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Sunday October 20, 2019
Vienna conjures up images of schnitzel, strudel and Johann Strauss waltzes but a book from a tradition-rich publishing house in the Austrian capital reveals another aspect of the city now nearly forgotten: the construction of bicycles, often in tiny workshops and to a surprisingly high technical and aesthetic standard.
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.
Friday October 11, 2019
The Giro di Lombardia was born in 1905, and Giovanni Gerbi – called the red devil – was the first winner. The story of his break – planned in a devilish way, and realized with so much strength – has become a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.
Thursday October 10, 2019
Lombardia Retro: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the official program of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia – in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed – I couldn’t wait to share it with PEZ-Fans…
Wednesday September 18, 2019
PEZ Retro: When our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was 'Roadside' at the 2019 Vuelta a España, it brought back memories of his first Vuelta 20 years ago and one of the big stars - Alex Zülle. Zülle, the short-sighted cyclist with a lot of talent, no luck, an intimacy with doping and with a propensity for crashing. Al looks at his cycling career, good and bad.
Friday August 23, 2019
Retro Vuelta Winners Bike: Egan Bernal was the first Colombian to win the Tour de France, but Lucho Herrera was the first Colombian and South American to win a Grand Tour - La Vuelta a España 1987. Both Bernal and Herrera rode a Pinarello, Herrera later in his career. Ed Hood has a look at an exact replica of Herrera's Pinarello from Treviso.
Friday July 26, 2019
Tour Rider Interview: There was quite a few successful Australian professionals in the peloton in the 70’s; Michael Wilson, Gary Clively and Don Allan to name three - but the man who really set the ball rolling was Melbourne’s Phil Anderson. The first ever non-European maillot jaune talks to Ed Hood about the Tour de France, the Classics and his career.
Wednesday July 17, 2019
Tour Rider Feature: Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.
Friday July 5, 2019
Back in 2016, Mark Cavendish, who had claimed virtually every honour available to sprinters bar the yellow jersey, was finally rewarded for his patience.
Thursday July 4, 2019
Romain Feillu's stint in yellow, limited to about 40 minutes in the time trial stage around Cholet in the 2008 Tour de France, was as short as it was intense.
Tuesday July 2, 2019
Back in 1987, Jean-François Bernard was taking part in his second Tour, the first one as the leader of Toshiba-La Vie Claire, when he added the yellow jersey to his race number 1 after a colossal performance on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux. However, things were about to go pear-shaped…
Monday July 1, 2019
Back in 1986, Alex Stieda started his very first Tour with the very last race number in the peloton — 210 — pinned to his back. The Canadian surged to the top of the general classification in the first mass-start stage, beating LeMond to the punch to become the first North American rider to lead the Tour de France.
Monday July 1, 2019
Tour Rider Feature: Ed Hood looks back at the career of Scotland's first Tour de France rider - Ian Steel. 1955 was the year, and Steel was part of the first Great Britain team in Tour history that lined up on July the 7th in Le Havre on the Normandy coast. That Tour wasn't his best race, but the 'Peace Race' of 1952 probably was. Ed has tells his story.
Friday June 28, 2019
Back in 1971, Dutchman Marinus Wagtmans took the yellow jersey from his leader Eddy Merckx without even realising… but only for a third of a stage!
Friday June 28, 2019
Retro Talk: With the 2019 Tour de France about to launch itself down the start ramp in Brussels, Ed Hood looks back at the French Grand Tour of 2007 and his chat with a young Welshman in his first three week race - Geraint Thomas. Whatever became of that young lad from the valleys?
Wednesday June 26, 2019
Tour Rider Feature: From Robert Millar, Ed Hood has gone further back in cycling history to tell us all about another pioneering Scot. John Kennedy rode the 1960 Tour de France alongside Tom Simpson and all the stars of the day. His cycling led him to live in Belgium and marry a local beauty, Ed has unearthed the story of one of the first Scotsmen to ride the Tour.
Wednesday June 26, 2019
Jean-Pierre Genet, one of Raymond Poulidor's most loyal domestiques, went from finishing dead last in the 1967 Tour to taking the yellow jersey at the start of the 1968 edition.
Tuesday June 25, 2019
Years before he met a tragic end on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour, Tom Simpson had become the first British rider ever to wear the yellow jersey in 1962.
Saturday June 22, 2019
In the 1952 Tour de France, Andrea Carrea, a domestique riding for Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in the Italian team, burst into tears as he pulled on the yellow jersey, saying that he was not worthy of an honour meant for his leaders.
Friday June 21, 2019
In the last Tour de France before the war, surprise guest Amédée Fournier brought his experience as a track cyclist to bear to claim the first yellow jersey.