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Procycling February 2016

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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are we going to see more dimensions to mark cavendish in 2016?

Every year between 2008 and 2011, HTC/Highroad won the most races. In 2012, it was Sky. Since 2013, Etixx-QuickStep has topped the wins rankings. What do all these teams have in common? The answer is Mark Cavendish. He has contributed 134 victories to his respective teams’ win lists, but as Cavendish will be the first to tell you, cycling isn’t just about the numbers. Cavendish seems to bring something to a team - attention to detail, discipline, will to win. But the big question is, what now for Cavendish as he joins Dimension Data? As MTN-Qhubeka they were a popular team, who punched above their weight in winning Vuelta and Tour stages. But even though they’ve brought in Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw, plus performance manager Rolf Aldag, all Highroad…

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EDITOR Edward Pickering The team kits are all out, so Ed is ready to pass judgement. The sartorial winners: Cannondale, with their striking lime green argyle. In the brown corner: Ag2r, again and forever. DEPUTY EDITOR Jamie Wilkins New faces and old scores to settle, some exciting careers beginning and other legendary ones coming to a close: the new season has Jamie excited. FEATURES EDITOR Sam Dansie The arrival of the UCI’s revised rider ranking system pleases Sam greatly, he just wishes the UCI had found it a sponsor and made more of a fuss about it.…

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4 January 2016 Etixx -Quick Step Spain Zdeněk Štybar does his best Thomas Voeckler impression, while Tom Boonen and moto driver Kim Tiebergyn make an early play for the title of nuttiest roadside fans in 2016. Štybar and Boonen joined their team-mates at the Etixx training camp in Calpe, Spain, as they spearhead the team’s challenge at the Classics. Boonen, returning from injury, looked in good shape at the camp, embarking on long training rides in the company of Tony Martin, Marcel Kittel, Nikolas Maes and Stijn Vandenbergh. 2 January 2016 Revolution Series, Manchester, UK Elia Viviani joined his Sky team-mate Peter Kennaugh to ride the fifth round of the Revolution series in early January. The Italian is quietly building a serious challenge for the Olympic Games Omnium in Rio this summer. Viviani, the reigning…

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spring classic

There are three predictable things in Paris-Nice. First, it will start in Paris; second, it will end in Nice. The only other predictable thing about the race is that it will be unpredictable, even to the point that the race owners, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), occasionally continue a long tradition of anarchy and nonconformity in the event by not even starting in Paris. Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the location of the prologue for the 2016 race, just about counts as being in the French capital, although it’s more leafy suburb on the Seine, on the north-western edge of the city, than urban grit. ASO’s 2016 route for the first European stage race of the WorldTour season shows a new confidence in the event, with an innovative series of hills and new summit finishes. If…

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why paris-nice is my highlight of the early season

How do you design the perfect stage race? It would all depend on your prejudices but mine are mostly reflected in Paris-Nice. I love the mountains and the unfolding three-week-long narrative of the Grand Tours but Paris-Nice offers something different. While the Tour is designed for the thoroughbred rouleur-grimpeurs, and the Vuelta and Giro for the purer climbers, Paris-Nice is a stage race for the puncheurs and tacticians. It favours riders who get found out in the harsh spotlight of the Grand Tours but thrive in the more subtle mood lighting of a week-long race. Paris-Nice is an accessible and logical event. Everybody knows where Paris is, everybody knows where Nice is, and the stretch of countryside between the two is just the right distance to cover in eight days. The race…

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eddie dunbar

The Axeon Hagens Berman rider is a man on a mission: to get to the WorldTour as fast as he possibly can. Meet the Irish U23 champion who wears his ambition proudly. Sounds intriguing. Most U23s go coy when asked about their ambition. Yes but Eddie Dunbar is not most U23s. He knows what he wants (a WorldTour contract) and he wants it as soon as humanly possible. “I’m quite an ambitious person,” he tells Procycling, “So I’d like to see myself on a WorldTour team but it’s a lot easier said than done. I think if I got a chance I probably would take it just clearly because I want to get to the top as quickly as I can.” Well, he’s on the team for it. He definitely is. The 19-year-old could…