Like this site? Help us to make it better. recap: ten of our favourite stories this week

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

1. Motorists force their way onto roads closed for RideLondon

Last weekend’s RideLondon route went past Kristian Sturt’s house. At about 6.15pm on the day of the ride, he heard swearing, shouting and beeping outside. Despite the road being closed, motorists decided they’d had enough of waiting and went through the barricade, arguing with the young marshal who tried to stop them. Prepare for a lot of entitlement and vague arguments before watching the video...  
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2. The bike ridden to Tour de France victory: Geraint Thomas’s Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light 

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Behold, the Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light that Geraint Thomas used to win the gruelling 2018 edition of the Tour de France, painted yellow for the final stage around Paris last Sunday...
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3. Free bikes for every student at NBA star LeBron James's school for at-risk kids

LeBron James (left) on Wheels for Education ride (via State Farm on Flickr)

If only every millionaire could use their wealth as wisely as the basketball superstar, who this week set up a school for at-risk kids in his home town of Akron, Ohio; with every student there getting a free bicycle on their first day.
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4. More than £7,500 raised in memory of cyclist who died during RideLondon

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The money raised now stands at over £11,000 at the time of writing; rest in peace Nigel. 
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5. Exclusive first ride: Zwift's new Innsbruck course

Sick of all this nice warm weather? Look ahead to winter with our exclusive first ride of Zwift's new Innsbruck course! 
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6. Lawson Craddock sets Tour de France lanterne rouge record

Lawson Craddock (picture via EF Education First-Drapac)

EF Education First-Drapac rider Lawson Craddock became the first rider in the history of the Tour de France to hold the position of Lanterne Rouge – the last man on the general classification – for the entire duration of the race in in doing so has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for a good cause.
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7. "It's just insane" - Geraint Thomas on winning the Tour de France (+ video highlights)

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Standing on the top step of the podium on the Champs-Elysees, wearing the yellow jersey albeit mostly obscured by the Welsh flag, the 32-year-old from Cardiff reflected on three weeks that have catapulted him into sporting stardom.
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8. Geraint Thomas omitted from Telegraph's sporting hero of the month... in a competition to win a bike!


We covered the blunder/strange decision on our Thursday live blog, to the derision of many readers on social media. 

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9. Video: US police officer distracted by mobile phone hits stationary cyclist head-on

The astonishing footage – which has now been viewed over three million times – begins on the clearest, quietest road you could ever imagine. Skies are blue and views are clear pretty much all the way to the horizon. As Fas sits on his bike at a T-junction, a police car turns left into the road and drives straight into him. A great many ‘motherf**kers’ ensue...
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10. Near Miss of the Day 165: Close pass followed by dooring and angry exchange because motorist had then driven into hedge

No words... stay safe out there folks, and hopefully avoid morons like this one on your weekend rides! 
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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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