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"Cyclists again, they've even left their bumper behind"; Ineos Grenadiers' Dani Martínez flies past traffic at 90km/h in Colombia; NINE summit finishes, Angliru + Tourmalet — brutal Vuelta route announced; Sweaty turbo + more on the live blog

Another day, another live blog... Dan Alexander is with you for this one
11 January 2023, 09:50
"Cyclists again, they've even left their bumper behind"

If you've been reading the live blog for a while you'll be well aware of our regular 'but cyclists' feature. Normally accompanied by a video or photo like today's...

Or Friday's...

It's not meant to be a point-scoring us vs them exercise by the way, just a reminder for the next time your mate down the pub, anonymous stranger on the internet or Daily Mail columnist tries to suggest that cyclists are a major danger on the roads.

That's why we say 'but cyclists' as this is usually the phrase you'll hear followed by something about red light jumping or some other supposed danger to other road users.

The facts are, as per the Department for Transport's Reported road casualties Great Britain for 2021, cyclists are far less of a danger to pedestrians than many other road users...

Pedestrian casualty figures 2016-2021 (Department for Transport)

But cyclists run red lights...

11 January 2023, 16:37
Is a smartphone better than a cycling computer? Find out if a mobile really is all you need on the bike
11 January 2023, 16:09
Holistic wellness brand Lifeplus joins as co-title sponsor of former Le Col-Wahoo
Lifeplus Wahoo

The UK-based "hollistic wellness" brand Lifeplus is the new co-title sponsor of the women's team formerly known as Le Col-Wahoo and has signed up for two years. 

Malcolm Vincent, European managing director at Lifeplus, said he is excited to form partnerships with people that "share the same core values" as his brand.

"Not only is cycling a true personal passion of mine, but the team's purpose of inspiring millions more women to cycle and live healthier lives embodies female empowerment and wellbeing all in one," he said.

"All of us here at Lifeplus are looking forward to everything this new partnership brings in 2023 and beyond. Just like our colleagues and network, the cycling team represents international coverage and together we aim to stimulate those markets across Europe with our shared vision, through physical appearances at races and training camps, Lifeplus events and collaborative content creation. Joining forces to make a bigger impact."

Le Col Wahoo (press release)

Le Col stepped back from title sponsorship at the end of last year, but pledged to continue to support the team. The move left the team short of €400,000 in sponsorship and the team's future somewhat uncertain, a concern which may now have been addressed.

11 January 2023, 15:43

> Starting next week: Recommends awards 2022/23 

11 January 2023, 13:11
Injuries to Dublin cyclists caused by tram tracks a "significant public health issue"
Sheffield tram tracks (via StreetView).jpg

A new medical study has deemed the scale of injuries to Dublin cyclists caused by the Luas line tram tracks to be a "significant public health issue". reports the review, published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science, into emergency department admissions over a two-year period found that 48 patients had suffered injuries after their bicycle got trapped in the city's on-road tracks.

The Luas tracks near College green were described as a "black spot" and accounted for 46 per cent of all incidents. Of the injuries reported, 60 per cent were a limb fracture, 14 per cent of which required othopaedic surgery.

Injuries to the shoulder (possibly collarbone related), hand and elbow were the most common and more than half of incidents happened during morning and evening commuting hours.

One of the authors, Olivia Smith, concluded the study "demonstrates that cycling in and around tram track lines or crossing tram track lines in Dublin city has inherent dangers".

 A blog from Cycle Law Scotland this week also highlighted the continued dangers reported in Edinburgh, noting four successfully settled cases against The City of Edinburgh Council.

"All four cases involved cyclists who fell from their bicycles and sustained injury as a result of their wheel(s) becoming either stuck or slipping on the tram tracks at different locations within Edinburgh City Centre," the blog explained.

"A takeaway from the recently settled cases is that settlement is being agreed without the need for the case to be heard at Proof in Court. However, whilst offers are being made and settlements are being reached, liability is still being denied. Each case continues to be looked at on an individual basis once the case is raised in Court."

In September we reported the figures that 422 cyclists had fallen on the Scottish capital's tram lines since 2012 as a local cycling group claimed that safety improvements have come "slowly and too late".

During the same time more than £1.2 million had been paid out in compensation by the city's council in relation to the injuries.

