw. Ed Hood caught up with James recently to hear about his Belgian adventure.
Interview: The second rest day at the Tour de France is well known to be the day a lot of deals are struck for the next season. The riders, team managers and the rider's agents are in negotiations as we speak in Switzerland. Ed Hood caught up with new rider agent and ex-rider Caleb Fairly to get his thoughts on the World of contracts.
Rider Interview: Stephen Clancy and Team Novo Nordisk were on the start line in Warsaw for stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday, Stephen's WorldTour debut. PEZ managed to get a few words with the tough Irishman on the eve of his first battle on the top step of professional cycling.
Tour'16 Rider Interview: Tour de France virgin Edward Theuns was glad to see Andorra on Sunday evening and the first rest day of the 2016 French Grand Tour on Monday. Ed Hood caught up with Edward in the Trek-Segafredo Andorra hotel after his 'easy' ride to get his impressions of the first week of Tour'16.
Rider Interview: Alexey Vermeulen is only 21 years old and is in his first year with the Dutch WorldTour LottoNl-Jumbo team. The young man from Michigan has big plans for the future, he sees himself as a Grand Tour contender and let's face it he has time on his hands. We caught-up with him to get his lowdown on life as a neo-pro.
Team Trek-Segafredo's Edward Theuns has been thinking about becoming a sprinter - he's tall, fast, and was in the select group battling for the win at stage 1 of the Tour - taking 5th place the best Young Rider's jersey. He'll be one to watch...
Rider Interview: The Axeon Hagens Berman team has seen a lot of promising young riders, but Greg Daniel has shown more than promise with wins in the U.S. National road championships and overall in the Tour de Beauce. Ed Hood managed catchup with the flying youngster to hear his views on those wins and his future.
Rider Interview: Borut Bozic has been in the top echelon of professional cycling for quite a few years and seen it all. From Astana he has moved to the French Cofidis team for 2016 to work for super-sprinter Nacer Bouhanni and as he says "no one is an angel in the last 5 K". Ed Hood catches up with Borut to hear about the French red sprint train.
Rider Interview: Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of the many young, up-and-coming riders who are the future of cycling. At the moment the young man from London is in his third year with the US team; Axeon Hagens Berman. Ed Hood got hold of Tao after a great performance in the Tour des Pays de Savoie.
Rider Interview: New Zealand's Tom Scully might only be 26 years-old, but he has already had quite a career. From national champion to podium in the U23 Paris-Roubaix via the Garmin development team and the UK criterium scene, he now rides for the Drapac team. His recent performance in the Boucles de la Mayenne brought him into Ed Hood's interview cross-hairs.
Giro Rider Interview: The second rest day of the 2016 Giro d'Italia didn't have such a long transfer as the trek from Holland to the south of Italy on the first rest day. Ed Hood got hold of BMC's Rick Zabel just north of Florence to catch-up on the German strongman's Giro so far.
Rider Interview: Axeon Hagens Berman's Adrien Costa is a man to watch, especially after his recent overall win in the French Under 23 Tour de Bretagne. Ed Hood caught up with Adrien after his second World silver medal last year and now after his win in Britany.
Giro Rider Interview: During a hectic first rest day on the Giro d'Italia, Ed Hood tracked down Dimension Data's Songezo Jim to get his impression of the 2016 Giro so far. We get the inside line from the South African on the second Grand Tour of his career, how does Italy compare to Spain, life in Europe and his hopes for success.
We have been following the career of Dan McLay since he first moved to Belgium in 2011, then in 2014 when riding for the Lotto Belisol Development team and last year after turning Pro for Bretagne-Séché Environnement team. So when McLay won the GP Denain, Ed Hood had to get hold the New Zealand born sprinter.
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
Rider Interview: After Sunday's fantastic Paris-Roubaix there was only one rider that had to be PEZ'd: Race winner Mathew Hayman. Out top interviewer, Ed Hood, was on the job to locate the Australian to hear from the horses mouth his first thoughts as winner of the 'Hell of the North'.
Rider Interview: The Rally Cycling team will lose one of it's most beloved riders when Tom Zirbel retires at the end of the 2016 season. The Iowa native now living in Boulder will be hanging up his cleats after ten years as a pro. The time trialing standout started his career at Priority Health coming to Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2012 after a one-year stint at Jamis-Sutter Home.
Over shadowed by the ‘main event’ in Paris-Nice; Spain/Tinkoff v. Wales/Sky, also known as ‘Pistolero’ Contador v. ‘Gee’ Thomas was the battle for the ‘maillot a pois’ – that cool spotty jersey which marks you as King of the Mountains. The man who took it home in his suitcase was smiling 24 year-old Canadian, Antoine Duchesne.
Wanty-Group Gobert's Dimitri Claeys is a man of Flanders and looking forward to the cobbled Classics battles in the weeks ahead, Philip Malcolm caught up with Claeys in his home town of Gent to hear his hopes for the Spring.
By signing Vuelta a España winner, Chris Horner, the Lupus team has stepped up in their second year on the road. Bruce Hildenbrand caught-up with the team's sports director Phil Cortes to find out more about the Georgia based race team and what they want in 2016.
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