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Tour de France protests: Bradley Wiggins blasted for “imbeciles” and “great scenes” comments; ‘Teaching a child to punish a cyclist?’ Ashley Neal on driver; Pogačar’s teammates' Covid positives; Stuck team bus blocks TDF start + more on the live blog

It’s Tuesday and Ryan Mallon is back in the hotseat for the second live blog of the week – in between looking up last minute flights to the Alps…
12 July 2022, 15:22
“Great scenes here”: Bradley Wiggins criticised for “imbeciles” comments during Tour de France protest

Stage ten of the Tour de France came to a screeching halt earlier on the road to Megève, as a group of protesters sat in the road, placed nooses around their necks, and lit pyrotechnics, forcing the race to be paused for over ten minutes.

The climate change protest group Dernière Rénovation, who also staged a demonstration at last month’s French Open, claimed the protest, writing on their website: “Non-violent disruption is our last chance to be heard and avoid the worst consequences of global warming.

“The reality is that the world to which politicians are sending us is a world in which the Tour de France can no longer exist. In this world, we will be busy fighting to feed ourselves and to save our families.”

As the French police attempted to clear the protesters, 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, reporting for Eurosport and GCN from the back of a motorbike, described the scenes to viewers at home.

“There's obviously been a demonstration, much like they had in the UK a couple of months ago with the imbeciles sat in the road,” Wiggins said.

“They them sat in the middle of the road, two of them had a noose around their necks. I was watching the ASO, as the French are, get quite angry at things like this, dragging them off the road.

“You can see Pascal Lino, ex-Tour de France yellow jersey, he threw one down in the ditch and another lady had her legs under the car. It was quite crazy.

“Whatever they're protesting about, it's probably over nothing. We don't need that disrupting this bicycle race. A lot of people getting quite angry, some of the directeur sportifs got out the cars, stuck a boot in. It really was going off. Great scenes here.”

Wiggins’ typically forthright comments have since been criticised online, with many cycling writers and fans questioning the Olympic champion’s perspective in the midst of the climate change crisis, with one journalist even describing the former Sky rider’s monologue as “a live audition for GB News”. 

However, not everyone was unhappy with Sir Brad’s Bernard Hinault-worshipping contribution to proceedings:

 Today, of course, wasn’t Wiggins’ first encounter with people looking to disrupt the world’s biggest bike race.

On the way to winning his Tour de France title in 2012, the Londoner called his own race neutralisation after tacks were strewn by saboteurs on the Mur de Péguère in the Pyrenees, causing defending champion Cadel Evans and a number of other riders to puncture.

I’m not sure there was any attempt to “stick the boot in”, mind you…

12 July 2022, 16:35
2022 Tour de France stage ten (A.S.O. Pauline Ballet)
Third time lucky: EF’s Magnus Cort battles to mountain stage win as Lennard Kämna just misses out on yellow jersey on dramatic day at the Tour de France

Stage ten of the Tour de France, the first since the rest day and finishing after a shallow 20km climb to an Alpine altiport, could easily have turned into a snooze fest, with the peloton keeping one eye on bigger tests, including the fearsome Col du Galibier, Col du Granon, and Alpe d’Huez, in the days to come.

It was anything but, however, as the Tour descended into anarchy, both in a racing and non-racing sense. The day started with the news of three positive Covid tests, two of which saw Luke Durbridge and George Bennett sent home, while Bennett’s UAE Team Emirates colleague Rafał Majka was allowed to stay, due, apparently, to the low chances of the Polish climber infecting others with the virus.

Perhaps the rest of the peloton were doing their best to avoid coming into contact with Majka, such was the ferocity of the opening hour of today’s stage to Megève.

Once a strong 25 rider group went clear, the peloton did eventually down tools – and then so did everyone, as a group of climate change protesters did what they set out to do: disrupt the race and focus the world’s attention on the state of the planet.

