Live blog: Brains G – Cardiff brewery honours hometown hero Thomas with bespoke beer ahead of Tour de France; French heatwave claims two cyclists’ lives; Alice Barnes shows that even GB champs don’t need to litter with their gel wrappers + more

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01 July 2019, 15:51
French heatwave claims lives of two cyclists

This weekend saw the highest temperature ever recorded in France - 45.9 degrees Celsius - and now it has emerged that the heatwave has sadly claimed the lives of two cyclists, reports The Independent.

One of the victims, a 53-year-old man, died while he was taking part in a race in the Ariege department on Saturday, and with several other competitors falling ill, organisers cancelled the event.

The other fatality happened in the Vaucluse – the department where Mont Ventoux is located – with a rider dying after reportedly collapsing due to the heat.

01 July 2019, 13:53
01 July 2019, 13:52
A good day indeed!
Ben Swit Nat Champs Strava

Ben Swift has uploaded his National Champs winning ride to Strava, making it official.

Jokes aside, the stats are staggering, with an average power of 291w for 4hrs21min over a distance of 196km!

With Ineos teammate Ian Stannard up the road, Swift put in a 1,185w sprint to drop John Archibald and bridge across to Stannard. Sensing his opportuntity, Swift continued to push well over 500w to ride straight past his teammate, covering the final 900m at 374w, a fabulous effort after 4 hours of racing.

01 July 2019, 11:07
Once again, if the British champ can do it so can you

Newly-crowned national TT and road champ Alice Barnes responded to the tweet showing the contents of her pockets: "It's a shame that things like this have to be pointed out and isn't the norm."

She's recently commented on her double victory in the TT and road race this morning, saying "it still hasn't sunk in". 

01 July 2019, 12:17
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01 July 2019, 12:23
Bit rude...

Simon Geschke was pretty reserved in his reply to this weird attempted burn. Here's the kit below in the CCC team's Tour de France reveal, and we reckon it don't look half bad. 

01 July 2019, 07:48
Ever seen a better save than this?

With a moto behind showing the speedometer approaching 80km/h, the next thing we see is two-time Ironman world champ Jan Frodeno having a scary wobble as he approaches a corner on the 185km Ironman Frankfurt bike course. Frodeno keeps a cool head, hops over a road divider and manages to keep control of his bike as he briefly goes cross-country and pops out the other side unscathed.  

While Frodeno shown handling skills every bit as impressive as a single discipline pro cyclist, the same can't be said of Brit Kimberley Morrison's flat-fixing skills - skip to 3hrs 24 mins in the feed above, and you will see Morrison struggling to fill her tube with a flat-fixing sealant that doesn't appear to want to go into the valve. She eventually reaches for a tube when it becomes apparent the damage is too great for the sealant to work, but doesn't seem to have the equipment to inflate the tyre. According to the results she eventually finished the bike course in over six and a half hours, about an hour and a half slower than most of her fellow female pros... 

01 July 2019, 07:42
An unfamiliar sight...

...but one to get used to in 2019, as it's just occurred to us this will be the first time for three years that Sagan has lined up for a Tour de France without a world champion's jersey. Here he is in his bog standard, run-of-the-mill Bora-Hansgrohe kit while supporting his brother to a Slovak national champs win, looking like a normal professional cyclist but way cooler...

01 July 2019, 07:23
If the national champ can do it, so can you...

Alice Barnes triumphed on the 136km British National Road Champs course yesterday, becoming the first woman since Emma Pooley in 2010 to win both the senior national time trial and road race in the same year. She also shown that it can be done without littering, as some wannabe pros seem to think it's ok to do, with journalist Owen Rogers capturing the contents of her back pocket after she crossed the line.

On another note, wonder if Alice would have won by a greater margin if she'd have got through that Rice Krispie Square? 

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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