Many things have changed since Denmark's Mads Pedersen won the World Championships in Yorkshire, The scheduled race in Switzerland had to be changed to Imola in Italy, but at least we will have a race and a new champion. Ed Hood, gives us his thoughts on the Imola World Championships.
Many said it would never happen, but they were wrong and the 2020 Tour de France will start this Saturday in Nice. The biggest bike race in the World will go ahead despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Ed Hood takes a good look at the route and all the team's top men for stage wins and the overall victory.
Two stunning Italian Classics down and now we move on to the climbs around Lake Como. Wout Van Aert dominated Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo, but the 'Classic of the Falling Leaves' is a much different proposition. Ed Hood runs his experienced eye over the history, the course, and picks his betting-card of the re-scheduled Monument.
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: 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.