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Procycling January 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Monthly
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13 Issues

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2 min.
preface

ISSUE 264/JANUARY 2020 EDITOR A lot can happen in a decade. This time 10 years ago, Team Sky were just about to start and, let’s be honest, they were a bit average initially. Lance Armstrong was unretired and undisgraced. Fabian Cancellara had yet to win his first Tour of Flanders. And a British rider was probably not going to win the Tour de France any time soon, notwithstanding the fourth place that Bradley Wiggins had just achieved in the race. On the other hand, Marianne Vos was winning a lot of races, just as she is 10 years later. In a fast-changing world, some things remain reassuringly stable. Pedants will rightly point out that the decade technically ends in December 2020, but pedants didn’t have as good a time as the rest…

2 min.
gallery

Cyclo-cross World Cup Koksijde, Belgium 24 NOVEMBER 2019 Mathieu van der Poel continues his run of cyclo-cross victories, on the famous sandy beachfront course at Koksijde. A bad start hadn't at all threatened his chances of victory - he'd started far back on the grid, thanks to not having ridden the US rounds of the World Cup, then a crash held him up. No matter, he simply carved his way patiently through the field, picking off riders one by one. It took about a lap, but he soon ended up in first position. He cantered to victory by 25 seconds over Belgium's Laurens Sweeck, with Toon Aerts in third,. The Dutchman's stats are becoming ever more impressive. Koksijde was his 33rd consecutive cross win in a run dating all the way back to…

4 min.
vuelta’s 2020 vision: the suspense is back

“I fought more against a team than an individual, more against Sky than Froome. It was me against their philosophy” Alber to Contador talks about his rivalry with cycling’s biggest team page 68 When it comes to the 2020 Vuelta a España, organisers Unipublic appear to have learned a key lesson from 2019, which even the most diehard of Primož Roglic fans would admit was anything but the usual cliffhanger. True, the first nine days of the 2019 Vuelta were hard fought and as the favourites traded blows through the mountains of Valencia, Teruel and all the way to Andorra, the GC battle stayed refreshingly open. However, placing a hefty 36km time trial on stage 10 in Pau gifted the 2019 Vuelta to Roglic, at roughly halfway. With the notable exceptions of the…

2 min.
same team, new look

Bahrain-McLaren are here to “disrupt” the world of cycling. At least, that was the message coming out of the McLaren hub (also known as the McLaren Thought Leadership Centre) when the team unveiled their new-look team, kit and bike to the world in December in Surrey. What they are going to disrupt still remains to be seen, but considering the team only dates back to 2017 it’s not taken them long to undergo a radical overhaul. In fact, you’d barely know this squad was the same one that has been racing the past three seasons and not just because the likes of Mark Cavendish, Mikel Landa and Wout Poels have come on board as the star riders, in place of Vincenzo Nibali and Rohan Dennis. The swapping of title sponsors of…

4 min.
communiqué

30 The age of Travis McCabe as he signed with Israel Cycling Academy, becoming one of the older first-timers in the WorldTour in 2020. The twotime US criterium champion has spent the majority of his career racing in North America and rode for Floyd's Pro Cycling in 2019. “This trophy should be a cake that I can divide into equal pieces” Remco Evenepoel praises his team as he becomes the youngest ever winner of the Kristallen Fiets, awarded to the year's best Belgian rider NO WAY FOR NORWAY Organisers of the Tour of Norway may put the race on hiatus in 2020 due to a budget shortfall. With the Arctic Tour of Norway, Hammer Stavanger and Ladies Tour of Norway all also sharing funding from the Norwegian government, the organisers of the six-stage race, due…

3 min.
silvan dillier

What’s your favourite race? Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders are my favourite one-day races. Maybe I prefer the Tour of Flanders because of the parcours but in Paris-Roubaix I have so many good memories from last year, so I can’t leave that one on the side. In stage races, I really like the Tour de Suisse because it’s a home race and many of my family members come to watch and that’s always really special. What’s your favourite climb? I don’t have a favourite climb - I hate climbing! At home I don’t have real climbs, I just live in an area where it’s hilly. I could choose one climb at the Tour of Flanders - the Paterberg is one I really like. Who is the best domestique in the peloton? I know Mickey…