Ed Hood has been in conversation with (lectured to) cycling's Nostradamus - Viktor. He's not impressed with the finals of Milan-Sanremo, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, comes down hard on the older riders and Sky's ex doctor, plus the price of bikes these days!
Rider Report Card: The blood, sweat and dust has settled on the 2019 Spring Classic season and so it's rider report card time. PEZ Head Master, Ed Hood, has been strict with his scrutiny - There are a couple of 'top marks' and a few 'dunce caps' handed out, but who is at the top of the class?
The Classics have moved back up north to Belgium this week for the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke and the big one on Sunday: Gent-Wevelgem. Ed Hood takes a trip back to his visits to the Belgian WorldTour race and looks forward to the 2016 cobbled Classic with history, course and top tips for the win.
The World champion won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday in a fine solo manner, no not Peter Sagan but Lizzie Armitstead. This week Lee Rodgers contemplates the Flemish Classics and those characters of the road that keep us glued to the television set. The curse of the rainbow jersey... we don't think so.
Lee's Lowdown looks at the draw of the Classics and who better to express an opinion, but Tom Boonen, the Classic King of Belgium when it comes to those battles of the Northern Hell. The Tour de France might be the boss of all races, but Lee makes a case for why the Classics are better races. The Season cometh.
Roadside Report: We arrived in Europe the day before the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - the first major classic of the Classics season. Two months later, we were there for one last big day out to draw the Spring Classics season to a close: Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Let's take a look back at the day that was.
It is said that when the snow melts away and daylight lengthens, the thoughts of many turn towards romance. But for more than a few, it means the joyful return of the great one-day bicycle races and yet, as the recently-released VeloPress book “The Spring Classics,” suggests, the two things are not mutually exclusive.