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Sky News cycling poll slammed by Sarah Storey & West Mids Police; Video preview of worlds finishing circuit; THAT team car; Road champ v MTB champ; Recovered bikes alert; Kiwi driver who doubled back to hit cyclist gets grounded; Cool Ritchey stem + more

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10 May 2019, 16:27
There are team cars, and then there are team cars
Nibali Mclaren

This McLaren will follow Bahrain Merida's Vincenzo Nibali in the tomorrow's Giro d' Italia opening time trial. Lucky for some.

10 May 2019, 16:01
Video: On bike recce of the finishing circuit of this year's Road World Champs course in Harrogate

Your chance to join legendary bike tester, rider, and proud Yorkshireman, Guy Kestevan on a one off, on bike recce of the 14km finishing loop of this year's Road Worlds, round the lumpy (not bumpy) roads of Harrogate. The start/finish goes the wrong way up/down a one way road so the only way for Guy to get the recce vid was to jump on to the course (he got the nod to do so) ahead of the Women's Tour de Yorkshire - which also used the same loop. Guy's always entertaining an enlightening company and he is in this vid too. He's also a strong rider - at the very top end of 'mere mortal', so you get a good impression of how hard that finishing lap is going to be even for the pros.

10 May 2019, 15:41
A number of reporters are saying Simon Yates is *very* confident ahead of the Giro
10 May 2019, 15:39
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Irish cyclist dies after hitting parked motorbike during road race

Gardai investigating.

Full story here.

10 May 2019, 15:31
Swingeing penalties in the Giro
10 May 2019, 14:17
Citroën teams up with Surrey County Council to fill potholes

It’s “part of the brand’s commitment to advanced comfort” apparently.

10 May 2019, 12:18
Sky News have been discussing “whether it’s a motorist’s responsibility to make a cyclist feel safe”

West Midlands Police were unimpressed with the tone used.

Dame Sarah Storey also stepped in when the Sky News Twitter feed published a follow-up poll asking whether it was time for cyclists and motorists to “bury the hatchet”.

10 May 2019, 10:49
From the forum - Your cycling deals
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We've got a brand new spot over on the forum where you can post links to cycling deals that you find.

That way, you can share the savings and point out stuff that we might have missed!

Head over there now for a great deal on 4iiii power meters!

10 May 2019, 10:05
National Road Champ vs National MTB Champ

Matt Walker and Connor Swift go head-to-head in a race down Cwmcarn's legendary black run, followed by a climb up the Gospel Pass.

10 May 2019, 10:18
HGV blind spot project that will save hundreds of lives up for award

Loughborough Design School project led to the introduction of the Direct Vision Standard.

If you think that lorry drivers actually being able to see pedestrians and cyclists is a good thing, maybe you'd like to vote for them.

Full story here.

10 May 2019, 10:11
Recovered bikes alert - haul found at Cardiff property

South Wales Police Cardiff have uploaded a gallery of stolen bikes recovered from a property in the Riverside area of the city. If you or anyone you know has had a bike gone astray, the number to call and a reference number is there.  

10 May 2019, 09:35
New Ritchey Chicane stem with magnetic top cap launched
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Weighing 175g for the 100mm version, this snazzy new 7050 aluminium stem has aero in mind with hidden bolts and a smooth external shape, and an angle of 80°. Price in euros is quoted at €109.95, and it's already for sale online at Depor Village

10 May 2019, 09:18
"A mountain of pure muscle and blond hair"

Mark Cavendish has paid tribute to Marcel Kittel after the German sprinter agreed to have his contract with Katusha Alpecin terminated early by mutual consent yesterday.

10 May 2019, 09:17
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12-month ban for Kiwi driver who doubled back to hit cyclist on pavement

This is quite the sentence. A Kiwi motorist who deliberately hit a cyclist and broke his leg has basically been grounded.

Sean Woollgar, a cyclist from Carterton just outside Wellington, was riding home from the supermarket in 2017 when Joshua Rowland started beeping his horn at him.

Woollgar said he turned and said, “Hey, what's up?” and the motorist then started tailgating him and driving alongside “really close.”

"At that point I got a bit angry, and I went up onto the pavement and swore," said Woollgar.

He tried to ride away, but Rowland followed him. Stuff reports that he eventually turned round, mounted the pavement and drove into Woollgar.

As the cyclist lay on the ground with a broken leg, Rowland walked up to him and said, "serves you right".

Woollgar’s leg was so badly broken he will likely never have full use of it again.

In court this week, Rowland's lawyer said his client’s head "was not in a good space" when the incident took place.

Rowland pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and also admitted driving in breach of his limited licence terms, unaccompanied and without displaying an L plate.

He was sentenced to 10 months' home detention, 200 hours of community work, disqualified from driving for a year, and was ordered to pay $5000 emotional harm reparation to Woollgar. He also has to take treatment programmes and counselling as directed.

Woollgar said he never wanted Rowlands to go to prison. "He has got anger issues. He needs to deal with it and prison is not the place for that."

He did say that he would have liked him to be banned from driving for more than 12 months though. "Hopefully he will appreciate how lightly he got off," he said.

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