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"I went too far": Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins apologises for tweet saying "someone should kill" Sadiq Khan over ULEZ; Unleashed domestique Sepp Kuss keeps hydrated... by chugging A LOT of champagne on Vuelta podium + more on the live blog

Happy Friday! Dan Alexander is on live blog duty for you as we all ride off into the weekend with one more day of cycling action
01 September 2023, 07:52
"I went too far": Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins apologises for tweet saying "someone should kill" Sadiq Khan over ULEZ

Well, well, well...

Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins has now apologised after he was this week suspended from the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, for saying "someone should kill" Sadiq Khan over ULEZ and "it's time to dump the Muslim mayor".

> Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins suspended from Twitter after posting that "someone should kill" Sadiq Khan over ULEZ

road.cc contacted Mullins' representatives about the suspension and accusations that his posts were racially charged, but never received a reply. Instead this morning the businessman, also known for his staunch anti-cycling stance, apologised while speaking to Talk TV...

"I unreservedly apologise and withdraw my remarks. I went too far. Twitter/X is right to take the action it did," he said.

Charlie Mullins Sadiq Khan tweets
Charlie Mullins Sadiq Khan tweets 2

X suspended the 70-year-old multimillionaire businessman's account for violating the social media platform's rules. It's not the first time Mullins' thoughts on transport policy have made headlines...

> Pimlico Plumbers publish article describing "cycle fascists whining about their precious road space"

In 2020, he commissioned a Transport for London parody poster of a cyclist struggling to carry tools which said cyclists were "taking f****** liberties".

An additional blog post, shared on the company's website, then took aim at cycling infrastructure and "cycle fascists", which Mullins' PR team claimed were responsible for increasing the length of van journeys in the capital.

"I've had enough of cycle fascists whining about their precious road space when what they really want is to run all non-cycles off the road," the blog, written in the first person as if by Mullins himself, said. "And I'm also sick of the bike bureaucrats who have taken over TfL, and who as we speak are painting great swathes of Central London's roads blue, making it next to impossible to run any kind of service business.

"Businesses like mine, and many others that rely on the transport of large amounts of equipment, tools and goods about the city cannot operate on bicycles. It is a ridiculous proposition. Any fool can figure out it doesn't work. And please don't tell me to get a cargo bike because unless they are the size of a van or a lorry and can be made secure they are exactly as useful as a chocolate teapot."

The blog was later edited following a backlash, before a month later the plumbing provider posted a video on social media asking for help to track down a cyclist who allegedly kicked out a wing mirror on Mullins' Bentley.

However, a number of users called out the footage as fake, with one accusing the firm of staging a publicity stunt and a "false flag" attack to whip up resentment against bike riders.

01 September 2023, 16:06
Geoffrey Soupe wins stage seven of La Vuelta

Absolute chaos on the run into Oliva. Two crashes, one briefly inconveniencing Sepp Kuss before the American was quickly back in the peloton, the second really nasty and leaving Ineos Grenadiers' Thymen Arensman on the floor being treated by the paramedics.

The sprint wasn't any less chaotic either, without the big name sprinters and their monster lead outs it became a free-for-all, Geoffrey Soupe taking a surprise win for TotalEnergies ahead of Caja Rural's Orluis Aular. Something for the French to get excited about...

A few teams will be left licking their wounds after that one...

01 September 2023, 15:47
Man whose dog bit cyclist and "pulled her off bike" handed suspended sentence and ordered to pay almost £2,000
01 September 2023, 15:40
"Well this was a first..."
01 September 2023, 14:54
"Dreadful" hit-and-run driver who killed cyclist before "calmly" boarding train to London jailed for five and a half years
01 September 2023, 14:19
Geraint Thomas crashes at La Vuelta, back on the road

A sore one for G early on today's stage, thankfully now back on his bike as the peloton meanders very leisurely towards Oliva. We've just had a helicopter close up of some dolphins at a waterpark... one of those days where the camera operators and commentary team are having to go the extra mile due to the serene nature of the racing...

