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Live blog: Beer can (and phone) throwing van passenger "hit by the karma train; Look launch Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedal, Greg Van Avermaet’s golden Giant; Know your Yates brother; Jess Varnish to appeal employment tribunal ruling + more

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15 March 2019, 18:42
Where's today's Leave V Remain poll?

In case you're wondering, after a lengthy debate the team held a non binding indicative vote and decided to extend today's deadline for coming up with a Leave V Remain question until next week. When it may return as the People's Extend or Revoke poll… depending on how negotiations go. 

15 March 2019, 17:05
"Strade Bianche is the coolest professional bike race in the world"

Cool video from last weekend's Strade Bianche to end the working week with.

15 March 2019, 16:23
Look launches Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic Pedal

Look has unveiled its new Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic pedals which Romain Bardet will use for the first time on Stage 7 of Paris-Nice tomorrow.

The new model, made in France, sees ceramic bearings used for the first time in a production pedal, according to Look. Ceramic bearings are designed to reduce friction and increase power transfer and reliability. 


Look claims an 18% reduction in friction on the bearing, and a bearing life that's four to six times longer than that of steel bearings.

The Look Keo Blade Carbon Ceramic is fitted with a chromoly axle and weighs a claimed 110g. The RRP is €189.90. We've asked for a UK price.

15 March 2019, 15:53
Devon Road Bridge on Bristol & Bath Railway Path (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Derek Harper)
15-year-old sentenced for three bike thefts on the Bristol to Bath cycle path
15 March 2019, 15:46
Tirreno-Adriatico a bit shaky on which Yates is leading the race

It's actually Adam in the lead. Simon's riding Paris-Nice.



15 March 2019, 15:42
Paris-Roubaix pave get some TLC

We reported the other day about how muddy the Paris-Roubaix pave was, but it looks like they've been getting a bit of TLC this week. 

15 March 2019, 15:35
Greg Van Avermaet's new gold aero bike

Greg Van Avermaet is riding this new bike at the ​Tirreno Adriatico and it's fair to say we're just a bit jealous!

It's a custom painted Giant Propel Advanced SL with the gold colour obviously in honour of his Olympic success. 


15 March 2019, 14:05
The Bradley Wiggins Show (Eurosport)
The Bradley Wiggins Show is back for the Spring Classics
15 March 2019, 12:28
'Chateau' for pollution...

Glorious work by UK Cycling Expert, although this time not in any way a parody unfortunately...

15 March 2019, 11:17
One of the officers said "this guy just got hit by the karma train"
15 March 2019, 11:02
Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)
Motorist who "inadvertently" hit cyclist while trying to hurl abuse at him avoids jail sentence
15 March 2019, 09:30
Simon Yates won the Paris-Nice time trial

Bit bizarre, but he says he's been doing a lot of work on his time trialling and he also had the best of the conditions having lost 20 minutes in the crosswinds earlier in the race.

15 March 2019, 09:25
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FiftyOne to supply bikes to Cycling Ireland

Irish custom carbon bike brand FiftyOne has revealed it will be supplying bikes to Cycling Ireland for the next two seasons, and we reckon they’ll be the envy of the peloton with these beautifully painted bikes.

The colour scheme is very much a celebration of Ireland with the lovely green to white fade and shamrocks decorating the colour-matched stem and rear stays. And if anyone needs reminding, Ireland is printed big and bold on the inside of the fork blades.

They’ll have a choice of rim or disc brake bikes and be equipped with SRAM Red eTap groupsets with Enve wheels.

15 March 2019, 09:15
Jess Varnish celebrates a gold medal and  world record (© Dene Percy)
Jess Varnish to appeal employment tribunal ruling

Back in January, Jess Varnish failed in her attempt to prove she was an employee of British Cycling and UK Sport. The judge concluded that her funding was more akin to a university grant.

The BBC reports that she is now challenging the ruling relating to British Cycling. A judge will decide whether the appeal can proceed.

Varnish's lawyer, Simon Fenton, said: "The appeal tribunal has been asked to overturn the original judgment and to decide that Ms Varnish was an employee."

Fenton will argue that the tribunal was wrong that the services and benefits Varnish received from British Cycling were not remuneration; and says the organisation "failed to explain how the work performed by a professional football player is different from the work performed by Jess for British Cycling".

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