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Procycling March 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
$10.75
$78.22
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
preface

The promise we have all made to ourselves during these times is that things will get back to normal. We’re all, to a lesser or greater degree, making sacrifices and there are very necessary compromises for us to make which might be hard, but contribute to the greater good. I hope that all our readers are giving and getting what support they can. All this means we gratefully hold close anything that does resemble what used to be normal, and for us as bike fans, that means races. Things aren’t completely normal, but the French race organisers have worked minor miracles to run events like the Étoile de Bessèges and Tour de la Provence. I’ve always loved races like Bessèges. When I were a lad, they heralded the start of the cycling…

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1 min
highlights

PETER SAGAN Barry Ryan caught up with the irrepressible Slovakian to find out how his relatively quiet 2020 has changed his outlook. Not EDITOR at all, he says. See page 30 STATE OF THE NATION: COLOMBIA Matt Rendell takes a deep dive into Colombian cycling for the latest in our in-depth series of features on cycling nations. See page 58. ÉTOILE DE BESSÈGES Pete Cossins was on the ground at the first stage race of 2021, to find an event that has stood the test of time, and this year saw its best ever edition. See page 68.…

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2 min
gallery

Cyclo-cross World Championships Ostend, Belgium 30 JANUARY 2021 The race organisers put on one of the most varied and visually spectacular World Championships routes ever seen in Ostend in January. There was an inland section of mud, bridges, steps and deep ruts, as with most courses. However, the riders were also taken out on to the beach for alternate sections of deep soft sand, and even a stretch along the seafront, in which some riders’ lines took them into the sea. Here, Denise Betsema of the Netherlands rides into an early lead on lap one of the women’s elite event. However, she would be overhauled in an attritional race, and fade to third behind compatriot Lucinda Brand, who won, and Annemarie Worst, who was second best. The Dutch dominated, winning all four races,…

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4 min
the clock is ticking on the 2021 vuelta

“I’ve had to learn how to just go with the flow. It’s taken a lot of discipline and training to switch off my brain”Ashleigh Moolman Pasio on dealing with perfectionism and learning to race on instinct, page 42 NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 26.3.21 In 2007, Denis Menchov effectively won the Vuelta a España thanks to a stunning mid-race time trial performance on a singularly dull section of motorway somewhere in the featureless steppes of eastern Spain, killing the GC. It has felt since that organisers Unipublic have been hell-bent on ensuring such an uneventful race never happened again. For most of the last 14 years, the Vuelta route has been packed with a relentless series of mountaintop finishes and punchy, steep goat-track climbs. The race has all but abandoned the flat, interminable…

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2 min
a weight needs to be lifted

I remember watching the BBC Sport documentary following Geraint Thomas behind the scenes of the Tour in 2019, and picking up on a passing comment Ineos soigneur Marko Dzalo made about how Thomas was often worried about his weight during the season. He would get frustrated if he couldn’t reach his target, he said. When I followed it up with Thomas a few weeks later, he wouldn’t go as far as to call it “obsessive”, but said that when racing he’s constantly aware of what he’s doing when it comes to his weight. Thomas’s comments highlight the importance of weight in cycling. Obviously weight is important-how heavy you are will affect how fast you can push yourself on the bike, especially up mountains and in a three-week endurance test like a…

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4 min
communiqué

48.16 km The distance covered by Joscelin Lowden in an unofficial Hour record at Manchester Velodrome last month, more than the existing record of 48.007km. The 33-year-old Drops-Le Col rider did not meet the conditions of UCI Hour record attempts, so the feat is not recorded as official. “A guy who has a TUE has no business being on a bike. They’re not fit for competition”Thibaut Pinot speaks out against the use of corticosteroids and ketones in a wide-ranging interview with L’Équipe. The Frenchman suggested that cycling still operates at "two speeds". 30sec The amount of time riders could be fined for a first offence of littering at a stage race, according to new UCI rules. A second offence will mean a two-minute penalty, while a third offence could mean disqualification, opening up the…

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