Viktor does exist... I know, I've met him. Ed Hood is only the conduit of wisdom/bile emanating from Vik. The acid has been bubbling over and Ed has collected it up for your entertainment.
vuelta a españa
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.
Bookshelf: As we all know, Europe is the Promised Land of Cycling and as a professional athlete if you want to make it big you need to make it there. 2019 saw a Colombian, Egan Bernal, victorious, and a fascinating new book, “The Big Climb,” recounts the ups and downs of a South American country's love affair with pro racing.
PEZ Retro: When our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, was 'Roadside' at the 2019 Vuelta a España, it brought back memories of his first Vuelta 20 years ago and one of the big stars - Alex Zülle. Zülle, the short-sighted cyclist with a lot of talent, no luck, an intimacy with doping and with a propensity for crashing. Al looks at his cycling career, good and bad.
Vuelta Final Week: Ed Hood is sat in his 'virtual' Madrid cafe with a café con leche and a Veterano in front of him, along with Marca and AS to review the final week of la Vuelta a España 2019. There were a lot of new faces... and Alejandro Valverde. Who was hot and who was not?
Sept 16, 2019 - La Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain come to an exciting close, plus the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal, Madrid Challenge, Agostoni and Bernocchi, all with results and video. López gets grumpy with Movistar-Top Story. A load of other cycling news: Deceuninck to Slovenska, rider contracts and stagieires and cyclo-cross news. Jumbo-Visma Vuelta video to finish.
Vuelta Stage Report: The final stage of the Vuelta a España fell to Dutch National champion, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) in a close sprint with Irish champion, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Primož Roglič had no problems, and the Jumbo-Visma team leader won his first Grand Tour.
Vuelta Stage Report: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his third stage victory after a long solo, this put the Slovenian on the third step of the overall podium. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) guaranteed his win in the 2019 Vuelta a España. He had no problems on the last mountain stage, despite some attacks from Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Vuelta Stage Report: Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) took the win in the medieval streets of Toledo on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España on Friday. The Frenchman was part of the early break, then in the final 25 kilometres he attacked to go solo and hold off the peloton as they snapped at his heels. Primoz Roglic held the overall lead after a crash splintered the main bunch.