The March edition of Procycling has gone on sale, and this month’s focus is very much on one-day action with a Classics special. The cover star is Fabian Cancellara, who talks about his main objective for this season, just what it is that makes Saxo Bank such a special team, and whether he sees himself as the future Tour de France contender many others believe he can be.
One of the best races of 2008 saw Tom Boonen edge out Cancellara and Alessandro Ballan at Paris-Roubaix. Procycling gets exclusive access to Belgium’s cycling superstar, who reveals the secrets to winning “The Hell of the North”, the most brutal race in the world. Recently crowned world champion Ballan also features in another exclusive interview; the Italian talks about life in the rainbow jersey and his strategy for Roubaix, the race he now wants more than any other. The Classics theme continues in interviews with Holland’s rapidly rising one-day star, Sebastian Langeveld, and a Belgian rider hoping to light up his native Ardennes this April, Columbia’s Maxime Monfort.
Also… Lance Armstrong may have won seven Tour titles but in eight attempts on cycling’s most infamous summit, Mont Ventoux, he’s yet to chalk up a victory. Procycling investigates his surprising record and analyses what makes “The Giant of Provence” such a unique challenge.
The March edition also sees Procycling unveil its Fab Four riders whose performances it will be following throughout the 2009 season. Two have captivating stories about emerging – not without some difficulty – from Eastern Europe. Columbia’s Tony Martin trained as a policeman, has the all-round ability to challenge at the major tours and has a fascinating story of escape from East Germany. Belarus is Yauheni Hutarovich’s home, and he tells how he escaped from a nightmare in Italy to emerge as one of the best young sprinters around with FDJ.
Garmin’s Martijn Maaskant produced two of the best rides by a young rider last season, notably when finishing fourth at Paris-Roubaix. The precocious Dutchman known as “Sleepy” explains why he comes alive on the cobbles. Last, but by no means least, is Dane Jakob Fuglsang, already tipped by Danish legend Rolf Sorensen as 2010’s Tour winner, who looks set to be the latest star uncovered by Saxo Bank.
In the bike test this month, Frankie Andreu reckons he’s drawn his lucky number as he test rides Seven’s V.II. Plus, there are exclusive columns from Garmin’s Dan Martin, Saxo Bank’s Frank Hoj and Gianni “The Prince” Savio, and the chance to WIN a Team Garmin Edge computer and Giro Ionos helmet.
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