Procycling June 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 Does a cyclist’s character and personality matter? Of course, it’s physical and tactical ability (and a bunch of other stuff) that win races, and as fans we keep watching the sport because we want to find out who is going to be the winner of the next big event. On that level, what does it matter if a rider is extroverted or introverted, loud or quiet, funny or serious, nice guy or…not? But there’s so much more to it than that. Cycling for me is about emotional engagement. It matters to me that Mark Cavendish is competitive and chippy, that Romain Bardet waxes eloquent in his interviews, that Thibaut Pinot wears his emotions openly or that Annemiek van Vleuten is somewhat kooky in her interviews. It’s also why this month’s cover…

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Giro d’Italia Stage 13, Pinerolo-Ceresole Reale, Italy 24 MAY 2019 This time last year, the gruppetto heads up the snow-capped Colle de Nivolet to Lago Serru, the first real mountain-top finish of the 2019 Giro. At 2,247m above sea level, the climb in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy overlooks the Ceresole Reale Lake 10km from its summit, an artificial body of water created in the 1920s which provides the energy supply to nearby Turin, and is where the climb temporarily plateaus. But on either side, the gradients ramp up to 13 and 14 per cent, which proved too steep for the gruppetto who finished almost 50 minutes behind the winner of the day, llnur Zakarin. 2019 was the first time the Giro had ever tackled this cliimb, but Zakarin made his move…

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92 Percentage of Vuelta visitors who’d return to the region VUELTA A ESPAÑA TOURISM IMPACT Grand tours: grand for tourism Bike races have been encouraging tourism ever since the invention of the panoramic television landscape shot: never mind the cycling, just look at the scenery. There’s a reason why towns pay thousands of euros to host the Tour de France. The first wave of money comes back to them when the local hotels are full; the second comes when people who have seen the region on TV come to visit. A group of researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of Murcia have looked into the impact of last year’s Vuelta a España on the communities it passed through, and found good reasons behind places bidding to host a race. For…

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Quintana vs Froome Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué claimed that Chris Froome would have struggled if he ever had to face Nairo Quintana one on one, while speaking on a Spanish podcast. Froome, who beat the Colombian to the Tour de France title four times, reacted with incredulity on Twitter, before saying he had “the utmost respect for Quintana and racing against him over the years has been an absolute pleasure”. 37 The number of hours it took Willie Smit of Burgos-BH to complete a virtual 1,000km ride. He climbed 8,150 virtual metres, and burned over 17,000 calories on the almost non-stop effort, to raise money for the South African cycling federation in his home country. “As a team, we’d be ready to race right up until Christmas” Bora-Hansgrohe’s manager Ralph Denk said that his team…

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hugo houle

Where’s home? I live full time in Monaco, from the beginning of this year. Originally I’m from Sainte-Perpétue, in the centre of Québec. It’s a small village, around 1,000 people there. That’s where my parents have always been and we never moved. I spent all my time there before I started cycling. French is my first language, and before this year I lived near Mont Ventoux, with Antoine Duchesne, who’s with FDJ now, and we spent five years together. There was less climbing, and in the winter there was good weather but not a lot of wind. What’s your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders, not really for the race itself, but for the atmosphere around it. It’s really special to race in Belgium. You can feel on the morning of the race…

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sean quinn

Another talent from Axel Merckx’s team? Sean Quinn is the latest great hope to come out of Merckx’s Hagens Berman Axeon outfit. The 19-year-old Californian is into his second year at the development team, following in the footsteps of established WorldTour riders like Tao Geoghegan Hart, Will Barta and Neilson Powless. He said that just being on the team means that “you have top tier teams looking down at you with more open eyes”. Has Sean impressed? He certainly has, finishing sixth at last year’s Baby Giro, no doubt impressing professional teams with his staying power in the mountains. He told Procycling that it was a “good feeling to be able to hold on for 10 days and to be really consistent,” and that he enjoyed having the team ride for him. So Sean…