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Procycling February 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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EDITOR Putting together this, our season preview edition, is always one of the most fun jobs of the year. With the season, and its infinite possibilities, stretching before us, we can anticipate the clashes to come, along with a comforting mix of the familiar and the new. And at this point of the year, none of my overconfident predictions have been proven wrong (yet). Of course, 2020 was a season like no other, and 2021 won’t see anything like business as usual for racing cyclists, teams and fans. So everything we are hoping to see this year, whether that’s something as fundamental and basic as just some racing, or a more specific hope, like your favourite rider winning the Tour de France, has to be viewed through that prism. If a race…

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WORLD CUP DENDERMONDE Belgium 27 DECEMBER 2020 Tom Pidcock battles the elements and the mud in the Dendermonde round of the cyclo-cross World Cup. The passing of Storm Bella left the ground sodden and the conditions very heavy. The Ineos Grenadiers’ 2021 signing would eventually pull out after losing ground to the favourites, while the habitual close battle between Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel was unusually one-sided. The Belgian was much better on the day, and he left Van der Poel almost three minutes in arrears in a riotous race. Pidcock, a young Leodensian, will join his Ineos team in March, where he will hope to build on his victory in the U23 Giro d’Italia last year. DECEUNINCK-QS TRAINING CAMP Altea, Spain 12 JANUARY 2021 Riders from cycling’s most successful team tap out the…

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women’s cycling looks to the future

“I knew when I was a very young teenager that I wanted to be a pro bike rider and there was nothing that was going to stop me”Cherie Pridham looks back on a career path that has taken her from racing bikes to the IS-UN team car page 92 9 NUMBER OF WWT TEAMS IN 2021 In 2020, women’s cycling was a simple sport. There were many exciting races, and then Anna van der Breggen won. The paradox is that while the racing is generally more open than on the men’s side of the sport, the outcomes have followed certain patterns, and until now, either a rider or a team has been able to dominate their rivals. That’s not a bad thing - cycling fans engage positively with successful riders or teams,…

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car v cyclist: car wins

STAFF WRITER You’re always incredibly aware of your vulnerability as a cyclist on the road. No matter how experienced you are, no matter how beautiful your surroundings, the chance is there that at any moment one of the large, heavy metal boxes zooming past you could career into you, or cause you to crash. All that stands between a rider and serious injury is often thin bits of Lycra and a plastic helmet. The crash that involved seven Bora-Hansgrohe riders and an SUV near Lake Garda in January is the latest reminder that professional cycling happens in the real world. It’s one of the joys of cycling that training and racing happens out there on the roads, not in artificial conditions inside stadiums, with riders locked away. But it’s also a pointed…

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3 GTS Alpecin-Fenix will ride all three grand tours in 2021, after topping the 2020 Europe Tour rankings. This means that Giro, Tour and Vuelta organisers will now only have two wildcard invites each to give out. Mathieu van der Poel has signalled that he will ride the Tour for the team. “Age is a state of mind. I feel relatively young in cycling years because I only got into the sport a little bit later” Chris Froome argues that he still has a chance at winning his fifth Tour this summer, despite the fact that he will be 36 when the race starts in July. 59 The number of riders and staff from UAE Team Emirates who were given the coronavirus vaccine last month after travelling to the Middle East, with Tour champion Tadej…

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dylan van baarle

Where’s home? At the moment, Monaco. I’m from Zoetermeer, near Den Haag in Holland, in the west. What’s your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders, because of the spectators around the course. It’s a magic week in Belgium. From Sunday to Sunday they are full gas about Flanders. It was strange last year without fans; it was different without the beer smell. What’s your favourite climb? I like the Kwaremont, because it’s a bit longer than the others at Flanders and suits me better than the Paterberg or Koppenberg. I think for a Dutchie it always has to be Alpe d’Huez though, because there’s always a party there. We have to hope that people are allowed back on the climb. We had it a few times at the Tour where there was no one on…