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17/07/2019, 16:08

Jeremy Vine posts footage of cyclist nearly being hit by taxi driver - but the internet says cyclist is in the wrong

Mr. Vine is a keen cyclist as you will all know, and also keen to call out bad driving and post the evidence on social media armed with his action camera; however on this occasion not everyone had sympathy for the cyclist who Vine recorded experiencing a near miss with a taxi. The cyclist rode out on a crossing and failed to spot the taxi coming from her left, with the driver swerving to avoid at the last minute. Vine claims the cab driver "saw her a mile out", to which not everyone agrees...

Vine attempted to clarify his comments, saying the cyclist is at fault but the driver "had the option of stopping" - which led to more derision. Has Mr. Vine got this one wrong, or should cabbie have been more aware of potential hazards before approaching the crossing? 

17/07/2019, 13:22

Man who drove at cyclists outside Westminster in 2018 is convicted of attempted murder

Salih Khater, 30, drove at cyclists and attempted to swerve towards police officers in Parliament Square on 14 August 2018 - at the trial, the Old Bailey heard it was 'miraculous' that no one was killed, with two cyclists taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Although Khater denied two counts of attempted murder and claimed he got lost and "panicked" driving around Westminster, the prosecution successfully argued that he wanted to cause maximum carnage with his Ford Fiesta. He was found guilty of the charges after two days of deliberation by the jury. 

 

17/07/2019, 13:00

We're off, and there's already a breakaway...

Barely five minutes in to stage 11 of the Tour and a plucky quartet has already shot off...

17/07/2019, 12:48

Dimension Data to rebrand as Team NTT for 2020 season

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In a press release, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka announced they will be called Team NTT from the start of 2020. They also jointly announced the singings of U23 Italian youngsters Matteo Sobrero and Samuele Battistella to their World Tour roster for next year.  

17/07/2019, 10:49

Team Katusha Alpecin might be safe

After several reports that Katusha would pull their funding, leaving the likes of Alex Dowsett out of contract for 2020, it looks like owner Igor Makarov could be about to fund the team, keeping their World Tour status.

With the Tour being such a busy time for sponsor deals and transfer rumours, this is one that we'll be keeping a close eye on.

17/07/2019, 10:46

Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe pick the name for their Tour podcast

As if they weren't busy enough, the Team Ineos pair are also recording a daily podcast during the Tour - and it's now called 'Watts Occurring' following a competition for followers to come up with a new name. You can now listen to episode 2 of Watt's Occurring recorded during the first rest day on Spotify.  

17/07/2019, 09:11

Lachlan Morton's GBDuro adventure made into an epic short film

Rapha have released a 32 minute-long film documenting the EF First rider's victory at the brutal GBDuro bikepacking race, in which he completed the brutal 2000km mixed terrain course in a time of 111 hours and 44 minutes. The ridiculously hard route, the terrible weather, the tears and the stunning views are all captured in this frankly excellent film from Rapha, which is well worth half an hour of your time. 

17/07/2019, 09:29

Are Brailsford's 'new team' more popular in France this year?

Brailsford has claimed that Team Ineos are getting a much better reception than they did as Team Sky last year, and during our trip to Brussels it was certainly evident that there was no ill-feeling towards Ineos as they took to the stage for the team presentations - in 2018 they were loudly booed. Reasons suggested in the comments include the exciting addition of Egan Bernal, and the fact the team aren't dominating as much - although it's now certainly heading tha way with Thomas and Bernal placed second and third. What do you reckon? 

17/07/2019, 09:00

"A stupid thing to do" - Ned Boulting and David Millar complete mammoth Brompton ride

The lengths they will go to to push Millar's special edition Bromptons... Millar and Ned Boulting embarked on an 80km ride between Albi and Toulouse on Bromptons yesterday, with Ned looking a  bit worse for wear with 25km to go. Despite getting dropped, he made it eventually...

17/07/2019, 08:37

Mountain bike jumping over the Tour de France peloton is almost a tradition

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Yesterday we shared a video of a mtb'er jumping a ramp over the top of the passing Tour de France peloton - and as it happens, it's been going on for years. off.road.cc have compiled some of the best jumps from 2003 to 2019, click here to check em out. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.