Cervelo launches first gravel bike
Cervelo wades into the gravel bike market with an unashamedly performance-focused bike. Check it out here
And also check out this neat video they produced about gravel riding for the new bike.
Hartlepool cyclist hospitalised after car passenger pushed him off
Police appeal for witnesses.
Simon Yates wins stage 12
— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 18, 2019
The 2018 Vuelta champ won this strange sprint with no sprinters in it, triumphing over Pello Bilbao and Gregor Mühlberger.
Time trial world champion goes awol midway through stage, the day before the individual time trial
This is very odd. Has anyone seen Rohan Dennis?
Our priority is the welfare of all our riders so will launch an immediate investigation but will not be commenting further until we have established what has happened to @RohanDennis.
Meantime we continue to support our riders who are mid-race.
— Team Bahrain Merida (@Bahrain_Merida) July 18, 2019
Tour latest - Calmejane leads
Lilian Calmejane leads the way to the Pyrenees, averaging 43.6km/h in the first 140km of stage 12.
The gap to the peloton has increased in the Col de Peyresourde: 6'44" with 64km to go.#TDF2019 #TDFdata pic.twitter.com/wUuzKmyViT
— letourdata (@letourdata) July 18, 2019
The Total Direct Energie rider is leading the way, with the peloton almost seven minutes back.
"He's sat on a bike and pedalling with one leg"
But will they still be racing when they're old?
There's thing going around the internet at the moment to use an app to see how old you will look in 60 years time. And here are some racers currently hurtling around France
Team I-NO/YES (delete as appropriate)
Six months ago long-time fan Daniel asked if there was any way we would be able to help him propose to partner Sarah at the Tour.
We’ll see what we can do, we said... pic.twitter.com/61CmRpTxKK
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) July 18, 2019
If this was the proposal, we wonder what the actual wedding will look like? Yellow dress? Cake shaped like Alpe d'Huez or maybe the groomsmen in polka dot suits...
Great Paul Sherwen tribute in yesterday's pre-tour coverage
— ITV Cycling (@itvcycling) July 17, 2019
We watched this on ITV4 before yesterday's stage and were hoping it would be shared again for those who missed it - Phil Liggett leads an excellent tribute to his friend of four decades and relives some of their best moments as Tour co-commentators.
French drivers could lose driving licences for using mobile phone at the wheel
A recent poll found that 70 per cent of French motorists admit to having used their mobiles while driving. Another poll found that six per cent use their phones while driving on the motorway, including 15 per cent of truck drivers.
The Telegraph reports that a new measure, due to be introduced in autumn, would see driving licences confiscated if a driver is found to have broken a traffic rule while using their mobile phone at the wheel.
“If you forget to put your indicator on, which is very frequent among people on the phone, or drive over a white line a Stop sign or go through a red light, all these offences when coupled with using a mobile will allow police to confiscate your licence,” said French road safety boss, Emmanuel Barbe.
“We don’t wish to deprive anyone of their licence for months on end,” he added, implying that in most cases the confiscation would only be temporary.
A 2017 RAC survey found that up to nine million drivers could be habitually using their phones at the wheel in the UK.
Offenders currently face six penalty points and a £200 fine, but this can rise to £1,000 and a driving ban with a court appearance (£2,500 for lorry or bus drivers).