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Live blog: "outrageous claims" – Tao Geoghegan Hart lays into Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby, cyclists blamed for countryside litter – Twitter responds, Colnago e-bike, Jason Kenny, Jeremy Vine on close-passes, TdY teams, Peloton baby + more

All the news from the site and beyond as we start a new week
25 March 2019, 17:53
Thomas De Gendt bosses Volta a Catalunya opener and solos into 3-minute overall lead

Thomas De Gendt launched a solo attack from the break with 60 kilometres remaining of today’s opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya, covering 163 kilometres and starting and finishing in Calella – and the Lotto-Soudal rider now finds himself with a lead of almost three minutes on his rivals.

Among the big names the Belgian put time into today were Alejandro Valverde, fourth overall and 2 minutes 56 second down in fourth place overall, and Team Sky’s Egan Bernal, a further 1 second back.

25 March 2019, 17:18
Not much love for Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby amongst the Team Sky ranks it seems...

The prodigious British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart laid into Kirby's "outrageous claims", and Owain Doull also chipped in to describe Kirby as a "proper muppet". Controversial!

25 March 2019, 17:09
Free baby with your Peloton

If you're after one, guess that does make the two grand plus 40 quid a month price tag seem a little fairer...

25 March 2019, 16:50
Air pollution: London mother launches petition for second inquest into daughter''s death

A mother from London has launched a petition calling for a second coroner's inquest into the death of her daughter, who passed away at nine years of age in what was originally believed to be an asthma-related case. She talks about the background to the petition, which you can sign here, in this video.


25 March 2019, 15:18
This again...

You might remember an 'interpretive spinning' vid doing the rounds on social media a few weeks ago. Well now here's the synchronised version...

25 March 2019, 13:03
Teams announced for Tour de Yorkshire

Teams have been announced for May's Tour de Yorkshire and the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race.

Here they are listed below, but we already know there will be one change - Team Sky will be racing as Team Ineos, with the Tour de Yorkshire being its first race following the management company's sale to the petrochemical business.

Tour de Yorkshire

Mens Teams

Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race

Womens Teams


25 March 2019, 12:47
Jason Kenny after winning the keirin at Rio 2016 (copyright
Jason Kenny recounts last month’s near miss on BBC TV

Jason Kenny has recounted to the BBC the near miss he and his infant son Albie encountered while out cycling last month.

As we reported at the time, the six-time Olympic champion tweeted that he had been on a Sunday bike ride with his son when they were “almost run over by a van driver who drove at us, then proceeded to angrily inform me it was my fault we nearly died.”

Eurosport reports that Kenny expanded on the incident on BBC One today, saying: “Someone felt they had right of way and decided that gave them the right to kind of jump on the throttle and drive at us, which was a scary experience.

“I’m a bit annoyed at myself because I lost my temper at the time. We had a heated debate about the incident and then the person drove away.

“I think there seems to be a bad feeling against cyclists and it’s really strange because they’re only people,” he continued.

“We met a young boy and young girl who recently lost their mum, and it’s really sad when you see that side of it. She got hit by a car and that’s someone’s mum, not just a cyclist. It is really sad when you see the consequences of that.

“This person has obviously just seen red, ‘I’ve got right of way, I’m going to go’, and you might have right of way technically – whether you do or don’t is often debatable – but it doesn’t give you the right to smash someone and potentially kill someone, which is what is going to happen if you run someone off their bike.

“I think it’s just taking a breath and think about the consequences,” he concluded.

25 March 2019, 11:18
Yoann Offredo's condition described as not life-threatening after GP de Denain crash

The Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider was air lifted to hospital after the crash yesterday, but thankfully it seems like he's in a stable condition. 

25 March 2019, 09:41
Colnago to launch an e-bike?

What blasphemy is this? One of the world’s most iconic cycling brands appears set to launch an e-bike.

Colnago is using social media to tease the arrival of its new E64 Performance, which we’ll go out on a limb and guess is the company’s attempt to tap into the rapidly growing e-bike market.

e-bikes are very much the SUVs of the car world with every manufacturer seemingly keen to add at least one to their range to not miss out

We've asked Colnago for more details but they just shrugged their shoulders in reply.

25 March 2019, 09:14
Telegraph article suggests "Littering cyclists and joggers could be to blame for countryside rubbish problem"

The headline does anyway, while the sources in the article cover a few different potential causes. According to the Telegraph, cyclists and joggers could be targeted as part of a new Government initiative to work out who is leaving waste behind in countryside. It's garnering quite a few sarcastic responses on Twitter...

While folk littering with gel wrappers is no doubt annoying, is it really up there with fly-tipping? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

25 March 2019, 09:12
Jeremy Vine's latest unpleasant encounter

This time it's a driver who doesn't get the concept of taking the lane (and is caught soon after he risks an overtake on the clogged up London street anyway)

25 March 2019, 09:10
'Youths on pedal cycles' help Wednesfield Police catch thief

The youngsters were congratulated by the force on Twitter, as they helped chase down a thief who had stolen over £300 worth of goods. Bloody hoodlums...

25 March 2019, 09:08
Super tight skills

Apologies it's in super annoying meme form (we couldn't find the original source) but this is too good not too share!

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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