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Le TOUR'19 Stage 16: Another Stage For Caleb Ewan!
Stage Report: Caleb Ewan gave his Lotto Soudal team his second stage win in the Tour de France. The Australian was the fastest sprinter, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), although Geraint Thomas crashed and Jakob Fuglsang had to abandon.
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How To Fuel For Stage Racing: A Nutritionist's Perspective
TOOLBOX: Planning the whole nutrition for a multi-stage race in the UCI calendar is no easy task and requires coordination not only with the athletes but also with many staff members who are a crucial part of a cycling team. Today, I show you a Nutritionists’ perspective on what is required of us nutritionists in such scenario.
Ed’s Le TOUR’19: Rest Day Rant #2 in Nîmes!
Tour Rest Day No.2:Can it be a full week since the last rest day? So much has happened and Ed Hood has his finger on the pulse of the 2019 Tour de France. Sat in his virtual cafe in Nîmes, the PEZ 'fount of all knowledge' gives us his slant on the Pyrenean action and 'what next?'
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 22, 2019 - The 2019 Tour de France just keeps giving. We have all the news from the last four stages with rider quotes and video. Plus La Course by Le Tour. Mathieu van der Poel for the WorldTour-Top Story. It's not all Tour: Riders for the Adriatica Ionica, 2020 Tour Down Under, Tour de Yorkshire, Carrefour sponsor of La Vuelta and Stig Broeckx visits the Tour de France video.
Le TOUR'19 Stage 15: Double Stage Yates!
Stage Report: In another day of attacks and counter attacks in the Pyrenees, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took his second stage in this Tour. Behind the Englishman there were fireworks as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacked again to take a some time back. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) suffered, but held his yellow jersey by 1:35 going into the second rest day.
The Art of Cycling - Le TOUR'19
Bookshelf: Bike racing — is it a sport? An addiction? Jogging gone wrong? Or, as some of us like to think, an art? We at PezCyclingNews have been big fans of Greig Leach, the Richmond, Virginia, artist who turns the striving of the athletes in Lycra into spontaneous celebrations in his artwork.
Le TOUR'19 Stage 14: Powerful Pinot - Thomas Tumbles!
Stage Report: Just when it looked like Geraint Thomas (Ineos) would be riding into the horizon on the Tourmalet for the yellow jersey, the Welshman performed his own 'Brexit' and was dropped by the group of favourites, including Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) put in the stage 14 winning jump in the final metres for a French double.
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Le TOUR’19: Second Week Photo & Video Gallery
Tour Photo and Video Gallery: Another exciting week at the Tour de France with a stunning ride in Friday's time trial by Julian Alaphilippe to add more time to his overall lead. We've trawled through all the Tour photos and videos for the best and unique images for your enjoyment. Bring on the mountains.
Le TOUR'19: First Week Photo & Video Gallery
Tour Photo and Video Gallery: Seven stages down and thousands of images shot of the first week of what's been an exciting 2019 Tour de France... thank goodness. We've picked some of the coolest images of the French Grand Tour to present in our 'Tour First Week Gallery'.
The Tour de France Publicity Caravan Photo Gallery
Tour Caravan PeloPics: The Tour de France publicity caravan is the hight point of the race for many people, after the riders of course. It's not just the free gifts thrown out by the girls and boys atop the different vehicles, but all the noise and excitement building up to the main act of the day.
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CIPOLLINI MCM Bike Project Build & Review
The Cipollini MCM road bike offers all the flash & panache you'd want from a brand that's all about performance, but with a slightly more forgiving frame design, and a custom tube-to-tube carbon construction option for this Italian original. Here's my long term review...
REGGIE Kit Review: A Ride On the Wild Side!
Clothing Review: PEZ readers be forewarned... If your cycling attire tastes lean conservatively or you prefer murdered out black, this is not the kit for you. But if you’re not afraid of a little color and standing out in the crowd, then please continue reading as PEZ looks at the REGGIE kit.
SCICON Aerotech Sunglasses Review: Armor For Your Eyes
PEZ readers familiar with SCICON probably know the brand for their air travel bike cases which are used by more than a few professional bike racing teams. But SCICON isn’t only in the business of protecting your bike. With their recently released Aerotech sunglasses, SCICON now offers protection for your eyes.
Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoe Review: Hole-y Moly
Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoes roll in as the brand's second-from-top line kicks, but are they really second best? With double dial closure, a soft instep strap and LOADS of ventilation, I think these are the top dogs…
LIMAR Air Pro Helmet Review: More Air Flow and Aero
Limar introduced the world's first foam-in-shell cycling helmet and were also the first lid-maker to sponsor a pro cycling team. They’ve also been the lightest production helmet in the world on several occasions, but they’ve only ever had “good” ventilation until now… Enter the new Air Pro.
