ProCycling Magazine MAY 2019

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Simon Yates’ aggressive racing while wearing the pink jersey animated the Giro d’Italia last year, winning him three stages along the way. Though the Briton fell agonisingly short of the race victory on stage 19, his attacking style won him a legion of fans and taught him valuable lessons. Months later, at the Vuelta a Espana, he won his debut grand tour. Ahead of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Procycling sits down with Yates as he prepares to return to Italy with one goal in mind: to win the pink jersey.

We also speak to Pascal Ackermann, the German sprinter who enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 to earn a grand tour debut at the Giro this May. We speak to riders, staff and journalists with inside knowledge of the Italian grand tour about what makes the Giro stir emotion like no other race, and preview the climbs that are set to be the Giro’s key battlegrounds this year. Domenico Pozzovivo talks politics, piano playing and flying under the radar, despite having six top-10 finishes in the Giro to his name.