After the race got back up and running, and Tour-winning foots were removed from mouths, all hell broke loose in the break. The climb to the altiport in Megève is long and shallow – far removed from the gradients the riders will face tomorrow and Thursday – and thus allowed for a far more open, attacking contest with a broader range of potential winners.

2022 Tour de France stage ten (A.S.O. Pauline Ballet)

Image: A.S.O., Pauline Ballet

With EF Education-EasyPost’s Alberto Bettiol – who showcased some impressive bike handling skills to avoid the demonstrators posing as road furniture – up the road on his own, Bahrain Victorious went to work. First, the impressive British classics rider Fred Wright powered a three-rider group across to the Italian; after some toing and froing, his teammate Luis León Sánchez attacked.

Behind the veteran Spaniard, Wright expertly patrolled attacks from Magnus Cort and the twitchy Lennard Kämna, who at one point looked likely to pull on the yellow jersey, such was the gap to the cruising peloton (a fact that may have played into the German’s uncharacteristic lack of assertion or confidence in a break that was watching his every move).

Finally, attacks from Movistar’s American hope Matteo Jorgenson and Nick Schultz (BikeExhange-Jayco) ultimately did for Wright. The duo, and then Dylan van Baarle, caught the fading Sanchez, and looked set to sprint for the win.

However, that long, long seemingly endless drag on the altiport completely reshaped proceedings once again. While a ten-rider group coalesced in the final 500 metres, Sanchez and Schultz remained the strongest, and sprinted clear again towards the line.

So, crucially, did Cort. The Dane, who wore the King of the Mountains jersey for most of this Tour's opening week, finally proved it on top of a real mountain, overcoming Schultz in the dying metres to cap a wonderful first ten days for the enigmatic and popular 29-year-old.

Cort’s win also capped a rather dramatic day for his EF Education-EasyPost team. As well as Bettiol’s brief encounter with local activists (which resulted in the Italian giving a statement at a local police station after the stage), the American squad’s massive pink bus caused a traffic jam at the stage start in Morzine after getting stuck while making a tight turn, and then a bird relieved itself onto DS Tom Southam’s head.

Maybe that was just the luck they needed…

2022 Tour de France stage ten (A.S.O. Pauline Ballet)

Image: A.S.O., Pauline Ballet

Almost nine minutes after Cort’s battling win, race leader Tadej Pogačar continued to do his best to avoid any need for luck, sprinting for any glimpse of daylight, his perpetual shadow Jonas Vingegaard mere bike lengths behind.

The peloton’s fast finish didn’t really change anything in the race for overall victory, but it did result in Kämna missing out on yellow by just 11 seconds. Ouch.

“At first we didn't want to lose it then we were going to lose it kind of, but in the end it all worked out like it did and I'm happy I'm still in the yellow jersey,” Pogačar said at the finish.

Simple really.

Things, however, will get more complicated tomorrow, as the peloton takes on the first truly epic mountain stage of the Tour, covering the legendary Col du Galibier (via the Col du Télégraphe) before finishing atop the 11.3km, 9.3 percent average Col du Granon, making its first appearance at the Tour since Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault went head-to-head in 1986.

On that day, the dominant Frenchman – aiming for his sixth Tour win – cracked, and his younger teammate, and rival, LeMond went into yellow.

Will history repeat itself tomorrow?

Main image: A.S.O., Pauline Ballet

12 July 2022, 14:25
20-foot cycle lane – featuring six arrows and bike markings – dismissed as a “glorified lay-by”

Another one to add to the ‘Completely Pointless Cycle Lane’ collection…

This 20-foot masterpiece, in Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, features six painted arrows and bike markings (just in case you missed the first five), and has been dismissed as “pointless” and “a glorified lay-by” by locals.

73-year-old Bill Priddin told the Metro: “Kidsgrove didn’t have any cycle lanes before. They closed that road down for about four or five weeks and that is what they put up.

“It’s only about 20 feet and that’s the only cycle lane in the whole town.

