Once the Tour is over, the partying and pedalling continues. Morten Okbo and photographer Jakob Kristian Sørensen join Dries Devenyns for the beer-swilling spectacle of the post-Tour criterium circuit.
From waiting seven hours for a rider to produce a sample to a dawn call on a top athlete dressed in matching onesie with his wife, anti-doping officers have seen it all. Olivier Nilsson-Julien hears tales of the trade from two UKAD officers called Keith.
Turkey is a melting pot of creeping Islamication and onrushing Western commercialism. In this first of two installments, Andy McGrath and photographers Olaf Unverzart and Sebastian Schels examine a country and national tour that stands apart, with guest appearances from super sprinter Marcel Kittel and the dodgy Torku chancers.
Sliced shins, sleep deprivation and sausage rolls: all in a day’s work for the hardest workers at the Tour of Britain, the superhero barrier crew. Iain Young is the man who knows how to place a barrier or two.
Former professional Pedro Horrillo stole rejected Orbea frames from the dumpster at the back of the factory as a youth; now he goes through the front door to look at the Basque company’s rich history.
In part two of an incredible Milan-Sanremo, Guy Andrews and Taz Darling get the views of the frozen breakaway riders and Vittoria neutral service staff from one of the most inclement Classics in modern times. Johannes Schweikle has the life and times of cycling daredevil Thaddäus Robl. Ian Cleverly sees gravel racing grovelling at Battenkill and Mike Chick gets a taste of anarchy at the Tour of Morocco.
Photographers this issue include Daniel Sharp and David Serrano. Plus columns by Matt Seaton and Johnny Green in a 210-page issue with a handsome new design.