As every year, Ed Hood is welded to the TV for every pedal stroke of the Tour de France. Of course there's the massive disappointment of not being 'Roadside' in 2020 (damn Covid-19), but he's ever eagle-eyed for the each day's 'real' story. Take it away Ed...
July 2, 2020: Colombians back to Europe-Top Story. US riders to return? Alaphilippe’s father passes away. Valverde, Tour/Vuelta for Izagirre and Pinot, Mollema, Van der Poel, Paule Ka, Campenaerts, Schmidt, Quintana, Burgos and Strade Bianche, RCS Sport, Giro TT, Slovakia, GranPiemonte, ORLEN Nations, Sea Otter, Circus-Wanty to Italy, Copeland, Sunweb, virtual Tour de France, Deceuninck camp and Movistar 100% sustainable.
Apr 23. 2020 - Tour in August, not everyone thinks it's a good idea - Top Story. Race news from the Suisse5. Plugge recovering from corona, Kittel, Brailsford, Uran, Pinot and Bardet talk Tour and Majka talks Giro. Giro Rosa in September, Vuelta Madrid canceled, cross and Classics on the same day, Bora to race till Christmas, Arkéa-Samsic extends contracts, Martin retirement and Unzué compares Quintana and Froome.
Feb 20, 2020 - Good news as the Poggio will be in this years Milan-Sanremo - Top Story. Race reports and video from Ruta del Sol and Algarve. Other cycling news: Degenkolb to miss Algarve and Het Nieuwsblad, Pinot to Paris-Nice, Dumoulin parasites, Greipel operation, UAE, Sunweb, CCC and Deceuninck - Quick-Step to UAE Tour, Mercado arrested, Tissot times the Giro and Eurovision extends until 2025.
Dec 19, 2019 - The Vuelta'20 route announced - Details in Top Story. A cycling news packed EUROTRASH Thursday: Valverde for Tour/Vuelta, Carapaz for the Giro, Spratt returns to the TDU, Vuelta'21 to start in Burgos, Pinot for Paris-Nice, Giro jerseys, CCC, CCC-Liv and UAE talk 2020, Bardiani-CSF till 2022, HEMA sponsor Jumbo-Visma, rider and team news and Vuelta numbers.
PEZ Tour Preview Un-Picked: It must be great to have a crystal ball or the benefit of Clairvoyance, Ed Hood has the next best thing - Insight and experience. Let's look back at the Tour de France predictions from the PEZ sage and see how close he came to picking 'who was hot' and who wasn't.
Tour Video Collection: Julian Alaphilippe set the 2019 Tour de France alight and made this year's Tour the best for many a year. Alaphilippe showed us how a Tour should be ridden, he won the admiration of many with his attacking style - A fan pleaser if there ever was one. Here we have put together the best selection of Alaphilippe videos from the Tour.
Final Tour Rant: The sun has set on the Champs Élysées for another year - Yes, it's Monday Tour cold turkey time! Ed is in his virtual Paris Boulevard café with this morning with L'Équipe next to his café au lait and soberano, to give us his run-down on the final week's action. The end of the 2019 Tour road.
Stage Report: Stage 19 of the Tour de France was neutralised by hail on the route. The times were taken at the top of the Col de l’Iseran. Egan Bernal and Simon Yates were in the lead. The next group behind with Geraint Thomas, Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann, were more than a minute down. The yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe, was at more than two minutes.