Procycling December 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’s nothing quite like realising that the current Tour de France champion is 22 to make you feel old. In case that’s not enough, a rider aged 20 recently came third in the Vuelta (and 22 seconds away from second, though the interesting caveat to that is that the runner-up, Alejandro Valverde, is 39). There are two riders born in 2000 both currently ranked in the top 100 cyclists in the world on Cqranking and Procyclingstats – Remco Evenepoel on the men’s side and Franziska Koch on the women’s. Something is afoot in our sport. Cycling wisdom used to dictate that riders had to serve apprenticeships and spend their early 20s developing the strength and endurance to be able to win big races. Of course, there have always been a few…

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UCI World Championships Elite women's RR, Harrogate, UK 28 SEPTEMBER 2019 There are more than 100km to go until the finish in Harrogate, but Annemiek van Vleuten has already made her move to win the race and is smoothly moving clear of her pursuers here on the climb of Lofthouse. Van Vleuten's ride to the finish was brave and controlled, but her Dutch team was also hugely effective. In the chase group, team-mate Anna van der Breggen sat on, meaning co-operation was minimal. And in the next group, Marianne Vos sat tight, ready to sprint if it did all come together. With a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C which were all superior to anything any of the other nations could muster, the Netherlands were unbeatable. Van Vleuten held on for a…

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a nice start and an interesting finish

Mountains on the second day? An Alpine summit finish on day four? Off-road sections? C’est la folie! The French are not stereotypically in a rush. This is the country of the slow food movement, of a relaxed apero before an amuse-bouche, a first course and a leisurely main. Even the Tour de France followed this model for many years – though the race seems to have been more and more impatient to get into the hills in the last decade or so, the traditional model for the race was for a flat, opening, long week incorporating several sprint stages and a time trial, and then two sets of mountains – Alps-Pyrenees one year, Pyrenees-Alps the next, separated by some rolling stages, then back to Paris. Those flat stages in the opening…

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even bigger and even better

STAFF WRITER How do you follow the race dubbed the most exciting edition of the Tour de France in decades? Tour organisers AS0 may have been delighted with the reception this year's race got from fans, riders and the media alike; a close GC battle that went down to the final days, a route that created excitement and intrigue on every stage, and - the holy grail - French success that gave the home nation truly something to get excited about. But the problem with good things is that people invariably want more of them, and anything other than more of the same in 2020 might now be viewed as a disappointment. For the second year in a row, Christian Prudhomme unveiled a route that is high on climbing metres and low…

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54 Races on the UCI’s new Pro Series next year, split into 26 stage races and 28 one-day races drawn from the current .HC and .1 classifications. Among them are the Tour of Turkey, formerly in the WorldTour, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the Tour of the Alps. "We call on the UCI to prioritise securing the implementation of safe race conditions" Team Sunweb call on the UCI to improve safety at races following the tragic accident that befell their development team rider Edo Maas at Piccolo Lombardia. Maas crashed and fractured his back, leading to paraplegia in his legs. “I hope to ride the Tour de France and the Olympic Games next season” 28 October The rescheduled date for the medical tribunal of Dr Richard Freeman, the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor who faces allegations of…

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daryl impey

What’s your favourite race? The Tour Down Under. I enjoy the racing there with the crowds; it’s very similar to back home. Also racing on an Australian team, it’s quite special - you feel like it’s your home race. What’s your favourite climb? I quite enjoy the one in Ordino in Andorra. It’s just a nice climb for me. It’s not a climb I ever think, ‘Oh no, I have to go up here.’ I’m actually quite keen to go up. Who’s the best domestique in the peloton? Kwiatkowski, even though he’s not a domestique but someone who can do everything really well. One of the most solid domestiques that I’ve seen is Luke Rowe and before that, Matty Hayman. He was the best road captain I’ve ever ridden with. On and off the bike,…