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Procycling April 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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2 min

Both editions of Strade Bianche were brilliant races, the best of the year so far. That’s reason enough to celebrate them - I could just sit back and enjoy two exciting races, though a note to the TV people: show much more of the women’s race already. They were also excellent primers on How Cycling Works. The women’s race demonstrated the nuances of teamwork and how it operates in cycling. In 2020, Trek-Segafredo worked out a very effective way of fighting against the superior strength of Anna van der Breggen; in Strade Bianche 2021, Van der Breggen’s SD Worx turned the tables right back on them, putting Chantal van den Broeck-Blaak on to Elisa Longo Borghini’s wheel, where she stayed all the way to the final climb. There, the energy she’d…

1 min
high lights

MARIANNE VOS Sophie Hurcom speaks to the all-conquering Dutchwoman about changing teams, longevity and why, after 16 years, she loves racing more than ever. Page 30 TAYLER WILES I caught up with the irrepressible Trek-Segafredo rider to talk about her path into cycling and her status as one of the few openly gay pro cyclists. Page 42 STATE OF THE NATION: BRITAIN British riders have dominated grand tour racing since 2012. Richard Moore asks whether it can continue in the latest of our series on nations. Page 62 Images: Bram Berkien (Vos), Claesson/Getty (Wiles), De Waele/Getty (Britain).…

3 min

UAE Tour Stage 1, Abu Dhabi 21 FEBRUARY 2021 The peloton is rent asunder by strong crosswinds on the opening stage of the UAE Tour. With the wind coming from the right, the only shelter from it is to the left of the rider in front, which means that the width of the road limits the number of riders who can enjoy that shelter. The riders in the echelons behind can only hope that the speed drops at the front, otherwise the gap will either grow or at best stay the same. See the isolated riders on the left of the road? They’re all going backwards relative to the group in front - no matter how hard they ride, they won’t match the speed of an echelon. They are riding in the wind,…

4 min
star studded line-up descends on the giro

6 Summit finishes in this year’s Giro route, starting on stage 4 This year the startlist of the Giro d’Italia could almost be swapped with the Tour de France. Egan Bernal, Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet are all down to ride the first grand tour of the season. Plus João Almeida, who spent a fortnight in the pink jersey last year. It will be a challenging race, too, with over 47,000 metres of climbing across the 21 stages, six mountain finishes, and sections of gravel and dirt roads to add into the mix. For Matt White, directeur sportif with BikeExchange, whoever wins the Giro will be a “very complete bike rider”. The Giro has become more of an option for the sport’s biggest stars, as it is…

1 min
sport is political

Quinn Simmons has not learned his lesson. Last year the Trek-Segafredo rider was suspended for what his team called “conduct unbefitting a Trek athlete”. Last September, the American posted a tweet that included the word “Bye” and an emoji of a black hand waving, in a reply to a journalist’s tweet saying that supporters of Donald Trump could unfollow her. This incident was alleged to be racist, but half a year on when Simmons was asked whether he understood why he was suspended, he said: “If I’m honest, no, not really.” This is despite diversity training during the off-season. He also told Cyclingnews.com: “I don’t feel like I deserved the suspension… This is really something new that I don’t fully understand, and a lot of people don’t understand.” There was quite…

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1,362 The number of watts at which Mathieu van der Poel’s final attack at Strade Bianche peaked. The Dutchman released all of his power data on Strava following the race. “I love Amstel and it might be my favourite race. It might not be the one that’s best suited to me and it’s a bit like playing Mario Kart” Michael Woods on targeting the hilly classics after he was ruled out of Tirreno-Adriatico due to bronchitis. Giro time Tadej Pogaar has indicated that he will ride the Giro d’Italia next year, once he has defended his Tour de France title and ridden the Olympics and the Vuelta a España this season. The 22-year-old was speaking at Tirreno-Adriatico. “He needs to do what’s best for him and what’s going to make his life better, and only he…