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Live blog: Idiot shoots paintballs at World Naked Bike Ride cyclists; Rees-Mogg riding into cabinet position … on a penny-farthing? Cav double punctures at Isle of Man Gran Fondo as drawing pins strewn on road + more

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23 July 2019, 19:23
Idiot fires paintballs at World Naked Bike Ride cyclists

Have you ever done paintball?
If so, you’ll know that even through the combat fatigues you’re issued with at the start of the day hurts, and leaves a bruise.
So pity the poor riders at the World Naked Bike Ride in St Louis, Missouri, this weekend who had to put up with this absolute bloody wanker firing paintballs at them …

23 July 2019, 18:31
23 July 2019, 18:30
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana
Fuglsang in “too much pain to continue” Tour de France after crash

Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang – third favourite to win the Tour de France at the start of the race in Brussels more than a fortnight ago – has been talking about the crash which forced him to abandon today, when he was lying 9th overall.

I’m really disappointed about leaving the Tour de France this way, but there was too much pain to continue.

Somebody crashed in front of me and there was no way to avoid it, so I crashed over my handlebar. My hand directly swelled up and I could barely stand on my feet, I directly knew my Tour would finish here.

I was very motivated for the final week and I was ready to battle for a higher position in the GC. That this has to be the way of missing out on this battle, is just very disappointing.

Now all the focus will be on recovering, both physically as mentally, because the Tour was a big goal after my wins in Liége and the Dauphiné.

23 July 2019, 15:05
Fuglsang abandons after crash

It looks like it's one crash too many for the Dane, who has had a Tour to forget. The helmet is off and it's all but confirmed that he's now abandoned the race - more in our full stage report later. 

23 July 2019, 14:25
Jacob Rees-Mogg spotted en route to Boris Johnson’s house to secure a cabinet position:

Credit the Have I Got News For You Facebook page for the caption. 

On the subject of penny farthings, we reported on the man attempting to break the 132-year-old penny farthing LEJOG record - Richard Thoday is now well on track to break it, currently about 30 miles south of Inverness according to the live tracker

23 July 2019, 14:01
The Team Ineos riders don't seem to concerned after G's chute ...
23 July 2019, 14:41
Cycle to Work Day challenges week 4 - female riders who log a ride this week could win a Trek FX Sport
cycle to work day

 

In the run up to Cycle to Work Day on 8th August Cyclescheme are running seven weeks of challenges with prizes to be won - week 4 is one for female cyclists, and with the latest research from Cycling UK suggesting female riders make up less than a third of all
UK cyclists, Cyclescheme are putting the spotlight on female riders. All you have to do is log a ride on the Cyclescheme Love to Ride community between the 22nd–28th July and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a Trek FX Sport 4, worth £950 (pictured below). More info on Cyclescheme's website here

trek fx sport

 

23 July 2019, 12:37
Just as we say that...

Geraint Thomas goes down. As crashes go, this is an ok one...

Sorry, Geraint, the curse of the commentator and all that...

23 July 2019, 12:29
Sprint-day snooze...

Today's stage has the potential to be a second rest day for the GC riders. There's a group of five up the road with a 2'05" gap while the sprinter's teams control the peloton. 

Commence your snooze or get on with your job. We'll give you a poke if any crosswinds happen.

23 July 2019, 12:24
Chris Froome's missing the Tour ...
23 July 2019, 12:11
Some amazing Roman architecture on today's Tour de France stage

Besides the Roman sites in Nimes itself where the stage starts and finishes, there's also the incredible Pont du Gard aqueduct ...

23 July 2019, 11:08
Whoop...
Boris Johnson at the Street Velodrome in London image via Street Velodrome

 

The new Prime Minister ladies and gentlemen.

