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Belgian cyclist vs lorry driver video – the spoof version; Tesla Truck 'not street-legal' in EU; Pro cyclist breaks leg riding e-scooter; Lidl discount bike parking with ‘useless’ butterfly racks; TfL launch 'Report a Problem' webpage + more on live blog

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16 December 2019, 20:48
Kids act out that bizarre Belgian cyclist vs lorry driver viral video in hilarious spoof

Remember that bizarre stand-off between a cyclist and a lorry driver in Belgium that went viral on social media last week and ended up with a Flemish man wrongly identified as the bike rider in shutting down his Facebook account? Well, now there's a spoof version put together featuring some Belgian kids, and we reckon it's hilarious. Watch it below.

16 December 2019, 18:55
16 December 2019, 15:18
The Tesla Truck wouldn't pass EU safety laws because it lacks cyclist and pedestrian safety features, says car standards expert

The monstrous new battery-powered Tesla truck has caused plenty of controversy since its launch; mostly because it's been suggested that the sharp angular design of the shell and sheer enormity of the truck would pose a serious safety risk to pedestrians, cyclists and pretty much anything else in its immediate vicinity. Writing for Forbes Online, Carlton Reid says: "The European Commission has strict automotive testing and safety protocols, and the Cybertruck - as is - would fail many of them, including increasingly stringent pedestrian and cyclist protection standards."

This is backed up by auto standards expert Stefan Teller, who says serious modifications to the design of the Tesla Truck would have to be made before it passes stringent EU safety laws. He told the German car magazine Automobilwoche: “The bumper and hood must be able to absorb energy to protect pedestrians."

As if to perfectly illustrate the potential problems posed by the truck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was recently shown knocking over a traffic bollard as he pulled out of a car park, seemingly oblivious. It was noted the bollard was about the size of a small child... 

16 December 2019, 15:55
The right message?

This curious construction appears to be a huge pile of helmets fashioned into the shape of a Christmas tree; there is a currently a big campaign in Italy to improve cycling safety, which has come under fire from some cycling groups because it focusses heavily on cyclists wearing helmets and running daytime lights, rather than the behaviour of drivers. 

16 December 2019, 15:52
Sustainable fabrics for 2020 Giro d'Italia jerseys

Once again being made by Castelli, the Maglia Rosa (General Classification), Maglia Cicliamino (sprinter's), Maglia Azzurra (mountains) and Maglia Bianca (young rider GC) jerseys can now be revealed.

For the first time ever at a Grand Tour, the leaders’ jerseys are manufactured with eco-sustainable fabrics. Giro d'Italia say: "Native by SITIP uses processes and fabrics with a lower environmental impact, produced with recycled yarns – GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified – deriving mainly from recycled plastic bottles, and driven by circular economy principles and policies." 

16 December 2019, 16:00
A whole load of kit

Is this simply too much stuff, for any length of ride? Let us know what you'd do to trim down this intrepid cyclist's load... 

16 December 2019, 14:33
A bike-friendly bin

This bike path in Denmark has a tilted trashcan.

This one is tilted so it's easy to chuck stuff in as you ride by... definitely not a load of rubbish. 

16 December 2019, 14:18
Sofia Bertizzolo joins CCC Team after being unable to join Movistar because of Italian national police team contract

Bertizzolo was blocked from joining Movistar in August due to a legal wrangle involving her employment status. Many female pros work in the civil service to supplement their income, and Bertizzolo has a paid contract to ride for Italy's national Polizia di Stato team. This contract prevented her from signing another full-time contract with Movistar, and she was unable to declare the work was self-employed because in Spain, athletes legally can't be classified as such. 

Luckily Bertizzolo has managed to find a home elsewhere where her dual employment isn't an issue, joining up with Polish World Tour team CCC-Liv. In a statement she said: “I am extremely happy with this transfer and also grateful to CCC-Liv, as the team has always shown an interest in me. This team is a good choice for me, because I can take the next step in my career with them."

 

16 December 2019, 12:57
Rory Sutherland is the latest pro cyclist to break his leg doing something that isn't cycling
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I imagine it’s time for an update. Firstly thanks to so so many who have called, emailed and messaged me and my family. I’m trying to get back to you all one at a time but the outpouring of support has been way bigger than I could have imagined. A small speed bump in life, we’ve all had them and will continue to have them. Normally I bounce well, but this accident I didn’t and fractured my femur. It’s been an experience to say the least, but I am however incredibly thankful and grateful to the staff and riders of @israelcyclingacademy ,the staff and riders from @uae_team_emirates and the staff here at the hospital. I couldn’t have been in better hands. Right now I need patience, these things take time, in a few days I should be home and the rehab will continue for quite a while. It’s far from the end, it’s just another chapter in the book of life. Thank you again to everyone, Rory

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In what is turning out to be pro cycling's equivalent of Spinal Tap's spontaneously combusting drummers, another rider has fallen victim to a leg break in a freak incident completely unrelated to bike riding. Hot on the heels of poor Niklas Larsen who broke his leg at an end-of-season party in late November, and Luke Rowe who suffered a horrific tibia and fibula break while whitewater rafting at his brother's stag do in 2017; Aussie pro Rory Sutherland announced over the weekend that he has broken his femur while riding an electric scooter in Israel.

