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Issue 23

Jan Hirt V

The final installment of Herbie Sykes' story of a young Czech boy trying to make it to the professional ranks via a shambolic semi-pro Italian squad.
The historic component manufacturer finally opens its factory gates in an exclusive and emotional interview with company director Valentino Campagnolo. Rohan Dubash has waited half his life for this opportunity.
Geraint Thomas
Last year's cobbled stage of the Tour de France featured the ultimate star-studded break: Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck, Thor Hushovd, Fabian Cancellara and Geraint Thomas. The young Welshman takes Ian Cleverly through every minute of that amazing day.
Vuelta e Bolivia Part Two
Mike Chick witnesses the highest stage race in the world in the rarefied air of the Andes. Breathtaking photography and inspirational writing.
Germain Burton
The ambitious 15-year-old prodigy, son of former six-day star Mo Burton, talks to Graeme Fife. Burton Junior is going places.
Overshadowed in the era of Coppi and Bartali, but a great rider who deserved wider recognition, Fiorenzo Magni, three times winner of both the Giro d'Italia and Tour of Flanders, is now 90 and still tough as old boots. "I am un po' speciale," he tells William Fotheringham - a bit out of the ordinary. Something of an understatement.
The Perfect Crime
The 1987 Giro featured one of the greatest scandals of the modern era as teammates Stephen Roche and Roberto Visentini fought tooth and nail for the pink jersey. Herbie Sykes, in a companion piece to his new book on the history of the Italian race (Maglia Rosa - Triumph and tragedy at the Giro d'Italia), chronicles the in-fighting at Carerra as a team implodes.
Massa Mifune
Rouleur Editor Guy Andrews lunches with Mifune, the first Japanese road rider to make the professional ranks in Europe.
The North American Handmade Bike Show in Austin, Texas was a must-see for lovers of high-end exotica and individually crafted machines. Embrocation editor Jeremy Dunn puts into words what makes the show - and its human components - so special.
Plus columns from regulars Matt Seaton and Johnny Green.
Photography in this issue is by Ben Ingham, Taz Darling, Mike Chick, Guy Andrews and Paul Sanders.