Between the Eurosport and the GCN channels there are a lot of cycling commentators these days, and one of the most well informed and captivating is José Been. The lady from Dalen in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands knows her stuff - Vik says so. Ed Hood caught up with José to hear all about it.
Team Novo Nordisk is unique, the only all diabetic cycling team in the peloton, but there is so much more to the set-up than the UCI registered ProTeam. Ed Hood caught up with the CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland to hear the latest team developments.
INTERVIEW: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his thirtieth season (31 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Mario Chiesa stuck with the same manager his whole professional career and, more importantly, his manager stuck with him. As 'road captain' he helped to guide riders like Pantani and Chiappucci to some big victories. More recently he's been behind the steering wheel of nine teams. Ed Hood caught up with Mario to get his story.
Racing is not easy at the moment for any British based UCI Continental Team, the combination of Covid and Brexit have been a big problem. The Canyon dbh SunGod team has managed some trips abroad, Ed Hood caught up with Canyon rider Jake Scott to hear how 2021 has been going.
Having moved from London in 2016 to Casale Volpe, a small, secluded cycling-orientated B&B in Le Marche region of Central Italy, a gloriously hot July day gave Mike Curtis the chance to meet up to ride, relax and chat over lunch with local ex-pro and gregario di lusso Andrea Tonti.
After a year of... not much due to covid, US rider Eamon Lucas is back in Belgium and looking forward to more wins and a professional contract. Ed Hood catches up with Eamon from his Belgian base in Brugge to hear about life since pre-covid lockdown.
Flanders Interview: He lives on the course, he's raced on it and driven the team car there - former pro rider and now UAE Team Emirates director Allan Peiper has the T-shirt and more when it comes to the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ed Hood gets the low-down from the man on the route.