With the light fading fast on a perfect Tuscan Saturday afternoon, The Netherlands’ Marianne Vos confirmed that she’s the queen of women’s cycling – successfully defending her title and winning alone in the grand style. Emma Johansson was second for Sweden with Italian girl Rossella Ratto taking bronze. Here’s how it played out...
The 2013 World Cycling Championships Junior Men's Road race rolled today in Firenze, and our very own Ed Hood took to the streets - and bars - for all the roadside action..
With another Worlds under his belt and an afternoon off before flying home Ed Hood had time to be a tourist in the lovely town of Florence to experience all that the town has to offer - in a biking sort of way.
World's Roadside: The World Cycling Championships men's road race was always going to be an epic, but then the weather gods dialed that epicness up just one notch more with some monsoonal style rain. PEZ's own Ed Hood was there roadside, in the rain to capture the action in the wettest and longest World Championships for many a year.
Our Italian photographer Alessandro wasn't scheduled for duty at this year's World Cycling Championships, but the lure of his home country race was too strong to keep him away from Toscana. What greeted him was some terrible weather but also a day of unforgettable memories roadside in Firenze.
Slovenia win with Matej Mohoric, the Republic of South Africa impress with Louis Meintjes and the big Norwegian contingent go home happy courtesy of Sondre Enger's bronze medal as the favourites flop in a fast race on a tough course. PEZ was there and walked a good chunk of the circuit to get you inside the action at Friday's Under 23 World Road Race Championship . . .
Roadside St.17: There's no better way to see the TT than from a chase car following a rider - it's a PEZ tradition at Grand Tours and today we jumped in for a fast ride with Francais des Jeux's French Elite Road Race Champion, Arthur Vichot.
Roadside St.9: Day #2 in the Pyrenees and the race just get tougher, with 5 high climbs enroute from St. Girons to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. The PEZ Roadside Crew went to the top of l’Hourquette d’Ancizan for a day with the fans.
Roadside St.7: The PEZ Roadside reportage takes many shapes, and for every road block , there's a gendarme willing to let us pass, like today on the baking hot road from Montpellier to Albi.
The route of the Tour de France 2014 has been presented today and the news is that the Vosges mountains will again feature in the race and in particular a summit finish at La Planche des Belle Filles - the site of Chris Froome's very first Tour stage win in 2012. Our very own Gordan Cameron was there roadside that day to catch the action and atmosphere that we will expect to see again in '14.
Roadside Rest Day 2: There's nothing quite like a firework display outside your window at midnight when you're trying to get to sleep after a long day in the car and on the Ventoux, and we might need some rest with Team Vacansoleil's annual Tour de Moules awaiting us on the Rest Day...
Roadside Report St.21: The Champs Elysees came alive yesterday evening with the arrival of the 100th Tour de France on its famous cobbles and our own Ed Hood was right there amongst the fans, riders and the teams soaking up the atmosphere on this special night.
Roadside Rest Day: A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the OmegaPharma-Quickstep media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour's rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day.
Roadside St.17: Luchon is from another age, a spa town with wide boulevards, old money, health giving waters, Pyrenean air, Salons du The, and elegant street cafes. On this final day of mountains at the 2012 Tour, we mixed it up with the teams as the circus got ready to leave town...
TDF Roadside St.6: After 2 long days chasing the race to the end, today's plan was all about finding a story early, and there's no better place than the stage depart from Aix-en-Provence.
Roadside St.8: As an opener for the next three days in the Vosges mountains, I saddled up for a ride over stage 8’s final climbs to see how tough these slopes really are. And while the road might set the stage, it’s the fans who make the day…
Roadside St.10: When I woke up this morning, there it was on the bed beside me - my polka dot jersey. But I didn't have to fight tooth and nail to get it - Michael Morkov did that for me. After our interview, yesterday evening, he presented me with it - the tears were close, I have to tell you. But enough of my sentimentality. It's Stage 10 today!
Roadside St.11: 'Bus driver' might not be up there on most people's list of exciting jobs, but in the world of pro cycling, it’s something only a few people are qualified to do. PEZ-Pal Danny In ‘t Ven invited us inside for a tour of the Trek Factory Racing team bus.
A big part of the Tour de France's energy and atmosphere comes from the guys and girls that work in the massive publicity caravan. Earlier this year PEZ went backstage to check out what their job entails and we even managed to catch up with 5 time tour winner, Bernard Hinault.
Roadside St.10: A big part of the Tour's energy and atmosphere comes from the guys and girls that work in the massive publicity caravan. Today PEZ went backstage to check out what their job entails and we even managed to catch up with 5 time tour winner, Bernard Hinault.