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Friday January 18, 2019
Trackside Ed: The '6 Days' are not just some shiny clad fast-men spinning in continual circles for the entertainment of over fed and drunk spectators, there is a hive of activity 'below stairs'. PEZ has a man on the inside - Ed Hood is in Bremen and takes us behind the boards to see the soft underbelly of the event. Ed also has time for one of his famous rants on 'the good old days'.
Wednesday January 16, 2019
Trackside Ed: The '6 Day' caravan has moved on from Rotterdam in the south of Holland to Bremen in the German northwest and Ed Hood was along for the ride. Another velodrome and another track with some different riders, but the routine is the same and... Those buckets to empty.
Friday January 11, 2019
Trackside Ed: Part 2 of Ed Hood's Rotterdam '6 Day' adventure brings the curtain down on the Dutch track extravaganza. It's not only the riders who are feeling tired as the race comes to an end - More coffee is needed in the track centre to get through the final three days... And Bremen here we come.
Wednesday January 9, 2019
Trackside Ed: Ed Hood hasn't been working 'on the boards' much this winter season, but when a contract for the '6 Day' of Rotterdam came his way, he jumped on it. The first days are never easy, getting all your kit sorted for the battle ahead; Ed takes us though his opening days in Rotterdam.
Thursday December 20, 2018
Race Preview: On Wednesday evening la Vuelta a España route for 2019 was presented in Alicante, PEZ-man Alastair Hamilton was there to take in the announcement as it happened. Now all the food and drink from the reception has gone, Alastair gives us his thoughts on the Spanish Grand Tour route for next year.
Wednesday December 19, 2018
The ASO announced the official route for La Vuelta 19 was today in Alicante Spain. The 74th edition of the Spanish race will take place between August 24th and September 15th 2019, setting out from Salinas de Torrevieja and ending in Madrid. With a distance of 3,272.2 km, the competition includes eight uphill finishes, including five new ones.
Monday November 5, 2018
The best Italian negroni bars are often discovered by accident, or when you least expect it.  Early on in my 17 year career chasing the modern Giro d'Italia I began logging the best negronis, bars, and ristoranti as my travels took me to all corners of Italy.  Here are 5 of the best negroni bars, places to eat and stay at the 2019 Giro.
Friday November 2, 2018
Race Preview: In recent years the Italian Grand Tour has usurped its French cousin for excitement, and the 2019 edition has stuck with the torrid final week formula. After the controversial start in Israel, this year is a home based Giro that has everything for the well-rounded rider - The PEZ Giro d'Italia route reveal.
Wednesday October 31, 2018
The next edition of the Corsa Rosa will be raced almost entirely in Italy, crossing the border only for one stage finish. Three Individual Time Trials, six low difficulty stages for sprinters, seven of medium difficulty and five high difficulty stages. There will be a total of seven summit finishes, including the Bologna and San Marino Individual Time Trials.
Monday October 29, 2018
Race Preview: The Tour de France route is always eagerly awaited by riders and fans alike. Tour'19 parcours has been designed for the climbers with only 27km of individual riding against the clock. The sprinters do get a look-in with half a dozen opportunities, but with five summit finishes the anti-gravity boys have the advantage. The PEZ stage-by-stage break-down of the 2019 Tour.
Thursday October 25, 2018
The details of the 106th edition of the Tour de France, which will start on Saturday 6th July from Brussels, were unveiled this morning at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris, in the presence of the five times winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, who were invited to launch the celebration of the Yellow Jersey’s centenary.
Saturday October 13, 2018
France's Thibaut Pinot prevailed in the 112th incarnation of the Giro di Lombardia to bring down the curtain on a remarkable cycling season. The Groupama-FDJ leader held on to the wheel of Italy's Vincenzo Nibali in the terrible Muro di Sormano before dropping "the Shark of Messina" in the race's penultimate climb.
Wednesday October 10, 2018
Race Preview: The last big race of the season will roll out of Bergamo on Saturday morning to tackle the tough climbs around Lake Como before the finish in Como. Last chance saloon or season confirmation - All inspiration for a hard race. Ed Hood takes a good look at the percorso, history and who will win the 'Race of the Falling Leaves'.
Sunday September 30, 2018
Men's Elite Road Race: Alejandro Valverde finally claimed his first World Championships at 38 years of age after a fantastic race in Austria which turned into one of the best day's of racing of the whole year. Canada's Michael Woods set the finalé on fire with Romain Bardet (France), but it was the man from Spain who swooped to the victory.
Saturday September 29, 2018
Women's Elite Road Race: Anna van der Breggen will wear the rainbow jersey for the next 12 months after a monstrous performance in the women’s world championship road race in Innsbruck. By the finish, the Dutchwoman was so far ahead, you’d almost need a calendar to measure the gap to silver medallist Amanda Spratt from Australia, and Italy’s Tatiana Guderzo in bronze.
Wednesday September 26, 2018
Worlds Race Report: Defending time trial champion, Tom Dumoulin, was right to fear Rohan Dennis in Wednesday's World TT championships. The fast Australian demolished the opposition on the Innsbruck course to beat Dumoulin and Victor Campanaerts by over a minute and twenty seconds. Dennis: The new King of the time test?
Wednesday September 26, 2018
Worlds Elite Road Race: Sunday sees the one race of the year that you can't help be reminded of for the next year - Those iconic Rainbow bands stand proud in the peloton for a full 12 months for everyone to see and covet. Ed Hood has a good look at the Innsbruck championship course and riders - Who will win the toughest arc-en-ciel in living history?
Sunday September 23, 2018
World Champs Report: The Quick-step Floors team demolished the team time trial course in Austria to take their fourth team time test gold medal and take their 2018 winnings to 69! Defending champions, Sunweb finished at 18 seconds for the silver medal as BMC were third, 19 seconds adrift.
Wednesday September 19, 2018
Vuelta Final Week: The 2018 came to a thunderous climax on Saturday in Andorra with a podium turn around, except for that top spot - Simon Yates held his place to make history. Ed Hood has followed all the ups and downs of the Spanish Grand Tour, here is his final summing up... the good and the bad.
Sunday September 16, 2018
Stage Report: Italian champion, Elia Viviani took his third Vuelta stage win of 2018, yet another victory for the Quick-Step Floors team, but the day belonged to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates. Overall winner of the Spanish Grand Tour and the victory was taken with panache and set a record for British Grand Tour wins.