37-year-old Sutherland was in the country for the launch of his new team Israel Start-Up Nation, and will now inevitably miss the start of the 2020 season. In his latest Instagram post yesterday, Sutherland mused from his hospital bed: "I imagine it’s time for an update. Firstly thanks to so so many who have called, emailed and messaged me and my family. I’m trying to get back to you all one at a time but the outpouring of support has been way bigger than I could have imagined.

"A small speed bump in life, we’ve all had them and will continue to have them. Normally I bounce well, but this accident I didn’t and fractured my femur. It’s been an experience to say the least, but I am however incredibly thankful and grateful to the staff and riders of Israel Cycling Academy, the staff and riders from UAE Team Emirates and the staff here at the hospital. I couldn’t have been in better hands.

"Right now I need patience, these things take time, in a few days I should be home and the rehab will continue for quite a while. It’s far from the end, it’s just another chapter in the book of life."

Needless to say, road.cc wish Rory all the best in his recovery. 

16 December 2019, 12:53
A car commercial... that proves cars are a waste of space

As pointed out in the comments, Transport for London made this observation way back in the 1960's... 

16 December 2019, 12:41
Transport for London have just made it a whole lot easier to report problems on the roads

Potholes, blocked cycle lanes and anything else that's a bit rubbish on London's roads that needs sorting can now be quickly and easily reported via the 'Report a Problem' page on the TfL website. You simply type the postcode of where you are, locate the spot on the map and tell TfL exactly what the problem is. A log shows all the reported problems in the area, and the dates they have been fixed/are expected to be fixed. 

The page is here - best bookmark it if you're London-based. 

16 December 2019, 12:36
How to set up Zwift on any device
Zwift-any-device

Well, almost any device (you might struggle on your old Megadrive or Gameboy)... but on most PC's, tellies or smartphones made in the last few years, you really can set up Zwift on pretty much anything. Find out how here

16 December 2019, 11:56
Xendurance partner with Haute Route
haute route via xendurance

The nutrition brand make products specifically designed to improve a rider's lactic and aerobic threshold, which will be welcomed by many trying to tackle the monster Haute Route. 

The partnership with Haute Route came after a survey of Haute Route conquerors and potential riders earlier this year said the events weren't 'too hard', rather they just needed to prepare
better; therefore Xendurance’s formula that is thought to reduce muscle soreness and trauma is touted as the thing for the job. Check out their website here

16 December 2019, 11:19
Lidl cycle parking... why so inconsistent?

The wholly inadequate 'butterfly' racks pictured at Lidl's new West Norwood store (further down this page) has caused some confusion, as it appears there is perfectly good cycle parking at some of their stores. We're still waiting to hear back from Lidl on why these racks - classed as 'not recommended' by TfL - were installed in the first place, and have also reached out to Deceuninck Quick-Step who carry Lidl's logo on their team kit. 

16 December 2019, 11:08
Holy smokes...

This is why I ride on the drops. from r/bikecommuting

This sister knows how to cheat the wind, getting herself into a solid aero tuck and coasting her way down the road. Now she just needs to fashion a carbon fairing of some sort to cover that basket to save even more watts... 

16 December 2019, 09:13
Unimpressive parking in the biking area: butterfly racks at new Lidl store slammed for being inadequate

The new Lidl store in West Norwood has installed a row of 'butterfly' wheel-breaking racks, often criticised for the lack of security they afford your bike by only allowing you to lock your wheel - and none of the frame - using a  standard D-lock. As noted by always last who uploaded the photos to Twitter, Transport for London has said butterfly racks are 'not recommended' since 2006, and organisations such as Cycling UK have been saying they are inadequate for decades. 

As one of the main sponsors of the number 1-ranked World Tour cycling team Deceuninck Quick-Step it's not a good look for the German supermarket chain, and although some have noted that more secure Sheffield stands are provided for some of their stores, often these are located far away from the entrance. We've reached out to Lidl and Deceuninck Quick-Step for comment... 

16 December 2019, 09:10
Geraint Thomas puts in a monster 300km training ride with teammates

At least he says he did (if it's not on Strava it didn't happen as they say, and we've seen no upload yet), but according to the Welshan's Garmin, he completed just under 310km in 8 hours 35 minutes on what appears to be a time trial bike looking at his bar set-up. 

Thomas also admitted he was "gutted" not to be at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards which he won in 2018, but threw his support behind rugby player Alun-Wyn Jones - cricketer Ben Stokes was eventually crowned the winner. 

16 December 2019, 09:11
"Wanna race?"

 

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. 

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