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Wednesday February 12, 2020
Copenhagen '6 Days': Ed Hood couldn't miss the last '6 Day' of the 2019/20 season in Copenhagen. A full six days was not possible in the Danish capital, but three is better than none and the winners were dominant. The City of the little mermaid is one of Ed's favourites, as he always says "wonderful, wonderful..."
Friday January 17, 2020
Bremen '6 Days': The final three days of any '6 Day' should be the most exciting and the 2020 Bremen event was not a disappointment. Ed Hood was track side (the inside) for the climax as he worked away helping out the riders before the '6 Day' circus rolled up the big top to move on to Berlin for the final event of the winter season.
Thursday January 16, 2020
Bremen '6 Days': Ed Hood has moved on from the final night in Rotterdam to work the full 6 days in the German City of Bremen. Loud music, bright lights and fast racing on the new boards of Bremen, Ed was there for all the razzamatazz and 'Party Time', but there are riders to look after and that camper to sleep in. The fun of the track centre.
Friday January 10, 2020
Rotterdam '6 Days': The '6 Days' season seems to be getting shorter every winter, it certainly has been a curtailed activity for Ed Hood. This year he flew into Rotterdam for the final night before moving on to Bremen. Here is Ed's report from the Rotterdam trenches.
Monday December 30, 2019
2020 Vuelta Route: The 2020 Vuelta a España is a very northern affair. The start is in Holland, probably the toughest day is in France, two stages are in Portugal and the final stage to Madrid is the most southerly point - A very different Spanish Grand Tour. Ed Hood has a 'First Look' at the route and dissects each stage from Utrecht to Madrid.
Friday November 1, 2019
Race Preview: La Gazzetta dello Sport announced the 2020 Giro d'Italia 'percorso' last week, giving our PEZ Grand Tour specialist, Ed Hood, time to ruminate over the route and give us his stage-by-stage thoughts. From Hungary to Milan with three time trials and 45,000 metres of climbing - Avanti!
Tuesday October 29, 2019
Race Preview: Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, presented the 2020 French Grand Tour route in Paris on Tuesday. The 107th edition of the Grand Boucle includes 29 categorised climbs (Cat.2 and above), 6 summit finishes, gravel roads and one mountain time trial. Ed Hood takes a 'First Look' at the French parcours.
Friday October 25, 2019
Top Ten of 2019: The 2019 season is over and all the results are in, so who has the biggest palmarès? Ed Hood has run his eye over the UCI results from all around the World and has put together the 'Top Ten' UCI race winners from the season gone, Dylan Groenewegen top... but there are a couple of surprises in there.
Thursday October 24, 2019
Race Preview: Three Individual Time Trials, with a total distance of 58.8km, six stages for sprinters, seven of medium and five high difficulty stages. Seven uphill finishes, including the Individual Time Trial in Budapest. The final stage, also an Individual Time Trial, from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan.
Wednesday October 16, 2019
Season Review: The 2019 road season is over and it was full of surprises from the 'new guard' of 'young guns' bring a breath of fresh air to the top events. Philippe Gilbert showed that it's not all over for the 'mature' riders, but there is a new broom in pro cycling. Ed Hood looks at the year's top events and the bright future of the sport we love.
Sunday October 13, 2019
Race Report: Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) won Paris-Tours with a great solo ride. The Belgian attacked more than forty kilometres from the finish to take the lead from Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb), who punctured on an unpaved section. Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) finished just behind Wallays.
Saturday October 12, 2019
Race Report: The 113th edition of the Tour of Lombardy was won by Bauke Mollema. The Trek-Segafredo rider attacked on the penultimate climb of the day, the Civiglio, taking a good gap and then rode solo to his first monument victory. After 38 years, the Netherlands finally has another successor to Hennie Kuiper. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was second and Egan Bernal (Ineos) third.
Saturday October 12, 2019
Roadside Retro 2014: Today on PEZ our superfan in Italy, Alessandro of AlbumCiclismo looks back at some of his best times chasing the Giro di Lombardia and also looks ahead to this Sunday's big race.
Wednesday October 9, 2019
'Goodbye from Bergamo' - seems a fitting title for the last race of the pro cycling season "proper". While riders and fans enjoy the last-day-of-school atmosphere, I was living out a wish that's been in the making for almost 10 years - to chase Il Lombardia myself.
Tuesday October 8, 2019
Race Preview: The last big Classic of the 2019 season (if you ignore Sunday's Paris-Tours), Il Giro di Lombardia, rolls out of Bergamo on Saturday morning for 243 beautiful kilometres of racing to finish in Como. Lombardy is an iconic monument, a race that all pro riders would want in their palmarès. Ed looks at the history, course and who is hot for the win on the shores of Lago di Como.
Wednesday October 2, 2019
Ed's World Champs Round Up: Ed Hood's raincoat is nearly dry from Sunday's men's road race and he has warmed up enough to take pen in hand and sum-up what the 2019 Yorkshire World championships meant to him. Stunning success, worthy winners and a stupid event Ed covers it all.
Sunday September 29, 2019
Worlds Race Report: The new World cycling champion is Mads Pedersen of Denmark. The young Dane out-sprinted Matteo Trentin (Italy) and Stefan Küng (Switzerland). Top favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) was part of the decisive leading group, but cracked on the run in, as did Trentin's countryman, Gianni Moscon. Peter Sagan (Slovakia) jumped away from the peloton for 5th.
Saturday September 28, 2019
Worlds Race Report: Annemiek van Vleuten is the new women's World champion. The Dutch rider attacked 105 kilometres from the finish, from then on she never looked back and rode solo to the finish in Harrogate. Van Vleuten finished with a lead of over 2 minutes on her country-woman, Anna van der Breggen and Australian Amanda Spratt to win her first World title on the road.
Friday September 27, 2019
Worlds Race Report: Two more road races today in Yorkshire: The junior women and the Under 23 men fought it out in wet conditions again. Both races were tough battles with rainbow jerseys going to Megan Jastrab of the United States and Samuele Battistella of Italy.
Thursday September 26, 2019
Worlds Race Report: Quinn Simmons was the pre-race favourite for junior World championships, and the American talent soloed impressively to the title. The 18-year-old Simmons rode alone for 30 kilometres to finish ahead of Italian Alessio Martinelli and countryman Magnus Sheffield. Enzo Leijnse of the Netherlands was 4th.