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ProcyclingProcycling

Procycling October 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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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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preface

EDITOR As we were putting together this mag, a UCI press release dropped into my inbox with the results of a survey they’d done earlier this year to gauge fan satisfaction. We’ll look more deeply into the survey in the future, but one of the headline conclusions was that 50 per cent of fans “regret the fact that the outcome of races is predictable”. This came soon after the 2019 Tour, and it got me thinking. Of course, on the surface of it, Ineos finishing top two in Paris could be construed as predictable. However, the journey to that destination had been one of the most exciting in years. I also reflected on the other big races this year, and their winners. Alaphilippe was perhaps not a surprising winner of San Remo,…

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gallery

Arctic Race of Norway Stage 2, Vågan 16 AUGUST 2019 Few races are as remote as the Arctic Race of Norway, now in its seventh year. Mathieu van der Poel, fresh off the MTB World Cup circuit, took no time getting into the road racing groove and unleashed his savage sprint to winning effect on stage 1 from A to Leknes. Here, the peloton skirts the Arctic archipelago on stage 2 between Henningsvar and Svolvar, where Bryan Coquard proved that Van der Poel was beatable after all. Though this year’s race was inside the Arctic Circle, it didn’t venture as far north as previous editions. This had the happy benefit of increasing the presence of roadside fans, particularly on stage 3 which finished on Storheia, a 3.5km climb averaging almost 12 per cent.…

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with dumoulin, can jumbo beat ineos?

When Jumbo-Visma line up at the 2020 Tour, it’s possible that three of their eight men will previously have finished on a grand tour podium: Primoẑ Roglic, third at the Giro, Steven Kruijswijk, third at the Tour and, their latest signing, Tom Dumoulin, winner of the 2017 Giro. Only one team can muster similar firepower - Ineos. Jumbo-Visma has been on a roll. Since its lowest point results-wise in 2015, when it won just six races, the squad has been rebuilt as a winning machine. In 2017 it won 25 races and in 2018, 33. This year, by the beginning of September, it had won 41 races. That makes 2019 quantitatively the most successful year in its 35-year history. And Jumbo has been operating on a shoestring - ranked 17 out…

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farewell marcel

Marcel Kittel’s decision to quit pro cycling because he felt the demands of the job were increasingly impinging on his quality of life was a dignified one and a fitting full stop to a career in which he gave much to the sport. I remember interviewing him for a cover feature at the end of his breakout season in 2011 and being struck by his courtesy and engagement in the process. Nothing was too much hassle. I put his eagerness to help down to his youth and being flattered to be asked. Maybe he was. But for the remainder of his eight-and-a-half-year career he remained an accommodating, thoughtful and available interviewee. Most riders recognise much of cycling’s enduring appeal comes down to the closeness between riders and the audience. But not all…

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communiqué

18 The number of grand tours Andrey Zeits started and completed in his 12-year career with Astana. In 2020, the 32-year-old joins Mitchelton-Scott on a two-year contract. “I'm still raising the bar, but I know that at some point it will be too high for me. Efforts like the ones I make mark the body and tire the rider” Speaking to L’Équipe, Julian Alaphilippe remarks on the difficulty of repeating this year’s annus miribalis Matteo Trentin will team up with Greg Van Avermaet at CCC in 2020. The versatile Italian says he believes the pair will have more opportunities to win racing for rather than against each other. Huge deal Riders at the women’s Colorado Classic were competing for a prize purse of $75,000 – $5,000 more than was on offer in the men’s event…

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michael woods

What’s your favourite race? The Tour. This year was the first time that I did it, but it was awesome. The level, the scale, the attention, it was all through the roof, and I loved it. What’s your favourite climb? The final climb of San Sebastián [the Murgil]. It is right in my ability range: steep, not very long, and the crowds are insane. The energy from the crowd is unbelievable. I love racing in the Basque Country. Who is the best domestique in the peloton? It’s hard to name one. Mitch Docker, Simon Clarke, Tom Scully and Nate Brown all come to mind. I’m lucky to have ridden with a ton of solid domestiques, and these guys have saved my ass more than a few times. Who is your funniest team-mate? Hugh Carthy cracks me up,…

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