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Procycling July 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.

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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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No matter how much I flirt with other races, the Tour de France will always be The One. It was my original teenage crush as a cycling fan – the brilliant 1986, 1987 and 1989 races coincided with me being 13 to 16, although 1988 was an early wake-up call that bike races can be dull as well as exciting. I go through phases of preferring the Giro, for its landscape, culture and character, or the Tour of Flanders, for its intensity, connection with the local region and cobbles, or even Paris-Nice, because I’ve got a fighting chance of making dinner before the restaurants close. But I always come back to the Tour. It’s the biggest, most exciting, most incredible bike race in the world, even if its size and…

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Giro d'Italia Stage 14, Italy 21 May 2016 And on the eighth day, God created the Dolomites. Stage 14 to Corvara had everything: stunning scenery and an exciting, topsy-turvy race Giro d'Italia Stage 11, Italy 18 May 2016 Bob Jungels rode an aggressive Giro, going into pink, then attacking off the front as the race went to Asolo. Ulissi took the stage but Jungels won the fans' hearts Tour of Romandy Stage 3, France 29 April 2016 The Capgras delusion is a condition in which sufferers are convinced that a friend or family member has been replaced by an identical impostor. We think we might have it, because it seems that fragile, highly-strung, climber Thibaut Pinot has been replaced by an invincible, confident time triallist. Pinot beat almost every Tour de France contender of note to win the…

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landa changes tack

Ian Stannard or Christian Knees? Ok, that’s an easy one. But what about Beñat Intxausti or Mikel Nieve? Leopold König or David López? Philip Deignan or Nicolas Roche? Wout Poels or Mikel Landa? And what to do with Micha¯ Kwiatkowski? Where does he fit in the Sky Tour team under Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome? If Sky’s chief David Brailsford moans about the difficulty of selecting his Tour team this year, it will be the biggest complainabrag in the sport right now. As Froome said with unnecessary equivocation, “I’d like to think we’re going in there with potentially the strongest team in the race.” If they don’t, something will have gone heinously wrong. But one selection – the squad’s most crucial choice – presents a particular conundrum. What to do with Landa? The…

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peter cossins

Asked last year about the oftmade description of Alpe d’Huez as the “Dutch mountain”, TV journalist Mart Smeets grunted with disdain. “A couple of Dutch riders won there, that’s all. How long is it since a Dutch rider did well there? 26 years.” Smeets could easily have been talking about his nation’s challenge in the Grand Tours, which until Steven Kruijswijk’s unexpected tilt for the Giro d’Italia’s maglia rosa has been moribund over that same period. Since the end of the 1980s when Erik Breukink, Steven Rooks and Gert-Jan Theunisse were in their pomp, Dutch cycling has barely produced a credible Tour contender. Michael Boogerd and Robert Gesink have been the pick of the bunch, but they have ultimately disappointed. However, that failure has to be seen in context. For 20 years…

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jasper stuyven

The best thing about riding my bike is… Being outside and doing what I love most! Do you ride by power or feel? Both. You’ve got to stick to the numbers to get step-by-step improvements but sometimes it’s important to just get out there and enjoy the scenery. The single best thing that the UCI could do to improve road racing is… Show more care for the riders. Without us the show doesn’t go on. Favourite race. It’s not an easy one, but Paris-Roubaix edges it for me. It’s got everything to interest a rider like me. Best domestique in the bunch. I would say Daniele Bennati [Tinkoff]. He’s always working, never slows down and he’s a really positive guy. Funniest team-mate. Gréggy Rast, which is just as well because we spend a lot of time together during the Classics. He…

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ellie dickinson

Meet the new British junior road champion who’s excelling in the senior ranks, too. Hang on, the Junior National Championships have already been held? Yes. Oddly, the Women’s Lincoln GP, as well as being an elite race, was also the Junior Nationals. The course was 100km with eight ascents of the cobbled Michaelgate climb and Ellie beat several fellow members of the BC Junior Academy, so a decent day out. “I’m a bit surprised, really,” she told us, “just really happy.” You mentioned good senior results… Ellie was 14th at the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in March, her first senior event. She was 13th at the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire against a field of motivated pros who were chasing the biggest prize purse in women’s racing. Both times she finished in the front group, so…