01 September 2023, 11:36
Brexit, Covid, and economic uncertainty blamed as Wiggle Chain Reaction Cycles records £97 million loss
01 September 2023, 11:12
Comment of the day
Live blog comment

Exactly the level of nitpicking pedantry we love on the live blog.

On a more general sporting discussion, Steve K reckons "it would be quite funny if, after the whole 'who is the leader, Primoz or Jonas' thing, Kuss won the GC." I agree with you there, although something tells us that 25km flat TT might be the end of that particular dream.

Lots of love for Sepp...

Miller: "Not only funny but a much more enjoyable outcome. I do wonder how Jumbo-Visma will handle the team dynamic now that Kuss, a very strong climber, has a handsome lead over his starrier team-mates. What if Kuss suddenly discovers he has an ego?"

Rendel Harris: "I may be being a bit romantic but I reckon P&J would be happy to help him have it if he could TT; it'd be great publicity for them both and superb for the team in terms of US market coverage, also guard against the possibility of Super Sepp deciding he'd like a team leadership elsewhere. Shame it's not a mountain TT."  

01 September 2023, 10:10
Alpecin-Deceuninck's Jimmy Janssens makes young fan's day at La Vuelta

Chapeau, Jimmy Janssens and Alpecin-Deceuninck, winning bunch sprints and hearts at La Vuelta... 

01 September 2023, 09:55
Thomas De Gendt's fan club helps him out

Where are these people when I'm blowing up a climb? 

01 September 2023, 08:52
Will ULEZ get more people on bikes? + Getting back on the bike after hip surgery with a cycling physio expert on the road.cc Podcast
01 September 2023, 08:36
Reaction to Shimano announcing launch of 12-speed mechanical 105 R7100 groupset to sit alongside existing Di2

Entirely predictably it was price and lack of rim brake option that caught most people's eyes...

Russell Massey was one of those #rimbrakes4life people, while Gordon Saunders told us the pricing is "silly".

Allyson Hurst agreed, calling it "insane"... "same price as [Campagnolo] Chorus mechanical and [Sram] Rival AXS is ridiculous". Rob Taylor said he'd always been a 105 fan "but now looking at the Tiagra as the trickle down effect now makes this a decent group set without the price".

Michael Marshall said Campag's Chorus rim brake offering made him more likely to go there... although "I doubt Campy will do that forever"...

01 September 2023, 08:17
Man who slashed 42 bicycle tyres during "reckless" spree sentenced
Peterborough Crown Court (Google Maps)

[Peterborough Crown Court]

A 29-year-old man has been handed a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to 42 counts of attempted criminal damage, as well as counts of criminal damage, assault, threatening behaviour, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and theft from a shop, relating to other incidents.

Cambridgeshire Live reports Ife Bellow used a pair of scissors to slash 42 bike tyres in Cambridge at 2am on October 18 last year. His "reckless" spree took place in Drummer Street and Guildhall Street, close to where he was soon arrested by police.

CCTV operators saw him puncture the bikes' tyres before throwing scissors, which were later recovered, into a bin.

"To this day we still have no explanation for Bellow's reckless actions. He caused great inconvenience and expense to his victims and has shown himself to be a violent criminal in other areas too. I am glad we were able to bring him before the courts," PC Jack Burgess said.

01 September 2023, 07:20
Unleashed star domestique Sepp Kuss keeps hydrated by chugging A LOT of champagne on Vuelta podium

After four long months dominating the 'teammate of the year' award in professional cycling, assisting Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard to Grand Tour victories and now onto his third major tour of the season, who can blame Sepp Kuss for enjoying his day in the sun?

We like to drink with our super climbing domestique because Sepp Kuss is our mate, and when we drink with our wiry 60kg mountain goat he gets it down in eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two... oh, he's finished...

I made that 14 big gulps of the fizzy stuff, I'm sure his team provided plenty of white rice to soak that up once he returned to the team bus... "No, you're not 'just descending down to the hotel', Sepp"...

