The 105th Giro d'Italia starts in Budapest on Friday and finishes three weeks later in Verona. Ed Hood takes up over the 3,410 kilometres and through the history of the Italian Grand Tour and gives us his 'protaganisti' for the win.
'The Hell of the North' is the Queen of the Classics, unless you are Flemish, but the flat cobbles race is unique in its savage cruelty, stubborn formidability and its mythical attraction. Ed Hood looks at the history, course and the contenders for the 2022 'Sunday in Hell'.
Due to the French elections this Sunday we have the Dutch Classic Amstel Gold Race a week early on the 10th of April and Roubaix a week late. As with many Classics this year, it's wide open as to who will be the victor. Ed Hood gives us his thoughts on the history, the course and the contenders.
This Sunday is the World road championships if you are flemish - The Tour of Flanders or de Ronde van Vlaanderen is as they say: 'Flanders' Most Beautiful' Ed Hood looks at the history, course and who can win this year on the steep Flemish cobbled climbs.
As the cycling season moves into Ed Hood's favourite faze - The Spring Classics - our most experienced 'race chaser' previews this Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem. Steeped in history and a memorial to the many battles and deaths in the area from two World wars. Quite apt at the moment.
The season is now at 'full gas' with the first of the five Monuments of the season - Milano-Sanremo. Ed Hood previews Saturday's 2022 edition of 'La Classicissima' - The longest professional one-day race in modern cycling. Who will be the victor on the Via Roma?
The pro peloton moves south to Tuscany from the cobbles of Belgium to the rough white roads and dust of the Strade Bianche. Ed Hood looks at the history, the course, the Technique and who will be first into the Piazzo del Campo.
Saturday sees the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad kick off the 'proper' 2022 season with first the Belgian Classic race of the year. The Flemish race has everything we ever wanted from a Northern Classic - Short, stiff climbs, cobbles and race deciding weather conditions. Ed Hood gives us his Omloop preview.