Cycle Sport August is available in the UK from Wednesday July 7, and it’s packed with excellent writing, fantastic photography and in-depth analysis of the professional cycling scene, all for our usual low price of £4.10.
Our cover star is Fabian Cancellara, who has undoubtedly been the rider of the year so far. Following his victories in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, Cancellara invited Cycle Sport’s deputy editor Edward Pickering to his home in Bern, Switzerland, for an exclusive interview. Our feature also includes stunning portraits by our photographer Richard Baybutt.
In a revealing conversation, Cancellara talked about his motivation and ambitions, why he’d rather win the Tour of Lombardy once than the Tour of Flanders three times and how he doesn’t just want to beat his rivals, but “kill” them, physically and psychologically.
Ironically, given the rumours about motorised doping that surrounded Cancellara, the Swiss star borrowed a couple of motorised bikes to give Cycle Sport a tour around Bern. Up the steep hill from the river to the town centre, we dropped him.
Also in the magazine…
A special feature looking at what it’s like to ride the Tour de France, by some of the people who have done so. In a wide, revealing and unusual set of interviews, we’ve asked how it feels to wear the yellow jersey, to crash out of the Tour while leading, to finish last in the race, to win a stage, to ride a long solo break, and many more. Our interview subjects include Sean Kelly, Robbie McEwen, Oscar Pereiro, Filippo Pozzato, Cedric Vasseur, Stéphane Heulot, Jay Sweet, Flavio Vanzella, Jorgen Pedersen and more, and they have shared some fascinating anecdotes and insights with us.
There’s an interview with Mark Cavendish’s last man in the HTC-Columbia leadout train, Mark Renshaw by Cycle Sport’s Andy McGrath, including exclusive portraits by Simon Keitch. Renshaw has a unique position at the Tour – he’s Cavendish’s team mate, but as an ex-team mate of Cavendish’s main rival for the green jersey Thor Hushovd, he knows both well. So well, in fact, that when his phone rang during our interview, it was the Norwegian. Renshaw explains the mechanics of a leadout, and says that he and Cavendish work so well together now that they hardly need to communicate verbally on the bike.
We’ve also gone to the Pyrenees to celebrate the important part they’ll play in this year’s Tour de France by riding up the Col du Tourmalet. It would have been far too easy to do it on a modern road bike, so we got hold of the bike that Lucien Buysse rode in his 1926 Tour victory. We got to the top with one gear, some very fashionable retro bike clothing, and hammering rain. Never let it be said that Cycle Sport doesn’t suffer for its art.
Iconic Places goes to the Tourmalet’s next-door neighbour, the Col d’Aspin, which also features in this year’s Tour de France. The Aspin is one of the most scenic climbs the Tour uses, and is also second only in number of appearances in the race to the Tourmalet. We look at the history of the Aspin and share some of the great stories that have unfolded on its slopes.
Pro Performance features an interview with Sky’s race coach Rod Ellingworth, whose brief is to liase between riders, coaches and all the other staff involved in the team. His position is a unique one in professional cycling, and the team are hoping it offers something more than a marginal gain.
The first American team to take part in the Tour de France was 7-Eleven, in 1986. But we’ve got our hands on a letter sent by the US Cycling Federation to a handful of top amateur racers, inviting them to ride for a US team in the 1981 Tour. The Société du Tour de France had contacted the USCF, inviting them to put a team together, and only rescinded the invitation a month before the start of the race, for mysterious reasons. We’ve talked to some of the riders who were invited and found how close the project got to actually happening.
Back in May, we sent blogger Matt Walsh to the Tour of California to look at the stories behind the race. In his unique feature, Matt has sent us his behind-the-scenes diary of America’s biggest race, conducting research from team cars, the roadside, among the fans, the local bowling alleys and bars, and speaking to Elvis, the Pope and Nicole the barmaid.
How much would you have to shell out to get the Team Sky look? We’ve got hold of the bike, the clothes, the shades and accessories, totted it up, and had to sit down, feeling a little faint. But we’d still buy it all, in order to impress our friends and validate our existences. Find out how much it costs to get the look. With added (and even more expensive) Lampre.
Plus…all our regular features – Graham Watson shares his best pictures from the Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour of Switzerland; Broomwagon; Post-Race Banter’s race stats; Shop Window; Bike of the Month looks at Dauphiné winner Janez Brajkovic’s Trek Madone 6 – we also have a Q&A with the young Slovenian; Clash of the Month, featuring the Schlecks; Top 10 horrible afflictions suffered by professional cyclists (NSFW); Boonen; Riis and the Schlecks’ new team; Doping; Tour stats and much, much more.
That’s nine major in-depth features, and 132 quality-packed pages, for our usual low price of £4.10.
Cycle Sport July is on sale in the UK from Wednesday July 7, and will be available later in the US.