Procycling November 2019

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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EDITOR There was something for everyone at the Vuelta a España this year, especially with the final podium. On the top step: Primož Roglic, a rider who has confirmed the huge promise he has shown in the last few seasons by winning a grand tour. Alejandro Valverde, the runner-up, stood on one side. The world champion just seems to keep on going forever. On the other side stood Tadej Pogacar, a first-year pro who had stunned the cycling world with three stages and third overall. The podium pictures were a cycling version of Titian’s Three Ages of Man. Here stood the 2019 winner with the 2009 winner. And since Pogacar will only be 30 years old then, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he were to be the 2029 winner. The…

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Vuelta a España Stage 9, Andorra 1 SEPTEMBER 2019 The white of Alejandro Valverde's rainbow jersey had long since turned to brown as he crossed the finish line on stage 9 of the Vuelta, after the heavens opened over the race and doused the peloton in heavy rain to make one of the race's toughest stages just that bit more unpleasant. The world champion, soaked through and spattered with mud, came in fourth place, on a stage that packed five climbs into just 94 kilometres through the mountains of Andorra, as well as a four-kilometre gravel section in the finale that turned to sludge in the deluge. The Spaniard was part of an elite group that formed with 19km remaining, along with Miguel Ángel López, Primož Roglič and his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana,…

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worldtour teams show 2020 vision

The gradual winding down of the racing season is always neatly juxtaposed against the ramping up of rider transfers. While the annual trade war between teams has been quietly going on through agents and managers behind the scenes all year, as soon as August 1 rolls around transfers hit the news cycle and the noise doesn’t die down until the first race begins in January. The 2019-2020 transfer market is, what’s more, quite a noisy one. We could be starting to see a shift in the balance of power in WorldTour teams, with at least four grand tour and a further four monument winners on the move. Ineos and Jumbo-Visma have been the two strongest grand tour squads this year, and that won’t change in 2020. Much has already been…

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mixed response for new ttt

You can’t fault the UCI for trying something new, even if the mixed relay team time trial at the Worlds made its debut in Yorkshire to a reception that was divided at best. If this is the future of TTTing in cycling, and a sign of greater equality in the sport, then there’s plenty of work to be done, not least to persuade the riders that the event is actually worth their time. Just 11 countries took part in Yorkshire, with Australia and the USA notably missing. The calibre of riders was, with all due respect, also below that of the best time triallists in the world. Last year’s trade team TTT saw six TT world champions compete, compared to just two this year, and the Netherlands won the gold…

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2023 The year to which Primož Roglič extended his contract with Jumbo-Visma, meaning the Dutch squad will boast one of the strongest grand tour rosters next season, after Tom Dumoulin confirmed he is transferring from Team Sunweb, too. “I’m already thinking about 2020, which will be a very important season for me” After his Tour abandon Thibaut Pinot called time on his season early, and will not defend his Il Lombardia title, citing exhaustion. Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford has revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer around the time of the Giro d’Italia and underwent surgery after returning from the Tour de France. The 55-year-old said he began experiencing symptoms, including chronic fatigue, at the start of the year, before being persuaded to have an MRI. BAD BREAK Bad luck really struck Steve Cummings…

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lisa brennauer

What’s your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders. It’s a special race with awesome crowds and it has such history as well. It’s also the type of racing. It’s hard - it has hills and the cobbles and everybody wants to do well there. What’s your favourite climb? One from training, because as you know I’m not a climber. I’m mostly looking foward to when they are done. But there is one at home, which is maybe seven kilometres long, with switchbacks and nice views and it has been a route that I’ve trained on since I was really small, so I have lots of memories, of lots of suffering. From time to time I go there to train now. It’s special and has meaning. It’s in the south of Germany, Bavaria. Who…