Ellen van Dijk in spectacular crash at Boels Ladies' Tour Prologue
European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk was involved in a spectacular crash at the Prologue of the Boels Ladies’ Tour in the Netherlands today – but tweeted afterwards to say she was okay.
The chute happened as she her chain shipped when the Trek-Segafredo rider exited a cobbled section of what she described, not without reason, as a “twisty” 3.8-kilometre circuit of the Tom Dumoulin BikePark in Sittard.
She finished the stage last but one of the 101 riders, 1 minute 48 seconds behind stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten.
Ok, this what not really what I meant with a ‘twisty prologue ’ Unfortunately my chain dropped off the front chainring after the cobbles.
Dissapointed, but happy to be ok!https://t.co/q4Yppn8ofA
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) September 3, 2019
British Cycling announces Road Worlds long lists (and they are long ...)
British Cycling has today announced the long lists of riders who will hope to represent the country in the first home UCI Road World Championships since 1982 in Yorkshire later this month.
With the country dropping out of the top 10 of the UCI Men’s World Rankings just last month, there are only six places in the Men’s Elite Road Race and 15 riders vying for those spots, plus three hoping for the two places in the individual time trial, among them Geraint Thomas, who has made that his late-season target.
The country has also qualified six riders for the Women’s Elite road race, with 13 named on the long list, and five for the two time trial slots.
Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Director Stephen Park said: “To compete in a home road world championship event is an opportunity which is likely to only happen once in a rider’s career, and it’s fair to say everyone – riders and staff – are looking forward to Yorkshire 2019.
“The last time the event was held in this country was in Goodwood in 1982 during which the Great Britain Cycling Team were victorious in the elite women’s road race with Mandy Jones taking the rainbow jersey. Keith Lambert, our current senior academy men’s road coach, was the highest British male finisher in 45th, and I know he will relish the chance to be Director Sportif on his home roads with our under-23 men’s squad.
“Yorkshire has firmly established itself as one of the leading counties for cycling in Britain and it was incredible to see the fans line the roads at the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014, and the significant success of the Tour de Yorkshire in subsequent years. There’s no doubt the road world championships will match this success, and the squad will be proud to race in the Great Britain Cycling Team jersey in front of the home crowd.
“While it’s too soon to confirm our final squads, looking at the longlist for each category, we do have some very real medal chances across the board and we look forward to announcing the final line-up in due course.”
It's worth noting that while the championships have not been held in Great Britain for nearly 40 years, they return here in just four years' time when Glasgow hosts the inaugural multi-disciplinary World Cycling Championships (although the way things are going at the moment, whether Scotland will still be part of the UK by then is anyone's guess).
Yorkshire riders are expected to lead the country’s challenge in both elite road races – Rotherham’s Ben Swift, the reigning national road champion and Otley’s Lizzie Deignan, who won the rainbow jersey in Richmond, Virginia in 2015.
With the long lists that have been announced today, that does raise the question of which of the riders named might be best placed to support them and whether all the eggs should be thrown into one basket to protect them – or whether a rider or two capable of a solo attack should also make the cut.
You can find full details, including the long lists for the Under 23 and Junior races, here.
Hiplok unveils Ankr bike security anchor
Hiplok has unveiled a new bike security anchor called Ankr, "the first bike security anchor with a unique easy-fit design", according to the British brand.
"Ankr features a premium hardened steel cylindrical outer case and rotating inner which, when mated with a lock, cannot be removed," says Hiplok.
"This unique design allows for maximum security without the need for permanent bolts, meaning Ankr is both easy to install and can also be moved to a different location if required at a later date."
Multiple fixing holes allow mounting on a variety of floor and wall surfaces while an integrated rubber cap prevent it scratching your bike.
Ankr is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and has been a Sold Secure Gold rating for both motorbikes and bicycles. It will be available from February 2020 at £69.99.
For stockist information visit www.hiplok.com.
Challenge launches new tubeless ready tyres
Challenge has announced a new range of Handmade TLR (HTLR) tubeless ready clinchers.
“A bead-to-bead inner coating gives added puncture protection to these new HTLR tyres and greatly reduces any air pressure dissipation,” says Challenge. “Enhanced longevity has been gained with the addition of an aramid bead protection strip to reduce rim chafing.”
The existing Challenge road tyres – Strada, Paris-Roubaix and Strada Bianca, all with herringbone treads – are available in HTLR, produced in line with ETRTO tubeless guidelines. We don’t yet have UK prices but they’re €69.90.
