Live blog: Cyclists aren’t the “Scourge Of The Streets” says Chris Boardman ahead of tonight’s Channel 5 documentary – they’re people’s family members; Grayson Perry’s blinging bike; TdF latest + more

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09 July 2019, 18:16
Cyclist's aren't the 'Scourge of the Streets' - they're people's family, says Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman, the world and Olympic gold medal winning cyclist turned cycling campaigner, has said ahead of tonight's Channel 5 documentary that cyclist's aren't the "Scourge Of The Streets" - a reference to the programme's title - but members of people's families.

Boardman  who remains a policy advisor to British Cycling in addition to his principal role as Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner, was speaking in a short film for the governing body ahead of the programme, which airs at 9.15 this evening.

09 July 2019, 15:40
Chateau, Ellie!
09 July 2019, 15:35
Viviani wins stage 4 photo finish

It's two in a row for Deceuninck–Quick-Step, as Elia Viviani beats Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan to the line with Peter Sagan finishing fourth - full story on the site coming soon. 

09 July 2019, 14:18
Tour stage 4 latest: Frederik Backaert wins intermediate sprint, Viviani picks up points, drunk people in a paddling pool

Backaert was first over the line out of the breakaway, and from the peloton Elia Viviani was the best of the rest ahead of Sonny Colbrelli and Peter Sagan. And these people found a more refreshing way to watch the action...  

09 July 2019, 12:30
Lauf Gritfest video

Find more like this over on our sister site

09 July 2019, 12:11
That's an amazing front light on Grayson Perry's bike ...
09 July 2019, 11:43
Graham Obree* joins the TdF peloton

*Probably not Obree

09 July 2019, 11:05
Arkea Samsic's dangerous socks

What do you reckon, do these Ekoi socks worn by Arkea Samsic meet the UCI's rules? As we all know by now, socks must not extend higher than the halfway point between the ankle and the knee. These boys are living life on the edge.

09 July 2019, 09:48
Quick-Step confirm Kasper Asgreen is fit and ready for stage 4 after yesterday's crash

Thankfully Asgreen came off far better than his bike, which was literally cut in two after he crashed deep into yesterday's stage. He went to hospital after gingerly crossing the line but has been given the all-clear to continue today. 

09 July 2019, 10:25
The never-ending podium handshake

Canyon-SRAM's Kasia Niewiadom found herself locked in a seemingly infinite handshake as she collected the Maglia Rosa yesterday, in a test of endurance on a par with the 100km stage she'd just completed. A captivatingly akward watch... 

09 July 2019, 09:58
Tim Wellens' Tasty KoM Bike

We suspect that Ridley had this frame ready before the Tour because overnight, PolkaDot Jersey wearer Tim Wellens magically got a new bike with a fancy new paint job.

It probably wasn't magic pixies that built it up though, more like one of these tired Belgian mechanics!

09 July 2019, 10:04
Brad on a bike: Cav approves
09 July 2019, 07:49
9-year-old crashes less than 1km into a 100km charity bike ride due to "disgustingly repaired" pothole

Bailey Bocutt embarked on the ride with his mum, granddad and members of the EG Cycling Club to raise funds for cancer charities, inspired to make a difference after seeing his cousin battling Leukaemia. 

Less than 1km from starting, however, Bailey hit a large pothole (above) on the A22 near East Grinstead, which according to his mother was "A disgustingly poorly repaired patch that had collapsed." 

Bailey was taken to hospital and kept overnight due to the extent of his injuries, but a family friend told that he is now recovering at home. He received a message of support from Sir Chris Hoy yesterday, and is determined to get back on the bike to complete the ride at a later date. Bailey has already raised over £8,000 for Children with Cancer, Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden, the fundraising page is here

09 July 2019, 07:46
So much going on in one photo...

Epic tan lines, an empty takeaway carton, some suspect art on the wall, and who knows what's going on to right of G's bedside!

09 July 2019, 07:43
Alex Dowsett's winning Tour de France Twitter so far

Dowsett always has an amusing anecdote or two to share, and this one is regarding his previous criticism of an interviewer who asked if time trials should be banned because Chris Froome had an accident on a time trial bike. Some sensible suggestions here...

09 July 2019, 07:40
"Scraping the bottom of the barrel"

This 'documentary', which has been called "45 minutes of hatred" by journalist Peter Walker, airs tonight unfortunately...

09 July 2019, 07:39
We feel your pain Chris...

Ever tried boarding a Great Western train from Bristol without a reservation booked about a year in advance? Never ends well!  

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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