Live blog: Cycling UK criticise government's "reannouncement" of huge road spending with nothing for cycling infra; Ellen van Dijk's stolen bike turns up... four months later; World Champs Strava stats; Rohan Dennis officially leaves Bahrain-Merida +more

All the news from the site and beyond as we start a new week
30 September 2019, 17:09
The atmosphere in Harrogate was electric, as Matt Stephens found out
30 September 2019, 15:21
What a photo
30 September 2019, 15:17
Sagan says he 'misjudged' finish at yesterday's brutal World Champs road race


We were expecting a hard World Championship race and the treacherous weather conditions made it even tougher. I was in very good shape and really gave my best from start to finish. I'd like to thank my brother @jurajsagan, @erikbaska and Ján Andrej Cully for their tremendous effort, we all fought but it wasn't to be our day. We will try again in the following years. Congratulations to Mads Pedersen and the Danish team for their victory. They deserved it. Čakali sme náročné majstrovské preteky a zradné poveternostné podmienky ich ešte sťažili. Bol som vo veľmi dobrej kondícii a od začiatku do konca som sa snažil dať zo seba to najlepšie. Môj brat Juraj Sagan a tiež Erik Baška a Ján Andrej Cully vynaložili v dnešných pretekoch obrovské úsilie, za čo sa im chcem poďakovať. Všetci sme spoločne bojovali, ale nebol to náš deň. Budeme sa o to snažiť znova v nasledujúcich rokoch. Blahoželám samozrejme Madsovi Pedersenovi a celému dánskemu tímu k víťazstvu, ktoré si dnes určite zaslúžili. @uci_cycling @yorkshire2019 #Slovakia (Photos @bettiniphoto)

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While he congratulated the new world champion Mads Pedersen on Instagram yesterday, Sagan more recently told Tutto Bici: "I thought that Van der Poel and Trentin would be involved in a photo finish and that the race would have ended in a sprint. I definitely misjudged, things didn't go as I expected or imagined. During the last lap I got it wrong, I wanted to test myself and understand how I was compared to the others, it's in my character to improvise; I wasn't in bad form, I felt good but I missed when would have been the right time to act, the one that probably would have made me win the fourth world title. 

"I was convinced that more teams would reach the end in better shape and it would work differently, but due to the weather conditions there were a lot of riders missing and several national teams were short of men."

30 September 2019, 15:12
Wiggo's 2020 predictions

Sir Bradders thinks next year will be a big one for Chris Froome, Remco Evenepoel and Mathieu van der Poel... what do you reckon to his predictions? 

30 September 2019, 12:14
Canyon to launch new Aeroad aero road bike

Canyon has had a new version of its Aeroad – the CFR Disc RO65 – approved by the UCI, indicating that a launch is not too far away.

Get all the details here. 

30 September 2019, 12:05
Cycling UK respond to government spending announcement, saying it's "at odds with their stated commitments to tackle congestion"

Cycling UK policy director Roger Geffen has expressed disappointment that Sajid Javid this morning said there would be huge planned investments in A roads and motorways, without any significant announcements involving sustainable transport; there's also the fact that it's nothing new, with the previous government setting aside the spending in their Road Investment Strategy 2, and announced by former Chancellor Phillip Hammond, months ago. 

Geffen told 

“Javid’s reannouncement of £25bn for England’s motorways and trunk roads is far from new news – and was first announced by Theresa May’s Government’s in their Road Investment Strategy 2. Though some of the funding might improve cycling and walking facilities, the reality is that the RIS is just another example of the Government’s imbalance on transport spending, which is at odds with their stated commitments to tackle congestion, air pollution, physical inactivity and climate change.

“Investing in cycling and walking at a local level will help the Government meet their targets on all of these commitments – building new motorways will not. There must be a rebalance in transport spending, with at least 5% of the transport budget being immediately invested in cycling and walking and this then doubling over the next 10 years.”

30 September 2019, 10:54
Stolen Pro bike found by German police

The sinking feeling of having a bike stolen is, unfortunately, one that many of us know all too well. When Ellen van Dijk's Trek Madone team bike was stolen at the Lotto Ladies Tour in Germany back in June, the chances of her seeing it again were pretty slim... but it turned up, almost four months later!

