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PEZ Roadside: Chasing Il Lombardia!

“Spectating at Il Lombardia” was the subject of the email from PEZ-Fan Ron V. looking for tips on following the best one day race of the season (if you ask me). I had the perfect itinerary for him – since I’d done something very similar with PEZ-man Alessandro back in 2015. With the rescheduled Lombardia on Saturday, August 15, here’s a nice little read and photo book that I think captures the length and essence of beautiful race in a truly spectacular setting.**Sign up to watch Il Lombardiain addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes.**——–My second time back in two years – Il Lombardia was better than ever, with great racing, epic weather, and a course around Lake Como worthy of this Monument – my day chasing the race was a fitting end to the 2015 race season.The 2020 Giro di Lombardia starts in Bergamo and twists, turns, climbs and descends its way to Como, following a similar route to my chase in 2015.After seeing and chasing the race last year for my first time, the question was how to do it differently this time. The simple answer was to join up with PEZ-Man Ale Federico for a day on the roadside. After some 10 years of working together on PEZ, this was the first time we’d actually team up to see the race together – quite an accomplishment. Ale knows the Italian races better than most, and as Roadside-junkies, we’re always looking for...
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Gear Break: Wahoo KICKR, Katusha Sale, ABUS Helmet, Canyon CFR, KOO & Continental Trail

Gear Break: What’s new on the cycling market? Wahoo’s new KICKR, Katusha women’s sale, new ABUS StormChaser helmet, new Canyon CFR bike, KOO Eyewear stay with Trek-Segafredo and Continental sponsor gravel challenge Orbit360.Wahoo Launches Its Most Accurate KICKR YetFifth-generation smart training improves accuracy, ease of use, and ride feelWahoo, the leader in workout apps and connected fitness devices, is excited to reveal the newest KICKR smart trainer. The fifth-generation KICKR improves on the legendary realistic ride feel that Wahoo riders prize, and also offers riders a wide range of improvements to elevate every ride.The new KICKR, the same smart trainer used by World Tour teams INEOS and BORA-hansgrohe, brings to market several new features. This version of the category-leading KICKR refines power accuracy to +/-1% from +/-2% by using a proprietary auto-calibration process. This gives the new KICKR unsurpassed power accuracy without the need for users to perform a spin down, saving valuable time and providing riders confidence in the accuracy of their power data.Additionally, to create a more natural, comfortable ride feel, the new KICKR also comes equipped with the new AXIS feet. These feet allow a bike installed onto the trainer to smoothly tilt up to 5 degrees from side-to-side with each pedal stroke in a controlled, realistic motion. Like the previous KICKR, this version is nearly silent which makes riding it feel more like riding outdoors. With key updates that improve any indoor ride, our newest KICKR will deliver an elevated experience for all Wahooligans, said Product...
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Inside the 1952 Giro Di Lombardia Official Program

Lombardia Retro: Utter confusion was the look on my face when Alessandro handed me the old newspaper and said it was a gift. Upon closer inspection, I realized I was holding the 1952 Giro di Lombardia official program in mint condition! Once I got over the shock that such a treasure still existed I couldnt wait to share it with PEZ-Fans**Sign up to watch Il Lombardiain addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes.** The cover of the 1952 Giro di Lombardia program features Fausto Coppi leading Louison Bobet over the Madonna di Ghisallo in the 1951 race.The 1952 Giro di Lombardia race program is an amazing 32 page snapshot back into the race scene more than a half century ago, jam packed with race info, presented by the famous Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. Of course its in Italian and that makes it even cooler. The price was 0.50 Lira likely about 25 cents worth at the time.One thing that struck me was the huge number of man-hours it must have taken to produce such a document at a time way before computers and digital presses. Everything had to be typeset by hand, artwork for the ads was sketched or illustrated by hand, colored inks were limited, expensive and tough to use, so most of this edition is good old black and white.The legendary Fausto Coppi was the man of the times, unbeatable everywhere hed already won this race 4 times in...
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Il Lombardia’07: Ed’s First Falling Leaves

