Procycling September 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 To paraphrase Gary Lineker, the Tour de France is a simple race. 176 cyclists race for three weeks, finish in Paris, and Team Ineos win. Egan Bernal became the fourth rider to win the yellow jersey for the British team, and his triumph, a historic first one for Colombia, was Ineos’s seventh in eight years. It’s an extraordinary run of success. A lot can go wrong at the Tour and Ineos’s ability to eliminate pitfalls is probably their most important asset, arguably more so than having the strongest rider and a formidable team. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction from Colombia, which is sure to be heartwarming. The country is mad about cycling and they have finally won the Tour, 36 years after their first appearance. For two and a…

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Tour de France Stage 3, Épernay 8 JULY 2019 Julian Alaphilippe fights his way up the final steep ramp to the finish line in Épernay after his scintillating attack 16km earlier, on the Côte de Mutigny. The Deceuninck rider dropped everybody on the climb, then put more time into the peloton on the sinuous descent. He used his strength as a puncheur to hold his advantage through Épernay and up the steep climb to the finish. Michael Matthews won the sprint for second place, 26 seconds behind. The move put Alaphilippe into the yellow jersey and though he would cede the race lead to Giulio Ciccone for a couple of days after the Vosges, it would only be in the Alps that he finally gave ground to the other overall favourites. Alaphilippe…

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grand tour grand slam

After their seventh Tour de France triumph in eight years and their fifth in a row, what remains to be achieved for Team Ineos? Team principal Dave Brailsford is famous for sitting down to plan next year’s Tour win even before the ink has dried on the winner’s cheque for the one his rider has just won, so it’s hard not to imagine that the first order of priority for Ineos in 2020 will be another Tour de France yellow jersey. But while this might be a very realistic target, it’s not certain that Brailsford won’t have some headaches en route to a possible eighth Tour win. Egan Bernal was the fourth Ineos/Sky rider to have won the yellow jersey. The team’s first Tour winner, Bradley Wiggins, has long since retired and…

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when the tour goes wrong

Among all the riders who left the Tour having overachieved on expectations or fulfilled their potential – see Egan Bernal, Julian Alaphilippe, Emanuel Buchmann and Steven Kruijswijk – there were an equal number found wanting in Paris. Riders such as Dan Martin, Romain Bardet, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana, who lined up in Brussels with the aim of challenging for the win, or at least the podium, ended the race nowhere near it. One bad Tour performance does not end a rider’s career and the multitude of post-Tour debriefs will provide many reasons why some underperformed. But the cold hard facts don’t lie – when the GC battle got going, they were all missing in action. So what now? For Porte and Martin, this year was meant to be their time to…

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2021 The year Giulio Ciccone’s contract was extended to by Trek-Segafredo, less than a day after he took the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. The Italian only stepped up to the WorldTour this season, but won a stage and the KoM jersey at the Giro d’Italia, too. “The crash has had a bigger impact than I initially thought.” Wout Van Aert faces a slow recovery from the deep cut to his right leg, suffered after he crashed out of the Tour in the stage 13 time trial. Health Mate will cease sponsoring its eponymous women’s squad this season, after the UCI's ethics team opened an investigation into allegations of abuse of riders by manager Patrick Van Gansen. Ten riders have now come forward to allege abuse took place at the Belgian…

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scott addict rc

After finishing eighth at the Giro d’Italia, Simon Yates returned to racing at the 2019 Tour de France in support of his twin brother and Mitchelton-Scott team-mate, Adam, who was riding for the general classification. While Adam’s race faded in the Pyrenees, Simon won two of the team’s four stages aboard the all-new Scott Addict RC - an update to the model, which, when it was first released in 2007, was one of the lightest production framesets on the market. And while low weight remains a vital metric, the Addict RC now majors on aerodynamics and integration. The key design development is the bike’s success at routing shifting cables and hydraulic brake hoses through the one-piece Syncros bar and stem and into recesses in the headtube, which is a clever…