It's the story that keeps on digging a hole... and just when it appeared the worst might have blown over for Belgian Quick-Step rider Iljo Keisse, who earlier this week was accused of rubbing his genitals on a waitress during a photo opportunity, his father has now waded in apparently suggesting that the woman in question might have been partly to blame. From an article on the Dutch website indeleiderstrui.nl, these are the words we've got from Google Translate, which admittedly may have made Keisse SNR's words sound harsher than originally intended: "That woman is also very suggestive with her ass behind. Who says that Iljo should not file a complaint against her? It should not have happened, but he apologised and will have to bear the consequences. Now we are waiting until the storm blows."
You could say these latest comments are ill-advised at best when Keisse himself had already apologised for his actions. Quick-Step's sponsor Deceuninck have already publicly stated that they whole heartedly condemn Keisse' actions too, according to indeleiderstrui.nl.
Why am I not allowed to care about this campaign that aims to close the gender gap? The interviews I did yesterday were alongside 2 females who ride bikes and they gave their perspectives. As well as myself, LauraKenny, ShanazeReade, Jo Rowsell have been backing the campaign too. https://t.co/RfPete7mwM
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) January 30, 2019
Hoy appeared pretty furious at the criticism, with many other backing him up in the comments below. Hoy appeared on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday morning talking about the campaign, which aims to get a million more women on bikes by 2020.
As a press officer I was refused entry to the Wanty-Gobert bus from 2014 until AGR in 2015. Rule: no women allowed in bus.
They literally left me standing in a Ghent square after Omloop.
So yes, Belgian Cycling can be bit old-fashioned when it comes to women & cycling #Lefevere
— José Been (@TourDeJose) January 30, 2019
According to José Been she wasn't allowed on the Wanty-Gobert bus four years ago, which may not come as a surprise to some.
The man who hit and killed Carol Boardman has been sentenced to 30 weeks in prison. (Full story here.)
Speaking before he was sentenced, Chris Boardman gave his thoughts on such crimes, telling the Press Association that, “the devastation behind carelessness is just unbelievable.”
He said: "We don't treat crime committed in cars as serious crime, so somebody can be careless and crush somebody else to death and it's classed as careless."
Boardman insisted he does not want to see “big custodial sentences” for people convicted of driving offences.
“I would like to see more driving bans,” he said. “Driving is a privilege, so I don’t want those people who commit crime – and that’s what this is – become a burden on society. I’d just like them not to be able to do that to anybody else ever again.”
The motorist who killed Carol Boardman, the mother of Chris Boardman, has been jailed for 30 weeks and disqualified from driving for 18 and a half months. 33-year-old Liam Rosney pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving in December and was sentenced at Mold Crown Court this morning. A full story and more coverage on the live blog to follow.
Just a casual stroll for this croc, spotted around the Cairns area. Following our story about two cyclists in New South Wales getting a mouthful of abuse for (perfectly legally) riding on a road instead of a shared use path, maybe this is another reason to stick to the main highway!
A Memorial Service for former professional racing cyclist and cycling commentator, Paul Sherwen will take place on Wednesday 6 February at 2.30pm. All welcome. #PaulSherwen #cyclist #cycling pic.twitter.com/1N0JV4Pz6p
— Manchester Cathedral (@ManCathedral) January 30, 2019
A memorial for the legendary cycling commentator will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Wednesday 6th Febrary at 2.30pm, with all welcome to attend.
One of our highlights from the Corebike show this week, where we got to see some of the newest and shiniest new bike bits out there at the moment. This is a custom paint job on an All-City Cycles steel beauty.
Well at least the potholes are frozen over at the moment!
Roy's struggling to get his head around the idea of doing sport for any reason other than to be the absolute best at it.
"I see people out cycling and think, 'Maybe I should buy a racer?' But I wouldn't be into all the gear and the glasses.
"I look at people about 20 stone out cycling and say 'What’s the point in you cycling?' I still have that mindset, forgetting the fact that maybe they enjoy it."
Via the Irish Examiner.
Julian Alaphilippe and two Deceuninck-QuickStep team-mates skipped the podium ceremony after stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Juan yesterday.
Sporza reports that the Belgian team cited fatigue as the reason for their decision and a spokesman suggested that the stress resulting from Iljo Keisse’s expulsion from the race was a factor. He denied that it was a form of protest.
Alaphilippe is leading the race, while best U23 rider Remco Evenepoel and stage third-place finisher Alvaro Hodeg would also have appeared on stage ordinarily.
All three were fined 500 Swiss francs and penalised three UCI points.
Keisse was thrown out of the race after he allegedly rubbed his genitals against a waitress on Monday as she posed for a photograph with him and team mates. He was also fined by a judge as a result of the incident.
Team manager Patrick Lefevere was reportedly so incensed by the decision that he threatened to withdraw the team from the race, but they have since confirmed that they will continue.