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LBL06: PEZ Gets In Early

LBL is already history, but the news is still fresh, especially looking at the course and how the final kilometers played out to produce the first Spanish winner in history - it's even better to see who the riders themselves saw as…

LBL’06: Valverde Outjumps The Cricket!

Only special riders pull off special results, and Alejandro Valverde firmly cemented his place at the very top of cycling’s elite rank, nailing the Ardennes double of Fleche-Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The young Spanish talent…

LBL Redux: Barry Hoban Remembers La Doyenne

‘La Doyenne’, a French term of respect meaning, ‘oldest member’ – it’s how we refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the oldest of the five ‘monuments’ in cycling. First run in 1894 the roll of honour reads like a ‘who’s who’ of cycling – Ferdi…

Fleche Redux: Paul Watson Remembers ’87

Fleche – Wallonne and ‘fairy tale’ in the same breath? It’s an unusual sentence construction but in 1987 it was justified. Larger than life, self-made millionaire Tony Capper was campaigning his British ANC squad across Europe towards his…

The PEZ Track Primer

The world track championships are underway on the rapid Bordeaux velodrome in France this week, and although most attention is on the upcoming Ardennes classics, we offer this handy PEZ-guide to the various events. To the untrained eye,…

Amstel Replay: A Brit In The Mix

The Dutch are pretty protective of their only classic - the Amstel Gold Race - of the first 21 editions the home nation took 11 wins. But in 1987 it took three of Holland’s finest riders to stop a handsome, blond 25-year-old from Sheffield…

Gent06: Big Bert’s Bid Bust

Strong man Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) became only the second Norwegian ever to win a classic (after Dag-Otto Lauritzen’s victory in Henninger Turm in 1987) with a last second surge, but it was PEZ-Fave Bert Roesem's solo bid that had…

Roubaix Replay: Sean Kelly Talks 1984

“At the time you said it was your greatest ever win, do you still feel that way about the 1984 Paris-Roubaix?’ I’m talking to Irish legend Sean Kelly and he has no hesitation in responding to my question; ‘Yes, certainly it’s still one of…

Gent-Wevelgem 1974: Barry Hoban Takes Us Back

It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974, you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you…