DannyShane - Classic and Classy Kit
Clothing Review: Spring has finally arrived and that means warmer weather. So I’ve ditched the arm and knee warmers to do some riding in shorts and short-sleeve jersey – including DannyShane kit I teased in my review of their Fall City Line casual clothing.
Le TOUR'19 Stage 16: Another Stage For Caleb Ewan!
Stage Report: Caleb Ewan gave his Lotto Soudal team his second stage win in the Tour de France. The Australian was the fastest sprinter, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), although Geraint Thomas crashed and Jakob Fuglsang had to abandon.
Ed’s Le TOUR’19: Rest Day Rant #2 in Nîmes!
Tour Rest Day No.2:Can it be a full week since the last rest day? So much has happened and Ed Hood has his finger on the pulse of the 2019 Tour de France. Sat in his virtual cafe in Nîmes, the PEZ 'fount of all knowledge' gives us his slant on the Pyrenean action and 'what next?'
Le TOUR'19 Stage 15: Double Stage Yates!
Stage Report: In another day of attacks and counter attacks in the Pyrenees, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took his second stage in this Tour. Behind the Englishman there were fireworks as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacked again to take a some time back. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) suffered, but held his yellow jersey by 1:35 going into the second rest day.
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For the Love of a Grand Tour Sausage!
As the 2019 Tour de France works its way into the Pyrenees and then the Alps next week; the 'Pez' himself, Richard Pestes has taken a look back at the impromptu BBQs he's happened upon while roadside. The Pez Grand Tour appreciation of the sausage... and bike racing.
PEZ Rides The Galibier: Video & Photo Report
Travel: Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France will climb the mighty Col du Galibier at 2645 meters altitude. I "rode" it back in 2017 - maybe better to say I hauled my carcass up it. Here's a glimpse of the climb as I get inside 3km to the summit. It really is epic and awe inspiring - a must do.
Travel: PEZ Rides L'Eroica on the Strade Bianche!
Travel: Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” runs every October and of course PEZman Leslie Reissner had to join the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
TOP RIDES: Chasing A Stranger On Italian Roads
What have we learned from this year's Giro? Well, Italy has it all and should be on everyones ride bucket list, but maybe riding with Italians has different rules than other cultures. Corey Sar Fox takes us on one of his old winter routes that becomes something memorable when a stranger comes along. Usually you go looking for Top Rides, but sometimes they can find you.
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The Art of Cycling - Le TOUR'19
Bookshelf: Bike racing — is it a sport? An addiction? Jogging gone wrong? Or, as some of us like to think, an art? We at PezCyclingNews have been big fans of Greig Leach, the Richmond, Virginia, artist who turns the striving of the athletes in Lycra into spontaneous celebrations in his artwork.
Derek Harrison - Tour de France Pioneer
Tour Rider Feature: Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.
PEZ Bookshelf: Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep-The First Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
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Osmo Presents: Peter Sagan Interviewing Teammate Daniel Oss
OSMO presents Peter Sagan interviewing Daniel Oss on a NorCal training ride. Follow along as the two ride Bolinas Road and reminisce about their start together in the pro peloton, discuss their favorite jams to listen to while riding, and the similarities between Tarantino movies and bike racing.
EF Gone Racing -- Lachlan Morton Takes on BGDuro
Lachlan Morton completed the inaugural GBDURO, a 2000-kilometer solo bike-packing adventure from Land’s End, England to John o’Groats, Scotland on Friday. The Australian spent 104 hours over seven days atop his new Cannondale Topstone Carbon during his Journey.
What I Learned Chasing le Tour in a Cheap Rental Car
In 2003 I went to cover my first Tour de France as part of the press. I had almost no readers and even less money, so I rented the cheapest car I could find. It was small, and had no a/c, but I managed to capture some of it on video. Let's set the Way Back machine for Lyon, France.
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How To Fuel For Stage Racing: A Nutritionist's Perspective
TOOLBOX: Planning the whole nutrition for a multi-stage race in the UCI calendar is no easy task and requires coordination not only with the athletes but also with many staff members who are a crucial part of a cycling team. Today, I show you a Nutritionists’ perspective on what is required of us nutritionists in such scenario.
Training Priorities for Better Cycling Performance
It’s easy to become enamoured with the latest piece of training advice, or the new gadget adorning your team-mates machine, but which aspects of your training are the most important according to the evidence? Many things have changed over the years.
Inside Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Team Time Trial Preparation
Toolbox: I was a speaker last week at the Science & Cycling conference in Brussels. One of the talks I found fascinating was by Koen Pelgrim from Deceuninck - Quick-Step, all about the TTT testing that they have done. He shared some interesting info on what they've learned from wind tunnel and real world testing.
