As an incredible domestique for high profile teams like Sky and HTC-High Road, it’s easy to forget that Danny Pate used to win bike races. But he's back on US soil with Rally Cycling for 2016, and looking to make a mark as team leader, and mentor.
Daniel Holloway is hard at it on the boards of Copenhagen at the moment. Our man at the velodromes of Europe, Ed Hood, caught up with 'Hollywood' in Berlin during the German '6 Day' last week. Life isn't all track though as Ed gets the lowdown on Daniel's road season for 2016.
Rider Interview: Alexander Kristoff was one of the biggest winners of the 2015 season with over twenty wins to his name. His Tour of Flanders win has to be the high point and the man from Oslo wants more of the same this year.
Interview: Paul Sherwen has just returned from Australia and the 18th Tour Down Under, so Alastair Hamilton got hold of him at home in Uganda to hear his impressions of the latest edition of the season opener. Obviously the chat didn't end there; predictions were made for the coming year and the ASO/UCI battle got a good airing.
Rider Interview: Sergey Lagutin is in his thirteenth year as a professional cyclist and in that time he has ridden for more than a handful of top teams, been Uzbekistan National champion six times and took World U23 championships in 2003.
Rider Interview: Clara Koppenburg's 2015 season got better and better, and aged just 20 years, her future looks bright indeed. Ed Hood had to talk to this burgeoning star in the making.
Interview: Every team has one, a 'press guy' or 'gal' in some cases, all do a great job sending out press releases, setting up interviews and arranging media days and presentations. Chris Baldwin was one of the most helpful, but with his mastery of the Russian language there was always an air of mystery.
Rider Interview: Richie Porte has always been the nearly man with Sky, he has a good selection of wins, but there has always been a Wiggins or a Froome higher in the team pecking order. Now the Australian is following in the footsteps of Cadel Evans to the BMC team and new horizons.
Rider Interview: Hour record, Tour de France stages, World and National titles, Tour Down Under and a bag full of other top wins, that is the palmarès of BMC's Rohan Dennis and he's still only 25. Will he be the next Grand tour GC man to come from team pursuiting? He thinks so.
Interview: Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan were three successful Aussie pros in the 70’s - but the man who really showed Australians could win the biggest races was 1980's legend Phil Anderson. PEZ talked with Phil about his career, and pro life in the golden age of modern racing.
Rider Interview: "I'm not a replacement for Cavendish because I am myself." That is what Marcel Kittel had to say when asked about there being any pressure coming to Etixx - Quick-Step after Mark Cavendish. The big German had much to talk about at his Spanish training camp: Sprinting, lead-outs, Tom Boonen, Classics, hair and washing dishes.
Rider Interview: Astana's Gatis Smukulis is a man with a strong handshake, it's not one you will forget. Strong hands and a strong character, he's a rider who came out of Latvia to cut a pro career in France before moving to Katusha and now Astana. Alastair Hamilton caught up with him at their Spanish training camp.
Rider Interview: Back in January 2009 Ed Hood interviewed a young guy called ‘Christopher Froome’ but at the time we were not sure if anyone would be interested in a boy from Africa. Now it is a different story and we thought you might like to see what a younger Mr. Froome had to say for himself six years ago. . .
Every year we catch-up with Greg Van Avermaet at the BMC training camp in Spain and this past year was up and down for the man from Lokeren. Lots of podium places, a doping scandal, a new baby and a Tour de France stage win, plenty to talk about.
In part 1 of the Shelley Verses story, Ed Hood took us through Shelley's break through on to the European Pro scene. In part 2 she returns to the US for a new life, but with many memories of star riders and top races: Francesco Moser's massage, the Italian fans and who had the best legs.
Shelley Verses was the first female soigneur to work on a top professional team in Europe. This was at a time when most team managers still thought a woman's place was at home making the soup. This is her story of that break through as told to Ed Hood.
Rider Interview: Jacopo Guarnieri can talk on any subject, but sprinting is his bread and butter and as Alexander Kristoff's last man in the Katusha lead-out train, he know's his stuff. We also talked about his love of Paris-Roubaix, doping and being a cycling sex god.
Rider Interview: The last statistic I saw for the average career span of a professional cyclist was less than three years; 2016 will be Serge Pauwels’ 11th season as a full professional - and that’s not counting two seasons with the Rabo Continental team.
Rider Interview: World champion, National champion, multi-Classics and Grand Tour stage winner; Philippe Gilbert has a full palmarès. PEZ-man, Alastair Hamilton, made his yearly trip up the Spanish coast to have a word with the BMC puncheur.
In part 1 of Ed Hood's interview with Australian star, John Trevorrow, he covered much of his career as a rider. In part 2 he describes his transition from Euro rider back to Australian pro, and his roll in the Herald Sun Tour stage race. Plus much more in the Trevorrow style.