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Procycling January 2019

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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Everything I do, I’m hands-on. I do my own social media, and I never pretend to be somebody I’m not. So when the editorial team of Procycling got in touch to invite me to be guest editor, I didn’t want to just have my face on the cover and then let them get on with it. I wanted to edit the magazine. The first thing I did was red-ink the feature ideas I was sent and come up with my own list. I wanted to talk about the riders, races and issues I’m interested in. One rider I really wanted to be in the mag was Marianne Vos. She’s the epitome of what empowerment is, and why you shouldn’t have limitations because of your sex. She was dominating the women’s scene…

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Gent Six Day, Belgium 17 November 2018 Iljo Keisse keeps his eyes firmly fixed on the track ahead of him after Elia Viviani had strained every fibre to give him a good sling during a madison on the penultimate day of the Gent Six Day. The Quick-Step duo regularly swap the roads for the boards during winter, and were the star pairing at the historic 't Kuipke velodrome. They lived up to their headline billing and won the 2018 title in the final race of the event. It was Keisse's seventh win on his hometown track and a first Gent success for Olympic champion Viviani. CX World Cup Koksijde Belgium 25 November 2018 A traffic jam of more than 60 riders hoiking their bikes up a sand dune formed during the Cyclo-cross World Cup round…

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di-data crash report

Dimension Data’s injury-hit 2018 continued well into the off-season when Mark Renshaw fractured his pelvis in a collision with a car while training in early December. A frustrating, defining theme of the squad’s year was the string of injuries that hit riders including Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Ben O’Connor and Bernhard Eisel. The team also had to do without another key support rider, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, for the first half of the year as he recovered from the lingering effects of off-season groin surgery. Alas, the team’s bad luck still stalked 36-year-old Renshaw as he began preparations for 2019. “I’m not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injuries but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realise it could have been much…

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in the drops zone

Cycling is often filled with doom and gloom when it comes to sponsors, or the lack thereof, in the sport. When Drops’s owners confirmed it was in a fight for survival after a potential new backer pulled the plug, the team looked destined to join the long list of squads who lost sponsors and subsequently folded. But if ever you need a bit of faith in cycling reinstated, the fact a crowd-funding campaign and outpouring of support from the public helped secure Drops’s future should do it. Like EF-Drapac a year ago, when the traditional sponsors pulled out, Drops turned to their fans. In six weeks, £25,000 had been pledged by 199 backers – not enough to run a team, but, like EF, it generated enough buzz that other partners were…

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pierre latour

“You get to the top of the Col de Tourniol and you can see the Drôme and the Rhône Valley, and further away, the Ardèche” What’s your favourite race? I love Strade Bianche. At any point in that race, something can happen. You get to a gravel section and you have to expect the unexpected. There’ll be a climb, the bunch can split, or attacks can go and it’s really hard to predict. It’s a race which passes really quickly – there are no long sections where nothing happens. What is your favourite climb? The Col de Tourniol. It’s a climb near where I live. I like it because it’s quite a narrow climb and you don’t get many cars on it. There are lots of bends and changes in gradient, and I always…

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ethan hayter

Team Sky, he must be good then? Sky has a habit of keeping tabs on the bright young British talents and the Londoner is no exception. The 20-year-old had such a strong 2018 that Sky came knocking at the end of the summer, and brought him in as a stagiaire for the final few months of the season. So what was 2018 like? Ethan joined the British Cycling Academy setup in 2016, and 2018 was a real breakthrough. He won his first rainbow jersey in the team pursuit at the Apeldoorn Worlds, during which his mammoth three-and-a-quarter-lap turn at the end of the race helped extend the British team’s winning lead. His team-mate Ed Clancy described him as the “next Wiggins”. Later in the summer, he beat Olympic champion Elia Viviani to the…