The first stage of the 2020 Tour de France was said to be one for the sprinters, what no one predicted was the weather. The day was no damp squib with crashes galore and a big bunch finish. One of the oldest men in the peloton, Alexander Kristoff took the win ahead of World champion Mads Pedersen.
June 8, 2020 - The new UCI calendar is taking shape and we might see the Strade Bianche. Rider comments on the latest Giro & Vuelta news. Roubaix beets, Colombians fly in, Jakobsen talks sprinters, Ventoux Challenge, Androni, Lefevere, transfers, doping, Riis/NTT and Bruyneel on the LANCE documentary.
May 14, 2020: Will there be fans watching De Ronde? - Top Story. Bettini critical of the calendar, Bouhanni dreams of Sanremo, Brabantse Pijl, no Belgian champs, Italian calendar, Van der Poel Grand Tour, Bernal Tour, Colbrelli Giro or Classics, Kristoff, Thomas, Ulissi, De Gendt Tour, Benoot Tour and Classics and Pozzovivo and Küng surgery.
Rider Interview: Every couple of years we catch-up with Norwegian rider Sven Erik Bystrøm. Back in 2015 he was the Under 23 World champion and starting his pro career with Katusha. Two years later, still with Katusha (-Alpecin), we heard how things were going. Now he rides for UAE Team Emirates, what has changed and what about the future?
Race Preview: The 'warm up' races are over and now the 'proper' racing starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Hard races for hard men of the road, steep climbs and cobbles, plus the weather can be decisive. Ed Hood will be 'Roadside' at the weekend, but here is his PEZ Race Preview.
Roadside PEZ: The best laid plans are bound to go wrong, especially if you are 'Race Chasing', as our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, found out on the mountainous stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana last Saturday. He didn't make the ultra-steep summit finish, but there still a lot to take in 'Roadside'.
Rider Interview: UAE Team Emirates' Colombian ace sprinter, Fernando Gaviria, took his second win of 2020 on Wednesday in the Vuelta a San Juan, emulating his victories of 2015. Alastair Hamilton caught up with the Colombian champ at his team's Spanish training camp before he flew to Argentina to start the new season, putting his less than successful 2019 behind him.
Rider Interviews: 2019 has probably been UAE Team Emirates best season so far. Sprint wins form Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff's Gent-Wevelgem victory were high points, but the performance from young Slovenian Tadej Pogačar shows great promise for the future. The team are in the UAE at the moment and we caught up with their top four riders.
April 01, 2019 - Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem personified what a Classic should be like - Hard action! Race report and video from Wevelgem, Catalunya, the E3 and the USA Crits. Will Alejandro Valverde retire - Top Story. Other cycling news: Giro di Sicilia riders, Giro del Belvedere teams, Victor Campenaerts diary part 5 and Simon Geschke injury. Monday EUROTRASH coffee time!