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Velonews September 2016

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


1 min.
depth of field

HIS REIGN IS STRONGER IN SPAIN For the second time in three years, Alberto Contador’s bid for a third Tour de France title was ended by a crash. This year his race unraveled almost immediately, after he suffered a bad fall halfway through stage 1. He crashed again in stage 2. The 33-year-old Spaniard, battered and bruised, struggled to keep pace with the top GC riders in the first key climbing stages and eventually abandoned on stage 9. So, once again, Contador will hope to salvage his season by scoring at the Vuelta a España. He’ll face off against a bevy of talent, including Tour champion Chris Froome, whom he beat at the 2014 Vuelta after both abandoned the Tour due to crashes. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images No camera data available. 7 Years since…

2 min.
the world’s fastest endurance sport

LET’S DISPENSE WITH THE semantic arguments about the word “cool.” Everything is simultaneously cool and uncool, depending on perspective. So don’t get hung up on definitions here. In this issue, we’re using “cool” as shorthand for the ascendant trends in cycling—trends that are moving beyond the pro ranks and even traditional race culture in favor of something less competitive. Pro racing is still at the center of our universe, but things are expanding beyond it. For some time now, the sponsor-emblazoned, sublimated kits of everyone from WorldTour pros to local club teams have been giving way to both retro styles and entirely new approaches to cycling apparel. While Rapha and its imitators have succeeded in introducing boutique looks, millennial riders such as Lachlan Morton and Taylor Phinney (see our April cover) have…

7 min.
sky with no limit

The enduring image from the 2016 Tour de France will be that of Chris Froome awkwardly jogging up Mont Ventoux in his cycling shoes. A more appropriate picture of this year’s tour, however, would be that of Froome’s Sky teammates crushing the entire peloton beneath their feet. Team Sky’s train of super-domestique climbers—Geraint Thomas, Sergio Henao, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, and Wout Poels— dominated the 2016 Tour de France like no team has done in cycling’s modern era. In the highest mountains, Sky’s furious tempo whittled the group down to only the race’s strongest climbers. On the summit finishes, Sky’s pace snuffed out all attacks by Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte, and Froome’s other rivals. Froome regularly rode into the final uphill kilometers with two or three teammates still leading the peloton.…

6 min.
eddy merckx

One of the most frustrating and futile tasks a cycling fan can take on is trying to explain the importance of Eddy Merckx to a layman. Superlatives fail, and the analogies run out to comical lengths. “He’s like Michael Jordan plus Lionel Messi, combined with the Pope.” So who better to pass judgment on the current state of cycling fashion, technology, and racing, all of which Merckx is still deeply involved with? After a few years away from his namesake bike company—which he sold in 2008—he is back working closely with new owners to resurrect the brand. They are leaning on Merckx not only for his insights into bike design but also the cachet that only he can bring. The company’s new models are all named after legendary wins from his…

3 min.
beanie baby

Why do so many WorldTour riders live in Girona? Do all of you learn the native language of Catalan? Legend has it that Lance Armstrong and his fellow pilgrims originally settled Girona, seeking refuge from their homeland, where they had been persecuted for their belief that doping was okay. The natives welcomed them with open arms and shared their bountiful harvest. When the EPO-era ended (wait, what?), riders stayed for the plentiful coffee shops, empty roads, and cheap apartments. Nowadays, there are many English-speaking pros in this city. If my training calls for a three-hour ride with two hard climbs, I’ll shoot out a group text and inevitably someone will want to join me. (More often, when I want gelato, a partner in crime will be only 500 meters away). The Cannondale-Drapac service…

6 min.
endangered species

When the Reading 120 rolls off the start line in Pennsylvania on September 10, it will be the last professional road race of the domestic season. It is also among the last of its kind. These days, U.S. racing promoters are either obsessed with building the next big stage race or dedicated to criteriums. Reading is an endangered species—a U.S. road race in the style of a European semi-classic. An evolution of the Univest Grand Prix that dates back to 1999, Reading is one of only three remaining UCI-sanctioned single-day road races in the country. The others are the threeyear-old Winston-Salem Classic Road Race in North Carolina and the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, which traces its roots back to 1985. It wasn’t always this way. From the 1990s through the mid-2000s, long road races…