What has Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn got in common with Etixx-Quick Step’s Tom Boonen? Well, the leader of the opposition hasn’t won Paris-Roubaix (unless he’s used a very cunning disguise) and in Lodnon he’s more likely to be hitting potholes rather than pavé – but both have been captured riding their bikes on Google Street View.
Political blogger Guido Fawkes flagged up Corbyn’s image captured by the Google Street View car as he pedalled along Berriman Road in North London, just yards from his Islington home. The face is blurred, but it's unmistakeably him. Here’s another picture of him riding up the street after turning off the Seven Sisters Road.
The politician was snapped riding his trusty red Raleigh bicycle – you may remember the reaction from some elements of the press to news earlier this year that he wanted to treat himself to a new one costing £475.
Well-wishers pledged more than £6,000 to treat him to his “dream bike” but the Islington North MP asked for that money to be given to charity and said he would treat himself to the Raleigh Criterium bike for his birthday, which is next month.
Curiously, when Corbyn was doorstepped by reporters this morning who wanted to quiz him about David Cameron’s tax affairs, it was a blue sit-up-and-beg-style bike that he rode away on, as you can see from the video on this Huffington Post report.
Boonen cropped up on Google Street View a few years back, pictured in the Belgian national champions’ kit as he stopped at what was reported by the Dutch press to be Johan Van Summeren’s house while on a training ride with several riders from various teams.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.