As the 100th Tour de France draws near, the July issue of Velo is available on newsstands and in subscribers’ mailboxes.
Leading off in VeloNotes, contributor Steve Maxwell examines the UCI’s complex points system. The system is crucial in determining the selection of the WorldTour teams and, in turn, the all-important team selection for the Tour de France. But it also poses a threat to riders that stick to doing yeoman’s work, yet are hardly rewarded. These riders may very well be working themselves out of jobs, or into lower salaries. Is the system flawed? Can it be improved? In “What’s the Point?” Maxwell explains how the UCI’s points system works, what’s wrong with it, potential improvements to be made, and what the future holds.
July is all about the Tour de France, but for some cyclists, well, it can’t be. They’ve missed the cut and won’t be headed to the world’s greatest race. While 198 cyclists will be suffering for three weeks in the heat of France, riding to fulfill their dreams and take a stab at their chance for glory, another 700-plus cyclists in the WorldTour and Pro Continental ranks spend the month of July riding elsewhere. Learn what the other pros do in Ryan Newill’s “When July is not the Tour.”
Also inside, managing editor Chris Case sits down with Juan Antonio Flecha and discusses his knack for finding the right break, and his legacy as one of the best classics men of his generation.
Through falling snow, over wet pavement, the 2013 Giro d’Italia tested every racer; but the race for the overall title had as many disappointments as it did revelations. Velo European correspondent Andrew Hood reports on the “unbeatable” Vincenzo Nibali, the derailing of Bradley Wiggins, the return of Cadel Evans, and the fading of Ryder Hesjedal.
Meanwhile, with several top finishes under his belt — but never a stage race win — Tejay van Garderen won the Amgen Tour of California with patience and maturity. Reporter Matthew Beaudin reports on van Garderen’s careful tactics that brought him his first major stage race victory, and examines how he can carry his success to contend at the Tour de France.
Beaudin also writes about the return of Mara Abbott to the professional women’s peloton in “Finding Mara Abbott.” Feeling unfulfilled by the sport, she chose to “disappear” by taking self-destructive measures. But her love of cycling never diminished and now she’s back with a new team and outlook. Will she rise above and become the superstar that she once was?
Learn from the pros at Velo as they test out five sets of do-everything wheels, in the lab and on the road. Tested are wheels from Zipp, Shimano, Mavic, Bontrager, and Hed, all for under $1,500. Which is the best workhorse wheel?
Finally, Trevor Connor helps you to take on the barrage of data that modern athletes contend with, and how to get the most from data-driven training in “Tooling the Numbers.”
All this and much more in the July 2013 issue of Velo.