Ed Hood spent last weekend in Belgium taking in Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Before he headed off to the cold Flemish fields, Ed cast an eye back over the peloton of the past for cycling's 'Top Ten' cult pros. All tough men of the cobbles, cross-winds, rain and mud of the roads of Northern Europe.
The Giro d'Italia waved a sunny goodbye today to Belgium and heads back to its namesake, but not before a little matter of 193 Wallonian kilometers are contested by what's left of the peloton. The group was thankful to see the sun, but sad to chalk up a few more abandons before the start,...
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.