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Procycling October 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
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Good news: the racing is back, and it has been great. Strade Bianche was the best possible comeback for the WorldTour. San Remo was at its usual finely poised best. And the French stage races had compelling narratives, especially the Dauphiné, which packed more action into five days than I’ve seen in many entire Tours de France. But the bad news is that the safety problems that beset cycling before the lockdown are also back. Fabio Jakobsen’s horror crash in the Tour de Pologne and Remco Evenepoel being pitched over a wall into a ravine in Il Lombardia were two of the worst crashes I’ve ever seen. Jakobsen was not the first sprinter to try and squeeze through a narrow gap, and he won’t be the last; Dylan Groenewegen won’t be the…

1 min.

RICHARD CARAPAZ The Giro champion was a late selection for this year’s Tour. Alasdair Fotheringham asks him about his background and path into cycling. See page 30. CECILIE UTTRUP LUDWIG Cycling’s “crazy banana” (her words, not ours) tells us that she also has a serious side. Sophie Hurcom caught up with the Dane for a chat. See page 42. BLACK CYCLISTS MATTER Why have there been no black British riders in the Tour? Dr Marlon Moncrieffe looks at the barriers that have prevented black participation. Page 56. Images: Tomasz Markowski (Carapaz), De Waele (Uttrup), Claessen (Reza), via Getty Images.…

3 min.

Strade Bianche Tuscany, Italy 1 AUGUST 2020 The fields of Tuscany, lush and green in spring, have browned and dried out under the scorching sun of the summer heatwave, making the backdrop for the rescheduled August Strade Bianche look more like a race across Mars than the rolling Italian countryside. Temperatures topped a blistering 37 degrees on the day, during what was said to be the hottest week of the Italian summer, making it a sharp contrast to the cold and rain the riders usually experience when they race here in early March. The dust of the ‘white roads’ is still visible, however, blowing up in a cloud around the men’s peloton as it crosses the famed gravel roads that make this race unique. En route to the finish in Siena, the…

4 min.
rider safety cycling calls for safer races

Even by the intense standards of the rejigged 2020 season, in which almost a year’s worth of racing is being packed into three months, the crashes and near misses that blighted events in August were shocking for cycling fans. The incidents have led to renewed calls by riders and teams especially for a more clear definition of where the responsibility for race safety lies, and for an independent body to work with the sport’s stakeholders to improve matters. At the Tour of Poland, Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Fabio Jakobsen was squeezed into the edge of the road by Jumbo-Visma sprinter Dylan Groenewegen. Jakobsen hit the barriers, which broke into pieces, throwing him over the edge, while the barriers ricocheted into the road and took several more sprinters out. The finish, a regular in…

2 min.
a new start for adam yates

STAFF WRITER Next year will bring a big change to those of us who watch cycling - we will finally be able to tell the Yates twins apart, definitively. For the first time since they turned pro in 2014, the brothers will be racing on different teams, with Adam heading to Ineos and Simon sticking at Mitchelton-Scott. For Adam, moving from the team where he has been since 2014 could turn his career on its head, and it will be interesting to see whether he sinks or swims in the new environment. When he signed with what was then Orica-Greenedge, Yates said: “If I went to Sky then I’d end up working on the front like a slave, and I’m not a big fan of that.” 2021 Ineos is clearly a different team…

4 min.
communiqué news • gossip • chatter

A “worthless organisation”. That’s how Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Michael Mørkøv labelled the CPA, the professional rider’s association, after many complaints from riders about unsafe conditions at the Tour de Wallonie and the Critérium du Dauphiné. “The last 2km of the stage were quite hectic. I’ve never experienced anything like that before on the bike” After hailstones rained down on the peloton on stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Deceuninck’s Tim Declercq was left with red welts all over his back, which he joked allowed him to skip the post-race massage. €129 The fine given to the Italian woman who drove onto the course during Il Lombardia, taking Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Schachmann down in a crash and causing him to break his collarbone. The shocking event happened in the final few kilometres of the monument,…