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Procycling September 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

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EDITOR The evenings are drawing in, and that can make cycling fans melancholy. But not this year. Instead of considering the steady diminuendo of the last third of the cycling year as August turns to September, we’re gearing up to watch the Tour de France. By the time you read this, many races will already have been contested, and we’ll be anticipating the belated but welcome start of the world’s biggest race. Of course, we’re going to be on tenterhooks. We’re nowhere near through the covid-19 crisis, and cycling is no more immune to this fact than the rest of us. Just because the Tour is planned to start on August 29 and finish on September 20 doesn’t mean it will. The teams, organisers, fans and media each have their part to…

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TOUR DE FRANCE Stage 18 Embrun, France 25 JULY 2019 The turquoise glow of the Lac de Serre-Ponçon steals the attention from the peloton snaking up and over the Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées, as they depart the Tour de France stage 18 in nearby Embrun, a year ago. Nestled in between the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence, the 3,000-hectare lake is among the largest artificial lakes in Europe - second in size, third in capacity - and was created after a dam was built on the Durance river in 1961. The category-3 climb was the first leg-tester for the peloton and came just 13km from the start, and though riders attacked off the front no clear breakaway has yet been established. Here, the riders are heading south, around the east edge of the lake,…

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LA COURSE BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE Pau, France 19 JULY 2019 The clock starts ticking on second place as Marianne Vos crosses the finish line of La Course in Pau last year, with clear road between herself and the rest of the peloton. With her sunglasses clutched in her hand, Vos raises her arms in celebration while the bunch blurs into view behind. No one one was able to match the Dutchwoman’s acceleration after she punched away up the short, steep climb to the line underneath the blazing heat of the July sunshine. Vos’s victory was her second in La Course following her 2014 win at the inaugural edition, but this really was a vintage display of Vos dominance, with a threesecond gap to Leah Kirchmann who led the rest over in…

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THE FUTURE OF INEOS AND FROOME A new career in a new town The news that Chris Froome is leaving Ineos for Israel Start-Up Nation next year undoubtedly signals the end of an era at the British team. He’s one of the squad’s last original riders who started with Sky a decade ago, but is also by far their most successful. If there’s a rider who defines the Sky/Ineos identity that’s become the dominant force in modern stage racing these past 10 years, it’s Froome - the Ineos and Froome as we know them today surely wouldn’t exist without the other. Their partnership yielded seven grand tour wins across the Giro d’Italia, a record that puts Froome joint fourth on the rider list for alltime number of grand tour wins. The news that…

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150 The number of Colombian athletes, including cyclists, who flew to Europe on a specially chartered flight in July. All flights from Colombia are on hold until September, but the government gave permission for the flight for international athletes. Passengers included Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana. “We’d like to be able to give them some nice victories” Boels-Dolmans team manager Danny Stam makes it clear that he’d like to give his outgoing sponsors some wins when the season resumes, as a send off. Next season, the team will be known as SD Worx. Race over: The first UCI classified race since lockdown, Dookoča Mazowsza, was brought to a halt on its first stage. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of an incident involving a civilian motorbike and a race organisation car. “It seems…

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q&a reinardt jv rensburg

Where’s home? Pretoria. I’ve lived here since I was about nine. What’s your favourite race? Milan-San Remo or Paris-Roubaix, but I also like the New World races, like California. The Canadian races are cool, like a mini Worlds. The Tour of Rwanda is the most unique. The crowds make it really special; entire villages come out when you pass. What’s your favourite climb? We have a climb here in Pretoria called Klapperkop, It was the climb I always used to ride when I was growing up. The most beautiful climb I’ve done is the Col d’Izoard. It’s spectacular when you get to the top. What’s your secret talent? Consuming food and drink pretty quickly. Normally at the dinner table, I’m finished first. Favourite food: probably hamburgers. What’s the best prize you’ve won? When I started racing, there were Lucky…