The latest edition of the world’s best cycling magazine is now out in the UK. It features exclusive interviews with Bradley Wiggins and Andy Schleck, plus up-and-coming young American stars Joe Dombrowski and Andrew Talansky. There’s also a big race preview, looking at the culture, history and impact of the most important bike races in the world, from Milan-San Remo to the Tour of Lombardy.

Words by Cycle Sport staff

Thursday February 14 2013

Do kids from Kilburn win the Giro d’Italia? By Edward Pickering

Our cover star this month is Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, who tells Edward Pickering about his ambitions for 2013. First on the agenda is a crack at the Giro d’Italia. But that’s not all. Wiggins wants to back up a good Giro (which, given his high standards, means going for the win) with a good Tour de France.

Can he hold that peak? No, according to Sky’s trainer Tim Kerrison. But Kerrison, who masterminded Wiggins’ extraordinary 2012 season, thinks there is enough time to back off after the Giro, build back up and do the Tour at top form. And if Wiggins is in the same form as he was last year, than a place on the podium is the minimum he would expect, given that only two riders finished within 10 minutes of him in 2012. That one of them was his team-mate Chris Froome, who is nominally the team’s leader for 2013 means that sooner or later a decision will have to be made between the two riders, but for the moment Wiggins is outwardly relaxed at the prospect.

Wiggins talks cycling history, Tour and Giro goals and much more in this interview, which also features portraits by Richard Baybutt.


Natural born racer, by Richard Moore

Will we see Andy Schleck at the front of the Tour de France ever again? The Luxembourg rider, who was second in 2009 and 2011, and retroactively awarded the 2010 win, insists that we will, although there are many reasons to believe that he faces an uphill struggle as big as any of the mountains he used to fly up. Richard Moore interviewed Schleck and found him in confident spirits, in spite of a run of poor form that has dogged him since the end of 2011. Schleck talks honestly about his brother’s positive test at the Tour de France, the poor relationship he had with former manager Johan Bruyneel and his own struggles with fitness.

SPECIAL FEATURE: RACE CULTURE, by Gregor Brown, Andy McGrath, Richard Moore and Edward Pickering

Forget the politics (yes, we know we all want to). Sometimes it’s easy to forget that cycling is supposed to be about the races, the riders and the fans. The world’s biggest races await the peloton in 2013. The early season skirmishes have already whetted appetites and given us tantalising glimpses of form. Now we approach the Monuments and Grand Tours.

Our Race Culture feature focuses on the biggest and best races cycling has to offer. Our writers know these events inside out, and we celebrate each one for the unique challenges and charm they have (the events, not the writers). We’ve looked at why the races are so important, examined the tactics, put them in their cultural context, and, because this is Cycle Sport and we’re obsessed with food and booze, recommended the best local delicacies at each race.

The hard yards, by Richard Baybutt, Cor Vos, Graeme Brown and Graham Watson
We sent our snappers to many of the pre-season training camps to find out how the teams were preparing for the hard races ahead. In this picture special, we follow Team Sky on a group ride, watch Movistar doing their time trial training on a Moto GP circuit and are right in the middle when the RadioShack and BMC riders bumped into each other in Javea, Spain.

Hot! Or Not! By Cycle Sport staff

We rate every WorldTour team kit, and a few lucky Pro Conti outfits. From Lampre’s sick-coloured sleeves, through Lotto’s busy strip, to Sky’s awesomely cool all-black, Cycle Sport’s fashion gurus give their verdict on what’s hot! And what’s not!

Best kit: Sky. It’s the kind of kit irritating overachieving middle-aged ABC1 types wear while posing for instagram snaps in black and white, looking enigmatic and writing blog entries in the present tense.

Worst kit: Lampre. They’ve managed the impossible and made their fuschia-and-blue kit look even worse, by adding a sick-coloured strip of green/yellow, that makes them look like giant liquorice allsorts.

Not your average Joe, by Matt Walsh

“The young guy who answers the front door is 21 years old, tall and skinny. He looks like a computer geek, enjoys cooking and plays classical music on the violin. Based on the initial impression, you’d never guess this is the winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia…”

Joe Dombrowski is one of Team Sky’s new riders for 2013. He’s a willowy, fragile and young-looking climbing specialist, who made a huge impact at the Tour of California by coming fourth on the Mount Baldy stage, where the race was decided, and won one of the most prestigious U-23 races in the world, the Baby Giro. The American was courted by BMC, Garmin and Argos-Shimano before deciding to sign with Sky, and it looks like he’ll make his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia this year. Don’t be fooled by the young looks, Dombrowski is determined, clever and reslient, and he’s not afraid of anybody.

The long game, by Kenny Pryde

It was one of the best performances by a young rider in any of the Grand Tours last year. Garmin rider Andrew Talansky wasn’t able to hold the wheels of the best climbers in a brutal Vuelta a Espana, but his eventual seventh place overall was an impressive result. 2012 was Talansky’s second year as a professional rider, and he also turned heads by coming a narrow second to Bradley Wiggins at the Tour of Romandy. Kenny Pryde interviewed the young American and discovered an articulate thoughtful rider, whose back-up career plan, if cycling had not worked out, was to go and study a degree in journalism. Garmin are renowned for providing the surprise packaged in the Tour de France every year. Could Talansky be their secret weapon in 2013.

Out of Africa, by Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown takes at look at the ambitious MTN-Qhubeka team from South Africa, and at the Africa Cycling Centre, which is starting to turn out increasing numbers of talented riders, under the tutelage of sports director Jean-Pierre Van Zyl. Van Zyl has been teaching a new generation of cyclists from all over the continent how to race and live as elite competitors, and is optimistic that one day we will see a team based in Africa at the Tour de France.

I love 1987, by Edward Pickering

The latest in our series looking at the big races, events and personalities of certain years takes a look at 1987. There was only one story that year – the extraordinary season and achievements of Stephen Roche, who won the Giro, Tour and World Championships, as well as the Tour of Romandy, and came second in Paris-Nice and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. We look back at how Roche won each race, including his feud with team-mate Roberto Visentini at the Giro, and the narrow victory he squeezed out over Pedro Delgado at the Tour. It was a year of almost total dominance by Irish riders – Sean Kelly won Paris-Nice, and had to pull out of the Vuelta with only a few days to go, while in the race lead, suffering from a saddle sore.

Plus…All our regular features – Graham Watson shares his best pictures form the Tour Down Under; Shop Window features the latest cycling bling; Broomwagon, in a masterpiece of shocking timing and bad luck, pokes fun at Thomas Lofkvist; Q&A with Pablo Lastras (“One of my team-mates bought me anti-wrinkle cream; Moving on from Lance Armstrong; Stuff we like; Team of the month; the all-new Cycle Sport Tour-ometer; Top 10 cycling families; Geraint almost wins the TDU; Post-race banter with stats, chat and wacky graphics; great writing and photography, and much much more.

That’s 196 pages of literary excellence, for £4.95.

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