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The June issue of procycling has gone on sale in the UK today (Thursday), and what better way could there be to get your mind off the general election? Right through the next month attention will be focused on the Giro d'Italia, and procycling celebrates the first major tour of the season with an Italian special issue, looking at the stars battling for the maglia rosa and some epic and controversial moments in the race's long and colourful past.
Our 164-page Italian special gets exclusive access to the past two winners of the Giro, who are, of course, not exactly the best of team-mates. We follow Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni as the Italian pair check out the awesomely difficult Finestre climb in an Alpine rainstorm. And we talk to both men about how they are planning to patch up past differences and put their Giro rivals to the sword.
Lance Armstrong has often voiced his desire to ride the Giro but it now seems almost certain that the Texan won't achieve this objective, save for a very drastic change of mind. We look at how he shocked the cycling world with news of his impending retirement and also investigate the young Armstrong's haunts when he was with Motorola back in the mid-1990s and his home was in Italy.
Les Woodland looks back at two great Giro tales, investigating Alfonsina Strada, who remains the only woman to ride the Giro, plus the controversial battle between Laurent Fignon and Francesco Moser for the 1984 title. Find out why these two cycling legends still won't speak to each other because of what happened 21 years ago on the roads of the Giro.
We also focus on the massive Passo dello Stelvio, let Steve Thomas loose in Spain's southern sierra, get Marcel Wust to test the Isaac Impulse, and catch up with all the latest news from our resident pros Tom Danielson, Carlos Sastre and Frank Hoj.