Roadside Lombardia 2007: This Saturday sees the re-scheduled 2020 Giro di Lombardia, one of the oldest Monuments. Ed Hood isn’t old enough to remember the first edition in 1905, but has had a romantic relationship with the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ for a long time. He casts his memory back to his first visit to the Northern Italian race in 2007.My first memories of the Tour of Lombardia are of black and white pictures in the British Cycling Weekly magazine of my hero, Eddy Merckx powering up unfeasibly narrow climbs with magnificent vistas across the lakes and mountains of Lombardy unfolded behind him, screamed on by fanatical clubmen thats what we called them back then who had pedaled out to the best vantage spots.But it took me until 2007 until I actually got myself over to the last and most beautiful of the seasons Monuments.Excuse me while I put on my rose tinted specs and show you some snaps from the album.The lakeside town of Como has long been associated with the race; the percorso hugs Lake Como north, dipping under the bridges over which the rich and famous sachet to their boat houses and no doubt Riva speedboats from their villa.It would just be so tiresome, not to say vulgar to have to walk across the road. . .The countryside is fabulous; away from the lakes and mountains vineyards proliferate a glorious place to ride your bike.In Lombardy cycling is part of the fabric of life, huge groups...
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

The ‘new’ season is still going strong – Race reports from the Critrium du Dauphin and the Gran Piemonte. Psychologists look at stars Remco Evenepoel and Wout Van Aert – TOP STORY. We preview Il Lombardia with team news. Race news: World championships canceled, but plans go ahead for the Tour de France. Tour of Guangxi and Tour of Chongming Island canceled. Rider news from Nairo Quintana, Victor Campenaerts, Ibai Salas, Matteo Trentin and Greg Van Avermaet and contract news from AG2r-La Mondiale, Sunweb, Movistar, Israel Start-Up Nation, Circus-Wanty Gobert. Dylan Groenewegen wants to contact Fabio Jakobsen, Philippe Gilbert a father again and Alberto Contador and Mathieu Van der Poel become business partners. EUROTRASH coffee time. TOP STORY: Sports Psychologists Compare Evenepoel and Van AertRudy Heylen and Jef Brouwers, two renowned Belgian sports psychologists, compare the personalities of Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert. And explain their great popularity in Belgium. “Sport needs colourful figures. They both meet that profile.”Rudy Heylen, Wout van Aert’s mental coach for years, makes a clear distinction between the two top riders. “Remco, a little younger, has real guts and self-awareness for sale,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “You hear that in his interviews. He takes advantage of his impulsiveness. Wout’s personality needs more distance, more reserve. He looks at things for a moment, analyses and only then gives his findings.”Still, both are very interesting, says Heylen. “Race, and sport in general, needs colourful figures. People love it. Niels Albert was also such a heart-on-the-tongue...
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PEZ Preview 2020 LOMBARDIA: No Falling Leaves!

Il Lombardia Race Preview: Two stunning Italian Classics down and now we move on to the climbs of Il Lombardia. Wout Van Aert dominated Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo, but the ‘Classic of the Falling Leaves’ is a much different proposition. Ed Hood runs his experienced eye over the re-schedules Monument. Roger De Vlaeminck wins his first Tour of Lombardy in 1974 ahead of World champion Eddy MerckxIn the days of my youth it was the Tour of Lombardy, and all about names like Merckx, Gimondi, De Vlaeminck, Moser those were the days…The late Felice Gimondi in Il LombardiaBut the world turns and now its Il Lombardia, but whatever its called, if youre a serious cycling fan then you should make the pilgrimage to one of the greatest cycle races on the planet at least once in your life.You must see the Lago di ComoWe pose the key questions about this magnificent event which was first run in 1905 with only the 1943 and 44 editions succumbing to the Second World War, this being edition 114.A railway crossing wouldn’t stop Fausto Coppi# Can we still call it the, Classica delle Foglie Morte?Classic of the falling leaves, nope its high summer in La Bella Italia.No leaves, but it will be sunny# Is it really the most beautiful of the five Monuments?Until youve stood up there on the Ghisallo climb and looked out over Lake Como and the mountains youre not qualified to answer; but in my opinion; without any doubt.The new 2020...
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Sanremo 6th Placed Dion Smith Gets PEZ’d!

