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Procycling April 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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The season is really up and running, now, I feel. In the last three weekends before we went to press we were treated to three stunning races. First up, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Full disclosure: I’m hopelessly obsessed by the Belgian one-day races, so I might be biased, but the more I think about the 2018 event, the more I think it was a really good edition. When the race came back together before the Muur, I felt a bit flat. But we were treated to an object lesson in tactics, when Astana put three men in the final selection of 12, which went clear over the Muur. There were faster sprinters and stronger riders. But this is cycling - three good riders can beat one great rider, and Michael Valgren’s winning…

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Belgium 24 February 2018 The peloton crosses the Flemish plains as it heads towards the Molenberg climb, 50km from the finish of the first classic of the year. The cobbled berg was the seventh of 12 climbs in the race, which would be won by Astana's Michael Valgren. Bright blue skies might have made it look like a summer's day, but the clear conditions were accompanied by bitterly freezing temperatures that barely got above zero degrees Strade Bianche Siena, Italy 3 March 2018 The pain in Romain Bardet's legs begins to bite as the Frenchman, caked in mud, forces himself up the steep climb to the Piazza del Campo in Siena, and the finish of Strade Bianche. Despite not having a physique for the Classics, Tour runner-up Bardet threw himself into his debut at…

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grey clouds over sky

18 Months since the investigation into team sky was opened Team Sky might have thought they had weathered the worst of a storm that has been squalling around their team bus for the last 18 months. Jiffy bags, TUEs, alleged tramadol usage, non-existent medical records, mistakenly ordered testosterone and salbutamol have been among the continual drip of scandals that have hit them. But then they were struck by a bolt of lightning as the Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee released their report titled, ‘Combatting Doping in Sport’. Whatever remained of Sky’s reputation for them having a policy of ‘zero tolerance on doping’ and of ‘doing things the right way’, was further damaged by the report’s conclusion that the team “crossed the ethical line” by using permitted medical drugs…

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time for l-b-l to leave ans

This year could be the last that Liege-Bastogne-Liege finishes in Ans. Since 1992, the race has climbed out of the Meuse valley and finished on the Rue Jean Jaures. But 2018 is the last year of ASO’s current contract with the local municipality. It creates a chance to move the finish line back into the heart of the ‘Ardent City’ in 2019 – maybe back to its historic finish on the Boulevard de la Sauveniere or the riverside Quai Mativa. Either, or even another finish, would be a more aesthetically fitting setting for the end of the oldest monument, which currently finishes beside a supermarket car park. More pressingly, there are the sporting deficiencies of the current course. The favourites have long figured out the key to winning is to sit…

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In between focusing all his attention on winning the Tour de France this summer and training, Nairo Quintana has found a new way to relax and switch his mind off training, by learning to swim. The 27-year-old revealed in an interview with Colombian newspaper El Tiempo that he’s switched wheels for water and started swimming as a new hobby. 29 The number of sectors of cobbles at this year’s Paris-Roubaix, two more than in 2017 Despite wins at the Tour of Oman and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Astana’s long-term future could be on shaky ground as problems between the team and its main sponsor, the Kazah government, resulted in a delay in finances to the squad. Alexandre Vinokourov described the team’s status as “critical”, but the Kazah outfit later said that they “are…

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julien vermote

What’s your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders is one of the races I grew up with; Flanders is the biggest race, and the biggest Classic. I’m actually from Harelbeke and E3 Harelbeke is also a special race for me. I lived there for more than 20 years, so maybe I have to say that one. I always went to the start. The finish is also now at the football stadium in Harelbeke and I always played there. I was a goalkeeper. What’s your favourite climb? Alpe d’Huez, because I did it when I was a kid with my brother. I think he was eight, I was nine years old.We did it together with our dad, on mountain bikes so it was quite heavy. We were climbing for two hours. Who is the best…