PEZ first spoke to Tony Cruz when he was still a rider, back in 2006, even one of his bikes has featured in Readers' Rigs. So, it's well past time Ed Hood caught up with the ex pro.
Rider Interview: It seems like Steve Cummings has been in the pro peloton for ever, but just a couple of weeks ago he announced he would be hanging up his race bike. A bad crash in the Tour of Britain brought a disappointing end to a successful career. Ed Hood caught up with Cummings while recovering and looking forward to the future and back at his years in the saddle.
Whilst the riders are having massage and dinner, and the fans are ordering their 4th round at their favourite bar to discuss the race, there's a group of people for whom the hardest part of the day is just about to start - the mechanics. On the cold, dark night after Het Volk, in the car park of the Discovery Channel team hotel at Kortijk, we caught-up with Craig Geater, one of the skilled spanner-men who keep the Pro Tour wheels turning.
Dirk Demol of The Discovery Channel Bicycle Racing Team has the greatest job in the world. He is the Assistant Director Sportif for the Spring Classics. Dirk won the 1988 edition of Paris Roubaix in the longest breakaway to date. He also won the Circuit of the Flemish Ardennes, and came in second to Stephen Roche in the 1980 Amateur Paris Roubaix. PEZ talks with Dirk about his Roubaix winning ride, preparation, and the desire to get out of the factory.
Ivan Basso and Team Discovery held a press conference before the launch of the 2007 Giro corsa last Saturday in Milano. Although Basso said nothing that was new, it was Johan Bruyneel who sent a strong message to cycling sport’s organizing bosses to get their act together. Pez was there and here’s how we saw it.
The race don’t run without the good guys turning wrenches, and one of the best in ‘da biz is Team Discovery Channel’s Alan Butler. We dropped by the pits for a chat before Stage 2, and got a peak inside the truck, plus some interesting scoop from the guys who really keep the racers running…
A little rain and hail during the Ford Tour de Georgia's Stage 2 didn't ruin the parade, at least for Discovery Channel's Yaroslav Popovych. After a relatively mundane day of racing, the Ukranian attacked the final hill on the Rome, GA finishing circuit and held off the top sprinters to take both the stage win and the overall race lead.