“If you look at the length of it, it’s basically just a lay-by. It only goes halfway up the road, and that’s the only cycle path we have – I just find it amusing.”

12 July 2022, 13:49
You’re almost there, Tom, almost there

Reading this tweet, you can almost hear the cogs in Mr Harwood’s brain whirring…

12 July 2022, 13:24
Geraint Thomas' glasses (GCN)
Where’s G’s glasses?

After a frenetic start to stage ten of the Tour de France today, it’s all calmed down (for now anyway).

So, while a massive, Filippo Ganna-powered break increases their lead over an ambling peloton, we can turn our attention to the burning news story of the day: Where have G’s glasses gone?

The 2018 Tour winner was spotted in the pack NOT wearing his trademark white Oakley Racing Jackets.

geraint thomas ineos 2020

It’s probably the first time we have seen the Welshman without his (rather divisive, if we’re being honest) specs since that time he lost them in the woods off the Col de Manse back in 2015.

Does G’s new look represent a latent sartorial change of heart, or did he simply leave his glasses on the hotel room table?

Considering he raced the opening time trial of the Tour de France while still wearing a gilet, you can never rule it out…

12 July 2022, 12:28
“Pogačar getting his teammates ready for the Pyrenees”
12 July 2022, 12:22
road.cc does TikTok: I don’t even know where to begin…

Here’s something to entertain/confuse/anger [delete as appropriate] you over lunch…

Apparently, the fuddy-duddies here at road.cc have decided to embrace the wonderful world of TikTok (we have to pretend we’re down with the kids somehow…), and have //www.tiktok.com/ [at] road.cc?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc" target="_blank">created a page featuring lots of sharply edited, quickfire vids on everything from snippets of our features and interviews to pro cycling newbie question and answer sessions.

And… this Tour de France-Minions film fan thing mash up, apparently.

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//www.tiktok.com/ [at] road.cc" target="_blank" title="@road.cc">@road.cc GentleMinions. Make it to @letourdefrance! #minions #tourdefrance #fyp #gentleminions #cyclinglife ♬ Universal Fanfare - The Minions

Don’t worry, even the clip’s star Liam tells me he didn’t really know what was going on either…

(The fact that the blog is struggling with all the TikTok links makes this even funnier. Hopefully they'll be sorted soon!)

12 July 2022, 11:40
Two of Pogačar’s teammates test positive for Covid: George Bennett abandons Tour, though Rafał Majka allowed to continue despite positive test

Just when you thought EF Education-EasyPost’s beleaguered bus would be the most dramatic Tour de France story this morning, UAE Team Emirates have confirmed that the squad’s Kiwi climber – and key mountain domestique for defending champion Tadej Pogačar – George Bennett has tested positive for Covid and has withdrawn from the race.

“Sadly our rider George Bennett tested positive for Covid-19 and will not continue today in the Tour de France,” the team said in a statement.

“On Monday he was tested as per internal protocols of the team and returned a positive result. This was confirmed by a PCR test.”

The team’s doctor Adrian Rotunno also confirmed that Bennett had displayed Covid-related symptoms on Monday night, which led to his test.

Bennett isn’t the only UAE Team Emirates rider to contract the virus over the rest day – Polish climber Rafał Majka has also reportedly tested positive for Covid, but has been deemed to have a low enough viral load to continue racing.

The news means that Pogačar now only has five teammates to reply upon (including Majka) for the rest of the Tour, after Vegard Stake Laengen pulled out earlier in the race following his own positive test for Covid.

Bennett and Stake Laengen’s positive tests would have resulted in an automatic withdrawal for the entire UAE Team Emirates squad, including Pogačar, under the UCI’s previous Covid regulations. However, the new guidelines, which were introduced just before the 2022 Tour began, will allow teams to continue even if two or more riders return a positive PCR test within seven days.

