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Procycling September 2021

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.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprog:
English
Udgiver:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frekvens:
Monthly
59,60 kr.(Inkl. moms)
433,49 kr.(Inkl. moms)
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2 min
preface

There can be no doubt that the strongest rider won the 2021 Tour de France. Tadej Pogacar has been displaying Merckx-like tendencies and consistency in stage races ever since he won last year’s yellow jersey, and his passage through this year’s race looked almost serene. He won the first time trial and the two hardest summit finishes of the race, and there was one single tiny moment of weakness, so close to the top of Mont Ventoux as to make no difference, in the three weeks. Pogacar was not just the strongest of the pre-race favourites. He was also the only one to get through the complicated first week unscathed. One by one, the contenders fell by the wayside as crashes and more crashes piled misery on the peloton in the…

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1 min
high lights

HOW THE TOUR WAS WON My analysis of this year’s Tour, featuring a chaotic opening eight days, a dominating yellow jersey and wins concentrated in a handful of teams. See page 28. TADEJ POGAČAR Tadej Pogačar looked almost entirely unbeatable for the majority of the Tour. Kate Wagner was there to see his second win unfold. See page 40. MARK CAVENDISH Mark Cavendish returned to the Tour to take four wins to equal Eddy Merckx’s record, and the green jersey, in one of cycling’s great comebacks. See page 100. Images: Steele(mvdP), Catuffe (Pogacar), Graythen (Cavendish)/Getty Images.…

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2 min
gallery

Tour de France Stage 4, Fougères 29 JUNE 2021 Mark Cavendish emerges from the chaos of the final kilometres of stage 4 and from the wilderness years to take his first Tour sprint since 2016, from Nacer Bouhanni (in red) and Jasper Philipsen. The Manx sprinter had endured several challenging years, beset by poor form and Epstein Barr virus, and was only saved from forced retirement by a late transfer to Deceuninck-Quick Step at the end of 2020. Even a month before the Tour, he’d not looked like returning to the world’s biggest race, but with his team’s sprinter Sam Bennett sidelined with injury, a late slot came up.. On the run-in to Fougeres, Lotto’s Brent Van Moer almost held off the bunch - with 6.5km to go, he still had a minute’s lead.…

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4 min
prologue

“I’m glad I don’t have to do Mont Ventoux again this year” Ben O’Connor reflects on his one off-day at the 2021 Tour, page 114 NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 3.9.21 TOUR DE FRANCE 2021 Cycling’s success gap keeps growing There was a very clear divide between the successful teams at the 2021 Tour de France and the also-rans. The wins were concentrated in a small group of outfits. In recent history, there tend to be between 10 and 12 teams who win stages; however this year only eight teams did so. Four teams won 15 of the stages between them, leaving slim pickings for the rest of the field. And with Tadej Pogacar winning the yellow, white and KoM jerseys for UAE Emirates, Mark Cavendish of DQS taking green, Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard coming second…

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1 min
answering the hard questions

What was going through Matej Mohorič’s head when he celebrated his victory on stage 19 of the Tour de France? Crossing the line, he appeared to zip his lips and then put his finger to them, in a silencing gesture. It was undoubtedly linked to his team, Bahrain Victorious, being raided by French police in Pau and put under a preliminary investigation into doping allegations. The Slovenian said it was “just a sign to show to people that question our performance to be mindful that we are making huge sacrifices with our work, with our nutrition, with our training plans, with our race plans, with all the time we spend away from home in training camps”. Mohorič was understandably displeased with the treatment of his team, but his reaction and gesture…

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4 min
communiqué

30 The number of Giro d’Italia Donne stages Marianne Vos has won, after she triumphed on stage 7 of this year’s race. The Dutchwoman won her first in 2007, and is 19 wins ahead of the nearest active rider, Annemiek van Vleuten. “Being mocked and bullied in the gruppetto today was one of the worst experiences I’ve had in a bike race” Heidi Franz speaks out about bullying in the back group at the Giro d’Italia Donne. The American, who rides for Rally Cycling, said that people were being mocked for merely trying to make the time cut. Colombian moves Although transfers aren’t officially confirmed until August 1, the rumour mill is still spinning feverishly. Sergio Higuita will reportedly join Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of this season, and is being replaced at EF…

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