Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he has no regrets on not winning the 2011 Vuelta – on a day when former team-mate Chris Froome was officially awarded the race winner’s red jersey for that edition.
“I’m pleased to have been on the podium once at the Vuelta,” Wiggins told Eurosport, where he is now a pundit and has a podcast. “I don’t lose any sleep at night because I didn’t win the World Tour, for sure.”
The 2011 race sowed the seeds of a feud between the Team Sky duo that would explode during the following year’s Tour de France, won by Wiggins with Froome runner-up, and which has simmered along ever since.
Froome won the Stage 10 individual time trial in Salamanca to take the overall lead, but under team orders on the following stage was made to work for Wiggins, who moved into the red jersey.
Wiggins lost the lead on the Stage 15 ascent of the Angliru to Geox-TMC rider Juan Jose Cobo, with Froome emerging as the stronger of the two Team Sky riders in the third week, finishing runner-up to the Spaniard, with his team-mate third.
Cobo was stripped of his title in June due to irregularities in his biological passport, with the victory now awarded to Froome – making him Great Britain’s first Grand Tour winner – and Wiggins moving up to second place overall.
Further to the news earlier today that the Ecuadorian was in doubt for the Spanish Grand Tour after he crashed att the weekend, Movistar have confirmed that Richard Carapaz will defintely miss the race.
Richard Carapaz no tomará la salida en #LaVuelta19. José Joaquín Rojas sustituye al ecuatoriano en el 'ocho' de Movistar Team para la ronda española.@RichardCarapazM will not take the start of @lavuelta next Saturday. @jjrojillas will be replacing him https://t.co/5kfOgvnjlQ
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) August 22, 2019
One of the iconic 1980s BMX bikes, the Raleigh Super Tuff Burner is back, and available to pre-order now – but if you want to get your mitts on one, you’d best be quick because it’s a limited edition.
Three and a half decades after the original launch, the bike retains its gold super chrome finish and black skyway mag wheels. Costing £600, it is available to customers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to pre-order from now until 31 August, with a limit of one bike per order and delivery guaranteed a week before it goes on general sale on 24 October.
Brand manager Tabitha Morrell said: “Over the years we’ve released the Aero Pro Burner, and the Team Aero Pro Burner, which takes us to our latest release – the Super Tuff Burner – completing the trilogy of our classic bike range.
“The Super Tuff Burner is such an iconic bike for children of the 80s, and for those who enjoyed the bike in its prime, adults are now able to buy it for their own kids to enjoy today.”
imagine looking out ur window and all that noise was ariana cycling around ur neighbourhood pic.twitter.com/Fdd5MWTTuA
— (@whytrygguk2) August 22, 2019
The popstar posted this footage as part of the latest story on her Instagram account, in which she was reportedly cycling around Amsterdam at 2am this morning with pals.
— Beefeater Bend (@tdfbeefeaters) August 22, 2019
More Beefeater Bend madness from the Tour, this time a Europop spin on a Kings of Leon classic. We understand they will be making roadside appearances at the World Championships, so watch this space if you're heading up to Yorkshire next month!
It's not a new video, but this short film by Chris Boardman about cycling in Utrecht is well worth a few minutes of your time. The city's been in the news this week after the official opening of the world's biggest cycle parking facility there.
This thought piece from @Chris_Boardman is brilliant in it’s thoughtful, considered, undeniable simplify.
Why any major city doesn’t do this is quite beyond me; for a very small public spend, the economic & social benefits are off the scale.https://t.co/EgO7UCfAIf
— alex bethell (@inthewoodshed) August 19, 2019
There's a few big names who will be racing in new colours next season - and the latest is 2015 Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb, with the German today confirmed as having signed a two-year contract with Lotto-Soudal.
He joins from Trek-Segafredo, with whom he starts the Vuelta on Saturday, a race in which he already has 10 stage wins to his name from his five previous participations.
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) August 22, 2019
Just 48 hours before the start of the Vuelta, Movistar have revealed that Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz is in doubt for the race following a crash at the weekend.
#LaVuelta19: @RichardCarapazM's appearance in the race has been put in doubt by a crash last Sunday, which caused him a contusion to his right shoulder and several other bruises. A decision on his participation in the event will be taken, after pertinent assessments, on Thu / Fri pic.twitter.com/udJDJ8tLCq
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) August 22, 2019
— Tour de l'Avenir (@tourdelavenir) August 21, 2019
Pidcock slid out in a wet corner on the descent approaching the finish of yesterday's stage. He hit the barriers at speed, taking a rather hefty knock to the face.
"Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life."
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) August 22, 2019
Froome became the retrospective winner after Juan José Cobo was stripped of the title due to irregularities in his biological passport from the time. As he formally accepted the red jersey, Froome said:"That race was incredibly special for me, it was the race that I first started to believe in myself as a Grand Tour contender."
Of course that means he's now officially the first British Grand Tour winner, with his then-teammate Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France in 2012.
“While climbing the Kadzi-Saz canyon section of the route, James was stopped by two horse back riders with dogs. Without going into details, quickly James realised the situation was not friendly and things escalated fast into an attempted robbery.
— James Hayden (@JamesMarkHayden) August 22, 2019
Hayden's twitter account broke the news this morning that he managed to escape an attempted robbery on the Silk Road Mountain Race route in Kyrgyzstan, and was forced to ride back the way he came to escape two horse back riders with dogs who were reportedly about to attempt a robbery.
A second tweet said: "James was eventually able to get away from the two horse riders by descending back the way he came. The incident has left James a bit shaken, he will take some time to consider next steps. This is sadly an isolated incident in what is a wonderful country.”
It would be a sad way for Hayden's race to end, and the live tracker shows that he has now lost the lead with Lael Wilcox and Jakub Sliacan both almost 100km ahead - we'll update if and when we get more news.
For those who asked: https://t.co/9RsYA9GVGr
— Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) August 21, 2019
In the opening paragraph of his blog article, Geoghegan Hart of Team Ineos does say "I’m no self-professed coffee snob"; however this appears to be quite a bit more than just taking a few teabags with you on holiday to get a guaranteed caffeine fix.
On every trip he will take coffee beans, paper filters, some Hario scales, a grinder, travel mug, an aero press, a dripper, a travel kettle and then a mug for best. Geoghegan Hart describes this routine as "recognition of the importance of a few minutes of precision and control in an otherwise often chaotic day" when he's on the road.
The Northern Echo reports that locals will be able to choose which films will be screened at the event following the world championship racing on Thursday 26th September, with films being shown at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. It's free, you just need to bring your own chair.
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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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.