Ed Hood has a dozen (well, thirteen) questions concerning the 2020 Milano-Sanremo, La Classicissima di Primavera... in August? The restructured UCI WorldTour season kicked off with a stunning Strade Bianche last Saturday, next up - Milano-Sanremo.
Race Preview: The 'warm up' races are over and now the 'proper' racing starts on Saturday with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Hard races for hard men of the road, steep climbs and cobbles, plus the weather can be decisive. Ed Hood will be 'Roadside' at the weekend, but here is his PEZ Race Preview.
2020 Vuelta Route: The 2020 Vuelta a España is a very northern affair. The start is in Holland, probably the toughest day is in France, two stages are in Portugal and the final stage to Madrid is the most southerly point - A very different Spanish Grand Tour. Ed Hood has a 'First Look' at the route and dissects each stage from Utrecht to Madrid.
Race Preview: La Gazzetta dello Sport announced the 2020 Giro d'Italia 'percorso' last week, giving our PEZ Grand Tour specialist, Ed Hood, time to ruminate over the route and give us his stage-by-stage thoughts. From Hungary to Milan with three time trials and 45,000 metres of climbing - Avanti!
Race Preview: Tour de France race director, Christian Prudhomme, presented the 2020 French Grand Tour route in Paris on Tuesday. The 107th edition of the Grand Boucle includes 29 categorised climbs (Cat.2 and above), 6 summit finishes, gravel roads and one mountain time trial. Ed Hood takes a 'First Look' at the French parcours.
Race Preview: Three Individual Time Trials, with a total distance of 58.8km, six stages for sprinters, seven of medium and five high difficulty stages. Seven uphill finishes, including the Individual Time Trial in Budapest. The final stage, also an Individual Time Trial, from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan.
Race Preview: The last big Classic of the 2019 season (if you ignore Sunday's Paris-Tours), Il Giro di Lombardia, rolls out of Bergamo on Saturday morning for 243 beautiful kilometres of racing to finish in Como. Lombardy is an iconic monument, a race that all pro riders would want in their palmarès. Ed looks at the history, course and who is hot for the win on the shores of Lago di Como.
Worlds Road Race Preview: Sunday sees the biggest one-day race on the calendar hit the roads of Yorkshire and after 280 kilometres we will have a new World champion. A 'Nobody' never wins the Worlds road race, but there have been some surprises over the years. This year's race is wide open and Ed Hood takes a look at who's going to be battling for the rainbow jersey.