Procycling July 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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2 min.

The last day of top-level racing was March 14. On that day, we celebrated a stage win for Nairo Quintana and a GC win for Max Schachmann on the final day of Paris-Nice. This magazine comes out on June 12, which means we’ll have had 89 days without a race by the time you read this. That’s not much different to the off season - though there are smaller races in between, there were 100 days between Lombardia 2019 and the Tour Down Under this January. But while this has been a stressful and hard period for many, just in terms of everyday life, summer is here and we can be optimistic about better times ahead. It’s not certain - nothing is - but it may be fewer than 50 more…

3 min.

CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ Stage 8 Champéry, France 16 JUNE 2019 This time last year, the peloton wound its way down one of the hairpin bends of the Pas de Morgins during the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Having already climbed up through the Abondance Valley in the French Alps to the top of the third category climb at 1,369m, the riders temporarily descended into Switzerland on the other side, as the climb straddles the border between the two countries. Stage 8 was by far the shortest of the race, at just 113.5km long, but was packed with no fewer than seven climbs on the roads northeast of Cluses to Champéry. Dylan van Baarle of Team Ineos won the stage after being one of two survivors from the day’s big break, alongside…

4 min.
a contracting market for pro contracts

3 The remaining racing for 2020 will squeeze into three months Chris Froome is far from the only WorldTour cyclist facing a precarious situation at the moment, as less decorated riders across the professional peloton have their contracts up for renewal, despite there being no racing. Cycling’s contract model is uncertain at the best of times, but the coronavirus pandemic, and the suspension of the racing season, has meant that the transfer market is even more turbulent. With most professional cyclists on one or two-year deals, every other year brings negotiations and talks over renewals or team moves, which usually means lots of business being completed between the Giro and the Tour, in a scramble for open spots. Sometimes it’s a buyers’ market, and sometimes a sellers’, but in 2020, both teams and…

2 min.
cycling overload

On October 25 I was planning to have a day full of celebration for the 805th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, celebrating Henry V’s victory over France. Instead, however, according to the revised UCI calendar, I will be spending my Sunday watching not one, but three bike races all at the same time. For this is the day on which it has been decreed that Paris-Roubaix will occur. Also the final stage of the Giro d’Italia, a time trial that might decide the race, and stage 6 of the Vuelta a España. I’m not an epidemiologist so I offer no medical opinion on whether racing should return. Just that, if it really is safe, I would quite selfishly like bike racing back on TV, with or without fans. But is this…

4 min.

601 minutes the amount of time it took Boels-Dolmans rider Katie Hall to climb 8,848m vertical metres, the equivalent height of Everest from sea level, setting a world record. She completed 27 laps of the 3.7km climb to Bonny Doon, California “Our team uses ketones, so it’s a bit hypocritical for me to be a member of the MPCC” Tom Dumoulin quit the Mouvement pour un Cyclisme Crédible, because of its stance on ketones, but also because of the “farce” of Paris-Nice continuing during the pandemic. €5.5m the amount that Peter Sagan reportedly gets paid a year, topping a list of cycling’s biggest earners, which also includes Ineos riders Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Micha? Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz in the top 10. “I’m blindsided & heartbroken” Aevolo Cycling’s team director Michael Creed after…

3 min.
alice barnes

Where’s home? Manchester. I moved up here in 2013, and my boyfriend is on the track programme so he has to be here. I was wondering about moving to Girona, because it’s seen as the thing to do, but people like Ian Stannard still live here. The Peak District is here and I thought I’d make my life easier by staying. I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. What’s your favourite race? A British race like the Women’s Tour or the Tour de Yorkshire. The crowds are amazing and quite inspiring. What’s your favourite climb? In the UK, probably straight out of Manchester: the Brickworks climb. You go up there and see right across the peaks. Nick Craig [former cyclocross and mountain bike champion] once told me once that you can see all…