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Procycling December 2018

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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Well, it happened. Alejandro Valverde won the Worlds at the age of 38, and the reaction ran the full gamut of opinion. There was joy and there was condemnation. For some, the rainbow jersey was just reward for a stellar career, the final addition to a glittering palmarès. For others, the sight of an unrepentant doper winning the most prestigious of titles stuck in the craw. Some people held both opinions – this is cycling, after all, where inconsistency of opinion and judgement runs through the sport like words through a stick of rock. So what do we think? The answer is easy: it’s complicated. At the time, I was really unhappy at Valverde’s doping. He was bang to rights, from the moment it emerged that a blood bag labelled ‘Valv.piti’ had…

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UCI Road World Championships, Team Time Trial, Austria 23 September 2018 Loved by (some of) the teams; treated as an afterthought by many fans, the World TTT championships saw its final run-out in its current form at the Innsbruck Worlds. Here, Quick-Step Floors ride in tight formation en route to the win, 18 seconds ahead of defending champions Sunweb. In seven years, only four teams ever finished in the top two, and this was Quick-Step's fourth gold. Milano-Torino, Italy 10 October 2018 The peloton snakes across scenic Piedmontese roads during Milano-Torino. The race, which dates back to 1876, is one of the final warm-ups for Il Lombardia, and this year it proved to be the perfect bellwether for the monument, held three days later. Thibaut Pinot won solo, just as he would in the bigger…

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cycling heads further off-road

The last races of 2018 have taken place, the last magnum of champagne has been sprayed and the last bouquet of flowers thrown to the crowds. Bikes have been packed up and Instagram pictures of riders’ holidays in hot places with no bikes are flooding in. But cycling’s existential crisis over the way the sport should be organised continues. And a recent announcement by the EF-Drapac team has ensured that the debate about how the sport can grow, and how it gains publicity, will not get any less intense as we go into 2019. On the surface, the press release from EF-Drapac was as prosaic as cycling press releases get. It announced their new clothing sponsor, Rapha. Normally, the question of who makes the clothing that a cyclist wears is somewhere…

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the big nine hold strong

‘Cycling needs a new business model’ is not a phrase that stirs the soul, but it is on the lips of cycling’s bigwigs all the time. Such a lot, in fact, it feels like the Pavlovian response to all the sport’s ills; a catch-all that takes in all sorts: a failure to find a sponsor, the UCI's perceived incompetence and dwindling audiences to name just three. It's facetious to say, but the sport has existed through thick and thin for more than a century. The show has gone on. In fact, it’s become better. Riders are faster and stronger and the technology allowing us to follow racing is more advanced and immersive with every passing year. The sport has a few immutable truths: the nine big, historic races (the grand tours,…

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18 Wins for Elia Viviani in 2018. More than any other rider, and nine more than his previous best: nine wins in 2017. “Operación Puerto is something I shouldn’t be asked about. That’s water under the bridge… I believe I’ve sufficiently demonstrated who I am since then.”New world champion Alejandro Valverde when asked by Cyclingnews about his two year doping ban. Team Sky’s transfer activity has been thoroughly geared to the future. They already had Egan Bernal (21), Kristoffer Halvorsen (22) and Pavel Sivakov (21), three of the brightest young talents in the world, on their books. But after a flurry of activity this autumn, they have added Jhonatan Narvaez (21), Filippo Ganna (22) and at the time of going to press were closing in on Ivan Sosa (21). Rest in peace Tributes have been…

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sam oomen

"I play all kinds of stuff - on the guitar I'm a really big fan of The Tallest Man on Earth, John Mayer and Jack Johnson" What is your favourite race? Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia. I feel something for these really big one-day Classics, these big monuments. I find them so special, but I cannot really explain what it is. It’s the atmosphere, the distance, the heroics all around them. These two are the races that suit me the best of the five monuments. Liège most of all because it is closer to home. I know the roads and I raced on them as a junior. What is your favourite climb? I often train in the Ardennes, the area of Liège, and in Limburg, the area of Amstel. I often say the Eyserbosweg. During…