Procycling

January 2022

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:
Back issues only
US$7.43

in this issue

2 min
preface

As someone who hasn’t really explored their creative side, it has been fun for me to work with Ed and the team to create this magazine. There are some themes I wanted to research: cycling as a team sport and the perhaps so far undiscovered ideas of how an athlete’s personality can help determine which kind of training is most impactful and how an athlete’s background can determine their motivation to succeed. I find it fascinating to uncover what drives each athlete and how the people supporting them have helped shape them. It is impossible to share the limelight with every domestique and member of staff, or family and friends at home, but I have always wished that would be possible. The best leaders are the ones who acknowledge the work of…

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3 min
gallery

Giro d’Italia, Stage 12 Siena, Italy 20 MAY 2021 The peloton rolls through Siena at the start of stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia. The Tuscan hilltop city usually hosts the finish of Strade Bianche, but this time the riders were able to go downhill from the start. The stage finished in Bagno di Romagna, where Andrea Vendrame would triumph from the breakaway, beating Chris Hamilton in the sprint. Jered Gruber, the photographer behind this picture, says: “I settled nervously around what amounted to almost a city switchback, but there were people everywhere, a car horribly placed almost right in the middle. It was chaos. And then, something happened - it was like the clouds parted, the sun shone through, and someone waved their magic wand. The car drove away at the last moment,…

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4 min
something old, and something new

“I have never been a rider who has been chasing easy wins”Philippe Gilbert reflects on 20 years at the very top page 74 The men’s peloton is relatively static regarding transfers between 2021 and 2022, especially at the top end. Of the top 25 riders in the UCI’s official ranking, only two are moving teams into the 2022 season - João Almeida, from Deceuninck-Quick Step to UAE Emirates, and Giacomo Nizzolo, whose move to Israel Start-Up nation has been precipitated by the demise of his 2021 outfit Qhubeka-NextHash. However, there is considerably more flux and a lot more growth on the women’s side. Four of the top 14 riders alone are changing outfits, and while the men’s sport looks set for a period of domination by a sextet of riders who are…

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2 min
tonight’s the night we forget about deadlines

First up, a big thank you to our guest editor Lizzie Deignan, who has done an excellent job of making this a very special edition of Procycling and has been nothing but helpful throughout the whole process of putting it together. I’m relegated from my usual position on page 7 to this unfamiliar position, but on the positive side, I’ve had my feet up while Lizzie has been busy chasing contributors, writing captions and checking page proofs. There is also news. This is going to be the last edition of Procycling, which is heading to the great cycling magazine graveyard in the sky after 22 brilliant years. The covid pandemic wasn’t kind to our newsstand sales, and while we enjoyed an increase in subscriptions (thank you!), the ongoing lockdowns had…

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3 min
communiqué

NEWS • GOSSIP • CHATTER Kiesenhofer continues on solo path Olympic road race champion Anna Kiesenhofer announced in December that Swiss Krono Group will support her until 2024. The Austrian has not ridden for a professional team since 2017, and rides instead as an independent amateur. “Why not think about it before the end of my career? I don’t want to end my time with the regret of not ever trying”Julian Alaphilippe hints he might have a tilt at the Tour de France before the end of his career. 10 Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has signed a new 10-year contract with Italian sports clothing manufacturer Sportful. The brand is moving over to TotalEnergies with the Slovakian in 2022. Roglič beats Colbrelli and Pogačar Vuelta champion Primož Roglič beat Sonny Colbrelli and Tadej Pogačar at the…

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3 min
greg van avermaet

Where’s home? Dendermonde in Belgium, where my kids go to school, not far from where I grew up. There are probably better places to ride your bike in the winter, but Belgium has a good tradition and history, and you can always find nice roads. What’s your favourite race? The Tour of Flanders. I always have the honour of training on those roads. It is my favourite because of the atmosphere, being close to home and the history. But also being capable of winning is part of it. I think if I was a climber it would not be that race. You always search for things that you are good at. What’s your favourite climb? I like the Ardennes. I like La Redoute, for example. There are also some nice unknown climbs in the Flemish…

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