Top 10 cycling stories you might have missed this week

The pick of the bunch from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap...

1. UCI may hit Lopez with fine or disqualification for punching fan during Giro d'Italia

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A man who had inadvertently knocked Lopez off his bike was shown being hit by him several times on television. Lopez could have faced a fine of 500 to 2,000 Swiss Francs, a deduction of 10 to 100 points from the rider’s UCI rankings and elimination or disqualification from the race. However, Giro d'Italia judges allowed Lopez to escape the punishment.
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2. Helmet cam cyclist shops 325 drivers in a year

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A cyclist has reported 325 mobile phone offences in a year on his daily commute, including catching two drivers twice, resulting in disqualifications in both cases. The man, who police say wants to remain anonymous, has been shortlisted for an active citizen award for helping to bring bad driving to police attention.
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3. Peloton indoor cycling startup to go public

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Peloton, the virtual spin class startup, produces £2,000 home exercise bikes that enables users to take part in virtual spinning classes for a further £40 a month. The firm is now working with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan and could be valued at more than $8bn.
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4. Transport for London plans 20mph speed limit in Congestion Charging Zone

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TfL has announced proposals to make 20mph the default speed limit for the “red route” roads it controls inside the Congestion Charging Zone. Meanwhile, the City of London is set to go even lower with a 15mph speed limit in the Square Mile.
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5. Olympia unveils the Leader disc brake race bike with an 850g frame

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Look. At. That! The Leader's frameset is super light for a disc brake model, and uses three different carbon fibres for optimum power transfer, stiffness and efficiency... ...
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6. Almost seven out of ten drivers want bikes to have licence plates, according to survey

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Bizarrely, 44% also want cyclists to pay Vehicle Excise Duty, even though bicycles don't produce any emissions. Where to start... 
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7. New South Wales motorist who filmed himself driving on cycle path while swearing at cyclists gets fined


A motorist in New South Wales who filmed himself driving on a cycle path while hurling a tirade of abuse at two cyclists, who happened to be off-duty police officers, has been fined $1,250 after admitting three separate offences. Thomas Harris, aged 27, filmed the incident on Swamp Road, Jamberoo, on 29th January this year. The footage was subsequently posted to Instagram and Facebook and quickly went viral.
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8. Hackney woman told to knock down bike shed – because it's too tall

Hackney Town Hall (licensed CC BY SA 2.5 on Wikimedia Commons by Tarquin Binary)

A woman in Hackney was told to knock down the bike shed she had built in her garden for her family and neighbours to use after being told it's to tall by Hackney Council. According to the Hackney Gazette, Jemima Sharpe commissioned the shed, which can accommodate five bicycles, from a specialist company, and applied for retrospective planning permission. But Hackney Council has told her that the shed, which is in a conservation area close to London Fields, is too tall at 1.9 metres and “did not make a positive contribution to the area.” Ms Sharpe appealed the decision, hoping to simply lower the shed instead of destroying it, however her request was denied. 
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9. Man who threw bike into path of Giro d'Italia riders to be deported from Italy

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A man who threw a bicycle into the path of riders at the Giro d’Italia last week is to be deported from the country, it has been revealed. The shocking incident happened as a three-man breakaway – including eventual stage winner Damiano Cima – sped through the town of Conegliano in the Veneto on last Thursday’s Stage 18 of the race.
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10. Trek-Segafredo sponsor confirms Vincenzo Nibali joining next season

Vincenzo Nibali at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (picture RCS Sport, LaPresse)

Cycling’s transfer season doesn’t officially open until 1 August, but one high profile move has been confirmed already, with the sponsor of Trek-Segafredo saying that Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali will be joining the team for next season.
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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 in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the 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. 

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