TDF'16 Roadside: Ed Hood and Callum MacGregor are back in Edinburgh after their week in the Alps and, as always, their Tour de France was not plain sailing, but then that's the romance of the French Grand Tour. Ed takes up his 'Roadside Round-Up' as he waits for the flight home:
TDF'16 Roadside: A day which many had hoped would give le Tour a Grand Finale as the non-canine contenders scrapped for the podium places behind top dog Froome became a grim slog as a fierce electrical storm turned the Joux Plane into a battle for survival rather than a battle for the podium. Callum and Ed were again there to savour every rain drop...
TDF'16 Roadside: Stage 19 saw some real action on the 2016 Tour de France and Ed Hood was there with Callum to 'see and tell' all the crazy happenings that unfolded before their eyes. Bardet was the toast of France as he crossed the line first on Mont Blanc, but don't forget the man at the back, Dan McLay.
TDF'16 Roadside: Sallanches is a mythical place for cyclists, especially French ones by the name of Bernard Hinault. This is where 'The Badger' won his rainbow jersey on one of the hardest Worlds parcour. Stage 18 was a time trial and our PEZman, Ed Hood was there to see Chris Froome dominate the day.
TDF'16 Roadside: Day two for Ed was a definite mountain day; riders off the front and riders off the back and PEZ friend Dan McLay was in the latter group. From the Tour Village Ed takes in the two main climbs of the day and all the excitement that comes with them.
TDF'16: Roadside: Ed Hood has started his 2016 Tour de France roadside and hit the French ground running and run all the way to Bern in Switzerland for the finalé of stage 16. His first day had all the fun of a Grand Tour, plus a free lunch and a battle with the Swiss traffic. Tour back-stage PEZ:
TDF'16 Roadside: Our most experienced Grand Tour reporter, Ed Hood, has touched down in France to take us through the last week of the Tour de France over the Alps to Paris. As Ed drives across the border to Berne in Switzerland for the final of stage 16, he has sent in his thoughts of the race so far and what we have in store.
PEZ Roadside: Our PEZ-man in London, Sam Larner, managed a surprise week-end in the Pyrenees to do a bit of 'Roadside' Tour watching on stage 8 on the Col de Peyresourde above Bagnères-de-Luchon. Not to miss out on any of the atmosphere, Sam joined the fans with his tent and a can of beer for the French Grand Tour experience.
Roadside Giro 'Top Twelve': Ed Hood is back to the 'day job' but he still has the pink mist of the Giro d'Italia running through his head and has picked his 'Top Twelve' high points of the Italian Grand Tour from a roadside point of view. The Tour de France is for everyone, but the Giro is the Grand Tour for the cognoscente and Ed is a connoisseur of all things Giro.
PEZ Roadside: After pizza, grappa and good night sleep, Ed Hood has moved a stage closer to the final of the Giro d'Italia in Turin. Today he takes in the sights at the start and on the those crazy cobbles of Pinerolo all surrounded by those 'Tifosi'.
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.
Roadside PEZ: Today the Giro d'Italia came to Emilia, crossing the Apennines “Tosco-emiliani” one of the most deserted regions in Italy; full of forests and lonely mountains. PEZ-Man Alessandro was roadside for the sausages, panini, and borlengo...
The 2016 Giro d'Italia hit the Chianti region and our man Alessandro Federico was in Tuscany to meet old friends, eat local food and, of course, drink the famous wine of the area. There was also the small matter of a very important time trial. Ale Giro roadside.
Up until 2013 the only UCI one day race in the UK was the Rutland-Melton Classic. The race is inspired by Paris-Roubaix and is run around the small farm roads of Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands of the UK. PEZ sent Sam Larner to soak up the chip smells and ale fumes of Britain's only Classic.
As we count down to Sunday and the Hell of the North, Ed Hood looks back at the 2007 Paris Roubaix and how the underdog, Stuart O'Grady, left the top riders in his dust. As a regular to the Queen Classic, Ed and his pals inspect the cobbles of Arenberg, the mechanics at work, the Roubaix velodrome and, of course, a local bar.
Roadside St.20: There's only one thing crazier than Alp d'Huez at the Tour de France - and that's the Dutch Corner on Alp d'Huez at the Tour de France. Ed & Callum were up the road, roadside, and inside the madness that is one of pro sport's maddest moments. Here's the full photo report.
Roadside St.19: On such big day in the Alps, not all the action was on the roads... Ed Hood made a strategic move to the start village and caught up men who aren't afraid to speak their minds: photog John Pierce, & former pros Leon Van Bon, Tim Harris, Malcolm Elliott, Dag Otto Lauritzen.
Roadside: Richard has finished his stint at the Giro and is on his way home to Canada and so our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, takes over for the next few days - Roadside. Ale leaves the race course and takes in the church of San Pietro, Tuscania and mozzarella. Ale's 'Roadside' adventure day 1:
Ed Hood loves the Tour, the ‘6 Days’ of Gent, and the cyclo-cross in Koksijde, but where he's happiest is at a Kermis in Belgium - beer, frites, and bike racing. Sunday he watched the Tour final in Paris – Monday it was Westrozebeke.
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