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Procycling September 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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How was the Tour for you? During and immediately after the race, there were complaints that the GC battle had been underwhelming. And yes, once Chris Froome had underlined his superiority in the Ardèche time trial, Sky held the race in a vice. 1989, which saw a closelyfought battle between Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon, it was not. You can’t blame Froome for sitting on his lead. He built his Tour win on being the best time triallist among the GC contenders, and all but undroppable in the mountains – just as Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans did before him. But it’s also unfair to write 2016 off. Froome’s downhill attack to Luchon was daring and exciting, though I reckon it was more planned than Sky let on. His exploit in…

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Tour de France Stage 8, Col du Tourmalet 9 July 2016 The peloton climbs the Tourmalet on stage 8. Chris Froome won with a daring downhill attack Tour de France Stage 9, Andorra 10 July 2016 Tom Dumoulin reacts to a fan getting too close as he drives for the finish on Andorra Arcalis where he took his first ever Tour stage win, in atrocious weather conditions Tour de France Stage 17, Finhaut, Switzerland 20 July 2016 Rafał Majka attempts to cool off during yet another mountain points raid. He'd miss out on the stage win to Katusha's Zakarin but extend his KOM points lead Tour de France Stage 12, Mont Ventoux 14 July 2016 In a scene of chaos that will go down in Tour legend, Bauke Mollema, Chris Froome and Richie Porte land in a heap after piling into…

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breaking the train

Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme could hardly have been more categorical when he argued just before this year’s race ended that, “more than ever, we need eight-man teams in the Grand Tours.” The reason: to stop teams like Sky suffocating the race. This isn’t a new proposal. In November last year, the race organisers’ association, the AIOCC, voted in favour of eight-man teams. In December, Prudhomme made another call for reducing Grand Tour team sizes. In fact, he’s held this belief since 2012, when he proposed six-rider teams. Be it six, seven or eight riders, his argument remains straightforward. The current situation of nine riders per team means a yellow jersey squad can “tie down” the race in the mountains. “Certain team managers would be opposed but perhaps they can see…

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tour team sizes always changing

The eight-man team idea is turning perennial. Last year, it was called for to reduce the peloton’s size and improve safety after crashes ripped through the field. Now it's to try to handicap the stronger teams. But some team managers and directeur sportifs are opposed to smaller teams. They cite the level of difficulty and natural attrition as a reason for not over-burdening too few riders. BMC’s chief Jim Ochowicz said: “You cannot ride a Grand Tour [with] fewer than nine riders,” he said. “You have some teams that are already down to six riders. They’re on their knees right now.” Back in 2012, when Prudhomme first aired the idea, Lotto-Soudal’s Herman Frison said it would be much harder for teams to have dual goals at the race. Smaller teams could also…

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sam dansie

In the aftermath of Sky’s domination of the Tour, calls to Do Something to prise open the team’s grip on the race, particularly in the mountains, reached their height. Salary caps and eight-man teams were solutions being kicked about. They're good ideas but there’s something unsettling about the idea of regulating against a team. And they’d take years to introduce. Brass tacks: Froome won yellow in the TTs. This is where organisers can use their discretion to do whatever they think is acceptable to curb his advantage. It’s their race, after all, but not their sport. And it’s up to rivals to find a way to beat Froome. He showed them the blueprint this July. It’s in the gutter, the wind and on the descent. The mountains where we hope the contest will…

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tiffany cromwell

The best thing about riding my bike is… The freedom it gives you. It takes you to some great places you’d never find otherwise. The social side of riding is also something I love. Do you ride by power or feel? Mostly by feel, I’d say. I don’t have power on my Garmin when I’m racing and I only really use power when I’m doing specific efforts. Favourite race… That’s Flanders and Strade Bianche – hard races in beautiful places. There’s nothing quite them. My hardest day on a bike was... There are lots but I’d say this year some of the hardest were at California, where I was struggling for form and under lots of pressure. The mental aspect of cycling is way harder than the physical. If I wasn’t a pro-rider I would be… A high-powered editor…