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.
Cyclists aren’t the ‘scourge of the streets’. They are mothers, fathers, grandparents and children all doing their bit to make Britain a healthier, greener and more liveable place.
Share this video from @Chris_Boardman to help us make our message loud and clear to @channel5_tv pic.twitter.com/PDkRGEjsRi
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 9, 2019
Some serious face-pulling by The Gurning Kwik Fit team’s Ellie Vivaldi there! She’s won the women’s race just a day after her teammates Julian, Alan and Philip took the top three places yesterday. Chateau!!!
— UK Cycling Expert (@ukcyclingexpert) July 9, 2019
Viviani wins stage 4 photo finish
— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 9, 2019
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.
Tour stage 4 latest: Frederik Backaert wins intermediate sprint, Viviani picks up points, drunk people in a paddling pool
— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 9, 2019
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...
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.
Quick-Step confirm Kasper Asgreen is fit and ready for stage 4 after yesterday's crash
— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@deceuninck_qst) July 9, 2019
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.
Important sock length update
(Neuville-en-Ferrain, France) In a shocking development that has rocked the Tour de France to its very core, border officials announced the discovery of hundreds of non-regulation socks in a car driven by a soigneur from an unnamed team. Police reportedly conducted raids on several team buses in the hours that followed, and multiple riders were escorted out of their hotel by French gendarmes to undergo a battery of sockdoping tests. Several hours later, a second car was reportedly discovered carrying hundreds more pairs of 8” wicking nylon/polyester garments. The incident, christened “Operación Socko” and “The DeFeet Affair” by local media, produced immediate calls for the accused riders to withdraw from the Tour, but as of press time no riders have yet announced their departure. A rumor spreading this afternoon indicates a likely mass protest by the peloton tomorrow, as many riders announced plans to ride sockless in solidarity with their embattled colleagues. (This story is developing…) #cycling #roadbike #bikerace #cyclinghumor #sockdoping #cyclingmeme #bikememe #letour #cat3 #cat4 #cat5 #cat3memes #lesmemesdutour
Stunning work by the cat3memes Instagram account here. Operación Socko is in full swing...
The never-ending podium handshake
— Coreen Mazzocchi (@mazzok) July 8, 2019
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...
Tim Wellens' Tasty KoM Bike
— Marc Sergeant (@marc_sergeant) July 9, 2019
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!
Brad on a bike: Cav approves
Absolutely crying with laughter watching @SirWiggo on the moto for @Eurosport_UK’s @LeTour coverage. Along with bike racing, he was made to do this. His Instagram Stories are absolute gold too. Not just for laughs, his knowledge is impeccable pic.twitter.com/3IvkvHJ05o
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 8, 2019
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."
9 year old Bailey had a nasty tumble at the weekend doing a 100km() charity ride. I’m sure the cycling community would all like to send him a massive get well soon! https://t.co/kKQQYzXv2v
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) July 8, 2019
Bailey was taken to hospital and kept overnight due to the extent of his injuries, but a family friend told road.cc 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.
So much going on in one photo...
Alex Dowsett's winning Tour de France Twitter so far
There was a couple of crashes today. Subsequently the flat earthers are calling for a ban of stage 3 of the tdf along with road bikes, tarmac roads, lycra, exercise, sweat, downhills, uphills, flat roads, tyres and brakes, as some crashes are caused by too much brakes
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) 8 July 2019
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...
We feel your pain Chris...
Tomorrow, I intend to commute by train with a bike. I’m stressed already. And surely that’s not right.
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) 8 July 2019
Ever tried boarding a Great Western train from Bristol without a reservation booked about a year in advance? Never ends well!