Cyclist Magazine Issue #26$9.95
From the editor,
The early part of the pro season is a tale of two pelotons: those who battle the wind, rain, cobbles and pave of Belgium and France; and those who hit the snow-dusted mountains of Europe to prepare for the Ardennes classics, the Giro, and Le Tour. There are plenty of reasons to stay up late.
Thankfully, we’ve also got enough in this issue to get you up early. That’s what our riders wish they’d done during our Big Ride through the Snowy Mountains as they battled slopes, scorching sun and the bites of March flies. You can take your own bite out of our stunning local feature.
As we went to print this issue, all eyes were on Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and his near-unstoppable run of form. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hangsrohe), since gracing our shores for the TDU, has also been right in the action. By the time you read this, the champions of De Ronde and Paris-Roubaix will have been crowned, and our money is on one of these two. In the hillier races, the favourites will no doubt take many of the spoils, but as always, don’t be shocked to see a few surprises in the mix.
We have a few surprises of our own. The first is a look at one of the most radical time-trial ensembles to be produced of late. Is the Cervélo P5X a sign of things to come? Much of that will come down to UCI regulations, but it’s an interesting discussion to have as teams seek out those marginal gains.
And, as always, we’re keeping a close eye on our Aussies. Neo-pro Ben O’Connor, and Lachlan Morton – who’s almost young enough to be a neo – of Dimension Data are just getting into the thick of the season. Ben, a fast-mover in the Subaru National Road Series, is yet another rider to emerge from the IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness squad. Morton, on the other hand, has ridden at the top level previously and, after a WorldTour hiatus, now finds himself in a much happier place. Can he reach the heights we know he’s capable of reaching? Read his story and decide for yourself!