Race Report: Giant-Alpecin's Tom Dumoulin put his time trial expertise to great use to solo his way up the final climb of Arcalis in Andorra. The break of the day managed to hold off the GC men to the line, but there was attacks aplenty from all sections of the Tour peloton. Alberto Contador had to abandon due to illness brought on by his two crashes in the first stages.
Chris Froome took over the race lead with a sneak attack at the summit of the Col de Peyresourde, stunning his rivals as he road away on the descent to Luchon, for a most unexpected solo win, and gaining some valuable seconds ahead of Sunday's huge stage.
This Saturday the second Grand Tour of the 2016 season, the Tour de France gets underway. The 103rd edition of the Tour returns home for the start in the city of Mont Saint-Michel, the first-ever Grand Départ in the region of Normandy.
You've read about the history and the course of the 2016 Tour de France, now Ed Hood turns his expert eye on who is going to win. The result looks to be between three riders, Chris Froome. Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador, but there are other hopefuls and here they are:
TOUR'16 Build Up: Ed Hood asks the big question of the summer, no not who will win, but who's The Coolest rider in the peloton. To illustrate his thoughts, our PEZ Grand Tour expert reflects on his 2015 Tour de France and those cooler than cool riders. As Ed would say 'never sacrifice style for speed...'
The 2016 Tour de France is only round the next corner and as part of the PEZ-Tour build-up, our most experienced Tour follower, Ed Hood, takes a walk down memory boulevard to revisit his first Tour as an accredited journalist in 2006. It was strange race with a less than ideal outcome, but Ed didn't know that at the time.
The ASO's recent 'withdrawal' of its races from the World Tour calendar could very clearly set pro cycling on a path to an even worse economic state than already exists. This analysis from TheOuterLine.com explains the dangers that lie ahead.
Nov 09, 2015 - Still a professional at 44, time to give up Davide Rebellin? Cyclo-cross from Ruddervoorde and the European champs with results, reports, rider quotes and video. Other cycling news: Tour for Düsseldorf, young rider for Movistar, sponsor for RusVelo and Fortuneo, Rayner book, Caja Rural'16, Dr. Cavendish and a Sagan interview. EuroTrash time.
Race Report: Today was the perfect day for a successful long break and so it transpired. Tinkoff-Saxo must be a little happier as Rafal Majka won stage 11 after crossing the Aspin and the Tourmalet. The ride of the day came from Dan Martin who soloed to the leaders on the Tourmalet, but missed out on the stage win by 1 minute.
Roadside St. 4: I wrote about anticipation on Saturday, that feeling when the race is about to start. Today is different: there are already so many scenarios at play, and so many people either out injured or compromised by time, that we know the stories being written. The Tour is alive and its coming to us on the cobbles, we just have to wait.
Race Report: On a day of tricky cobbled parcours which promised much - and did not disappoint - Quick-Step’s former World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin grabbed not just the stage but the yellow jersey too, having narrowly missed it for three days on the trot.
Roadside St.3: City of diamonds, Antwerp hosts the start of stage 3. Our hotel was close to the line, so that made checking out the riders' departure a simple choice before the dash to the Mur de Huy. Calm and smiling, those same riders came rolling home battered, burnt and bruised, in ones and twos a few hours later after another crazy stage.
Race Report: On a day that saw spectacular crashes, unprecedented neutralizations, abandonments, chaos, lost jerseys and fantastic attacks, it all came down to the Wall of Huy, and it was the specialist classic climber of Joaquim Rodríguez who rode the rest of the race off his wheel to take the win atop the famous climb.
The 2015 Tour de France will not be crossing the Col du Galibier, normally the highest point of the French Grand Tour, on its way to l'Alpe d'Huez on stage 20. All this due to a landslide which has damaged the Chambon tunnel. So what better time to have a look back at one of Ed Hood's many Alpe visits.
Tour Reload: The 2015 Tour de France will be making it's return to the Alpe d'Huez and like every other time the race has tackled the 21 hair-pin bends, there will be a battle royal. Ed Hood has seen the Tour on the famous climb many a time, so here is his 2011 Alpe d'Huez adventure.
Roadside: The Tour has been over for a week and as the dust settles in Paris our man Ed Hood is back home to ‘normality’ with his French memories. From Carcassonne to Paris, through the Pyrenees and up to the ‘La Ville-Lumière’; here are Ed’s twenty-one top favourites from this year’s French adventure.
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 Report: In a race that’s been all about attacking, and attacking again it came down to a sprint finish in Paris. It almost didn’t though as Team Sky attempted to recover from their misfortunes but nothing was going to deny the big German and arguably best sprinter around, Marcel Kittel. From start to finish, he’s shown he’s the man to watch in the dash for the line.
Race Report: A long time trial full of action saw Tony Martin once again show his class with a superb win but it was the GC battle that had the excitement boiling today with 8 out of the top 10 GC places changing after the time trial was done and dusted. Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France was a great day for some and a nightmare for others...
Roadside Report: From the religious tourist trap of Lourdes to the history of Le Tour and on to to the backstage areas with the buses, tour tech and more - Ed Hood was everywhere today taking it all in. It might have been a rainy day in the South-West of France but it was a great day out roadside at Le Tour. Let's have a look at Ed's day through his eyes...
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