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Welcome to Thursday's live blog, with Alex Bowden, Jack Sexty and contributions from the rest of the team. 

Live blog: 

11/04/2019, 17:46

Bar wars

There’s an energy bar brawl brewing.

On March 6, Clif took out a full-page ad in the New York Times challenging rival firm Kind to go organic, offering help and 10 tons of free organic ingredients

In a tweet, Kind replied: “It’s deceptive to try to pass off organic brown rice syrup as healthy. We’d be happy to meet with you and share why we focus on making snacks that always lead with nutrient-dense ingredients like whole nuts, whole grains & whole fruit – instead of sugar.”

Forbes reports that Kind is now setting up a pop-up where visitors will be able to use a mobile device to see the sugar content of common nutrition and energy bars and also explore the different types of sweeteners used in these and other processed foods.

11/04/2019, 17:21

11/04/2019, 17:20

Not a near miss

Video: Van driver pulls out into cyclist – “No requirement to report” says police website

11/04/2019, 16:48

EAV launch the Project 1 four-wheeled e-cargo bike for last mile deliveries

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The new tech-driven e-cargo manufacturer EAV has revealed its new four-wheeled machine that they hope will revolutionise 'last mile' deliveries in urban areas. They have also began working with DPD, who have already placed an order for a fleet of bikes. Full story over on eBikeTips

11/04/2019, 15:38

Crash carnage at Itzulia Basque Country causes Steve Cummings, Adam Hansen and Jonathan Castroviejo amongst others to abandon

Cummings of Dimension Data suffered a broken clavicle on stage three yesterday, according to this update on the team's website from Dr Samuel Fisser: “Steve crashed around 25km into today’s stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country and had to stop the race. After further examinations, scans revealed that Steve has a fracture of the left clavicle. Fortunately, at this stage surgery will not be required as part of his recovery process. We will continue to monitor Steve until he has made a full recovery."

Sky's Castroviejo has suffered a broken right clavicle which requires surgery according to their team doctor, and also some smaller fractures including a rib and his left wrist. He should be heading home from hospital today.   

11/04/2019, 14:29

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RideLondon has provided £3.3m for recreational facilities in Surrey

Grants are awarded to recreational projects in areas where London Marathon Events Ltd organises events.

Full story here.

11/04/2019, 14:06

That new thing from Wahoo...

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You might have seen on yesterday's live blog that we teased a teaser from Wahoo who said 'something new' was coming today... forgive us for being a little underwhelmed but it turns out the surprise was the very good Elemnt Bolt but just in blue or pink limited edition colourways. They're the same price as the standard edition at £199.99, click here if you want to buy one. 

11/04/2019, 11:55

Hammersmith Bridge closed indefinitely to motorists due to safety concerns... which happens to be great news for pedestrians and cyclists

While the indefinite closure of Hammersmith Bridge is being blamed on Conservative austerity because of lack of funds to repair it, on the bright side it means a much quieter commute for cyclists and pedestrians. 

The BBC reports that the bridge has been closed after safety checks revealed "critical faults", and the council were left with no choice but to shut it to motorists until refurbishment costs can be met. Hammersmith and Fulham council said "government budget cuts" are the reason why Transport for London can't repair it. 

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the bridge from Barnes to Hammersmith.

11/04/2019, 13:01

The recces have begun for Paris-Roubaix...

Just three days to go before the brutality begins...

11/04/2019, 13:17

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Lucky 13

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Look what we've just had delivered... not only is it an Argon 18 Gallium Pro with Enve rims but that there is Rotor's new 13 speed hydraulic groupset! Check back for a verdict soon when we've given it a thorough test ride...

11/04/2019, 13:07

Pinarello unveil electronic full suspension Dogma FS road bike ahead of Paris-Roubaix

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The new bike provides 20mm front and 11mm rear suspension travel and is claimed to be able to “absorb in average 42% of the vibration coming from the ground that directly means an increase in comfort and bike stability,” and can be automatically or manually controlled. Full story here

11/04/2019, 12:26

Justice (Lonpicman, Wikimedia Commons)

12-month ban for pensioner who didn't see cyclist she killed until he was on her bonnet

Just "a second or two moments' inattention" says the judge.

Full story here.

11/04/2019, 11:35

Factor launch custom frame colour software for their O2 Equipe and Classic frames

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Factor's new online 3D Prisma Studio offers 2,688 different possible colour combinations and finishes. You can create the custom frames on their O2 Equipe and Classic models, in either disc or rim brake versions. You can choose everything from the base frame, panels and logo, choosing from nine different colourways across gloss and matte finishes, with seven metallic equivalents. New colours will also be added over the next few months.

Head over to the Prisma Studio on Factor's website to start making your own cool colour combos...

11/04/2019, 10:19

Danny MacAskill to stage show at Edinburgh Fringe

The Herald reports that MacAskill will be bringing a special Fringe version of his Drop and Roll show to Edinburgh this year.

MacAskill said: “Edinburgh provided the best backdrop for what became my breakthrough video back in 2009. Ten years on it seems like the perfect time to come back with the team for a brand new show in The Meadows. See you in August.”

A tongue-in-cheek 80s rock homage, MacAskill first toured Drop and Roll in 2015.

Here’s a video.

11/04/2019, 09:55

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They're going to put toilets on Buttertubs Pass and Grinton Moor for the World Championships after… what happened during the 2014 Grand Depart

The Northern Echo reports that North Yorkshire is keen to avoid mistakes made for the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

These include a failure to provide toilets on the categorised climbs of Buttertubs Pass and Grinton Moor.

Richmondshire District Council leader, Yvonne Peacock, said: “There wasn’t much that went wrong with the Tour de France, but there was a bit of a mix-up with who was providing the toilets and they didn’t turn up. That’s a situation that we will ensure is not repeated for the World Championships.

“We know that people will be heading to Grinton Moor and Buttertubs as it is absolutely spectacular seeing the bikes going up the climbs.”

In 2014, about 30,000 spectators turned up on Buttertubs alone, so you can see why they’re keen to address this.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the road.cc team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.