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Passers-by lift car off injured Wirral cyclist; Ethan Hayter signs for Team Ineos; Argon 18 and Astana part ways; Velolife wins Cycling Café award; Goldsmith on Hammersmith Bridge closure; Stevenage cycling crackdown + more on the live blog

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27 November 2019, 20:25
Passers-by lift bike off injured Wirral cyclist

Passers-by today lifted a car off an injured Wirral cyclist after he became trapped under the vehicle following a road traffic collision in Hoylake.

The male cyclist, whom the Liverpool Echo said was given CPR at the scene, was taken to Aintree Hospital where he is said to be in a “critical condition.”

One local resident said: “I looked out of my window and saw that somebody had been knocked down at the roundabout and trapped under a car.

“I saw about six people lift the car up and put it on its side to free the man. The air ambulance came and landed on the golf course.

“The paramedics put screens up while they treated him. It looked really serious.”

Merseyside Fire & Rescue said: “Firefighters were called to Station Road in Hoylake on Wednesday 27th November following reports that a car had been in a collision with a cyclist.

“Crews were alerted at 1.58pm and on scene at 2.05pm. Two fire engines attended as well as the search and rescue appliance.

“Firefighters made the scene safe and provided first aid alongside members of the public until North West Ambulance Service arrived. The air ambulance was also in attendance.

“The person was taken to hospital for further treatment. Fire crews left the scene at 3.35pm.”

27 November 2019, 19:05
GB prospect Ethan Hayter signs for Team Ineos

One of Great Britain's top up-and-coming prospects in cycling, Ethan Hayter, has signed for Team Ineos on a three-year contract.

The 21-year-old was previously a stagiaire at Team Sky at the end of the 2018 season and this year, riding for Great Britain, won stages of the Tour de l'Avenir and the Baby Giro.

His greatest successes to date have come on the track. He has won numerous titles at national level and above, and last year helped Great Britain win the team oursuit at the world championships, and also won the omnium at the European championships.

“It’s the best place for me to begin my career as a professional road rider and the best place for me to be with the Olympics coming up next year too," he said. "This team has lots of riders for me to take inspiration from and there’s so much young talent in the team as this season has shown."

He added: “The Baby Giro and Tour de l’Avenir are the biggest races at Under 23 level and I won stages in both of them so that was a massive confidence boost heading into the new season.

“At the Baby Giro I was sixth on one of the mountain stages so I was right up there on the climbs and the sprints, so I will have to discover which type of race suits me best. It means I can look at most race profiles and still have a go.”

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “Ethan is an exciting, young rider who has already had significant success at a more junior level. His signing is a further commitment to our long term-future as Team INEOS.

“We now have a really exciting group of young riders who all have the chance to compete and train with more senior and experienced teammates – and who can learn from them what it takes to win. Ethan is at a key stage of his professional development and we are all excited about what lies ahead for him as part of the Team.”

27 November 2019, 18:44
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27 November 2019, 16:43
Wout van Aert: "Justice has been done"

Van Aert took to Twitter to speak of his relief at winning a court battle over alleged breach of contract from his former team. Van Aert left Verandas Willems-Crelan for Jumbo-Visma, but the former's team manager Nick Nuyens said van Aert was contracted to them until the end of 2019; however, van Aert maintained he made the move while the team were negotiating a merger with Dutch team Rompoot. 

The tweet translates to: "Justice has been done. What a relief! It gives me a huge boost to continue working on my comeback and to be able to concentrate 100% on this. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me."

Van Aert will avoid having to pay the 1.1 million euros demanded by Nuyens, and the Nuyens camp will now have to foot the legaal bill. 

 

 

27 November 2019, 16:51
Why don't cyclists use the cycle lane, part 5,374

To be fair, One Traffford have now responded to say the sign has now been moved to allow access to the cycle lane. 

27 November 2019, 16:25
Astana and Argon 18 part ways

The Canadian brand Argon 18 will no longer be the bike sponsor for Kazakh team Astana, with the partnership ending by 'mutual agreement'. Astana general manager Alexandr Vinokurov said: "It was a great pleasure and honour for us to work with Argon 18. We have spent three fantastic years, full of success and high sports achievements. I would like to thank Argon 18 for the sponsorship, support and contribution to the development of Astana Pro Team. After these three years of close collaboration we part as good friends. I wish Argon 18 all the best in the future and I am sure that the company with see more beautiful successes in their current new projects."

27 November 2019, 16:05
Round-the-world cyclist Josh Quigley finally heads back to Australia to finish his ride

The tireless 25-year-old will continue with his mission to finally complete the final three legs of his round-the-world cycle - which will see him ride from Adelaide to Brisbane, then LA to New York and finally Paris to Edinburgh.

Quigley has suffered a catalogue of misfortune in his previous six attempts to cycle the world, such as rendering his passport void in Australia due to back sweat smudging out his photo, and getting his bike stolen in London. Quigley - who aims to raise mental health awareness after surviving a suicide attempt in 2015 - had to fly back to Scotland to get his passport renewed because he wasn't allowed to fly to the US on a temporary passport. He's promised to finish his journey before Christmas... 

27 November 2019, 15:16
Sofie De Vuyst suspended after positive doping test for banned steroid

The 32-year-old Belgian, who rides for Team Parkhotel Valkenburg, has been suspended by the team after testing positive for exogenous steroids during an out-of-competition test back in September. De Vuyst has strongly denied any wrongdoing, and according to Nieuwsblad she posted on her Facebook page: “Ethical and responsible 'clean' exercise has always been paramount. I am therefore completely in the dark as to how this could have happened. I am completely devastated, the worst possible nightmare has happened to me. People who know me well know how I feel about doping and cheating. I now scream my innocence. I'm going to do everything in my power to clear my name." 

