"Battle of Munsterland" Update: The fear made him do it…
#sparkassen munsterland 2019.
Sorry for my brutal reaction after the finish. But I was scared, I am cured of a broken shoulder since June. I was lucky not to go back to the hospital today and still live this sufrance on a bike.@deceuninck_qst
— Florian Senechal (@flosenech) October 3, 2019
Just as well roadies don't have peaks on their helmets or Florian could have been nursing some nasty hand sufferance (what a great word) during the close season, well if his teammates hadn't held him back he might. Maybe.
Deceuninck–Quick-Slap: HUGE FIGHT* at the end of Meunsterland Giro
*one rider flapped at another rider's helmet...
— World Cycling Stats (@wcsbike) October 3, 2019
The mad fight occurred after the finish of the Meunsterland Giro which was won by Hodge of Deceuninck Quick-Step.
Florian Senechal, the rider throwing the punch, thought that Max Walschied had cut him up, causing the crash. But as Senechal finishes his leadout, he looks over his shoulder and drifts. Not looking where you're going isn't advisable and Senechal is unable to avoid Walshied who is diving for a wheel.
How long until this is in a Top 10 Cycling Fights video?
Cycling’s bacon hero feels vindicated over latest research ruling out cancer link
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) October 2, 2019
Ever get worried that stories about cycling and salt-cured pork are few and far between? Fear not, because The Daily Star are here with some breaking bacon news courtesy of keen cyclist and bacon sandwich fanatic Steve Grice from Shropshire.
We reported back in 2017 that Mr. Grice was given an Outstanding Services to Bacon award by a trade body, after posting dozens of reviews of bacon sandwiches from establishments around the Midlands on Facebook. Academic research has often linked too much cured meat with cancer, and the World Cancer Research Fund still advise us to limit red meat consumption; but recently a team of Canadian researchers found no increased risk of heart disease, cancer or diabetes in 12 randomised controlled trials involving 54,000 individuals.
A buoyant Mr. Grice told the Daily Star he was never in doubt that his fondness for a bacon sarnie, of which he estimates to have scoffed over 11,000, was likely to have caused him any ill health. He also informatively told them: “I can’t put into words what I enjoy so much about bacon, I guess it is the savoury taste. But I don’t eat any old bacon sandwich. It must be crispy bacon on white bread with brown sauce and served with a cup of tea.”
Never mind the bacon award thing, give this man a Nobel Prize…
UK's first Dutch-style 'hovering' roundabout coming to Trafford?
Wow.@TraffordCouncil informed Trafford Cycle Forum that it has submitted a bid for a 'Hovering' style elevated cycle and walk way for White City which will link Chorlton, Stretford and Salford (Quays). Be the first of its kind in UK.
What's a 'Hovering https://t.co/PgsmuL9u06
— WalkRideStretford (@WalkRideM32) October 2, 2019
Just in: Orro Pyro Evo
Check out the updated gran fondo bike with a gorgeous-looking frame and a full Shimano 105 groupset.
Annemiek van Vleuten goes for a coffee ride ... in the rainbow jersey
Croatia crash: Matej Mohoric suffered punctured lung colliding with spectator
Matej Mohoric's season over suffering a punctured lung, broken ribs and bleeding within the chest cavity after a crash in Croatia caused by someone running across the rod after the finish line. https://t.co/OarHDrx0Yo
— Susan Westemeyer (@WestemeyerSusan) October 3, 2019
In a statement, his team Bahrain Merida said: "The Slovenian rider was taken to Zadar General Hospital. After the medical checks, the Team Medical Doctor Marjan Korsic reported that he suffered a fracture of two ribs on the left side, consequently left-sided pneumothorax and bleeding in his left phrenicocostal recess. Fortunately, no neurological deficit, and besides local cutaneous contusion, there are any skeletal injuries.
"Therefore Matej Mohorič – who was 5th overall and fighting for the general classification – is forced to abandon CRO Race."
Post finish-line crash in Croatia and the riders really aren't happy
How much faster than a man running in jeans do riders travel immediately after a sprint finish.
The answer, shock and horror, is quite a bit faster.
