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Procycling August 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.

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ISSUE 258/AUGUST 2019 EDITOR Have we seen the last of Chris Froome as a Tour winner, even as a racing cyclist? When news of Froome’s injuries from a training crash at the Dauphiné emerged, my initial reaction was that they looked career-threatening. It’s not just the injuries - broken femur, ribs, neck, sternum and elbow. It’s the stage of his life and career as well. A young rider would have time to rebuild and restart their career, while Froome is 34. Only one rider older than 34 has won the Tour, and that was in 1922. Age wouldn’t have been on the Brit’s side going into this year’s Tour. Going into next year’s after a long and complex rehab will be a new ball game. That said, I know not to write…

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Giro d'Italia Stage 19, Italy 31 MAY 2019 Situated between the villages of Trichiana and Tovena in Trento, northern Italy, the Passo San Boldo was a regularly-used transport line from Italy to Austria during World War I. At the 2019 Giro d’Italia, the San Boldo marked the beginning of the end of the race, as it was the first of three climbs on the penultimate mountain stage. From the Tovena approach, the climb features 17 switchback hairpins packed into just 6.4km of road and it delivers the riders to the summit situated at just over 700m above sea level. Yet with an 11-rider breakaway up the road holding an advantage of more than seven minutes, the peloton wends its way to the top at a relaxed pace, with little cause for panic.…

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CRASH THREATENS FROOME'S CAREER A long way back for Chris Froome Will Chris Froome ever win the Tour de France again? The four time Tour winner crashed at high speed into a wall while doing a recce at the Critérium du Dauphiné, resulting in a severe list of injuries that included a broken femur, fractured elbow, broken hip, fractured ribs and fractures to his neck and sternum. Unsurprisingly, it put him in intensive care. In a statement in the days after, Froome described how he was “lucky to be alive”, but insisted that he would return. “I am fully focused on returning to my best,” he said. The crash caused ramifications for this year’s Tour – the absence of a grand tour rider of Froome’s stature will undoubtedly alter the dynamic and tactics…

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SAM DANSIE DEPUTY EDITOR The award for most controversial Tour de France team non-selection this year goes to Douglas Ryder and Dimension Data for dropping Mark Cavendish. In the aftermath of the decision, the whys and wherefores hadn’t yet leeched into public, but Di-Data’s decision will have been scrutinised in person and publicly by media who descended on the Grand Départ. Given the team ballsed up the squad announcement statement by not mentioning the Tour’s greatest sprinter once, even in passing, I'd be unsurprised to learn Ryder and Cavendish's relationship was irretrievably over. No doubt the rider’s lack of recent form will have contributed to the decision. But in the past, when teams have left star riders kicking their heels in July, politics and fraying relationships have had a bearing. Just…

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q&a shane archbold

What’s your favourite race? Paris-Roubaix. It was the most entertaining to watch as a kid and it has the best war stories. I haven’t had so much luck in the race, but I still enjoy it the most. My first memory of racing it is going down face first in the Arenberg Forest. Got a couple of stitches in the nose. It could only get better from there. Do you have a favourite climb? Mount Horrible in Timaru, New Zealand, where I’m from. It’s got a good fitting name and you get a whole view of Timaru mountain town. Vital statistics? It’s two and a bit kilometres, quite steep. When I was a kid I used to try and do it once a week. Now probably once every three years. Who’s the…

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andreas leknessund

Who is this then? Only this year’s winner of the U23 Course de la Paix. Sitting fourth on the final day, the 20-year-old made a long solo escape in the mountains stick. He won the stage by almost 90 seconds and the GC by 26 seconds. Not bad. What else has he done? Well, before the Course de la Paix, he was second a lot. He was second on two stages and the GC at the Ronde de l’Isard; second overall at the Circuit Ardennes International; and second at the U23 Gent-Wevelgem. “The season’s been really good,” he tells Procycling. “It’s never easy to say exactly what you’ve been doing that’s better, but when you get results, you see that you’ve done some good training during winter.” And he’s from Norway? Yes, the far, far…