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Procycling August 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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United Kingdom
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English
Editora:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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US$42,02
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preface

There’s a slightly Colombian flavour to this month’s magazine, which features Fernando Gaviria, one of the country’s fast-rising cycling stars, on the cover. Gaviria is already one of the world’s best sprinters, and I’m watching with interest to see if he manages to convert the form and sparkle that brought him four Giro stage wins in 2017 into Tour stage wins this year. It’s the first time we’ve shot Gaviria for the cover, but I don’t think it’s going to be the last. For me, he has the X-Factor. There’s something special about the way he wins and the way he carries himself that elevates him into the very top echelon of cycling’s most bankable stars. He’s less exuberant than Peter Sagan (as Patrick Fletcher, who interviewed him, points out, Gaviria…

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gallery

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 6, France 9 June 2018 The break crosses the spectacular arch of the 804m Roselend Dam, which forms the Lac de Roselend in the Rhône-Alpes, on the penultimate stage of the Dauphiné. Built between 1955 and 1962, the dam has views of the turquoise reservoir and nearby Mont Blanc, and services the hydroelectric plant of La Bâthie. The bunch crossed after climbing the HC-category Col du Pré, with the stage ending on the summit finish at La Rosière Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 7, France 10 June 2018 Cofidis rider Daniel Navarro grips his bars and grits his teeth as he struggles on in the hope of a stage victory on the final day of the Dauphiné at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. The Spaniard was the last survivor of the early break, but…

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hell hath no fury

PROCYCLING: AT THE HEART OF THE PELOTON Welcome to Hell. Unless you’re a professional female bike racer. The UCI have come under fire and opened themselves up to damnation by leaving a key element of the men’s road race at the World Championships this year out of the women’s race. The ‘Höttinger Hölle’ climb (‘Hölle is German for ‘Hell’) has been marketed as a key element of the men’s road race at the Innsbruck Worlds this September. The recon videos that have emerged show a hugely steep and narrow climb which touches 28 per cent in places. It appears on a single ‘extra’ lap in the men’s road race, which comes after an 87km run-in and then six laps of Innsbruck, and is one of the features which has made the Austrian…

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what women want

That the so-called Hell Climb will only be ridden by the men at the Worlds has caused a stir. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig voiced her displeasure that the women would not get to show themselves on this brute of a climb, as did Annemiek van Vleuten when I spoke with her recently for cyclingnews.com. The final kick in the teeth was discovering that an amateur event would ride it on the same day. The women’s peloton tackle the Monte Zoncolan in this year’s Giro Rosa, but seemingly 'Hölle' is a step too far. Improvements are being made, but all too often, when men’s and women’s races are run together, the women are given watered-down versions of the men’s route. La Course in 2017 is a case in point, and the reaction…

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communiqué

A sector of Paris-Roubaix pavé has been re-named and a monument erected in memory of Michael Goolearts. The 23-year-old Belgian died in the 2018 race, following a heart attack. A ceremony was held with friends and family of the Vérandas Willems rider, as the Chémin de Saint-Quentin sector was officially re-named Secteur Michael Goolearts. 37 WorldTour races in 2019 in 18 different countries, as the UCI confirmed the calendar for next year. The only big change to this year’s programme is the merger of the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour, into a six-day UAE Tour, held Feb 25 to Mar 2. “What a privilege it was to be behind Mark Christian today at Tour de Suisse, so so strong, only to be dropped by mechanical no 4,698 this season… This lab…

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alex dowsett

What is your favourite race? Normally Romandie, but Romandie this year was horrendous. They made it a real climbers’ race. In the past it always had a real technical, wet, nasty but brilliant-for-me prologue, and there’s just a really nice vibe to it. You can’t beat a Maldon 10 TT either, every so often. It’s my old stomping ground. What’s your favourite climb? One that I go down! Any of the motorway bridges in Holland… Who is the best domestique in the peloton? You have to look at people like Landa last year – any GC guy that knows he could deep-down be competitive to win a grand tour, but commits 100 per cent to the leader shows a lot of team spirit. Or somebody like Laurens ten Dam for consistency. Who is your funniest team-mate? Andrey…

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