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Procycling May 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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EDITOR There’s something about the Giro that really appeals to me. It’s the expert cycling fan’s grand tour of choice, a race for the connoisseur, as opposed to the mass market appeal of the Tour de France. Of course, it doesn’t offer much different to the Tour - three weeks’ worth of racing, great scenery, spectacular mountains and fascinating local culture at every stage. But it also has its own unique aesthetic - Italy in springtime can throw everything, from blue sky and sunshine to bleak snowstorms, at the riders. The yellow jersey of the Tour may be the most famous icon of cycling, but the Giro’s maglia rosa has a character all of its own. And every year I look at photographs of the race in the Dolomites and it just…

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Strade Bianche Italy 9 MARCH 2019 The peloton kicks up pale dust from the strada sterrata, which drifts across a sumptuous Tuscan landscape of a thousand hills. Could there be a better expression of the intoxicating allure of Strade Bianche? Despite the race featuring few steep climbs, the riders had scant respite on the 184km route, which took in 11 sectors of unsealed farm road. Despite never contesting the race before, in-form Julian Alaphilippe wasted no time in adapting to the race's challenges and he forged clear over the final sections of gravel. A three-way tussle between Alaphilippe, Wout Van Aert and Jakob Fuglsang took place on the Via Santa Catarina, the steep road inside the final kilometre. The Frenchman never looked flustered and he darted past Fuglsang to win in the Piazza…

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jim and dave’s chemical bromance?

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Less than one hundred days after Sky announced that it was winding up its L34-million-a-year support for David Brailsford’s Tour de France-crushing team, another corporate giant, the petrochemical firm Ineos, said it would step into its place and back the squad for the foreseeable future. In a sport where the usual tenor of financial news is that cash is hard to come by, the annoucement that Britain’s richest man, Ineos’s chairman and CEO Jim Ratcliffe, would take over the world’s richest and most successful team on 1 May was a turn up for the road books. Most team managers greeted the news positively. Patrick Lefevere at Deceunick-Quick Step and Mitchelton-Scott’s Matt White expressed the sentiment that the continuation of such a successful team was…

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who is sir jim ratcliffe?

Jim Ratcliffe, a keen triathlete, was named Britain’s richest man by The Sunday Times last year, with personal wealth of more than £21bn. He co-founded Ineos with two partners in 1998 and through a series of mergers and acquisitions turned the firm into a multinational one, with a turnover of $90bn. He was a keen supporter of Brexit, though he moved to Monaco last year. Ratcliffe is an avid sports enthusiast. He is currently backing four-times Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie’s 2021 America’s Cup campaign to the tune of £110m, and he is the owner of FC Lausanne. Last year, he was closelt linked to a potential purchase of Chelsea Football Club. In 2017, Ineos bought the retro motorbike clothing label Belstaff. He also founded Projekt Grenadier, an enterprise to…

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when races press pause

For a moment, if you switched on Dwars door Vlaanderen, you could have believed you were watching a slapstick comedy, not a WorldTour-level bike race. At the halfway point, as the peloton was careering towards the first major climb of the day, the Kluisberg, the commissaires called the riders to a halt. There had been a crash in the women’s race ahead on the same roads, and an ambulance needed to pass through. Shortly after restarting, around 10 minutes later, the riders were stopped again. Chaos ensued. Half the peloton took advantage of the rest time, and tried to upgrade their position in the bunch, swarming like ants around spectators, cars, over pavements, to get to the front ready for the restart. Bora-Hansgrohe’s Lukas Postlberger, part of the six-rider break that…

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“The direction of the team, the idea of exploring the world – it all really meshes with what I believe in.” Michael Woods, as EF Education First confirms the Canadian signed a “multi-year” contract renewal with the American squad. 2 The Tour takes a leaf out of the Vuelta's playbook and confirms that the 2020 race will visit climbs in the Alpes-Maritimes as early as day two, when the race climbs the Col de Colmiane and the Turini. “It’s a tough situation” Dimension Data 's team manager Doug Ryder on Mark Cavendish's condition, as the sprinter faced another period on the sidelines this spring. The 33-year-old hoped to return to form this year to contest the Tour de France, after two years struggling with Epstein-Barr virus. “The hair stands up on my arms as I…