Rider Interview: Sixth place in last Saturday’s Monument – Milano-Sanremo, a surprise result for Dion Smith? No, not if you look at the New Zealander’s build up over the years. Ed Hood caught up with Dion the day after Sanremo to hear all about it.The Mitchelton-Scott Milano-Sanremo line-upExpect a very different Milan San Remo this weekend, said the English, Cycling Weekly magazine in their race preview. They got that wrong; it was all about the Poggio as we predicted and as it has been for the last couple of decades. A surprise winner? No chance.Two of the best riders in the world off the front and battling for their name on that historic roll of honour with Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) adding another beautiful Italian race to his palmars after last weeks Strade Bianche victory.He was the first Belgian winner since Fons De Wolf in 1981 Andrei Tchmil in 99? were talking REAL Belgians here, please. Last years winner, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step and France) made it a full house of podium places after taking third in 2017, first last year and now second.Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb and Australia) took third behind the two desperados despite blood pouring from a hand which was scraped hard against one of the high retaining walls on the Poggio. Fourth spot went to omnipresent Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe and Slovakia) with Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling and Italy) commanding our respect hes no lightweight but survived the warp speeds of the Poggio to be...
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Wahoo Launches Its Most Accurate KICKR Yet

Wahoo, the leader in workout apps and connected fitness devices, is excited to reveal the newest KICKR smart trainer. The fifth-generation KICKR improves on the legendary realistic ride feel that Wahoo riders prize, and also offers riders a wide range of improvements to elevate every ride.The new KICKR, the same smart trainer used by World Tour teams INEOS and BORA-hansgrohe, brings to market several new features. This version of the category-leading KICKR refines power accuracy to +/-1% from +/-2% by using a proprietary auto-calibration process. This gives the new KICKR unsurpassed power accuracy without the need for users to perform a spin down, saving valuable time and providing riders confidence in the accuracy of their power data.Additionally, to create a more natural, comfortable ride feel, the new KICKR also comes equipped with the new AXIS feet. These feet allow a bike installed onto the trainer to smoothly tilt up to 5 degrees from side-to-side with each pedal stroke in a controlled, realistic motion. Like the previous KICKR, this version is nearly silent which makes riding it feel more like riding outdoors. With key updates that improve any indoor ride, our newest KICKR will deliver an elevated experience for all Wahooligans, said Product Manager Tyler Harris. Without any need to calibrate, and improved accuracy, riders can be more confident than ever in power numbers, and with the new AXIS Feet providing subtle side-to-side motion, ride feel has never been more realistic.Despite adding in several new features, the new KICKR will maintain...
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Using and Building Self-Control

After the first few years of cycling, we learn that the best gear, the fanciest supplements, and the most favorable weather will only get us so far. In order to take performance from good to great, the resources, skills, and extra juice we need to improve comes from the inside, not out.It’s not all on the roadEndurance training, strength training, a healthy heart, hardworking lungs and big sexy quads all have their limits. The biggest opportunities to up your game, ride longer, faster, and better are hiding above all the rest of your organs and muscles inside your head.The mental aspects of sport and performance have been investigated by academics and sought after by athletes for decades. In the most recent issue of the peer reviewed journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (2020, Vol. 9), researchers focus entirely on self-control due to its importance to athletes, exercisers, and folks who strive to perform their best even when its uncomfortable, boring, and/or demanding.Self-control, defined as your capacity to control your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors (Baumeister, Vohs, & Tice, 2007) is the key to taking your cycling performance to the next level. Self-control enables you to endure physical discomfort and persist despite wanting to slow down or stop. It helps you to get on your trainer when youd rather lie on the couch and catch up on your favorite show. It enables you to perform your strength training workout even though youre tired, or just plain disinterested in working out. In short,...
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F1 Tires for Your Bike – Pirelli P Zero Tubeless

