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Issue 41

Roger Hammond and Michael Barry give us the rider perspective, accompanied by a fine selection of both historical and modern photos of Paris-Roubaix and its passage through the forest.

After decades of underfunding and injustice, is women's cycling finally receiving the recognition it deserves following the London Olympics? Absolutely not, argues Graeme Fife, in this powerful and damning indictment of sexism in cycle sport.

"I'm Yogi, aren't I?" British road champion Ian Stannard asks Ned Boulting regarding a nickname not of his own choosing. Can Team Sky's big bear of a man do something special in the Classics this year? We rather think he might.

We accompanied United Healthcare at the Tour of Britain in Stoke with few expectations, and they promptly turned on the style for Taz Darling's camera. Marc de Maar won the stage and the team performed admirably for the whole race. Team manager Hendrik Redant tells us how the new European arm of the US team is coming together nicely.

If, like us, you have been pronouncing Italian component manufacturer Miche as 'Meesh' all these years, sorry to say you are wrong: its Me-kay, as Rohan Dubash discovers at the factory in San Vendemiano, where deals with Tullio Campagnolo are made over a glass of prosecco. We like their style.

It is 1981 and the Eastern Bloc is rapidly disintegrating. Martial Law is declared in Poland. A Polish rider is in Italy about to join a professional team, but his family are back home in Warsaw. Does he, like thousands of his countrymen all over the world, seek asylum? Czeslaw Lang must make a very big decision. He must risk losing everything he has, or risk losing everything he dreams of having, writes Herbie Sykes in the true story of the man who now directs the Tour of Poland.

Last, but certainly not least, if you enjoyed Morten Okbo and Jakob Kristian Sørensen's fabulous Belgian road trip with Brian Holm (issues 30 and 32) then the slightly unhinged duo are at it again. This time, fellow Dane Brian Nygaard drinks mediocre wine with our guys before getting out the good stuff. Fabulous writing and Mr Nygaard turns out to be a great host.

Plus columns from Paul Fournel, William Fotheringham, Johnny Green and Matt Seaton.

Enough with boardroom speak and box-ticking spring races spuriously pushing mondialisation. Give Colin O'Brien passion, parochial fans, potholes and Roma Maxima. He and Paolo Ciaberta were in the Eternal City to witness the rebirth of a classic Italian race.
No doubt Colin would love Biciclette Poli too. Morten Okbo and Jakob Kristian Sørensen spent hours - they could have wiled away days - in the family-run Lucca bicycle shop listening to proprietor Pierluigi, a man with stories and memorabilia galore.
We head back in time to Tuscany in the mid-Eighties as David Herlihy recalls an afternoon spent with Cino Cinelli, discovering how he got one over a young Gino Bartali, his gamble to make it as a successful professional rider and methods as a leading bicycle manufacturer.
Il Piratas is a team of Spanish Para-cyclists, beating adversaries on the track and rewriting stereotypes. They share their drive and dreams with Paolo Martelli.
How do you turn gorgeous carbon bicycles into gold? Ian Cleverly gets the secrets of Denver-based bicycle manufacturers Alchemy, with Daniel Sharp behind the camera.
On the other hand, our new columnist Robert Millar, the 1984 Tour King of the Mountains, would be happy if he never saw another black carbon bike again.
Rat-infested accommodation, dodgy teams, running out of food and money: Dave Clarke has experienced a few things. Assistant editor Andy McGrath interviews the journeyman British professional. Andy also has part two of his Tour of Turkey feature.
Photographers this issue include James Robertson, Sebastian Schels, Olaf Unverzart and Ben Ingham.
Plus columns from Matt Seaton and Johnny Green in this 210-page edition.