Procycling August 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.

EDITOR This is the first July since 1984 that I will not sit down every day to watch the Tour de France. The postponement of the world’s biggest race has left us all with a gaping midsummer void in our lives, and the theoretical possibility of actually getting some DIY done this month is no compensation for that. There’ll be a Tour in September, but that’s ages away. However, the Procycling team have put together a special edition of the magazine for all those suffering from Tour withdrawal symptoms this July. In lieu of an actual Tour, here is a 21-feature, 21-stage mag packed with insight, immersive stories and great interviews. You can tackle a stage a day, or binge-read the entire Tour in one go. On a separate but very important subject,…

3 min.

TOUR DE FRANCE Stage 8, Saint-Étienne, France 13 JULY 2019 This time last year, Thomas de Gendt shows his disbelief that yet another breakaway has paid off, as he solos to his second career Tour de France stage win in Saint-Étienne. In the distance, a few seconds behind, Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot can just be seen trying to catch the Belgian and put time between themselves and their general classification rivals after a thrilling attack 12km from the line. The 200km stage featured 3,800m of climbing over seven categorised climbs in the Massif Central. De Gendt was part of a four-man escape, which included breakaway regulars Alessandro De Marchi, Ben King and Niki Terpstra. The quartet lasted until the Col de la Croix de Part, when De Marchi and De Gendt pressed…

4 min.
cycling must act to address racism

Across the entire men’s WorldTour, there are five black cyclists. That’s out of 543 professionals at the elite level, or 0.9 per cent. The smaller Women’s WorldTour peloton has no black riders. It becomes really stark when you look at photos of WorldTour teams: the lack of diversity really stands out. The Black Lives Matter movement has become a global message in the wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, and as the world takes a fresh look at race and societal structures, cycling can hardly be exempt from the debate. The divide is clear. Cory Williams, a black professional rider from California, posted a statement on Instagram which read: “I’ve struggled in my career. I’ve been one of the top cyclists in America,…

2 min.
no more room for froome?

DEPUTY EDITOR Not too long ago, it seemed impossible to imagine Chris Froome lining up at the Tour de France in anything other than Ineos kit. Ineos as we know it might not exist without Chris Froome, and Chris Froome would likely not be the four-times Tour champion without Ineos. But in June signs pointed to the four-time Tour winner being on his way out of the team that brought him all of his grand tour successes. Reports linked him with a move to WorldTour debutants Israel Start-Up Nation. Multiple outlets said he had been offered a three-year deal that could even be completed before August for him to race the Tour. A lot has changed since Froome won his last grand tour at the 2018 Giro. Back then he was unstoppable…

4 min.

WEENING RETURNS 39-year-old Dutchman Pieter Weening has signed for Trek-Segafredo, in order to help the team with the congested racing calendar between July and November. He last rode for ProConti squad Roompot-Charles, before the team folded at the end of last year. 12 The number of weeks Niki Terpstra could be away from his bike after he suffered a serious crash while motorpacing during training. The classics rider was diagnosed with head trauma, a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, and a back contusion after being airlifted to hospital where he spent five days. “I think the races will be important for us, though I get the feeling we’d probably get a sponsor before we get to the Tour de France” Team manager Jim Ochowicz on CCC’s quest to find a replacement title sponsor for next…

3 min.
q&a jai hindley

Where’s home? When I turned pro I moved to Girona. It seemed like the best option: there are loads of guys, and heaps of support. Everyone can show you what to do, and there are lots of good training rides. I’m from just outside Perth in Western Australia, the city of isolation. When I saw there were cases of coronavirus there, I really knew this was a pandemic. What’s your favourite race? In Perth, we have this mad Boxing Day ride called Boxing Day Papas. Every man and his dog rides out. On open roads, we loop round the river at about half six in the morning. It’s the best thing ever. What’s your favourite climb? Els Àngels in Girona. It’s just out the back here, and it’s incredible. I could pretty much do it…