Pirelli P Zero Tubeless Review: Before I was ever a bike guy, I was a car guy. I’m talking from when I was a kid in grade school. And the cars I’ve always loved most were Formula One or Grand Prix cars (I can still remember going to see the movie Grand Prix in the theater for a friend’s birthday party). They represent the pinnacle of motorsport. Fans of modern Formula One (F1 for short) know that thePirelli P Zero is the official tire used by all the teams. The P Zero moniker is also used for Pirelli’s top of the line of clincher bicycle tires. Just as F1 tires come in different compounds for different track and weather conditions, the P Zero Velo tires come in different flavors:P Zero Velo is an all-around race tireP Zero Velo TT is a “go fast” tire that places a premium on low rolling resistance and aero dragP Zero Velo 4S is a wet/cold weather tire with high puncture resistanceNow, Pirelli has upped the ante on the P Zero Velo lineup with the introduction of the P Zero Velo Race TLR tubeless tire.PEZ readers probably know that I was seduced by the Dark Side and went tubeless last November. I readily admit that I was previously skeptical about the benefits of road tubeless (“a solution in search of a problem” is one phrase I used), but I’m since a convert. The Pirelli Cinturatos I originally mounted on Irwin AON TLR wheels just before...
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Another phenomenal weekend of racing, but first some good news for Fabio Jakobsen – TOP STORY. Race action from Milano-Sanremo, Tour de Pologne, Tour de lAin, Mont Ventoux Dnivel Challenge and the Czech Tour with video. Race preview of the Critrium du Dauphin. Contract news from Total Direct Energie, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Movistar and quipe Paule Ka. Sick-bay news from Damiano Cunego and Serge Pauwels. We finish with Sanremo video by the Jumbo-Visma team. Monday EUROTRASH time.TOP STORY: Team Doctor: “Fabio Jakobsen will be a rider again”Deceuninck – Quick-Step ended the Tour of Poland on a positive note with Davide Ballerini winning the final stage and Remco Evenepoel taking final overall classification. The team doctor Yvan Van Mol also had optimistic news about Fabio Jakobsen.“Given the seriousness of the accident, he is doing very well,” Van Mol told Sporza. The famous Belgian doctor visited the Dutch champion in the hospital on Sunday. He can see the Dutch sprinter on a racing bike again in the future. “But I don’t dare to stick to it.”“He is fully conscious. He can’t talk yet, but communicating via text messages is fine. I think he will be ready to be transferred to the Netherlands at the end of next week. What we are still concerned about is the aesthetic damage and possibly the muscle group around his mouth.”“When no vital organs have been affected, we hope for the best. We assume that Fabio will be a rider again. We certainly share positive messages with...
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PEZ Rides L’Eroica on the Strade Bianche!

Strade Dust – L’Eroica: Italy, land of vino, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. LEroica, the Heroic, runs every October, but it has been canceled for 2020. PEZman Leslie Reissner looks back to when he was lucky enough to join the participants enjoying some fine weather, great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?Vintage bikes plus. . .Last week’s running of the Strade Bianche race, its 14th edition, brought us once again the thrills of great bike racing to which we have become accustomed at this event. At 180+ kms it is perhaps too short to be considered a Classic but in that distance over the white gravel roads of Tuscany, ending on the spectacular steep streets of Siena, it packs in plenty of excitement.Through the dust – Wout van AertThe Strade Bianche, the White Roads of Tuscany, are actually far more than the pro race, stretching for hundreds of kilometers and much of the region is signposted by tourism authorities so it is possible to enjoy riding there on your own. Organizers have in the past scheduled a Gran Fondo event on the same roads as the pros but taking place the next day. However, if you really want to ride in the past, l’Eroica, the granddaddy of retro rides, has been run since 1997 every October and while its popularity has exploded to included a number of other l’Eroica rides on different continents...
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MILANO-SANREMO’20: Double Van Aert!

