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Procycling September 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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EDITOR A British Sky rider won the Tour de France, again, but not many people predicted it would be Geraint Thomas. I certainly didn’t. I’ve never had any doubts about his class as a racer, but I’ve always assumed, Geraint being Geraint, that enough would go wrong for him that he’d probably never even finish on the podium of the Tour, let alone win it. Yet there is no doubt that the right man won the bike race. Thomas was the strongest, and he had the best team. You could say that it wasn’t a tactically adventurous win, but you can’t argue with consecutive Alpine summit finish stage wins. Thomas carried his win well. He was open in the press conferences and gave the impression he couldn’t believe what was happening, yet…

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THOMAS TAKES THE TOUR Geraint Thomas was imperious in winning the 2018 Tour de France, leading from stage 11 to the end. Edward Pickering tells the story of the race. See page 32 SAGAN IN GREEN AGAIN Peter Sagan won three stages and was simply unbeatable in the green jersey competition. Sophie Hurcom tracks his route through the 2018 Tour. See page 64 DUMOULIN: NO REGRETS Tom Dumoulin followed his Giro second place with the same result in the Tour. Procycling assesses his race and looks forward to his chances in the future. See page 92…

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Tour de France Stage 10, Montée du plateau des Glières 17 July 2018 The notoriety of the Plateau de Glières stemmed from the flatter gravel section that began just after the KoM banner, but the climb to get there was fierce. The first hors-catégorie ascent of the race was 6km at 11.2 per cent. Going by the road book, that made it the steepest long stretch of climbing in the Tour Tour de France Stage 9, Roubaix 15 July 2018 Where to from here? A penny for the thoughts of Tejay van Garderen after stage 9. Before a cobble had been ridden, BMC lost its leader Richie Porte to a crash. With about 60km to race, back-up leader van Garderen crashed too. By the day’s end he had lost almost six minutes. At least Greg Van Avermaet…

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uci tries to limit the sky

It’s not been a year since he took office, but UCI President David Lappartient already appears to be struggling to get the riders onside when it comes to his ideas and reforms for cycling’s future. No sooner had the lights on the Champs-Elysées dimmed, the podium dismantled and the teams had disappeared into Parisian nightclubs, than Lappartient had opened the now annual post-Tour debate about ways to curb Team Sky’s dominance. Some of Lappartient’s ideas include further reducing team sizes to six, banning race radios and power meters, and imposing a salary cap on teams in order to more evenly distribute wealth and talent through the sport. For six of the last seven editions of the Tour, the race has followed a very similar script: Sky rider takes the yellow jersey…

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how cycling reacted to lapparti ent’s potential reforms

“Sagan dominance = exciting. Quick-Step classics dominance = exciting. BMC TTT dominance = exciting. Sky Grand Tours dominance = boring, so let’s turn cycling upside down.” Micha¯ Kwiatkowski, Team Sky “Only 65km stages, no training camps allowed, no dinners, no feedzones, only 2 bottles per day, max 2000 calories per day. Cyclists can’t draft for longer than 20 seconds. Only 4 gears allowed. No brakes, F1 starts every day and pepper spray before each start.” Thomas de Gendt, Lotto Soudal “Compared to football and formula 1 cycling is already a poor relation. More start money to smaller teams perhaps?” Dan Martin, UAE Emirates “While I have not been a fan of Lappartient; quite a few of his ideas said here make business sense. The parties in cycling need to stop focussing on their…

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brailsford burdens sky

Team Sky chief David Brailsford was a prominent figure at the Tour. He commented often about the race and took questions about how the team was managing the issue du jour: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and who was leader. Brailsford’s revived profile was thanks to Froome’s salbutamol case being settled in their favour. Brailsford even went on the attack too. He attacked the UCI president David Lappartient for having a “local French mayor kind of mentality”. He labelled spitting at riders a “French cultural thing.” He apologised for that comment. Brailsford's re-emergence in front of the mics reaffirmed his leadership of the team. Six Tours in seven years reflects the sort of dominance most managers in any field of sport can only dream of. But Sky pay a price for Brailsford…