23 July 2019, 10:37
Cav punctures at Isle of Man Gran Fondo as drawing pins strewn on road

Mark Cavendish, left out of Team Dimension Data's line-up for the Tour de France (how's that working out, guys?) was back on his native Isle of Man at the weekend to ride its Gran Fondo - although his day out was marred by a double-puncture due to someone strewing drawing pins on the road.

Home riders Nathan Draper and Sally Walker took the wins in the men's and women's events, respectively, while the third rider home in the men's event was the MotoGP ace Cal Crutchlow, who has a home on the island as well as Tuscany, where Cavendish also has his European base.

23 July 2019, 10:00
Jens' legs don't need shutting up any more

...thanks to the Trek Domane+ e-road bike, of course. 

23 July 2019, 09:44
G and Luke Rowe's 'Watts Occurring' podcast gets unique artistic twist

Not sure the bodily proportions are quite right, but it's different I suppose... you can listen to episode three of the podcast here

23 July 2019, 07:43
Police get social media backlash after announcing seizure of e-scooters on Twitter

The Met Cycle Safety Team's announcement on Twitter that they've been seizing illegal e-scooters has been met with criticism, with many cyclists expressing frustration that they're being targeted when the city suffers from high levels of congestion due to motor traffic. 

E-scooters are currently illegal in the UK on both roads and pavements, and can only be ridden on private land with permission from the land owner. Recently their safety has been questioned in the national media after YouTube star Lily Hartridge became the first person in the UK to die in an incident involving an e-scooter. 

Are the police right to be getting them off the road/cycle paths or should this greener mode of transport be encouraged?

23 July 2019, 07:20
Pinot is now bookies' favourite to win the Tour
thibaut pinot 2019 tdf screenshot via youtube.PNG

We've been having a snoop at the latest odds, and Pinot is now the red hot favourite at 9/5 to win the Tour and therefore become the first Frenchman to do so since Bernard Hinault in 1985. 

Despite his stronger performance on stage 15 Geraint Thomas is quite far behind at 7/2, current leader Julian Alaphilippe is at 5/1 and Egan Bernal is 11/2 - do you reckon they've called it right?

Arriving at road.cc 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 road.cc 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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ChrisB200SX | 5 years ago
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Paintballs can KILL or seriously wound.
All the more likely when you're firing at people without the proper protective equipment. That guy needs to go to jail. Had I been there in a suitable position I'd have taken the fucker down neutralised the threat and then called the police.

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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Surely using a paintball gun on innocent cyclists is assault, so why wasn't he arrested?  There must have been police escorting the ride.

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Htc replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Surely using a paintball gun on innocent cyclists is assault, so why wasn't he arrested?  There must have been police escorting the ride.

I'm amazed the police didn't arrest the cyclists - this is the back of beyond in the US. Cyclists are like cockroaches, just run them over if they're in your way.

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Rick_Rude | 5 years ago
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Impressive Popeye forearms on Cal Crutchlow.

If you tried to brake on a motogp bike with Froome arms I'd imagine they'd snap. Fit lads the motogp lot.

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AlsoSomniloquism | 5 years ago
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I wonder if the TT races on the IoM also have tacks strewn on the course or is it just cyclists targetted like this?

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Dicklexic | 5 years ago
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The Jens video is funny, but I can't help thinking that this (admittedly jovial) smugness portrayed by Jens is just the sort of perceived smugness (whether it's actually there or not) that riles non-ebike riders in the real world too. Having said that, it does demonstrate that ebikes don't have to be the preserve of the overweight or physically limited. It has always bugged me that so many naysayers won't accept that you can still have a good workout on an ebike, either by riding at the same effort but going faster, or by riding further than you otherwise would. If/when ebike prices start to properly come down I'll be very tempted to get one myself for the daily commute and use the car a lot less!

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MarsFlyer | 5 years ago
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I’d like to see the Met Police targetting drivers doing 40mph in the 20mph zones.

Many drivers have cut their speed and it makes these zones much nicer as a pedestrian, stopping the bad drivers will therefore have a big effect. 

