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Richmond Park close pass shocker a day after new code of conduct; Shopkeepers remove parked bike...with an axe; No Lycra in sight; Anti-cycling councillor; Pro speaks up for road safety; Ewan wins after big crash; MP ditches car + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is in the hot seat for your Wednesday live blog
12 May 2021, 07:51
*Pinned post* "More cyclists scaring drivers": Richmond Park close pass shocker a day after new code of conduct announced

This video sums up much of the frustration at the new code of conduct for cyclists drawn up by Richmond Park Cyclists with input from Royal Parks Police, The Royal Parks and the Friends of Richmond Park. Dangerous driving remains a serious problem for riders using the park as demonstrated by this close pass, this video of a series of near misses and the shocking February crash which left a cyclist in hospital.

On Twitter, Elisabeth Anderson questioned how the new guidance to try and ride single file would have helped here. rdekanter, who is the cyclist in the clip, explained that the 30cm reference is the gap to the gutter as the driver brushed the vehicle against their right arm. They also went back to check their speed and found they were travelling at 19mph, keeping up with traffic.

Richmond Police invited the cyclist to report the clip as a road traffic incident...

12 May 2021, 15:37
Mikel Landa abandons Giro d'Italia after crash with race marshal

Mikel Landa was taken away in an ambulance after a crash in the final kilometres of stage five of the Giro. Landa and yesterday's stage winner Joe Dombrowski crashed after making contact with one of the marshals guarding a pedestrian crossing on the run in to the finish in Cattolica.

The Basque rider's teammates crossed the line without their leader shortly after, before Italian TV pictures showed him being taken away in an ambulance. Ineos Grenadiers climber Pavel Sivakov also crashed during the finale, but was able to continue.

The crash comes the day after Landa impressed on the first mountain stage of the race, forcing a gap with Egan Bernal and Hugh Carthy. The 31-year-old's team has said they will update us with more information as they get it.

After the chaos Caleb Ewan won the sprint ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani.

12 May 2021, 16:00
Reaction to Mikel Landa crashing out of the Giro d'Italia

After the finish, Lotto-Soudal rider Stefano Oldani told Rai he felt the finish was unsafe, with too many narrow roads, dangerous turns and traffic islands. The Italian said he narrowly avoided the crash involving Mikel Landa. On a second look, it seems it was Joe Dombrowski who swerved into the Bahrain Victorious rider, taking him out. The American ended up losing eight minutes, while Ineos Grenadiers' Pavel Sivakov, who fell in an earlier incident, came home 13 minutes behind stage winner Caleb Ewan.

Bahrain Victorious sports director has been quoted saying he does not know if it is Landa's wrist or shoulder that is injured but thankfully it sounds as though there are no serious head or spinal injuries.

12 May 2021, 14:58
London MP ditches car

Labour MP for Putney, Fleur Anderson, has ditched her car in favour of more cycling and public transport. 

12 May 2021, 14:03
Will Norman reappointed London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner by Sadiq Khan
12 May 2021, 13:41
Anti-cycling councillor elected in Southport

Mike Prendergast was elected as a councillor up in Southport with 42 per cent of the vote in his ward. One of our readers David pointed us in the direction of some of his campaigning ahead of the election where he went as far to say he is "very disturbed" by plans for new cycle lanes in Birkdale...

Prendergast went on to say there was no demand from the local community for cycle lanes and that rather than making the roads safer, they would "introduce a new level of danger for both pedestrians and car users."

"I took the opportunity to view the last Full Sefton Council Meeting and I was very disturbed by the fact that the Labour Leadership have refused to rule out the introduction of cycle lanes in Birkdale village," he wrote on Southport Conservatives' website.

"There is no doubt that such a move would be very detrimental to the traders to whom we should be seeking to give the maximum degree of support in these difficult times [...] would exacerbate significantly what is already a significant problem with car parking.

"The possibility of cycle lanes in these areas is already causing distress to those who live off these roads and they in turn will simply be turned into what might be described as a car park for Smedley Hydro. There is no demand from local people for cycle lanes on these roads."

12 May 2021, 12:46
Nice easy day in the saddle for the Giro peloton

80w? These pros have it easy, don't they? Lovely day for it over in Italy...two riders up the road and a gentle few hours before another big sprint in Cattolica. We will check back in when something happens... 