The national Belgian cycling coach Ludwig Willems also expressed his surprise: "Sofie is the last person I would expect this from", he commented. 

 

 

27 November 2019, 15:37
Velolife say thanks for award nominations

The staff have "created a very special cafe and it would not be possible without them", tweeted Velolife.

27 November 2019, 13:07
Velolife wins People's Choice in Cycling UK's Cyclist Café of the Year awards

Your good news for the day comes from Cycling UK HQ, who have just announced that Velolife has won the People's Choice category in their Cycling Café of the Year Awards. 

It's fair to say it's been a rough year for the Berkshire establishment, who have spent months fighting against an injunction brought by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead that would have stopped Velolife from using their café as a 'meeting place' for cyclists, following alleged complaint(s) from residents. 

Finally RBWM withdrew its application two weeks ago, which was hailed as a “victory for common sense” by Chris Bordman and an "insane waste of public money” in the first place by British Cycling. 

The Cycling UK  Cyclist Café awards are now in their second year, and invited cyclists throughout the UK to choose their favourite coffee and cake haunts. Other categories were chosen by an expert panel including Celebrity Masterchef winner and cycling enthusiast Angellica Bell, with the new People's Choice category being won convincingly by Velolife - receiving 20% of all votes. 

It's the icing on the cake for Velolife after a tough few months as owner Lee Goodwin explained: “We have been through a lot this year and to be a part of such an amazing community, that is so much bigger than us, is amazing! It’s an honour to serve such an incredible community and we are very proud to be chosen for the People’s Choice Award! Thank you.”  

 

 

 

 

Other winning cafés included The Feed Station in Somerset, The Auction Room in Derry, Lanterne Rouge in East Lothian and Pedal Power in Wales, with South Yorkshire's Bank View Café winning the Lifetime Achievement award. 

 

27 November 2019, 12:13
Zac Goldsmith talks about proposals for temporary bridge and impact of its 'closure'... as plenty of people cycle past

We think what Goldsmith means is that the bridge is closed to motor traffic, which many residents have welcomed as it's currently much quieter and safer for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for Richmond and North Kingston, has been campaigning for a temporary bridge while the main one is repaired; however many have argued this would be a waste of cash, and there have been counter-campaigns to turn Hammersmith Bridge into a permanent cycling and walking bridge. 

The irony of Goldsmith and fellow Conservative Nusrat Ghani discussing the bridge's 'three year closure' as people happily cycled past appeared to be lost on them... 

27 November 2019, 12:03
Farming business capture tailgating cyclist on camera

Whoever is behind the RM & JF Seed twitter account said the tailgating was "extremely dangerous", and continued in another post: "This must be highlighted and discouraged, very irresponsible. As farmers, we are often blamed by cyclists for large machinery on roads, etc. This is probably the most reckless road use I have ever seen."

We can think of more reckless road use examples, but even so the rider's actions are definitely on the daft side. 

27 November 2019, 11:20
Brooks launch new Cambium colourways

More product news in the run up to crimbo, and you can now get Brooks' classic Cambium saddle in Octane or Bronze Orange colourways to match up with the bar tape, grips and backpacks in the Natural Reflections range.

All are available to buy on the Brooks website now, with the Cambium C17 priced at £110. 

27 November 2019, 11:11
GT Bicycles Partners with Gary and Craig Turner on Limited Edition ’79 BMX Cruiser

GT Bicycles recently released a modern version of the iconic 1979 26” BMX Cruiser frameset to celebrate the brand’s new partnership with original GT Bicycles founder Gary Turner and his son Craig. There will only be 100 of the limited edition bikes on sale, off-road.cc have all the details here. 

27 November 2019, 10:55
One Pro Nutrition launch vegan protein bars

One Pro was launched in 2018 by former England cricketer Matt Prior and the now defunct One Pro Cycling team, and their latest creation is a vegan protein bar. Each one contains 17g of pea protein isolate and pea protein crispies with 14g of fibre to help you feel full. The vegan chocolate used is also said to have a lower GI than standard chocolate meaning there’s a slower rise in blood glucose. 

The bars are £2.59 each or £29.99 for a box of 12, and come in raspberry and chocolate or peanut and cacao flavours. The website is here

27 November 2019, 09:20
Police crackdown on dangerous cycling in Stevenage

Stevenage is the latest town to launch a 'crackdown' on dangerous cycling, stopping anyone "riding a bike where they shouldn't be" between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Officers from the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with the Stevenage Borough Council Town Centre Warden to tackle what they said was 'anti-social cycling' in Stevenage town centre, and insisted that Stevenage is still "cycle friendly". Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Tabert said: “Stevenage is a very cycle friendly town and a vast number of residents use the cycle ways to get around in an environmentally friendly way. However a small percentage of cyclists insist on riding through the pedestrian areas of the town centre where cycling is banned.

“This understandably results in a large number of complaints to us. Cycling in pedestrian only areas is extremely dangerous and we are committed to tackling the issue. We will continue to monitor the town centre in this way.”

Meanwhile in Oxford, the Oxford Mail report that the city council still say cycling is banned on Cornmarket Street and Queen Street, but a public space protection order which would have allowed them to fine rule breakers expired in January. 

Nigel Chapman said: “Oxfordshire County Council’s Traffic Management Order governing cycling is still in place in Queen Street and Cornmarket Street.

“The County Council remains responsible for enforcement.”

Are dangerous cycling crackdowns a sensible use of police resources? Let us know your thoughts... 

27 November 2019, 09:14
Another for the 'bloody cyclists jumping red lights' file
27 November 2019, 09:13
Dutch cycling stats

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 road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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.