At last it's the Giro d'Italia rest day, there were many looking forward to it, not just the riders. This lull in the action gives Lee Rodgers his chance to impart his thoughts on the battle so far from Italy. As usual it's his special brew of opinions.
Sunday's Amstel Gold Race: good race or bad race, it had a deeper meaning for Lee Rodgers. The right man won, Lee hopes, but the main thing is that certain other riders didn't take the honors and add to the list of the greatest betrayal and debasement. A bit harsh? Decide for yourself.
There can only be one subject for today's Lowdown: The Hell that is Paris-Roubaix. Lee has a look at the winning philosophy of race winner John Degenkolb and his do-or-die approach to the cobbled Classic. Sagan and Wiggins also come under the microscope; good and bad, but the beauty of L'enfer du Nord is the winner.
This week Lee's has been getting excited by the action on the Belgian cobbles in the Tour of Flanders. His pulse has steadied enough for his Lowdown on all the happenings from Sunday, some good, some not so good, but all seen from Lee's unique insider perspective.
This week Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the opening classics of the season and looks into just what makes these great old races so special. Lee also runs into a special old rider who has been up and maybe too close to the 'Campionissimo' Fausto Coppi himself. Life on the cobbles!
PEZ's resident pundit Lee Rodgers picks his 5 stand-out moments from the 2014 pro peloton. Vino, Spartacus, Nibali, the Stelvio and an unexpected World champion all get the nod. The highs, the lows, the ups and the downs, this is the 2014 Lee's Lowdown Look Back.
Race Analysis: With Dan Martin taking a well deserved victory in the Giro di Lombardia yesterday Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the action and studies that rare breed of rider - an attacker who took a chance and won!
Race Analysis: With the last of the Grand Tours behind us for another year Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the race and analyzes the events, the stages, the crashes and the controversy of Alberto Contador's win over Chris Froome at the 2014 Vuelta a España.
Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the 2014 Tour de France's stars & action, the good, the bad and the ugly. It turned out to be a very different Tour from the one predicted three weeks ago – was it an exciting Tour?
Race Analysis: After the trilogy of Vosges stages there's a lot to analyze as Lee Rodgers looks back at the action so far - the attacks, the performances and of course the crashes. Froome's abandon, Contador's out and it's Nibali in control - this is certainly not the Tour de France that was predicted.
Tour Analysis: Stage 5 was a crazy day at the office for everyone on the Tour de France; Lee Rogers has just about calmed down enough to give us his insight on the chaos. Froome gone, Contador struggles and Nibali dominates.
Tour Analysis: With the Tour headed across the Channel for its proper start on French soil, Lee Rodgers casts an eye over the opening three days of an awesome Tour start that's even caused reaction from the inimitable Bernard Hinault.
Race Analysis: The Tour de Suisse finished with a bang yesterday as the GC got turned inside out on the very last stage. Attacking riding, a brave GC defense and some simply spectacular scenery - the 2014 Tour de Suisse sure put on a good show. Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the action.
Race Analysis: After the fireworks of the GC battle at the Dauphiné of last week the Tour de Suisse has so far been dominated by the sprinters. It's been a far from boring affair though as Lee Rodgers explains in his latest look at the action before the expected GC showdown this weekend.
Race Analysis: With more action than most GrandTours squeeze into 3 weeks this year's Dauphiné was an absolute cracker. Lee Rodgers looks back at the big events of Froome imploding, the resurgence of Alberto Contador and the simply superb performance of Andrew Talansky. What a race!
Race Analysis: Light shows, beautiful scenery and great weather can't hide the fact that Chris Froome is simply flying in France and after three stages in the Dauphiné he appears already in control. A time trial, a summit finish and a sprinters' stage - the Dauphiné really is a perfect Tour de France condensed down into a small package. Lee Rodgers analyzes the action so far...
Race Analysis: With the Giro done and dusted Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three weeks of racing and despite the great racing on show the debacle of the 'neutralized' descent of the Stelvio still leaves him with a bitter taste.
Anaylsis: The 2014 Giro d’Italia’s Alpine weekend showed off the best racing so far, the battles to Oropa & Montecampione were epic. Rigoberto Uran repelled the attackers, but with the hardest mountains still ahead, has the race been decided? Lee Rodgers offers up his take...
Pro Analysis: Let’s cut to the chase. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Rogers is a divisive figure and many would have watched the finale of yesterday’s Stage 11 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia in a slightly perplexed state, unsure whether or not to cheer on the Australian’s undoubtedly impressive solo break that culminated in a handsome victory.
Analysis: The first two stages in the mid-mountains of the 2014 Giro d'Italia failed to produce the swashbuckling heroics we'd hoped for on Marco Pantini's old training grounds, and maglia rosa Cadel Evans further consolidated his lead. CTS coach Jim Rutberg analyses the who, why, and how.