Live blog: Wout van Aert’s joy at debut Tour de France stage win; Kiwi Tour de France star’s Cricket World Cup Final frustration; Extinction Rebellion protester cycles onto military airshow runway; Sagan the magician + more

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
15 July 2019, 21:01
Wout van Aert's joy at stage win in debut Tour de France

It was a dramatic day at the Tour de France, what with the crosswinds blowing the race apart and dashing the GC hopes of some big names - but at the end of it, there was a bunch sprint yo be had, and Wout van Aert, whose debut at the race is one of the most anticipated in recent years, revailed.

It's an understatement to say that it meant a lot to him and his Jumbo-Visma team ...

15 July 2019, 20:26
15 July 2019, 16:05
Canaries cool down with some cycling

It is that time of the year again where footballers start cycling as part of their pre-season training and Norwich City are no different. Not sure it bodes well for their campaign though if they have to ask what happens if they fall off...

15 July 2019, 15:01
Tour latest - some big GC names are getting dropped with 25km to go

Will they get back on? Pinot is the biggest surprise in the group of dropped GC contenders after looking so strong on Saturday, at the moment they're leaving it open for Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal to capitalise.  

15 July 2019, 14:59
Quite fast...

Marcin Bialoblocki broke the British competition time trial record over 100 miles yesterday, recording a blistering time of 3:13:37 - full story here

15 July 2019, 13:03
Kiwi Tour de France star's Cricket World Cup agony

Jumbo-Visma's George Bennett, currently lying fourth overall at the Tour de France, is from New Zealand - and there was no way he was going to miss the climax of yesterday's Cricket World Cup final, watching it on a laptop while getting a massage.

His frustration as England edged out the Kiwis in a dramatic Super Over finale - the cricketing equivalent of a penalty shootout - was clear to see as he slammed the laptop shut afterwards.

Before the start of today's Stage 10 to Albi, he revealed to ITV 4's Daniel Friebe that he'd managed to keep up to date with what was happening at Lord's during yesterday's stage with a bit of help from Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White.

15 July 2019, 12:02
Extinction Rebellion to hook up with Stop Killing Cyclists for national protest on 7th September

The action isn't set to stop at the road closures this week, with Extinction Rebellion teaming up with Stop Killing Cyclists to jointly stage a 'massive dramatic National Cycle Protest' on Tuesday 7th September. The procession will begin at Lincoln Inn Fields with a 'die-in', using horse-drawn carriages carrying coffins to create a metaphorical funeral representing the claimed 280,000 children and adults who died prematurely from diseases related to air pollution in the last decade.   

SKC's co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy, who is very active on Twitter, says: “For too long the UK Treasury has promoted the lethal motor and fossil fuel industries. The 2019 budget must be a Climate/Ecological Emergency Budget that includes £6 billion a year for the creation of a national cycling network and the reversal of the toxic fuel duty cuts.”
Our kids deserve safe streets to cycle & play on and they deserve a safe climate to protect their futures. We really welcome this important collaboration with Extinction Rebellion on this national cycle protest. Cycle action is climate action.”  

15 July 2019, 11:49
Team Ineos will get through a f**k load of Muc-Off over the next couple of weeks

It's the question that no one was asking, but is quite interesting to find out anyway... just how much bike cleaner, gels and caffeine do Team Ineos get through over the Tour de France? A lot actually, with the team revealing that their four mechanics, all working full-time each day, will spray 40 litres of general purpose cleaner and 4 litres of drivetrain cleaner over the three weeks. The riders also drink about 960 coffees, have their drinks bottles filled 3500 times and slurp through 2,200 gels.  

15 July 2019, 10:22
Extinction Rebellion Bristol: cyclists welcome

The atmosphere is pretty cordial on Bristol Bridge, with a large pink boat appearing and families chilling out in the road while it's void of cars. 

The activists have made it clear bikes are free to go past, designating a path for cyclists with a temporary road sign illustrated with chalk. 

15 July 2019, 08:07
Extinction Rebellion protests close streets in London, Bristol, Glasgow and more as action kicks off with cyclist disrupting military airshow

A bizarre 20 minute-long chase ensued at a Navy airshow in Yeovilton, Somerset yesterday as Extinction Rebellion protester Christopher Maunder cycled onto the runway and was chased by members of the military and firefighters. It's been reported that Maunder has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass for the stunt, which he claims was in protest at the "immoral display on military might."

Meanwhile, the group are promising prolonged action all over the country as numerous city streets were blocked off with large colourful boats this morning. Is your city affected, and if so is it for the better without the motor traffic? We're about to go see for ourselves on Bristol Bridge, where protesters are promising to be for the whole week...

15 July 2019, 07:36
Daryl Impey "lost for words" after his first individual Tour de France stage victory

The 34-year-old South African broke away from the breakaway to win his first stage at the Tour de France, and couldn't contain his emotions after he crossed the line. Impey also shared some of the juicy details of his ride on Strava, and he'll be even more thrilled that he's bagging three KOMs along the way...


15 July 2019, 07:33
Is there anything this man can't do...

First we see Sagan deploy God mode, as he calmly stops a bus in its tracks so he can cross the road... 

...and here he is casually solving a Rubik's cube in 26 seconds. 

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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