Cycle Sport magazine December 2011 issue is out now, and it’s packed with excellent writing, stunning photography, expert analysis, incisive opinion and snarky banter. This month’s magazine features interviews with Mark Cavendish, Lars Bak and Jurgen Van Den Broeck. Plus CS looks at the 2012 Tour de France route and casts an eye back at the 2011 race season with an in-depth review of the year.

Mark Cavendish exclusive interview
Cycle Sport caught up with Britain’s new world champion at Paris-Tours for an exclusive interview. Cavendish told us what it meant to him to wear the rainbow jersey and explained the process which culminated in his win in Copenhagen. He also stood on a bike for our photoshoot.

Great Britain: cycling superpower
Stand back Belgium. Watch out Italy. Cavendish’s Worlds win is just the latest evidence that Great Britain is rapidly emerging as one of the leading cycling nations.

2012 Tour de France route announced
We analyse the 2012 Tour route in depth, looking at the mountains, the time trials, the stage towns and predict how the race is likely to pan out.

Jurgen Van Den Broeck interview
CS talks to Belgium’s brightest Grand Tour hope whose Tour de France dreams ended in a mid-race crash this year.

Lars Bak interview
Who was the most effective domestique of 2011? Danish HTC rider Lars Bak has got a good case, and we’ve shone the spotlight on possibly the hardest-working man in cycling.

We ride the 2012 Tour prologue
CS joined up with local rider Maxime Monfort, fresh from his sixth place overall at the Vuelta a Espana, who guided us around the 2012 Tour de France prologue route in Liege, Belgium.

Cycle Sport review of the year 2011
CS’s unique almanac of 2011 takes a wide-ranging look back at the season. Our analysis is second to none, with expert panels from the staff and guests, stats, banter, reviews, graphics and all the stories behind the headlines.

Picture special: World Championships
Stunning photography from wonderful Copenhagen.

Tour of Beijing diary
Our behind-the-scenes account of China’s WorldTour event.

Iconic places: Pla d’Adet
We look at the third most-used summit finish in the Tour de France, the breath-taking Pyrenean climb of Pla d’Adet.

Plus: Pro performance, Graham Watson, Shop window, Broomwagon, Q&A with Alex Dowsett and much more.

Cycle Sport magazine December 2011 issue is on sale now at WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £4.25

External link

Cycle Sport magazine website