It's particularly good timing for Trek-Segafredo's van Dijk, who is recovering from a broken humerus and pelvis that she suffered at the Boels Ladies Tour earlier in the month - hopefully she'll be able to get reacquaint with the bike indoors before she gets back out on the road. 

First though, it does look like it needs is a good wash as it appears the thief rode it in a canal. Or around Yorkshire last weekend, perhaps...

30 September 2019, 11:25
Brutal Strava data trickling through from World Champs men's road race

The stats are ridiculous, but even they don't tell half the story of yesterday's half ride/half swim through a rain-sodden Yorkshire. Of the few that actually finished, the highest-placed finisher to share Strava data so far is third-placed Stefan Küng. He recorded a ride distance of 272.49km which took 6 hours and 53 mins, burning a whopping 7,575 calories. 

Sixth-placed Michael Valgren simply titled his ride 'MADS P' in tribute to his victorious countryman Mads Pederson, also posting power data which showed that his weighted average power was 294 watts for his soggy seven hour jaunt in the saddle. 

30 September 2019, 11:16
Art demo on Bath's George street featuring 69 wheels represents micrograms of nitrus oxide in the air

The street in's native Bath has been recorded as one of the most polluted in the city, and artist Alison Harper has demonstrated this by spreading 69 painted bike wheels across the railings next to the road. This represents the 69 micrograms of nitrus oxide recorded per cubic metre in the area, while the level that is recommended safe under European guidelines is 40. 

"The red wheels are a symbol of a potent danger that, although invisible, affects us all and suggests we need a change in our behaviour", reads the accompanying banner. 

We took these pictures at around 10:15 this morning - naturally we had to wait a while to get some clear shots because of the traffic... 

30 September 2019, 10:51
No words for Mads Pederson



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The only thing we've seen on social media from the new world champ is this succinct Insta post, simply featuring a rainbow and a gold medal - simple but effective nonetheless. 

30 September 2019, 10:37
Could have done with this yesterday...

Wakefield this morning ... what a difference 24 hours makes ...

30 September 2019, 09:11
He is human after all.

But can he do it on a cold rainy Sunday in Yorkshire? 

Unfortunately no, but we're betting that this isn't the last time we'll see VdP on the attack in the hunt for a stripy jumper.

30 September 2019, 08:50
When will this woman take a break?

Not content with winning the Women's World Championships on Saturday with one of the most audacious solo attacks we've ever seen, Annemiek van Vleuten is set to bunny-hop into some Elite cyclocross racing.

Because, you know, we can all do that just for fun...

Read more about her incredible 100km attack here

30 September 2019, 08:01
Tory conference road spending announcement makes no mention of cycling infrastructure

The Chancellor has this morning announced an"infrastructure revolution" on the second day of the Conservative Conference, including £25 billion to invest in England's roads; none of which feature any mention of investment in cycling and walking, which hasn't gone unnoticed on social media. 

Sajid Javid promised improvements to 14 major roads, with a 'national roads fund' already set aside provisionally assuming this government stays in power for any length of time to have the work actioned. 

The first projects to be funded will be completing the A66 Trans-Pennine expressway and the A46 Newark bypass, improving the M60 Simister Island interchange in Manchester and starting construction on the A428 to improve travel between Cambridge and Milton Keynes; the only mention of public or sustainable transport was a £220 million spending boost to improve bus services, and £50 million for Britain's first all electric bus service. 

We've asked Cycling UK for their view on the spending announcements - do you think the government has got it all wrong? 


30 September 2019, 07:59
Bahrain-Merida admit they actually terminated Rohan Dennis' contract on 13th September

In their 'full story', Bahrain-Merida say: "The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019. This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships. Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board. Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time." 

We have a small suspicion that this might not in fact be the 'full story', so will be looking to find out more details in due course... 

30 September 2019, 07:54
Froome is back out on the road

The four-time Tour de France champ's remarkable recovery continues as he shares a snap of himself out on the road. He's announced his first race back will be the Criterium de Saitama in Japan on the 27th October. 

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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