The Championship of Zurich, or the Zuri-Metzgete, will be an entertaining race as always - with a number of heavy hitters coming to Switzerland on great form. But really, how tough can a race beside the beautiful Swiss lake be? We rode a couple laps to see for ourselves…
The Rainbow Jersey has been won by Bettini and lost by everybody else, but there's still work to do. There are three classics to fight for, The Championship of Zurich, Paris-Tours and the final Monument of the year - the Giro di Lombardia. First up is Zurich and PEZ gives a little history of those 240 kilometeres around the hills close to the city of gnomes and bank vaults.
Seems like we have more winners than Vegas, and another lucky PEZ-Fan was chosen today! Congratulations to Scott Singbeil of Edmonton Alberta (that’s the Great White North to some of us…) as our winner of the new ZIPP 101 Aluminum Wheels.
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.
It’s all very well sitting on the sofa watching the Worlds, speaking words of wisdom in between mouthfuls of beer and handfuls of pretzels; but to get the real story, you need to speak to a man who pedaled those hard roads of Mendrisio. We gave Fabian’s loyal lieutenant, Rubens Bertogliati, Monday to recover; then hit the Diquigiovanni man with the questions on Tuesday morning.
Race Report: Before the start we had a pretty good idea which necks the medals would be going round at the end of the day, but in which order? Tony Martin rode smoothly and fast for his third World Time trial championships in a row and Fabian Cancellara just missed out on Silver to a fast finishing Bradley Wiggins.
Race Preview: The biggest one-day race of the year is on Sunday in Ponferrada. The winner will wear the Rainbow jersey for a year and put his name in the record books for eternity. Ed Hood gives us the Worlds low-down on his way to Spain.
Race Report: Lennard Kamna in the morning and Lisa Brennauer in the afternoon made for a German double in today’s World championship time trials in Ponferrada. Brennauer was one of the late starters, but she built up her speed to storm force for the win, just like the weather at the finish.
Race Report: All eyes were on past champions Omega Pharma – Quick-Step to take their third team time trial World championships. It wasn’t to be, maybe it was the rain or the wind, or just that the BMC team were faster.
Race report: Poland got everything right today, with Michal Kwiatkowski putting the rainbow-colored gloss on a perfect team performance. Kwiatkowski soloed across to, and away from, a late escape group, and flew to a perfect solo Worlds victory.
Race Report: There was a right royal battle for the 2014 time trial crown and in the end it came down to the two top men against the watch; Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. Martin was the early leader, but Wiggins put the pressure on for the final win.
Race Report: The top favourite and last rider off; Ellen Van Dijk of Holland stormed through the 22 kilometre course in Firenze to lead from start to finish. It wasn’t a done deal though as the riders starting before her were all giving 100% and the speed just got higher until we could take no more and Van Dijk shot into the Rainbow.
Race Report: A truly exciting Men’s Under 23 road race came down to who could descend the final climbs the fastest. In the end last year’s Junior World champion Matij Mohoric did it again and flew to his second Rainbow jersey in two years.
Race Report: As always the young guys kept the excitement going in the individual time trial and today was no exception. The riders just got faster as the race progressed and in the end we had to wait for the last two riders to find out who the Gold and Silver medals would go to.
Portugal won a nerve-shreddingly tense finishing straight poker game over Spain as the smaller Iberian nation gave its neighbour a kicking in the 2013 World Cycling Championships Elite men's road race. Rui Costa, a double stage winner at this summer’s Tour de France had just enough to take a desperate sprint over Joaquim Rodriguez to grab the rainbow jersey.
That’s right – I said “walks”… While the pros took to the course on their race machines for the recon laps, PEZ went one step further… actually it was several thousand steps… In our never-ending quest to provide even more in depth Worlds coverage, PEZ-man Ed Hood walked the entire men’s road race circuit for our up-closest preview ever!
For the first time in some years the Great Britain team has realistic medal hopes for tomorrow's under-23 title road race in Salzburg. Mark Cavendish's name in particular, with a nice new, crisp contract from T-Mobile in his pocket and a big sprint, must be written on a few handle bar stems. PEZ travelled up to quiet Anthering to the GB team hotel for a chat with new man on the management team and former pro, Max Sciandri.
A lady that loved the World Champ’s stripes so much she just had to have two candy striped jerseys this year took home the gold in the Women’s Road Race. Marianne Vos, this year’s World Cyclocross Champion and only 19 years old added another jersey to her wardrobe in a strong display in Austria today.
PEZ's Ed Hood got in the pits to have a closer look at yesterday's Elite TT podium finishers' bikes. You know the bikes, you've seen them in pictures, but now get a little closer to both the riders and their time trial rockets.
Just when you thought the World road championships were a distant memory, we have one last blast from Ponferrada. John Young had a pile of great pic's left in his unused locker from the champs, so here is John's favourite shots to bring you 'The Last Word' (or picture) from the Rainbow jersey competition.