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Procycling

June 2021
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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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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
preface

We’ve got Sam Bennett on the cover of the mag this month, and very happy we are about it too. Bennett’s popular for many reasons. He’s had to graft his way to the top, making incremental improvements year on year until he’s reached a position where there’s a very good case for him to be described as the best sprinter in the world. He’s also very correct as a sprinter - the elbows occasionally come out in the fight for position, but he tends to ride in a straight line to the finish. He’s popular with the press for being an accommodating interviewee - as you’ll see from Sophie Hurcom’s piece on page 32 and as you can probably tell from our cover shots and portraits. Bennett’s big target for 2021…

3 min.
gallery

Tour of Turkey Stage 4, Kemer, Turkey 14 APRIL 2021 Mark Cavendish has always worn his emotions on his sleeve and his effort on his face, and he shows the strain as he sprints to his third successive stage win at the Tour of Turkey, powering clear of Jasper Philipsen, in green, who finished second to Cavendish in each of his wins. The Manxman’s victories in Turkey were his first since Feburary 2018. The flat stage was easily controlled by the sprinters’ teams, and it looked like Philipsen’s Alpecin-Fenix had control going into the final kilometre. However, the team left the Belgian in the wind too early, allowing Cavendish to come from behind, rounding his opponent in the final metres of the stage. The sprint was marred by a huge crash behind, which…

4 min.
turkish delight for cavendish

Comeback of the century or dead cat bounce? As always in cycling discourse, and as always in Mark Cavendish discourse, opinions on the Manxman’s four sprint victories at the Tour of Turkey were sharply divided, while the truth probably sat somewhere between the extremes. Cavendish, coming off the back of four disappointing seasons beset by illness, had already looked perkier in 2021 than for years. In the Belgian one-day races he was fighting for wins - he mistimed his sprint at the GP Monseré and was beaten by Tim Merlier. Jakub Mareczko beat him into second on stage 1 of the Settimana Coppie Bartali. And at Scheldeprijs, Deceuninck didn’t seem to have a focused gameplan - Bennett second and Cavendish third, both behind Jasper Philipsen. But he was sprinting for wins…

2 min.
pidcock lives up to the hype

I remember standing in the Roubaix velodrome in 2017 as Tom Pidcock swept in and won the junior edition of the Hell of the North. He was just 17, and a few members of the Anglophone media left the press room, while the pro race was still in its middle stages, to watch the Yorkshireman stand on the podium. He held up his baby-sized cobble, looking even younger than his years, like the little brother of the two riders who loomed tall over him in second and third. Pidcock was already the brightest young British talent around - he’d won the prestigious Junior Tour of Wales and was the junior national, European and world cyclo-cross champion. There were plenty of rumours as to which pro teams wanted his signature already. It’s…

4 min.
communiqué

CARAPAZ DISQUALIFIED Richard Carapaz became the highest-profile cyclist to be disqualified for breaking the UCI’s new rules for on-bike positioning at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After his attack on the Côte des Forges, Carapaz adopted the now-banned ‘super-tuck’ position, leading him to be stricken from the results. “When I am given the green light, I’m in for a long, slow slog back to fitness, but I’ve done it before and I will do it again”Chloe Hosking after testing positive for coronavirus in April. 2022 Alejandro Valverde looks set to continue riding into his 21st year in the professional peloton. After finishing third at Flèche Wallonne, the Spaniard said that he was riding with “great feelings again”, leading to speculation that he may postpone his retirement which is currently planned for the end of this season. “I had entered…

3 min.
alexander kristoff

Where’s home? Stavanger, on Norway’s south west coast. Because I’m on the coast, the weather is very similar to Britain, maybe Scotland. Schools and stuff are still open at the moment. Compared to many other places in the world, covid is quite under control here. What’s your favourite climb? I think maybe a local one here in Stavanger: Dalsnuten. I use it a lot for training, so maybe that’s my favourite. From the bottom to the top it’s about 10 minutes, and it goes up in steps. Where in the world would you like to get lost on your bike? I really enjoyed having a training camp in the US, when I was in California. I also like training in Mallorca, but I don’t think I could get lost there, because I know every road.…