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If Carlsberg did group rides: Mathieu van der Poel and Remco Evenepoel become training buddies; Coffees on Cav; These pesky cyclists think they're in the Tour de France; Patrick Lefevere criticises "life-threatening" race finishes + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is here to take you through the middle of the week on the live blog...before promptly running away for a few days of holiday (at least that means you'll get Ryan back on the blog tomorrow)...
10 August 2022, 15:42
Interesting hypothesis

The ever-brilliant 'Stupid shit people on Facebook say about cycling' page is back with another classic. 

10 August 2022, 14:41
Take my bike! London Edinburgh London rider donates frame and parts to the cause

Ever been so done in you've wanted to throw your bike into the nearest hedge and never see it again?


To be fair, this rider had just cycled from London to Edinburgh in a few days, and the bike went to good use...being stripped for parts to help other participants...notably one who needed a new stem by the looks of things... 

We've now got a funny image of a dishevelled audaxer walking into an Edinburgh bar with no possessions other than two wheels and all their kit. Tough day? You don't know the half of it, mate!

10 August 2022, 13:49
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig's feeling supersonic, give her gin and tonic...

Up there with Sam Bennett starring in Now TV DublinBikes ad and the Danish Road Safety Council's Viking comedy that was entertaining enough for us to forget it was an ad asking riders to wear a helmet...

10 August 2022, 13:37
London Edinburgh London update: Matt Page is back + makeshift marshal

A post shared by Matt Page (@mattpage24)

Matt Page made it to the finish in the early hours of this morning, to take some well-earned rest...

"The hardest cycling event I have ever done," he said. "Mentally and physically. The highs and lows were so extreme. From the huge surge of adrenaline re-taking the lead on a 20 per cent climb in the Pennines, to the endless flat roads around the Fens and getting ready to bin it near Carlisle."

> What do you need to ride London Edinburgh London? Matt Page's bike and equipment for 1,500km self-supported classic

Here he was passing through 80km to go last night...

Elsewhere on the route shout-out to the rider who stood guard at a broken cattlegrid until an official arrived...

10 August 2022, 12:04
A reader leads out Remco and Van der Poel reader Andy reported he'd spotted the WorldTour pair as he was "wheezing my way up Coll de Rates"... apparently they gave Andy a word of encouragement, so that's good to hear. In reply Nick Labrum suggested a quick rewording of his comment could put Andy in a far more impressive light: "Yes, they were on my wheel for a period of time whilst I lead them out up the Coll." 

To which, honest Andy concluded: "Yeah I could have done Nick, but I'd have been lying." A great story, either way...

Carlsberg took a kicking on Facebook too..."Hopefully they'd be a lot better than their (Carlsberg's) beer. Although I don't think I've ever been on a bike ride that's as bad as their beer," John commented.

Have you bumped into a pro while out on your bike? Hopefully not literally bumped into...but you know what I mean... 

Get your tales in the comments...

10 August 2022, 11:41
Lance ties the knot... in France

Interesting location, but we'll roll with it...

Don't all send your 'I don't care, why are you covering him' comments at once, it would be good to spread them out through the afternoon.

Anyway, I wonder who'll get the exclusive 'tell all' gossip interview first? Oprah?

10 August 2022, 11:21
Tour de Prank

As Simon has pointed out in the comments there's another cycling prank out there worth a mention on the live blog. Dating back to 2009, I was today years old when I got to see this for the first time...


10 August 2022, 09:34
Best cycling gear 2022 | Recommends episode 17

10 August 2022, 09:10
Coffees on Cav

Proper local newspaper story this one, all credit to Warwickshire World...

Cav and his Isle of Man teammates gave a new family-run cafe a boost when all 14 of them popped in for coffees on Friday.

"It seemed as if there were about a million bicycles parked up here and when they came in they asked if we were OK to serve so many of them," owner Charlotte Price said.

"Before long we realised Mark Cavendish was among them. They were more than happy to have some photos taken with us and were very friendly. One of them said he loved his hot chocolate and they all seemed to enjoy the break. We've only been open for eight months so for them to come and visit us as a independent family-run business was so nice.

"Every little helps and it really meant a lot to us."

10 August 2022, 09:09
Comment of the day
Live blog comment 10/8/2022


10 August 2022, 08:59
Patrick Lefevere criticises "life-threatening" race finishes

We've seen what Remco's up to, but what about his boss? Well, Patrick Lefevere's Nieuwsblad columns are always good for a soundbite (can something in print have a soundbite?)... although today's is a little less controversial than some from the past...

Burgos crash (GCN/Eurosport)

Criticising race organisers for what he called "life-threatening" dangerous sprint finishes, the outspoken Belgian said his team "currently have three riders in hospital, that says enough".

Burgos crash (GCN/Eurosport)

"That fall in Burgos, in particular, should never have happened. Such a speed bump five hundred meters from the finish, on a road on a descent, that is life-threatening. Those things are made to make cars run slower, but those riders fly over it in full final at seventy kilometers per hour," he wrote.

You'll have no complaints from us today, Patrick, no complaints at all...

10 August 2022, 08:46
These pesky cyclists think they're in the Tour de France
10 August 2022, 07:43
If Carlsberg did group rides: Mathieu van der Poel and Remco Evenepoel become training buddies

Picture the scene: you're lazily winding through the hills of Calpe, minding your own business, when that all-too-familiar buzz of riders approaching behind snaps you from your summer haze. But you aren't passed by any old plodders... no, the sharp calves, golden tan, pristine pro kits and monstrous watts which just dropped you, in fact, belong to not one but two of the peloton's most absurdly talented bike riders — Remco Evenepoel and Mathieu van der Poel.


If you're like me you'd probably sprint onto the wheel, try to stay there, blow up spectacularly (less than 30 seconds later), and then try to convince yourself they were 'going full gas', not effortlessly spinning their legs...


Perhaps this is the new plan to beat Wout van Aert: assemble an Avengers cycling cast of anyone and everyone capable of challenging him...

MvdP, just back to training (or at least just back to sharing rides on Strava), seemed to be taking things a tad easier than Vuelta-ready Remco, whose activity laps include three big 20-minute efforts, simulating those sustained climbs of Grand Tour racing.

So how's Remco looking? Oh, you know, fairly normal... just smashing three minutes off a KOM up a 6km climb at 10 per cent... nothing too crazy...just four minutes faster than FDJ pair David Gaudu and Thibaut Pinot did...

Remco Evenepoel Strava

Remco averaged 30km/h+ average speed during the pair's 3,150m of climbing through the hills of southern Spain, leaving Mathieu to title his ride 'Sauna day'...

Idea for a programme...'Blood, sweat and tyres'...two riders of the WorldTour chat in the sauna, sharing anecdotes, jokes and training advice, all while in the mild discomfort of the sauna...

I'll stop pretending to be Alan Partridge now...

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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