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Procycling Review of The Year 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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When I look back on 2016, there are a few images which really stick in my mind. I’ll never forget Chris Froome running up Mont Ventoux – I think when we look back on 2016 in 10 or 20 years, the year will have been reduced to that one crazy image. But there are many more: Greg Van Avermaet breaking his recent Classics duck at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Geraint Thomas saving the Paris-Nice race lead on the descent from the Col d’Èze; Sagan at the Classics, above all at the Tour of Flanders, which I was lucky enough to witness firsthand; Mat Hayman winning Roubaix; Lizzie Deignan’s dominant spring; Vincenzo Nibali’s last-ditch smash-and-grab assault on the pink jersey at the Giro; Sagan, again, and Chris Froome at the Tour –…

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MARK CAVENDISH Barry Ryan was in Doha to cover the World Championships and he caught up with Mark Cavendish the morning after he won the Road Race silver medal. Or did he lose gold? Procycling _inds out, on page 76. PETER SAGAN Procycling was in Belgium for the entire Classics season. We watched Peter Sagan transform himself from perennial also-ran into big race winner and _inally, Monument champion. See page 48 for our eyewitness reports CHRIS FROOME The Tour de France winner explains his three biggest exploits at this year's race in his own words: his attack on the descent to Luchon, his escape with Peter Sagan in Montpellier, and his run on Mont Ventoux. See page 86.…

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Tour de France Stage 19 22 July 2016 Astana's Jakob Fuglsang leads the favourites' group on the Montée de Bisane in the Alps. The Kazakh team were trying to move Fabio Aru up from seventh place on GC. They did get him to sixth but he would crack badly the next day and drop out of the top 10. Giro d'Italia Stage 20 28 May 2016 On Sant'Anna di Vinadio, the Giro's last climb, Esteban Chaves is running out of time in pink. He started the day 44 seconds clear of Vincenzo Nibali but the Italian is now 90 seconds ahead. Chaves does all he can, under the watchful eye of Nibali's Astana team-mate Michele Scarponi, but he has to give best. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Belgium 28 February 2016 Jasper Stuyven is alone ahead of the _ield…

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race abandoned

In November, ASO announced that it was winding up the Critérium International, held at the end of March, forthwith. Local politicians in Corsica, the race’s last host region, decided not to enter into a new contract with ASO. And so homeless and impoverished, the race breathed its last, despite an 85-year history and a venerable winners’ list. ASO said in a statement: “The Critérium International’s peloton has seen a drop in density, due to the number of events taking place at this time of the season.” We can be sad about the demise of one of the few races to be put on during World War 2 but we shouldn’t be surprised. The news means FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot is now the last winner of the two-day, three -stage race. In its early…

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daniel friebe the rot in italian cycling

An unedifying discussion of an unsavoury business perhaps reached its low point shortly after lunchtime on 10 November, when Bardiani’s long-time manager Bruno Reverberi barked at the president of an Italian Olympic Committee tribunal, “Nippo-Fantini have Japanese blokes much worse than ours!” Like his Androni Giocattoli and Willier-Southeast counterparts, Gianni Savio and Angelo Citracca, Reverberi was in the dock for allegedly making certain riders pay to race in his team. Common sense and the UCI rules of course state that it should be the other way around: the riders ought to be the ones getting paid. An investigation by the Corriere della Sera newspaper had, though, appeared to confirm age-old rumours that teams recruit riders not on the basis of ability but whether they can bring in sponsors. At the end of…

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vincenzo albanese

Meet a young Italian in a hurry. Twenty-year-old Vincenzo Albanese comes from Oliveto Citra in southern Italy and has proven one of the best of the country’s amateurs this year. So much so that he’s turning professional a year ahead of schedule. What has been his highlight so far? That would be winning the Trofeo Matteoti in July – his first professional race victory. The 1.1 race on the Adriatic coast has an impressive winners’ list, including Filippo Pozzato and Paolo Bettini in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and further back Francesco Moser and Gianni Bugno. Just as remarkable was the manner in which Albanese did it: an attack from a small lead group inside the last kilometre and boosting past a lone escapee, Iuri Filosi, with 300m to go. In essence it…