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Welcome to Thursday's live blog, with Jack Sexty, Simon MacMichael and the rest of the team. 

Live blog: 

13/06/2019, 18:41

Bike cop nabs fully tooled-up bike thief

All the tools of the trade ...

13/06/2019, 18:37

Team Ineos doctor gives medical update on Chris Froome

Team Ineos doctor Richard Usher says Chris Froome’s surgery last night following his high-speed crash while previewing the route of yesterday’s time trial stage at the Criterium du Dauphiné was a success.  

“First things first, the surgery was a success. The operation, which lasted for six hours, went very well,” he said.

“Chris woke up this morning and was reviewed by the intensive care consultants and the orthopaedic specialist who operated on him and they’re both very happy with his progress to date.

“Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging.

“As he begins his road to recovery, the team will now only be providing further updates at a stage where it is necessary to do so."

Team Ineos added that Froome appreciated the messages of support sent to him, and will provide his own response in the coming days.

13/06/2019, 16:56

Strava are allowing us to make our rides more colourful to mark Pride Month

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By putting a rainbow emoji in the title or adding the #worldpride2019 hashtag to the activity description, your ride route will be displayed in rainbow colours in celebration of Pride Month. It works on the app only and not on desktop, and the feature will work through the whole of June. 

13/06/2019, 14:27

Froome latest - Wiggins send condolences, doctor who operated says he "may be back in the saddle in six months"

Rémi Philippot, the head doctor who operated on Froome, told Le Progres: "The operation lasted a long time, there were several traumas and he suffered multiple fractures.

"The cyclist should stay in hospital for several days. There are potential further operations to be done.”

In better news, it's also been reported on afp.com that Philippot says Froome could be back on the bike in six months: "The impact was at around 50 km/h, with very little body protection, causing a high-energy impact.

"Chris Froome has the morale of a winner and is very rapidly bouncing back. He started asking immediately when he could get back on his bike. He should be back racing in about six months."

 

13/06/2019, 13:43

Number of Birmingham cyclists killed or seriously injured at record high, according to latest stats

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Government figures have revealed that 280 cyclists were injured on the roads of the second city in 2017, and one in five (58) were killed or seriously injured. 

The highest total number of incidents records was in 2014, at 287 - but the number of serious incidents has steadily rose since 2013. 

Speaking to The Birmingham Mail about a perceived rise in dangerous driving around cyclists, Joshua Harris of the Brake road safety charity said:   

“Cycling is one of the healthiest and cheapest ways to get around and everyone should be able to cycle every day without fear for their own safety.

“Yet our research has found that even drivers think dangerous driving around cyclists has increased in recent years, and with 10 people cycling being killed or seriously injured every day, more is clearly needed to be done to keep those on two wheels safe.

“Whilst the government’s actions to encourage more people to cycle and keep them safe are welcome, they must go further.

“We need slower, safer speed limits, greater investment in segregated cycle lanes and drivers who do behave dangerously removed from our roads.

“Drivers themselves also have a role to play in keeping people cycling safe - with our research showing that they acknowledge the dangers they can pose to cyclists.”

13/06/2019, 13:14

Father's Day tips...

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13/06/2019, 13:12

How to submit camera evidence to the police

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You wanted to know, so here's how in our handy guide here

13/06/2019, 12:43

Cycle to Work scheme £1,000 cap scrapped - Halfords predict e-bike revolution, as they reveal their e-bike sales are up 47%

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If you haven't read our article on it yet, Cycle to Work schemes in the UK have just got a whole lot more flexible with the Department for Transport's new guidance, making it clear that bikes worth over £1,000 will now be far easier to get on C2W.

One particular genre of bike that is almost impossible to find at the sub-£1,000 mark is electric bikes, and retail giant Halfords is predicting an 'e-bike revolution' thanks to the relaxation of the cap - and they say their own e-bike sales are up 47% and account for 11% of their total bike sales, most likely thanks to the C2W expansion. They also recently commissioned research that predicted e-bike sales in the UK will jump from 50,000 today to a whopping 1.5 million by 2050 (read more about that over on eBikeTips)... someone really wants to flog you an e-bike, don't they?  

13/06/2019, 12:36

Froome undergoes successful 8 hour surgery, according to latest reports

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According to L'Equipe, Brailsford said Froome underwent a successful eight hours of surgery last night. Some of the fractures were open and there were also some internal injuries - further updates when we get them. 

13/06/2019, 08:45

Froome out of the Tour de France - interview with Dave Brailsford on BBC, and reaction from around the web

Unfortunately Froome won't be going for a fifth Tour de France this year, after a horror crash at speed when he took his hands off the bars to blow his nose caused multiple fractures (most notably the right femur and right elbow).  

Froome underwent surgery last night, and his wife Michelle is currently updating us from his Twitter account and we hope to get some better news this morning. The BBC interviewed Dave Brailsford about the crash on their Bespoke Weekly podcast here, he said: "It's a big crash this one, it's not great. 

"It's a tough one to be honest, he's not in great shape."

Brailsford revealed Froome was riding with Wout Poels, and as he hung back to blow his nose, a gust of wind took his front wheel and he went straight into the wall of a house - he also lost consciousness. Brailsford said Garmin data shown Froome went from 54km/h to a "dead stop". Brailsford also praised the emergency services immediately after the crash, and luckily there was an ambulance very close to where the incident happened. 

Here's a few more reactions from around social media...

13/06/2019, 08:32

Cycling Mikey's stand-off: video gains over 100,000 views overnight

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The video via Cycling Mikey on yesterday's live blog is going viral, garnering hundreds of comments on YouTube, Reddit and road.cc amongst others. Although some commenters appear to be taking  issue with the vigilantism, most were fully on the side of 'Bike Gandalf's' actions...

13/06/2019, 08:28

Cargo bike > removal van

We missed this one first time around, but here's the cycling and walking charity Sustrans doing their whole London office move using e-cargo bikes. They did it with help from cargo bike taxi and logistics service Pedal Me, who you can find out more about here

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 joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. 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.