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.
A good day indeed!
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.
Once again, if the British champ can do it so can you
It's a shame that things like this have to be pointed out and isn't the norm. Drives me mad when people are throwing rubbish! If it comes out your pocket it can easily go back in! Thanks for all the kind words none the less https://t.co/cYEn1OX2Hh
— Alice Barnes (@BarnesAlice) July 1, 2019
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".
Double British National Champion So many people to thank for this. Still hasn't sunk in! pic.twitter.com/HftAFMN028
— Alice Barnes (@BarnesAlice) July 1, 2019
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I like our kit, so it’s a no from me https://t.co/BQpowngCig
— Simon Geschke (@simongeschke) July 1, 2019
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— CCC Team (@CCCProTeam) July 1, 2019
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...
An unfamiliar sight...
I'm happy to see my brother Juraj win the Slovak championship and I'd like to thank the thousands of fans that cheered for us along the route. In a few days, we head to Brussels with the team for the @letour Grand Départ. (Thanks to https://t.co/LoKelSecLw for the nice photos) pic.twitter.com/AAPqbdqJE9
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) 30 June 2019
...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...
If the national champ can do it, so can you...
— Owen Rogers (@OwenRogers) 30 June 2019
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?
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