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Procycling September 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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The ’17 Tour is growing on me. The GC never quite ignited, save for Peyragudes. But the more I look back at the race, the more I appreciate its texture and complexity. Sometimes a Tour improves with age, like wine and cycling journalists.I like Chris Froome. He’s a great athlete and intelligent company. I even have a soft spot for his style of pedalling – there’s a rhythmic spiky angularity to it which is more jazz than classical but that’s the thing about cycling and music – there’s room for everyone. However, I find Sky’s tactics boring and Froome’s detachment frustrating, even if I understand why he rides and acts the way he does.Of the four Tours he’s won, I only really enjoyed last year’s in terms of the GC.…

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Tour de France Stage 18, Izoard20 July 2017Fans line the roadside near the top of the Col d'Izoard. The Izoard is one of the legendary climbs of the Tour, famous for its bleak but grand scenery and the great battles that have been fought out on its heights. But 2017 was the _irst time it had hosted a stage _inish. Warren Barguil con_irmed his King of the Mountains crown by winning alone; Chris Froome defended yellow with ease(Image: Chris Auld)Tour de France Stage 9, Chambéry9 July 2017Tony Gallopin of Lotto Soudal _ights to stay in contact with the break on the steep climbs of the Jura during the action-packed stage to Chambéry, where he faded to 27th. The Frenchman had freedom to attack when his team wasn't chasing breaks for…

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busting sky’s budget

Sky won their fifth Tour in six years, delivering their most powerful performance yet in support of Chris Froome, and the hand-wringing about what can be done to reduce the team’s hegemony began long before Paris.What’s left? With steep ramps and gnarly descents, ASO made a route that was, if not overtly anti-Sky, then at least pro-Bardet. To no avail: the British squad outrode them all on the climbsNext year, squads will be down to eight. Ostensibly it’s to improve safety, but it’s also hoped this will loosen Sky’s suffocation of the race. Fat chance. Sky lost Geraint Thomas on stage 9, before the race had even entered the Pyrenees and they barely missed a beat. Vincent Lavenu said just after the Tour: “I think Sky were stronger than ever.”The…

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sam dansie the jury system is broken

Peter Sagan’s disqualification on stage 4 of the Tour has been chalked up as an egregious crime against cycling, and rightly so. The jury got it wrong in sending the world champion home. In the wake of the Tour, the jury president, Philippe Mariën, suggested it was time to have a commissaire behind a TV, watching the sprints for infractions in real time. That is the nearest thing we’ll get to an admission of a bad call. Currently commissaires come off the road into the pandemonium of a finish and then deal with the incident on playback.It’s a good idea to have a deskbound commissaire - the cycling equivalent of rugby’s TMO. But video evidence, as the Sagan incident showed, should not be the only evidence considered. The danger with…

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oliver naesen

What’s the best thing about riding your bike for a living?That question kind of answers itself, doesn’t it?Which is your favourite race?The Tour of Flanders. It’s the race I grew up watching and it’s the race that made me dream of becoming a pro.Which result are you most proud of?Winning the nationals earlier this year. In Belgium, like all the traditional cycling countries it really means something. After my spring season which was good but with all the bad luck in the world, the nationals win felt like all my negative karma turned positive.Who’s the best domestique in the peloton?In the Tour? Michał Kwiatkowski, who isn’t a domestique, but a million euro domestique! It varies. There are good domestiques for sprints or climbs but for a pure domestique, Michael Schär.…

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objects of desire

Look back to a time when orange was orange, and sideburns were bushy. Enjoy a bit of 1970s retro chic with Santini's replica SEM - France- Loire jersey, as worn by Sean Kelly £55 | $72.58, www.prendas.co.ukDiscover what makes the most legendary cyclists in history di_ferent from the rest of us, £12.99, www.pro_ilebooks.comBe the coolest rider out there with Chapeau's Tempo jersey and Club shorts, an e_fortlessly stylish and classy set of garments, £49.99 (jersey), £119.99 (shorts), www.chapeau.ccEverything you ever wanted to know about riding as a professional cyclist, from how to explain leg-shaving to your friends, to what to call your bike, by ex-WorldTour pro Phil Gaimon £16.99, $17.95, www.velopress.com(Images: Steve Sayers)Been there? Done it? Got the t-shirt? Why not also get the badge? Cafe du Cycliste o!fer free…