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Procycling June 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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preface

We often say that cycling is a beautiful sport. And as cycling fans we know that it’s beautiful on many different levels – whether it’s an individual rider with an elegant position and style on the bike, or the peloton as a whole, or the emotions, highs and lows that racing gives us. But there’s also the beauty of the landscapes in which road cycling takes place.It was the stunning scenery of a televised mountain stage of the Tour de France which first attracted me to the sport in 1985. It’s 33 years and counting since that moment, and I suspect that I’ll never get bored of watching bike races in beautiful parts of the world. (The realist in me sometimes uses the scenery as something to look at while…

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gallery

Amstel Gold Race Netherlands15 April 2018Movistar’s Imanol Erviti assesses the shape of the peloton as the Spanish squad begins to chase down the day’s nine-man breakaway in the first of the hilly Spring Classics. Erviti's team leader Alejandro Valverde came to the race in frisky form and sparked the winning break over the penultimate climb. However, he couldn’t contain Astana’s numerical advantage and the Kazakh team's Michael Valgren soloed to victory. Valverde’s fifth place was his sixth top 10 in Amstel, a race the wily veteran has yet to master(Image: Kristof Ramon)La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, Belgium18 April 2018What Valverde can do in the hilly Classics, Anna van der Breggen looks capable of too. The Boels-Dolmans rider claimed her fourth win on Flèche Wallonne's Mur de Huy en route to a…

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smaller teams, better racing?

When the UCI announced smaller WorldTour team sizes to reduce crashes, the underlying motive was to loosen the grip of powerful teams on races. But has it worked?Here’s a reductive summary of evidence from the spring. At Flanders, the group chasing Niki Terpstra consisted of the leaders of eight other teams and the baggage of two Quick-Step riders. There were no domestiques left. At Paris-Roubaix it was a similar composition: behind Peter Sagan, across two groups, were the leaders of 10 teams. Just three of those teams had a second man in play. At Liège there were 13 teams represented in the chase behind Bob Jungels and just five of those had two riders. Meanwhile, at the Tour of the Basque Country, Primož Roglic’s lead was built in the TT…

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bernal slots straight in

When Egan Bernal joined Team Sky he said his first goal in 2018 was to learn. The Colombian only turned 21 in January and few neopros are expected to bring in big results, especially one slotting into a team of the calibre of Sky. But as April came to a close, the Colombian has been their most consistent stage racer so far.Bernal’s talents were known before he signed for Sky but the ease in which he’s made the jump to the higher intensity of racing in the WorldTour, is what’s most impressive. Every stage race he’s finished, he’s been in the top 10. He was sixth at the Tour Down Under; he won the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz ahead of Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Urán; he was on second…

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communiqué

Sprinters’ favourite the Ster ZLM Toer was axed after a number of host towns dropped out. Organisers said they would revive the race in 2019.$5m The amount Lance Armstrong settled for in his long-running suit with the United States government and former teammate Floyd Landis. Landis filed the whistleblower suit against Armstrong in 2010, which said he owed $100m for defrauding the US government, for doping when part of the US Postal Service team.“Andy was not only an owner and main sponsor of BMC Racing Team, but also a friend who enjoyed life and loved sharing that joy. With him, an exemplary visionary, an avid sports fan, a passionate cyclist, and a great supporter of sport has left us.”The BMC Racing Team pay tribute to Andy Rihs, the 75-year-old Swiss…

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michał kwiatkowski

(Image: Chris Auld)"I’m really into flying drones. I like getting different views of stuff and it’s a good way to forget about cycling"What is your favourite race?It’s the Tour of Flanders. I like the atmosphere at the Tour of Poland of course, but it is Flanders overall, I would say. When you go onto the stage at the beginning of the race and you look out on that huge crowd - it’s just massive. All the people in Belgium know every rider as well. It’s a really special atmosphere.Who is the best domestique in the peloton?Bora’s Maciej Bodnar. He’s been doing a massive job for years, but he’s such a humble guy who does exactly what’s asked of him. I know how hard he works for Peter Sagan and he…

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