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Procycling Review of the Year 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.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
preface

EDITOR On balance, I think we would all have taken the season we got if we’d been offered it in April, when it looked as if bike racing was off for the foreseeable future. There were a few moans that the rejigged calendar didn’t make sense, to which my reaction was, so what? There were worries, thankfully mostly well handled by the race organisers and teams, that covid outbreaks could risk public health. Of course, there were casualties. We got the grand tours and most of the classics, but Amstel Gold and Paris-Roubaix fell by the wayside and many smaller races have had to take at least a year off. My worry is that we’re going to see a bonfire of smaller races. These events might not make much noise outside their…

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1 min
highlights

WOUT VAN AERT Is this the best all-round cyclist in the world? I caught up with Wout van Aert to talk victory, defeat and monumental ambitions. Pics by Kristof Ramon. See page 46 ELISA LONGO BORGHINI Trek-Segafredo’s Italian star is popular with fans and riders alike. Sophie Hurcom interviewed her about her best season yet. See page 64 GIRO D’ITALIA Barry Ryan was on the ground at the corsa rosa and witnessed one of the most unpredictable grand tours there has ever been. See page 72. Images: Kristof Ramon (Van Aert, Longo Borghini), Bettini/via Getty (Giro).…

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3 min
gallery

Giro d’Italia, Stage 18, Stelvio Pass 22 OCTOBER 2020 The Passo dello Stelvio, in all its mystical and sublime glory, awaits the 13th passage of the Giro d’Italia up its slopes on stage 18 of the 2020 race. The climb would once again prove decisive in the battle for the maglia rosa. It was billed as the main obstacle of the Giro’s queen stage, and the peloton had to face the climb’s 48 hairpins before reaching the top, which at 2,758 metres marked the Cima Coppi for the race’s highest peak. Yet even then, the suffering was not over, as the stage’s finish line did not come for another 37 kilometres. Going over the top of the pass, Jai Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart, along with Geoghegan Hart’s Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Rohan…

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4 min
prologue

“I don’t like to suffer in the race. I like to be the one that attacks. Then I suffer anyway, but at least I’ve attacked” Elisa Longo Borghini dishes out the pain to herself and her rivals, page 64 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE ROUTE The Tour returns to normality in 2021 As coronavirus continues to weigh heavily on our lives, planning ahead seems like a luxury. Indeed, as the Tour de France unveiled its route for 2021, with a pared down ceremony broadcast from a small studio, other races were still being cancelled. The Tour may feel the confidence to plan but has not been untouched by covid-19. A date change caused by the delayed Tokyo Olympics meant Brittany was asked to step in and host the grand départ as the original city, Copenhagen,…

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2 min
too much time for the crime

Does the punishment fit the crime, or the outcome? Dylan Groenewegen made an illegal manoeuvre at the end of stage 1 of this year’s Tour of Poland and should have been relegated. However, if his actions hadn’t caused the crash that led to Fabio Jakobsen being put into an induced coma and suffering life-changing injuries, it is unlikely that we would now be in a situation where Groenewegen was being banned for nine months. While the Dutchman should be punished, the 27-year-old does not deserve the vilification that came with the incident, or the long punishment. He wasn’t to know the serious impact that his illegal, but fairly standard deviation was going to cause. Sprinters do dangerous things all the time - Pascal Ackermann took his safety into his own hands…

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4 min
communiqué

2022 Rigoberto Urán has re-signed with EF Pro Cycling for a further two years. His big aim is to finish on the podium at the Vuelta a España, in order to complete a career sweep of grand tour top threes. “Stage 15, I bet him that there’s no chance I’m going to win this, don’t be ridiculous, I’ll buy you a new car if I win ” Tao Geoghegan Hart learns that you shouldn’t bet against yourself, in a rash conversation with his brother during the Giro d’Italia. €8m The budget that the successor team to NTT Pro Cycling will reportedly have next year. Cyclingnews.com reported that team boss Doug Ryder is close to securing a deal with cycling clothing brand Assos for sponsorship, to keep the South African team racing in 2021. “It’s disappointing to…

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