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Procycling April 2017

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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EDITOR Paris-Nice is my favourite stage race of the year. Obviously, the Grand Tours are bigger, but for narrative, entertainment, coherence and x-factor, Paris-Nice is one of the highlights of my racing season. This year’s race was a belter. The early stages were carnage, with echelons forming before I even switched on my TV. I loved the design of the Mont Brouilly time trial. TTs are generally very thematic – they’re either flat, in which case the rouleurs tend to dominate, or hilly, in which case the climbers do so. This time trial was both: a flat opening stretch, and then a steep climb – I remember driving up Mont Brouilly the day Paris-Nice visited in 2014, in the Bretagne team car, and it’s a pig of a climb, with very steep…

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Strade Bianche Italy 4 March 2017 A fast-fracturing peloton traverses one of the 11 strade sterrate en route to Siena. Sky’s Micha¯ Kwiatkowski went on to win the race for a second time, thanks to a swashbuckling solo attack 15 kilometres from the "inish Image: Jered Gruber Le Samyn France 1 March 2017 The strain of racing a cobbled one-day race in miserable, wet and windy conditions shows on the faces of this group of riders. None would claim any glory on the day. Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Guillame Van Keirsbulck triumphed in a two-man sprint finish Image: Kristof Ramon Kuurne- Brussel- Kuurne Belgium 26 February 2017 World champion Peter Sagan leads a select group of contenders during the closing stages of the second cobbled Classic of the season. Thirty kilometres from the finish, Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven (fourth in line) had instigated the…

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uci under the hammer

13 WORLDTOUR TEAMS AT GREAT OCEAN RR We are now two months into the expanded, WorldTour. But it seems the sport is no closer to a coherent structure, or a ranking system that has relevance to fans, or, most importantly, a story. It takes a visit to the UCI website to find out that BMC’s Richie Porte currently leads the individual WorldTour rankings, ahead of his team-mate Rohan Dennis, and Nairo Quintana, because nobody else is reporting it. BMC, unsurprisingly, lead the team classification. But don’t forget that there’s also the World Ranking, which is led by Peter Sagan ahead of Greg Van Avermaet and Chris Froome, and the World Ranking by nation. (France, ahead of Belgium, if you’re interested.) If you follow the win rankings, there is a list on…

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alexandre geniez

"David Moncoutié was a special guy. He used to pull off these incredible results. So much panache…" What do you enjoy most about riding your bike? You can find new climbs and you get a point of view that you never get from a car. Just recently I was riding in the hills behind Nice. It was really beautiful up there. What is your favourite race on the calendar? The Giro d’Italia. Maybe for a French rider that is an unusual choice but it’s my favourite for all the regular reasons: the spirit of the race, the fans… The Giro has a unique character all of its own. Who is the funniest rider on your team? I’m new to Ag2r so I will reserve judgement for now. In my old team [FDJ] it was Anthony Roux…

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mark padun

Meet the Ukrainian GC rider who put together a series of impressive results in Italy last season for the leading amateur squad, Team Colpack. Tell us a little bit about Mark, then. He is 20, comes from Donetsk, and moved to Italy in 2015 to ride for Palazzago Fenice. It’s a familiar path for Ukrainian espoirs, with Yaroslav Popovych one of the many alumni. Recent big names to start there include Fabio Aru and Diego Rosa. But now he rides for Colpack? Yes, he made the move last season to arguably the biggest team in the country, Colpack, who are frequently among the top-ranked teams in Italy. Many of their former riders are now in the WorldTour. I’ve heard Bahrain-Merida mentioned. Yes, the two teams announced in late January that Colpack will be Bahrain’s development squad…

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