Cycle Sport April is now available in newsagents, and it’s packed with great features, amazing photography, and insightful analysis on the professional cycling scene.
Cycle Sport’s deputy editor Edward Pickering went to Girona at the end of last year along with photographer Richard Baybutt, to meet David Millar. CS followed Millar out on a scenic training ride along with Sky’s Michael Barry, and listened in on a fascinating coffee-stop chat with possibly the peloton’s two most thoughtful riders.
Millar then took us out around Girona, just as dusk was falling, and Baybutt took the incredible and atmospheric pictures of Millar that appear in the magazine, before we sat down for a frank and honest interview. Think you’ve made your mind up about Millar? Read the feature and think again.
Also in the magazine…
Frank Schleck exclusive interview – we talk to the older Schleck, who still has ambitions to win the Tour de France, and he believes he can still do so, in spite of the emergence of his younger brother Andy. Remember that Frank Schleck had won at Alpe d’Huez before most cycling fans had even heard of his brother.
We’ve gone out for a ride with George Hincapie from his home in South Carolina. Hincapie shows us the commitment necessary to succeed in cycling – the temperature for his training ride was minus six degrees Celsius, and that was before we started going into the hills.
We’ve introduced a new series of Classic Races. First on the list – the 1990 Paris-Roubaix, which came down to the closest sprint ever seen in the event. Eddy Planckaert edged Steve Bauer by less than a centimetre, and we’ve spoken to both riders about the tactics and decisions which shaped their day. We’ve also spoken to third-placed Edwig Van Hooydonck, and fifth-placed Jean-Marie Wampers (the 1989 winner), to gain the most comprehensive look at this race since it happened. Along with classic archive photography, it’s a brilliant feature about a brilliant race.
Cycle Sport has also interviewed Maxime Monfort and Philip Deignan. We worked out that Monfort is the best domestique in the peloton – he contributed to more race wins as a team mate than any other rider in 2009, with an astonishing 27. He revealed to us that his former team mates at Cofidis considered him selfish, and took great satisfaction in being told of his achievement.
Deignan tells CS of his ambitions to build on the stage win and ninth overall he achieved at the Vuelta. Injury and bad luck have stalled his career before, but now he hopes to shine in the biggest races.
Allan Davis also speaks to Cycle Sport in a feature which tackles the ambiguity Davis feels has been attributed to his career by his initial naming in Operacion Puerto. He was almost immediately cleared, but as he angrily explains, the experience has left scars.
This month’s Iconic Place feature goes to the hardest hill in cycling – the legendary Koppenberg. We’ve measured the gradient, flinched at the horrendous cobbles, and looked at the place of the hill in the Tour of Flanders.
Our regular Pro Performance article features Marco Pinotti, who is described by his coaches as the “perfect athlete”. In this unique piece, Pinotti describes, in his own words, the mental commitment and preparation needed to succeed as a professional, or just as a cyclist.
Cycle Sport also introduces a new feature – Post-race banter, in which one of our experts analyses a single race from the previous month, interviews the winner, and explains it with the original Cycle Sport Chalkboard graphic.
We’ve also got all our regular features – Graham Watson’s column, Broomwagon; Shop Window; a new series of picture-led features on professionals’ bikes (this month with Cadel Evans’s BMC and André Greipel’s Scott); a Q&A with HTC’s engaging Kiwi Hayden Roulston; Toto; Clash of the Month; the bickering-measuring Sliding Scale of Nice; Top 10 doping scandals; plus incredible cycling photography from the early season races, and more.
That’s 10 in-depth features, plus a great deal more, for the very competitive price of £4.10. At 40p a feature, plus 10p for all the extras and photography, we offer better value than any of our competitors.
Cycle Sport April 2010 issue is on sale now at WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £4.10.