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Live blog: Team Ineos reveal new kit –Twitter takes the piss; Sky’s farewell vid but…Where’s Wiggo?; Brailsford says new backer marks “momentous day” for, well – everyone; Elton John as UCI WorldTour kits + our new General Cycling Nonsense feature & more

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01 May 2019, 19:00
Elton John dressed as UCI WorldTour teams

You may have seen a thread on Twitter in recent days showing David Bowie taking to the stage in outfits that match the kits of current League 1 [asks editor if that is actually a thing, given that the team I support has been in the top flight for 100+ years and apparently it is].

Anyway. References to North London's leading club apart (the other claimant, it should be noted, was in Middlesex until the mid-1960s), someone has taken inspiration from that thread and done one of Elton John riffing UCI WorldTour kits.

And it is AM-AZ-ING.

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Jersey.

01 May 2019, 18:48
General Cycling Nonsense

One of the reasons we set up this live blog on road.cc was so we had a home for stuff that wouldn’t necessarily warrant a full story, but which we would love to share with you.

It’s a genre that we have felt for a while now deserves its own branding, a bit like our Near Miss of the Day series, and in a sudden flash of inspiration, we’ve finally come up with one.

Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce … General Cycling Nonsense.

We'll kick off with this tweet reacting to the new Team Ineos kit.

And if anyone can suggest a three-letter acronym for this feature, feel free to suggest it ... we are struggling  3 

01 May 2019, 15:15
Crooks are embracing green transport

Northants Police recognising the silver lining of a violent criminal choosing two wheels over four to attempt a getaway... of course, he fell off and got caught shortly after. 

01 May 2019, 14:33
New bike, new kit and... new van

A good spot here as Froome heads out for a training ride in Yorkshire following his media engagements this morning. Of course, the team motor vehicles have had to get the new team colours too. 

01 May 2019, 14:25
New Wahoo Elemnt Roam has landed in the office

The new GPS is Wahoo's first with a colours screen. Read all about it here

01 May 2019, 12:43
Stop the press! New Ineos bottle also revealed by Elite

Elite rule the roost when it comes to supplying pro teams with their bottles, and they've just unveiled the new Ineos version of their Fly Team bottle. We haven't seen one for sale yet, but when they are you can usually pick one up for about six quid online. 

01 May 2019, 12:25
Dave Brailsford pronounces Ineos partnership as “A momentous day for the team, our fans and cycling in general"

Speaking at an undisclosed location in Yorkshire just in case anti-fracking protesters turn up (read more about that here), Sir Dave Brailsford said: It is the start of an exciting new chapter for us and we’re all really looking forward to our future with INEOS at the helm”. 

He also posed for some (slightly awkward) photos with Ineos head honco Sir Jim Ratcliffe and star rider Chris Froome, with Froome wearing the new kit and clutching a brand new Pinarello Dogma F12. You can read all about the new bike here.   

01 May 2019, 12:08
And Pinarello reveals new Dogma F12 and F12 Disc

Whaddu know, Pinarello's brand new Dogma F12 is more aero and stiffer than the outgoing Dogma F10 that Team Sky had been racing since 2017. Read all about in our tech-laden story below

- Pinarello Dogma F12 and F12 Disk launched

 

01 May 2019, 11:27
Velon enhances pro race data tracking
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Data provider Velon has teamed up with the digital services company EY to launch VelonLive, described as "a suite of digital services designed to provide enhanced performance insights and make road cycling more accessible and engaging for millions of fans around the world". The creators claim that VelonLive data tracking system is among the most sophisticated in the sports industry.

Velon has been around since 2014, providing live data and videos from some of the world's biggest pro cycle teams, including Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky).

The new level of live rider data – including real-time updates on riders’ speeds, power and cadence – will be accessible for more than 100 days of racing each year, beginning with the Giro d’Italia 2019 on 11 May in Bologna, Italy.

Earlier this year, live rider data was shown to those watching the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, the UAE Tour and the Tour of Flanders. 

"The data also provides fans with insight into the Hammer Series of races," says Velon. "Not only can fans access additional information via the VelonLive app and website, the data is also shared with organisers, broadcasters and media outlets to enhance coverage of the races."

Get more info from www.velon.cc.

01 May 2019, 10:12
Very nice in our opinion.

Here's the new Ineos kit with a very fresh-looking deep red colour scheme.

More to follow.

01 May 2019, 09:39
How to wrap your custom carbon race shoes with Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen has to be one of our favourite pro racers. He looks at things from a very different angle and what we get is some brilliant tech.

The best of his creations is his carbon shoes which are incredibly light and perfectly molded to his feet. Here, he's re-wrapping them to give them a fresh look before his next race.

Dave has built a Bamboo Bike. Should we make him have a go at some shoes?

01 May 2019, 09:35
INEOS Kit - Ron Burgundy?

What would you like to see from the new Ineos team kit

01 May 2019, 08:44
EF Gone Racing - Episode 9: Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Catch up with the latest edition of EF Gone Racing. It's the final race of the Spring Classics and the heavens have opened.

