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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.


Thursday April 25, 2019
Star Rider Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Friday April 19, 2019
Rider Interview: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his twenty-seventh season (28 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
Thursday April 18, 2019
Rider Interview: The older guys are still banging out the wins, but a new, young set is pushing its way into the pro peloton. Ed Hood asks "What next?" The answer could be a young man from Denmark - Andreas Stokbro, the recent winner of the Under 23 Tour of Flanders. Ed had to find out more from the 'young gun'.
Saturday April 13, 2019
Rider Interview: World champion Peter Sagan won the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, but the hero of the day was undoubtably Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider was in the break of the day and was the only rider to go with Sagan through the Hell of the North to the Roubaix velodrome. Ed Hood managed to have words with Silvan.
Saturday April 13, 2019
Past Champ Interview: Cyclo-cross riders making an impression on the road isn't anything new. Back in the 70s, German 'cross champion Klaus Peter Thaler jumped into the road scene and rode with honour in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and the one-day races. Ed Hood managed to have a word with the near 70 year-old star of mud and tarmac.
Thursday April 11, 2019
Rider Interview: The 2016 Paris-Roubaix saw Mathew Hayman out-sprint the retiring hero, Tom Boonen. Ed Hood managed to locate the Australian to hear from the horses mouth his thoughts as a winner on the cobbles of the 'Hell of the North'.
Saturday April 6, 2019
With the Tour of Flanders this Sunday, Ed Hood got hold of 1997 Ronde winner, Rolf Sorensen, to hear how to win on those Flemish cobbles and Muurs. The great Dane gives us a blow by blow account of how he pulled off his incredible victory, even after a very long break before the finalé.
Thursday April 4, 2019
Flanders Interview: He lives on the course, he's raced on it and driven the team car there - former pro rider and now team director Allan Peiper has the T-shirt and more when it comes to the Ronde van Vlaanderen. His man Alexander Kristoff won last week in Wevelgem, will the Peiper direct the winner this Sunday? Ed Hood gets the low-down from the man on the route.
Tuesday April 2, 2019
Past Champ Interview: One of the most inspirational riders from the US in the 80s and early 90s was Andy Hampsten. The man from Ohio quietly got on with building his career, going his own way and stacking up the big wins. Giro winner, Grand Tour stage victories, Romandie, Suisse and Galicia wins... The list goes on. Ed Hood gets the full Hampsten story.
Thursday March 28, 2019
In 2005, Nico Mattan grabbed victory in one of the most controversial editions of Gent - Wevelgem ever held. The newspapers ran and ran with it, but Sean Kelly saw, "no problems" with the result. Ed Hood caught-up with the charismatic Belgian to hear Mattan's version of that still-debated day.
Thursday March 21, 2019
PEZ recently sat down with former WorldTour rider Frank Schleck at the Haute Route Ventoux in France for an interesting conversation about gran fondos, racing and more. With 13 years in the Pro peloton and palmarès including overall victories at Amstel Gold, Tour de Suisse and third place at the Tour de France, plus an incredible stage win on Alpe d'Huez, he’s the real deal.
Tuesday March 19, 2019
Rider Interview: Eamon Lucas - a Californian boy who has swapped the sunshine and surf for the rain, mud and cobbles of Flanders in the next part of his varied career. From US junior national team to 'fixie' crits, stage race wins and on to the Flemish kermis circuit. Ed Hood has a word with Eamon.
Sunday March 17, 2019
Retro Interview: Paul Willerton was a US professional road racer when it wasn't as fashionable as it became during the Lance Armstrong era. Willerton raced and trained beside Greg Lemond at his height and when he retired was instrumental in the downfall of Armstrong. Ed Hood had to hear the full story.
Thursday March 14, 2019
Retro Talk: Doug Shapiro wasn’t the first American to ride the Tour; that was Jonathan Boyer; or the second, that was Greg Lemond. But he was the third to do so; and not just in any old role – as a domestique for Tour, Vuelta and Worlds winner, Joop Zoetemelk as part of the mighty Kwantum Hallen team. Ed Hood thought that he must have a good tale to tell.
Monday March 11, 2019
Rider Interview: There are a few riders around who have competed for different counties in their time, but what about a dual World champion. Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant Shane Perkins Russian citizenship and the man from 'Down Under' became a 'Russian bear'. Ed Hood recently spoke to Shane at the Berlin '6 Days'.
Monday February 25, 2019
Retro Rider Interview: As the season moves to Belgium for the Spring Classics and the 'proper' racing gets under way, Ed Hood talks the hard-man of Herentals - Geert Omloop. Class on a bike isn't easy to describe, but take a look at Omloop and you'll get a good idea.
Wednesday February 20, 2019
Interview: Canada has a long history of top road riders and the most successful could be Steve Bauer. From Olympic Silver to World's Bronze, close to winning Paris-Roubaix and that World's finish in Ronse, plus being a most dependable domestique, Steve was the complete package. Ed Hood managed to grab the now CCC Team directeur sportif for a word.
Monday February 18, 2019
Rider Interview: Sam Brand started off as a triathlete, but after graduating from university in 2015, he made the move to 100% cycling. The man from Man made his Pro debut as a stagiaire in August '17 at the Tour of Utah and received a full professional contract with Team Novo Nordisk for 2018. Ed Hood caught up with Sam to hear about his season and he looks forward to 2019.
Tuesday February 12, 2019
Rider Interview: Nick Schultz has stepped up in the best possible fashion in 2019. The young Australian made the move from the ProContinental Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott and immediately showed his gratitude with a win in the Herald Sun Tour. Ed Hood spoke to Nick after his win.
Thursday February 7, 2019
Rider Interview: Joey Rosskopf is entering his ninth year as a professional cyclist and in a new 'old' team as BMC becomes CCC for the 2019 season. We caught up with the man from Georgia at the CCC presentation and training camp in Spain, just before Christmas 2018.