The 2006/7 six-day season kicked-off in late September at Maastricht in Holland. From there the grand tour of the great tracks of Europe begins and continues into the Spring. PEZ takes a look at the Six Day season so far and gets the story of the Grenoble Six started: PEZ-Man Ed Hood is once again in the trenches.
In yet another case of politics spoiling the fun, both riders and fans were screwed out of a podium ceremony after the 100th Giro di Lombardia last Saturday, all because of the continued bickering between race organizers RCS and the UCI. PEZ-Man Alessandro Federico was knee-deep in the hoopla as confusion and tempers flared at the finish…
Yesterday, Paolo Bettini admitted to entertaining thoughts of quitting bike racing following the death of his brother, Sauro. He continued only because he felt that Sauro would want him to do his jersey justice and win, and today, there was nothing stopping little Paolo Bettini. It seems that most days that Bettini wants to win, Bettini wins, but when Bettini has a true mission with help on his shoulders - it's a done deal.
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 already a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.
PEZ-Man In Italia, Alessandro Federico, was on the spot at the 2006 Giro dell'Emilia last week for one of the great Italian Fall Classics. He brings us a fantastic report on the race, the people, the food, everything that makes a great race...well, great.
The curtain rises in March on the Italian Riviera with La Primavera, Milan - San Remo, and it slides back down with the leaves in October at the Tour of Lombardy. The Giro di Lombardia is a "Monument", one of five historic races which form the very soul of the sport. La Primavera and Lombardia plus Paris - Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and Liege - Bastogne - Liege are the holy quintet. PEZ takes a historical march through the long history of the Race of the Falling Leaves.
Just as Milan-San Remo provides a glorious opening to Italy’s pro cycling season in spring, the Giro dell’Emilia and Giro di Lombardia serve as bitter sweet season finales, the last chances for some riders to redeem an unsuccessful campaign, or for others to apply their permanent stamp of authority before the long winter begins. PEZ’s Alessandro Federico presents his usual atmospheric, impressionistic preview of the upcoming fall classics.
35-year-old Frederic Guesdon took a hugely popular French victory today on the Avenue de Grammont, after an incredibly aggressive day of racing that saw half the field out of the race before the race had even really hit the business end. Guesdon managed to outlast a strong Kurt-Asle Arvesen for his biggest win by far since his astounding victory at Paris-Roubaix 9 years ago.