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srchar | 5 years ago
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I'm glad that the default punishment for driving without insurance is vehicle seizure.</sarc>

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Sriracha | 5 years ago
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If the police are looking for "low hanging fruit" they could seize the cars with obscured/smoked number plates. Easy to spot, I see a few every day. Not only are the plates illegal, they indicate a premeditated prejudice against compliance with speed limits etc. So why wait?

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ConcordeCX replied to Sriracha | 5 years ago
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Sriracha wrote:

If the police are looking for "low hanging fruit" [...]

i think that's what the paintball shooter was aiming for.

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FluffyKittenofT... replied to Sriracha | 5 years ago
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Sriracha wrote:

If the police are looking for "low hanging fruit" they could seize the cars with obscured/smoked number plates. Easy to spot, I see a few every day. Not only are the plates illegal, they indicate a premeditated prejudice against compliance with speed limits etc. So why wait?

 

On one occassion I saw a truck parked in a cycle lane close to a junction, half blocking the road.  Illegally parked in  more than one way.  It had bits of cardboard carefully taped over its licence plates to conceal them.  A cop car carefully maneuvered its way past it, and then drove on.

I've seen cars parked on the pavement, on 'stay clear' chevrons, in cycle lanes, cop cars drive past and nothing happens.

 

  I really think that with few exceptions the police simply don't care about motoring offenses.

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Miller | 5 years ago
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I have used a Lime escooter, not in UK, and thought it was excellent. Of course pedestrians may complain, and we are all pedestrians at times, but the genie is out of the bottle and I can't see how bikes and scooters can be kept off pavements any more. If scooter use rises then there will be fatal accidents, as we have already seen. Somehow the fact that motor cars were mowing people down right from the word go didn't prevent their take-up.

Those odds for Pinot seem a bit sentimental. There's a lot of racing to go in the Tour yet.

 

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RobD replied to Miller | 5 years ago
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Miller wrote:

Those odds for Pinot seem a bit sentimental. There's a lot of racing to go in the Tour yet.

Yeah as much as I'd be quite happy to see Pinot win it, he's got a lot of racing to get through, and by his own admission isn't a big fan of the heat, he could be set for a few days of baking in the Alps. If he manages it though then fair play to him, and to FDJ for actually coming with a team that is capable of supporting him properly for once.

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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Met Police Cycle Safety Team criticised for seizing electric scooters in London;

Met Police Cycle Safety Team criticised for seizing illegal vehicles in London.

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hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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They should prioritise safer driving by running a close-pass operation or even just a crack-down on motorists using mobiles whilst driving. Stopping e-scooters is hardly going to make the roads any safer.

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racyrich replied to hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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seized four electric scooters today for No Insurance

 

I look forward to plod seizing all the uninsured cars they encounter daily.  They must have noticed loads with all those extra vans out looking for those dreadfully dangerous scooters.

I won't hold my breath.

 

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quiff replied to racyrich | 5 years ago
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racyrich wrote:

I look forward to plod seizing all the uninsured cars they encounter daily.  They must have noticed loads with all those extra vans out looking for those dreadfully dangerous scooters.

I won't hold my breath.

To be fair to the Met, they have been running a "Vision Zero" campaign targeting driving offences recently, and have seized a lot of cars too. See e.g. http://news.met.police.uk/news/55-arrested-and-221-vehicles-seized-at-co...

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brooksby replied to hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

They should prioritise safer driving by running a close-pass operation or even just a crack-down on motorists using mobiles whilst driving. Stopping e-scooters is hardly going to make the roads any safer.

I suspect its the 'low hanging fruit' effect - its far easier and more politically acceptable (unfortunately  ) to spot and stop electric scooters, RLJ cyclists, whatever than it is to go after the mobile-phone-users, RLJ motorists, etc.

Nevertheless, though, it *is* illegal to use those scooters on the road...

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