We caught up with 19 year-old Trek-Livestrong U23 pro Chase Pinkham before the upcoming 5-day Tour of Utah in Salt Lake, billed as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”. The race begins with a Prologue on August 17 and ends with a humbling fifth stage packed with 100 miles and 11,000 feet of climbing. Here’s what he had to say about his year so far, and his thoughts on the race.
Vacansoleil are making the headlines at the moment; there’s the Pro Tour application, Bjorn Leukemans’ win in the 1.1 Druivenkoers and last but not least, the recruitment of Stijn Devolder and a certain Riccardo Ricco. PEZ contacted the team’s commercial manager, Dutchman Frank Kwanten, to get the low down.
Rider Interview: Zak Dempster is a young Aussie currently living the dream, racing his very first Tour de France in support of his team leader Leo Konig at the NetApp-Endura team. Ed Hood caught up with Zak during some down time at the race to see how Zak's been getting on at the biggest race in the world as Paris approaches.
Analysis Pre-Pyrenees: As the peloton rests today in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Tour de France is getting set for Act 3. We saw the chaotic flat stages and decisive time trial from Act 1 in the first week. A series of medium mountain stages and two big days in the Alps punctuated Act 2, and now the final act looms ahead. The third week of the Tour de France can be full of surprises, especially when it’s set up like it is this year.
TDF St.17 What a difference a day makes. Yesterday he looked feisty but today the last big chance for Vincenzo Nibali to have a crack at Wiggins, or even to try to take second from Froome, failed to come to anything after he himself was dropped by the Sky pair. Froome was the strongest guy in the race and let everyone know, and a certain Spaniard with a certain past managed to turn back the clock and bring home the stage win...
On an unseasonably warm November day, I had the opportunity to join one of the top time triallists in America: Tom Zirbel, on one of the legendary Boulder rides – the Gold Hill Loop. We headed up into the mountains above Boulder for a fantastic day on the bike...Read On!
Interview: Tony Martin is pro cycling's fastest time trialer, but his targets go far beyond the rainbow jersey. The Dubai Tour, the Tour of Belgium and the Basque Country Tour are also in his sights, not just the TT stages but also the overall victories... Pez talks with the speedy German.
Thor Hushovd Interview: Ex-World champion, twice Tour points winner, Vuelta points winner, multi-National champion and Classics specialist; Thor Hushovd has had a long and successful career. Even though he had a slight hiatus in 2012 his winning ways have not left him - So what is the future for the man from Norway? We find out what the big man’s plans are for 2014.
If you ever decide to promote a six day race there’s a check list you’ll have to go through. Start with a short steep indoor track; the best riders you can afford; food and drink concessions; a cool light show; a good ‘speaker’; maybe some live acts – but one of your key ingredients will be music. A six day final chase with no music would be unthinkable – be it live jazz in Grenoble, 70’s disco in Gent or funky trombones in Rotterdam, you need ‘sounds.’ Enter Peter Traynor.
The world of cycling has historically been dominated by the Europeans. Belgium, France, Italy and Spain are countries that are most engrossed with cycling’s past. There are times in that history when new countries have broken into the fore, with their refreshing and often radical ideas. Canadian Steve Bauer was one such rider with his Paris Roubaix Stealth Bike. Steve Bauer is making 2011 a very exciting year for cycling. Why? His team, Spider Tech powered by C10, in their fourth year as a professional team, have stepped up to the next level and registered as a Professional Continental Team.
Big Maggy Backstedt missed the Classics due to his healing knee, but he didn’t miss the action – pulling tv duties for Swedish EuroSport. Maggy checks in post-Roubaix, and answers a bunch more Reader Questions…
INTERVIEW: Rebuilding a team after two of your star riders get busted for doping was a nightmare come true for 2013's Vini Fantini. But team DS Luca Scinto found the support of sponsors, fans, and a new crop of riders to return as Team Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo. We talked with Luca, and team rider Mauro Finetto about the comeback...
One of the quiet gentlemen of the peloton, Marco Pinotti has been a respected pro for a number of years, working in the background as a tireless worker and all-arounder. Back again for the Tour de Georgia, we caught up with him prior to the race.
Discovery Channel team big man George Hincapie recently trekked to San Francisco to help raise money for programs and services that help people living with cancer, and he brought along a gaggle cycling greats…Fast Freddie, Andrea Peron, and that guy named Robin. He even found a few minutes to chat with PEZ ...
I had been riding a bike for a couple of years before I met a “proper” cyclist, he was Andrew Donaldson. It was through him I started to race and met his younger brother Steve. I lost contact with them both, but had heard that Steve had caught a very serious virus and it had stopped his cycling career and nearly stopped his life!
My buddy, John Hardie is a 65 time Scottish grass track champion; his hero 'back in the day' was Danny Clark. When he heard that 'Six Day King' Danny Clark and me were breakfasting together at Copenhagen, it wasn't long before the email arrived with the questions he wanted me to ask the great man.
Young 23 year old Swiss rider Silvan Dillier is a man on the way up. Numerous wins this year were rewarded with a stagaire place for the BMC WorldTour squad where he promptly recorded a win at the Tour of Alberta and scored a contract with the team for next year. Just this last weekend he then hit the boards in his local six day race, the '4 day' Zurich where he managed to take another great win.
As a pro, Scott Sunderland raced all over Europe at the highest level - he came close in the Primavera and Worlds. As a DS with CSC he guided some of the worlds best riders in their finest hours. Now, he's faced with his biggest challenge; to build a squad from scratch which will produce a British Tour de France winner for the new SKY Television Team within five years.
On the premise that it's never too early to run a six day story... Black Dog's Ryan Sabga wanted to ride a European six day race. So, he did! Here's his tale.
Interview: Even before his World Championship win Rui Costa was one of the hottest names in the World Tour. Back to back Tour de Suisse titles, two Tour de France stage wins and more - 2013 was certainly a big one. We recently caught up with Rui to talk about his huge season, his change of teams to Lampre-Merida and more.