12 May 2021, 12:31
Team DSM pro rider Chad Haga speaks up for road safety

It is surprisingly rare that we hear pro riders talking about wider cycle safety. Rider safety in pro races has been a hot topic in recent times with several high-profile incidents drawing criticism of race barriers and organisation from the peloton. However, Team DSM pro Chad Haga is one rider keen to speak out about wider cycle safety, praising Spain's roll out of 30km/h speed limits in urban streets.

Haga wrote on Twitter: "This is in a country that already gives pedestrians priority. No joke, I have to remember to change my riding and walking habits when I return to the USA because the Car is King!"

Spome have suggested the new changes in Spain are not quite as positive as they first appear. Spanish general director of traffic Pere Navarro today said that with the new speed limits it is now right to "talk about rights and also obligations" of cyclists to abide by road rules... 

12 May 2021, 11:06
Shopkeepers remove bike parked cutting it in half with an axe
London shopkeeper

These pictures from a video posted in the London Cycling Facebook group show two men cutting through a locked bike's frame to dump it on the other side of the street. One of the men uses an axe to cut through the frame, while another appears to deliver groceries to the shop. The third man then shiftily wheels the bike away.

Cola Nuke, who filmed the incident, said: "Careful where you leave your bike. This guy had left his outside the shop on Lea Bridge Road overnight, because he couldn’t carry all the groceries he’d bought inside. He’d locked it to the post. They thanked him by cutting it in half with an axe, and dumping it across the street."

London shopkeeper


12 May 2021, 10:29
Vincenzo Nibali suffers to limit losses and stay in contention

Vincenzo Nibali admitted he had to dig deep to stay in contention at the Giro d'Italia yesterday. The two-time race winner finished in a group with last year's runner-up Jai Hindley and Emanuel Buchmann, 34 seconds behind Egan Bernal, Hugh Carthy and Aleksandr Vlasov.

"It was a hard day; I don't hide that I suffered," Nibali said. "I had to defend myself and looking at how it went, I'm fairly satisfied. I think today could have ended worse for me. It was the first hard stage of the Giro, but the gap was limited."

Elsewhere, Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett shipped time, losing 1:29 to the Bernal group. The Kiwi's sports director Addy Engels believes his rider was "overcome" and "broken" by the cold.

"It was not a good day. It didn't go as we hoped and expected," he explained. "The circumstances were difficult because of the bad weather. George was overcome by the cold in the end and that broke him up. Some people digest it better than others, but that is no excuse. We know from George that he cannot take it well."

12 May 2021, 10:10
New ride-tracking app Forrest launching later this month

Forrest is a new running and cycling app coming to iPhone and Apple Watch later this month. Bad luck fellow android users, Forrest has been designed exclusively for iPhone. It is a ride-tracking app that adds the element of competition seen in other GPS devices through Strava live segments. The key point being it adds a competitive element to your run or ride by giving you a virtual opponent or time to beat, such as your previous personal best or recent race results.

The app is designed to give you audio prompts if your phone is in your jersey pocket, which may not be ideal for people who avoid using headphones while riding. 

12 May 2021, 10:06
"Cycling in London is changing and diversifying and it’s enabled by high quality active travel infrastructure": Bicycle Mayor of Coventry Adam Tranter takes a spin on a busy CS6
12 May 2021, 09:16
Snow-covered Mont Ventoux delays resurfacing works

Stage 11 of the Tour de France is due to take in the double ascent of Mont Ventoux on July 7...that looks a very long way away at the moment. The snow-covered mountain is being resurfaced ahead of the biggest bike race in the world's visit...or rather, the mountain is not being resurfaced because of the snow. 

The works were due to be completed by the end of the month before the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge on June 8. Let's hope we see some movement soon...

12 May 2021, 08:44
Giro d'Italia continues as planned after second round of testing finds zero COVID positives
COVID-19 test kit (public domain)

Rapid antigen tests completed before stage four of the Giro d'Italia found that all 650 people in the race bubble, including all riders and staff of the 23 teams, tested negative for COVID. This means the race continues as planned ahead of the next round of testing due on Saturday and Sunday. Gazzetta dello Sport reports the race organisation plans to reach 2,600 tests by the time the riders reach Milan in two and a half weeks' time.

Last year's event was overshadowed by positive tests. Simon Yates' then Mitchelton-Scott team, Jumbo-Visma, Michael Matthews and Fernando Gaviria pulled out of the race following a series of positives.

Dan joined as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 exploring the south of England.

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