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Live blog: "WTF?" Ryder Hesjedal calls out Sir Bradley Wiggins after Insta message (later deleted) suggests Giro-winning jersey he gave him was sold on; 1x chainrings – the future of road bike groupsets or a gimmick we just don’t need? + more

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18 April 2019, 14:35
Wheelie cool grandma

You're never too old...

18 April 2019, 14:26
Tour of Turkey - Fabio Jakobsen wins sprint as Cavendish takes third

Sam Bennett had to settle for second today after winning the first two stages, with Quick-Step's Jakobsen producing a well-timed sprint to claim victory. It was a much better day for third-placed Mark Cavendish, who wasn't in contention for the sprint finishes on days one and two. 

18 April 2019, 13:59
Ryder Hesjedal removes Insta posts
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Perhaps this was a misunderstanding after all, as Hesjedal's posts, questioning if Wiggins had sold a pink jersey given to him by Hesjedal, have now been removed. The comments are still viewable via Twitter, as we've screenshotted above.  

18 April 2019, 13:21
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Is 1x the future or a waste of time?

There's a lot of debate around 1x on road bikes at the moment, and it's clearly an issue dividing opinion amongst you lot, as an informal poll on social media this week reveals. Some of the replies suggest there's as many people against it as there are for it. Where do you stand on this hot debate?

- Are the benefits of 1x outweighed by the disadvantages? We asked, you answered

18 April 2019, 12:03
"WTF?" Ryder Hesjedal calls out Sir Bradley Wiggins after Instagram message suggests Giro-winning jersey he gave him may have been sold on

——. @bradwiggins what stage was this from???

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#Awkward. Get the popcorn out, as this looks potentially salty... it all started when 2012 Giro winner Hesjedal asked Wiggins "what stage was this from?", with a message underneath that appears to be from someone claiming to have bought the jersey off Wiggins. 

In the next post, Hesjedal then questions if it really is a genuine jersey that Wiggins has sold on, or if there's been a misunderstanding and it's just a replica. Wiggins hasn't responded yet, and if he does we'll update you of course... 

18 April 2019, 11:53
Man flips over wall after crashing his bike, dog cares not one jot

This bizarre video captures the moment a man crashes and flips over a wall, only for a dog on the other side to completely ignore the commotion and carry on snoozing. 

According to the article in The Metro, the victim Rick Murphy was largely ok afterwards and was "back in the pub" soon after with a few scratches. The dog's owner John Heavey told The Metro: "It’s funny that Shep didn’t even move because when we’re home, he always tries to open the gate and get out for a wander, but it really surprised me that he’s just lay there. He doesn’t even flinch."



18 April 2019, 11:38
From Peckham to Tokyo - the 19-year-old BMXer training full-time for 2020 Olympics

This mini-doc follows Kye White as he charts his journey towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. National Lottery funding has enabled Kye to train full-time, as well as plenty of sacrifices made by his family along the way. 

18 April 2019, 11:28
New La Passione Geometric collection launches
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"Minimal but not ordinary", say La Passione, the Geometric jerseys use breathable, Italian fabrics and are available in black, blue, porto, or white colourways. Head to their website to browse the new kit now. 

18 April 2019, 08:24
Timmy Mallett will tell all about his e-bike adventure and show off paintings he made along the way at festival appearance

Last year TV presenter Timmy Mallet embarked on a self-supported cycle tour on his e-bike, riding across three countries and eventually across the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northern Spain. Multi-talented Mallett painted the landscapes along the way, and will be appearing at Cookham Festival in Berkshire on 10th May to tell his story and show his paintings off. 

Mallett is still riding regularly (apart from a brief hiatus when he got his beloved Giant e-bike stolen); you can follow him on Strava here

18 April 2019, 08:11
Highbury corner set for segregated cycling infra

Will Norman announced the plans on his Twitter account yesterday, saying: "People cycling make up 25% of rush hour traffic here, they’re long overdue their own space."

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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