01 May 2019, 07:53
Near Miss of the Day, canine edition

Although you could say this was very much the fault of the owner, this tiny dog just avoided getting hit by a rider in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie yesterday. The stage was won by Jan Tratnik of Bahrain Merida, and the event marks the first outing for Team Ineos. 

01 May 2019, 07:35
Thank you Team Sky, it's been emosh... but isn't there are glaring omission to this video?

The Team Ineos Youtube channel posted a video with some of the best memories from the decade-long dominance enjoyed by their riders when they raced as Team Sky; however there wasn't any mention for a certain Tour de France-winning Kilburn native. Instead there are interviews with the current roster including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, with the former saying "none of this would have been possible without Team Sky". 

01 May 2019, 07:29
22-year-old model who had ambitions to be Miss France dies after being hit by a tractor while cycling

Reported in Le Figaro, Morgane Rolland was cycling with a friend on a small road in Loire when she swerved off the pavement to avoid a car, and was hit by the trailer which led to her being pulled under the truck. The Director General of the Miss France Committee Sylvie Tellier paid tribute to Miss Rolland (above) - we don't know if any arrests have been made yet over the incident. 

01 May 2019, 07:27
Ned Boulting appointed President of Herne Hill Velodrome
Tony accepts LCC award from Ned Boulting

The popular presenter will take on the roll for the net three years, and will be involved in promotional and fundraising activities for the Trust. 

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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ktache | 5 years ago
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So Norway is polluting our groundwater by piping gas under the North sea?

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hawkinspeter replied to ktache | 5 years ago
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ktache wrote:

So Norway is polluting our groundwater by piping gas under the North sea?

What really grinds my gears is all the pollution that The Sun produces and all we get is a tiny bit of solar energy.

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dooderooni | 5 years ago
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On this week's GCN show they did suggest a new feature called "Near miss of the day", despite the GCN show being a once a week thing yes

I personally visit both daily so I'll not be taking sides in any arguments.

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Darren C | 5 years ago
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Am I the only one to see the counter-swipe in these sentences?:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce … General Cycling Nonsense.

And if anyone can suggest a three-letter acronym for this feature, feel free to suggest it ... we are struggling  [3] "

It's a shame that both can't get along, and being so close to each other too. I dread to think what could happen when you pass each other on the road! 

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simonmb replied to Darren C | 5 years ago
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Darren C wrote:

 

It's a shame that both can't get along, and being so close to each other too. I dread to think what could happen when you pass each other on the road! 

Is there friction between GCN and road.cc? Tell me more! I do love a bit of gossip.

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brooksby replied to simonmb | 5 years ago
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simonmb wrote:

Darren C wrote:

It's a shame that both can't get along, and being so close to each other too. I dread to think what could happen when you pass each other on the road! 

Is there friction between GCN and road.cc? Tell me more! I do love a bit of gossip.

Oooo - panniers at dawn! cheeky

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ktache | 5 years ago
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Careful paradyzer, with that rantfull screed you could be accused of unreal trolling.

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Organon | 5 years ago
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Why was that man walking his rat in the middle of a bike race?

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ktache | 5 years ago
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Really, I see 2 quite mild comments, brooksby's one being full of wit and I think rather amusing.  I'm wondering about your definitions of trolling.

3 now, but you did sort of encourage it.

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Yorky-M | 5 years ago
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the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

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NPlus1Bikelights replied to Yorky-M | 5 years ago
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mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

Caveat: I'm an omnivore and I take the bike/ trailer/ kids' seat over the car whenever possible. My electricity and gas supplier is one of the greenest available.

I consider possibly contaminating the water table gets special treatment.  They don't have to do a Deepwater Horizon to deserve flack.  I also spend my time casting scorn over several car organisations pro cycling safety websites.

Will they encourage more cycling? Hopefully, but that makes them a grain opf sand less destructive. Are new cyclists carbon offsets for them?

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paradyzer replied to NPlus1Bikelights | 5 years ago
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NPlus1BikelightsNJerseys wrote:

mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

Caveat: I'm an omnivore and I take the bike/ trailer/ kids' seat over the car whenever possible. My electricity and gas supplier is one of the greenest available.

I consider possibly contaminating the water table gets special treatment.  They don't have to do a Deepwater Horizon to deserve flack.  I also spend my time casting scorn over several car organisations pro cycling safety websites.

Will they encourage more cycling? Hopefully, but that makes them a grain opf sand less destructive. Are new cyclists carbon offsets for them?

 

^ This.

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Marin92 replied to NPlus1Bikelights | 5 years ago
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NPlus1BikelightsNJerseys wrote:

mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

Caveat: I'm an omnivore and I take the bike/ trailer/ kids' seat over the car whenever possible. My electricity and gas supplier is one of the greenest available.

