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Procycling May 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 242 / MAY 2018 There aren’t many fan experiences better than the Tour of Flanders. Maybe you can persuade me that a roadside picnic in the sunshine on a mid-stage mountain at the Tour de France trumps it. Maybe. After the Ronde finished, I went and hung around in the Markt square in Oudenaarde for a while. It’s where the party is – the team buses are surrounded by fans, the bars around the edge are all packed and play very loud, very cheesy, very Belgian techno from a marquee out at the front. The biggest crowds were right under the ornately decorated Gothic town hall at the northern edge, where Quick-Step had established base camp, but every team had fans three or more deep around their buses. The also-rans and domestiques…

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ESTEBAN CHAVES Can the Colombian win the Giro? Richard Abraham finds that whether he can or not, he won't lose his positive attitude. Read Richard's interview on page 40 TROFEO ALFREDO BINDA Balint Hamvas of Vélofocus shot the women's one-day race, which takes place in Italy and was won by Kasia Niewiadoma. See Balint's pictures on page 76 TOUF OF CATALONIA Catalonia is in the news for more than just sporting reasons. Mike Phillips went to watch the race and explore the complex politics of Catalonia. See page 86…

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Tour of Flanders Belgium 1 April 2018 The Flanders peloton crests the Muur van Geraardsbergen, in front of the race's passionate fans. Unlike last year, the favourites were wary of dangerous moves early in the race, and though the bunch did split into two almost equal halves over the top, the riders in the front portion were unwilling to press on. The race came together again soon afterwards, and it wasn't until the false flat on top of the Kruisberg that Niki Terpstra made his successful solo bid for glory Image: Gruber Images Dwars door Vlaanderen Belgium 28 March 2018 Nairo Quintana made a rare appearance at the northern Classics, to prepare for what it's going to be like when the Tour peloton hits the pavé on stage 9 in this year's race. The Colombian finished…

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sagan leads from the front

PROCYCLING: AT THE HEART OF THE PELOTON In Paris-Roubaix, the moment of hesitation which has so often proved ruinous to Peter Sagan’s hopes in big races, afflicted his rivals instead. In a large group, Sep Vanmarcke, Greg Van Avermaet and four Quick-Step Floors riders in various states of fatigue let the critical moment pass 54km from the Roubaix velodrome: Sagan ghosted away with the help of a tailwind. When the Slovakian outsprinted the tenacious Swiss champion Silvan Dillier, the sole survivor from the early break, he became the first world champion since Bernard Hinault in 1981 to raise the cobble trophy. More immediately, Sagan turned his so-so Classics campaign, which rested on a third Gent-Wevelgem victory and sixth in Milan-San Remo, into a roaring success, with more possibly to come. But the…

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floored by quick-step

How do you stop Quick-Step is the question almost everyone was asking this spring. Prior to Le Samyn, the team already had 12 wins, and by Scheldeprijs, five weeks later, that had doubled. Their wins included nine of 10 one-day Belgian races, including the biggest of them all, the Tour of Flanders. More impressively, their wins were shared between six riders, such is the wealth of talent they had for the Classics. Keeping Quick-Step at bay was like trying to stop balls rolling down a hill – the minute you grab one another goes flying past. They began sowing the seeds for their dominance at the end of 2017 when climber Dan Martin and sprinter Marcel Kittel left. A core was instead built around the one-day races. For a team with…

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Lance Armstrong pulled out of a controversial appearance at an event organised by the Tour of Flanders race organisers, citing a “private family matter”. Meanwhile, more than 50 witnesses will give evidence in the upcoming $100m court case against him for allegedly concealing his doping from the US Postal service. “He would never have dared to think that he would develop so fast. Van Aert not only surprises the world, but himself as well.” Jef Van den Bosch, manager of Wout Van Aert, says WorldTour team interest in the triple cyclocross world champion is high following the young Belgian’s superb road performances this spring. 6 The number of WorldTour teams set to compete at the Tour de Yorkshire men’s race this April, which includes Sky and Dimension Data. The men’s race is extended…