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To The Tour de France With SIDI
From Brussels to Paris, from July 6th to the 28th, it’s going to be 21 stages of effort, thrills, victories, defeats and definitely lots of surprises. The Sidi team is starting out with some important names, all vying to make it to the final podium in Paris.
Selle San Marco Celebrates 45 Years of the Concor Specialissima with a Limited Series
It has been 45 years since the introduction of the saddle that became iconic in the 70’s, and now Selle San Marco is bringing back the renown Concor Specialissima with a limited series. The new saddle maintains most of the aesthetic aspects that made it so famous.
Annual Mass Ave and Indianapolis Crits - Last Chance Entry
Crit racers of multiple categories will have the opportunity to race for three consecutive days in Indianapolis, Indiana, this Friday through Sunday, July 12 -14. Total cash payouts exceed $22,000 plus primes across the three days.
DeFeet EVO “Disruptor” - Most Aerodynamic Sock Takes Yellow Jersey
DeFeet International, manufacturers of performance socks and accessories for cycling, announces the arrival of the most aerodynamic cycling socks made, the new ​DeFeet Evo Disruptor.
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Readers' Rigs: My LeMond is Better Than Your Fancy New Bike!
Today a 'Readers' Rig' with a difference, not so much a tech description, but a love note to a dear, dear friend. Ryan Hamilton in Wisconsin has fallen head-over-heels with his LeMond that he bought in 2007 and this is the story of his love affair in his own words.
Readers' Rigs: Felt AR FRD
It's time for Readers' Rigs again, the column where everyday PEZ fans send in photos and stories about their pride and joy. Today's rig is a 2015 Felt AR FRD which comes to us from the beautiful state of Colorado.
Readers' Rigs: Specialized Allez E5
Today's Readers' Rigs is something different - Adam from California is in love with his rig - that's nothing new, but he hasn't just sent us pics and a story about his pimped out racing bike. No, instead he's sent us a story about his vanity styled training bike, an all black stealth Specialized Allez E5.
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Canadian Yellow Jersey Alex Stieda Talks Tour!
Tour Rider Interview: As the 2019 Tour de France hots up, Ed Hood talks to the first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - Canada's Alex Stieda. The coveted Maillot Jaune wasn't on his shoulders for long, but that claim is set in the stone of cycling history for ever.
INEOS GB Champion - Ben Swift Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Ben Swift has had an up and down career so far, but the man is a winner. From World track championships to stage wins and podium places in Sanremo, he's back home with Team Ineos and has a National champion's jersey on his shoulders. Ed Hood caught up with Ben within days of his big win to hear all about it.
Team Novo Nordisk's Peter Kusztor Gets PEZ'd!
Rider Interview: Peter Kusztor - Multi-National champion, Worlds and Olympic rider and diabetic, but always an optimist. Peter only found out about his diabetes in August last year, but the Hungarian fast-man has taken it in his stride, and with a bit of help, is keen to show his talents with Team Novo Nordisk. Here is his story.
Ultra Distance Rider: James MacDonald Gets PEZ'd!
Ultra Distance Rider Interview: Ed Hood likes to find different people to interview; champions in the making or past heroes, as well as the men making the news of today. His latest 'victim' is a long distance record setter, James MacDonald, who holds the John O'Groats - Lands End and back record and ridden the RAAM. What next? The World velodrome 24 hour endurance record.
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 22, 2019 - The 2019 Tour de France just keeps giving. We have all the news from the last four stages with rider quotes and video. Plus La Course by Le Tour. Mathieu van der Poel for the WorldTour-Top Story. It's not all Tour: Riders for the Adriatica Ionica, 2020 Tour Down Under, Tour de Yorkshire, Carrefour sponsor of La Vuelta and Stig Broeckx visits the Tour de France video.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
July 18, 2019 - Fireworks at the Tour, catch-up with all the action with video. Ineos playing a new game?-Top Story. Not all Grande Boucle: Adriatica Ionica, Molano returns, DeutschlandTour, La Course, Certizit Madrid, OVO Energy Tour, Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck sign Bagioli, Minnaard retires, AG2R contracts, Odd Eiking, Dimension Data, Delacroix stagiaire and Sagan on TV.
EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
July 15, 2019 - The Tour de France excitement is here in EUROTRASH Monday - Full catch up with results and video. Plus the Tour of Austria final. Johan Bruyneel's Book on Doping - Top Story. Race news from Utah, Colorado, Adriatica Ionica and the Tour Down Under. Bigla extends sponsorship, Patrick Müller to retire and behind the scenes at the Tour with CCC video.