PEZ Grand Tour specialist, Ed Hood, will have to miss another French trip thanks to covid-19, but here is his '2021 Grand Boucle Preview'. Winners, history, course and what to look out for in the 'BIG ONE' starting Saturday.
Tour de France
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
Sprinters will do all that they can to survive mountain stages for the chance for sprint stage glory. So what did it take for Marcel Kittel to win or lose sprints at Le Tour?
PEZ-Clusive INTERVIEW: The penultimate time trial stage of the 2020 Tour de France turned the race on its head. With a stunning ride, Tadej Pogačar put time into everyone to take the overall lead. As Tadej said at the time it was a team effort, and one of the links in the UAE Team Emirates chain was DS Allan Peiper, Ed Hood managed to 'have a word'.
The last stage of the 2020 Tour de France in Paris went to the Irishman in the green jersey, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step). But the day was always going to be Slovenian as Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) confirmed his overall win.
An unbelievable climax to the 2020 Tour de France as 'Young Gun' Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) stormed the climb of La Planche-des-Belles-Filles. The Slovenian not only took the stage win, he demolished his countryman, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), to slip into the yellow jersey with just the ride to Paris on Sunday.