The atmosphere in Harrogate was electric, as Matt Stephens found out
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)
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."
Wiggo's 2020 predictions
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 30, 2019
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?
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.
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 road.cc:
“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.”
Stolen Pro bike found by German police
’Hello, this is the German police speaking’
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’We found your stolen bike!
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) September 30, 2019
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...
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.
Art demo on Bath's George street featuring 69 wheels represents micrograms of nitrus oxide in the air
The street in road.cc'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...
No words for Mads Pederson
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.
Could have done with this yesterday...
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.
When will this woman take a break?
Neem dit vooral niet te serieus maar ik sta idd aan de start in Gieten @SP_Gieten bij de cross (gewoon omdat ik crossen leuk vind!) Uiteraard gewoon in het zwart geel van @MitcheltonSCOTT!) maar vandaag eerste rondje in op de wegfiets https://t.co/QgjsQjCgQO
— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) September 30, 2019
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...
Tory conference road spending announcement makes no mention of cycling infrastructure
This morning's news. I don't get why there is always money for more roads. But not for buses. Or for bikes. Or for freaking alternatives to more roads for more cars which just alienates everyone who isn't using cars, can't afford, doesn't want to use, or just can't use cars
— citymobility (@citycyclists) September 30, 2019
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.
Government doesn’t get the climate emergency. Building roads rather than improving conditions for walking and cycling misses the point. If you don’t invest in alternatives to driving, people will keep using polluting, climate-busting cars to get around. https://t.co/c7yDgAh55I
— Caroline Russell (@CarolineRussell) September 30, 2019
We've asked Cycling UK for their view on the spending announcements - do you think the government has got it all wrong?
Bahrain-Merida admit they actually terminated Rohan Dennis' contract on 13th September
TEAM BAHRAIN MERIDA terminates contract with Rohan Dennis.
Full story: https://t.co/oURPLhCs4T
— Team Bahrain Merida (@Bahrain_Merida) September 29, 2019
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...
Froome is back out on the road
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) September 29, 2019
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.
ICYMI: some of our top stories from the weekend
A very wet men's road race at the World Champs capped off a big week for British cycling...