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Procycling March 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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edward pickering

EDITOROne of my favourite things about cycling is that it’s a pretty educational sport. I’m biased, but I think cycling fans are the most erudite sports fans of them all.A televised bike race isn’t just a compelling piece of sporting action. It’s a geography lesson, too – we learn where a lot of towns and cities are and, just as importantly, what lies in between them. We also get some geology lessons: which other sports’ fans, save for rock climbing, can name mainland France’s five mountain ranges? We know a lot about meteorology, too, such as the prevailing winds in the Belgian spring and why the Basque Country is so green. And races also teach us physiology, pharmacology and linguistics. For me, this broad range of subject matter is one…

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ROMAIN BARDETComing second to Chris Froome in the 2016 Tour de France has the French public convinced that homeboy Bardet will win this year. But no matter where the sport takes him, he’ll stay true to his rural roots, he says on page 42JARLINSON PANTANOColombian-born Pantano has made sacrifices to compete in Europe, but they were worth it for the joy of making the podium, following in the footsteps of other Colombian greats. Read how he did it on page 54DAN MCLAYThe young British sprinter has come a long way since his first steps into cycling. Now he’s enjoying choosing his race programme and even taking on big names like Cavendish. Find out his plan on page 82 ■…

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Australia 29 January 2017 Tom Van Asbroeck, of Cannondale-Drapac tails the bunch in the Cadel Evans GORR. The event, newly elevated to the WorldTour for 2017, was won by Nikias Arndt of Sunweb Image: Chris AuldImage: Getty ImagesDubai Tour United Arab Emirates4 February 2017Marcel Kittel celebrates a successful defence of his GC title in the Dubai Tour. Along the way, the German took three stage wins, cementing his position as the most successful rider in the race's four-year history. His path to GC success was helped along when the Hatta Dam stage, with its steep uphill finish, was cancelled owing to high winds. The race was decided on time bonuses, and Kittel's three stages gave him an 18-second cushion over LottoNLJumbo's Dylan Groenewegen. Three…

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a classic race

Trek rider Koen De Kort says there is a moment in every Milan-San Remo where strength and illusions dissolve. “It is 40km longer than anything else we ride, but you go 200km without even knowing what your legs are like because it feels so easy. Then it starts and ends in a flash: you can go from feeling good to useless in the first 100m of the Poggio.”Riders have strained to impart the complexities of ‘La Classicissima’ for decades, yet to many fans it remains the most predictable, least watchable of the Monuments. As much as the two iconic climbs that used to inspire decisive attacks, the Cipressa and the Poggio, the post-race debate about whether the 298km route needs an overhaul is now the race’s most reliable tradition. The…

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farewell cauberg, it's for the best

While Milan-San Remo sticks steadfastly to its much loved, well-worn finale, the organisers of the Amstel Gold Race have done the deed and removed the Cauberg from the closing lap. After several predictable editions, the act is a mercy killing. Though the hill is the race’s most famous piece of road, it was stifling the race. Now the last climb is the seven per cent, 900m-long Bemelerberg followed by seven flat kilometres back to the current finish line in Berg en Terblijt.Roadside fans who turned the Cauberg into a beer-sodden party venue since its first incorporation in 2003 might feel aggrieved to lose a fourth personal viewing, but they should commend chief organiser Leo van Vliet on sporting grounds. The peloton had figured out that the way to win Amstel…

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mike teunissen

What do enjoy most about riding your bike?Just being able to go wherever you want to go, whenever. And as a professional you get to race in some really great places all over the world.What’s your favourite race?There are a few favourites. One is Paris-Roubaix because it suits me the best. But I think altogether for the atmosphere, scenery and everything, the best is Strade Bianche. I love that race.Who is the funniest of your team-mates?Warren Barguil. I’ve only spent time with Wa-wa on training camps, but as a leader of the team he’s always ribbing the staff and other riders. And talking in English in his French accent makes him funnier.Who’s the best domestique in the peloton?Another team-mate and training partner, Roy Curvers. This is his 10th year as…

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