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Sean Kelly Talks Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Star Rider Interview: Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.

Retro Amstel’95: Gianetti Remembers

The Amstel Gold Race normally signals the start of the Ardennes Classics and the climbers come out of the woodwork. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty-five years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.

Time Trial King: Alf Engers Part 2

Interview with the TT King: Alf Engers was the fastest man in short UK time trials in the 70s and was the man to break the 50 minute barrier for the 25 mile distance. Ed Hood talks to the King about setting that record and the bike for the job.

Time Trial King: Alf Engers Part 1

Interview with the TT King: If you were involved in British cycling in the late 60s and through the 70s, you can't help but know the name Alf Engers. He was fast and innovative with his equipment.

Retro Rider: Marino Basso – Classy, Fast and Cunning

PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.

Paris Stage Winner Jeff Pierce Talks Tour de France

Tour Rider Interview: Jeff Pierce is one of only two US riders to have won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The other is Greg LeMond who won in 1989, Pierce took his victory two years previously, just ahead of Canada's Steve Bauer. Ed Hood has his story.

Derek Harrison – Tour de France Pioneer

Tour Rider Feature: Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.

Canadian Yellow Jersey Alex Stieda Talks Tour!

Tour Rider Interview: As the 2019 Tour de France hots up, Ed Hood talks to the first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey - Canada's Alex Stieda. The coveted Maillot Jaune wasn't on his shoulders for long, but that claim is set in the stone of cycling history for ever.