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Procycling March 2019

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 When does a series of seemingly unrelated events become a trend? I asked myself this question when looking at a few of the more unusual transfers that took place between the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Niki Terpstra, the double monument winner and this magazine’s cover star, made the unusual journey from Quick-Step Floors (Deceuninck, as it is now known) to Direct Energie. He’s gone from the most successful team of 2018, with whom he won some of the biggest classics in the world, to a ProConti-level team more famous for their presence in ‘TV breaks’ at the Tour de France than for winning big races. And he’s not the only one. André Greipel, 11 times a Tour stage winner, left Lotto Soudal for ProConti Arkéa-Samsic. There are all kinds of reasons…

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NIKI TERPSTRA The two-time monument winner talks to Sophie Hurcom about his surprise transfer and his straight-talking reputation. See page 38 IN PICTURES: MALLORCA The European cycling season gets underway at the four Mallorca Challenge one-day races. Pete Goding was there to capture the action, on page 58 CYCLING IN GAZA Flavia Cappellini travels to the war-torn Gaza Strip to speak to Alaa al-Dali who dreams of making it as a paralympian. See page 90 Images: Joseph Branston, Pete Goding, Getty Images…

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Tour Down Under, Stage 6 Australia 20 January 2019 Richie Porte snarls and stamps on the pedals as he accelerates up Willunga Hill, the Tour Down Under's signature hill-top finish, on his way to a record sixth straight victory on the climb. The 3km long ascent has become Porte's favourite playground, and the Australian played the perfect waiting game to take the victory. He held steady to 1.3km to go before launching past Team Sky's Wout Poels, for his first win in his new team Trek-Segafredo's colours. Vuelta a San Juan, Stage 4 Argentina 29 January 2019 The peloton passes through the Ischigualasto Provincial Park, one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Argentina. The park is also known as 'Valley of the Moon' for its rocky resemblance to Earth's barren satellite, and the orange clay formations…

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uci ban on tramadol starts this spring

Cycling’s addiction to the painkiller tramadol will be combatted by new UCI rules banning the drug’s use in races. They come into force on 1 March. However the ban is not legally backed by the WADA Code, meaning some experts are worried it may not have strong backing in court. The long-awaited ban is welcomed by team doctors, who say it may curb the practice of riders taking so-called finishing bottles, in which a cocktail of tramadol and legal stimulants are given towards the end of races. Since 2012, doctors in the Movement for Credible Cycling group of teams have said tramadol may contribute to high-speed crashes, because it dulls reaction times. The drug may also have performance-enhancing benefits as it allows riders to push through pain barriers. Prentice Steffen, the…

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the penalties for a failed tramadol test

Starting on 1 March, any rider who fails the tramadol test will be immediately disqualified from the race and, if they ride for a UCI-registered team, ordered to pay a CHF5,000 fine. If a rider fails the test a second time, they will be disqualified and given a five-month suspension. Teams will also face hefty sanctions. If two riders from the same team fail the tramadol test in a 12-month period, the team will be fined CHF10,000. A third offence in the same 12-month window will be punished with a team-wide suspension of between one month and a year, which will be decided by the UCI Disciplinary Commission. The post-race test will be carried out by taking a small sample of blood from a rider's fingertip.…

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cycling’s #metoo moment arrives

DEPUTY EDITOR Iljo Keisse’s awful decision to simulate sex with an unidentified waitress as she posed for a photo with Deceuninck-Quick Step riders at the Vuelta a San Juan shows that some quarters of cycling still think demeaning women is okay. Hopefully that will change now. For his boorishness, Keisse had to explain himself at a police station, was fined and was ejected from the race. He apologised for his “stupid moment”. But what was even more indictable was the reaction of his team boss, Patrick Lefevere. Rather than dressing down his rider and reminding Keisse of his responsibilities, he threatened to withdraw the squad from the race and suggested the waitress was motivated by money. Then, mysteriously, two of the team’s riders missed podium duties because they didn’t “feel too…