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Team GB qualifies just 4 men, 2 women, for Tokyo Olympic road races; Callum Skinner calls for British elite sport overhaul; "Why does everyone hate cyclists?"; Movistar unveil Alé as new sponsor; Sagan in Lego + more on the live blog

All the news from the site and beyond as we start a new week
18 November 2019, 19:46
Depleted Team GB will have 4 men, 2 women at Tokyo Olympic road races

Team GB will have just four men and two women representing the country in the road races at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games after the UCI confirmed national quotas today.

This time last year, British men were riding high as for the first time in history, three separate riders from one country won all three Grand Tours.

That success was not replicated in 2019, however – and instead, it will be Belgium, Colombia, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Spain who head to Japan with a full quota of five riders for the men’s road race.

Team GB does keep two riders for the men’s individual time trial.

Two women qualify for Team GB for the road race, while Australia, Germany, Italy, the USA and the Netherlands will have a full complement of four riders.

 There will also be only one British rider in the women’s individual time trial, with results during the qualification period meaning that the country misses out on the second spot.

18 November 2019, 16:53
"Why does everyone hate cyclists?" The mid-ride musings of Michael Hutchinson

The former pro cyclist-turned-writer Hutchinson gives an interesting take on anti-cycling rhetoric - are we really providing the public with a service by being a group to hate on at the expense of others? Discuss!

18 November 2019, 14:46
Callum Skinner says British athletes are being exploited and the system has "lost its way"

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Skinner - who holds the Lead Athlete position of the independent Global Athlete organisation - has called for a complete overhaul of how British Elite sport is run. There were further allegations of bullying that emerged at the Richard Freeman tribunal last week, while there has recently been controversy over athletes' sponsorship deals being restricted at the Olmypics, and numerous female athletes referring to an 'old boys club' mentality in coaching team set-ups. He wrote: “The system has lost its way and fault lies at the top.

"The system worked well when UK Olympic athletes first began turning full-time. Athletes were older, often university or trade-educated, and were paid and treated as equals. Athletes are now younger, turning full-time at 17, and sometimes that youth has brought naivety. This is a demographic that has been exploited. Through some of the most successful times British Sport has ever witnessed, no-one has benefitted more than management. It’s high time for change.”

Skinner also gave more details to SportBusiness about the British Olympic Association's 'Rule 40', which protects the exclusivity of the International Olympic Committee's major sponsors, while requiring brands to have all their promotional activities for the Olympics planned by May 2020: “I take a similar stance to the Jess Varnish employment case, the claimants are stating the current rules are unlawful and it’s the defendants job to argue that they are.

It goes both ways, I have benefited from BOA partners, in an obvious sense in terms of attending the Games and the support they provide. I have also done additional paid appearances for BOA partners. It’s hard to quantify to what extent I have been negatively affected. I could have benefited from a personal sponsorship perspective if I had had rights to my image and the freedom to promote sponsors during the games.

“I presume that if I had those rights I personally would have been able to capitalise on Rio 2016 to a greater extent. It varies from sport to sport but as an athlete I found the British Cycling contract more restrictive as they have a series of large commercial partners where they offer exclusivity. In other national federations it’s a different story. The distribution of funds across UK Sport, National Federations and the BOA needs to be looked at. At British Cycling, some management members can be paid 10 times or more than Paralympic champions on the team.”

While Germany, the US and Australia's Olympic committees have also softened their Rule 40 stance, 26 British athletes are currently taking legal action against the BOA, led by sprinter Adam Gemili. 

18 November 2019, 15:47
A personal achievement for Callum Skinner, even though the subject matter is disappointing

We understand more than most at the difficulty of writing to tight deadlines, particularly on difficult topics - so as a dyslexic, Callum deserves special praise for putting his points across so well in his Telegraph column. 

18 November 2019, 15:39
Trowbridge cyclist left with "life changing" injuries following collision - driver and passengers in police custody
Police tape (CC licensed by freefotouk on Flickr)

The Wiltshire Times reports that a man in his 40's has been left with potential life-changing injuries after a collision with a BMW on the A350 in Westbury last night.

