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The January issue of procycling goes on sale in the UK today, and this latest 148-page edition of the king of bike mags also comes with a FREE and full colour 2006 calendar, with stunning photography by Tim de Waele and the dates of all of the new season's major races, so that you can make sure you won't miss any of the action.
The main theme in the January issue is comebacks, and we have exclusive interviews with two riders who are very much on the comeback trail in 2006. David Millar gives procycling his first setpiece interview since he fell from grace in 2004 when he tested positive for EPO and was banned and stripped of the world time trial title. Millar talks about the fall he took, how he has spent his time during the ban, and also of his hopes for the future.
Damiano Cunego's fall was from the world number one position at the end of 2004 and victor of races such as the Giro d'Italia and Tour of Lombardy to a position of also-ran in 2005. procycling was one of the few media outlets to be invited into the young Italian's home during the off-season, and the 'Little Prince' tells us why he fell from the top rung of the sport and why he believes he is already on his way back up there. Don't miss this exclusive English-language interview with one of the most exciting riders in the sport.
The comeback theme continues in this month's retro feature as Les Woodland looks back at some famous names who have conquered all prognostications to claw their way back to cycling's top levels. Among those featured are British track legends Reg Harris and Tony Doyle, as well as road stars Gino Bartali and Greg Lemond.
In bike test this month, Marcel Wust gets a double Seven in the shape of Seven's Axiom Race and SG models.
The other main theme in this month's issue is on off-season issues. Classic climbs takes us to one of the great climbs in the sport, in the unforgettable shape of the Ventoux. Usually tackled from its south side, procycling's demon climbers go out it from the west to decide whether this is really the toughest way up the 'Giant of Provence'.
In a 14-page Winter Warmer Clothing Special, we check out the winter collections from cycling's top clothing brands. You might not want to hear it, but with these clothing options available there really is no need for missing out on the miles when the weather turns iffy.
There are our columns from the deep-thinking Carlos Sastre, the determined and upbeat Tom Danielson and the all-singing Frank Hoj. Plus, there are all the regular features in knowledge, which also includes full route details on the Giro and an interview with the controversial Filippo Simeoni.
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