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Police criticised for arresting and fining cyclist ignoring 'no cycling' signs; Astana end Miguel Ángel López suspension; The "vague personal hierarchy of traffic violations"; Ineos snap up second Hayter brother; Weekend round-up + more on the live blog

It's a new week and after nine days away Dan Alexander will be trying to remember how this live blog thingy works.....
01 August 2022, 16:26
Reader reaction

Here's what you're saying about Royal Parks Police and our main live blog story of the day...

Any more? 

01 August 2022, 16:03
Pro rider perks

Here we have it folks...the single greatest thing about being a professional cyclist (for Alpecin-Deceuninck)...

Soon-to-be on Ebay — the ultimate in sporting memorabilia — Mathieu van der Poel's mattress from the 2023 Tour de France... 

01 August 2022, 15:18
A kudos-worthy ride: Annemiek van Vleuten's La Planche des Belles Filles win

According to Strava, Van Vleuten's winning ride is the most kudosed women's ride ever, and third most kudosed women’s activity of all-time. Not too late to get that to number one...

01 August 2022, 15:05
Transcontinental update: Christoph Strasser first over Transalpina Pass

Of course there is life after the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes, and not just the Tour de Pologne (stage three was won by birthday boy Sergio Higuita, by the way), Transcontinental Race has been underway for a week now. Christoph Strasser was first to summit Transalpina Pass and is through the fourth checkpoint...

Ulrich Bartholmoes and Adam Bialek have since passed through as well. Transcontinental has an impressive tracking page if dot-watching is your thing... 

01 August 2022, 13:51
Life after July

So, for the first time since July 1, neither the Tour de France or Tour de France Femmes are on our TV screens to get us through the work day (okay, okay, I know there were three rest days)...

There is some racing in the diary this week, however, over in Poland at the WorldTour (but not broadcast, as far as we can tell) Tour de Pologne. Cav's debuting his fresh new British national champ's colours...although things on the bike aren't going quite as well...

Cav's two top-tens without threatening for the win over the weekend leave us here, on stage three, with Ethan Hayter the best hope for a British stage win on a long day in the saddle back-ended with three sharp stingers and an uphill finish...

01 August 2022, 13:37
You can't carry a Thetford Porta Potti 345 by bike...
01 August 2022, 13:24
42-metre £2m active travel bridge lifted into place
Gooseholme Bridge Kendal (Cumbria County Council)

A crane hoisted the new Gooseholme active travel bridge into place across the River Kent in Kendal last week, a development the council says is a "hugely significant step forward" in the £2m project.

Cumbria County Council, working with contractor Story Contracting Ltd, and in partnership with an extensive specialised project team, oversaw the installation of the 55-tonne structure which was lifted into place. 

The £2 million project is being delivered by Cumbria County Council with funding partners: the Environment Agency, South Lakeland District Council, as well as Sustrans, and is part of walking and cycling charity's £77m programme, supported by the Department for Transport, to enhance the National Cycle Network.

The bridge is expected to open in the autumn.

01 August 2022, 11:43
Timmy Mallett's UK tour continues
01 August 2022, 11:34
Astana end Miguel Ángel López suspension
Miguel Angel Lopez (copyright RCS Sport)

Miguel Ángel López has been "provisionally reintegrated" back into Astana Qazaqstan Team following a short-lived suspension prompted by news the Colombian was being investigated as part of a doping probe in Spain.

In a statement, the team concluded that in the absence of any findings by Spanish authorities or the UCI "it was not in a position to continue the suspension". 

As it was communicated earlier (on 22.07.2022), following the news of Miguel Angel Lopez’s questioning by Spanish Police in connection with an investigation on Dr. Maynar, Astana Qazaqstan Team suspended Miguel Angel Lopez pending clarification of the status of the proceedings.

Based on the information received, Astana Qazaqstan Team was advised that in the absence of any finding by either the Spanish authorities or the UCI, it was not in a position to continue the suspension or further deprive the rider of his contractual rights. Miguel Angel Lopez is thus provisionally reintegrated as part of Astana Qazaqstan Team and will return to the previously agreed racing plan (Vuelta a Burgos and then Vuelta a España).

