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Procycling January 2018

Procycling is the monthly magazine that takes readers inside the world’s toughest sport – professional road racing. From the mud and rain of the spring Classics through to annual summer spectacular of the Tour de France, the magazine combines thoughtful, probing sports journalism and insightful interviews with incredible sports photography. The rich, often scandalous history of cycle sport and its high tech future also feature in a magazine that’s a must for every follower of the grand tours and the peloton.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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preface

For my editorial in our Giro preview edition in spring 2017, I thought out loud about Nairo Quintana’s attempt at winning both the Giro and the Tour. It was seen as a risky project, though I thought his chances were greater than zero, in spite of many believing that the feat was impossible.Events proved the pessimists right – Quintana stumbled at the first hurdle. A narrow second place in Italy was followed by capitulation at the Tour: 12th place. The Giro- Tour double attempt was dead.Long live the Giro-Tour double attempt, then, as Chris Froome has decided that a fifth Tour win alone won’t satisfy his ambition, and will try to win the pink jersey as well in 2018. Something else I said in spring: “if anybody else except Froome…

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highlights

SIMON YATESProcycling's deputy editor Sam Dansie went to see the 2017 Tour de France white jersey winner to talk about his plans for 2018 and his huge ambitions. Read Sam's interview with Simon Yates on page 36.RIGOBERTO URÁNThe Colombian all-rounder rode to a career-best second place in the Tour de France in 2017. Patrick Fletcher interviewed him in Japan to find out how his relaxed approach has paid dividends. See page 50.TOUR OF RWANDAItalian cycling photographer Mjrka Boensch Bees went to the Tour of Rwanda and found a fascinating, colourful, beautiful and atmospheric race. He shares his best images from this amazing race, starting page 60.Images: Mjrka Boensch Bees, Getty Images, Jesse Wild ■…

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gallery

Koppenbergcross, Men’s Elite RaceBelgium1 November 2017Cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van Aert hugs the smoother left-hand side of the cobbles as he powers up the Koppenberg. The famous berg was climbed eight times at the cyclo-cross race in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Here, Van Aert had been distanced by the leading group. Despite winning here for the last three years, this time around, he could only manage fourth. The winner was the Dutch sensation, Mathieu van der Poel, who added his name to an illustrious winners’ list(Image: Kristof Ramon)Day 3, Gent 6 dayBelgium17 November 2017Sporting rainbow stripes garnered from his two world championships wins back in the spring, the Frenchman Benjamin Thomas raises his fist as he rises to the top of the steep track inside the historic t’Kuipke velodrome. It was the…

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down under ups its game

12 AUSTRALIAN WINNERSThe Tour Down Under is like one of those alarm clocks that wakes you up gradually. It increases in volume slowly and soothes you out of slumber, rather than making you jump out of bed with a start. In the 20 years since the Australian race first appeared on the calendar, it has carefully carved out a delicate niche by providing a parcours that challenges the riders and excites the fans, but also eases everyone into the new racing year.When the race began in 1999 it was largely a showcase for Australian cycling and the country’s professionals before they returned to Europe for the ‘real’ racing. It is still dominated by home riders – there have been 12 home winners in 19 editions – but the competition is…

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sam dansie froome’s giro-tour bid isn ’t a shock

Can Chris Froome do the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double? It’s a fair guess that the Briton’s progress will occupy racing’s news cycle for the first half of 2018 until we find out whether he can, or can’t.The Sky leader’s announcement he would take on the challenge provoked astonishment that he would jeopardise his chance to turn the Fab Four of quintuple Tour winners into the Famous Five. Some predicted pride before an anticipated fall; others felt a rumoured hefty appearance fee had turned his head – though the Giro boss flatly denied there had been a sweetener.It was a late change of course for Sky and Froome: up until a couple of weeks before the news broke, it hadn’t been considered an option. But the way the calendar falls,…

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ryan mullen

(Image: Sirotti)“I don’t watch cycling, unless it’s on and a race I want to watch. If you never switch off, you mentally burn out”What’s your favourite race?Any time trial is good for me, but I really love Paris- Roubaix and the Tour of Britain. I like the unpredictability of Roubaix, but the whole ‘feels like home aspect’ of the Tour of Britain makes it a nice race.What’s your favourite climb?They’re all bad! I used to spend a lot of time in Majorca and there’s a climb from Pollença up to Lluc. It’s always in the sun which is good. It’s a pretty constant gradient which is nice and you can take in the views as you go up.Who is the best domestique in the peloton?I have to admire the guys…

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