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Procycling July 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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EDITOR How do you solve a problem like Chris Froome? When news of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol emerged last year, the 2018 Tour seemed a long way away. Well, now it’s right upon us and we still don’t know if he’ll ride, or if ASO will succeed in preventing him from doing so, or if the 1,500-word defence he has submitted is a plausible one. All that is without taking into account whether he should voluntarily pull out of the race. (Note to the optimistic: that’s not going to happen.) And the final factor that has turned the run-up to the Tour into the perfect storm happened the week before we went to press: Froome’s return from the dead in the Giro and that solo stage win in Bardonecchia,…

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Giro d'Italia, stage 14, Italy 19 May 2018 Simon Yates, wearing the pink jersey of race leader, can't quite close the gap as Chris Froome crosses the line to win stage 14 of the Giro atop the fearsome slopes of Monte Zoncolan. The climb is renowned for being one of the hardest in professional cycling, and while Yates managed to reduce his compatriot's lead from 20 seconds at one point to just six, Froome held on to win the stage, having attacked with 4km to go Giro d'Italia, Stage 16, Italy 22 May 2018 Simon Yates contemplates the Rovereto time trial at the start of the Giro's final week. Having built a healthy lead over Tom Dumoulin, he was expected to cede ground to his rival on this stage. He would indeed finish behind Dumoulin,…

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ringing the changes

15th UAE Emirates current standing in the WorldTour ranking Management reshuffles in cycling teams are rare, but one could be unfolding at UAE Emirates as the expensively assembled squad tries to salvage the season after a terrible start. During the Critérium du Dauphiné it emerged that Carlo Saronni, the team’s general manager, had been demoted to a logistical role and the Spanish directeur sportif, Joxean ‘Matxin’ Fernández had instead been promoted to day-to-day management. An insider said the change had been put through at board level by the team’s sponsors, who were unhappy with the team’s poor run of results – especially given the financial backing, which is believed to place it among the top five richest teams in the sport this year. “Carlo Saronni’s been moved aside, because they made him responsible…

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riders at the ready

You’ve got to hand it to ASO. The Tour de France organisers really are throwing everything at this year’s race. As if the route wasn’t peppered with enough potential banana skins, ASO unveiled another devious plan to force the GC riders to go mano-a-mano in the mountains. Stage 17 already had the makings of a blockbuster day. At just 65km long, it packs in three Pyrenean climbs: starting immediately uphill on the Col du Peyresourde, before covering the Col de Val Louron-Azet, and then the 16km brute that is the Col du Portet to the finish. Yet for one day only, the top 20 riders will also line up in grid formation a lá Formula One to start, depending on their position on GC. The rest of the GC will…

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The Vuelta a España could be on its way to Yorkshire. Welcome to Yorkshire chief Gary Verity said discussions had been ongoing for months. Meanwhile, Vuelta director Javier Guillén was a guest at the recent Tour de Yorkshire. “They want to do it, we want to do it,” Verity told the BBC. The Vuelta has started outside Spain three times, with the most recent being the Nîmes start in France, last year. 175 Riders have signed up as individual members of the MPCC, the Movement for Credible Cycling. Membership is open to any WorldTour, ProConti or Continental rider. Among them is the entire Groupama-FDJ team, and 25 of the 28 riders at Ag2r. Sky’s David López is a notable member, considering his team have not chosen to join. Nicolas Edet thought he had…

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john degenkolb

"In cycling, you say, ‘Wow, that was the hardest day of my life,’ but three weeks later you say, ‘No, this was the hardest day " What’s your favourite race? Paris-Roubaix, for me it’s the most special race. It’s a race that has like a super-special atmosphere and you race on cobbles that no other race has. It’s so unique, for me it’s the most outstanding race-all the emotions I had when I won it. It was always a big dream to win a cobblestone there and to have it is really nice. What’s your favourite climb? I like the climbs at home in Germany. There’s a little training area around Frankfurt that’s really nice. The highest mountain is called Feldberg and you can go up to 900 metres. You have a few different…