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Derek Harrison – Tour de France Pioneer

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.

Tour de PEZ: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Tour!

The world is a different place from last year, and thanks to Covid-19 our lives have changed. It's Tour de France time (yes, it shouldn't be in September) and Ed Hood should be 'Roadside' in France. He's at home in Scotland reminiscing over the good and the not so good points of the Tour.

PEZ Picks The Coolest Tour Stages Of All Time!

As the 2020 Tour de France is on its first rest day, the 'PEZ Crew' got to thinking of their coolest Tour stage memories. Here are the guy's choices and, surprisingly, not for the sporting aspect of the stage, but more for the 'other' happenings on the day.

PEZ Bookshelf: Mapping Le Tour!

Book Review: As the 2020 Tour winds up the first week, Leslie Reissner takes a trip down Memory Lane and journeys the Tour de France routes of the past. Mapping le Tour by Ellis Bacon maps the journey taken from the first Tour to 2014 when the French race hit the roads of Yorkshire.

Why Do Pro Riders Crash So Much?

Since the resumption of the Covid-19 disrupted season, there've been a lot of serious and spectacular crashes. Russian ex-world champion, Nikolai Razouvaev, airs his ideas in ‘The Russian Crank’ on the possible causes, introduced by Ed Hood.

Remembering ‘Le Professeur’: Laurent Fignon

As Julian Alaphilippe prepares to defend his maillot jaune in the first mountain stage of le Tour, it’s 10 years since we lost another man who not only wore that beautiful jersey but won it outright twice in 1983 and 1984. Monsieur Laurent Fignon.

PEZ Bookshelf: Cartes du Tour

The Covid-19 delayed 2020 Tour de France has eventually started and we all hope it will go all the way to Paris in three weeks time, but at least we have racing to watch. To go along with what we will see on the TV, Rapha have put together a collection of Tour maps covering each year from 1903 until 2018.