recap: ten of our top stories this week

Some of our highlights from this week on two wheels...

1. Horse and rider struck by undertaking cyclist participating in triathlon

No words needed... this footage has shocked a lot of people this week and needs to be seen to be believed. See our article on how to pass horses safely on your bike if you want to do a better job than these pillocks.    
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2. Aubisque will (probably) be ready for Tour after road collapse

From our Friday live blog, the Aubisque is apparantly due to be the final climb of the race. The situation seemed pretty grim, but La République des Pyrénées reports that repair work will begin on Monday. The work will cost 700,000 euros, which sounds enough to keep it closer to four weeks than five. 
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3. Argon 18 team up with Mercedes-Benz for line of high-end bikes

The Canadian bike brand and Astana Pro Team sponsor Argon 18 has joined forces with German auto giants Mercedes-Benz for a run of high-end bikes, with the first to roll of the production line a handsome silver endurance machine complete with the famous Mercedes-Benz emblem.  
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4. Aqua Blue boss: "This lab rat thing is costing us results"; so was he talking about the bike or its gearing?

The owner of Team Aqua Blue Sport has seemingly blamed the SRAM 1x-equipped 3T Strada that the Irish outfit is using for mechanical issues that have affected riders recently. In this article Dave Arthur explores if that really is the case...
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5. Neil Campbell breaks European motor-paced cycling speed record 

The Essex-based architect Neil Campbell has set a new European motor-assisted cycling speed record of  217.7 kilometres an hour (135.5 miles an hour). He broke the existing record of 204 kilometres an hour (127 miles an hour) over a 200 metre timed section after being towed up to speed behind a Porsche 4x4 on the runway at Elvingrton airfield in North Yorkshire.
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6. Hinault urges riders to strike if Froome races the Tour

From our Thursday live blog, Hinault suggested that riders should strike if Froome is allowed to participate. In response, Team Sky said the comments were "irresponsible and ill-informed".  
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7. Froome coach attacks critics who ‘fuel anger or resentment’

Probably in response to Hinault, Chris Froome’s coach has hit out at ‘particular sections of the media,’ arguing that they are fuelling anger and resentment. With Team Sky bracing itself for a hostile reception from some fans during this year’s Tour de France, Tim Kerrison believes that responsible coverage is necessary to ensure the riders’ safety.
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8. The Red Bull Million Mile Commute on Strava is coming on 1st July 

It's back, and this time there's just a month for club members to log a million collective miles. Get involved! 
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9. Michael Broadwith’s record-breaking LEJOG ride is now on Strava

No need to pan out on the map to work out where exactly this ride took place. Michael Broadwith’s Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) record-breaking ride is now on Strava. Earlier this week, Broadwith set a new LEJOG record of 43 hours 25 minutes and 13 seconds – more than half an hour faster than the previous record. Gethin Butler’s record of 44 hours 4 minutes and 19 seconds had stood for 17 years before that.
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10. UCI approves disc brakes and moves to ban Tramadol from 2019

After almost three years of tests, the UCI has authorised disc brakes for road and BMX racing from July 1. The sport’s governing body also announced its intention to ban the use of Tramadol in competition from 2019.
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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 in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the 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. 

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