Rhianna goes aero; Breaking the Bianchi; Lorry driven through London bike lane; Jeremy Vine – not bright enough?; Bernals & Nibali skip Worlds; Liz Truss - helmet rebel…ish; Lorry drafting (again); Keeping your shed dry (comments) +more in the Live Blog

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
17 September 2019, 14:41
When your Bianchi's steerer tube snaps in a sprint

A bit of a sketchy moment for the IAM Excelsior rider Simon Pellaud at the French one-day race the Tour du Doubs yesterday as the steerer tube of his Bianchi snapped as he sprinted for second.

The video shows the Swiss 26-year-old, who tweeted afterwards, "I will never forget that feeling," wrestling with his bike before sliding across the line to finish fifth … the outcome could have been a lot, lot worse.


17 September 2019, 14:33
While Bernal, Nibali and Kwiatkowski are skipping the Worlds...

Tony Martin is going... and at the moment, he looks like this! The heroic German is back on his bike following his horror crash at the Vuelta, and according to this Instagram post he'll be heading to Yorkshire to represent Germany as planned. 

17 September 2019, 11:38
Rhianna goes aero for weird sponsored post

...but not quite aero enough for Adam Blythe, who suggests some aero socks to go with Rhi Rhi's cycling shorts. maybe a TT lid wouldn't go amiss too? 

17 September 2019, 13:44
Jeremy Vine "not wearing enough lights"

Despite CCTV footage from the broadcaster's house showing that he left for work lit up like a Christmas tree (presumably in the early hours of this morning), it wasn't enough for a London black cab driver to pull out into his path, seemingly oblivious. 

17 September 2019, 14:18
UK cabinet minister breaks the law shocker

Admittedly, on a scale of 1-10, failing to wear a bike helmet in Australia ranks somewhat lower than this... 

17 September 2019, 11:57
Lorry caught on camera driving in London cycle lane

Ben Rometsch, who tweeted the clip and photos clearly showing the driver's number plate, says cars, vans and lorries crossing the cycle lane at the bottom of Pitfield Steet is "a regular occurrence": "Someone is going to die on this bike lane soon; cars, vans and lorries are regularly driving across it. THIS IS INSANE." 

It's not known if police are aware of this particular footage yet, but Hackney's branch of the London Cycling Campaign replied to say they will raise the issue with Hackeny Council in a meeting tonight. 

17 September 2019, 12:55
Florida couple arrested for drunk cycling found having sex in back of police car

A couple in Florida who were arrested for riding bicycles while drunk were subsequently discovered having sex in the back of a police car – while handcuffed.

Newsweek reports that a Nassau County deputy saw a vehicle nearly clip Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, as they rode their bikes, which had no lights.

The deputy, noticing that the pair – both of whom have prior convictions – smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, put them in the back of his patrol car.

"While I was outside of my patrol vehicle, Megan and Aaron took their clothes off and started to have sex," he said in his report. "When I opened up the door to stop them, Aaron was naked and Megan had her pants down."

Aaron Thomas and Megan Mondanaro

While Thomas was getting taken out of the car, he managed to flee and was later caught, resulting in an additional charge of theft of the handcuffs he was wearing.

As Newsweek – which headed its piece ‘Florida man and woman have sex in back of police car after getting arrested for DUI’ points out, the state has something of a reputation when it comes to out-there news stories.

It’s a phenomenon that hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media – and there’s even a website (with the tagline, “Worst Super-Hero Ever”) that aggregates news stories in which the term “Florida Man” appears in the header.

17 September 2019, 11:46
Surprisingly irritating...
17 September 2019, 11:21
Lime surpasses 100 million rides
Lime-E bike in Ealing (copyright Simon MacMichael)

Over 100 million rides have now been taken with the bike and scooter share firm globally since their launch in 2017. A current share scheme success story when others have struggled due to low uptake and vandalism amongst other things, Lime now employs over 700 workers and has received $777 million of funding to date.  

They estimate that one in four Lime trips replace a car journey, and collectively their users have travelled 25 million miles by e-bike or e-scooter that would have otherwise been taken by car - preventing 1.2 million gallons of gas from being burned. 

17 September 2019, 11:13
Vincenzo Nibali and Michał Kwiatkowski also skipping World Championships

While you'd expect that anyone who's anyone in pro cycling would do their utmost to get on the start line for the sport's premiere one-day road races, Vincenzo Nibali is the latest name to confirm he won't be appearing after we heard that Colombia's Egan Bernal has also dropped out. Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he was not on form, and didn't believe he was even fit enough to play a supporting role for his Italian teammates.

Meanwhile, Michał Kwiatkowski has not been named in Poland's squad, citing fatigue in the tweet above as his reason for the no-show. What's going on, something to do with the great (terrible) British weather perhaps? 

17 September 2019, 10:19
Matt Stephens - what a funghi ... !
17 September 2019, 10:06
A little bit drafty...

Here’s a video that falls into a genre that has popped up regularly over the years – a cyclist drafting a lorry at speed, in this case 80 kilometres an hour.

Checking the name of the firm on the truck, this one seems to be from Ecuador, though we can’t see this chap following Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz to Team Ineos.

It bears remarkable similarities to a video from closer to home that we featured a few years back – from Greater Manchester, in fact.

Drafting trucks, of course, is not a good idea, but someone who has the skills to pull it off and has turned it into something of an art form is the Brazilian Evandro Portela whom we featured hitting a speed of 124 kilometres an hour behind a lorry – and who then went on to set a Guinness World Record for the highest draft-assisted speed achieved on a bike on a public road, at 202 kilometres an hour.

17 September 2019, 07:06
Egan Bernal won't be riding at the Road World Championships after all

Despite being named in the Colombia squad hours earlier, Egan Bernal has ultimately decided not to race at the Road World Championships. Initially reported by Colombian news outlets on social media, sure enough the Colombian Cycling Federation have now announced on their website that the 22-year-old will not be in their senior men's squad in Yorkshire. 

The CCF said that Bernal was included by head coach Carlos Mario Jaramillo, but decided yesterday, the deadline for registrations, to decline the call-up. Bernal will now be replaced by Carlos Betancur, who will join Nairo Quintana, Fernando Gaviria, Álvaro Hodeg, Sebastián Molano, Sebastián Henao, Esteban Chaves and Daniel Martínez in Colombia's eight-man squad. 

17 September 2019, 06:55
Sir Dave Brailsford is back on his bike
dave brailsford ride sep 19.PNG

After revealing a prostate cancer diagnosis recently and having undergone a 5 hour operation last month, the Team Ineos GM is now back on his bike proper after uploading a 50km ride to Strava. Over the last couple of weeks Brailsford appears to have been walking and also uploaded a quick spin on a hybrid and an indoor spin bike. Photos on his Strava account show he's taken to using ISM saddles, with their trademark split nose design renowned for their pressure-relieving qualities. 

17 September 2019, 06:41

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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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. 

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