The last time we spoke to Columbia-HTC's Matt Goss, he'd just won a race which one day may become a classic - Philly. On Sunday past he won a race which is a classic in all but name - the GP Ouest France Plouay. The 23 year old Australian wasn't long back at his Monaco home when he took time to tell PEZ about the best win of his career.
Here at PEZ, we’re dedicated students of cycling history. Plus, we love those old-school photos featuring riders in wool jerseys on skinny steel bikes with exposed brake cables. So, when pioneering U.S. racer John Howard – who, by the way, turned 63 Aug. 16 –published his new book, “Mastering Cycling,” we just had to give him a call.
It was last winter when we first spoke to California Giant’s Andrew Talansky – the 2009 season hadn’t been kind to him and when we asked about his goals for 2010, he was a little cagey. A national title, good wins in Europe and a three year contract with Garmin; if those were the goals – he’s achieved them!
We caught up with 19 year-old Trek-Livestrong U23 pro Chase Pinkham before the upcoming 5-day Tour of Utah in Salt Lake, billed as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”. The race begins with a Prologue on August 17 and ends with a humbling fifth stage packed with 100 miles and 11,000 feet of climbing. Here’s what he had to say about his year so far, and his thoughts on the race.
The Tour is like a black hole, it sucks up all of the cycling media coverage on the planet. It's best not to run 'non Tour' articles at that time - no one is interested. PEZ spoke to 'new chrono man on the block' with wins in the Delta and Ster Tour prologues - and a fresh Dutch TT champion's skinsuit to his name - Jos Van Emden, the week before the Tour, and here's what he had to say...
PEZ has been keeping an eye on what the stagiares have been up to; apart from Clinton Avery's fine 5th place on the last stage of the Tour of Denmark we spotted another interesting result in the time trial of that tour. Alex Wetterhall - who we last spoke to after his win in the Ras in Ireland, back in May - is a stagiaire with Cervelo and produced a strong 7th place in the stage 5 chrono over 19.4 kilometres.