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.
The Amstel Gold Race normally signals the start of the Ardennes Classics and the climbers come out of the woodwork. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty-seven years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
In light if the tragic news of Mr. Moore's unexpected passing earlier this week, I thought it worthwhile to repost this interview we did in 2014. By then Richard was already a well established cycling journalist & author, and as an excellent writer, he also made for a great interview.
In 2005, Nico Mattan grabbed victory in one of the most controversial editions of Gent - Wevelgem ever held. The newspapers ran and ran with it, but Sean Kelly saw, "no problems" with the result. Ed Hood caught-up with the charismatic Belgian to hear Mattan's version of that still-debated day.
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974; you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten? Not if your name is Barry Hoban and you feel that the 'over-drive' is in your legs.
We were sad to hear the news of the passing of one of Australia's top track and road men, Dean Woods, on March the 3rd at the age of 55. He’ll be missed by everybody whose lives he touched. Admired, loved and respected by all. A truly iconic legend. Ed Hood spoke to Dean back in 2019.
With the war still ongoing in Ukraine, Ed Hood caught up with Ian Whitehead who is based in Belgium with the Kingsnorth Wheelers where he got to know Michael Tvarbovskiy, a Ukrainian cyclist. Ian is also campaigning against the war and running aid deliveries to Ukraine.
As we all know the Russian army has invaded its smaller neighbour Ukraine, but this is not a new situation. PEZ spoke to Astana's Andriy Grivko back in 2014 and he had a lot to tell us about the conflict in his home land of Ukraine. We caught up with him at the Astana training camp in Spain.