 Majka has also been spared an early exit thanks to the rewritten rules, which now state that the ability of a rider to continue racing after a positive test will be decided by a meeting between the team doctor, the Tour’s Covid-19 doctor and the UCI Medical Director.

12 July 2022, 11:02
EF Bus stuck at Tour stage start (Twitter, Gael Robic)
Busgate 2022, episode two: EF Education-EasyPost bus stuck, blocking access to Tour stage start

While we’ve focused most of our attention on the form, trials and tribulations of the riders, it’s safe to say that team buses haven’t enjoyed the best start to the 2022 Tour de France.

At the weekend, we reported that the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert bus was forced to abandon the race (reportedly in floods of tears) after experiencing some gear issues, with the squad’s VIP camper parachuted in to provide a temporary refuge for the riders while a substitute coach made its way to the Alps.

This morning, a team bus again stole the show.

Channelling the spirit of the beleaguered Orica-GreenEdge bus, which wedged itself under the finish line arch at the 2013 Tour in Corsica, EF Education-EasyPost’s team coach has found itself stuck at the entrance to the stage start in Morzine today, after failing to make a tight right hand turn and connecting with the road.

The marooned bus has blocked access for both the riders and other team vehicles, while a rescue attempt – involving a digger – is currently working to retrieve the situation in time for the rollout.

I hear a certain Australian team are currently chuckling quietly to themselves…

12 July 2022, 10:25
Tom Pidcock, Tour de France 2022, stage seven ( Zac Williams/SWpix.com)
“If I tell you I'll have to kill you”: Tom Pidcock coy on Ineos tactics for upcoming stages in Alps

The first nine days of this year’s Tour de France have worked out pretty well for Tom Pidcock.

The 22-year-old cyclocross world champion – the third youngest rider at this year’s Grande Boucle – is currently sitting an impressive seventh overall as the race resumes following its first proper race day, after expertly navigating the hazard-filled opening stages and putting in a string of consistent performances as the road has started to rear upwards.

The Yorkshireman, competing in only his second career grand tour after last year’s Vuelta a España, managed to cling on to the back of the lead group on Sunday’s mountainous stage to Châtel, losing seven seconds in the end to a fast-finishing Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard, and only four to the likes of Primož Roglič, Romain Bardet and teammates Adam Yates and Geraint Thomas (in comparison, Ineos’ other potential GC hope, tried and trusted climber Dani Martínez, lost over 15 minutes).

Despite Martínez’ collapse, Pidcock still forms part of three-pronged Ineos attack including Yates and 2018 winner Thomas, all currently ensconced in the top seven on the GC, which will aim to deploy its strength in numbers to good effect against Pogačar’s one man show.

“I think it's been a pretty successful start," Pidcock told cyclingnews.

“I mean, yeah, I kind of have high expectations of myself and judge my performances on other people’s – like Wout [van Aert], for example, is a competitor across the Classics.

“But in reality, he's already done two Tours de France so I can't expect to be at the front straight away. I have time to learn and grow and get there. Not been as near a stage as I would have liked, but I can only do my best.

“But if I step back, I'm top 10 in GC, I've been up there in a few stages. It's not bad at all.”

When asked whether his team had any tricks up its sleeve for the upcoming stages in the Alps, starting with today’s pretty benign summit finish to the altiport in Megève before two brutal stages over the range’s classic climbs, Pidcock replied: “Well, it's a surprise. So, if I tell you I'll have to kill you.

“For me, I think the most you can learn is in the first week for a GC rider. Once you get past the first week then you're going to the mountains where everything is simpler and I can kind of learn the aspect whether I'm in GC or not. So yeah, now it's great. But after today, we'll evaluate to see if I should lose some time, and maybe go for some stages.”

Lead image:  Zac Williams/SWpix.com

12 July 2022, 09:42
Great minds…

I’ll meet you at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez… I wonder what the record is for a 12-seater beer bike up the famous 21 turns?

