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Velo magazine — April 2013

The April Issue of Velo magazine, our WorldTour season preview, has hit newsstands, and it’s an issue you’ll want to get a hold of. In an issue chock-full of racing analysis, we look back at a historic, first-ever world cyclocross championships outside of Europe, and the momentum it brings to the sport, and ahead at the road season to see what teams like BMC Racing, Cannondale, and Garmin-Sharp have up their sleeves for 2013.

In VeloNotes, Dan Seaton takes a look at the 2013 ’cross worlds, which were held in a cold and soggy Louisville, Kentucky, in early February. Seaton spoke with some of the most influential racers and figures in the sport, especially those in the U.S., and predicts what the event’s successes and struggles could mean for the American cyclocross scene.

With billionaire owner Zdenek Bakala steering the Omega Pharma-Quick Step ship, its missing piece, a grand tour rider, may not be absent for long. Andrew Hood examines the stacked ranks of the Belgian super-squad, which boasts Tom Boonen specializing in the cobbles, Tony Martin dominating the time trials, and newly added Mark Cavendish tearing up the sprints in 2013.

Hood also studies a changing peloton. With the Lance Armstrong revelations, riders are faced with the need to prove that, for the past couple of years, the sport has begun to emerge from the dark doping cloud. Don’t know what to believe these days? Hood presents revealing data indicating that the peloton really is cleaning up its act.

Matthew Beaudin goes inside the green machine of Cannondale and witnesses the convergence of new spectacle — namely Peter Sagan and Moreno Moser — and Italian tradition, with the likes of Ivan Basso.

British contributor Richard Moore combs through the fine detail of Sky’s meticulous approach to racing. They have the racers and know-how to dominate stage races. But can they do the same at the spring classics?

Mark Johnson knows Garmin-Sharp like few others, having embedded with the team for a full season to write his book, Argyle Armada. He’s inside the team again, this time to help Velo readers understand the driving forces behind the team’s frenetic approach to grand tour racing, and its love affair with young, new talent.

In Tech and Training, our gear heads help you find that new bike smell without emptying your bank account. Caley Fretz and Logan VonBokel reveal the magic of new bar tape, cleats, and more.

Be sure to check out Trevor Connor’s training advice in “Running from Lions.” A long-time cycling coach and researcher in nutrition and exercise physiology, he knows a thing or two about natural painkillers, and teaches us how to work with our bodies to maximize our racing performance.

Find a copy of Velo’s April 2013 issue at a bike shop or bookstore near you. Download our enriched digital addition, featuring expanded coverage of ’cross worlds and other events, at the Apple Newsstand or on Zinio.

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