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"Please train your drivers better" cyclist tells DPD after tailgating courier traps bike under van (+ DPD promises "further action"); Ineos plot audacious Remco transfer; RideLondon entries open; Marginal games; Ned's PM patter + more on the live blog

Those summer days feel an age ago now... Dan Alexander will be live blogging for you this Wednesday...and trying to find his gloves, thermals and thickest socks presumably somewhere at the back of the wardrobe
28 September 2022, 16:23
28 September 2022, 16:12
Marginal games Pt.2
28 September 2022, 15:59
51-year-old Davide Rebellin set to call it a day

Meanwhile, spring chickens Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali have both confirmed they will bow out at Il Lombardia next Saturday. 

28 September 2022, 15:33
Blind people in Sheffield say shared-use routes have "created problems"
Shared use path sign 3x2

Visually impaired people in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have told the BBC that shared-use paths have "created problems" for them, as they often rely on "kerbs and tactile surfaces to show they are approaching a road", making navigating the city "hard work".

One such shared-use path, on Pinstone Street, in particular has caused issues: "If you're going to the bus stop on Charter Row, you have to cross a cycle lane and if you're getting off the bus, you're not stepping onto a safe pavement you're stepping directly into a cycle lane," Robert McCann, who is partially sighted, said.

"It should never be that hard to walk around your own city. It should be normal, natural and relaxed."

Martin Wing, who is aided by a guide dog, added: "Penistone Road allows cycling on the pavement [has a shared-use path]. There's no tactile [aid] to show you've moved across from the pavement to the cycle lane, or if there is tactile it's not one that a guide dog would recognise."

28 September 2022, 14:00
If you can't beat them... pay them extraordinary amounts of money to join you — Ineos Grenadiers reportedly interested in signing Remco

BIG transfer rumours circulating today suggest Ineos Grenadiers and Jim Ratcliffe are exploring the possibility of an audacious bid to sign newly-crowned world champion Remco Evenepoel.

Remco Evenepoel wins 2022 World Championships in Wollongong (@cauldphoto/Specialized)

 VeloNews is reporting Ratcliffe is "desperate" to bring a potential Tour de France winner to the team, with Remco the number one candidate. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team boss Patrick Lefevere reportedly told the cycling news website that Dave Brailsford sent him a text after the Vuelta win saying to "give me a call" if "you want to sell him".

"Brailsford texted me, and he doesn't text that much," Lefevere said. "He said, 'Congratulations, what a champ, and if one day you want to sell him give me a call.' That was it. No more, no less.

"You can’t tell if someone is joking on WhatsApp. There was no smiley, no emoji. Just a few words. Other colleagues just congratulated me, but if Dave wants Remco then he probably needs a lot of money."

I think Ratcliffe's $10.1billion net worth (yep, there's an obvious joke about what that is in GBP) can handle it...

Any transfer would require a fee as Remco is under contract with the Belgian team until 2026, and Ineos would have to go through the world champ's dad, Patrick, who represents him.

"We've had contact for years with them [Ineos] but there's not been a meeting," Patrick Evenepoel said. "There was no meeting but we had a phone call with them. We've had contacts with them and I know Mr. Brailsford and Mr. Ellingworth. We have known each other for years. It's normal that they call me to say congratulations with the Vuelta and after Liège.

To the question of whether there had been talks about a potential Ineos switch Patrick laughed..."That discussion was already there three years ago."

"I don't know. Remco has a contract for five years with Quick-Step. I don't know. It's not for me to talk. We want to celebrate the Vuelta and the world championships, and what's happening in the future, we will see what's coming."

28 September 2022, 13:52
"Beware of cyclists from the right" regular Rendel's got déjà vu...

28 September 2022, 12:48
8 tips to get started with gravel riding

28 September 2022, 11:08
"We will identify the driver in question, carry out a full debrief and take all further action to ensure that there is no repeat": DPD statement

We got in touch with DPD and this is the statement we got back...

At DPD we take the conduct of our people very seriously indeed, including their interaction with all other road users.  We would like to extend our apologies again to the cyclist and reassure readers that we are investigating this incident to find out exactly what did occur.  We will identify the driver in question, carry out a full debrief and take all further action to ensure that there is no repeat of the behaviour described here. 

28 September 2022, 10:40
Giro d'Italia 2023 Grande Partenza — Abruzzo hosts race start with opening day TT

The road racing season may be coming to a familiar autumnal end but the Giro d'Italia has kept the flame alive by announcing a trio of stages for next year's edition...

An 18km ITT with a punchy finish, reminiscent of recent Giro TTs in Budapest and Bologna, is the next Grand Tour stage we'll watch...only 220 days to go...

 Then it's time for the fast men...

The race returns to the Abruzzo region on stage seven for the first mountain summit finish and a return to Gran Sasso where Simon Yates won in 2018...

28 September 2022, 10:13
Cyclists call for proper infra to keep kids safe just hours before teen injured in hit-and-run

Kidical Mass, an organised ride highlighting the need for proper active travel infrastructure to enable children to cycle safely, returned to Portsmouth on Sunday...

 A group of 40 set off from Victoria Park at 11am with many kids on the road too, in trailers or on their own bikes, as part of the wider Kidical Mass weekend which saw more than 200 cities in 15 countries host similar rides. 

One Portsmouth participant, Agata Blazevic told The News: "Our city desperately needs better cycling infrastructure, a network of safe, segregated, connected and direct cycle paths that a five-year-old and a 99-year-old could cycle on."

Sadly, as if to prove the point, just hours later between 6.15pm and 6.30pm, a 13-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a driver who also failed to stop at the scene. The boy suffered "minor injuries" to his head and face.

28 September 2022, 09:43
Operation Desert Recon: Populating Komoot trail view on the Badlands 2022 route

28 September 2022, 08:55
Marginal games
28 September 2022, 08:50
RideLondon entries open
RideLondon logo 2022

Entries for the 2023 RideLondon-Essex 100 on Sunday 28 May are open. The first 10,000 places are available on a first come, first served basis via the RideLondon website. Once they're gone a ballot, which closes at 17:00 on Friday 28 October 2022, will decide the remaining entries. 

28 September 2022, 07:55
"Please train your drivers better" cyclist tells DPD after tailgating delivery driver traps bike under van

'Your parcel is out for delivery, if you are not in call to rearrange delivery or update your settings to leave it with a neighbour... PS, your parcel may arrive with an unwanted bicycle as our driver tailgates cyclists.' 

Another rider promptly chipped in...

Don't fear though, DPD is on the case...with the universal social media PR message of nothingness...

Some replies quickly suggested the police might want to hear about the incident, while others wondered if DPD, Dynamic Parcel Distribution, if you care, really stands for something more apt...

We've contacted DPD who have asked for a report from the local depot so we'll update our coverage with any updates later in the day... 

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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