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GB News presenter Alastair Stewart schooled over two abreast preaching; Lotto-Soudal pro Jasper De Buyst hit by driver; Tom Pidcock marks UK return at mega Dales sportive; Germans smash team pursuit world record; Marginal gains + more on the live blog

It's Monday and Dan Alexander is here for a spin around the live blog velodrome...
02 August 2021, 15:31
Your Monday dose of doggo

It's Monday, you deserve it, here's Simon Geschke's adorable welcome home from Tokyo. If anybody needed cheering up, it's probably the Cofidis rider. Geschke tested positive for Covid before the road race so couldn't take part and instead spent his Olympic experience quarantined in a hotel room... 

02 August 2021, 15:14
Tom Pidcock marks return with 120 miles in the Yorkshire Dales
Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo Strava activity

With an Olympic gold medal in the bank, you might expect young Tom Pidcock to be taking his foot off the gas for a minute. But with his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España, two weeks away, the 22-year-old is kicking on. That meant marking his return to the UK with a mega spin in the Dales at his very own sportive - the Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo.

Pidcock wasn't hanging around either, no leisurely social spinning here. GB's mountain bike hero pushed on at an average speed of just over 29km/h for the full 120 miles. And, being Yorkshire, there was 2,800m of climbing to be done too. Anyone here ride the Pidcock Gran Fondo? Chapeau if you did, it looks a killer...

02 August 2021, 14:30
In at the deep end

19-year-old George found himself with a tough gig over in France yesterday... 

02 August 2021, 14:13
Thread: Ever wondered how the peloton could look like in a parallel universe? AG2R-Nutella and Ineos PS5s

It says a lot that almost every single one of these concept designs are an improvement on the current kits...I'd list my favourites, but I think they all are. If you put a gun to my head, I'd go for top three: AG2R Nutella because well, it's Nutella. Qhubeka Applessos and U(AE)ber Eats...Who wouldn't want to see Tadej Pogacar zooming around town on his yellow Colnago for a cheap food delivery ad? Enjoy.

02 August 2021, 14:05
Ribble expanding with new Nottingham showroom

Just like Brompton this morning, Ribble is expanding. The brand has opened its new showroom in Nottingham to add to its flagship store in Clitheroe, and there are more to come...The next will be opened in Bristol in September and others are expected to follow over the next 18 months.

02 August 2021, 13:13
Lotto-Soudal pro Jasper De Buyst hit by a driver while training in Andorra

Lotto-Soudal's Belgian leadout man, Jasper De Buyst, has suffered broken ribs after being hit by a driver while training in Andorra. De Buyst was descending Coll de la Rabassa when a driver, overtaking two riders ascending the climb, struck him. The 27-year-old is now appealing for help tracking down the cyclists to help with the insurance report.

He wrote on Twitter: "To be clear the car driver didn't leave me there and did help me but it was important to find the two cyclists for the police and insurance report."

Some social media sleuthing is underway, with helpful fans analysing Strava leaderboards for the climb, looking for two riders with similar ascent times and checking ride 'Flybys'.

De Buyst is a key part of Caleb Ewan's Lotto-Soudal leadout train, but was forced to abandon the Tour de France on stage nine to Tignes. It appears likely he will now also miss the Vuelta a España because of his injuries.

02 August 2021, 11:15
The Alastair Stewart blocked club continues to grow

London Cycling Campaign is the latest victim of Alastair Stewart's bountiful block button...

I wonder if Surrey Roads Policing Unit are next up?

It's not the first time the traffic cops have been on fine form. Back in June the account admin slid into the DMs of one angry driver to explain why cyclists might ride in the middle of the road... 

While in 2017, the admin delivered a cool dose of reality, blasting one Twitter user as "too childish to drive" after one foul-mouthed rant...

02 August 2021, 11:04
Danish fighting talk: Rasmus Pedersen says British era of dominance is over

Chris Boardman isn't convinced...Danish world champ Rasmus Pedersen had some pre-competition fighting talk for the Brits today, saying the all-conquering track team had been "caught". Talking to France 24, Pedersen said: "They had a big leap for a while with their equipment but everyone has caught up with that now.

