That sign needs a little update 😉
Le panneau doit être mise à jour 😉
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 29, 2021
We'll go one better, and share Cav editing this sign to correctly read 31 victories rather than just the 30 he'd won as of summer 2016. Will we see him make it to 34 to level the great Eddy Merckx, or even 35 to surpass him this TDF? We wouldn't put it past the greatest sprinter of all time.
— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@deceuninck_qst) June 29, 2021
Class is permanent. On this - a memorable evening for many of us who reside on or in between the British Isles - we'll leave you with a bunch of uplifting Cav-related tweets. Whatever your talent, hobby, profession etc... never give up!
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 29, 2021
When sporting greats fade, you question whether the standards have increased, whether that athlete would have won in the modern era, even at their peak.
Mark Cavendish has now beaten three generations of the best sprinters, on the biggest stage. No more questions needed.
— Daniel Lloyd (@daniellloyd1) June 29, 2021
— Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) June 29, 2021
Never in doubt eh, @GeraintThomas86 😜
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) June 29, 2021
"I don't know what to say, man!"🤯@MarkCavendish showed that class is permanent as he returned to winning at @LeTour following some impressive work by @deceuninck_qst 🎥
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 29, 2021
Just pure emotion.
— ITV Cycling (@itvcycling) June 29, 2021
Cavendish told ITV4 that he didn't believe he would ever come back to the Tour de France in an emotional interview, thanking his team for believing in him.
The greatest sporting comeback of all time? We can't think of anything better.
HE'S DONE IITTTTTTTTT!!!!!!
Mark Cavendish of Deceuninck Quick-Step has taken the win on stage 4 of the Tour de France!
After a half-hearted rider protest at the top of the day, the pace gradually ramped up and the expected sprint finish looked certain to materialise.
Brent van Moer held off the chasing pack for a surprising amount of time, going solo from the breakaway with just over 10km left to ride. It looked good for the 23 year-old Lotto Soudal rider who has form with this sort of move.
Moer took stage 1 of the Criterium du Daupine at the end of last month and while the sprint teams waited for a team to really take up the chase, Moer buried himself to hold the gap at over a minute until the final 6 kilometres.
But it was the Manx Missile that turned the clock back to take the sprint and it's what we love to see.
💚 @MarkCavendish takes 3rd place at the intermediate sprint and scores 15 points in the green jersey classification.
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 29, 2021
He might not have took the stage yet, but Cav has shown his intent by taking an intermediate sprint. Will the Manxman put the icing on the cake of his remarkable comeback this afternoon?
— Geraint Thomas (@geraintthomas) June 29, 2021
Probably more so at this time of year more than any other, the Twitter notifications of Geraint Thomas (not a professional cyclist) are flooded with things meant FAO Geraint Thomas (professional cyclist). As can be seen from this pinned tweet we expect that it peaked three years ago when Geraint Thomas (professional cyclist) won the Tour de France; but still Geraint Thomas (a university lecturer in visual effects, not a pro cyclist) is having to virtually bat them off left, right and centre...
— Geraint Thomas (@geraintthomas) June 28, 2021
Looking forward to the Olympics, other Geraint Thomas?
An FOI request has revealed that Surrey Council alone paid £400,00 in compensation for pothole-related incidents between April 2019 and March 2020, and one of those was a £100,000 payout for a single cyclist's claim. Surrey Live report that the council is yet to confirm if the pothole in question on Leith Hill Road in Dorking has been fixed.
Countrywide, councils in England paid out £8.3 million in compensation claims and legal fees in the same period. Manchester topped the charts, with claims totalling £1,165,279.
— Le Gruppetto (@LeGruppetto) June 29, 2021
Following a shock result for the Swiss national football team over their neighbours last night at the European champs, Stefan Kung of Groupama–FDJ (a French team, whose riders are overwhelmingly French) decided to rub it in at breakfast. Guess who's going to be on bottle-fetching duty for Groupama during today's stage...
At KM 0 of today’s stage of the Tour de France, riders paused in solidarity as part of their calls for UCI to set up discussions to adapt the 3 km rule during stage races. #SafetyFirst #StrongerTogether
— CPA Cycling (@cpacycling) June 29, 2021
While denying that a protest would take place an hour ago, the CPA has now tweeted "in solidarity" with the riders, who stopped at kilometre 0 as rumoured.
According to our news editor Simon MacMichael, the protest looked disjointed with a number of riders - including Julian Alaphilippe - appearing to be unhappy with what was going on.
To refresh those who aren't regular followers of pro cycling, the CPA, which has existed since 1999, is a not-for-profit organisation set up to defend the interests of professional cyclists. The mission statement on its website says: "The CPA works towards giving riders the opportunity to defend their interests, see their rights respected, and demand improved working conditions. Gathered in the strong and cohesive community of the CPA, the riders can make their voices heard in negotiations and in the dialogue with the other key players of world cycling, such as UCI, teams, and race organisers."
#TDF2021 - Stage 4 started. Riders on their way to Km 0.
There will be a minute stop and then first 10 Kms paced slowly as a sign of protest against yesterday route.#LFRLive
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) June 29, 2021
To protest against yesterday's route following a stage marred by horrendous crashes, it was reported that riders will pause for a minute at kilometre 0 (which should be coming up any second now at the time of writing) and will ride the first 10km slowly.
