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Procycling February 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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ISSUE 239 / FEBRUARY 2018 TThe off-season seems to get shorter and shorter every year. Perhaps this seemed like an especially short break because no sooner had we finished the 2017 season, the Chris Froome news dropped into our collective consciousness. Froome’s salbutamol positive is hanging over cycling like a shadow. It affects the discourse about his historic Tour-Vuelta double, because we are now wondering whether he’ll go down in posterity as the 2017 red jersey winner or not or whether Vincenzo Nibali will add another Vuelta win to the first one that he took seven years before. But the result is also hanging over 2018. The outcome is unclear, but if I’ve learned anything about cycling in the 30-plus years I’ve been following it, it’s that cycling doesn’t do quick resolutions,…

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Santos Womens Tour Australia 12 January 2018 Orica-Scott lead the peloton as the 2018 season gets underway Down Under with the four-stage Santos Women's Tour. The home team took advantage of the crosswinds throughout the day to split the bunch, but it was Katrin Garfoot, pictured here in the white jersey of the UniSA-Australia team, who took the victory on the summit finish at Mengler's Hill. It was the first time the race, now in its third year as a .1 event, had included a hill-top finish GP Sven Nys Belgium 1 January 2018 Mathieu van der Poel's white jersey is covered in a thick layer of mud as he contests the GP Sven Nys cyclo-cross race in Baal, the hometown of the race's namesake. The event is the seventh of eight races that make up the…

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summit ambition

PROCYCLING: AT THE HEART OF THE PELOTON It’s no secret that the Vuelta a Espana has spent much of the last decade pushing back the boundaries of how hard a grand tour can be. Multiple summit finishes have been plastered all over the route, flat and rolling stages have become real rarities, and each year the organiser finds new and fiendishly difficult climbs like Los Machucos in 2017, Llucena in 2016 or Hazallanas in 2013. These test the peloton with their steepness and burn out the clutches of the vehicles in the race convoy following the riders. Mark Cavendish remains the only sprinter to have stuck his head above the parapet, describing the 2016 Vuelta route as “stupid”, but it’s a safe bet at least some other fastmen secretly agree with…

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an unwilling suspension and disbelief

During Chris Froome’s rise from Sky drone to the most successful cyclist in the peloton, he claimed that he took his role as cycling’s emissary to the wider world very seriously. In 2015 he said “I’m driven to win as many Tour titles as I can…to have the biggest impact on youngsters wanting to have a good role model; on promoting the sport the way it should be promoted.” That last line surely meant acting in the sport’s interest. In his current predicament – having to explain why there was double the permitted salbutamol level in his urine on a late Vuelta stage, surely ruling himself out of racing until the case was settled would have been in the sport's interest. A tough personal sacrifice, but one for the greater good. But…

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zdenĕk štybar

"I was preparing to study law before I became a cyclist. That, or I think I would be doing something in business" What is your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders, and of course Paris-Roubaix, but maybe I prefer Flanders more. It’s the atmosphere: Belgians live for the race. In the bakeries they have special cakes in the theme of Flanders – it’s crazy and everyone is talking about it. It gives something really special to the race. What’s your favourite climb? I don’t have a favourite climb! I will say the Soller and Sa Calobra in Majorca. I train on these often, partly because I live there. It makes me happy when I can climb the Soller or Sa Calobra. With the views, they are really beautiful climbs. I know my times on…

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mathieu burgaudeau

Mathieu who? Burgaudeau. The 19-year-old rouleur is a French rider tipped for success, and the big French teams are already keeping tabs on him. He grew up playing tennis, but got into cycling a few years ago. His potential was spotted, and at 16 he was selected to ride his first race for France at the junior world road race in Richmond. In 2016 he joined U23 team Vendée U. Vendée U, that team’s got a good track record hasn’t it? The team’s based in the Vendée département in the northwest of the country. It dates back to 1991 and was set up by Jean-René Bernaudeau, manager at Direct Énergie, and acts as a feeder for the ProConti team. Thomas Voeckler, Sylvain Chavanel and Lilian Calmejane progressed through its ranks, while Charly Wegelius…