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Procycling October 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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edward pickering editor

As a road cycling fan, I'm never sure what I think about the Olympics. The event seems like an anomaly in the cycling calendar, which is pretty anomalous itself. Sometimes I have to explain how the calendar works to somebody with no knowledge of it, which gives me the chance to see it with fresh eyes. It’s pretty confusing. “The WorldTour has the biggest races. But winning the WorldTour isn’t as important as winning the Tour. Or the Monuments. Or the Worlds, which aren’t in the WorldTour. Yes, they have national teams for that one race. No, the world champion isn’t the best rider in the world. Well, last year he was. WT teams ride WT races. And some.HC and.1s. ProConti teams ride some WT,.HC and.1 races. And some.2s. What’s that?…

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Vuelta a España Stage 5, Spain 24 August 2016 For a short time at the start in Viveiro riders may have welcomed the rain after a few scorching days in the Vuelta's first week but no doubt the novelty soon wore off. This might look like Sky's Chris Froome furiously chasing on his own with Movistar hitched on behind him but his team are just ahead, with BMC setting the pace at the front for Darwin Atapuma's red jersey. The sun emerged for the last two hours and when the peloton raced into Lugo it was Gianni Meersman (EQS) who sprinted to his second stage win of the race. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo) hit an exposed metal pole, ending his race. Image: Tim De Waele Vuelta a España Stage 6, Spain 25 August 2016 Simon…

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big is not beautiful

When the UCI launched the 2017 WorldTour calendar, which has grown from 27 to 37 events, including many new additions, the governing body’s president Brian Cookson said the top tier of racing was “enriched by the addition of some truly fantastic races across the globe.” Cookson described himself as “delighted” with the new schedule. The teams and riders were less enamoured. The new line-up stretches to 17 stage races and 20 one-day events. There are some good points: the six-week gap between the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice has been plugged, the WorldTour’s presence extends to five new countries and good races that warranted inclusion are in – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche, for example. The changes were announced in early August. The race organisers’ association, the AIOCC, was as…

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jamie wilkins do power meters ruin racing

Nairo Quintana thinks so, and suggested on the Vuelta a Espana’s first rest day that they be banned from use in competition. His point is that without power meters the racing would be more exciting because we’d see bolder attacks, with riders bolting away from the lead group at rates unlikely to be sustainable. I think he’s talking nonsense, and not simply because I train and race with a meter myself. The day after Quintana made that comment, Esteban Chaves (SRM meter) launched just such an attack on the Pena Cabarga, thrilling the crowds and television viewers until he popped and was passed by Froome (Stages) and Quintana (Power2Max) himself. Granted, a power meter helps riders pace their efforts according to their critical power profile but when they’re on the fourth climb…

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matteo trentin

"I never had a cycling hero. I appreciate great exploits rather than the rider" What is the best thing about riding your bike? You can see a lot of beautiful places that you can’t see in any other way. A while ago I went to Trento for a gran fondo and I rode up Monte Bondone. I’d not been there since school and I was just taking it easy – it was simply beautiful. The views you get from cycling set it apart from every other sport. Do you ride according to power or by feel? Both. When I have rest days or easy days or long training I ride by feel. When I have work to do, by power. What is your favourite race? For me that’s an easy one: Flanders and Roubaix. Who is the…

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kilian frankiny

Meet Kilian Frankiny, a young climber from Switzerland who has just blown everyone's socks off in one of Italy's toughest races and is already being honed for the WorldTour. Tell us a little about Kilian, then. Frankiny is 22 and from Reckingen in Switzerland. Currently he’s riding for the BMC Development Team, though he’s also still studying economics. What type of rider is he? He’s a very strong climber. You don’t win a race like the Giro della Valle d’Aosta in any other way (this year the five-day race was made up of four summit finishes and a TTT). He prised the race open on stage 4 from Fénis to Clavalite, which was the queen stage and finished with 3km at 11 per cent. He won by 23 seconds over Enric Mas, the…