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Procycling January 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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
preface

EDITOR By the time you read this it’ll be 2021, we’ll be contemplating a new professional cycling season with new hope, and I may have digested the cheese and wine with which I celebrated another year of Procycling magazine over the Christmas period. We can look forward this year with more optimism than I ever thought would be possible last year. I’m anticipating a calendar which is much fuller than 2020’s, and in a less kooky order, or at least in a kooky order, but one that I’m used to. But normality is still some distance off for all of us, and that is true for the world of professional cycling as well. The good news is, we still have the best sport in the world, and we have the memory of…

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1 min
highlights

CALEB EWAN I caught up with the Aussie sprinter for a long off-season chat and asked: “Just how did you win that Tour stage in EDITOR Sisteron?” See page 28. STATE OF THE NATION: DENMARK The first in our new in-depth series of looking at cycling countries and cultures. First up: Denmark, by home journalist Victor Lindholm. See page 48. JANEZ BRAJKOVIČ The Slovenian rider has bravely opened up to Nick Busca about the bulimia that has afflicted his long career in this revealing and honest interview. See page 108.…

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1 min
tour de france stage 15, montée de la selle de fromentel, france

13 SEPTEMBER 2020 Jack Bauer opens a cherry-flavoured energy gel on the Montée de la Selle de Fromentel on stage 15 of the Tour de France. With a breakaway up the road, the peloton rode the first of three tough climbs for the day at a controlled pace, and a rider like Bauer could take it relatively easy on the descent with the stage always likely to be contested by the general classification contenders. Up the road, Tadej Pogačar went on to take his second stage win of the race ahead of Primož Roglič, with the latter remaining in the yellow jersey. Kristof Ramon, who took the photo, explains why this is his favourite picture of 2020: “My mate, the New Zealand rider Jack Bauer, during stage 15 of the Tour…

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1 min
giro d’italia, stage 8, monte sant’angelo, italy

10 OCTOBER 2020 The peloton rides up the Monte Sant’Angelo, the only notable climb on a transition stage towards the end of the first week at the Giro d’Italia. Situated between two flat stages and with a mountain day to come the day after, this was a textbook breakaway day. A group of six riders escaped as expected after 25km of racing and stayed ahead of the main bunch for the whole day. Alex Dowsett attacked with 18km to go, and soloed away to take his second Giro stage win, his first since 2013. Chris Auld, the photographer behind the shot, says: “Contrary to popular belief, the world’s most beautiful bike race sometimes traverses some less-than-photogenic industrial areas. Stage 8 of this year’s race was one of those days, and the…

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1 min
tour of flanders, oudenaarde, belgium

18 OCTOBER 2020 In the mid-October sun, Adrien Petit of Team Direct Energie works hard in a vain attempt to cross to the race leaders at the Tour of Flanders. Petit never made it across the gap, and ended up not finishing the race. The action boiled down to a straight shoot-out between the two five-star favourites, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, after their third companion, Julian Alaphilippe, dramatically crashed out. Van der Poel got the better of his Belgian rival in the final sprint, winning his first monument and 27th career victory in the process. The man behind this beautiful photo, Jered Gruber, says: “I think my favourite shot of this year was a shot that I’ve wanted to shoot for a long, long time. I don’t…

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4 min
racing out of the darkness

A vaccine is being rolled out, an end to the global pandemic may be on the horizon and yet races have still been cancelled for the 2021 season, as the impact of covid-19 stretches beyond 2020 into the new year. The Tour Down Under, which has been the WorldTour’s opening race for over a decade, has been cancelled due to the virus, along with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Australia’s strict quarantine rules meant the running of the events would be pretty much impossible. In order to lessen the blow of losing Australia’s marquee pro race, the organisers will instead run the Santos Festival of Cycling, which will include men’s and women’s National Road Series stage races. Domestic teams will take part, as will a few bigname stars who…

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