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Some of our highlights from this week on two wheels...

1. Giro d’Italia Stage 1: Tom Dumoulin takes win and early lead in Jerusalem, Froome crashes in warm-up


It's begun! Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) won the opening 9.7km time trial in the Giro d’Italia, edging out Rohan Dennis (BMC) by two seconds. Chris Froome (Team Sky) could only finish 21st, 37s adrift, having crashed heavily earlier in the day during a recon ride (see the vid on yesterday's live blog).
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2. Flectr launch Flectr Vortex, the world's first crank reflector


Flectr have already smashed their crowdfunding target on Kickstarter for their latest innovation, which they claim is more visible than pedal reflectors. 
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3. Football superstar Lionel Messi wins seven-year trademark battle against Spanish bike brand Massi 


This was a messi case... superstar footballer Lionel Messi has won a seven-year legal battle to register his surname as a trademark, overturning a previous decision in favour of long-established Spanish bicycle brand, Massi.
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4. First Look: Gore C7 ShakeDry Stretch Jacket


Gore has been further developing the design of its ShakeDry jacket, and last weekend our Liam got the chance to head over to Surrey to try it out while riding the Wiggle Ups & Downs Sportive with Fabian Cancellara. How could he say no?
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5. Lumos helmet with indicators gets fresh updates and is now available to buy in Apple stores


The Lumos helmet has 48 LED lights and was successfully crowdfunded in 2015. It now supports hand-activated turn signals when used with an Apple Watch, and has become the first bike helmet to be sold in Apple Stores.
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6. dhb launch Aeron LAB collection


Thought dhb were all about cheap and cheerful? Think again, as their new Aeron LAB collection is described as race-ready and all about performance, and dhb's fastest and lightest kit ever made. 
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7. Chris Froome says he is confident of winning doping case

Chris Froome in 2018 Sky kit (via Team Sky)

Chris Froome has said that he believes he will win the anti-doping case triggered by an adverse analytical finding for twice the permitted amount of the anti-asthma drug salbutamol during last year’s Vuelta, which he won.
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8. Near Miss of the Day 133: Breakfast-eating close pass driver fined

The driver concerned received a fine after being caught munching on film by a cyclist on whom he had just made a close pass.
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9. Safety fears raised over cycle path on viaduct in Bristol

Bromley Heath Viaduct (picture credit Alan Williams).jpg

South Gloucestershire Council has sought to reassure cyclists after safety concerns were raised in connection with a cycle path on the Bromley Heath Viaduct, which forms part of the A4174 Avon Ring Road in Bristol.
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10. Go pink for the Giro with these 18 Maglia Rosa-inspired products


We've updated our list of cycling products that celebrate the Giro d'Italia. WARNING... your wallet might get lighter after having a browse! 
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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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