Cycling Weekly magazine May 17 2018 issue on sale from Thursday priced £2.99

From the editor

There’s a British rider in pink at the Giro d’Italia, it’s just not the one we were expecting. Simon Yates’s opening week has been as spectacular as Chris Froome’s has been disastrous, and the Bury lad looks impressive as he leads his first Grand Tour.

Yates and his twin brother Adam have been placing in the top 10 of Grand Tours for the last two years. But the annals of cycling are littered with talented young riders who promised much in major stage races then failed to deliver a win.

There are no guarantees that a rider will step up to leading a three-week race, let alone winning one overall.

The result of the Giro is still far from decided, and the final week will be a massive test for 25-year-old Yates.

The race is always back-ended — remember 2016 when Steven Kruijswijk and Esteban Chaves capitulated in the final days, allowing Vincenzo Nibali to snatch an improbable win?

Win or not, Yates is an early contender for our Rider of the Year award. This is something we’re already getting excited about as we get to celebrate this and another nine winners at our awards evening in central London in December.

Better still, you can get involved and nominate a clubmate or local volunteer for an award.

Simon Richardson
Cycling Weekly magazine editor


In the magazine

News: Simon Yates’ perfect week

Feature: We take on an epic ride across the country

Tech: Seven endurance bikes to take you further

Tech: Harry Tanfield’s Tour de Yorkshire winning Canyon


You put the questions to Mark Beaumont

Fitness: Taking your riding further

Icons of Cycling: Waving goodbye to Eastway

From the Archive: Giro d’Italia 1966

Cycling Weekly magazine May 17 2018 issue on sale from Thursday priced £2.99

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