Procycling May 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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EDITOR We’ve been putting together this edition of Procycling with heavy hearts as we follow the news of the spread of the coronavirus around the world. The cancellation of bike races, while a blow, is of secondary importance to the fact that an unimaginable human tragedy is unfolding. Our thoughts are with everybody. Things are going to be different for a while. And that’s as true of Procycling as almost every other aspect of our lives. This month we’ve managed to squeeze in a few last race reportages from the 2020 season, including Daniel Friebe’s nuanced and thought-provoking eyewitness account from Paris-Nice, the last pre-shutdown race. But for the next few editions we won’t be doing our usual in-depth accounts of the classics, Giro and, maybe, the Tour. And, we have to…

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Strade Bianche Tuscany, Italy 7 MARCH 2020 The white roads of Tuscany stand empty on the day that Strade Bianche was originally planned to have taken place. Photographer Kristof Ramon, in the area to shoot the race, captured the eerie atmosphere of the quiet landscape. “I decided I would photograph the course on the actual race day, around the same time the race would have run,” he said. “There was almost nobody there except for some hikers - there wasn’t a quarantine order in Tuscany yet. I was looking for signs of the race, but couldn’t find any except the permanent signs at the start of each gravel sector. I didn’t see any cars or cycle tourists - it felt like I was doing something illegal.” Cycling followers had anticipated the usual very…

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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Coronavirus infects cycling’s economics The coronavirus crisis has ripped up the cycling season, tearing riders’ plans to shreds, but it is also having an impact on cycling’s business. Deceunink boss Patrick Lefevere has said that the suspension of racing has already cost his team €500,000. With no racing until at least June, teams can’t make any money on the road, but are also unable to show off their sponsors. With sponsorship so key to the business model of cycling, many budgets are on a knife edge. The key question, as Ronny Lauke, the manager of Canyon-Sram says, is whether sponsors are still obliged to obey contracts, because there is no racing on. He said: “We rely on sponsor income, and, when they don’t have an income then at some point we won’t have…

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uae riders’ recovery from covid-19

Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze spent three and four weeks respectively in hospital in March after contracting Covid-19 at the UAE Tour. The UAE Team Emirates sprint duo received treatment in an Abu Dhabi hospital after the conclusion of the race, becoming the first WorldTour riders publicly known to have to contracted and recovered from the virus. Richeze spent 18 days on a ward, and was allowed to leave after he tested negative twice. He went back to Monaco to be with his family, but urged his fellow Argentinians to obey government measures as Covid-19 reached South America. Gaviria, meanwhile, who won three stages at the Vuelta a San Juan in January, and came second in stage 4 of the UAE Tour, spent almost a month in hospital. In an…

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inside italy’s darkest days

CYCLING WRITER I’m in Turin, a couple of hours west of the epicentre. However, Italian bike racing history is my job and passion, and as such I know a lot of people in and around Bergamo and Brescia. The corridor either side of the A4 motorway has always been the Italian cycling stronghold, and nobody there hasn’t been touched by it. Just last month I spoke to Pierino Gavazzi for Procycling, about his win at Milan-San Remo. As I write he’s fighting for his life. The virus is all around us, and the lockdown was total pretty much from the off. There’s no cycling whatsoever, and no anything else. At first, amateur riders tried to interpret the decree to the effect that solo riding was necessary for ‘mental health’. Then Vincenzo Nibali…

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800 The amount of Swiss francs Sam Bennett was fined for shouldering Nairo Quintana in the stage 3 sprint at Paris-Nice. Bennett was then taken down in a crash, which first took him out of contention for the win, and then the race as a whole. “As for the Tour de France, only two world wars have stopped the Tour”The director of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, speaking about the possibility of his race being cancelled last month, after all racing was called off for March and April. Circus-Wanty Gobert and Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles have reportedly turned to the Belgian government’s unemployment programme to stay afloat. Sporza reported that 11 Circus-Wanty Gobert team staff members are claiming unemployment benefits, and that Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise is also looking into the possibility of government assistance. “ It’s a parcours…