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Velonews September/October 2019

Velonews brings you inside the sport of bike racing, with exclusive features, analysis, expert training advice, unbiased gear reviews and the absolute best cycling photography.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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9 Issues


2 min.
stranger than fiction

Adecade from now, our sport may look extremely different from the one we currently watch on our TVs and computer screens. New champions will ride at the head of the peloton, and they will pedal bicycles that utilize new technology. And there’s a good chance that some of these pro riders may not pedal anywhere at all; they will race virtually in video-game-like competitions. Guess what? The future of pro cycling is already taking shape within the pro peloton, and also within the boardrooms and design studios of the brands steering the sport. In this issue of VeloNews we examine the people and products that may completely reshape the landscape of pro cycling in the coming years. Longtime fans of pro cycling may scoff at our decision to put the virtual racing…

1 min.

EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Fred Dreier MANAGING EDITOR Chris Case EUROPEAN EDITOR Andrew Hood TECHNICAL EDITOR Dan Cavallari CONTENT DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS Ben Delaney CONTRIBUTORS Trevor Connor, Jim Cotton, Lennard Zinn ART ART DIRECTOR Heidi Carcella PHOTO DIRECTOR Brad Kaminski CONTRIBUTING ARTIST David Brinton MEDIA DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & CIRCULATION Heather Arnold DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Dave Trendler DIGITAL DIGITAL DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & OPERATIONS Anna Horsch ADVERTISING NATIONAL ENDEMIC SALES DIRECTOR Nick Ramey nramey@pocketoutdoormedia.com | 720-400-9943 EAST Karl Wiedemann kwiedemann@pocketoutdoormedia.com | 203-906-5806 MIDWEST Barry and Jim Kingwill, Kingwill Company Barry@kingwillco.com | Jim@kingwillco.com | 847-537-9196 MOUNTAIN REGION Ellen Butler ebutler@pocketoutdoormedia.com | 720-288-0160 WEST Gary Newkirk gnewkirk@pocketoutdoormedia.com | 949-632-4223 ACCOUNT SERVICES ACCOUNT MANAGER Lily Shiland CHAIRMAN Felix H. Magowan CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Robin Thurston EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Erin Beresini CONTROLLER Greg Abrahamson STAFF ACCOUNTANT Susanne Middleton MANAGER OF OPERATIONS & HR Ilana Coenen…

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five years from now, which rider from generation z will we be talking about the most, and why?

FD: It's obviously Egan Bernal. The Tour de France is pro cycling's biggest race, and Bernal appears custom-built to win the Tour. Five years from now Bernal may be on the verge of breaking the record for Tour de France victories (5), which would make him the sport's all-time great. CC: I can’t wait to see so many rivalries take shape. Egan Bernal vs. Tadej Pogacar in stage races. Remco Evenepoel vs. everyone in everything. Thomas Pidcock? That kid has flare. If I had to pick just one, though, it’s Mathieu van der Poel. What can’t he do? His ragged-edge style knows no bounds. AH: Mathieu van der Poel, because he is a magician on two wheels, born to race. He could become the Merckx of our age. DC: Mathieu van der Poel.…

2 min.
depth of field

The move A mountain biker outlasted the WorldTour roadies at the 2019 Leadville Trail 100. Howard Grotts, the two-time defending champion, took his third consecutive Leadville title after battling with a trio of WorldTour racers for much of the day. Grotts, 26, rode in the front group alongside Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo), Lachlan Morton, and Alex Howes (both EF Education First) for much of the 103-mile race before dropping them on the steep Powerline climb. Grotts then soloed in for the victory, crossing the line with a three-minute advantage. Quinn Simmons, 18, finished second, closing a six-minute gap in the waning miles of the race to catch the WorldTour riders. PHOTO BY BRAD KAMINSKI CANON EOS 7D MARK II; 70-200 F/4 LENS; 1/800 SEC. AT F/5.6; ISO 400 10,151 Elevation of Leadville, the highest of any…

4 min.
mike woods

GET TO KNOW MIKE First Bike? “An aluminum Trek with Shimano Tiagra components and MTB pedals.” Favorite Race? “It used to be Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but now it’s the Tour de France.” Favorite Ride? “Italy, Spain, France, all great. Even my home town of Ottawa is great." After coming so close to a gold medal at Innsbruck worlds last year, you must be excited for another chance. Definitely. I think [the course] is not as tailor-made for me as last year, and I think there will be more tactics and luck involved compared to last year. Still, it will be a really difficult course. My training is going to be different because I won’t race the Vuelta beforehand, like I did last year. I’ll have to train pretty hard on my own. In terms of how the race plays out, I’ll…

1 min.
“i think i won the junior category.”

84 Percentage of Dumoulin's career stage wins that have come in time trials or prologues “My manager always said, ‘There is no warmth without friction!’”— Tom Dumoulin, describing the ups and downs of his eight-year career with Team Sunweb 1 Number of Americans who have won junior Gent-Wevelgem (Simmons in 2019) “They’ve ended my career.”— The first words uttered by Domenico Pozzovivo after he was hit by a car in the Calabrian countryside 32 Number of weeks Pozzovivo has been off the bike due to injuries in his career. This includes a broken leg he sustained after crashing while attempting to avoid a cat. “You can talk about mental age, physical age, but when you're ready, you're ready. And, boy, is he ready.”— Ineos boss David Brailsford on Egan Bernal“It′s team, team, team. Get up, see the doctor,…