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Procycling May 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

EDITOR My favourite thing about cycling at the moment is that I haven’t got a clue what’s going on. For a cycling magazine editor who has been working in the sport for almost 20 years and following it for over 35, you might think that I at least have some inkling of what’s going to happen in a race. But there’s been quite a shift in dynamics in road racing in the last year or three, and I think the sport has simultaneously become much closer in terms of the abilities of the riders, but also more open in terms of the races themselves. First and foremost, this is manifesting itself in tactical manoeuvres that would have been laughed out of the peloton a decade back. Yes, Kasper Asgreen’s winning attack at…

3 min

E3 Saxo Bank Classic Harelbeke, Belgium 26 MARCH 2021 Mathieu van der Poel rides ahead of a peloton which is splitting under the pressure of a tough race at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, formerly known as E3 Harelbeke, between the Boigneberg and Eikenberg climbs. The race pitched Van der Poel against arch rival Wout van Aert. However, Deceuninck-Quick Step may not have had a rider to equal either of these riders in terms of pure power, but they had the riders and ambition to use strength in numbers against them. Kasper Asgreen went on a long-range attack with 65km to go, taking the pressure off Deceuninck. However, when he was finally closed down, with 12km to go, the lead group counted only seven riders: Asgreen, his team-mates Florian Sénéchal and Zdenĕk Štybar,…

4 min
crisis? what crisis?

There were other teams in the Volta a Catalunya than the Ineos Grenadiers, but to look at the final podium, you wouldn’t have known it. The British team took all three of the top positions on general classification: Adam Yates was the winner, with Richie Porte in second place and Geraint Thomas in third. Best of the rest was Movistar’s quadragenarian Alejandro Valverde, three times a winner here, and probably enjoying his best form since the pandemic, but the Spaniard had never looked like dislodging even one of the Ineos trio, let alone all three. And nor did anybody else: though João Almeida spent a day in the race lead following the stage 2 time trial (where Ineos ominously put four riders into the top 10), he couldn’t live with…

2 min
racial abuse rears again

The racist abuse flung at Nacer Bouhanni following his clash with Jake Stewart in the final of Cholet-Pays de Loire is abhorrent. The tale is all too familiar in sport: a person of colour makes a mistake, or even just exists, and racists online feel emboldened to attack that person, because of the colour of their skin. It happens often in football, where black players are regularly exposed to vile abuse. It has not been as much of an issue in cycling because of the lack of riders from ethnic minority backgrounds (which is another kind of racism). What is heartbreaking about the Bouhanni situation is that it isn’t the first time that he has faced racist vitriol, but in the past he has felt unable to speak up. This could…

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RACISM RETURNS Nacer Bouhanni was subjected to racist abuse online after he clashed with Jake Stewart in the sprint at Cholet-Pays de Loire. The French sprinter publicised some of the messages he was sent on social media. He said: “I have been putting up with this for a long time already and I’ve kept quiet, but this time I won’t let it go any more.” Stewart called the racism “deplorable”. “You can’t be disappointed with a podium at Flanders” Grace Brown looks on the bright side after she finished third behind Annemiek van Vleuten and Lisa Brennauer at the Tour of Flanders. The Australian said she could come back next year with bigger goals. Quick Step 4 eva Patrick Lefevere said he was optimistic about the future of his Deceuninck-Quick Step team, as he continues…

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clara koppenburg

Where’s home? I live in the south part of Germany, in a city called Lörrach. It’s just on the border of Switzerland and France and is a beautiful area for riding. What’s your favourite race? In general, I prefer stage races and races with big climbs, so the Giro Rosa is quite highly ranked. I raced in America twice and I absolutely loved it, so I’m looking forward to racing there more often, especially the races in the mountains. What’s your favourite climb? Last year I did some riding in the area of Andermatt, which was awesome. The old ‘Gotthardstrasse’ with the cobbles was an unforgettable experience and I recommend every cyclist to put that climb on your bucket list. Where in the world would you like to get lost on your bike? If it’s summer then…