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Procycling December 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

EDITOR Well, I survived October with my sanity intact after what has to have been the most intensive month of racing ever. In the space of just a few weeks we watched all the Belgian classics plus the Giro and the start of the Vuelta, and all that off the back of the Tour de France and Worlds last month. I could barely keep up - at some points I was watching three events at once. It was a challenge for my poor, fragmented attention span, and I think the nadir came when I watched several minutes of a Giro stage but with the commentary from the Vuelta, without realising. Mostly, I enjoyed it, though I don’t deny the words, ‘Too much cycling’ may have passed my lips at least once. The…

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UCI World Championships Imola, Italy 27 SEPTEMBER 2020 After the storm comes a rainbow, so Julian Alaphilippe learns as he rides away from the grey skies that have gathered over Imola towards a rainbow jersey waiting for him at the finish line. On a rare bit of flat road on the otherwise lumpy Italian circuit, the Frenchman hunches over his handlebars and gets into his rhythm having attacked on the final time up the Cima Gallisterna, dropping rivals that included Primož Roglič, Tadej Pogačar, Wout van Aert, Jakob Fuglsang and Marc Hirschi. The quintet would begin a fierce chase in the final 12 kilometres to the line, but tactics and agendas interfered with their momentum and Alaphilippe stayed out of their grasp, opening up a gap that stretched to 24 seconds by the…

4 min
jumbo investment in women’s cycling

In 2021, eight teams in the women’s peloton will have a namesake in the men’s WorldTour, with the launch of the new Jumbo-Visma women’s team the latest in a growing line of sponsors that house both men’s and women’s squads. In October, the Dutch team announced they would be setting up a women’s team, spearheaded by Marianne Vos and born in part through a collaboration with the Parkhotel-Valkenburg team. The investment of such a heavyweight sponsor in women’s cycling is further proof of the sport’s growth but also evidence of the value and viability there is in teams being able to run major men’s and women’s squads together. In other team sports, such as football, the most successful women’s teams frequently exist under the same umbrella as a top men’s squads…

2 min
the fierce fight for contracts

DEPUTY EDITOR By the time you read this, hopefully the riders on Équipe Paule Ka will have found a new home for 2020, after the news emerged in October that the French fashion retailer was pulling its sponsorship of the team immediately. Just months after coming on board - apparently with a long-term deal - the team’s 13 riders and staff now find themselves out of work, scrambling for new contracts with the racing season already over. The team didn’t even get to race the Tour of Flanders, it was that quick. For all that sponsors such as Jumbo and Visma should be praised for investing in men’s and women’s cycling, the overnight demise of Équipe Paule Ka is a reminder of how, for many teams, long-term survival in cycling is…

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394 Race days contested by Gracie Elvin since she turned pro in 2012, as the Australian announced her retirement at the end of this season. The 31-year-old, who twice won the National Championships among her five victories, has raced for home team Mitchelton-Scott since 2013. “The UCI response doesn’t read as if they took our concerns very seriously” EF Pro Cycling boss Jonathan Vaughters speaks out after his team suggested the Giro should end after two weeks, over concerns that the race bubble wasn’t working properly, and that covid-19 was spreading. Case closed: Remco Evenepoel and Deceuninck-Quick Step have been cleared by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation of any rule violations at Il Lombardia. DS Davide Bramati was filmed removing a package from Evenepoel’s pocket after the Belgian rider crashed and fell off a bridge…

3 min
mikayla harvey

Where’s home? Wanaka, New Zealand. In Europe, I’m living in a small town called Gavirate. Last year, I was in Girona, and this year I decided I wanted to live in Italy. For me, coming over to Europe was a cool experience, immersing myself in a new culture and the opportunity to learn a new language, so I ended up in Italy. Our team base is in Switzerland, so I’m just a few hours away. What’s your favourite race? Strade Bianche. I love racing on the gravel. Back home I do a lot of training on gravel roads, so I’m super comfortable on them. What’s your favourite climb? There are lots that I’ve been wanting to do, like the Stelvio, which I haven’t done yet. I really enjoyed the Gotthard Pass when I was training…