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Velo Magazine — November 2014

Best Vuelta ever? Andy Hood looks back on a race of redemption for Alberto Contador, as the Spanish star returned to winning after recovering from a broken leg.
Best Vuelta ever? Andy Hood looks back on a race of redemption for Alberto Contador, as the Spanish star returned to winning after recovering from a broken leg.
Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski earns the biggest win of his career at worlds. Read about how the action unfolded in Ponferrada, Spain.
Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski earns the biggest win of his career at worlds. Read about how the action unfolded in Ponferrada, Spain.
Why does public perception of different confessed dopers vary? Matthew Beaudin looks into the inconsistencies of the post-USADA report era.
Why does public perception of different confessed dopers vary? Matthew Beaudin looks into the inconsistencies of the post-USADA report era.
Is an aero road helmet right for you? The Velo tech crew figures out if those funny-looking lids are actually faster.
Is an aero road helmet right for you? The Velo tech crew figures out if those funny-looking lids are actually faster.
The November issue of Velo magazine is out, and it covers all of the late-season racing action, plus more.
The November issue of Velo magazine is out, and it covers all of the late-season racing action, plus more.

As the season wound down, all of the big hitters came out swinging at both the Vuelta a España and the UCI world road championships. The November issue of Velo provides a complete breakdown of two of the year’s most exciting races.

The issue opens with a reflection on the changing of the guard at cycling’s governing post. After a year as the president of the UCI, Velo looks at Brian Cookson’s time in office to see if he’s kept his campaign promises to making the sport more transparent.

Also in VeloNotes, Ryan Newill tackles the mostly unseen aggression and contact within the peloton and how the addition of on-board cameras might provide viewers with a more accurate and intimate look into what really happens inside professional racing.

This month’s Editors’ Picks discusses layering and how to stay comfortable as temperatures cool off. Vests and arm warmers are tested and reviewed.

Winners, losers and rivalries of the Spanish grand tour are all examined, as Andrew Hood provides a look at one of the year’s most exciting races — perhaps the best Vuelta of all time.

Also in Spain, new world champions crowned in Ponferrada, and Velo breaks down the rainbow jersey performances and the week of explosive racing and huge upsets.

Two years after USADA sanctioned many of cycling’s biggest names for doping, Matthew Beaudin considers the inconsistent way the different riders are perceived by the public. From Armstrong to Zabriske, Danielson to Hincapie, the stars of yesteryear have either thrived in the sport or backed away quietly since the 2012 USADA report.

This month in tech, Caley Fretz and Logan VonBokel jump into the helmet debate head-first, discussing the recent craze over aero road helmets and how much of a difference they really make.

In training, Trevor Connor, discusses the delicate balance between fitness and illness and how overtraining the body can compromise the immune system.

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