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Procycling June 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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Amstel, Flèche and Liège get a hard time of it these days. Boring and predictable, we decide, before the races have even happened. And then they turn out to be boring and predictable.With team tactics what they are now, and cycling teams being so well organised and trained, these races are formulaic: controlled racing to the last hill, and may the best uphill sprinter win.It’s easy to criticise but I suspect it’s close to impossible to disrupt this pattern while things stay as they are. Armchair DSs may suggest attacking, as if it hadn’t occurred to anybody. But it’s too hard – strong teams keep the pace high through the race; attacks don’t work.There are some answers. First, one rider fewer per team, please. Break the control of the stronger…

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Tour of Romandy Switzerland28 April 2016To the mountains: the peloton limbers up for a crucial summit _inish at Morgins. The stage was won by Nairo Quintana(Image: Tim De Waele)Amstel Gold Race Netherlands17 April 2016Tim Wellens attacked hard from 7km out. He was caught on the Cauberg but rallied and clung on for 10th place.(Image: Tim De Waele)Paris-Roubaix France10 April 2016Fabian Cancellara, Master of the Cobbles, had an uncharacteristic crash in the five-star Mons-en-Pévèle pavé section, also taking down Terpstra and Moscon in the second group on the road. Two things to spot: Cancellara's rear wheel dramatically flying off, and the foot on the right of the frame that belongs to Peter Sagan, who rode over Cancellara's bike and continued. The Swiss chased hard for a while but eventually finished over…

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etixx on the rebound

23 WINS FOR ETIXX SO FAR IN 2016One bandwagon leaving Ans after the Classics was the one claiming Etixx-Quick Step’s underperformance in the spring Classics means that whatever else happens, 2016 will be a bad year for the team.Lacking leadership, over-reliant on the fading brilliance of Tom Boonen and being tactically off-key were some of the reasons cited for the failure of the team to win a Classic. To an extent, those charges stand. Boonen gave a rousing performance at Roubaix but he’s not the race winner he was and during the flat Classics Etixx was the team accepting terms from thinner squads with brighter riders and bolder tactics. At least by Roubaix, Etixx were on manoeuvres before the Arenberg trench and took the fight to the other teams. A…

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lionel birnie

Strade Bianche has earned its status as a modern Classic in just 10 years. The Tro Bro Léon has been going since 1984, becoming fully professional in 2000, but is still an undiscovered gem. It has all the ingredients needed to become part of an elite series of spring races which embrace the cobbles and farm tracks of Europe. The only things missing are a top-class field and money.Unlike Strade Bianche, which is run by Giro d’Italia owners RCS, the Tro Bro Léon is run by volunteers. It has a small budget of €200,000-300,000, plus the cost of live TV coverage, another €120,000, half of which is covered by the French Cycling Federation. Volunteers they may be but the hospitality laid on for a few hundred VIPs – essential to…

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rafał majka

(Images: Tim De Waele)"We need more fixed cameras at the starts and finishes. Then they should reduce the number of motorbikes in the race"Favourite race?That’s the Vuelta, because it’s always warm weather.Best domestique in the peloton?Maciej Bodnar because he’s Polish and he stays with Peter Sagan everywhere – not just in the race but in the room too. When he works he’s 100 per cent for the team and he’s so strong you can’t believe it.Favourite training location?That’s got to be Livigno in Italy. It’s got good roads and there is also a nice atmosphere around the place.Funniest team-mate?[Pauses] This year, not sure, but last year the funniest guy on the team was Chris Juul [-Jensen]. Now he’s with Orica and he’s a really funny guy, really good at telling…

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adrien costa

Adrien Costa may only be a first year U23 but he’s fast developing a reputation as the next big thing of American stage racing.Why all the fuss?He placed second in the junior Worlds TT in 2014 and 2015. “It shows consistency but I was a little disappointed,” he told Procycling. He also won the Tour de l’Abitibi and twice won the Tour du Pays de Vaud, both big junior races.That’s impressive but no guarantee of future success. He could burn out.Indeed, but he is in good hands. He joined the Axeon-Hagens Berman squad, run by Axel Merckx, son of the great Eddy and renowned developer of talent. Costa says his support system is "careful not to put any pressure on me and ensure I’m still having fun. All the pressure…