In the June issue of Velo Magazine, read editor Neal Rogers’ thoughts on how the Belgian vaporized years of doubts with a sterling spring campaign that saw a record equaling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix, from a dominant breakaway, and a smooth sprint win from a three-man break at the Tour of Flanders.
The Flanders and Roubaix wins in one season marked Boonen’s second collection of the Roubaix-Flanders double, a record he owns alone. Tornado Tom, as he made abundantly clear, is back.
And while Paris-Roubaix centered around Boonen’s dominant solo breakaway, an American — and a young one, at that — rolled through in 15th place, perhaps the warning shots of a brilliant career for Taylor Phinney. In what may have been a final shot, Phinney’s BMC Racing teammate George Hincapie finished his 17th edition of The Hell of the North, possibly his last.
Of course, the Classics landscape was altered dramatically with the snapping of Fabian Cancellara’s collarbone after a thud to the ground in a paved feedzone during the Tour of Flanders. What would have been different had the Swiss Time Machine not gone down? It’s worth exploring, and we do.
Up front, Anthony Tan examines the fight between Great Britain and Australia at the world track championships in Melbourne and finds it a lead-out to this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
Think fast: while Lance Armstrong was busy winning seven Tours de France, who was winning the Giro d’Italia? Five different people, that’s who. Contributor Ryan Newell examines the world’s (second) biggest Grand Tour and finds its imperfections (stages hundreds of kilometers apart, unpaved climbs cleaving through snow banks) make it perfect indeed. In a cycling climate that’s seen its greatest race become surgically methodical, the romance with Corsa Rosa is its likelihood of exploding at any moment.
Also in VeloNotes, our editors get you ready for the Amgen Tour of California, making the case that it’s not a matter of if an American can win the nation’s biggest stage race, but which one. Will it be Chris Horner? Will Levi Leipheimer even line up? Tejay Van Garderen is hungry for a win, and so is Tom Danielson.
And contributor Dan Wuori sat down with Mark Renshaw prior to his first win of the year, at the Tour of Turkey, to ask if the Aussie thinks he can actually beat his former teammate Mark Cavendish? (Spoiler alert: He thinks he can.)
Rounding out our Classics coverage, you’ll find tech editor Nick Legan’s notes on a Paris-Roubaix spent chasing a GreenEdge soigneur, a look at the Les Amis de Paris Roubaix, a non-profit that lovingly cultivates the cobbles and Andrew Hood’s chronicling of a unpredictable week in the Ardennes, where Maxim Iglinskiy took Liège, Joaquim Rodríguez nabbed victory at Flèche Wallonne and Enrico Gasparotto won the Amstel Gold Race.
And if you’re hoping to take your own Classics glory in home roads, learn how to conquer the spring’s challenges, from rough roads to flipping your interval training for a final, Simon-Gerrans like kick (1,300 watts to win Milan-San Remo).
So go ahead and grab a copy of the June 2012 edition of Velo from your local bookseller or bike shop, starting May 15. (Digital delivery date is May 10.)