Race Report: The First Monument of the ‘new’ season gave us the excitement we had been waiting for when Milano-Sanremo hit the climb of the Cipressa and the peloton exploded. But it was the Poggio that put last years winner, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Strade Bianche victor, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) out front to fight for victory. The 111th edition of Milan-San Remo had some big changes; the cancellation of the Turchino, the three Capi and a long passage along the Ligurian coast, but the ending remained unchanged. La Classicissima ended with traditional final over the Cipressa and the Poggio… and what a final it was.Many are glad to see the start flagThe RouteAfter leaving Milan, the race crosses the Lomellina on flat, wide and straight roads. After Alessandria, the race crosses the Monferrato and then passes through the Langhe before facing the first long challenge of the day, the ascent of Niella Belbo. The slopes are gentle, but there are, especially in the initial part of the climb, steep sections and the ascent is almost 20km long (average gradient of 3%). After Ceva begins the long and easy ascent to Colle di Nava (3.9km and a gradient of 3% in the final part of the climb), followed by the fast dive on Pieve di Teco, then on to reach Imperia. The ascent and descent are both on wide roads while the crossing of Langhe and Monferrato has narrow sections. In Imperia the race returns to the classic...
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Readers’ Rigs: Seven Axiom SL

We love it when Readers’ Rigs alumni come back to the column years after their first appearance on Pez so when David from New York got in contact it was easy to say ‘yes’ to another Readers’ Rigs feature with him – especially when he sent us in some pics of his ride, a sweet, custom made titanium Seven Axiom SL fitted out with Sram etap.Name: David LeibowitzLocation:Bronxville, New York, USABike:Seven Axiom SL with ENVE 2.0 Road ForkGroupset:Sram Red etap (derailleurs and shifters), Sram Force 22 crankset (52X38), Cane Creek eebrakesetWheels:Custom. HED C2 Belgium rims. Front is laced to a DT Swiss 180 hub, rear to a Powertap G3, both utilizing Sapim Laser spokes.Pedals:Dura-ace 9000Saddle:Fizik Arione with carbon railsOther:Sram etap blips on the tops of my handlebars (each side of stem), Arundle mandible bottle cages, Arundel Gecko bar tape.Weight: 17 lbs (7.7kgs) More or less.When did you buy it?July 2016, but as it is a custom-made frame, I had to wait about 6 weeks for delivery, so Ive been riding it since late August of that year.What made you choose this bike?After 3.5 years and about 40,000 miles, countless litres of sweat, and little-to-no regard for maintenance, my 2012 Specialized Tarmac (02/2013 profile on Readers Rigs) had finally given up the ghost. The high concentration of salt in my perspiration had been gradually corroding the interior of the frame, so my LBS (Signature Cycles, in Greenwich, Connecticut), recommended a Titanium frame, as its anti corrosive properties as a metal are...
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Milan-Sanremo: The Classic Photo Gallery

