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Claude Criquielion World champion The death of Claude Criquielion was announced to me in a simple text message from my English friend, Ian Whitehead who lives in Gent; ‘Claudy has died.’ During the night of 15/16 February 2015, Criquielion suffered a stroke and was hospitalised in critical condition; he died at 9:00 am on 18
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On the Road AgainAfter a solid winter of indoor riding, I am now out in southern California on a DIY training camp with two friends, logging long hours in the relentlessly rolling hills. Despite the many interactive software systems like ErgVideo and Zwift that I have access to, it remains a shock to the system
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Rider Interview: Sam Brand started off as a triathlete, but after graduating from university in 2015, he made the move to 100% cycling. The man from Man made his Pro debut as a stagiaire in August 2017 at the Tour of Utah and received a full professional contract with Team Novo Nordisk for the 2018
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“Tour de France Climbs from Above” is an excellent introduction to the legendary climbs, not only from the historical standpoint but for someone planning to experience the roads themselves. Living as we do in the digital world, Google is omnipresent, not only as a search engine but also a useful route planner. In addition to
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Name/Location: Peter Schindler, California. Age: 66Bike: Look 795 TeamGroupset: Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Look ZED cranksWheels: ENVE 3.4 with DT Swiss 180 hubsPedals: Look Keo BladeSaddle: Specialized Romin 143Other: Arundel cages, ENVE compact barsWeight: 15.3lbs (6.9kg) When did you buy it?I ordered the bike in November 2014 and received it June 2015 What made you
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• Madonna di Campiglio, 5 Giugno 1999.I left Madonna di Campiglio in the late afternoon of the 4th June 1999, Friday. The stage was finished just few minutes before and the people were still enjoying the Pantani show on the last climb. It was Friday and the sun was still high in the sky; a
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Richard PestesI first saw Marco Pantani emerge at the 1994 Giro d’Italia. I had never heard of him, but there he was on a break in the first big climbing day in the Dolomites, on his way to the stage victory. That day I figured him as a one hit wonder. The next day I
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It has been fifteen years since Marco Pantani’s passing on the 14th of February 2004. Alessandro Federico takes a look back at the questions, the dismay following the news, and the loss of the flamboyant scalatore. It wouldn’t do a piece like this justice to include just a couple of pictures, so we included many,
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PEZ Bookshelf Top Ten: From the near fifty book reviews we posted on PEZ in 2018 we’ve collated the numbers and come up with the ‘Top Ten’ most popular book appraisals. And what a mixed bag we have, from the gods of cycling through training, doping, climbing and adventure cycling. Here are our Top Ten
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Mobile Bike Museum: We do like a bit of ‘Retro’ here at PEZ and the 70s, 80s and 90s were probably the best years for artisan bikes ridden by the professionals – Before the ‘all the same’ plastic bikes of today. Ed Hood heard about ‘Racing Relics USA’ and thought he had better find out
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Toolbox: Power training and indoor trainers for cyclists simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers. The combination of accurate power measurement and controlled smart trainers has taken this to new levels. Because more and more people are now
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Rider Interview: Nick Schultz has stepped up in the best possible fashion in 2019. The young Australian made the move from the ProContinental Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team to the WorldTour with Mitchelton-Scott and immediately showed his gratitude with a win in the Herald Sun Tour. Ed Hood spoke to Nick after his win. On the
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Toolbox: Power training and indoor trainers simply belong together. The pure efficiency and controlled environment of training indoors partners amazingly well with precise training based on specific targeted power numbers. The combination of accurate power measurement and controlled smart trainers has taken this to new levels. Because more and more people are now training indoors
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TOP STORY: ‘Super Worlds’ 2023 Awarded to GlasgowThe first ‘Super-World Cycling Championship’ in 2023 will be held in Glasgow. The UCI announced the allocation on Friday. No less than thirteen cycling disciplines, including road cycling, mountain biking and track cycling, are part of this ‘Super-World Championship’, which will be held in August 2023 and will
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PEZ Bookshelf Top Ten: From the near fifty book reviews that have appeared in PEZ during 2018 we have collated the numbers and come up with the ‘Top Ten’ most popular book appraisals. And what a mixed bag we have, from the gods of cycling through training, doping, climbing and adventure cycling. The bookshelf was
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Valencia Stage 2 Photo Gallery: After the easy ‘photo-shoot’ at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage 1 time trial, it was time for Al Hamilton to do a bit of ‘Race Chasing’ as Italian PEZ-man Ale Federico calls it. Stage 2 was set in the mountains behind Alicante, take it away Al. The start
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2019 Giro d’Italia once again tackles the rightly fearsome Passo Mortirolo, on the Queen stage of 226km after scaling in the massive Passo Gavia, and before a stinger in the tail with the climb back to Ponte di Legno.  The region is known for epic days – Andy Hampsten won here in a blizzard in 1988,
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