Rider Interview: Alessandro De Marchi is one of those guys who has been quietly building up a fine palmarès and the admiration of the other professionals as a strong rider to have along-side you in a break. Our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, managed to have a word with Alessandro at the CCC team early season training camp.
January 13th would have been Marco Pantani's 50th birthday: Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at when Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
The Best of 2019: You have already seen which were the 'Most Read' PEZ articles of 2019, but if we look at each month we get a different picture. 'Toolbox' and 'Tech n Spec' still come out on top, but with more variation to the result. Here are your favourite PEZ articles on a monthly basis from 2019... and what a mixed bag!
PEZ Retro: Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a bad end. Jiménez was a hero to many, but also his erratic riding and life style alienated others. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.
Don't be misled by the title of this excellent book. “Pantana Was A God” is not a panegyric, a worshipful recounting of the life of the last pro cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. It is two books in one - a masterful look at the great stages where Pantani triumphed, and brief remembrances by those who knew him.
The sight of Marco Pantani climbing – hands in the drops, out of the saddle, chin pointing to the summit – is one of the defining images of cycling for fans of a certain vintage. On the fifteenth anniversary of his tragic death, we’re reissuing the Pantani Jersey.
14 February 2004. Marco Pantani dies alone in Rimini. In a motel, after three days spent in a small room without seeing anybody. Pantani was still a Pro rider. During the previous year, during the Giro, he was able to show great moments and I remember, all over the winter, many people wondering about Il Pirata’s plans for the 2004. Then it all ended.
Feb 14, 2019 - St. Valentine's Day and we remember the passing of Marco Pantani 15 years ago - Top Story. Tour Colombia; video with reports and results, plus previews of Oman and Provence. Other cycling news: Pauwels retires, Schelderprijs, Roubaix route - no U19 race, Limburg date, Tour of the Alps, Jakobsen extends, Lotto up-date and video of the Paul Sherwen Memorial Service.
Although the Apennines may not be as famous as the Alps to the north that's not to say they are any less of a challenge, often deserted their steep and irregular pitches are a playground of pleasure and pain.