PEZ Roadside: The final week of the Giro d'Italia is here and Ed Hood hit the ground running on his first day on the road Giro chasing. Stage 16 may have been short, but it wasn't short on excitement as the GC men turned the screw for a wild-fire of action. Take it away Ed:
PEZ Roadside: Everyone knows that the real Giro doesn't start until Ed Hood lands on Italian soil - and business item #1 was join team Orica-Greenedge on their final rest day.
Our PEZman in Italy, Alessandro Federico, will be roadside this weekend as the Giro d'Italia winds its way north. Last year he made the trip south and passed through many different regions to catch the race, the people, the villages and the atmosphere of the biggest bike race in Italy. But you can't go to the South without trying the pizza!
Alessandro Federico will be roadside for PEZ on the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche on Saturday. But first he's been out to preview the new and possibly decisive 10km section of 'White Road' in San Martino in Grania, here is what he found in the wasteland of Crete Senesi.
One of the most beautiful races of the year is without a doubt the Strade Bianche on the now mythical white gravel roads. Following the race and capturing all the action and beauty of the 2015 race roadside for PEZ was our experienced race chaser Alessandro who had a perfect day out in the Tuscan countryside.
Roadside PEZ: It's December and it's Denia in Spain so it must be the BMC team's media day. Our man on the Spanish coast, Alastair Hamilton, was as usual ready for a morning drive in a team car, an afternoon interviewing some of the World's top riders and of course a very, very nice lunch prepared by the BMC chefs.
Just like Ed in Edinburgh, we couldn't let the Tour of Britain pass through London without sending our local corespondent, Sam Larner, to get in amongst the fans for the final stage 8. As it turned out there was such a big crowd he had difficulty seeing much of the race, but he did soak up the party atmosphere in the English capital.
Roadside: Stage 8 of the Vuelta finished in the town of Murcia, not too far from where PEZman; Al Hamilton lives. So we had to prize him from his laptop and send him ‘Roadside’ for some fresh air and let him see a bike race in the flesh for a change.
The post-Tour hangover can be a rough one. The cold dark shivering night only really ends with the bacon sandwich of the Vuelta. Luckily we had the brief Bloody Mary of salvation last weekend in the form of the San Sebastian Classic and the London-Surrey Classic.
Roadside in Aalst: Ed Hood had to drag himself away from the Paris finalé of the Tour de France and where did he go? Yes, another bike race. Chris Froome and Peter Sagan were there; Aalst was the venue and it was beer and frites all the way for Ed and Callum, in the Flemish style, to beat the post-Tour blues.
Roadside St.21: The rain fell heavily on the Champs Élesées on Sunday, but that didn't dampen Ed and Callum's enthusiasm to get their unique view on the final stage in Paris. Both of them spread themselves round the circuit for the best photos and catch-ups with the characters of the 2015 Tour de France. The big Paris finalé.
Roadside Stage 18: Two days in the Alps down and two to go and, as can be expected, Ed and Callum had to go against the power of the law to sneak onto the Lacets de Montvernier climb to bring you exclusive photos. A crazy climb on a crazy day at the Tour de France. PEZ Roadside:
Roadside Stage 17: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley.. and that's the same for Tour de France journalists if they want to drive over the Col d'Allos on stage 17. Never to be out done, Ed always has a 'Plan B' at his finger tips. Where there is a bike race there is a story to tell pictures to take.
Roadside Rest Day: Every Tour de France Ed Hood picks the week that takes in the last rest day and we know why: The Quick-Step 'Mussel Party' is something he will not miss. In fact I've heard they won't have it if Ed isn't coming. He also visited the MTN-Qhubeka and Lampre-Merida teams on his Tour 'rest day'.
Roadside Stage 16: Froome stays in yellow, that man Sagan is second on the stage, again. It's just a typical day at the 2015 Grande Boucle and we're delighted to be part of it. We expected a break, we got one, we expected a solo winner and we got one. And another chapter in the Col de Manse's contribution to the story of Le Tour is writ.
Roadside Stage 15: Sunday was a fast, fast stage, so Photog Beardy McBeard jumped ahead of the race to catch the action on the category 4 climb of the Col de la Croix de Bauzon. A fast dash of 100 kilometers to the finish for a wrong turn to throw the Beard off schedule. More unique pics from the Tour:
Roadside Stage 15: The final week of the Tour de France is always the best and this year we have the Alps to make that last shake of the dice that bit more exciting. Our most experienced Grand Tour follower, Ed Hood, has taken over the Tour reins for the third week. Here is his Grand Entrance.
Roadside St. 13: Photog Beardy McBeard's daily plan takes a turn for the better when his drowned camera comes back to life, and the melting tar doesn't melt his spirit to capture the roadside sights of this Tour de France. And he even gets his first sunflower shot - things are looking up...
Roadside St. 11: It's day 2 in the Pyrenees and a visit to the iconic Col du Tourmalet under sunny skies delivers some of the best images of Le Tour we've seen so far. Photog Marcus Enno filed this report as the Tour de France crossed its half-way point.
Roadside St. 10: This Tour's first real mountain stage saw Chris Froome take control with an astounding display of superiority over... well, everyone. The high Pyrenean clicmb of La Pierre Saint-Martin was a fitting place for the Sky rider to rise to the top. Here are today's roadside photo report from photog Marcus Enno.