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Live blog: Ex-Sky and British Cycling medic Dr Richard Freeman allegedly ordered testosterone for athlete's use, Campagnolo EPS Super Record 12-spd IS a thing – Insta gallery, Govt 'action' on air pollution, Astana 'rap', Robbed bike shop crowdfunder+more

All today's news from the site and beyond as we start a new week...
14 January 2019, 18:17

It has been alleged that Dr Richard Freeman, who formerly worked for Team Sky and British Cycling and was at the centre of the 'Jiffy Bag' investigation, ordered testosterone patches “to administer to an athlete to improve their athletic performance.”

The allegation is contained in pre-hearing information published today by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Dr Freeman is due to face a tribunal in Manchester on 6 February and could potentially be suspended from practising or even struck off if any of a number of allegations against him are upheld.

While most of the allegations will be familiar to anyone who has followed the story over the past couple of years, the one that Testogel patches were ordered for an athlete’s use is new – and one that could potentially see UK Anti-doping re-open its investigation, closed last year, into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky.

British Cycling’s former head of medicine, Dr Steve Peters, has claimed that the patches were delivered to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in error, although it has been alleged that they were ordered specifically from an Oldham-based supplier.

14 January 2019, 15:11
Astana Pro Team guilty of 'dope' violation

The Astana Pro Team have just dropped a dope rap, are the kids still calling it that? It's quite special...

Although they're not the first to try, as Pro CXer Kevin Pauwels showed us back in 2015, neither of them come anywhere near the great John Barnes when it comes to the sport/rap crossover though, in our opinion.

Before you watch either it's worth bearing in mind they contain things you can never unsee or unhear again. Just saying.

14 January 2019, 15:48
“Why cycle on the road when there’s a perfectly good cycle lane?”
14 January 2019, 15:04
14 January 2019, 14:50
Sustrans "disappointed" over government's lack of action on air pollution

The CEO of the cycling and walking charity Xavier Brice has commented on the government's Clean Air Strategy, saying the government have failed to tackle issues caused by emissions from motor vehicles: "Whilst it is important that the Government has a strategy for tackling all forms of air pollution, we are disappointed by the Government’s failure to tackle solutions to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. The Strategy is overly reliant on reactive measures and technological solutions to address poor quality air, leaving other, currently ineffective, pre-existing plans to tackle roadside emissions.

It is clear we need fewer, not just cleaner, vehicles on our roads to truly tackle poor air quality, and while the Strategy acknowledges this it does not provide any new funding or measures aimed at achieving a meaningful shift towards walking and cycling.

We call again on the UK Government to take meaningful action on road transport emissions by investing more into high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure which allows families to cycle and walk to school and amenities with confidence so that it is the most obvious choice for shorter journeys.”


14 January 2019, 12:35
Police criticised for calling out red light jumping cyclists day after Manchester hit-and-run tragedy

Referencing the death of an 11-year-old boy in Manchester yesterday, one Twitter user replied: "So a child is killed on the lawless roads of Manchester, the day after you think tweeting about a few cyclists being given tickets makes our roads a safer place? Not many people killed on the roads by pushbikes, plenty killed by cars though #priorities"

Although some mentioned that the law still needs to be upheld regardless of other events...

What do you think? 

14 January 2019, 13:39
Campagnolo 12 Speed Super Record EPS - detailed shots on Movistar bikes

We've heard rumours, seen some of the parts from a distance and now this Instagram post from Movistar confirms that Campag's new Super Record 12 speed electronic groupset is now adornding their 2019 bikes. On Canyon's Ultimate with a matching power crank, we reckon it's looking pretty fine. 

14 January 2019, 13:47
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Crowdfunder for Bad Ass Bikes of Burrington after burglary

The bike shop Bad Ass Bikes, located right on Burrington Combe hill in Somerset, is trying to recover from a burglary in which bikes and most of their tools were stolen. A crowdfunder has been set up to help the popular bike shop which reads: "Bad Ass Bikes suffered a break in the early hours, taking not only the bikes but his tooling too. Being a workshop first, the stealing of tools will have a devastating effect on this shop. Knowing how hard he and his family work, knowing that anyone can always pop in for a coffee and a chat, they are so so much more than the shop that they work in. Like with many great community shops, any issues you have they are always there. 
"I feel it’s time we all gave something back and help get BAD ASS BIKES back open and keeping our bikes turning like new again. We all know the payment will repaid through the shops humour, great coffee and an honest opinion cycling or non-cycling related."

If you want to donate, the link is here

14 January 2019, 11:53
Peak Copenhagen

The bike rules in the Danish capital!

14 January 2019, 11:48
Fair point?
14 January 2019, 11:40
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Strava down... what did you do instead?

Thoughts and prayers to all those affected as Strava was failing to upload activities yesterday (full story here). With thousands of rides technically having not happened, we just skipped straight to the cake instead...



14 January 2019, 10:39
#ICYMI BoTY 2018/19 Sportive and Endurance bikes

On Saturday we counted down out top 10 mile munching bikes of the last year… you might have missed it if you were out mile munching yourself. So here it is again just in case. Sportive and Endurance Bike of the Year 2018/19


14 January 2019, 09:25
Video: Late crash at Down Under Classic leaves way clear for Ewan to win

The Santos Tour Down Under, the opening race of the 2019 UCI WorldTour season, doesn’t start until tomorrow, but some of the biggest names in the peloton fought it out for the win at the Down Under Classic criterium in Adelaide on Saturday which acts as an annual curtain raiser to the event.

A late crash took out a number of riders including Italian champion Elia Viviani of Deceuninck-Quick-Step, with Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal avoiding the crash and taking the win from Bora-Hansgrohe’s Peter Sagan.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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