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Top 10 cycling stories you might have missed this week

The pick of the bunch from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap…

1. Lance Armstrong "wouldn't change a thing" about his doping

Lance Armstrong (via NBC)

Lance Armstrong says he “wouldn’t change a thing” about his cycling career, despite the infamy and law suits that followed being stripped of seven Tour de France titles for doping. If you’re a connoisseur of these sorts of confessional retrospectives, you’ll guess that it’s the old ‘I’ve learned a lot, it made me the man I am today’ reasoning...
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2. Couriers who deliver blood and pathology samples striking over stagnant wages and previous pay cuts

TDL courier on strike (Simon MacMichael)

Couriers working for NHS contractor The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) are striking for two days over a decade of stagnant pay and two rounds of pay cuts in 2015 and 2017. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) contrasts the situation with generous pay rises given to top TDL executives and the £60m paid out in dividends to the firm’s owner, Sonic Healthcare, between 2014 and 2017.
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3. Friends of Richmond Park rewrite ‘cyclist learns the hard way’ link to story about Stuart Hayes’ collision with a deer

From our Thursday live blog, we reported that Olympian Stuart Hayes had been hit by a deer in Richmond Park and suffered a broken pelvis. Friends of Richmond Park initially reported the incident as, “cyclist learns the hard way that deer are wild animals and therefore unpredictable”, but swiftly edited it following a backlash. 
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4. Primal Europe launches turbo shorts

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File this one under what will they think of next, as Primal Europe has launched “turbo trainer optimised shorts” with its new eSport Bib Short.
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5. Jeremy Clarkson claims cyclists responsible for London trees getting cut down ... and gets schooled

Jeremy Clarkson on bike BBC News video still

Britain’s leading motormouth has gone full throttle against cyclists again, claiming we are responsible for all the trees getting cut down in London.
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6. Luke Rowe leaves Twitter after accusation of making white supremacist sign

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From Wednesday's live blog, Rowe was pictured with on the Team Ineos camper van with his teammates. The gesture that he's making with his left hand is a classic schoolboy prank where anyone caught looking at it got a punch on the arm. This prank, known as the circle game, has been around since the 80s and featured on Malcolm in the Middle. 
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7. Motorhome driver hit cyclist with wing mirror after words exchanged at traffic lights, court told

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A motorhome driver involved in an exchange of words with a cyclist at traffic lights shortly after overtaking a group of riders at speed subsequently hit him with his wing mirror, a court has heard.
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8. 'Bored’ workers trying to cremate mouse burn down bike shop

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A judge has said it was “sheer stupidity” that led two workers at a Cycle King shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to try and cremate a mouse, leading to a fire that burnt the premises down, causing £1.6 million damage.
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9. Regent’s Park Outer Circle - Georgian quango under fire for refusal to close park gates to curb rat-run danger to cyclists and pedestrians


An unelected and effectively unaccountable Georgian quango  that manages certain roads in and around Regents Park stands accused of failing in its duty to ensure public safety by prioritising rat-running motor traffic over park users through keeping park gates open at rush hour. 
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10. RIP the rim brake? 22 rim brake bikes you can still buy from Cannondale, Specialized, Giant, Trek, Canyon and more

Bianchi Specialissima - rear brake

Is the rim brake dead? From the list of bikes we’ve pulled together here that’s definitely not the case, but it is clear that disc brake bikes are becoming the main choice for a lot of brands and several retailers list more disc brake bikes for sale than rim brake bikes.
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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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