Race Report: André Greipel took his second win on the Champs Élysées in a row to close the book on the 2016 Tour de France on stage 21 in Paris. Chris Froome avoided any late drama and secured his third maillot jaune in four years.
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...
Race Report: It was a day that should have been about the climbs but in the end it came down to who could go down hill the quickest and Movistar’s Ion Izagirre proved to be the very best, giving the Spanish their first stage victory in this year’s tour.
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.
Race Report: Rain and crashes caused problems for many on stage 19 to Mont Blanc, not least Chris Froome and Bauke Mollema. In the end it was Romain Bardet who was the hero of the day and with the Tour stage 19 win he moved up into second place overall and made France a very happy place.
Tour Stage Preview: The ASO certainly knows how to put on a spectacle. Each year, the Grand Depart is feted and celebrated, usually more for its cultural iconography than its significance for the actual race itself. So if setting the table at Mont St Michel, then it is only fitting to conclude the world’s most popular bike race in the shadow of Europe’s most iconic mountain, Mont Blanc.
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.
Race Report: Chris Froome as good as carved his name in the 2016 Tour de France trophy with a dominant ride on the uphill time trial to Megeve. As expected; TT specialist Tom Dumoulin rode into the lead and then had to wait for last-man off, Froome, to take the top step and yet more overall time.
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.
Race Report: Ilnur Zakarin emptied all his resources as he infiltrated the break of the day and then flew its confines on the final climb to take a fantastic, and very valuable, stage win for his team. Froome continued his yellow jersey dominance as most of the others fell by the overall way-side.
Tour Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been busy on the second Tour de France rest day in Switzerland, first catching up with Dan McLay and then Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven. Stuyven: Ex-junior World champion, Vuelta stage winner and tagged the 'new Boonen' but as he says, he's 'just Jasper'.
Tour Rider Interview: The second rest day can't come quick enough for the Tour de France peloton, but it's another work day for the riders with interviews and press conferences. Ed Hood took himself to the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team hotel to 'have a word' with sprinter Dan McLay to hear how his Tour has been going.
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:
Race Report: An elite Classics-specialists finishing group on a beautiful stage to the Swiss capital made you think you were basking on a sunny spring Sunday. Once again, perfect positioning and a perfect bike throw saw Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) take another stage win on this year’s Tour de France. He left Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) battering his handlebars in frustration, the Norwegian beaten by centimeters.
Race Report: Jarlinson Pantano was dropped multiple times on stage 15, but he fought back every time to take a wonderful stage win in Culoz. The Colombian's team, IAM Cycling, is folding at the end of the year and this should help him secure a new contract. No fireworks in the GC and Chris Froome holds onto his yellow jersey.
Mark Cavendish came out of Marcel Kittel’s slipstream and powered his way around the big German to take his 4th stage victory in this year’s Tour. The Etixx-Quickstep rider wasn’t best pleased but the sprint was judged to be fair and Cavendish will now hope to stay on with the race and win in Paris.
Race Report: On a tragic day for France, Tom Dumoulin was able to create some sporting joy as he blitzed the rolling and windy time trial stage 13 course for a famous win. Behind him the GC took some shape as Froome asserted his utter dominance to a near two minute overall lead from Bauke Mollema.
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.
Tour Analysis: Chaos is the only word to describe the Chris Froome crash with Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema and a tv motorbike on stage 12 to Mont Ventoux. The pandemonium resulted in a significant time loss for Froome, but sanity prevailed and the stage results were taken just before the crash occurred keeping him in yellow.
Race Report: Anything can happen in the Tour de France but normally you don't expect to see the yellow jersey sprinting up the final few hundred meters of the Mount Ventoux without a bike. The craziness of the Tour spilled out onto the road as Porte, Froome and Mollema piled into the back of a moto in the final meters. Broken bike for the yellow jersey - run Froomey, run!
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