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11 things we've learned this week

Dumoulin's a champ, a change of colours for Team Sky and dreaming of a team of Cavs.....

1. Tom Dumoulin has nerves of steel, and proved why he's a winner

Despite falling behind going into the final day of the Giro, Dumoulin managed to hold his nerve and blitz the time trial through Milan and seize the pink jersey from Nairo Quintana. It was expected the dutchman would succeed, being the far superior time trialler, but it was particularly impressive he kept the composure with so much at stake. 

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2. Edinburgh council are doing too little, too late

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It's unfortunate that it took the tragic death of a 24-year-old woman for the government in Scotland to take notice of the danger posed by tram tracks in Edinburgh. Scotland's transport minister Humza Yousaf will meet with campaigners, after Edinburgh city council have been accused of repeatedly ignoring warnings about the danger the tracks pose to cyclists. 

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3. White is the new black for Team Sky

Chris Froome, Team Sky


Chris Froome and co will rock a new white jersey at the 2017 Tour de France, courtesy of new kit supplier Castelli.

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4. Froome has a surprising opinion regarding his main TDF rivals

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The three-time Tour champ doesn't see Nairo Qunitana as his main threat, claiming the Movistar rider may have taken on too much having just finished runner-up at the Giro d'Italia: "My biggest threats come from guys who did not do the Giro – Richie Porte, Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet."

Read more here. 


5. When Corbyn's in Glasgow, cyclists re-route

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...well at least one of them anyway. A Glasgow cyclist (who happened to have a helmet cam) pulled up beside the Labour leader when he spotted his car in town, and wished him well in his campaign to become the next Prime Minister. 

Read more here. 


5. Cycle safety is starting to be taken seriously, according to its best known campaigner 

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Chris Boardman says that the 2017 manifestos of the main political parties shows that at least some of them are making positive steps to implement cycle safety initiatives. 

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6. Only in America...

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A US pro cyclist is due to attend a pre-trial hearing after allegedly firing shots from a handgun on a training ride. Are we surprised? Slightly. Are we surprised where it happened? Not so much...

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7. All we need is just a little patience


There wasn't much love in our comments section for an impatient London cyclist who berated another for deciding not to pass a tipper truck on the inside...

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8. They're getting younger every year...

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9-year-old Alfie Earl became the youngest known person to ride from London to Paris this week. He's also scaled the Col du Tourmalet, Passo dello Stelvio and Mont Ventoux. The indefatigable schoolboy has now set his sights on the Col du Galibier in July "for good measure".

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9. Everyone wants to be Mark Cavendish 


Well these eight namesakes of the Manx Missile do, anyway. Cav has been coaching the riders, all who either share his name by chance or who have actually changed it by deed poll, for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

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10. And he's definitely not just packed it all for coaching...

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A few hours after the Cavendish x 8 video surfaced, the man himself announced a return to racing after recovering from a bout of illness. Cav will ride at the British Road Championships on the 25th July. 

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11. Close pass cycle initiatives are taking off

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In another boon for cycle safety advocates, Avon and Somerset Police are now implementing a close-pass initiative, stopping drivers who pass too close to cyclists and offering roadside education instead of prosecution.

Read more here



Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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peted76 | 7 years ago
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Ah I will not settle until I've awarded you with my knowledge...


"nerves of steal"

Steel is a metal with high tensile strength.

Steal is where I take your lunch.


... you're very welcome. 

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