This came after crashes in a black unlit tunnel, cars on course, laps around an absurdly technical-slick finishing circuit. Enjoying the opportunity to race in Croatia but safety standard way below a profesional level @UCI_cycling @cpacycling @ANAPRC_ https://t.co/JQ29hzv7yU
— Brent Bookwalter (@brentbookwalter) October 3, 2019
It seems that the safety standards at the Tour of Croatia haven't been very good with Mitchelton-Scott's Brent Bookwalter also pointing out that the peloton had to contend with unlit, pitch-black tunnels and oncoming traffic during the stage.
Hammer Series Hong Kong leg is cancelled due to continuing political unrest and rioting
We regret to inform that the decision has been taken not to stage Hammer Hong Kong on Sunday, October 13 because of the ongoing events in Hong Kong.
This means @JumboVismaRoad will be crowned Hammer Series Champions of 2019.
Full statement: https://t.co/q7XjAxgFu9
— Hammer Series (@HammerSeries) October 3, 2019
The increasingly chaotic events in Hong Kong have forced Hammer Series organisers to cancel their upcoming race in the region on 13th October, awarding the series win to Jumbo Visma based on current standings.
A statement says: "Velon and the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the organiser of Hammer Hong Kong and the mass participation Hong Kong Cyclothon, regret to inform that the decision has been taken not to stage the two events on Sunday, October 13, 2019 because of the ongoing events in Hong Kong.
"We have been keeping matters under close review and it has now been decided that the best course of action is to halt preparations and look to 2020 when the Hammer Series and the world’s top professional cyclists will return to the streets of Hong Kong."
Riding past Horse Guards Road soon?
Extinction Rebellion's plan to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood on the treasury did not get off to the best start pic.twitter.com/c2WYHM2Tuc
— Sam Francis (@DavidSamFrancis) October 3, 2019
It might be a bit slippy, as Extinction Rebellion's hose malfunction means there is currently a few hundred litres of fake blood on the road that was meant to be aimed directly at the HM Treasury building. What a bloody mess!
Pendleton offers colour co-ordination for the nation*
*Well, okay the nation’s families… correction the nation's families that ride bikes together - with a new range of matching parents and children bikes. Apparently kitting your kids out as mini-me versions of yourself is a ‘thing’. If we were a philosophy and ethics website at this point we’d probably launch in to a discourse about whether that’s a good ‘thing’ or not, but we aren’t so we won’t. The Pendleton Somerby Balance Bike costs £85; while the adult Somerby is £280 – if you want to colour co-ordinate with your older children or moody teens there’s a 24in wheeled junior Somerby for £240 - obviously it’s up for debate as to whether they’ll want to colour co-ordinate with you at this point but… You can find them all at Halfords stores or on their website www.halfords.com.
Lance Armstrong's ex-manager Johan Bruyneel is still on the run from US authorities, who say he owes them $1.2 million
According to court documents obtained by USA Today, Bruyneel was doorstepped by authorities at his house in Spain last year, where they demanded he paid them $1.2 million for his part in the doping scandal that helped Lance Armstrong win seven Tour de France titles.
The U.S government used a Spanish counsel to try to retrieve the money, but Bruyneel refused to accept documents from an attorney hired by the government.
Lance Armstrong eventually accepted a multi-million dollar settlement with the U.S in 2014, but Bruyneel insisted that they couldn't enforce a civil judgment on him overseas because he is Belgian and living in Europe. He's been ignoring the demands ever since, and Paul Scott, an attorney that was involved in the case as a representative of Floyd Landis, told USA Today: “He can continue running as long as he likes, but this judgment will ultimately catch up to him."
Bruyneel, an active social media user who describes himself as a "proud ex-manager of my dear friend Lance Armstrong, winner of 7 Tours de France. Anti-hypocrisy warrior", has understandably stayed silent on the matter so far...
Tributes pour in for Mapei boss Giorgio Squinzi
Sad to hear of the passing of Mapei Chairman and passionate cycling fan, Giorgio Squinzi.
A partner of the UCI, Mapei continues to support the development of cycling. My thoughts go out to Giorgio’s wife Dottoressa Adriana Spazzoli, his family and all those effected by his death. pic.twitter.com/hIWoXp8s3u
— David Lappartient (@DLappartient) October 2, 2019
The owner of the Mapei chemical building material company Giorgio Squinzi has passed away aged 76 after a long illness. Mapei were the headline sponsor of arguably the most successful cycling teams of the 90's/early 2000's, dominating races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders with their roster of superstars which included Andrea Tafi and Paolo Bettini.
Squinzi also owned Sassuolo football club, with tributes pouring in across the sporting world and beyond.