I consider possibly contaminating the water table gets special treatment.  They don't have to do a Deepwater Horizon to deserve flack.  I also spend my time casting scorn over several car organisations pro cycling safety websites.

Will they encourage more cycling? Hopefully, but that makes them a grain opf sand less destructive. Are new cyclists carbon offsets for them?

Fracking in the UK is less polluting than transporting energy to the UK from around the world.

Get over your virtue signalling and enjoy the cycling.

(And BTW, yep we're vegan, completely organic and biodegradable household)

 

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FrankH replied to Yorky-M | 5 years ago
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mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

laugh

I agree.

Anticipate some flack, the readership of road.cc is predominantly left and green and woke and they expect everybody to agree with them.

(By the way, "voices of dissent", not "descent". Took me a while to work it out. )

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burtthebike replied to FrankH | 5 years ago
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FrankH wrote:

(By the way, "voices of dissent", not "descent". Took me a while to work it out. )

That should diffuse the situation.yes

I'm beginning to suspect that some people are using some rather poor dictation software, or have impenetrable accents.

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Simon E replied to Yorky-M | 5 years ago
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mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

Neatly side-stepping the real issues.

Just as every law-abiding cyclist gets told "you lot don't pay road tax, you all jump red lights and ride on pavements" to justify abuse and close passes.

And just like the Daily Mail shouts about benefit fraud as a serious crime while tax evasion is legitimate efficiency, it's all the fault of the little people.

More and more people are realising that significant change is needed now. Some of them may fly, drive and eat meat but don't criminalise them and avoid addressing the elephant in the room.

By far the most determined resistance comes from those who have benefitted the most from the way our economy works, the 1%. They influence government policy far more than voters and they do not care even a tiny bit about the environment or our futures. Not. One. Bit.

https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/who-is-we-causing-climate-change.html

The Conservative government froze the Fuel Duty in 2010, costing us £46bn in lost revenue; it withdrew support for renewables  then what alternatives are there to gas CH? I didn't want them to do either of those things.

Between 1980 and 2016, the cost of bus and coach travel rose by 64% and rail travel by 63%, whilst the cost of motoring dropped 20%. Cycling infrastructure is beyond pathetic while new-build housing still rarely gets useable access except for cars. So is it a surprise that so many people drive? When councils like mine cut public transport budgets every year while spending millions on plans to build even more roads, what do you expect people to do?

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FluffyKittenofT... replied to Yorky-M | 5 years ago
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mylesrants wrote:

the Ineos trolling is unreal. They are no worse than BP and a hell of a lot better thn Esso or shell with the human rights record in Africa. If they encourage MILLIONS, millions world wide to ride bikes and take less car journeys, their investment in our sport will be fantastic and good for the planet.

I am now only listening to Ineos voices of descent from Vegetarian, non car owners who dont heat their houses with gas or oil.

IF you do any of the above or have been on a plane...YOU, WE are the problem

 

This is _so_ weak as an argument.  First off - 'if they encourage....blah blah' is easily dispensed with, becuase there's absolutely no evidence to suggest they will do any such thing, that's just some nonsense you made up.

 

As for the next bit - that's the usual excuse for opposing anyone doing anything.  It's nonsense-on-stilts.  You provide no supporting argument to justify it, so I'm chucking that out as well (though I'm a non car-owner who hasn't taken a flight for decades and rarely have my heating on, so there).

 

That 'we are the problem' crap is just not true.  The problem requires collective, large-scale, political action, individual lifestyle choices won't achieve anything, that sort of talk is mostly a pretext for not wanting anything to change.

 

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StraelGuy | 5 years ago
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I do hope someone punched that dopey dog walker in the wotsits... 

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ktache | 5 years ago
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My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Morgane Rolland.

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille et aux amis de Morgane Rolland.

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LastBoyScout | 5 years ago
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Well, DB was hardly going to say "It's a disastrous day", was he!

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Jackson | 5 years ago
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Loving the change from black to "Tyler Hamilton's sleeve c.2004"

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Awavey | 5 years ago
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I'm sure it will grow on us,seems to look better in natural light for sure,but I'll miss the blue.

But anyone who thinks Ineos are 'green washing', do you even watch pro cycling races ? Have you ever been to a stage and seen the scale of the support logistics, fleets of vehicles and how these races operate. Sky alone spent an estimated 200k per year on vehicle costs, ie mainly fossil fuel for their vehicles, how many whales & rain forests did that save ?

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NPlus1Bikelights | 5 years ago
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INEOS colours: " fresh-looking deep red colour scheme."

Colours made me think freshly fracked from deep underground!

Sky did create an amazing legacy but it is good someone else took over, but INEOS? Just looks like brand green washing. 

Are there are going to be protestors throwing themselves under the teams' wheels? Hopefully just placards at Yorkshire.

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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"very fresh-looking deep red colour scheme"

I'm surprised Ineos didn't go with a leaf-green colour scheme, with fluffy bunnies and unicorns 

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