Cycle Sport magazine’s May 2010 issue is available in newsagents from Wednesday March 17, and it’s full of the best writing and photography of professional cycling available.
Our cover star this month is Mark Cavendish. HTC-Columbia’s star sprinter has endured a tough start to the year, with a dental infection setting his training back. But he is as bullishly confident as ever, telling us that most of his victories last year were achieved at about “80 per cent” of his sprinting capacity.
Cavendish has lost none of his ability to provoke, telling Cycle Sport, “I heard Tyler [Farrar] saying he was getting better. But if they get better, I’ll start going at 85 per cent instead of 80.”
The feature also runs with Richard Baybutt’s superb portraits of Cavendish, taken at the Majorca training camp in January. As Cavendish said, “this is the only shoot I’ve been looking forward to doing.” You’ll see why when you see the pictures.
Also in the magazine…
Questions and answers with Bob Stapleton – we talk to the HTC-Columbia team boss about Cavendish, the team’s plans for 2010 and how he’s looking forward to coming up against Team Sky over the course of the year.
Cadel Evans exclusive interview – we chat with the world champion, about what everybody seems to have noticed – that the famously prickly Australian has become a new man since his win in Mendrisio. Evans reveals a double-headed plan for the year – first a serious crack at the Giro d’Italia, his first participation in the event since he wore the pink jersey in 2002. Then, the Tour de France. Evans thinks he can do well in both – can he become the first Australian Grand Tour winner?
Our new series of Classic Races was a big hit last month – our second instalment looks at the 1987 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In that race, Stephen Roche and Claude Criquielion had an insurmountable lead coming to the finish, but somehow managed to gift victory to Moreno Argentin. We talk to Argentin, Roche and fourth-placed Yvon Madiot to get the inside story of the race as it happened. There’s also fantastic archive photography of the race.
Our writer Lionel Birnie has visited Robert Gesink at his home in Holland. While all the talk for the 2010 Tour is of Contador, the Schlecks and Lance Armstrong, many people think that the Dutchman could climb to a surprise podium place. He’s the most exciting mountain climber to come out of Holland since Gert-Jan Theunisse and Steven Rooks, and his countrymen are expecting great things.
We’ve also interviewed the Velits twins, Martin and Peter, HTC-Columbia’s new recruits. They’ve ridden together for their entire careers, but reveal that they have very differing targets. Meanwhile, we’ve also caught up with America’s rising star, Taylor Phinney. Who else can boast a world championship win in the individual pursuit, and a win in the under-23 Paris-Roubaix, all achieved at the age of 18?
Cycle Sport‘s writer Alasdair Fotheringham went to the brand new Tour of Oman and sent us an eyewitness feature. It’s sister race, the Tour of Qatar, has been criticised for the lack of variety in its parcours (although the crosswinds always liven things up), but Oman gave us everything: climbs, exciting racing, good gossip and a competition for the yellow jersey which went down to the wire.
This month’s Iconic Place feature goes to possibly the hardest mountain in cycling – the Giro’s Monte Zoncolan. We look at the relatively short history of this climb, in both men’s and women’s racing and measure its truly frightening gradient. The middle six kilometres average 15 per cent. It’s a brute.
For Pro Performance, Chris Sidwells has joined Dan Lloyd on a visit to the wind tunnel where he’ll test his position and experiment with some tweaks. We explain how professional riders fight drag, with some surprising facts and figures. We also run an explainer on VO2 Max – what is it and does it matter?
We’ve also got all our regular features – Graham Watson’s column, Broomwagon; Post-Race Banter explains Strade Bianche; Shop Window; Team Issue takes a look at Chris Sutton’s Pinarello Dogma 60.1; a Q&A with Italian cycling’s rising star Francesco Gavazzi; Toto; Clash of the Month; the bickering-measuring Sliding Scale of Nice; Top 10 Very Tired Riders; a look at what we’ve learned so far in 2010; we measure the maximum speeds of the top sprinters, 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. Cycle Sport is incredible value.
Cycle Sport May 2010 goes on sale on March 17 in the UK, priced £4.10. Later in the US.