12 July 2022, 08:59
Luke Durbridge, 2022 Tour de France (Zac Williams/SWpix.com)
Luke Durbridge out of Tour de France with Covid

While the rest day Covid controls may have yielded no positive cases at the Tour de France (more on that in a bit), one rider has already been forced to abandon the race this morning after contracting the virus.

BikeExhange-Jayco confirmed today that their Australian rider Luke Durbridge has tested positive for Covid this morning and will not take to the start of stage ten in Morzine Les Portes du Soleil.

31-year-old former team pursuit world champion Durbridge, who was coming into form at this year’s Tour after infiltrating the breakaway on stage seven to La Planche des Belles Filles, is said to have “very mild symptoms”.

He is the fourth rider to leave the race with Covid, after Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën), and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates) abandoned following positive tests.

Main image: Zac Williams/SWpix.com

12 July 2022, 08:26
Punishment Pass (YouTube, Ashley Neal)
“How would you feel if someone did that to your lad?” Ashley Neal scolds punishment passer

YouTube driving instructor Ashley Neal, as regular readers of road.cc will know, tends to divide opinion within the cycling community.

Neal, the son of European Cup-winning Liverpool full back Phil Neal (but don’t mention the football!), regularly posts videos on his website and YouTube channel, which has over 109,000 subscribers, chronicling his experiences as a driver and instructor in the northwest of England.

While he often been praised for his level-headed and even-handed approach to cyclists on the roads, earlier this year one of his videos, titled ‘Cycling 2 Abreast and Overtaking’, caused a stir after some viewers claimed that Neal was criticising the cyclists in the clip for riding two-abreast before “unnecessarily” beeping his horn at them as he passed.

> Footballer-turned-driving instructor Ashley Neal divides opinion with use of horn in overtaking video

In May, he criticised the confrontational approach to road safety adopted by Cycling Mikey, another live blog favourite (we just need Jeremy Vine to pop up and we’re good to go), which Neal argued actually leads to more road rage incidents.

In one of his latest YouTube videos Neal, who runs his own driving school business, slams a van driver who appears to deliberately swerve at a cyclist.

“Without doubt, this was done as a form of punishment,” he narrates in the clip, which was captured last week.

Neal then says that – though it’s difficult to tell for sure – he reckons that a young child may be sitting in the passenger seat of the van.

“Is that kid being taught that this is the correct way to deal with a vulnerable road user?” he continues. “I surely hope not.”

“And if that is the case, that there was a child in that passenger seat, I would just like to pose this question to the driver: ‘How would you feel if someone did that to your lad?’”

> “I wholeheartedly disagree with his approach” – YouTube driving instructor Ashley Neal on CyclingMikey

Neal’s subscribers agreed with his take on the incident, with one commenter describing the manoeuvre as “Threatening with a deadly weapon is what that is, and it should be charged and prosecuted as such.”

Another wrote: “This needs to be reported to the police, and the video sent to the company. Seriously. Accidents and mistakes are one thing... this is quite another. Even if the van didn't make contact, it could have caused the cyclist to clip a kerb or drain and end up under the wheels of a following vehicle... or maybe mount a kerb and hit a pedestrian.

“Doesn't even matter if there's been an altercation or words exchanged further back... maybe a close pass resulted in the cyclist banging on the side of the van.

“Doesn't matter, there's no excuse for that.”

“The overall issue with a lot of society today,” one viewer summarised, “is that they're not taught ‘how would you like it if it happened to you?’ or of course ‘happened to your loved one/child/whomever’, so then you get silly twats like the van driver that think it's perfectly fine to behave like that.”

Another user noted the potential hand-me-down nature of anti-cycling attitudes.

They wrote: “I gave some friends of my daughters a lift to a birthday party the other day, and as we approached a cyclist one of them said ‘urgh, I HATE cyclists, run them over!’, to which my daughter replied ‘why? My Dad's a cyclist’.

“I told her that cyclists don’t hold cars up, I said even though we're driving slowly behind him waiting for a safe place to pass, we will catch the traffic up at the next junction and it will cost us no time. Then pointed out when we did!”

