Excited to start a new role as Transport Commissioner in Greater Manchester. A genuine honour to be trusted with the task.
If we are going to drive less, then we must provide an easy, reliable & affordable alternative. And that’s what we are going to do! 🐝🚶♀️🚲🚋🚂🚶♀️🐝 https://t.co/0FAlTCZVo9
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) May 21, 2021
Having served as Greater Manchester's Walking and Cycling Commissioner to the mayor since 2017, Boardman has now been promoted to take care of all transport in the area.
Full story to come at the weekend. If you missed Drink At Your Desk Live with Orla Chennaoui over on our YouTube channel be sure to catch up here... happy Friday!
#lesRP 🇮🇹 - 1ÈRE VICTOIRE SUR UN GRAND TOUR POUR GIACOMO NIZZOLO 🇮🇹 ! Lui qui avait entamé ce #Giro avec l'objectif de remporter une étape se voit recomposer de ses efforts, il devance le surprenant Edoardo Affini 🇮🇹 et le maillot cyclamen Peter Sagan 🇸🇰. pic.twitter.com/MRz2OtnOLw
— Paul Moutarde (@PaulMoutarde) May 21, 2021
Having finished second on 11 stages at the Giro, Giacomo Nizzolo finally got a win at his home Grand Tour. Edoardo Affini almost gatecrashed the sprinters' party, rolling off the front in the final 500m to snatch second. However, it was Nizzolo's day. The Qhubeka Assos sprinter kicked from a long way out, rounding Fernando Gaviria and Affini to spark jubilant scenes amongst the Italian fans in Verona. Peter Sagan, leading the points classification, finished strong to take third.
Monte Zoncolan tomorrow...not the usual hellish ascent the riders are used to but a tough way up the climb nonetheless. Will Egan Bernal still be wearing the maglia rosa come Monday?
Work on the new CYCLOPS junction linking the Stretford Road and Chorlton Road in Manchester will begin on Monday 24 May. The road will be closed for up to 10 days during the work and the planning photo above shows what a nearby stretch of the Bee Network cycle route will look like when complete.
Unveiled in 2018 by Chris Boardman, the Bee Network is a plan to create the UK's largest joined-up network for walkers and cyclists and will be made up of more than 1,800 miles of routes with 400 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes.
The project has so far seen £18 per head per year spent on infrastructure in Greater Manchester, more than any other city-region in the UK. It is hoped that over the next 10 years a total of £1.5billion will be put into the project creating 1,800 miles of routes and 2,400 new crossings.
The Boss: “Damn we’re out of coffee!” 🤔
Segafredo: “Say no more” 😉
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) May 21, 2021
Trek and Segafredo have committed to another two years as co-title sponsors of the team Lizzie Deignan, Vincenzo Nibali and former world champion Mads Pedersen ride for. Since 2016 the bicycle manufacturer and Italian coffee company have worked together as co-title sponsors, picking up the founding sponsorship of the women's team in 2019.
During this time the team has won many of the biggest races on the calendar including Il Lombardia, Strade Bianche, women's Liège–Bastogne–Liège and La Course. Trek's president, John Burke, said he is looking forward to a continuation of their successful partnership. "It's been a great partnership between two great brands," he said.
"We're really happy to see that it will continue. Professional cycling is an incredible sport that requires long-term vision and that's exactly why having committed partners from outside the sport like Segafredo is so important for its growth. Between the success of the men's team, and the launch, and incredible success of our amazing women's team, we've accomplished a lot and I’m very excited to see what is still to come."
With Mental Health Awareness week having just passed it seems like a good time to share this video from cyclist and mental health advocate Nick Frendo. Nick opens up about his experiences and has set up a website to further spread the message of opening up through the sport we all love.
Check it out, it's well worth five minutes of your time...
We're in the home straight now, the weekend is just around the corner...join us for the latest Drink at Your Desk Live! tonight at 6.30pm with Eurosport's Orla Chennaoui. Fresh off presenting stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia, Orla will be talking to us about all things cycling and we've also got a competition to win a pair of Sidi Sixty shoes worth £350...
— Vuelta a Andalucía (@VCANDALUCIA) May 21, 2021
Easy to forget with the Giro dominating our TV screens that there is another race going on this week. The start of today's stage at the Vuelta a Andalucia was delayed by the riders in protest at the lack of attention they feel their safety requests have been given. The CPA riders' association explained on behalf of the riders that their concerns about route choice, gravel descents and potholes on yesterday's stage compromised their safety.
A CPA statement read:
This symbolic protest is intended to attract the attention of the organisers and the UCI to this important issue. The safety of the athletes must be the priority in the organisation of all races, both large and small and they will no longer tolerate serious shortcomings such as those which were encountered yesterday.
The riders protest against the choice of routes, gravel descents and large potholes, which in yesterday's stage put their safety and well-being in serious danger.
This difficult situation is to be added to the long and tiring transfers to which the athletes have been subjected during this race. They understand the organiser's difficulties due to the post-pandemic period but they ask for more attention and respect to be given to this situation, as this is also a requirement by the regulations.