PeloPics: The re-scheduled Milan-Sanremo is this Saturday, so here is a ‘Best Of’ Sanremo photo gallery. It was a tough job sifting through the Cor Vos collection, but these pics stood out for different reasons. Enjoy!* Sign up to watch Milano-Sanremoin addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes. *The start in Milano – the Duomo makes the perfect backdrop.That break will not be out front for much longerFrom the city to the coast – Olano, Martin, Kivilev and Bodrogi get to the Mediterranean firstSeven time winner Eddy Merckx on via Roma in San Remo.1982 saw a two man break go all they way to the finish – Alan Bondue crashed on the descent of the Poggio and Marc Gomez took the win.Marc Sergeant and Eddy Planckaert were amongst the chasers.In 1983 Giuseppe Saronni won solo 44 seconds ahead of Guido Bontempi and the peloton – TI-Raleigh worked hard for Jan Raas, but he finished 3rd.Hennie Kuiper and his teammate Tuen van Vliet broke away for Kuiper to win by 8 seconds.Hennie Kuiper – Solo winner in ’85.Alexi Grewal epitomizing the idea of looking cool and relaxed while racing a bike – Sean Yates behind him far right.Steve Bauer and Steven Rooks attacked together during the 1986 race.Greg Lemond sees Sean Kelly on his way – Lemond 2nd and Mario Beccia 3rdKelly took the first of his two Sanremo wins.Sean Kelly looks tired on his day of glory in 1986. He would win the race...
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Gear Break: Rapha Glasses, fizik Saddles, Campagnolo Wheels, Sagan Collection, KASK & Badger Fanwear

Gear Break: It’s Friday and time for another look at what’s new on the cycling market: Pro Team Full Frame glasses by Rapha, fizik expands its Adaptive Line with two new options, Campagnolo new Shamal Carbon disk brake wheels, Specialized Sagan collection, the new KASK Mojito and Bernard Hinault Tour de France fanwear pack.Rapha Pro Team Full Frame Glasses – $165USRapha is back in the eyewear category after a couple years, with 4 new frame models in the line with updated looks and some new technology – completely replacing what they’d offered a couple years back. Aside from one casual model called “Classic” which has a sort of Wayfarer shape, the rest of the line is performance based and on trend with current large coverage lenses.As the “designed for search engines” moniker suggests, the Pro Team Full Frame glasses, deliver some solid functionality, but with the added bonus of a stylish package.The frames are made of Grilamid TR90 material – oft used in today’s better performance eyewear because it’s light and strong, resistant to temperature changes, very clear and easy to add color to.My testers have a flat black finish that fades to clear through a slight band of blue, before connecting to a flexible rubberized type ear piece that grips without pinching.These grips are made of MEGOL – which is actually a thing. According to Trinseo.com, Megol “provides a wide range of optimum cold and hot elasticity, UV and thermal aging resistance, low emissions and low fogging, a large...
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Roadside PEZ: Ale’s Sanremo ’17 Chase!

Roadside PEZ Milano-Sanremo: Every year Ale Federico ‘chases’ Milano-Sanremo and apart from the Giro d’Italia, it’s the high point of his year. As we know World champion Peter Sagan was the man of the day and Ale was ‘Roadside’ to see the rainbow make its passage. * Sign up to watch Milano-Sanremoin addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes. *Sagan attacks on Poggio, Kwiato and Alaphilippe chase him. Its been many years that nobody attacked so strongly on the Sanremo hill that I wasnt sure I would see such effort againI see Sagan at the very last moment, my finger is on the shutter, my hand shakes a bit from the emotion. The photo motos are very close to the rider and will give me less than a second to shoot the picture. Im ready, it has been a whole day that I have been chasing the race and hoping it will be a great Poggio passage… and this is a great Poggio passage, its a great attack. Sagan is a beast, he powers the bike so strongly that you believe it will break in two parts from one moment to the next. Behind him I feel the fury of the chase, but nothing more, my attention is fully trapped by the rainbow jersey and his magic move.Milano already showing the sings of Primavera. The morning is warm and trees in blossom are all around in the city gardensRiders are excited at the start...
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Sanremo Reload: A Classic Beauty

