On the second rest day at the Tour de France in between the fresh mussels, lovely wines and good company at the Vacansoleil media party Ed Hood got down to work interviewing two of the stars of the team. One a confirmed classics star and veteran of 10 Tours and one a star on the rise and a Tour debutant. Juan Antonio Flecha & Danny Van Poppel.
Race Analysis St.3: Traditional sprints, late breaks and the world's longest leadout. It's all analyzed here in the latest edition of Lee Rodger's Tour Lowdown series as he looks back at some of the events from the first week of racing at the 2013 Tour de France.
Race Analysis: Nothing hurts quite like an ITT. It’s a simple equation: man plus bike plus pain equals how fast you go. No hiding places. The race of truth. After the Tour's first ITT there was only one winner and his name wasn't Tony Martin.
Race Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a closer look at the action, the nerves, the crashes and the triumphs from the 1st stage of the 100th Tour de France.
Race Analysis: After 9 stages that have had many in the field on their knees already, today's rest day is even more welcome than usual. The rest day gives the chance to those struggling to try and recover just a little before having to do it all again and it also gives the chance to our own Lee Rodgers to sit back and analyze the Tour so far.
Race Analysis St.18: Twice up the mythical Alpe d'huez, attacks from afar, changes in the GC, the first French win of the Tour and a hunger flat for the yellow jersey. There's a lot for Lee to analyze after today's historical Alpe d'Huez stage.
Race Analysis: With the Tour done and dusted and the 169 souls that managed to finish the race slowly getting over their end of Tour hangovers it's time for Lee to look at the revelations from the race and what we can expect to see in future Tours.
Race Analysis: The second rest day is the perfect time to review what we've seen so far at Le Tour. Lee Rodgers analyzes some of the performances we've seen, both good and bad and ponders the questions, can anyone beat Froome? And can Froome get any skinnier?
Race Analysis: Multicultural breakaways, questionable team tactics and the seemingly unstoppable Mark Cavendish are just some of the topics covered in today's Tour Lowdown as Lee Rodgers analyzes the happenings at the Tour de France after Stage 5.
Race Analysis: ‘Here I am talking to Peter Sagan. Peter, we have the finish here on the screen for you to watch.’ ‘No. I don’t want to watch it. I’m pissed off.’ Le Tour's first ever Corsican run ends today, capping three day's of excellent racing, unexpected events, and fantastic scenery.
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.
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 St. 11 Part 2: It's a special and rare day when we're treated to not one but two Roadside Reports. While Ed & Martin were clipped in at the bar, Dave was on the ground at Mont-Saint-Michel and in the Team Europcar van chasing Canadian David Veillieux.
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.
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.
Roadside St.11: : Our veteran of countless GrandTour roadside reports and European bars, Ed Hood has arrived in France to bring us home to Paris in the second half of the Tour with his first report on today's time trial coming to us direct from Tours. But wasn't the race in Mont-Saint-Michel?