Giro d'Italia Stage 12: Hail, Cesare!
Benedetti takes win for Bora-Hansgrohe.
Friends of Richmond Park rewrite ‘cyclist learns the hard way’ link to story about Stuart Hayes’ collision with a deer
On yesterday’s live blog, we reported how Olympian Stuart Hayes had been hit by a deer in Richmond Park.
Further down this page, we revealed that the triathlete suffered a broken pelvis in the collision.
Friends of Richmond Park initially reported the incident as, “cyclist learns the hard way that deer are wild animals and therefore unpredictable.”
I can't quite believe that a body devoted to the enjoyment of the park is quite so callous. pic.twitter.com/FaC9PYFN8O
— Tim Lennon (@lucullus) May 23, 2019
They’ve since had a rethink and edited that.
Jesse Norman no longer a cycling minister
Absolutely delighted to have been appointed Financial Secretary and Paymaster General @hmtreasury. All the more so since it’s 237 years and two months since Edmund Burke was made Paymaster General! 1/
— Jesse Norman (@Jesse_Norman) May 23, 2019
Norman has just been appointed Financial Secretary and Paymaster General for the Treasury. He also said: I have to admit I’m also really sad to be leaving @transportgovuk. So many good people, and so much good work done and to come on road safety, cycling and walking, decarbonisation/Road to Zero, electric vehicles/Future of Mobility, e-cargo bikes, light rail... thank you all."
Couriers who deliver blood and pathology samples striking over stagnant wages and previous pay cuts
They've accused executives and investors of ‘getting fat off NHS contracts’ at their expense.
New Ritchey Swiss Cross arrives for testing
We've taken to revealing our latest test bikes to land in the office over on Instagram, and the latest bike to be shared is this beauty.
It's the latest Ritchey Swiss Cross, a classic steel cyclocross race bike which celebrates its 25th birthday and has a number of modernising changes, namely bigger 40mm tyre clearance, flat mount disc brakes and a more relaxed geometry.
Video: Trailer for cycling-themed black comedy The Climb + the original short film
The film has been getting positive reviews at Cannes Film Festival.
Campenaerts unimpressed by Wiggins' suggestions that a move to Team Ineos would be beneficial, saying "well we broke his f**king hour record didn't we?"
On Wiggins' latest podcast, he claimed that Victor Campenaerts would be better off moving to a team like Ineos from Lotto Soudal to get the best out of himself. Wiggins said: "He's in a Belgian team, the biggest Belgian team (Lotto Soudal, although we'd argue Deceuninck-Quick Step might dispute that) that's still acting like it's 1974.
"If he went to Sky (meaning Team Ineos), he'd see the difference. What will happen is that they will offer him loads of money, he'll sign for three years and he'll stay there. It's like you could be so much more, Victor!"
In an interview with Sporza yesterday, Campenaerts admitted he was puzzled by Wiggins' comments, particularly as he's yet to sign anything for next season with Lotto Soudal:
"I don’t know anything about this, I’ll have to discuss that with John (Lelangue, the team manager)."
"Well, I’ve obviously just read and seen it, what can I say. He doesn’t seem to understand the workings of our team. We’ve fucking broke his hour record haven't we?
"They (Lotto Soudal) might appear to be more like a traditional team, however there’s a lot of progress been made when it comes to time trials. Since I’ve arrived and with Kevin de Weert we’ve made big advances. Not only for me but for the whole team and the hour record is proof of this.
The interviewer then asked Campenaerts specifically what he thought of Wiggins' belief that he has more success in him: "I hope that this is effectively true and I’ll try to get more out of myself. But I think that what I’ve shown thus far has been very promising. If you compare this to the other riders, with the exception of Roglič, it’s been good. And performing like this I can see myself winning against him."
Campenaerts added that there would be time for contract talks later in the year, and for now he's simply focussed on the upcoming Giro d'Italia time trial in Verona.
*A huge thanks to Dutch-speaking road.cc readers Jeroen Geut and Elmar Becker for translating the Sporza interview for us!
Polite notice ...
... and a somewhat less polite one
Giro d'Italia marks 70th anniversary of perhaps its greatest ever stage
Today's Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia starts in Cuneo and finishes in Pinerolo .... as did, 70 years ago, the most famous one in the race's history, whenn Fausto Coppi rode away to take the stage and, ultimately, the overall.
This piece on Eurosport by Felix Lowe - aka the TV channel's cyling blogger, Blazing Saddles - is well worth a read.
All Tramadol tests negative since painkiller was banned in March
Painkiller had been blamed for crashes in the peloton.
Ted King on racing Belgian Waffle Ride
Here's a pretty interesting and entertaining video by ex-pro Ted King, now gravel racer and brand ambassador, in preparing for and racing in the recent Belgian Waffle Ride, a 217km race over dirt, gravel, single-track, steep bergs, long climbs, creek crossings, and unrelenting head-winds according to the organisers.
Good enough for Peter Sagan...
...but good enough for our David? He's been getting to grips with Sportful's new Bomber 111 Suit, an aero one-piece garment that helped Peter Sagan to win Paris-Roubaix last year. But will it make David faster? Find out here.
New shorts for indoor cycling
File this one under what will they think of next, as Primal Europe has launched “turbo trainer optimised shorts” with its new eSport Bib Short. Check them out in detail here
Stu Hayes deer crash in Richmond Park - broken pelvis
Bike is fine which is why my pelvis is broken, I think the deer would be in a lot of pain
— MAGIC STU (@StuHayes13) May 22, 2019
We reported on yesterday's live blog that the triathlete, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, had an unfortunate collision with a deer on Tuesday evening (we've already done all the deer puns) and unfortunately it's resulted in a broken pelvis for Hayes. We're not sure on the condition of the bike or the deer, but we're wishing Stuart a speedy recovery.
Holland Park Avenue cycleway will result in MORE trees in the area, not fewer
Yesterday, Jeremy Clarkson was among those suggesting that a planned cycleway on Holland Park Avenue in London would see a number of trees chopped down.
A lot of people think this. There’s a ‘save the trees’ petition on change.org.
London’s cycling commissioner, Will Norman, concedes that two big trees will be chopped down – “neither in good condition” – but says that more trees will be planted than will be taken out.
So much #fakenews about Holland Park Ave. WE ARE NOT REMOVING ALL THE TREES. 2 big trees, neither in a good condition, are proposed to be taken out, along with a small number of small trees at Notting Hill Gate. WE'LL PLANT MORE NEW TREES IN THE AREA THAN WE TAKE OUT. pic.twitter.com/ZBnzkkwKS3
— Will Norman (@willnorman) May 22, 2019
Then there’s the whole ‘making the area a bit safer’ aspect on top of that.
There were 128 collisions in last 3 years on this stretch of road. It is dangerous for people walking & cycling. Our plans make busy roads easier & safer to cross, remove through traffic on some residential roads and provide a space for people to cycle in safety. pic.twitter.com/rKRjRJbEHX
— Will Norman (@willnorman) May 22, 2019