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Procycling November 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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edward pickering editor

Team Sky are the subject of a huge amount of coverage and conversation, especially in the Anglophone cycling world. They are the story when they win races, and they are the story when they don’t. I felt just as intrigued by Sky’s defeat, for example, in the Formigal stage of the Vuelta a España as I did by Nairo Quintana’s consequent victory. The Sky thread on our sister website cyclingnews.com’ forum page The Clinic has 36 and a half thousand posts on it* (I’m not passing any comment on the quality of the discourse contained therein, just reporting the facts.) So when the Fancy Bears’ hack of Bradley Wiggins’s three pre-Grand Tour corticosteroid injections recently emerged, things went ballistic. Even the papers and TV news covered the story in depth.The…

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Vuelta a España Stage 20, Spain10 September 2016The deciding stage of the Vuelta took in five climbs and finished at a military radar station on the 1,558m Alto de Aitana(Image: Tim De Waele)Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Canada9 September 2016While hardly the brightest star in the peloton, with extinction a certainty from early in the season it seems IAM went supernova, newly motivated to end with a bang not a whimper. This has been the team's best year. Here, Oliver Naesen attacks in Canada.(Image: Tim De Waele)Tour of Britain Stage 5, Bath, UK8 September 2016The yellow jersey may not have been passed from rider to rider with quite the frequency of previous years – when it seemed as if there was just the one jersey, it smelt bad, and riders…

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shades of grey

When Team Sky were set up in 2010, one of their marketing devices was ‘the line’. Developed by London agency Antidote, ‘the line’ took physical form in the blue stripe across the team kit. It also came with a message: “This is the line, the line between winning and losing, between failure and success, between good and great... it challenges everything we do. And we ride it every day.”However, in David Brailsford’s recent interview with the BBC following the revelations about Bradley Wiggins’s Therapeutic Use Exemption for a powerful corticosteroid in the immediate run-up to his last three Grand Tours, the Team Sky principal’s only reference to any line was to state that he would go right up to the one that separates legal from banned. Wiggins was one…

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klaus bellon joy and expectations

Simón Bolívar Park in the heart of Colombia’s capital city has hosted varied events over the years. Two Popes have led masses there, while Iron Maiden, Metallica, The Cure and Britney Spears have played to audiences sometimes totalling over 100,000.On 17 September, it was Nairo Quintana’s turn. He traversed the city in a slow, two-hour parade, as countless fans lined the road to catch a glimpse of the returning hero. The parade finished in the Park, where more people awaited. The entire affair was televised live throughout the country, and the sheer number of fans in attendance left no doubt: Quintana’s Vuelta win had struck a chord with the locals.The significance of the win is immense. It echoed Lucho Herrera’s victory in the same race in 1987, a defining moment…

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dan mclay

(Image: Jesse Wild)What is the best thing about riding your bike?An easy one: café stops.What is your favourite race?I’ll split it: Milan-San Remo, Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. I’ve never ridden San Remo but it’s always a 50/50 race and those are the best to watch. And Roubaix is just Roubaix.Who is the best domestique in the peloton?It’s hard to say because the best domestiques win races now. I’ll give two. Bernhard Eisel is one; I watched him working for Cavendish at the Tour. He never finishes above 150th or whatever but he does his job perfectly. In my team, I’d pick Florian Vachon. He’s our road captain and has some results himself. He’s an underrated bike rider.Who is the funniest rider on your team?Yauheni Hutarovich. He’s funny all the time but…

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bjorg lambrecht

Lambrecht is one of Belgium’s most promising young stage racers. His best result was winning the first stage at the tough Pyrenean Ronde de l’Isard in May – and then hanging on to the leader’s jersey and picking up a surprise GC win, too. “I continue to amaze myself,” he told French website Directvelo soon after. Later, he also won a stage and placed fourth overall at the U23 Peace Race. Most recently, he thought he had had done enough to win the U23 European Championship in Plouay but he was pipped into second by the Belarusian Alexandr Riabushenko in the sprint for the line. “I really thought I had it,” he said. Still, he’s only 19.So, he likes his climbing, right?Correct. He’s quite a rare bird in that regard…