Sanremo Remembered: The Spring Classic from Milan to Sanremo has a long history over its 106 editions, it has beauty and romance and ‘The Pez’ made the trip to take in ‘La Primavera’ back in 1998 and then revisited in 2010. Here is the Pez back at his Milan adventure.* Sign up to watch Milano-Sanremoin addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes. *Berta, Cipressa, Poggio… three girls I dated in high school? I wish. Considering the form, the curves, and the mystique that each of these capi add to the seasons first and longest Classic well, lets just say I should have been so lucky as to ride… I mean date… these hills, I mean girls.I visited my first Milan-San Remo in 1998, then waited 12 years to return and see it full on in 2010. Theres no place Id rather be than in Italy for ‘La Primavera’, and Ive spent considerable time pondering why this race is so special.Oscar Freire in 2010.To understand something almost anything in Italian culture, is by no means a simple or straightforward affair. This could be why the classic coffee house was practically invented there to provide a forum, sustenance (and commerce) for Italians to indulge their greatest pass time discussion. Its also why most discussions in Italy never really have an end point, but instead have simply a pause or to be continued point, under different circumstances, among different people in a different place.Race day 1998.Understanding what...
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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Horrific crash in Poland – TOP STORY. Loads of race reports: Milano-Torino, Tour de Pologne, Route dOccitanie and the Gran Trittico Lombardo. Race news from Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Wallonia and the Tour de France. Teams announced for Milano-Sanremo, Ventoux Challenge, Tour de lAin and the Czech Tour. Rider contract news from Richie Porte, Nils Politt, Daryl Impey, Ivn Garca, Leah Thomas, Edoardo Affini, Anthony Perez, plus signings for AG2R-La Mondiale and Arka-Samsic. Young German rider Jan Riedmann dies in road accident and World Bicycle Relief launches global ride to empower women and girls. Big Thursday coffee time!* Sign up to watch Milano-Sanremoin addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes. *TOP STORY: Sprint Crash Puts Jakobsen in Hospital – Groenewegen to Blame?In the final downhill sprint of the Tour de Pologne stage 1, Jumbo-Visma’s sprinter, Dylan Groenewegen looked to have the win as the peloton hammered towards the finish line. Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck – Quick-Step was on the Dutchman’s right hand side and coming through for the win. Groenewegen moved off his line which pushed Jakobsen into and through the barriers. This also caused a pile up of other riders. You can read the full race report below.Fabio Jakobsen’s situation could be life-threatening, according to race doctor Barbara Jerschina who spoke to nazosie.pl. “We did everything we could,” she said. “Working conditions were very difficult. There is very serious brain damage and a broken palate, so there were problems with intubation, but we delivered...
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PEZ Preview 2020 MILAN-SANREMO: Ed’s Questions!

Sanremo Race Preview: Ed Hood has a dozen (well, thirteen) questions concerning the 2020 Milano-Sanremo; La Classicissima di Primavera… in August? Is one of them. The restructured UCI WorldTour season kicked off with a stunning Strade Bianche last Saturday, next up – Milano-Sanremo.* Sign up to watch Milano-Sanremoin addition to over 50 other World Tour eventslive and on demand on FloBikes. *Snow is unlikely# Can we still call it the Primavera?Since the word means springtime in Italian, its debatable. We can however we can still call it the Classicissima the Classic of all Classics.No spring, but summer in Sanremo# Will it still be one of the greatest single day races on earth?Of course! This will be edition 111 and despite the revised perscorso more of which later – it still does exactly what it says on the tin running from the industrial greyness of Milano to the Liguarian pastels of the lovely City of Flowers, Sanremo. World champ Felice Gimondi – Sanremo 1974The roll of honour includes most of the great riders in history, in my time alone: Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Gimondi, Raas, Moser, Kelly, Fignon, Cipollini, Cancellara, Nibali and prior to that, post war: Coppi, Bartali, Van Steenbergen, Van Looy and Simpson. And ask most Italian riders; Worlds or Primavera on your palmars? and theyll come down in favour of the latter.Not many sea views in 2020# Will the change in percorso affect the way the race is run?The mayors of several coastal towns have stated that they dont...
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