Stage 17, the penultimate stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España, finishes on the summit of the Alto de La Covatilla. Back in 2012 the second last stage of the Vuelta finished on another mythical climb - The Bola del Mondo. Ed Hood and Martin Williamson were there for PEZ, this is the story of their day, with updated big photos.
Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has cast his eye on a Spanish icon; José María Jiménez. The Spanish climber was in the Pantani mould, and like the Italian he came to a sad end. Jiménez was a hero to many. 'El Chava' was one of the last pure climbers; exciting to watch, but ultimately tragic.
Vuelta a España Retro: With this year's Vuelta a España making a return to Asturias and l'Angliru on Sunday, Ed Hood got his diary and photo album out for one of his favourite days on a Grand Tour. The mythical climb of the Alto de l'Angliru sticks in the memory for reasons both political and sporting - Ed's day on the Angliru.
The former "poor cousin" of the Tour of Flanders has gained new status in recent years with its move from a mid-week race slot to its own Sunday, and has become a better race where the real kings of the cobbles show up to do serious battle. We've scoured the Cor Vos archive to present this collection of the best Wevelgem photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
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.
The world is a different place from last year, and thanks to Covid-19 our lives have changed. It's Tour de France time (yes, it shouldn't be in September) and Ed Hood should be 'Roadside' in France. He's at home in Scotland reminiscing over the good and the not so good points of the Tour.
As Julian Alaphilippe prepares to defend his maillot jaune in the first mountain stage of le Tour, it’s 10 years since we lost another man who not only wore that beautiful jersey but won it outright twice in 1983 and 1984. Monsieur Laurent Fignon.
The Giro di Lombardia was born in 1905, and Giovanni Gerbi – called the red devil – was the first winner. The story of his break – planned in a devilish way, and realized with so much strength – has become a well known legend, which has the taste of a fable both ingenious and malicious.