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22/08/2019, 20:39

No regrets on not winning 2011 Vuelta, says Wiggins … on day Froome receives winner’s jersey

Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he has no regrets on not winning the 2011 Vuelta – on a day when former team-mate Chris Froome was officially awarded the race winner’s red jersey for that edition.

“I’m pleased to have been on the podium once at the Vuelta,” Wiggins told Eurosport, where he is now a pundit and has a podcast. “I don’t lose any sleep at night because I didn’t win the World Tour, for sure.”

The 2011 race sowed the seeds of a feud between the Team Sky duo that would explode during the following year’s Tour de France, won by Wiggins with Froome runner-up, and which has simmered along ever since.

Froome won the Stage 10 individual time trial in Salamanca to take the overall lead, but under team orders on the following stage was made to work for Wiggins, who moved into the red jersey.

Wiggins lost the lead on the Stage 15 ascent of the Angliru to Geox-TMC rider Juan Jose Cobo, with Froome emerging as the stronger of the two Team Sky riders in the third week, finishing runner-up to the Spaniard, with his team-mate third.

Cobo was stripped of his title in June due to irregularities in his biological passport, with the victory now awarded to Froome – making him Great Britain’s first Grand Tour winner – and Wiggins moving up to second place overall.

22/08/2019, 16:55

Movistar confirm that Giro winner Richard Carapaz WILL miss the Vuelta

Further to the news earlier today that the Ecuadorian was in doubt for the Spanish Grand Tour after he crashed att the weekend, Movistar have confirmed that Richard Carapaz will defintely miss the race.

22/08/2019, 15:37

22/08/2019, 15:36

1980s icon the Raleigh Super Tuff Burner is back – but numbers are limited!

One of the iconic 1980s BMX bikes, the Raleigh Super Tuff Burner is back, and available to pre-order now – but if you want to get your mitts on one, you’d best be quick because it’s a limited edition.

Raleigh Burner wheelie

Three and a half decades after the original launch, the bike retains its gold super chrome finish and black skyway mag wheels. Costing £600, it is available to customers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to pre-order from now until 31 August, with a limit of one bike per order and delivery guaranteed a week before it goes on general sale on 24 October.

Brand manager Tabitha Morrell said: “Over the years we’ve released the Aero Pro Burner, and the Team Aero Pro Burner, which takes us to our latest release – the Super Tuff Burner – completing the trilogy of our classic bike range.

“The Super Tuff Burner is such an iconic bike for children of the 80s, and for those who enjoyed the bike in its prime, adults are now able to buy it for their own kids to enjoy today.”

22/08/2019, 15:04

Unlikely celeb cycling fans: Ariana Grande

The popstar posted this footage as part of the latest story on her Instagram account, in which she was reportedly cycling around Amsterdam at 2am this morning with pals. 

22/08/2019, 14:44

Dieser Sex steht in Flammen...

More Beefeater Bend madness from the Tour, this time a Europop spin on a Kings of Leon classic. We understand they will be making roadside appearances at the World Championships, so watch this space if you're heading up to Yorkshire next month!

22/08/2019, 13:47

Video: Chris Boardman on cycling in Utrecht

It's not a new video, but this short film by Chris Boardman about cycling in Utrecht is well worth a few minutes of your time. The city's been in the news this week after the official opening of the world's biggest cycle parking facility there.

22/08/2019, 13:32

John Degenkolb signs for Lotto-Soudal

There's a few big names who will be racing in new colours next season - and the latest is 2015 Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb, with the German today confirmed as having signed a two-year contract with Lotto-Soudal.

He joins from Trek-Segafredo, with whom he starts the Vuelta on Saturday, a race in which he already has 10 stage wins to his name from his five previous participations.

22/08/2019, 13:27

22/08/2019, 13:25

Giro champ Carapaz in Vuelta doubt after crash

Just 48 hours before the start of the Vuelta, Movistar have revealed that Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz is in doubt for the race following a crash at the weekend.

22/08/2019, 12:01

Tour de l'Avenir post footage of Pidcock's crash

Pidcock slid out in a wet corner on the descent approaching the finish of yesterday's stage. He hit the barriers at speed, taking a rather hefty knock to the face. 

22/08/2019, 11:14

Chris Froome officially accepts red jersey from 2011 Vuelta victory

Froome became the retrospective winner after Juan José Cobo was stripped of the title due to irregularities in his biological passport from the time. As he formally accepted the red jersey, Froome said:"That race was incredibly special for me, it was the race that I first started to believe in myself as a Grand Tour contender."

Of course that means he's now officially the first British Grand Tour winner, with his then-teammate Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France in 2012. 

22/08/2019, 10:56

Not me.

22/08/2019, 09:17

James Hayden escapes attempted robbery by horseback would-be thieves

Hayden's twitter account broke the news this morning that he managed to escape an attempted robbery on the Silk Road Mountain Race route in Kyrgyzstan, and was forced to ride back the way he came to escape two horse back riders with dogs who were reportedly about to attempt a robbery. 

A second tweet said: "James was eventually able to get away from the two horse riders by descending back the way he came. The incident has left James a bit shaken, he will take some time to consider next steps. This is sadly an isolated incident in what is a wonderful country.”

It would be a sad way for Hayden's race to end, and the live tracker shows that he has now lost the lead with Lael Wilcox and Jakub Sliacan both almost 100km ahead - we'll update if and when we get more news. 

22/08/2019, 09:07

Tao Geoghegan Hart reveals intricate arsenal of coffee-making equipment he takes on the road

In the opening paragraph of his blog article, Geoghegan Hart of Team Ineos does say "I’m no self-professed coffee snob"; however this appears to be quite a bit more than just taking a few teabags with you on holiday to get a guaranteed caffeine fix. 

On every trip he will take coffee beans, paper filters, some Hario scales, a grinder, travel mug, an aero press, a dripper, a travel kettle and then a mug for best. Geoghegan Hart describes this routine as "recognition of the importance of a few minutes of precision and control in an otherwise often chaotic day" when he's on the road. 

22/08/2019, 08:45

Richmond will get a free open air cinema to celebrate Cycling World Championships

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The Northern Echo reports that locals will be able to choose which films will be screened at the event following the world championship racing on Thursday 26th September, with films  being shown at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. It's free, you just need to bring your own chair. 

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.