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Incident took place last week on Preston's Guild Wheel route...

Police in Lancashire are searching for a rider wearing Team Sky kit who allegedly assaulted another cyclist in Preston.

Lancashire Constabulary say that last Tuesday 3 June at around 6pm, there was a collision between two cyclists on Preston’s Guild Wheel route.

One of the riders, on what is described as a carbon fibre road bike that is dark grey in colour [which rules out a team issue Pinarello Dogma – Ed] then assaulted the other, police say.

The 20-year-old victim is said to have been sworn at then put in a headlock and punched twice in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

He got back to his feet, but as he tried to ride away, the other man – described as “white, around 20 years old, six feet tall, of stocky build and clean shaven with blond hair” and speaking with a local accent – pushed him to the ground, resulting in a broken collarbone.

Police say the alleged assailant was wearing a dark grey cycle helmet, a Team Sky jersey, and black shorts.

PC Nicola Jackson said: “This was a nasty assault which has caused the victim serious injury.

“If anybody has any information about this incident or thinks they recognise the description of the man involved then please contact us.”

It was not reported whether the Team Sky jersey in question is the current Rapha version, or its adidas predecessor.

Police can be contacted on 101 or anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Earlier this year, we reported how Peter Ward, the man who helped devise the Guild Wheel cycle route, had criticised “poser” cyclists who use it to try and set fastest times on Strava segments.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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samuri [60 posts] 2 years ago
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It can't be Brad, he's out of the country at the moment isn't he?

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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 2 years ago
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*comment about how all cyclists who wear Team Sky jerseys are violent thugs and should be locked up*

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Scoob_84 [381 posts] 2 years ago
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full kit w@nker

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chrisb87 [70 posts] 2 years ago
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Was the victim wearing full Tinkoff Saxo kit?

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Joselito [160 posts] 2 years ago
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'kin 'ell.
Some days you just can't help but think 'we're doomed'.

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mudshark [41 posts] 2 years ago
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Has a sport become too popular when the thugs start joining in?

This can be useful for tracking people - if both on Strava

http://labs.strava.com/flyby/

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Gashead [33 posts] 2 years ago
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Not very keen on the expression "fellow cyclist". That's the kind of talk used by those who deduce that because one cyclist ignores red lights all cyclists do so.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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aslongasicycle wrote:

*comment about how all cyclists who wear Team Sky jerseys are violent thugs and should be locked up*

I'm feeling generous today, so if you send me a bundle of Vulpine gear (Medium size. The clothes that is, not the bundle) I'll endeavour to cycle round in it doing good deeds for people to counter balance the negativity of this Adidas/Rapha wearer.

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willvousden [37 posts] 2 years ago
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It was not reported whether the Team Sky jersey in question is the current Rapha version, or its adidas predecessor.

Come on, victim, this really matters to us at road.cc – why weren't you paying attention?

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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therevokid [948 posts] 2 years ago
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Bernard ... What bloke  1

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goggy [153 posts] 2 years ago
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"It was not reported whether the Team Sky jersey in question is the current Rapha version, or its adidas predecessor."

And of course without that vitally-important information there's not much that can be done to investigate further.  39

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 2 years ago
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A cyclist in the UK wearing Sky kit, wow, that narrows it down a bit  26

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oozaveared [937 posts] 2 years ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

full kit w@nker

yeah maybe it's my age but I'm with Rule #17 on this.

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.
Wearing Pro team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it. If you must fly the colors of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.

Though I have to say I'd end at the first full stop.

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Rule #17 // Pro Team kit is for members of the team.

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Did the rider have a inhaler too? got to complete the look....

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Imagine if the seriousness of open aggression against riders by motorists was taken as seriously as this seems to be....oh wait.

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Slobike [1 post] 2 years ago
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Angry young man, channel your energy into just riding your bike if you must but don't allow that energy to become negative aggression or you'll regret it.
I hope you are thinking about your actions now and how bad for cycling they were.

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madonepro [36 posts] 2 years ago
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oozaveared wrote:
Scoob_84 wrote:

full kit w@nker

yeah maybe it's my age but I'm with Rule #17 on this.

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.

Rule #17 // Pro Team kit is for members of the team.

You pay for it, you wear it, it supports the team, so if you wanna follow the rules, fuck off back to golf, they have shitloads.

Rule of Cycling: STFU and ride your bike...

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Jacob [40 posts] 2 years ago
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In every sport you find thugs and wankers. The description isn't much to go on really (grey carbon bike and Sky kit) but surely the guy that was assaulted can help come up with an e-fit that can be circulated.

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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Some nobbers drive cars, some nobbers ride bikes...

many nobbers do both.

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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Rupert [189 posts] 2 years ago
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I doubt he will be caught, too many people wear the sky team kit these days for him to ever be discovered.

Although it does now give us all the right to go up to anybody wearing team Sky Kit and say " Where were you on the evening of the 3rd June around 6pm ?" "Do have proof ? "

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gazpacho [98 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder if the fight went something like this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDFQQseeslg

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Bobbinogs [191 posts] 2 years ago
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madonepro wrote:
oozaveared wrote:
Scoob_84 wrote:

full kit w@nker

yeah maybe it's my age but I'm with Rule #17 on this.

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.

Rule #17 // Pro Team kit is for members of the team.

You pay for it, you wear it, it supports the team, so if you wanna follow the rules, fuck off back to golf, they have shitloads.

Rule of Cycling: STFU and ride your bike...

Spot on.

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KiwiMike [1206 posts] 2 years ago
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Ahem:

"Police say the alleged assailant was wearing a dark grey cycle helmet, a Team Sky jersey, and black shorts"

That wouldn't be full kit then. Rather, a Sky jersey And Other Stuff.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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mudshark wrote:

Has a sport become too popular when the thugs start joining in?

This can be useful for tracking people - if both on Strava

http://labs.strava.com/flyby/

I wonder what title he gave that ride on Strava.

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festival [106 posts] 2 years ago
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There's a lot more idiots riding bikes these days.

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festival [106 posts] 2 years ago
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madonepro wrote:
oozaveared wrote:
Scoob_84 wrote:

full kit w@nker

yeah maybe it's my age but I'm with Rule #17 on this.

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.

Rule #17 // Pro Team kit is for members of the team.

You pay for it, you wear it, it supports the team, so if you wanna follow the rules, fuck off back to golf, they have shitloads.

Rule of Cycling: STFU and ride your bike...

You sound like another angry type we can do without in our sport!

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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festival wrote:
madonepro wrote:
oozaveared wrote:
Scoob_84 wrote:

full kit w@nker

yeah maybe it's my age but I'm with Rule #17 on this.

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.

Rule #17 // Pro Team kit is for members of the team.

You pay for it, you wear it, it supports the team, so if you wanna follow the rules, fuck off back to golf, they have shitloads.

Rule of Cycling: STFU and ride your bike...

You sound like another angry type we can do without in our sport!

This is how arguments start. Be an adult, make a comment and stop watching this forum.

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Northernbike [229 posts] 2 years ago
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it's interesting that the brand of clothing the alleged attacker was wearing is referred to in the headline; I've never seen 'bank robbbed by man in marks and spencer jumper' or 'old lady mugged by youth in nike trainers' for instance

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