At 36 years-of-age Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Tom Zirbel isn’t getting any younger but it took Worlds TT medallist Taylor Phinney to wrest the 2013 stars and stripes TT jersey off the big man’s back. He was well in the picture in every TT he rode in 2014 as well as being runner-up in the NRC calendar. Ed Hood caught up with the Optum strongman at the end of the season.
Pascal Ducrot is one of the men behind Scott Bikes' contribution to Mattias Brändle's new World Hour Record. He talks Ed Hood through the successful ride and more importantly the bike and the technical in's and out's of preparing the Scott Plasma for the Hour Record.
Rider Interview: Chris Butler went from a novice Cat. 5 racer as a college student in 2007 to a WorldTour pro with BMC. Since then he has had solid rides with Champion System and Hincapie Development team, for 2015 he is joining Team SmartStop. We caught-up with Chris to get the lowdown on his past and future.
Rider Interview: Ladies' racing is on the up with more top races, teams and sponsors. One of the US's unsung heros is 2014 Gent-Wevelgem winner Lauren Hall. Our own Ed Hood jumped at the chance to interview the Optum rider and get the inside line on life in the women's peloton.
Rider Interview: Track trail-blazer, US Criterium Champion and style guru; what more could you want from an interview subject. Ed Hood caught up with US Six Day star Daniel 'Hollywood' Holloway at the first event of the winter season in Amsterdam to find out what makes this flamboyant character tick.
Rider Interview: One of the most surprising signings of the 2012/13 transfer season was the move from the US amateur team Californian Giant to mighty WorldTour outfit Astana by 22 year-old Evan Huffman from Elk Grove. Ed Hood caught up with him for a chat about the past and the future.
Rider Interview: From Cervelo Test Team to SKY to OmegaPharma-Quickstep, Belgian strongman Serge Pauwels has done all the big races at the top level. He's now signed for the most active team on the transfer market with MTN-Qhubeka as they strengthen their stocks for next year - we caught up with Serge at the Worlds for a chat about his move.
Ten consecutive Grand Tours is quite an achievement, but then to top it off with a solo stage win is a dream come true. One of the hardest riders in the Pro peloton; Adam Hansen runs us through his Vuelta – Ten in a row, now that’s impressive.
British young gun; Dan McLay has been hammering at the door of recognition in Belgium for a few years. But this season he has seen him add to his palmarés with the points jersey in Normandy and a stage win in the Tour de L’Avenir. Pro contract in ’15?
The guys at Global Cycling Network scored a rare on bike interview with Alberto Contador as the team settles into Jerez for the start of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana. Alberto says he's ready to go for it, and his knee is only giving him a little bit of pain at 'full gas'. Check it out...
If you're a young racer with dreams of racing in cycling's heartland you couldn't do much better than joining up with the Kingsnorth Wheelers, the amateur team set up in Ghent that has helped riders such as Garmin's Jack Bauer on to great success. We recently caught up with Peter Murphy, one of the key men behind the Wheelers to find out more.
Rider Interview: There are a lot of new, young riders coming up through the ranks, just like the Yates brothers. The next could be Welshman Owain Doull, he already rides for the Irish Continental team: An Post-Chain Reaction and has a string of top results in his palmarés. The next generation.
Rider Interview: Roadside at the Westrozebeke kermis in Flanders Ed Hood spotted a rider worth a chat, AN Post Chain Reaction's Irishman, Conor Dunne. At over two meters tall and racing aggressively he was a hard man to miss on his green XXLarge Vitus. Ed caught up with him after the race...
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.
Roadside Rest Day: A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls.
Rider Interview: Just 20 years old and from the other side of the world, young Aussie George Tansley has been thrown into the deep end in the heartland of racing in Belgium but he hasn't sunk. Far from it in fact, he's come out fighting - and winning with a string of high placings and victories of late we thought it was time to catch up with this man on the rise as he pursues his dream of professional racing.
Pro Interview: One of the new signings for Garmin-Sharp this year was Portugese climber André Cardoso. Often seen at the front during the Giro working tirelessly for his team leader we thought it was time to catch up with André to find out more about him and see how he is feeling in his first year at World Tour level.
INTERVIEW: Adam Hansen is one of the most reliable & strongest domestiques in the World Tour, a valued helper for André Greipel and previously one of Mark Cavendish's main men but he's also a lot more. He's a Grand Tour stage winner, a businessman, an inventor and a nice guy to boot. We caught up with him just before he starts his 8th straight GrandTour on Friday.
His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st – good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the ‘monuments’.
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. Almost 20 years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.