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Some of the top stories from another busy week on two wheels...

1. Tour de France 2019 route announced 

The route of the 2019 Tour de France was presented in Paris on Thursday. With a relative lack of time trialling and an emphasis on lower-category climbs to encourage attacking, it promises to be a more open race than has typically been the case in recent years
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2. Cyclist jabs his bike into Mercedes bonnet

From our Thursday live blog, a cyclist was filmed hitting a car with his bike after a disagreement on the streets of London. Various tabloids ran with somewhat exaggeratory headlines...
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3. Tory MP cycles naked to promote hospice charity ride

Tory MP Michael Fabricant, perhaps best known for having an even more spectacular shock of blond hair than former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is making waves on social media after posting a video to YouTube that shows him riding a Santander Cycle hire bike – one of the former Mayor of London’s legacies * – while totally naked. Don't have nightmares...
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4. Glove with smiley faces aims to make journeys happier for everyone

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A startup is looking to spread positivity on Britain's roads with the launch of a cycling glove, simply called Glove, that has a reflective smiley emoji on the palm to "make waving more meaningful".
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5. Halfords’ withdrawal may clear way for Sports Direct to buy Evans Cycles

Evans Cycles, Manchester (CC BY 2.0 Smabs Sputzer:Flickr)

Halfords has reportedly withdrawn from the bidding for Evans Cycles, leaving Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct the frontrunner to take control of the struggling bike retailer. Private equity firm ECI Partners bought Evans Cycles in 2015 and refinanced the company the following year following a fall in profits. The chain has been lossmaking over the past two years during a period of expansion.
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6. New housing schemes are forcing people into car dependency, report finds

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New housing schemes throughout England are forcing couples and young families to become dependent on cars due to a lack of amenities and sustainable travel options, according to a report from a group that is calling for transport to be put at the heart of planning policy.
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7. Brisbane cyclist injured by pedestrian with "anger management issues"

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A cyclist in Brisbane, Australia, was left with a fractured ankle after he was punched by a man he rode past on a pavement whom he says seems to suffer from “anger management issues.” James Stevenson said that the man, dressed in business attire, hit him after the pair brushed shoulders as he was riding on the pavement, which cyclists in Queensland are allowed to do unless there are signs forbidding them from doing so.
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8. Pinarello launch the Grevil gravel bike and the Crossista cyclocross racer


Pinarello has launched a pair of new gravel machines called, imaginatively enough, the Grevil and the Grevil+. The new designs come with a full carbon frame and can fit 700c or 650b wheels with correspondingly fat rubber and are designed to be able to take everything from tarmac to dirt in their stride. they 've also introduced a new cross bike, the Crossista, with aero profiling on the tubes for fast off-road riding. 
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9. Trek-Segafredo sports director Steven de Jongh thanks social media followers for support when he went missing last week

Steven de Jongh ([icture via Trek Segafredo)

Trek-Segafredo sports director Steven de Jongh, who was reported missing by his wife when he went missing during a bike ride near Girona last week, has thanked his followers on social media for the support they gave as a search operation was mounted to find him.
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10. Threefold rise in cycling in Cheltenham town centre after car ban

Bike rack in Cheltenham town centre (picture courtesy Cheltenham Borough Council)

A trial ban on cars, vans and lorries in several streets in the centre of Cheltenham resulted in a three-fold increase in the number of cyclist recorded passing one location in the Gloucestershire town, according to the local council. Subsequently a counter-protest against the ban has been organised citing affect on businesses and worse traffic on the surrounding roads, which you can read about on our Thursday live blog
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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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