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Velo Magazine – April 2012

What’s inside the April 2012 issue of Velo Magazine

The international racing season is underway and the April issue of Velo magazine is chock-full of the biggest stories of 2012. At the start of an Olympic year, Velo editors detail the most anticipated moments and interesting teams, as well as the key off-season transfers changing the face of the super team-led peloton.

European correspondent Andrew Hood examines the Armstrong and Contador decisions in light of their impact on clean sport. In “Split Decision,” Hood considers the impacts of the two highest profile doping cases in modern cycling. And in “Winning Silly Season,” Brian Holcombe details the winners in a U.S. domestic transfer season made stronger with the demise of HTC-Highroad and the reshuffling at BMC Racing.

The rich got richer ahead of 2012 as the recent trend of super teams continued. BMC Racing complemented Tour de France champion Cadel Evans with key transfers like Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Tejay van Garderen, but can they all coexist? If a late-night wine-drinking session in Denia, Spain, is any indication, they can. At the same time, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins partner for two vastly different objectives at Team Sky. And with serious intentions replacing man scarves at RadioShack-Nissan, will Johan Bruyneel finally deliver Andy Schleck to the podium in Paris wearing yellow?

In “Must-See TV,” our editors run down their most anticipated moments of the 2012 season, including the Chris Horner/Levi Leipheimer showdown on Mount Baldy at the Amgen Tour of California and Philippe Gilbert’s assault on the Limburg world championships. Holcombe and Logan VonBokel examine the growth of women’s cycling after a contentious offseason in “Into The Spotlight.”

In a nod to the utility-oriented, the Velo tech department tests four commuter bikes and vital gear to keep urban riders safe and comfortable during morning and evening ride time. And in “Optimizing Your Intervals,” contributor Trevor Connor provides tips on how to maximize your training by understanding oxygen debt.

All of this, wrapped up with Dan Wuori’s hilarious pre-written news stories for the year in “At The Back.”

Pick up your copy of the April 2012 issue of Velo magazine at your local bookseller or bike shop now!

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