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Heroes of Pro Cycling

Heroes of Pro Cycling

Heroes of Pro Cycling

Professional cycling is the toughest sport in the world. No other sport can compare for pushing its competitors to the boundaries of physical and mental suffering in the way that cycling does. But to win the most iconic races in cycling requires more than just brute strength, and those who do so have an X-factor that sets them apart from the rest of the peloton. From world champions to monument winners, multiple Tour de France victors and the fastest-ever sprinters, we speak exclusively to the most successful stars in cycling’s recent history, riders who have dominated the podium top steps as well as the headlines and in doing so left an indelible mark on the sport’s modern era.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
Periodicidad:
One-off
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1 min.
welcome

Professional cycling is the toughest sport in the world. No other sport can compare for pushing its competitors to the boundaries of physical and mental suffering in the way that cycling does. But to win the most iconic races in cycling requires more than just brute strength, and those who do so have an X-factor that sets them apart from the rest of the peloton. From world champions to monument winners, multiple Tour de France victors and the fastest-ever sprinters, we speak exclusively to the most successful stars in cycling’s recent history, riders who have dominated the podium top steps as well as the headlines and in doing so left an indelible mark on the sport’s modern era.…

15 min.
the outsider

Chris Froome is perfectly happy, over there in the distance. He’s spent his entire life in his own little world and has perfectly adapted to the ecosystem. When he was growing up, he was a cyclist among rugby players; later on, he was the African cyclist in the European peloton. At each of his professional teams – Barloworld and Sky – he’s not been cut from the same cloth as his team-mates, and at Sky especially he doesn’t share the British Academy background that the home riders on the team all have in common. Even now, as a multiple yellow jersey winner and the dominant Grand Tour rider of the last five years, his face doesn’t quite fit, and that is not down to the sudden transformation in his fortunes in…

2 min.
froome’s stage race wins

TOUR OF OMAN 2013 Froome is dropped by Joaquim Rodríguez on the Green Mountain summit finish but takes the lead, then wins the final stage. His first GC win comes with Contador second at 0:27. CRITÉRIUM INT. 2013 Fourth, behind team-mate Porte, in the TT, Froome dominates on the Col de l’Ospedale summit finish, winning alone by 30 seconds. Porte comes in behind him for a Sky GC one-two. TOUR OF ROMANDY 2013 Froome escapes with Katusha rider Simon Špilak on the hardest mountain stage to take yellow, then comes third in the closing TT behind Tony Martin to win the GC by 54 seconds over Špilak. TOUR DE FRANCE 2013 Dominates the Tour, hitting his rivals hard on the first summit finish then barely putting a foot wrong, save for a small loss in a crosswind-hit…

14 min.
sicilian attack

The double take. Vincenzo Nibali gets it a lot, on his travels abroad, and especially among his own people in Italy. The morning after Il Lombardia last October was no different. At the Bahrain-Merida hotel an elderly woman approached with widening eyes. “It’s Nibali,” she said. The previous afternoon, Nibali had stalked Thibaut Pinot all the way to Como but fell short of a third win in the season-ending monument. Given the circumstances, both the result and the performance were remarkable. Barely two months earlier, Nibali had undergone a percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure after fracturing a vertebra when a spectator caused him to crash on Alpe d’Huez at the Tour de France. He only opted for surgery as part of a desperate bid to recover in time for the Worlds, and he…

1 min.
vincenzo nibali’s world tour victories

2006 GP OUEST FRANCE-PLOUAY Aged 21 and unknown, Nibali infiltrates the winning break over Plouay’s Côte de Ty-Marrec and outsprints Juan Antonio Flecha to take his debut WT victory. 2010 VUELTA A ESPAÑA Nibali’s first grand tour win comes with consistent results. He doesn’t win a stage, but second to Ezequiel Mosquera at Bola del Mundo clinches the red jersey. 2012 TIRRENO-ADRIATICO Top threes at Chieti, Prato di Tivo and Offida put Nibali third, but a strong final TT enables him to overhaul Chris Horner to win. Follows up with second in Liège. 2013 TIRRENO-ADRIATICO Lies 20 seconds behind Froome with two days to go but overhauls the Brit with a characteristic bad-weather ambush at Porto Sant’Elpidio. 2013 GIRO D’ITALIA All eyes are on Wiggins, but Nibali dismantles the Brit’s morale and chances with early attacks. Wins three stages to finish 4:43 ahead of…

14 min.
closing the circle

Bradley Wiggins was shadowed by a documentary crew in the months leading up to the Rio Olympics. They filmed him training and followed him as he visited his old haunts in London, including the school he attended, St Augustine’s in Kilburn, and the track in Herne Hill, south London, where he raced as a teenager. In the film, Wiggins goes to Herne Hill with his mother and looks awkward as he gets out of the car and a couple of riders recognise him and come and say hello. Wiggins had raced with them in the mid-90s, so they are on first name terms, even if they haven’t seen each other in 20 years. Between them is an unspoken and mutual recognition that having all started together here in south London, they have…