11 January 2023, 12:52
Skills to pay the bills (or at least to save you from unclipping)
11 January 2023, 11:48
11 January 2023, 10:54
Ineos Grenadiers' Dani Martínez flies past traffic at 90km/h in Colombia

Bloody hell, he's not hanging about...

90km/h on the following motorbike's speedometer in this clip uploaded to Dani Martínez's Instagram. 

Doesn't look like he's got his unreleased Kask Elemento helmet on, which tech editor Mat spotted in some of the team's pre-season shots...

2023 Ineos Grenadiers Kask Elemento - 2

Writing in Tech of the Week, Mat explained: "There's no Elemento model in the current Kask range. Judging by the shape, we'd say it'll slot in between the Protone Icon – designed to combine ventilation and aerodynamics – and the Utopia – which is more purely aero-focused.

2023 Ineos Grenadiers Kask Elemento - 1 (2)

"We're short on details, though. Guess we'll just have to wait for the official launch for more."

11 January 2023, 11:20
Your reaction to the Vuelta route

We're looking forward to more of this in 2023... 


Rendel Harris: "Should make for a great race. Maybe I'm getting old (no maybe about it) and conservative (small c!) but I still feel that the classic climbs for each Grand Tour ought to be kept for those tours, I don't really want to see the Vuelta on the Tourmalet any more than the Giro on the Alpe or the Tour on the Stelvio, just feels as though it removes a bit of the special aura they have, as if we played the Ashes or held the Olympics every single year...won't stop me being glued to it come September, obviously!"

thisismyusername: "2023 is not a year for the sprinters!"

Patrick9-32: "I have long been of the opinion that mountain stages without summit finishes don't make for good racing. There is no point in the pure climbers attacking on the climbs as the bigger guys catch back up on the descent and there is no way for the big descenders to drop the pure climbers on the way up so its rare you get a real banger of a stage. It happens, but its rare. Summit finishes almost always have huge drama."

ShutTheFrontDawes: "I'm pretty disappointed in the increasing trend of grand tours having more hilly stages (both in number and severity)."

thisismyusername: "Completely agree — I was thinking about this the other day, sprinters are being taken out of the picture more — I don't want to see a cycling world where sprinters are more or less non-existent due to lack of opportunity, as it will exclude some great riders. 

"There seems to be more of a place at the moment for the Mads Pedersens of the world, where they are good enough to get through the climbs to have a shot at sprinting for a win, but not quite good enough to win on a pure sprint or climbing stage."

11 January 2023, 10:41
The slightly gross sign of a good turbo session

Just don't let this happen...

Handlebar nightmare (Credit: Stevil Kinevil/Twitter)

> "This needs an exorcist, not a mechanic": You'll never train indoors without a towel again

11 January 2023, 09:35
It's just a shame this monster berg didn't make the cut...
Miserat (Google Maps)

Alas, life's not fair and you can't have it all. No sign of the Miserat which I got very excited about last month...

> "Brutal" new 20% monster climb rumoured for next year's Vuelta a España

Oh, and if the Tourmalet's not enough for you, Pyrenees Cycling pointed out you can go even higher. Perhaps bring a gravel bike though...

11 January 2023, 08:58
NINE summit finishes, Angliru, Tourmalet & world champs style 4,000m of climbing finale — brutal Vuelta route announced

The big reveal of this year's Vuelta a España route has become one big game of count the summit finishes... nine summit finishes, Jeremy, NINE... that's insane...


Among the nine is the infamous, notorious, *insert menacing adjective here* Angliru and a day trip over the border to France to scale the Tourmalet. Oh, and on the final 'proper' stage before the sprint in Madrid the organisers have decided to do away with the usual mountain pain and replace it with this...

208km and 4,000m of climbing... more like a world championships parcours than the deciding day of a Grand Tour, but in our book a very clever and novel way to create time gaps and attacking racing. 

On the time trial front, just a 14.6km team time trial in Barcelona on the opening day and a 25km individual effort on stage 10. 

Here are a couple of our favourite stages...

Two TTs, nine summit finishes, one non-summit finish mountain stage, five hilly days and just four out-and-out 'flat' stages for the fast men. 

What do you think? 

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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