PIC BY PETE GODING
The March issue of procycling has gone on sale in the UK today, featuring 156 pages packed with exclusive interviews, stunning photography and all the latest news and views from the pro peloton. The main interviewee in this month's Wild, Wild West issue is Tom Danielson, who invites us into his Durango home to tells us about his year riding with Lance Armstrong at Discovery Channel, how he finally made his breakthrough as a major tour contender with a top 10 finish at last September's Vuelta, and how he aims to build on that success this coming season.
Danielson also takes procycling out on one of his favourite training rides, which follows the course of the Iron Horse Classic from Durango to Silverton over two huge passes. It's only 47 miles, but the thin air of the Rockies makes it seem a whole lot more.
Sticking with the American theme, this month's retro investigates the stage races that helped put US cycling on the map, from the Red Zinger to the Tour DuPont and beyond. Les Woodland looks at the often chequered history of these races, which have drawn the likes of Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault and Donald Trump, but tend to fizzle out just when they've got established.
The most intriguing off-season transfer activity over the winter paired up sprint rivals Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel at the new Milram team. We head to the team's Italian training camp to find out what tempted Zabel to leave T-Mobile after so many seasons and why he thinks it's a good idea to be riding with the fastest sprinter in the pack.
Petacchi features too, going head to head over a pizza with close friend and training partner Michele Bartoli. Milan-San Remo winner Petacchi picks the brain of former Classics king Bartoli on what it takes to shine in the northern Classics, where Petacchi believes he can have an impact.
This month's bike test sees Marcel Wust heading for the Italian sun to test Orbea's Opal. Plus, we have an exclusive interview with ProTour winner Danilo Di Luca, as well as our regular updates on news, results and what's on with knowledge, bulletin and guide, and the columns from Carlos Sastre and Frank Hoj - and also from new columnist Olivia Gollan, who gives us the lowdown from the women's pro peloton.
For more details see our latest issue page.
PIC BY PETE GODING