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Live blog: Kittel back on the bike (and cake and beer) – but not shaving his legs; Giro rider asks how much beer he must drink to replenish calories after monster stage (answer – A LOT); James Hayden makes a splash – inadvertently (video) + more

All the news from the site and beyond as we start a new week
03 June 2019, 17:23
Jump bike (copyright Simon MacMichael)
Uber's Jump bikes are now out in the wild in London

They launched in the capital last week ... we spotted this one at Acton Central Overground on Friday evening. We also saw a couple being ridden past the Houses of Parliament yesterday ... it's difficult to miss them.

03 June 2019, 16:59
03 June 2019, 16:36
Giro rider asks how many beers needed to replenish Calories after Saturday’s monster stage … a LOT is the answer

A Giro d’Italia rider asked on Twitter how any beers he needed to down to replace the Calories burnt in Saturday’s monster stage in the Dolomites … and the answer was one that would leave even the most hollow-legged of beer aficionados legless, never mind a cyclist at the end of a three-week Grand Tour.

“Today at the Giro I consumed 6,300 Calories,” wrote Groupama-FDJ rider, Jacopo Guarnieri.

“Can anyone tell me how many beers I need to drink to replenish?“

Eurosport commentator Rob Hatch suggested that Daniel Lloyd, who has been working for the channel during the race, might “know something about that.”

“14 x 330ml Duvels,” Lloyd shot back. “Then you’d have enough left over for a Bud Light, but I wouldn’t bother with that bit.”

“I’m gonna have a funny night, then,” replied Guarnieri.

Another response came from his former Astana team-mate Enrico Gasparotto, now riding for Dimension Data.

“More than you could manage, no doubt,” he said.

We’re not sure whether he took up Lloyd’s advice of downing a baker’s dozen plus one bottles of the 8.5 per cent ABV Belgian beer … but he finished 117th out of 142 riders in yesterday’s concluding individual time trial in Verona.

03 June 2019, 13:24
Marcel Kittel back on the bike (and beer and cake) - but not shaving his legs

Marcel Kittel, who recently announced he was taking an indefinite break from pro cycling, is back on his bike, plus the beer and cake ... but he's not shaving his legs. (As spotted on the German rider's Instagram account by reader Josh Owen Morris, though the pictures in question seem to have disappeared now).

03 June 2019, 13:12
Video: James Hayden takes an unplanned dip

The ultracyclist has been dipping his toe in the water with mountain biking, riding the Highland Trail 550 last week - and he made a splash, though not in the way he intended ...

03 June 2019, 13:05
"On your bike!" says Peter Sagan - for World Bicycle Day

Sound advice from the three-time world champ.

03 June 2019, 13:01
Elllen van Dijk's bike stolen - and she has suspicions about the culprit
03 June 2019, 11:42
DealClincher - Time for some new sunnies?
Oakley Radar EV Black 2

If you're looking for a new pair of sunnies then we'd highly recommend Oakley's Radar EV. They're secure on the face and the lens offers great clarity.

This set is currently down to £104.99

03 June 2019, 11:38
Giro 2019 - That's a Wrap

The final episode of Mitchelton Scott's Grio d'Italia.
The team missed their big goals with Simon Yates finishing 8th, 7'49" down on a very impressive Richard Carapaz of Movistar.
But it wasn't all bad news. The race saw fan-favourite Esteban Chavez returning close to the form of a few years ago. He took an emotional stage win late in the race.

03 June 2019, 10:53
Over on our socials

Make sure you follow us on all the social media platforms to see what we're reviewing and some general road .cc nonsense. As a little taster, his is a look at one of the latest review bikes.  

03 June 2019, 08:44
How to be vegan at the Giro

Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen explains ...

03 June 2019, 08:37
A very nasty injury at Paris-Rounbaix U23 due to a disc brake rotor ....

It happened to AG2R U23 rider Matteo Jorgenson during yeterday's race (which was won by the Team Wiggins-Le Col rider, Tom Pidcock).

03 June 2019, 08:30
... but this one from tthe US involving an axle lever is even more wince-inducing

Ouchee. Click through on the tweet for more pictures and the full story.

03 June 2019, 08:14
Richard Carapaz with the Giro d'Italia trophy in Verona (picture RCS Sport, LaPresse)
Some stories you may have missed at the weekend

Richard Carapaz wins the Giro d’Italia

He’s the first rider from Ecuador to win a Grand Tour – and a national hero now.

Giro d’Italia videos – Lopez slaps a spectator, Roglic penalised after push, mech sets Mollema swearing

It was all happening on Stage 20.

HSBC UK is cutting nine in ten of its staff car-parking spaces – it wants employees to cycle instead

Let’s hope other companies follow British Cycling’s sponsor’s lead.

David Millar and Martin Johnson ride Vélo North route

 “Breath-taking is the only way I can describe it,” says Millar

MP suffers broken hand after getting doored while cycling in Bournemouth

And Chris Grayling was nowhere in sight.

"I've put 10kg on because I was severely underweight" says Wiggins

They didn't call him Twiggo for nothing.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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