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Procycling April 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 Happy 20th birthday to… us! It’s two decades since the first edition of Procycling rolled off the presses, which makes us the same age as the Tour Down Under and older than Remco Evenepoel. It’s also 20 years since Lance Armstrong ‘won’ his first Tour, and this last anniversary has been far more relevant than we’d have wanted it to be after the recent revelations of a blood-doping ring in Germany, involving two Austrian cyclists and maybe more. The reactions have been predictable - the usual mix of condemnation, cynicism, anger, weary acceptance and a bit of sympathy. It also takes us back a few years - just when the sport assured us it had cleaned up its act, it has suddenly become quite legitimate to question everything again. We’ve…

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Belgium 2 March 2019 Two-time Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Ian Stannard sticks out his tongue as he charges across the flat Belgian roads, past the windmill at Sint-Denijs-Boekel, with Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli close behind him. The structure is classified as a post mill, due to the fact it stands on a single post, and dates back to 1790. It sits alongside the road just after the riders have tackled the Molenberg, the eighth climb of the race. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Belgium 3 March 2019 Bob Jungels gets congratulations from his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mate Ždenek Štybar, as the Luxembourger stops after the finish line having won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Twenty-four hours earlier, the Czech also revelled in victory, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, to ensure the classics got off to the best start for the Belgian squad. Jungels, 26, is…

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organised doping hits cycling, again

NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 19.04.19 It was thought that organised and widespread doping rings were as much a thing of the past in cycling as successful breaks in the Tour’s flat stages, black team strips and earlyseason warm-up races. However, cycling was given an unwelcome reminder of its less-than-spotless past with the first public revelations from a police investigation into organised blood-doping in Austria and Germany indicating that Nordic skiers had been involved in cheating. Leaked footage of Austrian crosscountry skier Max Hauke apparently drawing blood as the police caught him in the act gave the scandal its defining public image: a shellshocked Hauke, tubes protruding from his arm, while police working on Operation Aderlass – ‘bloodletting’ - surround him. It wasn’t long before cycling was pulled into the maelstrom. Stefan Denifl,…

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no end in sight to the freeman saga

The General Medical Council’s tribunal of former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman was adjourned in early March, meaning that questions about allegations of ordering testosterone for nonmedical use and subsequently lying about it, along with charges of poor record-keeping, won’t be answered for several months. The tribunal was adjourned, after being held in private. Dr Freeman has reportedly been suffering from ill health, and failed to turn up to a parliamentary select committee hearing about the infamous Team Sky ‘jiffy bag’ saga in 2016. Team Sky themselves were heavily criticised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee when they published their report in spring last year, but have been keen to draw a line under the findings and move on. However, until Dr Freeman is ready to…

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scotland makes racing history

STAFF WRITER In the week of International Women’s Day, cycling crossed a major threshold as the route of the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland was unveiled. History has officially been made, as the stage race will become the first-ever UCI-ranked event to be launched for women without a men’s equivalent already in existence. The threeday, 2.1-level race, from August 9-11, will start in Dundee and travel southwest to Glasgow before finishing up in central Edinburgh. Perhaps most significant, however, is how much the UK continues to be one of the leaders, if not the leader in promoting women’s cycling. Great Britain, of course, is already home to one of the biggest stage races in the sport – the Women’s Tour. Since it was launched in 2014, the five-stage race has become a…

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2021 The year the Tour de France will start in Copenhagen, making it the first time the race has had its grand depart in Denmark and the 19th race start outside France. Just 24 hours after finishing the UAE Tour, Lotto-Soudal’s Roger Kluge flew from Dubai to Poland to race at the Track World Championships. The German rode in the Middle East in lead-out support for Caleb Ewan. He arrived just three hours before the Madison start, where he retained his rainbow jersey with German team-mate Theo Reindhart. “I’m already in contact with other French teams, and some foreign teams.”Nacer Bouhanni tells Cyclingnews.com he’s considering his future outside Cofidis for 2020. 100m The distance shorter Paris-Roubaix’s Trouee d’Arenberg sector is than organisers previously thought, after a re-measuring highlighted the discrepancy. The five-star cobbled sector was…