Procycling February 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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ISSUE 265 / FEBRUARY 2020 EDITOR Jumbo-Visma’s early announcement of their 2020 Tour de France team before 2019 was even out raised my eyebrows-mainly because I’ve been following cycling long enough to know that the chances of eight riders getting from December to July without injury, illness or mistimed form are quite slim. But let’s assume that everything goes well, and they start in Nice with Roglic, Dumoulin, Kruijswijk, Gesink, Kuss, De Plus, Martin and Van Aert. If you could choose a fantasy Tour team with an unlimited budget, it wouldn’t look too dissimilar to this. All bases are covered - GC favourites, climbing domestiques and resilient flatlanders. The team looks… dare I say it… as strong as Ineos. That’s great news. Jumbo went toe-to-toe with Ineos in last year’s Tour and in the…

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UCI Track World Cup Brisbane, Australia 14 DECEMBER 2019 Matthew Glaetzer of Australia leads the keirin event of the Brisbane World Track Cup in blissful ignorance of the two riders left strewn on the track behind him following a mid-race crash. The home rider will go on to finish second to Colombia's Kevin Quintero, with the Czech Republic's Tomáš Bábek completing the podium positions. Great Britain's Jack Carlin finished fourth. The two DNFs would be Russian Denis Dmitriev and Trinidad's Kwesi Browne. Brisbane was the fifth round of the UCI's flagship track series, with one more to come in late january in Milton, Canada. With Olympic qualification slots up for grabs, the World Cup events were all keenly contested. Cyclo-cross World Cup Namur, Belgium 22 DECEMBER 2019 Germany's Marcel Meisen struggles through tough conditions at the World…

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all change at bahrain-mclaren for 2020

Entering its fourth year Bahrain-McLaren has the air of a new team. There’s a new man in charge, a new co-sponsor, some high profile arrivals, a lot of turnover – 12 new riders, and a greater international mix – and the departure of the star around whom the team was initially built, Vincenzo Nibali. Rod Ellingworth, the new man in charge, has been keen to emphasise that this is a team without a national identity. Thirteen nations are represented in his 2020 roster, compared to 12 last year, but it’s the composition that has changed most dramatically. Last year it was a team of two large blocks – seven Italians and six Slovenians. This year there’s more of a blend: still five Slovenians, but only four Italians, as well as four…

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27 The age at which former Irish champion Conor Dunne has retired from cycling, calling time on his career after having turned pro in 2014. Dunne raced for An Post, JLT and Aqua Blue during his career, and spent the last season with Israel Cycling Academy. B&B Hotels-Vital Concept have been handed their much desired Tour de France debut in 2020, with the French ProConti outfit among the three wildcard teams awarded a spot in this year’s race. Since launching in 2018, Vital Concept has been edged out of the Tour by more established second-tier squads, a particular disappointment for their French sprinter Bryan Coquard. Yet they’ll make their first start in July alongside Arkéa-Samsic and Total Direct Energie - the latter whose place was already confirmed after they topped the 2019…

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q&a chad haga

What’s your favourite race? I would have probably answered the Giro d’Italia before [2019] anyway, but now it’s especially in that place as my favourite. It’s just a brutally hard race, but it’s also beautiful and a lot of fun and now I have a couple of the best memories of my career there, when Tom [Dumoulin] won, and now my own stage victory. What’s your favourite climb? Pikes Peak, just outside Colorado Springs. It’s a massive climb capping out at over 4,100 metres so it’s brutal. It’s, I think, seven or eight per cent the whole way up but the scenery cannot be beat. When you come through the tree line and see forever, it’s an amazing climb to do. Who’s the best domestique? It’s hard to put a name on it - there…

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jens reynders

What do we need to know? Belgian Jens Reynders is sticking with what he (and lots of other Belgians) knows best; getting good at riding on the cobbles. The 21-year-old from Tongeren, Limburg, in the southeastern corner of Flemish Belgium, has been honing his trade at Leopard Pro Cycling and the Wallonie-Bruxelles Development Team, before transferring to the highly rated Hagens Berman Axeon, run by Axel Merckx, for this year. How’s getting to grips with the cobbles going? Well, last year alone Jens finished third at both U23 Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, so that’s a pretty decent sign. His biggest talent, his new team say, is being able to sprint after a long day of racing which suits the arduous classics to a tee. Has he had any other wins or noteworthy results? Jens won…