Astana Qazaqstan Team has forwarded all the information received to the International Testing Agency, which is in charge of anti-doping investigations on behalf of the UCI. The Team will monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to take resolute measures depending on the development of the situation.

01 August 2022, 10:10
Police criticised for arresting and fining cyclist ignoring 'no cycling' signs

Last night, Royal Parks Police revealed that "in accordance with our Park Priorities" a cyclist stopped in a designated non-cycling area of Kensington Gardens had been arrested after refusing to give officers his details, and was later released with a £60 fine for the cycling offence...

The reaction to Royal Parks Police's tweet was mixed — some had little sympathy for ignoring the park's by-laws — while others argued clamping down on individuals pedalling a bicycle, even where prohibited, shouldn't be particularly high up the crime-tackling priority list.

One reply called the response "heavy-handed behaviour", adding: "More heavy-handed behaviour. Please Google 'proportionality'. It's still totally out of proportion with the risk associated with the 'offence'."

It's not the first time the force's social media output has ended up here on our live blog...

Back in the spring a tweet was branded "tone-deaf" for boasting that one of the force's officers had managed "not to jump a single red light or ride on a footpath" while cycling to work during a tube strike.

> "I cycled into a work today, managed not to jump a single red light or ride on a footpath": Royal Parks Police criticised for "tone-deaf" tweet

01 August 2022, 09:35
Commonwealth Games 2022: a closer look at the Cannock Chase Forest XCO course

> Commonwealth Games 2022: a closer look at the Cannock Chase Forest XCO course 

01 August 2022, 09:26
Ineos snap up second Hayter brother

Why have one promising upcoming British racing talent when you can have two? Bonus points if they're from the same family. Ethan Hayter — Olympic champ, two-time national TT champion, Tour of Britain stage winner, twice Romandie stage winner, and currently out at Tour of Poland hoping to earn selection for a debut Grand Tour at La Vuelta — has a brother called Leo.

Leo's pretty good at riding bikes too...he won two stages and the GC at the 'Baby Giro' before adding the national U23 TT title to his palmares in June. He's got an U23 Liège–Bastogne–Liège to his name too and will be joining his big brother at Ineos, first as a stagiaire until the end of the year, and then permanently in 2023.

Leo Hayter: "I'm super proud and excited to be joining the Ineos Grenadiers this coming year, moving up to the highest level of the sport in a British team I've been inspired by since I started competing. Having participated in some training camps with the team, I already feel really at home here, and now can't wait to get started." 

01 August 2022, 08:53
Weekend round-up: Reilly review; Commonwealth crash; History makers; Calls for councillor's resignation + more
Annemiek van Vleuten, stage 8, 2022 Tour de France Femmes (A.S.O./Fabien Boukla)

(📷: ASO/Fabien Boukla)

It wasn't just the Lionesses who made history yesterday, Annemiek van Vleuten did too... but you probably knew that already. The 39-year-old comeback queen dominated – once again – on the slopes of La Planche des Belles Filles to cap off a historic week for women's cycling.

> History maker: Peerless Annemiek van Vleuten wins first edition of relaunched Tour de France Femmes

Elsewhere on this weekend, Stu's been checking out Reilly's Fusion... and, without too many spoilers, it did pretty well...

Back on the racing scene, Olympic champ Matt Walls suffered a frightening crash at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (but actually in London) yesterday as he was sent over the barrier and into the crowd at the Lee Valley VeloPark during the scratch race.

Over in the US, cyclists are calling for the resignation of a Jersey City councillor, Amy DeGise, who failed to stop after striking a delivery cyclist – and only reported the incident six hours later.

Oh, and our Bike at Bedtime is the new titanium Enigma Evoke Mk3. Check it out now, or save it for bedtime, or read it now and take a mid-morning nap...the choice is entirely yours...

01 August 2022, 07:57
The "vague personal hierarchy of traffic violations"

Let's kick off the week with a profound, near philosophical, take on the state of our roads from the great modern temple of public discourse — Twitter.

Stay with me...

Oh lord, straight into red light jumping at 9am on my first day back...

But here are a couple of other additions to the hierarchy of traffic violations...

Any more? 

Anyway, it's all a great excuse to bring up this vid from the weekend...

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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