Cycling Weekly April 18 2019

Cycling Weekly magazine April 18 2019 issue, on sale from Thursday priced £3.25

Letter from the editor

Why can’t we win on 
the cobbles?

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Is it time that Britain had a pro team dedicated to winning Paris-Roubaix? Nine years of Team Sky and we still don’t have a British rider making a concerted challenge for the top spot in the sport’s most beautiful, inspiring (and ludicrous) race.
It’s not through lack of talent; Ian Stannard was third in 2016, Luke Rowe eighth in 2015 and Geraint Thomas is one of four British winners of the junior race.

When Sky came in to the sport many laughed when they said they wanted to win the Tour with a British rider. Six Tour wins later, with three different riders, and that initial derision has segued into complaints about Sky dominance killing the event.

This is about focus, not ability. The Tour is the one thing that unites the whole of the team, it’s behind everything they do. Of course they go to other races to win, and regularly do, but the Tour remains the focus.

So to win Roubaix we either need another team with that as its focus or for newly branded Team Ineos to have dual goals. It’s not like they go there with poor riders aiming not to win, but they do need the right riders and the single-mindedness to do it.

In the mag this week

News: Gilbert’s heart of stone

News: Thomas still playing catch up at Basque tour

Preview: Tour of the Alps

Aero: How the fastest get faster

Feature: Sean yates still riding after horror fall

Aero bikes: Cannondale, Boardman, De Rosa

Tech: New Specialized Roubaix

Grouptest: Best bibshorts for summer

Fitness: How to hit 300 watts

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