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Procycling July 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.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Monthly
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in this issue

2 min
preface

As we go to press on this magazine, we’re midway through the last week of the Giro. It means multitasking - I’m writing and thinking about the Tour, while my television screen is showing the Giro. I’m making myself a hostage to fortune here but as I write, it looks like Egan Bernal has put himself in a winning position in Italy, and it’s thanks to two things: he’s the strongest rider, and he has the strongest team. That’s the best and safest place to be as a GC rider, and Ineos have won a lot of grand tours this way. However, looking ahead to the Tour, I would say that Ineos are going to be in the unusual position of having the strongest team, but not the strongest rider. Maybe…

3 min
gallery

Tour de Romandie Stage 4, Thyon 2000 1 MAY 2021 Geraint Thomas leads Michael Woods on the upper slopes of the climb to Thyon 2000 during the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie. In terrible conditions, Woods had been the first to attack on the climb, but Thomas bridged up in the final 3km, dropping race leader Marc Soler and leaving the rest of the field in his wake. The stage had been chaotic enough, with the start moved forward by a couple of hours to avoid the worst of the weather, and one of the descents had to be neutralised. However, the highest drama was saved for last: in sprinting for the line against Woods, Thomas’s hand slipped from his bars in the freezing cold, and he crashed with 50m to…

4 min
when bicycle races change lives

Just six months ago, the fortunes of Doug Ryder’s team couldn’t have looked bleaker. With Japanese telecommunications firm NTT not renewing their sponsorship, the team were 48 hours away from collapse before clothing brand Assos came in and saved them from going under. Their WorldTour licence wasn’t confirmed until December 23 and 19 of their riders moved on in the period of uncertainty. Their roster for 2021 was cobbled together in the final few weeks of last year. Fast forward to May, and in five short days at the Giro d’Italia, the team won a hat trick of stages through Mauro Schmid, Giacomo Nizzolo and Victor Campenaerts. It was quite the turnaround. Ryder’s Qhubeka-Assos highlight the fickle and unstable ground on which cycling is built: a team that has changed sponsor and/or…

2 min
weathering the storms

The saddest thing about the shortening of stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia was that it won’t be the last time that races going through the high mountains will be altered. Climate change has already begun to shape the biggest races in cycling, and this was the latest example. Cycling is a sport that happens in the world, and so bears the brunt of whatever Mother Nature throws at it. When that is a peculiarly wet and cold spring, as we have seen in 2021, racing gets affected. Some of the greatest arenas of our sport are the high mountain passes, and if weather conditions make them impossible to climb, then we will be missing out on some of cycling’s most epic aspects. Interestingly, or just completely accidentally, Egan Bernal has…

4 min
communiqué

22 There will be 22 teams on the start line for La Course by Le Tour de France in July. The nine WorldTour teams will be joined by 13 invited teams. The one-day race will start in Brest and finish with three laps of a 14km loop with the finish line atop the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups. “We want to change the world with bicycles. That’s very important for us, but we need a sponsor to stay alive” Despite the team’s three stage wins at the Giro, Victor Campenaerts reveals that Qhubeka-Assos need funds to continue in 2022. 59 The number of kilometres that were removed from stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia due to inclement weather. The Passo Fedaia and the Passo Pordoi were cut from the route, leaving just the Passo…

2 min
anna christian

Where’s home? The Isle of Man. I was born there and live there and I’ve always based myself there. I’ve never been too tempted to go to Girona or anywhere. I really enjoy the training there as well. I’m really lucky that home has got everything. It’s got really good training and a lot of cyclists, so I can go on group rides. I also enjoy going home between races and being away from cycling. What’s your favourite race? I’ve always enjoyed the British races: the Tour de Yorkshire, the Women’s Tour… The Tour of Scotland was really good, too. It just shows the growth of cycling within Britain and I think they’ve really hit the standard as well, with women’s races. What’s your favourite climb? Snaefell, as it’s my home mountain. It’s the island’s…