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Procycling February 2017

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 226 / FEBRUARY 2017 EDITOR As I write, we’re midrace at the Tour Down Under and it’s exciting to see racing action and the colours of the peloton under a bright blue sky again. The sun is shining, Caleb Ewan is winning sprints, and all is well with the world. It’s almost enough to make you forget that races are disappearing left, right and centre. ASO killed the Critérium International during the off-season, which was a shame. Its format was unique and attractive. I’ll miss it, even though it has essentially been left to wither on the vine the last few years. Next, the Tour of Qatar – a WorldTour race –was pulled, owing to a lack of sponsorship according to ASO. Then two more venerable but ailing institutions, La Méditerranéenne and…

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Sky pre-season training camp Mallorca 10 January 2017 Team Sky hit the winding roads of the Balearics as they prepare for the season ahead Image: Chris Auld Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 Australia 18 January 2017 Richie Porte attacks hard on the Paracombe climb. He'll finish the stage 16 seconds clear of his closest rival, taking a formidable lead in the general classi fication Image: Bettini Photo Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4 Australia 20 January 2017 The peloton winds its way through the South Australia landscape en route to Campbelltown. The TDU had been a hard start to the 2017 WorldTour season. Stage one was shortened when temperatures soared above 40 degrees celsius; a day later it was a far more comfortable 20 degrees. With the WorldTour having been expanded and points being ever more important to the teams, the finishes…

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vuelta skelter

Ever get the feeling the Grand Tours are playing to a character that sets them apart from the other two? Though this year’s Vuelta a España terrain is packed with new and rare climbs, the feel, overall, is familiar. The shortish, very steep ascents that have abounded in recent years, derided as goat tracks by some, are back in numbers this year to set the race apart as the real racers’ Grand Tour. There’s also the carbon copy of last year’s short and hostile Formigal stage and to underscore the point, race director Javier Guillén has included the Angliru, Spain’s hardest climb, as the last act of the GC battle on the penultimate day. With around 50 categorised climbs – the 2016 Tour de France had 58 – there are three…

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herbie sykes cycling deserts italy

Lampre’s withdrawal (and Beppe Saronni’s salvage job in securing sponsorship from United Arab Emirates) marked a genuine fork in the road. In 2017 the Persian Gulf is bankrolling two WorldTour teams while Italy, the land of the campionissimi, has none And RCS might have sounded the death knell for Androni by not selecting them for the Giro. It’s been a slow death, an assisted euthanasia which some argue began with Pantani’s expulsion from the 1999 Giro. It’s been horrific but at least there’s a degree of finality about it. Italy has a unique cycling culture and deep-rooted respect for cyclists. It has Vincenzo Nibali but no team. Cycling doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There was a creeping inevitability about the petrochemical billionaires’ advance and in sport, as in life, cash is…

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who’s going to race the vuelta ?

We’re expecting a classy start list. Some riders, such as Esteban Chaves and Fabio Aru, have explicitly said they will be there. This year’s Giro, by dint of being the 100th, has a lot of depth and it’s logical to expect many to skip the Tour and focus on the Giro and Vuelta. Step forward Tejay Van Garderen and Ilnur Zakarin, for example,who will both be in Italy. Then there’s the July cohort who have found that the Tour-Vuelta combo is doable in a way the Giro-Tour is not. Chris Froome will be almost certain to ride and Alberto Contador won't want to miss possibly his last Vuelta. About the only really dubious attendee at the moment is Nairo Quintana, who will ride the Giro then the Tour. Unless he…

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hannah barnes

What’s the best thing about riding your bike? The adventure. Spending hours exploring new roads, visiting different countries and new cultures really makes cycling unique. The bike is fast enough to get somewhere but slow enough to see things. What’s your favourite race? Crescent Vårgåda in Sweden: narrow gravel roads, a few short climbs with fast descents and a narrow twisty circuit to finish. So much fun. Who is the funniest rider on your team? Mieke Kröger. She’s forever making everyone laugh with her great sense of humour. Who’s the best domestique in the peloton? Trixi Worrack. She’s been racing in the professional peloton for 15 years so she’s no stranger to being in the thick of racing. Whether we are sat at the breakfast table or mid-race she will always be giving us advice and making…