There were some suggestions that any protest would be cancelled, as teams failed to reach an agreement. Here is the CPA's statement on the matter (translated) released about an hour ago, that denies that any official protest will take place:
After the crashes during the third stage of the Tour de France, the riders discussed the measures to be taken to underline their dissatisfaction and the lack of attention on problems related to safety.
Although their frustration is great with foreseeable and preventable incidents, the riders wish to underline the respect they express towards their sponsors, their sports groups, the organisers and their international institutions. The spectators are very important to them, so that is why they will be practicing their profession as professional cyclists today.
The riders of the Tour de France ask, in return for the respect they express, the same for their physical integrity, which is why they are asking the UCI to set up discussions with all the parties and stakeholders to adapt the 3km rule during stage races.
With this noble proposal, the riders intend to show their understanding to all parties and to open up to a constructive dialogue rather than prompting actions that could create difficulties for cycling and the fans. However, the riders and the CPA will be determined to pursue the changes that are more than necessary.
As that stage was pretty hectic yesterday, we're still catching up from some weekend news on home soil... a big one being the setting of a new provisional Guinness World Record for riding LEJOG as a relay team, who completed the official route in a time of 38 hours 54 minutes - for reference, the Road Records Association record for an individual on a conventional bicycle is held by Michael Broadwith, who completed the route in 43 hours 25 minutes back in 2018.
The team of 12, which included Torq Fitness owner Matt Hart, had to pass a GPS-enabled baton during changeovers to satisfy Guinness rules. "By relay, Steve meant splitting the route into sections and each rider having 3-4 focussed efforts of roughly an hour, taking it in turns to do the distance whilst passing a GPS baton", as it's explained on the Torq Fitness website.
Starting at 5am on Saturday, the team finished at around 8pm on Sunday, smashing their 40 hour target and raising £640 for the Jigsaw charity at the time of writing.
Cancellera is rocking the new EDGE+ GAME ON shoes that are "vivid and ready to perform where the sports world is competing", according to Suplest. Two BOA dials sit atop of the Japanese microfiber upper, and the carbon sole has Suplest's 'Solestar' insole that allows "an efficient boost power to the pedal during the whole ride."
All that attention to detail and borrowing Fabian Cancellara for your promo means these shoes don't come cheap - they're priced at 379 euros on the Suplest website.
Unfortunately for Steven Kruijswijk this isn't the latest hip custom shoe design from VeloKicks, just a very bloodied leg.
Kruijswijk himself shared the pic via his Instagram account apologising for messing up Sepp Kuss's bike. Those two Euro last 16 matches were definitely eventful last night, but not this eventful!
The Slovenian is one of many battered riders taking to the start line today, but arguably he is more battered than most... at 1m 35 secs down in the general classification and 56 secs behind his main rival and countryman Pogacar, can Roglic do the unthinkable and get himself back into contention in this state?
The Times' Transport Editor, Nicholas Hellen reports that Chris Boardman is currently favourited to become England's first National Cycling and Walking Commissioner.
If accurate, the claim, which appeared in the print version of the Sunday Times, would see the former Olympic champion aim to take the successes and knowledge gained during his time as Greater Manchester's Cycling Commissioner and apply it on a national scale.
Hellen suggests that one of the main aims will be to entice a portion of school run parents out of their cars, with safe cycles lanes being key to this aim.
Back in February, Grant Shapps said that the government wants “half of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030,” however, Shapps lacked information regarding the funding that would be made available past 2025 to make this possible.
The move to appoint a Walking and Cycling Commissioner in a national role could be one step towards achieving this goal.
Yesterday's stage was another that was marred by big crashes with Roglic's mountain domestique Robert Gesink and GC hopeful Jack Haig failing to finish. Aussie sprinter Caleb Ewan is also out after a high-speed crash in the closing meters. Here's where things stand.
Ineos Grenadiers look to have come through the carnage with the best GC placing. Giro winner Richard Carapaz is in third, just 31" down on yellow. Wilco Kelderman is quietly sitting at 38" while last year's winner Tadej Pogacar is at 39". Geraint Thomas is at 1'07" while Primoz Roglic had a disastrous day, slipping to 1'35".
It's another sprint stage today and given their dominance yesterday, Alpecin-Fenix will be feeling confident about launching Belgian Tim Merlier to a second stage win.
.... 2/2 the peleton I spoke to the jury and said this was not correct under the extreme circumstances of a nasty crash and a mangled shoulder. I shouted at the jury and said some words i shouldn’t of. There ya have it, peace out ✌️ #chill
— Luke Rowe (@LukeRowe1990) June 28, 2021
Ineos Grenadiers rider Luke Rowe has been handed a 300CHF fine and docked 20 UCI points for "assault, intimidation, insults, threats, or improper conduct."
Rowe said in a tweet that once he had helped Thomas back to the peloton, he "spoke to the jury and said this was not correct under the extreme circumstances of a nasty crash and a mangled shoulder."
Rowe admitted that "I shouted at the jury and said some words I shouldn’t of."
Rowe has a very valid point and you can see why he was angry when Primoz Roglic crashed with 10km to go. The Jumbo Visma team car came past Roglic and his teammates and proceeded to sit in front of the group, towing them up to what was the second group on the road and limiting the time that Roglic lost in the general classification.
While Rowe was indeed wrong to speak in the way that he did, the lack of consistency in which the rules are applied must be incredibly frustrating.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.