The driver and three passengers, three men and one woman aged between 21 and 46, had all left the scene when Police arrived and were found walking along Coach Road. All have been arrested on suspicion of multiple offences including causing injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and drink driving.

The cyclist has potential life-changing leg injuries and is being treated at Southmead Hospital, and Police are appealing for witnesses. 

18 November 2019, 14:32
Movistar unveil Alé as their new kit sponsor

After ending their association with Scottish brand Endura recently, Movistar will now wear Alé kit from the beginning of 2020. A statement says: "For the Movistar Team, Alé makes available its enormous technical savoir-faire and its great textile expertise, proposing elaborate outfits driven from their PRR line. The PRR collection combines racing fit, light, breathable and super functional fabrics, designed to support the athlete in his/her performance goals.

"The design and details of the new equipment that Movistar Team will wear remain still secret, although during the Gala held this Saturday some small details were revealed, such as the main colour of the equipment, which will once again be light blue and navy. The official design of the Movistar Team 2020 kit will be unveiled at the official presentation of the team, next Thursday, December 19 in Madrid."

18 November 2019, 15:04
Meteor Works launch the Æsir frameset
meteor works new frameset 2019

With steel tubing and carbon forks, Meteor Works say the Æsir is "designed to excel in a variety of fields", and is touted as a commuter, audax crusher, bikepacking steed or a winter bike. It's priced at £1,500 and available in numerous build options with both 1x and 2x gearing, head over to the Meteor Works website for more info.

18 November 2019, 12:37
Peter Sagan made out of Lego

Apparently it's located in Gran Plaza 2 in Madrid, if you happen to be in the Spanish capital any time soon and fancy taking a look for yourself. The man himself doesn't appear to have spotted it yet but he's been tagged numerous times on social media. 

18 November 2019, 11:00
Mna rides every street in Vancouver... then has his bike nicked

CBC reports that 39-year-old Arlin Ffrench got his bike stolen two days after he'd finished his mammoth three-year challenge to bike every street in Vancouver. He decided to take it on as a way of getting more exercise after quitting his job as a bike courier and getting a desk job: "I like cycling and I've always been interested in maps, so it just made sense. I've lived in the city since 2002 but I really got to learn the city this way."​



Ffrench was all set to create a video to share on Reddit detailing his adventure, but shared the timelapse map above instead because of the unfortunate bike theft incident.

18 November 2019, 10:38
Mathieu Van der Poel dedicates his World Cup victoey to Raymond Poulidor

Van der Poel was known to be very close to his late grandfather, and won back-to-back races in Saturday's World Cup round in Tabor, and on Sunday at DVV Flandriencross. He told Sporza: "It has been a very tough week, it was harder than expected."

18 November 2019, 10:29
Michał Kwiatkowski does cyclocross

The Polish Team Ineos rider got dirty over the weekend, with quite a few roadies taking to cyclocross as part of their off-season schedules. Movistar's Marc Soler and Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez were also racing CX in Catalonia. 

18 November 2019, 08:19
World Day of Remembrance takes place for road traffic victims

All over the world yesterday, people were taking to the streets to call for an end to 'traffic violence' and for better infrastructure to reduce road deaths. On the World Day of Remembrance website it says: "Life is not a car part.

"This theme is based on Pillar 3 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety – Safer vehicles.

"Notwithstanding global efforts to the contrary, the type of road mobility that is in place throughout the world still fosters an unbearable number of deaths, serious injuries and illnesses every year, both as the immediate consequence of road traffic crashes and through air pollution."

18 November 2019, 09:03
And in the UK, it's the start of #RoadSafetyWeek

There is more information and info on how you can get involved on the Road Safety Week website

18 November 2019, 08:17
Let there be light... for a quid
led light bottle hack - via Dan Collins on facebook

This from Dan Collins from our Facebook shows his water bottle lit up to provide some extra visibility... by some budget LED Christmas lights! Dan told us: "Sorting out side visibility after seeing something similar on Facebook - these are £1 LED Christmas lights shoved in an empty water bottle! Maybe I'm less invisible on my commute now."

18 November 2019, 09:02
'It'll never get used'...

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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