Velo Magazine — March 2015

The March issue of Velo is the 2015 WorldTour preview issue and includes features on the big spring classics, teams to watch and more

The March edition of Velo is the 2015 WorldTour preview issue.

This preview issue of Velo includes analyses of Orica-GreenEdge, Movistar, as well as a look at MTN-Qhubeka’s journey to become the first African-based team to ride in the Tour de France. The continent’s professional cyclists face many challenges, such as equipment, coaching, and nutrition, but the new team has high hopes for its debut at the Tour this season.

Wondering what’s in store for the sport in 2015? This issue includes 10 things to watch for in the coming year, including: hour record attempts, the Giro-Tour double, Kristin Armstrong’s comeback, and much more.

Andrew Hood takes a look at the next generation of young riders — the “class of 1990” — a group of talented athletes who are quickly overtaking the old guard as cycling icons of the next era.

Indeed, the peloton is changing and evolving. A single moment atop the podium at Paris-Roubaix encapsulated cycling’s turn toward trends from past eras. The upturned brim of Niki Terpstra’s cycling cap represented more than just a movement in modern cycling fashion. Ryan Newill writes about how today’s cyclists are taking cues from bygone eras, racing across disciplines and reviving old ones, like the hour record.

Also in VeloNotes, as Russia’s economy plummets, Russian-financed teams are facing a long-term battle to keep their programs alive. Andrew Hood examines the history of teams facing sponsorship issues in professional cycling.

Hood also talks with Greg Van Avermaet for Sitting In, reviewing his 2014 season as well as his cobblestone classics aspirations for 2015.

Although the two riders deny it exists, Matthew Beaudin considers the emerging and unavoidable rivalry between the similarly aged and comparably talented Americans, Tejay van Garderen and Andrew Talansky.

The speed is in the science. Months of preparation and data collection can make closing the gap between a weak ride and an ideal ride much more attainable. Caley Fretz examines the revolutionary technology and methods that teams use to optimize a rider’s speed in time trials.

Finally, Chris Case highlights five things you won’t want to miss in the 2015 spring classics and zeroes in on the most important stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta a España.

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