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Interviews
We have some of the best interviews from the world of pro road cycling, with top riders, teams, domestiques, gregarios, rouleurs, directors sportif, team managers, team bus drivers, soigneurs, coaches - you name it - we got it. Some of the best interviews are in our Retro series - where we connect with riders from eras gone by, and get the real stories from the road.


Friday February 21, 2020
Rider Interview: January saw the Belgian Wanty-Gobert team, now with Circus as the top line sponsor, present their 2020 line-up in the Spanish Costa Blanca town of Albir. The presentation has become a regular fixture since 2014 as has having a chat with Italian rider Andrea Pasqualon.
Wednesday February 19, 2020
Rider Interview: When PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton was invited to the UAE Team Emirates training camp last month he had to decide who to interview. Tadej Pogačar and Fernando Gaviria where obvious choices, but the name Brandon McNulty stuck out as a man to watch for the future. Worlds medalist and winner of an exceptionally hard 2019 Giro di Sicilia - A star in the making.
Monday February 17, 2020
Interview: As it looks like Israel is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the road with the Israel Start-Up Nation WorldTour team, track cycling is also coming out of the shadows. Ed Hood managed to find out more from the man behind their future success - Steve McEwen - ex Dutch National coach and now Track Program Director in Israel.
Friday February 14, 2020
Rider Interview: We spoke to James Knox two years ago when he was a young neo-pro in his first month with the all powerful Quick-Step team. Since then James has flourished into a Grand Tour GC man with a near 'Top Ten' place in the 2019 Vuelta a España. We caught up at the Deceuninck - Quick-Step Spanish training camp.
Monday February 10, 2020
Interview: As the 2019/20 '6 Day' season winds down, one of the top men has announced his retirement from the boards... and he's only 28 years old. Moreno De Pauw - 6 Day, Worlds, European and National title winner, the list goes on. Ed Hood caught up with Moreno after his final '6 Day' in Berlin.
Friday February 7, 2020
Rider Interview: Ed Hood thought it was time to catch-up with the elder of the Strugnell family, Graham, to find out how his racing has been going since his bone marrow transplant in 2011.
Friday January 31, 2020
Rider Interview: UAE Team Emirates' Colombian ace sprinter, Fernando Gaviria, took his second win of 2020 on Wednesday in the Vuelta a San Juan, emulating his victories of 2015. Alastair Hamilton caught up with the Colombian champ at his team's Spanish training camp before he flew to Argentina to start the new season, putting his less than successful 2019 behind him.
Monday January 27, 2020
Rider Interview: It seems you can be the reigning national champion in two different countries. Australian/Italian David Solari proved it in 1985. It's a great story, but David also rode the Olympics and Worlds with 158 appearances in the blue of Italy on the road and track.
Friday January 24, 2020
Interview: Ed Hood has interviewed riders, managers, masseurs, mechanics and even podium girls, but here's a new one... The guy who paints the advertising on the velodromes! It's not all signage, Marvin Smart also knows cycling inside and out and has some great stories from the past.
Thursday January 23, 2020
Rider Interview: Tadej Pogačar is one of the 'young guns' in today's peloton and 2019 was an enormous season for the Slovenian. Wins in Algarve and California were top performances, but then in the Vuelta, Pogačar won three stages and third step on the final podium. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Tadej at the UAE Team Emirates Spanish training camp to get the full story.
Wednesday January 22, 2020
Rider Interview: Jakob Fuglsang has been on the cusp of big things for a while, with wins and podium places in his 14 year pro career. 2019, in his own words, was his best with a Classic win in Liège and a Vuelta a España stage win. Alastair Hamilton caught up with Jakob at the Astana team presentation in Spain to hear his thoughts on 2019 and looking forward to 2020.
Saturday January 18, 2020
Rider Interview: It's the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere and all the track racing is indoors, but in Tasmania the Christmas Carnival Series has been enjoying the outdoor concrete velodromes. Ed Hood caught up with one of the top riders of the series, Stephen Hall, to hear all about it.
Thursday January 9, 2020
Interview: Before the likes of Sky and Ineos, there was a British Pro team in the Tour de France. There had been National teams in the French Grand Tour, but when the organisers returned to sponsored teams, it looked like the dream of a 'British' équipe had gone. Then came along Tony Capper and ANC. Mickey Morrison was in there at the start of the 1987 Tour Journey.
Wednesday January 8, 2020
Rider Interview: The Astana team presented their 2020 riders and staff in Calpe, Spain at the end of December. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was there for the bright lights and to catch up with Canada's Hugo Houle. It's been another good year for the man from Sainte-Perpétue in Québec, here is how he saw it.
Monday January 6, 2020
Rider Interview: The CCC team were in Spain for their yearly December training camp, get together and media day and our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, wasn't just there for the tiramisu. Patrick Bevin flew in from New Zealand for his regular PEZclusive catch up on the year past and to look forward to 2020.
Friday January 3, 2020
Interview: The '6 Days' are not what they used to be. At one time the current road stars, Classic and Grand Tour winners, would pair up with a 6 day specialist and pull in the fans. One of those 'specialists' was Australian fast-man Graeme Gilmore, Ed Hood caught up with him to hear all about those halcyon days.
Tuesday December 24, 2019
Rider Interview: 2019 seems to be the season of the young riders and cyclocross in the USA is following the fashion as Donnelly Aevolo's 'Young Gun' Gage Hecht took the national championships recently. Ed Hood caught up with Gage as he was about to start his Christmas and New Year in the European mud.
Wednesday December 18, 2019
Interview: From professional cyclist to producing top end cycle clothing for a WorldTour team is quite a jump, but Yanto Barker has done just that. After a rich and varied career on the bike, Mr. Barker wanted to rival the best bike clothing manufacturers in the World. Ed Hood spoke to Yanto as he was about to deliver his first batch of clothing to the Bahrain-McLaren team.
Friday December 13, 2019
Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been keeping an eye on James Shaw since he interviewed him as a stagiaire with WorldTour team, Lotto Soudal. Since then; Shaw spent two years with the Belgian formation before 'stepping down' to Swift Carbon for 2019. In 2020 Shaw will ride for Riwal Readynez, back in the big races. Ed caught up with him before the serious training starts.
Thursday December 5, 2019
Young Gun Interview: As ever, Ed Hood has been keeping his eye on the results of the 'promising riders' and the name Teniel Campbell has stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. The twenty-two year old Trinidadian has been winning at home and now in Europe and will be a pro for the Valcar Cylance team in 2020.