The Gravel treads – Strada Bianca, Almanzo and Gravel Grinder – are also released in HTLR at the same price.
Challenge is also launching what it calls Handmade Tubeless Tubulars (HTLTU).
“All Challenge Gravel treads now offer this unique HTLTU system that maintains all the performance benefits of the best handmade tubulars,” says Challenge. “A latex liner is fused to the casing, replacing the traditional inner tube, allowing for the use of a plug to finish a ride or race in case of a puncture too large for the sealant to fix.”
All of these products will be available from November 2019.
NYC driver chases down and kills cyclist he believed was breaking into his car
A Brooklyn driver jumped into his car to chase down and kill a cyclist he had seen breaking into his car, according to a senior police source.
The New York Post reports that as Korey Johnson left Woodhull Hospital with his girlfriend at approximately 6am on Sunday morning, he saw Donald Robert allegedly trying to break into a number of vehicles parked nearby, including his own Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Upon being challenged, Robert, aged 47, produced a screwdriver and slashed Johnson’s girlfriend on the arm before jumping on a bike and riding off.
Johnson, 41, got into his vehicle and drove the wrong down the street as he chased Robert, catching up with him on Broadway near Ellery Street and crashing into three crashed cars as he rammed the cyclist, killing him.
Johnson, who has reportedly been arrested on 40 previous occasions, was taken into custody at the 83rd Precinct station house, but had not been charged as of Monday evening.
Guardian profiles UK's top 10 ex-railway lines for cycling
From the Bristol & Bath Railway Path to the Deeside Way, the Guardian has drawn up a list of 10 of the best former railway lines now converted into bike paths in the UK.
How many of them have you ridden? And do you know of any other contenders they left out? Let us know in the comments below.
Rolf Aldag, who had row with team owner over Cavendish’s omission from Tour, to leave Dimension Data
Rolf Aldag, head of performance at Dimension Data, will leave the team after four years at the end of the season in a departure that is described as “an entirely amicable step” – but one that comes two months after a highly public row over Mark Cavendish’s non-selection for the Tour de France.
Aldag, one of the biggest influences on Cavendish’s career having regularly worked with him since he turned pro with T-Mobile, wanted the 30-time stage winner in the line-up for the race, but team principal Douglas Ryder overruled him, saying he lacked form and race fitness.
Speaking of Aldag’s impending departure, Aldag said: “Rolf’s wide knowledge of the sport, which he was always willing to share, his skilled engagement with our partners and the implementation of systems and structures together with his belief in the core ideal of the team – in that we are changing lives through bicycles – sees him depart as a valued member of our team’s story.”
In response, Aldag said: “After working productively for four years with the team, for me the bike handovers to South African kids at trainings camps in Cape Town will forever be one of the most emotional and memorable moments in my career. And so I will continue to deeply root for the team’s success in what it hopes to achieve, on and off the bike.”
ITT day at the Vuelta ... Roglic in red by this evening?
The Vuelta heads into France today for an individual time trial from Jurancon to Pau ... we've seen the race lead change hands a few times already and the expectations are that Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma will be in the red jersey this evening after the 36-kilometre test against the clock.
The first rider is off at 1.23pm GMT, the last -- race leader Nairo Quintana - at 4.31pm.
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) September 2, 2019
Pashley teases Morgan Motor Company collaboration
Two iconic British brands, one best known for two wheels, the other for four - although both have also launched models with three over the years - are set to announce a collaboration. More on this once we have it.
Australian magpie that attacked cyclists shot dead
An Australian magpie that repeatedly attacked cyclists in Sydney has been shot dead after 40 incidents of aggressive behaviour were recorded over three years.
ABC reports that Hills Shire Council decided to have the bird, assessed as a “significant risk to public safety,” exterminated after unsuccessfully trying to relocate it.
Australian magpies, which are larger than their British cousins and use their beaks to defend their territory, are known for swooping on cyclists during the Antipodean spring.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) determined that the bird in this case was displaying greater aggression than is typically the case, saying that it was “swooping underneath helmets ... to attack people's faces," a council spokesperson said in a statement.
"This bird was very aggressive and uncharacteristically territorial."
The bird, nicknamed “the Windsor Road Monster,” was destroyed under the supervision of New South Wales police, but the decision has been condemned by wildlife campaigners.
Heidi Vasilevskis of the Animal Justice Party's local branch said: "This parent bird was a food source for new chicks ... I am outraged and upset beyond words. I truly fear for the future of our unique and precious animal life."