11 things we've learned this week

Premature celebrations, road rage a-plenty and a high-speed bear chase: we round up the week on two wheels...

Always make sure: Celebrating too early is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a pro cyclist - but that's exactly what happened to Bahrain-Merida rider Luka Pibernik on Stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia. The Slovenian rider jumped off the front of the peloton and celebrated as he crossed the line, only to find out there was a lap to go - in which he was convincingly reeled in by the other riders, one of which included eventual winner teammate Fernando Gaviria of Quick Step Floors. He should have learned from the mistake of Spanish rider Eloy Teruel, who made the same gaffe at the Tour of California in 2014.  
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The Giro is playing out for a grandstand finish

The favourites of Thomas, Quintana and Nibali are all comfortably nestled in the top 20 of the GC with just seconds separating them. We could have to wait until the weekend mountain stages until we see some gaps starting to appear.
Check out our stage-by-stage race guide here. 

But really, the Giro riders have other priorities…

It emerged that riders in the Bora-Hansgrohe team nearly caused "a riot" according to Sam Bennett, as he and his teammates squabbled over the Giro 100 limited edition Panini stickers...
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Road rage assaults are fiercely condemned by the majority, including judges

There’s a lot of work to be done as is evidence from the case of Damien Doughty, who was seriously injured when he was rammed off his bike in London last year - but the outcry from the cycling community and the wider community alike, plus the judges' three year prison sentence for perpetrator Justine Henshaw-Bryan, is hopefully a step in the right direction. 
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…But even Le Tour winners aren’t safe from attacks

Froome's social media post of his broken bike after being knocked off by a driver on a training ride in the French Alps quickly went viral, again leading to universal condemnation of the driver who hit the three-time Tour de France champion. 
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The re-launced Campagnolo Centaur groupset splits opinion

'Excellent news', 'seriously good brakes',... 'ugly', 'pricey'? The news that Campagnolo are re-launching their Centaur groupset was met with a mixed reaction on our comments thread.
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Drones can be lethal

Footage emerged this week of a race in California in which a rider unbelievably got a piece of metal from a drone stuck in his spokes. 
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...And so can brown bears

This footage shot in Slovakia shows a bear chasing the rider downhill. Fortunately he emerged unscathed, most probably with a pb for that particular descent…
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May the Fourth was definitely with Andrew Collins

 
A Canberra cyclist who is also a Star Wars fan marked last Thursday's May the Fourth in style - by sketching the outline of the Millennium Falcon on Strava.
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British Police forces are continuing to encourage cycle safety initiatives

Another positive step for increased cycle safety on British roads, as West Yorkshire Police are the latest force in the country to adopt the widely praised close pass initiative introduced last year by West Midlands Police. 
Find out more here. 

 

Retrospective action goes both ways

Spain’s Supreme Court has ordered the country’s government to pay Roberto Heras €725,000 (£612,000) in compensation for lost earnings resulting from his positive test for EPO, subsequently ruled invalid, during the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.
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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.