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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Hirsute | 2 years ago
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Reckon rich_cb had made the news here !
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-62136813

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ktache | 2 years ago
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I can't remember who this might be relevant for, but I remembered that someone incharge was interested last time.

I was on my every so often schlep to a large Sainsbury's to stock up on Yorkshire gold loose leaf, and I was looking for ANY sugary fizzy drink, there is an own brand lemonade "classic", but that is not the big news, that is that alongside the Saint Pellegrino classic Italian Taste limonata there was some aranciata, the orange one, I used to find it a bit sickly, but hey anything with no nasty sweeteners. And if more people but the good stuff, they might start to sell the blood orange one, my absolute favourite.

The lemon one is on special at Waitrose at the moment too.

Now if only that they could start making that nectar of the gods mango Rubicon with full sugar again...

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alexuk | 2 years ago
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Wiggo brave enough to say what most of us are thinking #boot-in laugh

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Rendel Harris replied to alexuk | 2 years ago
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alexuk wrote:

Wiggo brave enough to say what most of us are thinking #boot-in laugh

If it is true (highly debatable, you appear to be attributing your views to the rest of the population without evidence) that the majority support the use of violence against nonviolent protest, that is not necessarily a desirable thing for the advancement of civilisation, is it? Rather the opposite, one would've thought.

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cmedred replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Declaring this event "nonviolent" requires one assume that someone riding into obscuring smoke at speed can avoid hitting a roadblock. With some luck and some fine bike handling, Bettiol did manage to avoid a crash, but it could have been different if he'd lacked for luck and skill or if a big group had arrived there at the time. So unless you have some evidence that the group knew there was only one rider approaching, and that the rider's bike-handling skills were excellent, your assumption is a bad one. If you have such evidence,  please share it. Otherwise, let''s try not to rationalize the behavior of people whose goals, though commendable, engage in behavior that could well result in others getting hurt.  

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Rendel Harris replied to cmedred | 2 years ago
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Oh get oop t'street lad, did you actually watch it? "Fine bike handling" my old boots, the protestors (with whose tactics I do not agree, incidentally) presented a static obstacle well before Bettiol got there, I could have ridden through there without any harm. It was on a flat piece of road and yes they doubtless did know the race situation, they've probably got phones or ipads like everyone else. Nobody was put in danger, stop trying to make out it was as if they'd hurled themselves in front of the full peleton as they came off the Galibier, Emily Davidson style. It was a fairly pointless and stupid protest but nobody was in any danger.

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Owd Big 'Ead replied to alexuk | 2 years ago
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Personally, I think the TdF is just as much a target for protest as any other sporting contest. It's nowhere near a sustainable race, what with the cavalcade of fossil fueled vehicles that both precede and follow the actual riders and of course the companies that choose to sponsor the event in many ways, quite a few from industries where a large dose of greenwashing obviously helps ie Ineos

Wiggins has once again shown that he's not the sharpest bloke around. He should stick to what he knows and keep schtum on everything else.

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Jimwill replied to Owd Big 'Ead | 2 years ago
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Was gonna say something along the lines of " I wonder how much environmental damage is done by the tdf"

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HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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Hirsute replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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How come you are getting the special deals ?!!

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HoarseMann replied to Hirsute | 2 years ago
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Dunno! But I couldn't resist at that price! Seems to have gone back up to full price now  7

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mark1a | 2 years ago
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Regarding Wiggo's clumsy handling of the protestors, at least he didn't directly get involved, unlike Le Blaireau on a couple of occasions. Mind you, Hinault stopped the race himself when it suited the riders.

 

 

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brooksby | 2 years ago
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20-foot cycle lane – featuring six arrows and bike markings – dismissed as a “glorified lay-by”

You know, we were talking about that one BTL on the live blog yesterday, Ryan  3

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captain_slog | 2 years ago
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Regarding G's sunglasses, the explanation is simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73UfgMoWv8E.

