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

Live blog: 

03/07/2019, 20:11

03/07/2019, 20:09

Harvard University launches major study into distracted drivers

Q: "Are things getting better or worse with distracted driving?"

A: "They’re getting worse."

This piece is worth reading ... and the eye-opener is that in may US states, while texting at the wheel nay be banned, using a handheld mobile isn't.

Read the full article here.

03/07/2019, 19:49

It's going to be a poignant Tour de France for Phil without Paul ...

03/07/2019, 19:47

03/07/2019, 19:42

(Puts on Bruce Forsyth voice) "Cuddly toy, cuddly toy?"

03/07/2019, 19:35

Parking, Cambridge style ...

03/07/2019, 13:44

Channel 5 under fire over 'Cyclists: Scourge Of The Streets?' documentary

Channel 5 is being criticised on social media today after it  emerged that the network is screening next Tuesday evening a documentary under the title 'Cyclists: Scourge Of The Streets?' 

Clearly, it's impossible to judge the programme until after it airs, but the title doesn't eexactly fill us with hope that it will be sympathetic to people on bikes.

We'll have more on this shortly but in the meantime, this tweet is one of manyy outlining concerns about the show on Twitter.

03/07/2019, 13:43

DealClincher: £2,600 off this brilliant Specialized Roubaix Pro

Specialized Roubaix Pro 2018

Fancy yourself a shiny new road bike? The Roubaix is perfect for bumpy UK roads and this one comes with the marvelous Dura-Ace R9120 groupset and Roval CL 32 carbon tubeless-ready wheels.

Read more here

03/07/2019, 00:26

Peta Cavendish defends husband against critics on social media

She also took time to respond to some fans, including the poor chap below, and judging by the comments being retweeted is also frustrated with the way Dimension Data handled the selection process. 

03/07/2019, 00:02

Cavendish says he's heartbroken at being left out of Dimension Data's Tour de France team, but will support teammates nonetheless

30-time Tour de France stage winner Cavendish is the most high-profile omission from this year's race, and this will be the first year since 2006 he hasn't started. In a thoughtful Twitter thread, Cavendish praised his team's charity efforts with Qhubeka but explained that it hurts all the more because he believed he was approaching peak form: 

"I’m absolutely heart-broken by the decision that means I won’t be Le Tour this year. As I have done for my entire career, I targeted a specific time to be at peak form. This has pretty much always resulted in me hitting my goals or coming damn close.

"Predominantly at the most beautiful, special race that is Le Tour de France, where 30 of these victories have defined my career. After a long, difficult fight back from trying to compete for the whole of last season with Epstein Barr Virus and after following a specific training program to peak in July, I feel I was in the perfect place. Nevertheless, I truly came to (Team Dimension Data) with the purpose of making a difference, by mobilising entire communities in Africa with bicycles through our incredible charity Quebuka.

"Though I won’t be there, as always I’ll be supporting my teammates with all I have, wishing them safety and success in France and hoping we can get even more children on bicycles. Thank you all for your support."

Clearly a popular face at the Tour, hundreds have commented that Cavendish will be missed this year, including Koen de Kort of Trek-Segafredo and Joanna Rowsell Shand. 

03/07/2019, 08:50

Wrong way!

We missed this from the British Road Champs last week, but according to Hannah Walker it appears Adam Blythe lead most of the peloton the wrong way at this particular junction... where were the marshals though? 

02/07/2019, 23:06

Last year's Le Tour hero Lawson Craddock left out of EF Education First team

Craddock fractured his scapula on stage 1 of last year's Tour de France, but battled terrible pain to finish the tour and unusually becoming the first rider to complete every single stage in last place (he also raised huged amounts for charity for his efforts). 

Unfortunately his heroic efforts in 2018 weren't enough to earn him a place on the team this year, and there was also no call-up for Taylor Phinney. We heard a few rumblings that perhaps Lachlan Morton's huge victory at the GBDURO last week was simply a very very hard training ride ahead of the tour, but it appears that wasn't to be with Morton also not making the roster. Probably for the best...

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 being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's 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.