Cycling Australia’s performance director Simon Jones – former head coach at British Cycling and head of innovation at Team Sky – has been called “unprofessional” after responding on Twitter to criticism of the Cyclones’ recent performance in the UCI track cycling world championships with the words, “F*ck you.”
The tweet, since deleted, was in answer to users of the social network complaining that Australia came away from the event – the last major track meet before the Tokyo Olympics – with one silver and two bronze medals.
For context, Great Britain, who also had a disappointing championships, won four medals … but one of those was gold, thanks to Elinor Barker.
“To all those key board experts out there — F*ck you,” said Jones in the tweet that has subsequently been deleted.
“We got a great team of riders, coaches, support and sponsors. Bring on Tokyo Team."
Ex-pro cyclist turned pundit Robbie McEwen said that post “is unprofessional if that's your role.”
“I think you can have better chosen words. But I can understand his frustration, he's under lots of pressure,” he added.
¡IVÁN GARCÍA CORTINA! 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸
Espectacular victoria del asturiano para llevarse la tercera etapa de la #ParisNice 🚴♂️🇫🇷
Nos quitamos el sombrero, @ivan_cortina 👏👏👏
— Eurosport.es (@Eurosport_ES) March 10, 2020
— Eurosport Nederland (@Eurosport_NL) March 10, 2020
He looked to be in some pain as he crossed the line.
That doesn't look too promising for @Sammmy_Be 🤕
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) March 10, 2020
He's been caught. Just the 180km out on his own ahead of the peloton.
🚴🏻♂️ Fin de la belle échappée pour 🇧🇪@TomDevriendt, repris à 26 km de l’arrivée après avoir passé 180 km en solitaire. 💪
— Paris-Nice (@ParisNice) March 10, 2020
This morning, in Paris-Nice, Belgian rider Tom Devriendt set off on a solo break that could potentially be 210km long.
Less than delightful weather for it too.
🌧 Contre le peloton et les éléments, 🇧🇪@TomDevriendt ne lâche pas et maintient son effort en solitaire. 💪
— Paris-Nice (@ParisNice) March 10, 2020
Cédric Vasseur won in La Châtre thanks to a 147.5km solo break in the 1997 Tour.
Tom Devriendt's would be 210km if he brought this home. https://t.co/IdKfSDrL0c
— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) March 10, 2020
The City Corporation – the governing body of the Square Mile – has approved new powers that could see drivers fined £80 for parking and leaving their engines running.
The maximum fine for idling had previously been limited to £20 if paid on time.
The new Traffic Management Order will be enforced by the 35 civil enforcement officers who already patrolling the City’s streets monitoring traffic and parking contraventions.
They will first issue warning notices to drivers and this will be held on record, associated with the vehicle’s registration.
Subsequent idling of the same vehicle would result in a Penalty Charge Notice (£80 fine, or £40 if paid within 14 days) without further warning.
Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “These new powers will take us a step closer to eliminating a completely unnecessary source of air pollution.
“Air quality in the City is improving, and by working with drivers, we will continue our progress.
“Cleaning up toxic air is an absolute priority.
“Londoners are determined to see a major improvement, and we will continue to take effective steps to make this a reality.”
The move is part of a wider clampdown on idling vehicles across London.
That said, his efforts still give us more than we get from the average pre-stage interview.
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) March 10, 2020
Are any of these bikes yours?
Going through the gallery, there's some pretty fancy bikes and many of them look almost new.
It's worth emphasising that bike theft is one of the original 'county lines' type crimes - bikes stolen in one location will tend to end up elsewhere - so this isn't just for those in the Avon and Somerset area.
We've posted images of sus stolen 🚲🛠️ online to ID the owners. You'll need to submit an online form with contact info & proof of ownership/purchase. The items may have been taken from our force area, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire since 2017. More 👉 https://t.co/MtXG60F0cb pic.twitter.com/Bu2iAAWoQy
— Avon and Somerset Police (@ASPolice) March 10, 2020
If the grey-ish tint of the Elemnt Bolt never quite matched with your steed, then you'll be pleased to know you can now get one in a stealthy black-on-black colourway. The RRP has also dropped to £184.99 - in any colourway - and a new firmware update means all Elemnt computers can now communicate with select Giant and Specialized e-bike models. You can buy one here and read our review here.
Marion Sicot’s allegations (see below) were reported by Thierry Vildary in Stade 2 on French TV.
In its statement, Doltcini-Van Eyck accused Vildary of failing to provide balance.
“We have proposed, in writing, to the journalist Thierry Vildary to meet with him in Paris, but without result. This has made the report in Stade2 not the story of Marion Sicot but the story by Marion Sicot, with no possibility to react or to see the evidence she claims to have.
“The attempt in the report to interview Marc Bracke took place 10 minutes before the start of the cycling race “Le Samyn”, when the riders had left already to the start and the sports director had to take his place in the line of cars of sports directors.
“The aggressive approach and the timing for the interview fit perfectly with the style of the hard investigative journalism, not at all an indication that Thierry Vildary was trying to make an objective report of facts.
“We can believe however that his intentions for making this program were positive, that he did this to improve the position of women in cycling, but believing Marion Sicot was a big mistake.”
In the comments, Vildary replied: “To answer one of your many lies concerning me and my work in your press release and to be very clear on my report: you never offered me an interview with Marc Bracke but only a meeting with Jan Morre who is not questioned and does not know the subject.
“I am at the disposal of the UCI to explain how the report and the communications I had with your team were produced. I will provide the evidence necessary to shed light on the behind the scenes of this report.
“I would like to point out that we have broadcast extracts from the response that Marc Bracke sent us by email when we sent him our questions.”
The French Cycling Federation has asked the UCI to launch an investigation after two female riders on the Doltcini-Van Eyck team made allegations of inappropriate conduct against sports director Marc Bracke.
The riders claim that they were asked to send pictures of themselves in their underwear so that he could check that they weren't "too fat".
One of them, Marion Sicot, claimed: “He said I was too fat. I had to send pictures of myself in underwear every week. Front and back. He said he’d delete them afterwards but I can’t be sure".
In an astonishing statement, Doltcini-Van Eyck have decided to attack Sicot’s credibility, arguing that she is motivated by a desire to blame them for her positive test for EPO.
This is despite admitting that Bracke did indeed request the photos, as alleged.
The full statement is below.
TL;DR – We have extremely high standards when it comes to privacy – but yes, our DS did ask for photos of riders in their underwear…
Everyone loves a cross-wind... except Thibaut...
In this video we see the French rider, in blue and white FDJ kit, visibly struggling to hold the wheel of a team-mate who's attempting to position him in crosswinds during Paris-Nice.
No sé si acierto con la "banda sonora", pero el planazo que se han currado el operador de wescam+piloto de heli ha sido sublime. #ParisNice #Ciclismo (📺 @Eurosport / 🎶 Carmen) pic.twitter.com/UDBHRTJJml
— iker gallastegi (@ikguallas) March 9, 2020
Mitchelton-Scott have withdrawn from all men's and women's racing until March 22 because of coronavirus.
As well as racing fans on Zwift in its ‘BikeExchange - Where the World Rides Series’ they’ve apparently been trying to keep the mechanics sharp too.
⭕️⚙️ Mechanic vs Mechanic ⚙️⭕️
Who can change a disc brake wheel the fastest?? ⏱
We put our team mechanics to the test...Practice makes perfect 🏁@bikeonscott @ShimanoROAD @SyncrosBike @Pirelli @GiordanaCycling @tacx @Topeak_Intl @GarminCycling #TechTuesday pic.twitter.com/k2pM2nGa87
— Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) March 10, 2020