Ahh the MailBag – just because we’re ‘tкte deep’ in le Tour, doesn’t mean we don’t read the mail! Besides, the build-up of interesting epistles should make an excellent diversion from things like ‘work’ – so grab a coffee and click on in…
Welcome once again to the Pez Juggernaut of Tour '06 coverage! Today's stage is a bit of a twist: it's a one-day classic wrapped inside a grand tour with a gooey center of near 100 degree temps. Whew. In fact, it was 99 degrees, and the asphalt temperature was a whopping 122 degrees. Who wants to race in this crap? Up the Cauberg? Are you kidding me? Well, it turned out 5 guys wanted to race very badly in this.
It's been a long time since Levi Leipheimer took third place in the Vuelta - 2001 to be exact, but the promise he showed then is finally beginning to show for real - on Sunday he took a fine overall victory in the Criterium Du Dauphine Libere. Is this a portent of greatness for Le Tour like it was for Lance in 2002 & 2003 or does it mean nothing, like it did for Mayo in 2004?
The Giro's visit to the balmy environs of southern Belgium was a definite success: huge fan turn-out, quality racing, and even the weather tried to cooperate for one of the days. PEZ takes a look at the first four Belgo-stages, and looks at the menu of the fun still to come.
Alessandro Petacchi has proclaimed long and loud that there just aren’t enough chances for the sprinters in this year’s mountain-fest of a Giro d’ Italia. That meant the pressure was on the Milram man to make this one stick, but with 197 kilometres between Mons and Charleoi, there was plenty that could go wrong for Ale-Jet.
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?