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Procycling April 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
preface

EDWARD PICKERING EDITOR Sometimes the news is so bad it’s hard to process. When we heard that Ineos DS Nicolas Portal had died at the age of 40 from a heart attack, it was almost impossible to believe. And it’s a mark of the shock at how tragically young he was, and the respect with which he was held in cycling, that tributes came pouring in. Portal was the unsung hero of Team Ineos. He was in the team car for all of their Tour wins from 2013 on; also for Chris Froome’s spectacular 2018 Giro win. Just on a sporting level, he was up there with the most successful managers of all time. But that’s not the primary reason for which cycling remembers him. Universally, the sporting tributes from everybody who had…

2 min.
gallery

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Zwalm, Belgium 29 FEBRUARY 2020 Two former winners of Omloop have plenty of time to reflect on the circumstances that saw them miss the crucial split in the 2020 race. Defending champion Zdenek Štybar of Deceuninck-Quick Step and CCC’s Greg Van Avermaet rotate through on the exposed plateau above the Molenberg, with the Vinkemolen windmill in the background. Along with pre-race favourite Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb), they have riders in the group ahead - Yves Lampaert and Tim Declercq for Deceuninck, Matteo Trentin for CCC and Søren Kragh Andersen for Sunweb, so a pursuit is out of the question. The winning move had coalesced with 70km to go. Ahead of the marooned Van Avermaet group, Declercq put Lampaert in a position to win, but the Belgian was outsprinted at the finish…

5 min.
virus spreads doubts over cycling season

As we went to press, there were riders from Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ, Gazprom-RusVelo and UAE Emirates still being held in quarantine in an Abu Dhabi hotel after coronavirus hit the UAE Tour. Eight people connected to the race had tested positive for what is otherwise known as covid-19, after an outbreak that caused the final two stages of the race to be cancelled, and led to all participants, staff and media being quarantined and then tested. Most were sent home after three days once their results returned as negative. These four teams though were staying in quarantine for 14 days. The spread of coronavirus cast an uncertain cloud over the future of the 2020 cycling season as spring unfolded. By the end of February the UCI had already indefinitely postponed all races…

2 min.
72 hours in quarantine

It will take time to fully comprehend what happened at the UAE Tour and decompress from the experience of being quarantined with the threat of coronavirus hanging over my head. At the time of writing, I was waiting for a rebooked flight to Australia having spent 72-odd hours in the confines of mostly my room in the media hotel on lockdown in Abu Dhabi. I only spent one additional day in the UAE, but it felt like an eternity. The five out of seven stages of the race that actually took place are a faded and distant memory. When we got an email on Thursday night, after stage 5, from a race coordinator telling us not to leave the hotel grounds, by request of local authorities, I had no idea that…

5 min.
communiqué news • gossip • chatter

3.10 The goal Chloé Dygert Owen has set herself in the individual pursuit. It’s a time that would take three seconds off her own world’s best. The American set two new world records at the Track World Championships in Berlin, lowering the IP from 3.20.060 to 3.16.937, as she won her third world title. “I have my loyalties to this team and it feels like home after 10 years of being here. But… I need to get something signed before we carry on” Out-of-contract Chris Froome is still unsure whether his future beyond 2020 lies with Team Ineos, where he’s raced since 2010, or elsewhere. 12 weeks André Greipel is facing three months away from racing after undergoing surgery on a fractured shoulder caused by a training crash. The German slipped on a wet, muddy…

3 min.
heinrich haussler

Where’s home? Freibourg in Germany. I’ve been living in Germany since I was 14. I grew up in Cottbus, at a sports college; in 2007 I moved to Freibourg so I’ve been here for 12, 13 years. What’s your favourite race? Paris-Roubaix, just because it is so brutally hard. It’s the only race that I really look forward to during the whole season, even though it’s that hard. If I could win that race I’d be the happiest man on earth. What’s your favourite climb? The Kwaremont in Flanders. It’s not such a steep one compared to the Koppenburg or Paterberg. It’s one that I can handle pretty well. Where in the world would you like to get lost on your bike? I watched a video The Service Course did a few weeks ago riding around the…