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Live blog: The Friday Leave/Remain poll, Scrapped HS2 cycleway would have provided five times the return on investment as the rail line; Deceuninck-QuickStep genitals training + more

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01 February 2019, 16:50
Looking to lose some Winter weight?    (rough translation from the French)

*Warranty possibly voided

01 February 2019, 16:44
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Call for congestion/pollution charges to be applied to black cabs

“Even ambulances have to pay the pollution charge.”

More here (including a petition).

01 February 2019, 16:41
Leave or Remain?

Leave or remain? That seems to be the only thing getting asked these days. So we thought we'd jump on that particular bandwagon. It's just a bit of fun. Unlike the other thing.

01 February 2019, 15:45
Preview of the World CX Champs course

Rising British U23 star Cameron Mason takes us around the very fast course for the World Cyclocross Championships. Tomorrow's races are available on the UCI's YouTube channel, but the main races tomorrow are geo-blocked as they're on Eurosport Player.

01 February 2019, 14:40
Cyclist defies polar vortex to set new course record in Arrowhead 135

Not that guy. He's another competitor who did a better job of illustrating the conditions.

More here.

01 February 2019, 12:27
UK Cycling Expert, bang on the money
01 February 2019, 12:00
What snow?

Did you still make it to the office this morning? Show us your pics!

01 February 2019, 11:42
HS2 animation (via YouTube)
Scrapped HS2 cycleway would have provided five times the return on investment as the rail line

Last year the government published a 2016 study which looked at the possibility of building a national cycleway along the route of the HS2 railway.

The gist was that it was an extremely good idea that neither the Department for Transport (DfT) nor HS2 Ltd, the company building the high-speed line, were willing to fund.

“Sadly the HS2 cycleway train has left the platform,” observed Roger Geffen, Cycling UK’s policy director.

Our erstwhile colleague Laura Laker reports in the Guardian that a 50-page business case for the cycleway put the health, congestion and economic benefits at between £3 and £8 per £1 spent.

The return on investment of the HS2 rail line is £1.5-£1.7 per £1, according to the National Audit Office.

01 February 2019, 11:19
Blackfriars (TfL)
TfL asks the public’s views on four major new cycle routes

Full consultation to follow.

More here.

01 February 2019, 08:28
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Deceuninck-QuickStep to train riders not to rub their genitals against waitresses

Earlier this week Belgian Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Iljo Keissewas was accused of rubbing his genitals on a waitress while she was having a photo taken with him and some team-mates.

He was thrown off the race and fined by a judge.

Team manager Patrick Lefevere was reportedly so incensed by the decision that he briefly threatened to withdraw the team from the race.

Several of the team’s riders then sat out Wednesday’s podium ceremony, citing ‘fatigue’.

Yesterday we reported that Keisse’s father said that the woman involved was partly to blame. Google Translate (perhaps unfairly) has one of his comments down as: "That woman is also very suggestive with her ass behind.”

Keisse, for what it’s worth, had already apologised.

None of this is a good look and Cycling News reports on “tensions” between the team and new title sponsor Deceuninck. Specialized has also said it is taking the matter "extremely seriously" and is "working with the team reinforce the expectations" it holds of riders.

All of which perhaps explains why the team has now issued a “sincere apology,” in which it promises to implement “specific conduct training protocols” to ensure “this kind of thing won’t happen again.”

“The Team would like to make a sincere apology for the events of the past few days, firstly to the woman involved in this regrettable incident, and additionally to all women, fans, and sponsors. We don’t condone this type of behaviour. Our team’s core values include mutual respect, and that was not upheld in this situation. Iljo also personally acknowledges his mistake and takes full responsibility for his actions.

"As a team, we are aware that one of our main roles is to educate the riders and make sure they demonstrate respect for everyone. The events of these past days are something which we can – and already have – learned from, and for that very reason we have decided to implement in the near future specific conduct training protocols for all riders and staff to ensure our values and make sure this kind of thing won’t happen again.

"Again, we are very sorry to everyone affected by this regrettable incident.”

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