Live blog: Driver who allegedly rammed Andrew Gilligan off bike due in court, Wiggins urges Brailsford to sign "hottest property in cycling" van der Poel, Belgian road champ praises disc brakes, weekend catch-up + more

All today's news from the site and beyone as we start the week proper after the Easter Break.....
23 April 2019, 15:48
Driver in court accused of ramming Andrew Gilligan off his bike

A driver was due to appear in court today to face charges of assault and dangerous driving after allegedly ramming former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan off his bike.

The Evening Standard reports that the incident happened in Bishopsgate on 4 April 2018 and left Gilligan, now a senior correspondent for The Sunday Times, feeling “very, very shaken” and needing hospital treatment for cuts to his shins.

Chukwudi Uzorh, aged 28 and from Camden, who was driving a Nissan Juke at the time, was due to appear at City of London Magistrates’ Court today.

23 April 2019, 13:22
Italy have been out in Yorkshire previewing the World Championship course
23 April 2019, 11:27
UCI List snooping... Time Alpe D'Huez 01D and 21D added, suggesting disc brake versions are coming

We went to the launch of Time's Alpe D'Huez 'altitude bike' last year, and after perusing the latest version of the UCI approved list it appears that a disc version is on the horizon. The top-end 01 and more affordable 21 versions both have an additional listing with a 'D' added to the end of the name, which we can only assume means 'disc'. We'll update with confirmation when we get it. 

23 April 2019, 11:08
Bontrager's Bat Cage is now made out of recycled fishing nets

The bat cage has been around since 1997, and now a new manufacturing process and partnership with Bureo means they're giving a new life to discarded fishing nets. Bureo collects end-of-life fishing nets and recycles them into tiny pellets that can be used for injection-moulded plastic products like the Bat Cage, sunglasses, skateboards, and more.
"Bat Cage may be a small product, but it's the little hinge that swings a big door. This year alone, it will put 44,000 square feet of discarded fishing nets to good use. That's making a real difference, and Bat Cage is just the beginning", says Trek's Justin Henkel. They cost £9.99 each, head over to Trek's website to buy yours. 

23 April 2019, 08:24
“Disc brakes big advantage over teams that don’t have them” says Deceuninck - QuickStep rider

If you've watched any pro racing this year, you'll have seen a lot more bikes with disc brakes. Every Deceuninck - QuickStep victory, and there have been a few, has been on a Specialized bike with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic disc brakes, prompting Shimano to release this promotional video.

It reveals that the disc brakes take a lot more time and work to get right but that the benefits are worth it. And those benefits? “You can brake later, you can make more speed with them,” according to Belgian national champion Yves Lampert, in a video produced by Shimano and shared a few days ago.

23 April 2019, 07:50
Bradley Wiggins: Brailsford "must sign" Van der Poel after hugely impressive breakthrough year

The 24-year-old Dutchman has put together some mighty performances already in 2019, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen, De Brabantse Pijl and Grand Prix de Denain.and then topping them all with one of the best finishes to a race we've ever seen at the Amstel Gold over the weekend. 

On his latest Eurosport podcast, Wiggins explains why he thinks van der Poel would be a great acquisition for Team Sky, soon to be Team INEOS: "He’s just impressed us every week."

"He is the hottest property in cycling at the moment other than Alaphilippe. He’s a bigger potential. It’s weird to call him a potential because he’s already winning these big races. It’s scary to think what he might actually achieve by the time he’s (Philippe) Gilbert’s age."

The host Graham Willgoss asked who would be the better signing out of Van der Poel or Julian Alaphilippe, and again Wiggins favoured the former, saying: "I would pick Van der Poel. That’s no slouch on Alaphilippe, he’s phenomenal as well. But I think he could win a Grand Tour one day. It’s a little bit sad to think that they both may end up at Sky. It’s a bit like Manchester City and football. It’s nice having this spread of riders."

23 April 2019, 07:46
Brazilian bike company uses a strike by truck drivers to demonstrate cost savings of bike transportation

This video shows how the cost benefit of bikes can make sense in the wake of national truck strike, with Brazilian bike manufacturer Caloi working out how much money on gas is saved when bikes are used instead. 

23 April 2019, 07:39
Weekend catch-up

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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