Cyclist Magazine Issue #13

Cyclist Magazine Issue #13

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Ed's Letter,

So it’s farewell Cadel Evans. After wrapping up his glittering cycling career with a fifth place at Victoria’s inaugural Great Ocean Road Race, just days after finishing third in the Tour Down Under, he can now take a well-earned rest from the saddle and look back on the kind of sporting career that so very few people get to enjoy.

The 2011 Tour de France winner certainly put Australian cycling on the map in the greatest possible way, and we can only hope that the two men who beat him in Adelaide – Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte – manage to carry on where he left off and keep the nation at the very pinnacle of the sport. It’s fitting, therefore, that the two Aussie torch bearers are among the six road stars who feature in Matthew Keenan's Tour Down Under round-up on pages 52-59. We’ve tasked him with highlighting the cyclists who shone in Adelaide and whom we can expect to see leading the way on all fronts in the years ahead.

Keenan’s crystal-ball gazing is only one part of our South Australia special. We also sent our ex-editor Aaron S Lee to the Tour Down Under (pages 60-67) to spend some time with Etixx-Quick Step’s Mark Renshaw. He got the lowdown on Renshaw’s cycling life and unofficial status as the world’s best lead-out man.

Also in Adelaide was our very own Alex Malone, who spent the week in the saddle – though admittedly enjoying a little bit more of the scenery than the likes of Evans, Dennis and Porte. For those who fancy combining a week in the saddle while still getting a taste of the TDU circus, our Big Ride feature on pages 44-51 should make for essential reading and leave you with plenty of inspiration for next year’s event.

Of course, beyond the world of Australia’s greatest race, this issue of your favourite cycling magazine is typically full of our usual mix of views, reviews, science, nutrition, kit and insight. Rest assured, there’s plenty for everyone. Here’s to a big year ahead!

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