In the 80s and 90s there were a few Australian, British and American riders in the European Pro Peloton, but there were not many Japanese... and certainly none in a Grand Tour. Then Masatoshi Ichikawa came along and finished the 1990 Giro d'Italia, a first. Ed Hood found out more.
Eddie Salas isn't the first name that comes to mind when thinking of the Australian road stars of the 80s and 90s, but Salas was a double National champion, Olympian, Worlds and Giro d'Italia rider, with a fine palmarès. Ed Hood found out more.
The Giro d'Italia of 2019 was one of surprises - as much for fans as for first time winner Richard Carapaz. But once the Ecuadorian took the pink jersey, he and his Movistar team defended to the hilt. We follow his route to victory in this photo gallery.
The 2020 Giro d'Italia should have started last Saturday, the 9th of May in Budapest with an 8.6km individual time trial, so to keep our spirits up we look back at the 2018 Giro d'Italia. At PEZ we like see behind the scenes, here is the 'Ultimate Giro'18 Photo Gallery' stage-by-stage collection.
Mar 16, 2020 - Coronavirus is the Top Story as the UCI stops racing. The final stages of Paris-Nice with video action. Giro postponed, Redlands cancelled. Benoot happy, UAE ends quarantine, Nieuwenhuis extends, Ten Dam joins Specialized, Woods breaks femur and Sinkeldam talks quarantine.
Bookshelf: On January 2 every year there is a big event in Castellania, a tiny village in Italy's Piedmont region. This year the morning began with a mass in the little church, there was a special opening of Casa Coppi, and in the afternoon a visit to nearby Novi Ligure and the Museo dei Campionissimi. Because on January 2, 1960, sixty years ago, Fausto Coppi died and a cycling legend began.
Team Manager Interview: Times are hard in the World of cycle team management, but Bruno Reverberi has been a team boss for 39 year... and counting. There are not that many Ineos, Deceuninck and Boras around, and state sponsors like Astana, UAE and Bahrain are even fewer, but Reverberi has managed to pull it all together for at least the next three years. Ed Hood hears all about it.
PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.
Race Preview: La Gazzetta dello Sport announced the 2020 Giro d'Italia 'percorso' last week, giving our PEZ Grand Tour specialist, Ed Hood, time to ruminate over the route and give us his stage-by-stage thoughts. From Hungary to Milan with three time trials and 45,000 metres of climbing - Avanti!