In 2010 the spring classics season belonged to one rider, Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara. Over the course of three weekends — E3 Prijs, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix — Cancellara won three of the hardest one-day races in pro cycling, each time crossing the finish line alone against the best classics riders in the sport, and each time by a wider margin than the last. VeloNews managing editor Neal Rogers was on the ground in Belgium and Northern France to witness the Swiss rider’s domination and put it into perspective. VN tech editor Zack Vestal was also rattling along the cobblestones, and scored a shotgun seat in one of Mavic’s SSC Neutral Support cars at Roubaix. He came back with a memory card full of photos and war stories.
Just as with every other walk of life, modern technology has infiltrated the world of bike racing. Today’s pros study race videos to fill in the gaps, and they compete wearing two-way radios that provide information on everything from breakaway composition to time gaps to road hazards. After almost 20 years of their use in the peloton, the UCI has begun eliminating two-way race radios because, among other reasons, their affect on peloton versus breakaway makes for poor television. In a special section, VeloNews editors Ben Delaney and John Wilcockson take a look at how audio and visual technology is affecting the sport.
Also inside the June issue is in-depth look at RadioShack’s Andreas Klöden, perhaps the most enigmatic rider to have stood next to Armstrong on the Tour podium. And tech geeks will geek out on Brian Vernor’s step-by-step photo journal documenting the birth of a Black Cat Bicycle, as well as Lennard Zinn’s article on Calfee Design’s carbon-fiber repair program and Zack Vestal’s look at six new road pedals.