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Procycling Review of the year 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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EDITOR Since the season ended, I’ve been wondering what 2018 was the year of. And when I look back to the most memorable moments for me – Tiesj Benoot winning Strade Bianche, Vincenzo Nibali winning Milan-San Remo, Peter Sagan winning Paris-Roubaix and Chris Froome winning the Giro – I can’t help thinking that it was the year of the long-range attack. (OK, so Nibali’s Poggio attack was hardly long-range, but it made a change from the race being settled on the Via Roma in San Remo.) You could also cite Niki Terpstra in Flanders, Bob Jungels in Liège and Thibaut Pinot in Il Lombardia. Or even Steven Kruijswijk on the Alpe d’Huez stage or Mikel Landa in the final Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France. These last two ambitious sorties…

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GERAINT THOMAS The Welshman had the summer of his life, first winning the Dauphiné and then a debut Tour de France. He tells us how life has changed since. See page 78 TOM DUMOULIN Runner-up at the Giro and Tour, the Dutchman tells us the tale of his 2018, high and low points alike, by looking at the photos that stand out the most. See page 88 ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN The Giro Rosa winner turned into a stage racing force this year. But, as she tells Sam Dansie, an injury at the Worlds has left her even hungrier for more. See page 98 Images: Getty Images, Kristof Kramon, Chris Auld…

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Strade Bianche, Italy 3 March 2018 Covered in a thick layer of mud, and as the gradient of the Via Santa Caterina starts to bite, lone leader Tiesj Benoot takes a look over his shoulder to see if there are any chasers in sight. The narrow city-centre climb through Siena was all that stood between Benoot and his first-ever professional victory. Constant heavy rain in the days before and during the race turned the pristine white strade bianche gravel stretches into brown sludge. In fact, the weather turned out to be the star of the show and it created one of the most thrilling one-day races of the year. Giro d'Italia, Stage 6 Italy 10 May 2018 The sun's rays just break through the clouds over Sicily and shine down on the elite group of…

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the end of the line

“There is no sense of jealousy there, because Thomas has the Tour on his bucket list, and I don’t.”Tom Dumoulin on the person he didn’t mind losing the Tour to See page 88 for full story Another year draws to a close and another pool of riders in the men’s peloton find themselves without contracts, writes Richard Abraham. There hasn’t been the contractual supernova of a WorldTour team demise that has shaken previous winters; BMC’s merger with CCC saw all of their top tier riders find employment and Patrick Lefevere convinced window manufacturer Deceuninck to save 2018’s most successful team from its impending sporting defenestration. Yet WorldTour squads continue to shrink, due, chiefly, to the regulated one-man reduction in team sizes at WorldTour races that was introduced in 2018. In 2014 the…

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a roubaix fantasy

Every professional athlete has a competitive streak, a desire to be the best. It’s unlikely that ever completely goes away – even if you have been out of the sport for 14 years as former Mapei rider, Andrea Tafi has. It’s probably why the 52-year-old Italian, who has kept his appetite for competition whetted in retirement by racing Masters events near his home in Tuscany, is now bidding to return to Paris-Roubaix next April, 20 years after he won there. At the time we went to press he claimed he had found a team to race with. Aside from a nostalgic desire to reignite feelings from his professional heyday, why does Tafi want to race Roubaix again? Matteo Tosatto, at 40, is the oldest starter Roubaix has had in the last…

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110 The number of days Petr Vakoč spent in a neck brace this year, as he recovered from a broken spine. The Quick-Step Floors rider, who was hit by a truck when training in South Africa in January, hopes to make his comeback in February 2019. The Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge has been unveiled. The gruelling route of the 1.1-ranked race features more than 4,400m of climbing and will be held on 17 June next year. It will start in Vaison-la-Romaine and climb the Col des Aires and the Col de l’Homme before starting the 21km slog to the Ventoux summit via Bédoin. 3 The number of Spaniards who have won the Vélo d’Or for the rider of the year. Alejandro Valverde received the 2018 honour. Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador were the other…