A law firm that specialises in representing cyclists injured in road traffic incidents has produced a blog post under the heading, “Mistakes that could result in a serious cycling injury.”
Cycle Assist’s first no-no? “Not wearing a helmet.” You know, the thing Chris Boardman told road.cc five years ago is “not even in the top 10 of things you need to do to keep cycling safe or more widely, save the most lives.”
Here’s what Cycle Assist wrote on their blog: “There are bad habits that can annoy other cyclists or road users and then there are some bad habits that could cost you your life.
“Remember as a child your parents saying ‘You can’t go out on your bike unless you put your helmet on’? As ever, parents know best. In fact, a helmet could be the difference between life and death in some cases.”
Tom Dumoulin may have lost around 4 minutes today to Giro d'Italia race leader Primoz Roglic after being involved in a big crash late on, but luckily the 2017 champion, who was shpeherded to the finish by his team-mates and looked in a very bad way, hasn't broken any bones according to Team Sunweb.
Pro cyclists. Hard as nails.
— Team Sunweb (@TeamSunweb) May 14, 2019
Not his rowing oar this time, rather Sir Wiggo gave his tuppence worth on Viviani's relegation at yesterday's Giro stage in an Instagram video, saying he thought the decision was harsh: "The move was erratic and stopped the other fella from pedalling, but I don't think the other fella was ever going to get round him.
"A lot of those finishes in the Giro, the way they're barriered (sic) and stuff, it's never a straight line, it's never a simple case of like a 100m race on an athletics track where everyone's got their lane. This is at the end of 200-odd kilometres."
— Felix Lowe (@saddleblaze) May 14, 2019
We don't know what on earth happened to Matteo Montaguti to cause his saddle to become detached, but hopefully he managed to keep his rear off the post before getting a replacement perch.
UAE Team Emirates have suspended their own rider, 24-year-old Juan Sebastian Molano after the Colombian returned 'seemingly unusual physiological results'.
He was Fernando Gaviria's lead-out rider in yesterday's Giro d'Italia Stage 3 which his fellow countryman won after Italian National Champion Elia Viviani was relegated for irregular sprinting. UAE Team Emirates said in a press release:
"After tests performed under the Team’s strict and sophisticated internal monitoring system, UAE Team Emirates announces that some seemingly unusual physiological results have come back for the rider Juan Sebastian Molano. Following Team policy concerning the protection of our athletes’ health, the Colombian will be suspended to undergo further testing in the following weeks, in collaboration with the UCI, as we try to determine the cause of these unusual results. In order to protect the right to privacy, no further information regarding the matter will be released until results from the necessary tests come back."
Well glad that day’s out the way! Always the stage I dread most in the cycling season. Racing up to Lake Tahoe in @AmgenTOC was like sitting on the indoor trainer for 7hrs. Half of it with just @EiselBernhard for company. Like a re-run of our day in 2016.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) May 14, 2019
Cavendish refuses to be beat as he continues on his quest to return to form following a long illness with the Epstein-Barr virus, and yesterday he managed to finish inside the cut-off on the brutally hot and hilly 215km stage to Lake Tahoe. He ended up finishing 36 minutes down on the winner Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep.
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) May 13, 2019
This doesn't translate too well when written out, and we're sure what Hatsuyama means is that his time at the front of stage 3 of the Giro yesterday was great for getting his team and sponsors exposure. Chapeau that man!
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 14, 2019
There are plenty of ups and downs on today's stage with an uphill finish and 2,800m of climbing in total, which may mean some of the sprinters may find it dofficult to stay on; one for the all-rounders/classics specialists.
— Hackney Cyclist (@Hackneycyclist) May 13, 2019
After getting a driving ban last week nice to see David Beckham out cycling with his family on instagram. The proposed Holland Park cycle route will pass the bottom of their street, I hope they support it! pic.twitter.com/a68UBBRArQ
— Hackney Cyclist (@Hackneycyclist) May 13, 2019
Perhaps a tad ironic considering he got his six month ban for using a mobile phone while driving in Central London, but Becks doesn't appear too down about not being able to use his motor after sharing clips on Instagram Stories of himself and his four children out for a bike ride in Holland Park.
It was reported earlier this month that Beckham was spotted in Great Portland Street driving his Bentley with a mobile phone in hand, by a passer-by who originally wanted to take a photo but ended up shopping him to the police. Beckham also received a £750 fine, and has apparently been spotted hitching lifts of his son Brooklyn since the ban started.
Purtroppo sono anni che ho la sensazione che si sia rotto qualcosa dentro di me. La condizione è diventata quasi un miraggio e il lavoro mi porta sempre l’effetto contrario. Sono anni che mi ritrovo dopo mesi e mesi di allenamenti ad andare meno del primo giorno. Ho tenuto duro, ci ho riprovato per anni, ogni anno con la fiducia che sarebbe stato l’anno buono. Poi è arrivata la chiamata di Pelosi alla @nippovinifantini , dove ho trovato una famiglia incredibile e stimoli che mi davano la certezza che sarebbe stato l’anno della svolta. Ma mi sono ritrovato ancora li, non a terra, sotto terra. Ho deciso quindi di non voler più prendere in giro ne me stesso ne gli altri. In questo momento della mia vita non posso più rimanere nel ciclismo come in una zona di comfort, trascinarmi in giro alle gare grattando un barile che forse è già vuoto da un po’. Cerco nuove esperienze, nuovi stimoli e la sensazione sentirmi di nuovo vivo. Il ciclismo è uno sport magnifico, pulito e che mi ha dato tanto, tutto forse. Amo la fatica, il dolore era come droga per uno come me che ha sempre avuto soglie aerobiche basse ma una capacità lattacida fuori dal comune, ma questa fatica per vedersi staccare ogni giorno ti logora, ti annulla e ti toglie anche l’anima. Andare avanti così servirebbe solo a rovinare quello che di buono ho fatto fino ad ora. Amo questo sport con tutto me stesso ed intendo rimanerci, ma non da corridore. Ho ricevuto un sacco di messaggi stupendi che mi hanno dato speranza e fiducia per quella che sarà la mia nuova vita. Voglio però mettere in chiaro che per me questo è un giorno felice, chiudo questa parentesi senza rimpianti e con la consapevolezza che in ogni caso questo momento arriva per tutti, ed io ho voglia di affrontarlo adesso. PS: Ho già un progetto in serbo! #cycling #procycling #bikerace #bikeshots #news #nippovinifantinifaizanè #nippovinifantini #moser #cyclone
Moser won the Strade Bianche in 2013, and has announced his retirement after being unable to reignite his career on the pro continental circuit with Nippo–Vini Fantini–Faizanè. He says (according to our translation): "For years, I have been finding myself after months and months of training. I held on, tried again for years, every year with the confidence that it would be a good year. Then came Pelosi's call to Nippo-Vini Fantini, where I found an incredible family and stimuli that gave me the certainty that it would be the year of change. But I found myself still there, not on the ground, but under the ground.
"In this moment of my life I can no longer remain in cycling as in a comfort zone, dragging myself around the races scraping a barrel that maybe has been empty for a while. I will look for new experiences, new stimuli and the feeling of being alive again. Cycling is a magnificent, clean sport that has given me so much, maybe everything."
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 road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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.