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Saturday March 9, 2019
Race Report: What can stop the Deceuninck - Quick-Step team? Just when you think the Belgian 'Super Team' will take a weekend off, they come back with the win in the Strade Bianche with Julian Alaphilippe crossing the line first. Astana's Jakob Fuglsang was second and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), like 2018, was third.
Wednesday March 6, 2019
2019 Strade Bianche Race Preview: After opening the early Classics season in Belgium, the pro peloton moves south to Italy and the dusty (or mud if it rains) 'White Roads' of the Province of Siena in Tuscany. Ahead of Saturday's race we take a look at the history, course and the top riders to attack the Strade Bianche.
Sunday March 3, 2019
Race Report: Bob Jungels gave his Deceuninck - Quick-Step team a double celebration on Sunday as he emulated Zdenek Stybar to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The Luxembourg champion took the initiative on the Varenstraat, and then dropped his escape partners in the finalé. He crossed the finish line in Kuurne solo. Owain Doull (Sky) was second, Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) third.
Saturday March 2, 2019
Race Report: Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) rode to a solo victory in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. The Czech escaped from the leading group with 2 kilometres to go and defended his lead to the finish. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) sprinted in just behind Stybar for second and third place.
Wednesday February 27, 2019
Race Preview: None of the racing really counts for anything until Het Nieuwsblad - The season proper starts this Saturday. The guys who want to put a Classic on their palmarès will be well to the fore on the roads round Gent and Kuurne this weekend. Ed Hood takes his usual look at the course and riders for the Classic season openers.
Friday February 8, 2019
Roadside St. 19: That was one hard stage. The kind that conjures up long lists of Rainman-like repeated swear words in your head as you grind and grapple your way over the kind of super-hard climbs only the Giro serves up. At least it was for me as I rode the final 85 kms of today’s corsa…
Friday February 8, 2019
Copenhagen 6 Day: As the curtain came down on the final days of the Copenhagen 6 Days, Ed Hood was working hard bellow the boards to see out the last three days... or nights, and so the '6 Day' gerbils stop racing round in circles until next winter.
Tuesday February 5, 2019
Trackside Ed: The '6 Day' circus has moved from Berlin to Copenhagen and the Ed Hood caravan was hitched up for the ride. After the long journey across the frozen wastelands, the track-centre cabin is set up and it's business as usual for the opening days of the '6 Days' of Copenhagen.
Thursday January 31, 2019
Trackside Ed: Ed Hood is on the road again; Bremen is just a memory as he packs up the big top in Berlin and moves with the '6 Day' circus to 'wonderful, wonderful' Copenhagen. There was still the final night of the German capital's race entertainment to put to bed before the long trip north to Denmark.
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.