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Procycling May 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
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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preface

The news that Nairo Quintana is racing the Giro and Tour to win both was greeted with a healthy dose of scepticism in the cycling world when it was announced. You only have to look at the recent history of this endeavour to understand why. Nobody has won both the same year (and not been disqualified for doping offences): Denis Menchov in 2008 and Alejandro Valverde in 2016. Alberto Contador came fifth in France on the back of a Giro win in 2011, but he was jaded in the later event, and it was all rendered moot by his subsequent disqualification. These results say it all. The challenge flies in the face of modern coaching theory. Building a peak to win the Giro is simple, but having time to recover, and…

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gallery

Milan-San Remo Italy 18 March 2017 The peloton sweeps along the Ligurian coast en route to San Remo in the first Monument of the year. After a series of small bunch and group sprints in recent years, the race came down to an escape, initiated by Peter Sagan, but won at the death by Micha¯ Kwiatkowski 3 Days of De Panne, Stage 3b Belgium 30 March 2017 Philippe Gilbert wears the white jersey of race leader in the final-day time trial of De Panne. Seventh place on the day would be good enough to defend his lead, hard-won in the crosswinds of Flanders over the previous stages Gent-Wevelgem Belgium 26 March 2017 The peloton, spearheaded by Quick-Step Floors, crosses the dusty surface of one of the Ploegsteert sections introduced into Gent-Wevelgem for 2017. The inclusion of these unsurfaced roads was to…

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famous belgians

Belgium might be contemplating life without Tom Boonen, their most successful Classics rider since Roger De Vlaeminck retired in 1979, but the country’s cyclists have nonetheless been the dominant force in the one-day races this spring. While Boonen faces life after cycling, following his retirement after Paris-Roubaix, Belgians had their best home Classics season for many years. Greg Van Avermaet swept up Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Wevelgem and Roubaix, Yves Lampaert took the win in Dwars door Vlaanderen in the event’s WorldTour debut, and Philippe Gilbert took an audacious solo win in the Tour of Flanders. In and around the bigger events, Guillaume Van Keirsbulcke won Le Samyn, while Gilbert also won De Panne, winning a stage and the GC. It’s a stage race, but it still served notice…

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sam dansie the muur:same but different

The return of the Muur van Geraardsbergen gave a swift and decisive twist to the 2017 Tour of Flanders. For that, course designer Wim Van Herreweghe can breathe a sigh of relief. He insisted it would be a crux of the race but many doubted him, saying it was too far from the finish to be of strategic importance. It’s a relief that the Muur will be referenced as a turning point in 2017. Its effect on the race when it was part of the Muur- Bosberg finale down the years and the atmosphere it generated meant it became the heart of the race - indeed a symbol for Flemish bike racing. A procession up the slope upon a reinsertion after a five-year break would have been worse than letting…

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fumiyuki beppu

What’s the best thing about riding your bike? You can see the landscape and the people where you are. Our sport goes around the world and we see different cultures – Asia, Europe, Middle East – and how life changes. Travelling is the fun part. Yesterday, I raced in Belgium and I could see cobbles, canals and windmills. It’s a nice landscape here. What’s your favourite race? I love the cobbled races; you are always fighting. That’s like real life. Okay, it’s tough and dangerous, but we need to fight sometimes. I also like the Giro – it is one of the most beautiful races. There’s lots of passion and it’s a classical stage race. People really love cycling in Italy. We pass a lot of historic places and the landscape is beautiful. Who’s…

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kristoffer halvorsen

There’s no holding back the U23 World Champion, who won the Handzame Classic in March. Sounds like he’s the next big and fast Norwegian sprinter. Correct, and the Norwegian cycling media follow his career with stalker-like intensity. Over the Classics season - his Joker Icopal team scored entries to a number of semi-Classics - his every move was reported back home. When he won the Handzame Classic bunch kick, one local website proclaimed him a “gift to Norwegian cycling”. No pressure then. Presumably he’s a man in demand with WorldTour teams. Yes. LottoNL tried to entice him with a contract before he’d even won the worlds in Doha thanks to a string of big results in 2016. These included a Tour de l’Avenir stage, two stages at the Olympia’s Tour, his first pro victory…

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