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Procycling November 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Chris Froome’s Vuelta win was an impressive thing. Add it to his Tour win this summer, and he’s the male rider of the year. He became the third rider after Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year, and the first to do so since the Vuelta moved to its current slot on the calendar. Sky came to the Vuelta with a formidable team, and were all but impervious to his rivals’ ambitions. Even when Froome had a mild off day at Los Machucos – the one chink in his armour in three weeks - he bounced back the next day. He won by 2:15, a smaller margin than most of his Tour wins, but he was every bit as dominant. I don’t love Sky’s…

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VUELTA A ESPAÑA Our 360-degree look at the last grand tour of the year, with full analysis of Chris Froome's win, a look at Alberto Contador's lap of honour, and a view from inside the wild card Manzana team. Coverage starts on page 40 GPS QUÉBEC & MONTRÉAL Procycling's Sam Dansie paid a visit to Canada for the two one-day WorldTour races to find out how this unique ecosystem of events is thriving and look behind the scenes. Sam's Race Culture report starts on page 74 INTERVIEW: OLIVER NAESEN Belgian champion Oliver Naesen has been one of the world's fastest-rising riders since his win at Plouay last year, confirmed by third place in E3 in 2017. Edward Pickering's revealing interview with Naesen is on page 82…

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Vuelta a España Stage 20 Spain 9 September 2017 With eye-wateringly steep sections at 20 to 24 per cent gradient near the top, the Alto de l'Angliru is one of Spain's most iconic and brutal climbs. It made its seventh appearance at the Vuelta on the penultimate day of this year's race. Alberto Contador charged away solo with 5km to go to secure the stage win at the summit, and with it the perfect send-off to his career before retirement Vuelta a España Stage 17 Spain 6 September 2017 Nicolas Roche furrows his brow and grips his bars as he struggles up to the summit at Alto de los Machucos at the end of stage 17. Further up the road, Austrian Stefan Denifl made history for his Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport by winning…

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educating sponsors

In September, Cannondale-Drapac confirmed it would be known as EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale from 2018, with the Swedish educational firm coming on board as the team’s new title sponsor. The news ended a 14-day spiral of uncertainty that had looked likely to lead to the American squad’s closure. A potential new backer pulled out, leaving CEO Jonathan Vaughters searching for a $7 million shortfall, without which the squad would close. Riders and staff were initially released from contractual obligations for 2018, such was the uncertainty the team could continue. Cannondale’s fairly modest budget is among the smallest in the peloton; at $15 million it’s said to be around a third of Team Sky’s. Yet the team had just enjoyed the most successful Tour de France of its 13-year history – with…

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sophie hurcom movistar’s women’s team steps forward

As well as unveiling a new kit for 2018 that looks like a cross between Astana and Team Sky’s light blue offerings, Movistar confirmed that next year it would also be launching a women’s team for the first time in its history. The Spanish squad said the new team was a signal of how strong women’s cycling is in the country, and a commitment from them to offer Spanish riders the “best conditions possible to compete in the international peloton.” The team follows in the footsteps of Astana, Orica-Scott, FDJ, Lotto Soudal and Sunweb, who all run women’s teams parallel to their men’s WorldTour squads. Movistar’s move is significant for the fact that the team is a peloton stalwart. Dating all the way back to 1980, it’s the longest-running team in the sport…

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george bennett

What’s your favourite race? I have about six. One is Lombardy though, there’s something romantic about it – it’s just a beautiful, epic race. There’s drama, it’s the last race of the year so everyone throws it on the line and there’s great food. Afterwards, I always go and get a bottle of wine and some ham and look back on the season I’ve had. What’s your favourite climb? That’d be the backside of the Takaka Hill back home. You get to the top, look out over the Golden Bay and the top of the South Island. It’s stunning. Go there. Who’s the best domestique in the peloton? I couldn’t split Sam Bewley and Jack Bauer. They’re completely selfless and do the stuff no one sees. No one mentions their names and then it comes…