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Top 10 cycling stories you might have missed this week

The pick of the bunch from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap…

1. Chris Froome confirmed as winner of 2011 Vuelta

Wiggins Cobo and Froome on Vuelta podium

Chris Froome has officially been awarded the 2011 Vuelta a España title as a result of Juan José Cobo’s doping ban. The result means he now has seven Grand Tour victories to his name, including Britain’s first.
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2. Driver "didn't see" cyclist crossing road before "completely avoidable" fatal collision

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A driver who admitted she "just didn't see" a Cambridge cyclist crossing the road has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. A police spokesman said the incident had been "completely avoidable".
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3. What was behind Rohan Dennis’s “reluctant” withdrawal from the Tour de France?

Rohan Dennis at Tour de Suisse (via YouTube)

One of the most striking stories from our Thursday live blog was Rohan Dennis’s disappearance from the Tour de France. For a time, even his team didn’t know where he’d gone. It was reported that the world time trial champion climbed off at the feed zone, 80km into stage 12. Bahrain-Merida sports director Gorazd Stangelj ran back to speak to him, but he wouldn’t talk. Then he vanished...
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4. Rohan Dennis's Merida Time Warp TT - The time trial bike you're not going to see at the Tour de France


World time trial champion Rohan Dennis quit the Tour de France on stage 12, about 80km into the route, and a day before the individual time trial in which he would have expected to compete for the win. Even so, it would be a shame not to have a closer look at the Merida Warp TT bike he didn't ride... 
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5. Keep it clean! The case of the disappearing cables on Tour de France race bikes

death of external cables

Nowadays, even some of the most entry-level bikes you can pickup for a few hundred quid often have some of the gear and brake cables routed through the frame - and it's been a good few years since we've seen fully external cables on a pro bike at the Tour de France. We've been scanning some of the pro team camps at the Tour to find out how many have consigned cables to the past, and who's still not afraid to bare all... 
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6. Tour de France pros on Strava: the definitive list of who to follow

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It's the first Tour de France rest day at the time of writing, and while the riders take a  brief chill pill we've had some time to take our eyes off the TV to compile a list of every rider with a Strava profile!
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7. New Colnago V3Rs launched - lighter, stiffer and more compliant


Colnago has launched the new V3Rs, the successor to the bike first launched in 2014, designed with input from Ferrari, and updated in 2017.
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8. Tour de France 2019: eight of the most unique pro stems in the peloton


Long or short? Nice and relaxed or super slammed? The humble stem is often an afterthought for us mortals; but pro riders can be pernickety, which means there is a surprising amount of variation going on with the stems of the peloton...
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9. Is this the end for helmetcam footage? Right to privacy outweighs recording journeys in case of collision says EU data watchdog

European Flags outside Commission building (picture Xavier Häpe, Wikimedia Commons)

Concerns over individuals’ right to privacy outweigh capturing footage by dashcam or helmet camera to provide evidence in the event of a road traffic collision, according to the independent body set up by the European Union last year to police the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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10. Jeremy Vine criticised for claiming taxi driver was at fault in near miss with cyclist


Mr. Vine is a keen cyclist as you will all know, and also keen to call out bad driving and post the evidence on social media armed with his action camera; however on this occasion not everyone had sympathy for the cyclist who Vine recorded experiencing a near miss with a taxi. The cyclist rode out on a crossing and failed to spot the taxi coming from her left, with the driver swerving to avoid at the last minute. Vine claims the cab driver "saw her a mile out", to which not everyone agreed...
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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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