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captain_slog | 2 years ago
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The phrase of this Tour so far has been 'whittle down'.

I hope ASO and the UCI know what they're doing. The rest of the peloton must be comfortable that the risk with Majka continuing is minimal. Likewise UAE must be reasonably certain he's still more of an asset than a liability. But I'd prefer to see the Tour won by the best rider rather than lost by the least prudent team.

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ktache | 2 years ago
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Very important TdF question.

Has anyone seen "The Devil" on this year's tour?

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Miller replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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ktache wrote:

Very important TdF question.

Has anyone seen "The Devil" on this year's tour?

Yes, very important question, and no, I have not. He was getting on a bit, he was already old when first noticed in the 90s. Has The Devil retired?

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Rendel Harris replied to Miller | 2 years ago
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Miller wrote:

ktache wrote:

Very important TdF question.

Has anyone seen "The Devil" on this year's tour?

Yes, very important question, and no, I have not. He was getting on a bit, he was already old when first noticed in the 90s. Has The Devil retired?

Just saw him on the Granon a minute ago, hair looking a bit thinner and definitely not as quick as he once was (he is 70 now) but good to see him still there.

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ktache replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Thanks, I did hear a mention of him while I was doing stuff in the kitchen.

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andystow replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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ktache wrote:

Very important TdF question.

Has anyone seen "The Devil" on this year's tour?

Was he around the last few years? This is from 2014.

https://road.cc/content/news/134925-didi-devil-set-retire

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ktache replied to andystow | 2 years ago
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I have found several pictures wearing COVID face coverings.

Tablet seemingly not wanting me to post any.

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mikecassie replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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I saw a video clip of him cheering on participants at the Etape du Tour sportive, maybe he is hanging around that area until the pros arrive.  

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stonojnr replied to mikecassie | 2 years ago
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Definitely at L'Etape, Damon Hill, former F1 world champion & SkyF1 commentator, had a photo with him before he took part in the ride

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ktache | 2 years ago
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I feel I must give a mention to the always great choice of the highlight show finishing montage on ITV 4. (Occasionally on 1, very late night). The choice of the jungle tune for Sunday's show was absolutely inspired. Almost as good as the one when Roman Bardet won a stage some years ago.

I must also tell you about something I saw parked up outside my local Costa's, on a kickstand, a fully suspended Efatbike, with lime green rims, that also folded. Spotted a few minutes earlier being ridden by a logo'd, large rucksacked delivery rider. It just ticked soo many cycling boxes...

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The Larger Cyclist replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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Cracking funk tune at the end of the ITV rest day show - anyone know what it was?

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Miller replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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ktache wrote:

The choice of the jungle tune for Sunday's show was absolutely inspired. 

If you want to big up the junglist massive, that was M Beat feat. General Levy "Incredible". It's a banging choon.

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ktache replied to Miller | 2 years ago
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And after figuring out how to effectively search, the Bardet tune was SL2 -- On a Ragga Tip

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Miller replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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Today's closing montage tune, for a stage finishing at the altiport de Megève, was 'Airport' by The Motors. ur welcome.

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ktache replied to Miller | 2 years ago
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Ta, as the finish on an airstrip on a weirdly fairly regular basis they often use it. They were prepared for it and closed the live show with it too.

The ITV montage tune choice is so much better than the Eurosport highlight montage tune. But for a great montage, tune and clips, the BBC on their multi day closer is second to none, something, something, funding, something...

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Richard D | 2 years ago
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“Threatening with a deadly weapon is what that is, and it should be charged and prosecuted as such.” - This is what happens when people on the internet only have their watching of US TV shows to base their knowledge of the criminal law on.
There is no such crime known to the criminal law of England and Wales.
I can think of several offences that could fit the bill, though, without having to make one up.  Dangerous driving is the obvious one.

 

 

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