procycling January: ON SALE NOW!

The January issue of Procycling is on sale today in the UK. Find out why Damiano Cunego is our rider

The January issue of Procycling is on sale today in the UK. Find out why Damiano Cunego is our rider
The January issue of procycling goes on sale in the UK today (Thursday) at all good newsagents. In our first issue of 2005 we look back over the last season and pick our top 10 riders of the year. No prizes for guessing who's number 1, because that young and very talented rider is our cover star. Not only are we singing Damiano Cunego's praises, but 10 top team managers join in as they assess whether - in an ideal world - they would pick the Italian or rising Spanish star Alejandro Valverde for their team. We're not just looking at the good, though. In what was supposed to be the year Lance Armstrong was dethroned at the Tour, we investigate what went wrong for all those pretenders to his Tour title. Our head-to-head feature this month is a cracker. Bernard Hinault has just celebrated his 50th birthday and a distinguished group of his old adversaries were invited along to the party and to recall old times. We sit in on the party and get to meet the great man's llamas. Our 'Bitter End' section looks at how the pressures of modern sport can lead some of its most talented athletes into tragic situations. Peter Cossins investigates the decline of Spain's most popular rider, 'Chaba' Jimenez, who died a year ago in a Madrid clinic at the age of just 32 while being treated for depression. This month's Retro feature continues the theme as Les Woodland looks back at other riders who have made an early exit into despair. This month's great rides feature sees procycling staffer Ellis Bacon thrown to the lions on the inaugural Paris-London event. After being called up onto the start podium beneath the Eiffel Tower by legendary Eurosport commentator David Duffield, will he sink or swim? Chris Boardman gets a more comfortable ride in the south of France where he puts Merlin's Extra Light through its paces. Find out why the Merlin proves worthy of a place in Boardman's garage. There's also the regular columns from Tom Danielson and Frank Hoj, analysis of the big stories in the news during the past month, a look into the maze of Romans Vainsteins' mind, and we come over a bit rock 'n roll with cycling-fanatical new wave band 'The Undertones'.
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