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James Cracknell injured while cycling after “altercation” with minicab driver; Cracking DiData TdF vid; Hundreds attend Bjorg Lambrecht’s funeral; Lord Sugar's new cycle helmet; Police Scotland busts #CycleMyths on Twitter + much more on the live blog

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14 August 2019, 17:54
Team Dimension Data put together cracking Tour de France video

Team Dimension Data's fifth participation in the Tour de France last month wasn't their happiest - there was a very public row in the opening days of the race over Mark Cavendish's omission from the team, and the eight riders who did make the squad barely (to borrow a cricketing phrase) troubled the scorers.

Despite that, they've managed to put together a cracking video that stitches together one-minute segments on each of the 21 stages; it's well worth a watch.

14 August 2019, 17:23
James Cracknell injured in bike crash after “altercation” with London minicab driver

Former Olympic champion rower James Cracknell, who earlier this year was back on the water to help Cambridge beat Oxford in the Boat Race, has been injured in a bike crash following what he described as an “altercation” with a minicab driver while cycling in London.

The 47-year-old, who has been signed up to the forthcoming BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, posted a video to Twitter in which he said: "I spent a year riding round Cambridge on a bike and it wasn't a good day for Jake the Snake, the bike that saw me through Cambridge, or me as my Strictly Come Dancing dreams nearly came to an end when I had an altercation with a minicab driver in London. It was nobody's fault really.

"Bit of a bust finger, some road rash on my back, but OK.”

Cracknell, who suffered a brain injury in 2010 when he was struck by a lorry as he cycled through Arizona for a TV documentary, and has campaigned for cyclist to wear helmets since then, continued: "Good thing was there was no street furniture around for me to fall into, I was also wearing a helmet and I wasn't listening to music so I could concentrate and I was focused on what was ahead.

"And that's the important thing to remember (when) cycling, or riding a motorbike or driving around town; it's OK if you concentrate on what you are doing and are absolutely focused.

"I now have switched my focus (from) riding a bike, and in fact doing anything else, to learning how to dance and, to be honest I've got more chance of winning the Tour (de France) than Strictly Come Dancing, but in for a penny … " he added.

14 August 2019, 16:37
Hundreds attend Bjorg Lambrecht's funeral

Hundreds of people yesterday attended the funeral of Bjorg Lambrecht, the Lotto-Soudal rider who died last week following a crash at the Tour de Pologne.

Family and friends of the 22-year-old were joined at the service at the  church of St. Willibrordus in Knesselare, near Bruges, by Lambrecht's team mates, as well as former Lotto-Soudal sprinter Andre Greipel.

With the church full, a big screen was erected in the town square, where many gathered to watch the service, reports The Brussels Times.

Tom Van Damm, president of Belgium's national cycling federation, said: “We have lost a great talent in Belgian sport.

“But today, all my thoughts are with the family and relatives who have lost a son. We have lost several cyclists in Belgium recently. Fate was particularly cruel to Bjorg. If he had fallen a metre farther, he would still be with us.”

Today, the BinckBank Tour also paid its own tribute to him.

14 August 2019, 13:55
No. Nope. Nu uh. No thanks

This might have done the rounds before but Vittorio Brumotti doing his daredevil thing on a road bike is always worth another watch


14 August 2019, 12:49
14 August 2019, 12:32
Lord Sugar's got himself a new cycle helmet

So let's get this right. Lord Sugar opposes segregated cycle infrastructure and blames London cyclists for getting involved in road traffic incidents, but says a helmet with flashing lights will make the roads safer for him? Okay ... (On the subject of indicators for cyclists, see John Stevenson's blog here).

14 August 2019, 11:13
Santini release special edition Yorkshire World Champs kits

Which is your favourite? Or are rainbow bands only for World Champions? Or if you wanna heap the pressure on your kids then there is option to kit out any future cyclists out there.

14 August 2019, 09:45
Cube launches 2020 road bikes

Cube has revamped its road bike range for 2020. Here are the quick highlights. The flagship road race bike, the Litening C:68X, has been completely updated and elsewhere in the range, there are new paint jobs and spec options.

379200_00_Cube Litening C68X Race teamline 2020

Here’s the brand new C:68X. It’s all aerodynamic with disc brakes and integrated everything.

380210_00_Cube Nuroad Race FE black´n´iridium 2020

This is the Nuroad which looks ideal for UK winter training and commuting with G-One tyres for tackling any terrain and mudguards to keep you dry.

388600_00_Cube Cross Race C62 SLT bluegrey´n´orange 2020

#crossiscoming and there’s the Cross Race ready for an hour of lactic acid hell around a school playing field.

378410_00_Cube Agree C62 SLT petrol´n´red 2020

The C62 SLT its below the C:68 and looks really good. Expect some competitive prices.

339050_00_Cube Agree Hybrid C62 SL carbonred 2020

If you want an e-road bike, Cube has you sorted with the Agree Hybrid C: 62 SL.

14 August 2019, 09:43
Desperate measures

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Hopefully no-one will be needing the first aid kit any time soon…

14 August 2019, 09:36
Win nearly £3k of bike goodies!

We put this competition up yesterday, but a few site gremlins were chewing away at the entry form. We've managed to lure them into the microwave now, so you should be able to enter just fine. And you should! You can win a Focus Izalco Frameset, a Rotor Vegast Crankset and a Topeak Joe Blow Elite pump, together worth £2,893!

Enter here!

14 August 2019, 09:36
14 August 2019, 09:17
E-bike riders who caused driver to crash sought

Merseyside Police are seeking two people who were riding a black e-bike who crashed into a black Ford Focus, causing the driver to swerve off the road and sustain minor head and arm injuries.

The incident happened at 12.05am yesterday morning on Upton Road, Birkenhead close to the junction with Bidston Road.

PC Craig Williams of the Matrix Roads Policing Unit said: "We want to identify those on the bike as a matter of urgency, to ensure that they are safe and well and receive the appropriate medical treatment. If you know who was involved, please do the right thing and let us know.

“I also want to urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or has home CCTV or dashcam, and captured this collision to get in touch, so we can establish the circumstances and take the necessary action.”

14 August 2019, 08:47
Police Scotland bust #CycleMyths on Twitter

Police Scotland’s Roads Policing Unit has launched a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #CycleMyths, aiming to set the record straight on many of the misconceptions that many people have about cyclists and the law.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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