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Karma for driver covering plates to cut through LTN; Pidcock beats Van Aert for first Ineos win; Bike lane birth; Nibali fractures wrist; Cycling filmmaker's last ride; Photo finish; Italian Job Giro announcement; Good policing + more on the live blog

It's Wednesday and Dan Alexander is in the hot seat to take you through the middle of the week on the live blog...
14 April 2021, 15:50
"Maybe Wout pulled a little too hard": Tom Pidcock finish line reaction to first pro win

That was special. Chapeau Tom. Despite the esteemed company he was up against in Wout van Aert and former European road race champion Matteo Trentin, Pidcock said he was confident in his sprint even if the chasing group got a little too close for comfort.

"I always start such sprints with confidence," he told Wielerflits at the finish line. "Wout took over very hard on the way and I had to drive an insane power to keep up with him. But maybe he pushed it a little too hard. In the run-up to the sprint, I got a bit nervous because of the riders following behind. I waited and waited, and got a bit trapped when Wout turned on, but in the end I had the space and I could pass him. I already had a good feeling for the race, because I had trained well recently. I'm glad it went so well."

14 April 2021, 15:23
Tom Pidcock beats Wout van Aert for first pro win

Tom Pidcock beat Wout van Aert and Matteo Trentin in a three-up sprint to win Brabantse Pijl for his first pro win for Ineos Grenadiers. The trio broke away on the final lap of the hilly circuit and held off the chasing group. In the kick to the line Pidcock timed his effort perfectly to come around the fading Van Aert.

It's the result the Yorkshireman's promising start to life at Ineos deserved after an impressive spring, coming third at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, fifth at Strade Bianche and 15th at Milan San-Remo.

Not a bad day for British racing then...Cav gets three in a row and Pidcock's off the mark... 

14 April 2021, 10:02
Karma for driver covering plates to cut through LTN

This driver thought he was being clever covering his number plates to cut through an LTN...Little did he know, that cyclist he overtook had a camera and pulled up just in time to deliver a swift dose of karma..."Got your face too, well done"...

Highbury Cyclist said he'll be reporting this driver and even did some digging to find the vehicle is untaxed too...

 Back in February we covered some similar antics, caught on camera by the Warwick Road Action Group, when a van driver decided to get out in the snow and spend a couple of minutes covering his number plates...In that time he could have probably just driven the proper way around...

14 April 2021, 14:34
Good policing

After yesterday's apology from Northumbria Police after their cyclists should avoid busy areas tweet, we thought we would share some good work being done by police forces too...

14 April 2021, 14:19
UCI relaxes water bottle lobbing punishments

We will have more to follow on this shortly but the UCI has slightly softened its stance on punishing riders for chucking water bottles. Fines and docking of UCI points will be the go to sanction for first offences at one-day races before disqualification the second time. At stage races the second infringement will be a one-minute time penalty and the third a disqualification. Riders are going to have to pick which kid gets their bottle very carefully...Sorry mate, I've already given one bottle away today. 

14 April 2021, 13:40
Good news and bad news for Trek-Segafredo...

Close finish in the Brabantse Pijl women's race. Pick a winner if you can. Ruth Winder on the far side got the nod in the photo finish.

Some good news for Trek-Segafredo, but also some bad news...Vincenzo Nibali went to hospital this morning after a crash near Lugano in Switzerland. X-rays found he suffered a compound fracture to his wrist and will undergo osteosynthesis surgery tomorrow. No word from the team or Nibali yet about if he will be able to compete at the Giro d'Italia which starts three weeks on Saturday.

14 April 2021, 13:25
Evans Cycles offer discounted insurance policies through new partner cycleGuard
Evans Cycles workshop - via Evans Cycles

Evans Cycles has partnered with cycleGuard to offer customers 15 per cent discounts on insurance plans that cover theft, vandalism, accidental damage and up to £2,500 of clothing and accessories. Business director at Evans, Mark Brown, says it should be part of their duty as the "UK's leading cycling retailer" to "provide customers with products and services that will help them to enjoy the ride".

"We are incredibly excited to be working with cycleGuard as it not only allows us to offer protection to the increasing number of cyclists on the road, but also peace of mind that their bike is covered, should the unfortunate happen," he said.

14 April 2021, 11:48
The Slate Line

There is more than enough adrenaline here for your Wednesday lunch break...

14 April 2021, 10:54
Why cyclists don't use the bike lane: there's a woman giving birth in it...
bike lane

An unusual story from Brisbane for you this lunchtime...A mother gave birth to her baby in a bike lane while on their way to the hospital. The father, Stephen Mohan, helped deliver his son with the help of a doctor and student midwife who happened to be passing. The couple were two minutes away from Mater Hospital in the south of the city when the birth started...Mr Mohan pulled over, into the bike lane, where the baby was born.

"Within five minutes in the car I was just pushing — it was peak-hour traffic — the baby's head came out while we were still driving," the mother said. "I just kind of surrendered to the fact that the baby was coming in the car."

A witness who was riding her bike to work when she passed the car, realised what was happening and called for an ambulance. "It all happened so quickly," the cyclist told ABC Radio. "It was amazing — everyone just jumped straight into action."

14 April 2021, 09:05
Team DSM Giro announcement is a 10/10

Kudos to DSM for this quality team announcement... 

14 April 2021, 08:45
Criticism for strange tweet praising pro team director guilty of harassment

Doltcini-Van Eyck director Marc Bracke is currently awaiting the UCI Disciplinary Commission's ruling on his sanctions for being found guilty of violating the UCI Code of Ethics after complaints of harassment from two female riders. Marion Sicot and Sara Youmans both filed complaints after Bracke requested photos of them in "panties and bra" and "bikini."

Flanders Classics, the organiser for many of the major Belgian cobbled races, also requested Bracke didn't attend their races earlier this month. This post was put out by his team's Twitter account, leading to criticism from fans, with one asking "are you drunk?"

14 April 2021, 07:51
Cycling filmmaker makes final journey on bicycle-drawn hearse

Cycling advocate and filmmaker Paddy Cahill sadly passed at the age of 44 after a long illness. His dying wish was to be carried by his brother Conor on a bicycle-drawn hearse for one final ride through the streets of Dublin. The Irish Times reports that dozens of cyclists joined the cortège on the way. 

Paddy made cycling documentaries with Dutch blogger and fellow cycling advocate Philip de Roos on, including an interview with former mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen. The pair were well-known among Dublin cycle commuters as Paddy was often seen filming from his bike's specially built front carrier which allowed him to film other cyclists while Philip pedalled behind.

In a 2013 interview, he explained his love for cycling. "There is something about cycling that promotes a gentle pace to the conversation. The city becomes another character which in turn affects the conversation," he told The Irish Times.

"There are loads of good reasons to cycle for society and the individual but I don’t cycle for health or environmental reasons. I cycle because it’s the quickest, most convenient way to get around and it makes you happy."

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 a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels. 

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