One of our readers, Matt, got in touch with these pictures of a police van parked blocking a cycle lane opposite the Metropolitan Police Traffic Wardens Centre...brilliant. Matt first noticed the van parked on King's Cross Road as he walked past on Tuesday at around 16:30...it was still there when he returned 24 hours later on Wednesday evening...
The final photo, above this story, was taken on Thursday morning, 39 hours after he first spotted it. Apart from the obvious point that a cycle lane is no place to park your van, Matt's photos show the 'Red Route' sign that the driver had perfectly parked right next to...'No stopping Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm'...
Just as well there were no traffic wardens nearby...
The HSBC UK National Road Championships will take place in Lincoln. Scheduled for a rearranged slot in the calendar from 14-17 October 2021 the event will begin with time trials on the Thursday before circuit races on the Friday and road races on Sunday. All the national champions will be crowned during the same week for the first time in the event's history and the free slot on Saturday will give punters the opportunity to ride a sportive and the Newells Michaelgate Hill Dash.
No word yet on the route, but event organiser Dan Ellmore did hint that the famous cobbled Michaelgate climb will be used. The event has been put together by British Cycling with the help of the organisers of the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix which was postponed this year due to covid restrictions. Lincoln last hosted the National Championships in 2015 when Lizzie Deignan and Pete Kennaugh won the jerseys.
"Winning my third national road title in Lincoln in 2015 was a really special moment and I’ll never forget the noise and the atmosphere of that day," Deignan said. "It’s a race that all riders want to win and after the past year I’m sure that will be truer than ever this October.
"The growth in the number and quality of female British riders since the last time the race was in Lincoln in 2015 has been absolutely incredible to see and I know that competition for the national champions’ jerseys will be fiercer than ever this time around."
🇮🇹: @giroditalia Stage 13
🚩 Ravenna - 🏁 Verona , 198km
⏰: 12:25 - 17:15 (CEST)
⚠️: A pan flat one that should see the sprinters fight for for victory.
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamEmiratesUAE) May 21, 2021
Not much to worry about today...tomorrow the Giro heads back up the famous Monte Zoncolan and due to covid restrictions the number of spectators able to go up in the cable car has been limited to 1,000. The €10 tickets sold out in 12 minutes...
Fortunately for the brave fans wanting to ride up, you do not need a ticket to walk or cycle...just a willingness to suffer.
Genuine question. The road I'm approaching — New Quebec Street — looks like it became an LTN today, which is great. It's on my commute home. Can I still go down it on my bike? pic.twitter.com/dlN84wCb99
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 20, 2021
Can he? Can't he? A new pedestrianised zone, LTN sounds better, has popped up on our favourite pedalling presenter's commute home. Vine took to Twitter to try and work out if he could still ride down Quebec Street...after all, the sign says pedestrianised zone, but only shows motor vehicles as being banned...
Surrey Police's Roads Policing Unit were quick to say cyclists are still allowed..."Yes. The restrictions apply to motor vehicles only. Unless stipulated otherwise, which the sign did not, so happy cycling."
That first sign is outdated as the regs now require it to have "and CYCLE" added. The two types of zone are below. The left bans all vehicles, bicycles must dismount. The right bans motor vehicles, bicycles are allowed. A part time restriction may be in place though (second pic). pic.twitter.com/IOSy5VAFeY
— Nathan_A_RF (@Nathan_A_RF) May 20, 2021
Hold up, we will scrap safe speed limit is because people driving can’t stick to it…
Fuck me, are we this backwards? https://t.co/LYiiN74hQ4
— Thomas O. Cornwallis (@UrbanistTOC) May 20, 2021
The reaction has been flooding in to yesterday's news that a town in Fife is up for binning a 20mph speed limit because drivers ignore it. Disbelief and frustration would probably sum up the mood...
The limit was originally 30mph and reduced to 20mph in 2016 when a new housing development was built...OnYerBike thinks the council has made a problem for itself in the way the plans have been communicated:
"I really think the council officers have shot themselves in the foot by saying they are changing it BECAUSE no one obeys it. If they'd simply said they'd reviewed the speed limits and decided 30mph would be more appropriate for that stretch of road, I don't think anyone would have batted an eyelid," they commented.
Plenty of commenters, including visionset, put the logic to the test in other scenarios..."apparently psychopaths are not influenced by the illegality of murder. Therefore I propose that we legalise murder for all diagnosed psychopaths."
Jenova20 wrote: "So why not put a speed camera on said road to enforce the speed limit? Will these councillors be raising the speed limit to 40 soon because cars are now travelling over 30?This whole thing is nonsensical."
AidanR said: "My gut feel is that many motorists drive at what they consider to be an 'acceptable' margin above the speed limit. Raising the limit from 20mph to 30mph will therefore increase the average speed along that road. I'd be interested to know if that's how it works out."
— Cyclegranny 🚴♀️ (@anneramsey740) May 20, 2021
If a 20mph speed limit isn't working then the road design is wrong. Simply changing some signs and expecting good driver compliance without something to back it up - either the infrastructure or enforcement - is never going to work. That doesn't mean give up, however. https://t.co/6cIraOVbhi
— BicycleBenUK 🚲🚶♂️🛴🇪🇺 (@BicycleBenUK) May 20, 2021
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.