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Procycling October 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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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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preface

DEPUTY EDITORIn early 2016, before he retired, Bradley Wiggins said cycling needed more characters like Peter Sagan. Almost three years on, Sagan retains all the qualities that attract people to him like filings to a magnet. If anything, the Paris-Roubaix champion is more popular than ever. It’s hard to know who has benefitted more from his three-year tenure of the elite men’s road race rainbow jersey and his monopoly of the Tour’s points competition. Is it Sagan or the sport in general? He is one of the few riders whose name resonates outside the sport. Either way, it’s been a win-win situation. Sagan is known as a laid-back, live-in-the-moment kind of a guy, but as I hope our interview with him shows, an awful of hard work goes into the…

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Tour of Colorado Stage 3, USA18 August 2018The dramatic red sandstone formations in Red Rocks Park, near Denver, Colorado, provide the backdrop for the peloton on stage 3 of the Colorado Classic. Starting and finishing in Denver, the state capital, the 160km queen stage passed the striking outcrops on the penultimate day of the race. LottoNL-Jumbo's young neo-pro, Pascal Eenkhoorn, won the reduced sprint. He beat Israel Cycling Academy's Edwin Avila, whose saddle fell off in the final kilometre, and UHC's Gavin Mannion.(Image: Kristof Ramon)BinckBank Tour, Stage 7, Belgium19 August 2018It's high summer, not spring, but the Muur van Geraardsbergen still makes an appearance in racing on the final day of the BinckBank Tour. Here, Sunweb's Edward Teuns and Quick-Step's Ždenek Štybar tackle its steep slopes. Michael Matthews won the…

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the end of the road for bmc

It’s not the end for the BMC team, but it is the end as we know it. The team’s distinctive black and red jersey, a ubiquitous sight in professional European racing over the last nine years, is currently getting its last grand tour airing at the Vuelta a España. After seemingly heading out of the sport completely following the death of Andy Rihs, the team’s long-term benefactor, and subsequent difficulty in finding a new sponsor, the team manager, Jim Ochowicz announced a surprise new deal had been set up with the Polish shoe and handbag maker, CCC.The new squad, which will remain at WorldTour level, pending an extension of its licence, has retained Greg Van Avermaet and the rump of the Classics squad. In July, Ochowicz said around 75 per…

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aqua drift into the blue

When millionaire businessman Rick Delaney burst onto the cycling scene with Aqua Blue Sport less than two years ago, he had grand plans of how he could revolutionise cycling’s business model. Rather than a reliance on fickle sponsors, his team would eventually be funded by an online cycling shop. It was a bold and brave idea and, possibly, a naïve one, flawed only by the fact no other team had yet found the answer to how to break the chains, and complete reliance, on the unstable ground of sponsors.The team’s first season exceeded all expectations, but its stage win at last year’s Vuelta turned out to be the peak, not the start of something great. Race invites dried up and Delaney became increasingly openly critical of organisers who chose to…

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communiqué

Simon Gerrans, Gregory Rast and Danny Pate all announced their retirement from cycling at the end of this season. Between the trio, they have 52 years of racing as professionals.10 The number of years Simon Geschke spent at Team Sunweb and its previous incarnations. The German confirmed he was leaving to join the new CCC-BMC setup in 2019.“It’s a huge honour – I can’t quite believe it if I’m honest!”Geraint Thomas after it was announced the Wales National Velodrome in Newport would be named after the Tour winner.DROPS GOES ONA new title sponsor has been found to replace Trek’s sponsorship of the British Drops squad. In July, Trek announced it was setting up its own women’s team.Jos van Emden completed the European Championships time trial wearing his Dutch teammate Ellen van Dijk’s…

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nicolas roche

(Image: Joseph Branston)What’s your favourite race?The Vuelta. One where you tend to go good tends to be one that you enjoy. I think my revelation as a GC-wannabe rider came at the Vuelta, in 2008. Every year I went back there with all these high goals and I managed to pull out some of my biggest results there. I like the heat, I like the roads, I like the climbs – they suit me better than those in the Tour or the Giro. It’s a combination: race, plus parcours, plus the time of the year – if the Vuelta was in April I’d probably hate it.What’s your favourite climb?Most of the climbs have amazing scenery, regardless of what part of the world you are. It could be one of the…

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