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05/08/2019, 20:29

A poll running at 48 vs 52 per cent? Sounds vaguely familiar ...

05/08/2019, 19:51

A ghost bike appears to be for sale on Facebook Marketplace

A man from the Wirral has put what appears to be a ghost bike up for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

The post was spotted by road.cc reader Josh Owen Morris, who shared a screengrab of it on Twitter with the consensus of the replies being that it did indeed seem to be a ghost bike.

The bike – a folder, branded Astra, with a listing price of £15 and the description "Old bike" – seems to have been spray-painted white, as are the ghost bikes often placed at locations where a cyclist has been killed as a memorial to the rider.

Josh queried the posting with the Facebook user who put the bike up for sale, and sent us screengrabs of his exchange with the poster's wife.

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We’ve done a Google Image search for “ghost bike” on the Wirral and in nearby areas North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside, but cannot find one similar to this.

If you happen to be aware of this bike having been placed as a tribute to a cyclist who lost their life, please let us know in the comments below.

05/08/2019, 16:23

Froome has "no recollection" of crash during Dauphine TT recce

Froome told ITV news he can only go off what people told him who saw it for themselves, as he doesn't remember the crash at all. 

05/08/2019, 16:13

Fizik releases Tempo Overcurve R4 road shoe

Fizik has announced the new Tempo Overcurve R4 performance road shoe, including two new iridescent options. The new model sits alongside the existing Tempo Overcurve R5 in the range.

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"The unique asymmetrical Overcurve shape enabled Fizik’s designers to create a shoe that has a classic performance road shoe aesthetic, but based on a contemporary construction design and techniques," says Fizik.

"Fizik’s Overcurve construction features a staggered collar that wraps around the ankle, tracing the natural misalignment of the ankle’s two bony protrusions: the lateral and medial malleoli. This creates an asymmetrical shape, with the throat of the shoe curving over the foot from its outside to its inner side. 

The upper is made from a polyurethane laminated material combined with a comfortable, flexible, lightweight mesh. It uses a Boa-controlled closure system while the outsole is a medium-stiffness carbon blend (it's 15% carbon-fibre).

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"The cleats are positioned slightly rear-wards compared to traditional settings, to optimise pedalling efficiency and reduce knee compression," says Fizik. "It is well suited to aggressive, forward aero positions."

The Tempo Overcurve R4 is available now in a choice of four colorways. The classic black/black and white/black are priced £194.99, while the iridescent bronze and iridescent green options are £209.99, either through dealers or direct from www.fizik.com

05/08/2019, 15:58

Mikel Landa switches to Bahrain-Merida

Mikel Landa is to join Bahrain-Merida for 2020 on a two year deal - a move that, with Vincenzo Nibali leaving the UCI WorldTour outfit, will see the Basque rider likely to be sole leader of the team at next year's Tour de France after a career largely spent in the service of others, fiirst at Euskaltel-Euskadi then Astana and Team Sky and finally Movistar.

05/08/2019, 15:32

2021 Giant bikes get UCI approval

Giant has had new versions of its TCR Advanced approved by the UCI, and these are model year 2021 bikes!

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The latest update to the UCI's List of Approved Models of Frames and Forks features new versions of the TCR Advanced, TCR Advanced SL and TCR Advanced Pro, each of them in rim brake and disc brake configurations.

Giant last announced an update to the TCR platform in 2015 (the bikes were model year 2016), so we're about due a redesign. 

Model year 2021, though? We're used to bikes breaking cover six months or so before the start of the relevant model year, but nearly a year and a half? That has to be some sort of record.

Giant says it is a long way from being able to launch anything but needed to get designs rubber stamped before taking development any further. The designs could still be changed and require re-approval before anything is launched, so don't expect to see the new Giant TCRs any time soon. 

05/08/2019, 13:29

Elaine Paige deletes RideLondon road tax tweets

They're now just a memory, but have been copied for reference by various Twitter users... 

05/08/2019, 13:02

Cheap groceries coming at the cost of famous bike mural at site of new Milton Keynes Aldi

The German discount supermarket chain are bulldozing over a derelict shopping centre in the Stantonbury area of Milton Keynes to make way for a new store, with no plans made to save a famous bike mural on one of the walls of the old building.

The MK Citizen reports that the wall was close to getting listed status but hasn't got this in time, which means Aldi will technically have no obligation to save the wall when the former shopping centre is knocked down. 

Aldi is proposing to lay the wall flat, and has rejected calls for it to be placed upright in a nearby location as it will cost them over £150,000. 

Aldi’s property director for the Milton Keynes area Dan Pannell said he viewed the future of the mural as important, but also said: “we do not consider the mural’s importance should be overstated". He says Aldi have already gone "above and beyond" to save it. 

05/08/2019, 12:59

On-bike footage from Viviani's RideLondon-Surrey Classic victory

Some top lead-out skills also from Michael Mørkøv as Viviani powers to victory. 

05/08/2019, 12:55

Ah, the famous Yellow Jumper...

Ned Boulting was thrilled to discover that his 'yellow jumper' gaffe from his first Tour de France commentary gig in 2003 is also one shared by a mid-80's version of Trivial Pursuit. Seems Ned was right all along...   

05/08/2019, 11:08

Gabriel Cullaigh to Movistar for 2020

The cycling transfer season is hotting up and Movistar have netted British sprinter Gabriel Cullaigh from Team Wiggins.

The U23 rider signs a two-year deal with the Spanish World Tour team after a couple of very good years with Team Wiggins where he won the 2018 Rutland - Melton Cicle Classic.

05/08/2019, 10:59

05/08/2019, 09:21

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West End warbler Elaine Paige dreams a dream in days gone by, calling for a return of a tax that was abolished in 1937...

Paige, best known this century for being mentioned by Susan Boyle during a 2008 talent show audition, thinks she pays 'road tax' (abolished in 1937) and wants RideLondon participants to pay it too because they are allegedly blocking her from driving to and from her home. 

It appears she also didn't know how to love the security steward that diverted her away from her usual route, accusing them of being 'rather rude'. It's safe to say her comments didn't go down too well on Twitter...

05/08/2019, 09:14

Alex Dowsett extremely proud to be king of the mountains

...so much so he's changed his name on Twitter in tribute. Dowsett bagged the hallowed king of the mountain award at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, and also bagged quite a few Strava KOMs along the way. He also uploaded the ride to Strava, which shown Dowset put out a weighted average power of 339 watts over the 168km course. 

05/08/2019, 09:10

Tom Pidcock wins Tour Alsace

The Team Wiggins rider took the overall victory at the French six-day race, winning stage 2 along the way and eventually winning by just an 11 second margin over  Michal Schlegel of the Czech Republic. 

05/08/2019, 09:05

RideLondon: participants complain of short route being... short

The problem was reportedly with the cut-offs, as riders who hadn't made it to the 24th mile by 11.20am were diverted onto a shorter route, that made the course less than 40 miles as opposed to the 46 advertised. Tom Watson MP appeared to have completed the full 46, and raised plenty of money for charity for his efforts. 

05/08/2019, 09:02

One hell of a coincidence

Now that's a factoid for the ages - for those who weren't aware young whipersnapper Remco Evenepoel played international football at U15 and U16 level for Belgium, before switching to cycling in 2017. His father Patrick was a professional footballer. 

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.