Procycling Review of the year 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 When I look back over 2019, it strikes me that this was not a predictable year. The results were full of surprises - I’d never have believed that Alberto Bettiol was going to win Flanders, or Jakob Fuglsang Liège or Bauke Mollema Lombardia, let alone Mads Pedersen the Worlds. Even in Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, I was a little sideswiped by the winners. Julian Alaphilippe is a decent favourite for La Primavera, but I never thought Philippe Gilbert could win Paris-Roubaix. Now he stands on the edge of greatness, with only a San Remo victory to go to score the fourth career grand slam of the monuments in history. In the grand tours, I didn’t think Richard Carapaz would win the Giro, or Egan Bernal the Tour, though anybody could see…

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Japan Cup Utsunomiya, Japan 20 OCTOBER 2019 The tall, lush Japanese cedar trees that fill Utsunomiya Forest Park shade the peloton as it completes one of its 13 laps of the Japan Cycle Cup through the park's grounds. After first starting as a legacy event of the 1990 World Championships held in Utsunomiya city, the one-day race is now in its 28th year and has become a fixture at the end of the men's calendar, this year taking place a week after Il Lombardia. Right near the front of the peloton is Bauke Mollema, who closely follows his Trek-Segafredo team-mate Edward Theuns setting the pace. The Dutchman showed no signs of fatigue from Lombardia where he won his first monument, or of making the long-haul trip from Europe to Japan, however, as he…

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RACE CALENDAR 2020 Out with the old and in with the new When one door closes another opens, so the saying goes. Though whether that’s the case regarding the news that the Tour of California is going on hiatus due to financial constraints but that cycling is getting a new men’s race in Saudi Arabia next year, still remains to be seen. There was a strange juxtaposition between the two announcements, which came just 24 hours apart. The Tour of California has been one of the mainstays of the calendar since it launched in 2006. For North American cycling, it’s the jewel in the crown - it’s the continent’s flagship stage race and most prestigious event. Saudi Arabia, by comparison, is a country with no discernable cycling heritage or grassroots scene, as well…

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raymond poulidor’s legacy

It’s May and I’m standing at the Col d’Agnes, the highest point on the final stage of the Ronde de l’Isard, one of the most prestigious U23 races on the calendar. Motorbike marshals stream past, then a mini-caravane publicitaire reaches the summit. Just half a dozen vehicles, one carrying Miss Toulouse. But it’s the one in which Raymond Poulidor is travelling that the couple of dozen fans at this summit home in on. “Vite! C’est Poupou!” a man standing next to us urges his family, and they join the flock around the car. The 83-year-old steps out and engages in what has become a familiar routine, shaking hands, posing for pictures, acknowledging compliments, and smiling, always smiling. He’s like everyone’s favourite grandad. Poulidor wasn’t the last link to what is viewed…

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143 Organisers of the Tour of Poland have retired the number 143 dossard from future editions in memory of Bjorg Lambrecht, who died during this year’s race. The 22-year-old Belgian sustained fatal injuries during a crash on stage 3. “We’ll remember you always," a statement from the race said. “It's not a decision I've taken lightly” For the first time since he turned pro in 2012, Romain Bardet will skip the Tour de France next year and instead focus on the Giro and Tokyo Olympics. VINO CLEARED Alexander Vinokourov has been cleared by a Belgian court of longstanding claims that he bought his win at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2010. A judge dismissed the case against the Astana team boss and runner-up Alexandr Kolobnev due to a lack of evidence, after prosecutors alleged Vinokourov paid €150,000 for…

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ellen van dijk

What’s your favourite race? Flanders. I love the race, it has a great atmosphere and everything around it. It always gives me a special feeling. Also, the route is challenging and it suits me. But since I won Dwars door Vlaanderen this year, that’s also becoming my favourite. What’s your favourite climb? I don’t know, I’m not a climber! I like to climb in training and I’ve been a lot to Confrides in Calpe which I’ve done a lot of times. Majorca, too: Puig de Randa is a really nice climb. Who is your funniest team-mate? Anna Plichta is always good for a laugh. But then we have Letizia Paternoster and she is just funny. Everything is a bit new to her. She’s still young, so she doesn’t really understand everything. Sometimes it’s a little…