"That makes the physical side more prominent and I think GB has lacked a bit of that in their training, maybe they've slipped a bit because they've always been the best. But they still have a strong team. If you look back to Rio, the World Championships before was won by Australia and when it came to the Olympics, GB smashed everyone."

02 August 2021, 10:23
Brompton opens new flagship store in Covent Garden
Brompton store Covent Garden (press release)

Folding bike specialist Brompton has opened a new expanded flagship store in London's Covent Garden. The UK's largest bicycle manufacturer says it is looking forward to welcoming customers to its new hub, set over two floors, with the full range of bikes, luggage, clothing, accessories, as well as a dedicated Brompton workshop for servicing and repairs. To man the site, Brompton is hiring 17 members of staff and will soon offer workshop bike maintenance sessions too.

Brompton store Covent Garden (press release)

 

02 August 2021, 10:08
Marginal gains

This is the level of detail Team GB's men's team pursuit squad is up against...The Danes may have now stripped GB of the marginal gains crown. Just take a look at this sock length extending plaster providing the world record holders with a touch of extra aero...

02 August 2021, 09:43
Track cycling fever + which pro team could name the best team pursuit line up?

G's tweet has got me thinking. Which pro team would have the best team pursuit squad? Ineos Grenadiers' problem might be narrowing it down to four from: Filippo Ganna, Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas, Owain Doull and Ethan Hayter. Team BikeExchange's Aussies would give it a decent go too: Michael Hepburn, Callum Scotson and Alexander Edmondson all have an Olympic silver from Rio. Chuck Luke Durbridge's engine into the mix and I think we've got a decent pro team pursuit final...

02 August 2021, 09:31
Team GB qualify fourth fastest and are through to the men's team pursuit semi-finals

Alexander Porter and the rest of the Aussies bravely got back on the boards for a second attempt, but having already pushed five tough laps first time around, it was always going to be a tough ask. It means GB go through to tomorrow's semi-final and take on the fastest team from the qualifying round - world and Olympic record holders, Denmark. No pressure.

New Zealand qualify third fastest and face the unenviable prospect of challenging Filippo Ganna's imperious Italians. The semi-finals are tomorrow, with the winners going ahead to Wednesday's final. How many new world records will we have by then? I say two...

02 August 2021, 09:08
Team pursuit round-up: GB women qualify second fastest as Denmark's men set Olympic record

In the women's team pursuit, Team GB will face the USA after qualifying with second fastest time. The star-studded team of Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Josie Knight clocked the second fastest time in history. It sets up a clash with Stars and Stripes sensation Chloe Dygert tomorrow. Unfortunately for the Brits, the Germans went 1.7 seconds faster than the world record Archibald, Kenny and Barker set in Rio and are now strong favourites to win gold.

On the men's side of things, Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ethan Vernon and Ollie Wood went fast enough for a national record, but will have to wait to see if they are still racing for a medal. The Australian team will be allowed another run after Alexander Porter crashed heavily when his stem snapped. If the Aussies go faster than GB, the Brits will be demoted down to fifth place and out of the medal hunt. Italy, powered by Filippo Ganna's engine, set an Olympic record, before world record holders Denmark broke another record, clocking a new benchmark time of 3:45.895.

02 August 2021, 08:39
Olympic track cycling starts with a bang: German women smash team pursuit world record

 The real Olympic cycling is underway...The Germans left their mark on the boards this morning with a stunning world record in the women's team pursuit. What a start!

02 August 2021, 07:19
GB News presenter Alastair Stewart schooled over two abreast preaching

Alastair Stewart's blocked list was the place to be this weekend. The GB News presenter wasn't too pleased by the reaction to his enquiry about cyclists riding two abreast...possibly because most of it centred on his 2003 conviction for drink driving.

Labour councillor Jo Rigby was one of the many to be purged from Stewart's page. Wait until the presenter hears about Friday's news of the updated Highway Code changes giving cyclists priority at junctions when riding straight ahead...

Here's some more of the reaction...

Dan joined road.cc 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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