PEZ Roadside Stage 6 - Amid the crowds and chaos of le Tour you can find a few moments of serenity and scenery. Le Tour de PEZ goes off-route today to take you to the heart of the French wine country. we're in the town of Beaune, a few kilometers east of stage 5's finish in Autun.
Our man on the scene, Ed Hood, gets up close and comfortable with the bikes of the men that are defining this Tour de France. Without them, there's no Tour, let's take a look at the hardware that's doing the business, en France.
If your post-Tour hangover hasn’t kicked in yet – it will any day now. So to ease the pain of grand tour withdrawal, PEZ-man Bob Cullinan looks back on his remarkable ride across England, Belgium and France.
PEZ Roadside Stage 14 - Today’s Pyrennean opener was a crunchy handful from this box of Tour crackers, and with a stage this big there’s just no way to eat the whole thing, so PEZ staked out the Col de Pailheres for a roadside sampling…
PEZ Roadside St. 19 - It took three hours to get to the start from Sarlat, along winding rural roads, dodging the 'crazies,' but when we got there, we settled down for a high-quality picnic amid the vineyards, crowds, open road, and the riders as they howl ever closer to Paris.
PEZ Roadside Stage 17 - Yesterday, we touched on the Vinokourov situation, today we have to do more than touch on the Cofidis and Rasmussen situations. They cannot be 'glossed-over' and we think you should know what the feeling on the race is like, to that end, we spent this morning gathering opinions from riders and others.
PEZ Roadside Stage 9 - The Tour’s final day in the Alps is also Bob’s final report on this year’s race. The PEZ Roadside coverage continues later this week, but for now let’s enjoy Bob’s race day on the Galibier.
Orthez, in the foothills of the Pyrenees... it's a beautiful morning, the mist is burning-off, and long shadows from the greenest of trees have groups of spectators using them as shade from what is aleady a hot sun. The road is rolling gently through the maize fields and meadows and every few seconds I have to stop writing to wave to wide-eyed children.
Indeed, this is our final Tour de PEZ of 2007. Ed Hood's voyage across the latter part of the 2007 Tour de France came to a close on Monday, but his final impressions of another conflicted Tour are poignant, heart-felt, and something that needed to be said, read on...
While the shock of Vino’s positive test threatens to spoil a lot of fans' hope for the cleansing of cycling, the fact remains there’s still a whole Tour de France to finish. It’s ‘rest day’ in the Pyrenees, so PEZ dropped in on Discovery Channel and Predictor-Lotto for a little catch-up.
PEZ Roadside Stage 13 TT -It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the 54km time trial in Albi to shake out this Tour’s finalists. The weather took a turn for the worse, with pouring rain replacing oppressive heat – and some rider’s faired worse than others. PEZ chased Saunier Duval-Prodir’s David Millar on his run.
PEZ Roadside Stage 5 - Covering Le Tour is no easy-peasy - the days are long, transfers are far, dinner comes after 10PM, and of course this is France… But who's complaining when you get to spend time with the Podium Girls of Le Tour…
It’s only three years since Geraint Thomas (Barloworld and Wales) won the world junior track scratch race championships, now at 21, he’s swapped smooth boards for the gnarly tar of the Pyrenees. Geraint, from Cardiff, capital of Wales is the youngest rider in the race at just 21, we caught-up with him after stage 17, Pau to Castelsarrasin with the Alps and Pyrenees behind him.
Edinburgh was freezing and London about to float away; but a warm breeze greeted us as we disembarked at Perpignan Airport at 18.00 local time. Today. My driver Martin is hustling the Renault Clio north towards Mazamet and our vital, Tour credentials.
PEZ Roadside Stage 8 - Six mountain passes… warm French weather… is there anywhere else you’d rather be than atop one of those passes watching le Tour? PEZ went mountain-side for today’s roadside report.
PEZ Roadside Rest Day #1 - It’s the tallest SOB in the whole ’07 Tour, and for me the meanest and toughest. The PEZ-Crew used the ‘rest day’ to get on our bikes and climb the Galibier. Here’s what it’s like to go Hors Categorie.
PEZ Roadside Stage 7 - They say an Army marches on its stomach. The army of riders in le Tour continue their march across France, with food never far away. We joined the Quickstep team in the feedzone for a closer look at how a pro team serves lunch.
It’s not everyday you get the freedom of your city but today was a great chance to pretty much get anywhere I wanted thanks to the ‘PEZ-Effect’: a little green sticker in my windscreen that was our green-light drive along the first stage on course down into the Garden of England - Kent.
PEZ Roadside Stage 4 - It’s a three-week war, with battles fought every day. The ‘07 Tour marches on like an army on wheels across the fields of France. Today we journeyed south and west across old French battlefields, chasing the Tour’s battle on the roads.
PEZ Roadside Stage 15 - Le Point de Passage Oblige, the end of the neutralized section and, when Jacky Durand used to race, his favourite part of the course. It's 09.00 and there's a cock crowing somewhere over in the farm to our right as PEZ sets-out to take you with us over all of the 196 kilometres between Foix and Loudenvielle-Le Louron on stage 15 of the 2007 Tour de France.