All today's news from the site and beyond.....

Welcome to Wednesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty, Simon MacMichael and the rest of the team. 

Live blog: 

24/07/2019, 18:16

Tell us who you think will win Le Tour

24/07/2019, 16:47

What's happening here, then?

24/07/2019, 16:03

Tour de France: Trentin takes stage 17

The Mitchelton-Scott man pulled away with plenty of time to spare as he crossed the line, in a fast and furious stage that saw his average speed clocked at a monstrous 45.87kph - not bad in 40c heat. 

Full stage report to follow. 

24/07/2019, 15:04

So there was a big climb on today's stage after all...

24/07/2019, 12:33

Halfway there: Froome battling back towards fitness

The four-time Tour de France champ's recovery from his horrific crash just last month is well underway, showing us his best single-leg drills on the indoor trainer. 

The doctor that operated said he expected Froome could be back on his bike outdoors in six months at the time - if this clip is anything to go by, looks like he might be ahead of schedule. 

24/07/2019, 14:39

City, University of London partner with Beryl to analyse urban cycling data for sustainable city improvements

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The knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) between university scholars and smart light innovators/bikeshare firm Beryl is backed by a £287k grant from Innovate UK, analysing and gathering data on urban bike usage with the aim to use it for sustainable city design. 

Senior University of London Lecturer Dr Andrea Baronchelli said: "It will give City academics a wonderful opportunity to investigate smart bike share schemes with a world-leading industrial partner, and, more broadly, advance our understanding of urban mobility through the analysis of an unprecedented wealth of data." 

24/07/2019, 13:31

Insightful as ever ...

24/07/2019, 14:50

Tour latest: a big old break

It looks like this one might just about stay away, with a whopping 14 minute gap to the peloton. Plenty of big names are in there including Thomas De Gendt, Kasper Asgreen, Thomas Skujins, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Greg van Avermaet. Average speed so far: 45.6km/h. 

24/07/2019, 12:02

RideLondon to be free of single-use plastic bottles for 2019

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In association with Thames Water, Prudential RideLondon will no longer be handing out single-use plastic bottles over the event weekend of 3-4 August. The goal is to become the largest mass participation cycling event that is free of single-use plastic, saving on up to 65,000 bottles that were handed out in previous years. Instead, riders will be able to fill up their own bottles at drinks hubs across the route. Spectators will also be encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles. 

24/07/2019, 11:19

Caleb Ewan makes a splash ....

That's one way to warm down when you've just won a Tour de France stage with the temperature nudging 40 celsius ...

24/07/2019, 09:15

"I don't know why we pay them": Peter Sagan says something needs to be done about extreme heat as Tour head into the mountains

Sagan told ITV about the struggles on yesterday's flat stage in temperatures that were in the high 30's, and says the Professional Cyclist's Union (CPA) "have to do something": "I think so yes, I don't know why we pay them."

"Today we were sprinting but if you go into the mountains with this weather it's going to be very bad."

Today's hilly stage is 200km from Pont Du Gard to Gap, and temps are expected to reach highs of 39c. Do you think action needs to be taken, shortened stages for example, if the mercury rises to a certain level? Clearly Michał Kwiatkowski is very much of the opinion that it's just a case of getting on with it...

24/07/2019, 08:55

"Just let them all do it" - Floyd Landis on doping in cycling

Floyd Landis

Landis told Outside Online: "Just let them do it. Cyclists already dope at will. Legalising it would stop a few people a year from dying by suicide, from public humiliation. That would be the only change. 

"You either quit racing your bike or you dope. The only people that walked away weren’t talented enough to do it in the first place. Let me clarify that: there’s never been a rider that was talented enough to win the Tour that didn’t win because they didn’t take drugs. 

"If you’re watching the Tour de France for moral lessons, you have real issues."

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 joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. 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.