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Procycling March 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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EDITORWe’re often told that cycling needs to change. If I had a pound for every time a marketing expert told me that cycling is in need of a new business model, I’d have enough to invest in a new business model for cycling.But how bad are things, as 2018 gets underway? I’d say on the women’s side, there does need to be more money, more ideas, more investment and more of everything. Reading Ellis Bacon’s interview with Tiffany Cromwell in this month’s magazine reminded me that an unacceptable proportion of the women’s peloton are significantly underpaid, even if things are better than they were a few years ago. But it’s positive there is a foundation to women’s cycling that is more solid than ever and can be built on. Investors…

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Tour Down Under, Stage 5Australia20 January 2018Richie Porte unleashes his now customary attack on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under, to win the stage atop the climb for the fifth consecutive year. Porte crossed the line eight seconds ahead of Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. However it was not enough of a gap for the Australian to take the leader's jersey and retain his title, and Impey took the honours. The race marked Porte's return from injury after he crashed out of the Tour de France last July(Image: Kristof Ramon)Trofeo Lloseta-AndratxMallorca, Spain27 January 2018Movistar drive the pace on the front of the strung-out peloton, as wind and pouring rain hit the bunch at the Trofeo Andratx. The race is the third of four one-day, stand-alone races that make up the Challenge…

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revived valverde

PROCYCLING: AT THE HEART OF THE PELOTON11 RACE WINS IN 2017Alejandro Valverde has never been one to ease himself back into racing after a long lay-off. In 2012, on the back of his two-year doping ban, he took his first victory after outsprinting Simon Gerrans on Willunga Hill. It was his fifth day of competition and he labelled it his “most beautiful victory.” He said his prodigious training during the suspension had been fuelled in part by anger. His return then was met with plenty of hostility for not having displayed contrition for his wrongdoings.In terms of wins, he was as quick off the mark this year. After a seven-month rest caused by breaking his kneecap on the opening day of the Tour de France, he won the second stage…

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colombia goes cycling crazy

There’s a video online of fans at the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz, which at 2.1 level is now the highest ranked race in the South American country. In the clip, a crowd scrambles behind a wire fence, trying to get as close as possible to Fernando Gaviria on the other side. Gaviria takes a phone that’s passed through the fence, turns around, smiles and takes a selfie, before passing it back, as they continue to call his name. It’s a small glimpse of the kind of excitement that followed the race all week.Colombia has been crying out for a top-level race. For years their fans have been among the most vocal and dedicated at the Tour, and that turned out to be a taster of the atmosphere we'd see…

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Shortly after coming back to Europe from the Tour Down Under, Peter Sagan met Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly Wednesday audience at the Vatican. Standing with his parents, wife and baby son, the three-time world champion presented the Pope with a bike in the colours of the Holy See and a signed rainbow jersey.49kmThe distance neo-pro Kristoffer Halvorsen completed on his debut for Team Sky at the People’s Choice Classic criterium. He crashed and fractured his hand in the final kilometre.Quick-Step Floors riders Laurens de Plus and Petr Vakoc were rear-ended by a truck while altitude training in South Africa. Bob Jungels was also training with them but escaped injury. De Plus, who cartwheeled over a precipice at Il Lombardia, suffered cuts and bruises. Vakoc also suffered fractured vertebrae,…

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danny van poppel

(Image: Bettiniphoto)"I have a scar on my leg from a crash in the Tour. I crashed into Valverde and his big ring went into my leg"What’s your favourite race?Milan-San Remo. I always watched it when I was young and my heart rate was really high. It’s always a really nice race and I think my qualities as a rider suit it, I hope I can win it in the future.What’s your favourite climb?I live in Holland and we have no mountains. Maybe somewhere in Belgium like in the Classics – the Paterberg. That one is really cool. I’ve ridden it in training. I prefer short, steep climbs.Who is the best domestique in the peloton?Luke Rowe. He was always a really good team-mate. When I was with Sky he knew exactly…