Who knew a Kuss vs Pogačar drinking showdown was the real Jumbo-Visma vs UAE Team Emirates battle we needed to see (just don't invite Pidcock)...

Marc Madiot might have something to say this morning. Groupama-FDJ's outspoken manager, during the Tour de France, told Jumbo's boss to... *checks notes*... "shut his mouth" and said that he is "small, shabby" and it's "pathetic" that Richard Plugge would speak out about seeing rival riders enjoying a rest day beer...

> "He can shut his mouth": Marc Madiot slams "small, shabby" Jumbo-Visma boss who claimed that French riders were drinking "large beers" on rest day 

Cue the memes that followed, wonderfully assisted my Madiot...

Interestingly, ahead of the Tour's third week, Plugge had said: "Alcohol is poison, and when you are already tired, it'll make you even more fatigued. At the start of the last week of the Tour, which is the most important, you have to be careful what you eat and drink. In our team nobody drinks alcohol, because that breaks you and even those who aren't riders shouldn't drink it. We open our doors, answer all the questions, but you have to look at the other side as well. Because that explains part of the differences, not only in our favour, but also against the others."

It seems La Vuelta really is the most relaxed Grand Tour...

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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eburtthebike | 10 months ago
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Hardly surprising that Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins plumbs the depths.  It's where he lives.

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David9694 replied to eburtthebike | 10 months ago
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"Zaphod sighed a "what is the world coming to" sort of sigh to absolve himself from all blame, and swung himself round in his seat. "Ship?" he called. "Yup?" said the ship. "Do what I do." The ship thought about this for a few milliseconds and then, after double checking all the seals on its heavy duty bulkheads, it began slowly, inexorably, in the hazy blaze of its lights, to sink to the lowest depths."

Extract from Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (1986) 
http://lib.ru/ADAMS/dayz1_.txt

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HoldingOn replied to David9694 | 10 months ago
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There aren't enough Douglas Adams quotes in my life.
I am glad I can come here for them.

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Hirsute | 10 months ago
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One to bookmark from Inspector Kev, sometime of this parish

https://twitter.com/insp_kevinsmith/status/1697622170296332675

Many is the person I’ve had in the back of a squad car that’s told me “you’ve ruined my life. I’m going to lose my job” after failing a breath test. Actually, no I didn’t make you break the law. That one’s on you. People need to realise breaking the law has consequences

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Cugel replied to Hirsute | 10 months ago
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Hirsute wrote:

One to bookmark from Inspector Kev, sometime of this parish

https://twitter.com/insp_kevinsmith/status/1697622170296332675

Many is the person I’ve had in the back of a squad car that’s told me “you’ve ruined my life. I’m going to lose my job” after failing a breath test. Actually, no I didn’t make you break the law. That one’s on you. People need to realise breaking the law has consequences

Unless you buy a Loophole spiv and get a judge & jury of sometime drunken motorists as yet uncaught.

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Hirsute | 10 months ago
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Surely fake news !

"Spotted on the morning dog walk today. Cargo bikes for trade are really taking off and it’s brilliant to see. So much more gentle on the neighbourhood and really encourages social interaction."

https://twitter.com/waxwellmilson/status/1697513734967644313

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Cugel replied to Hirsute | 10 months ago
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Hirsute wrote:

Surely fake news !

"Spotted on the morning dog walk today. Cargo bikes for trade are really taking off and it’s brilliant to see. So much more gentle on the neighbourhood and really encourages social interaction."

https://twitter.com/waxwellmilson/status/1697513734967644313

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That dangerous veehikle is the wrong colour, as only a certain bloo is allowed, redolent of CH4RLE gasguzzler and/or Toryspiv lie-banner. I have rung the prospecting would-be Toryspiv mayor o' Landin, who is a polis commissioner and he'll be sending tweny three large constables to beat up arrest the owner.

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Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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Seems the car brains are ok with direct protest action when it is for a cause they agree with. Interesting to see the difference in the response compared to the usual twooters on JSO etc. 

https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1697584401301799183

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Hirsute replied to Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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Bloody hell that is depressing reading.
Hero's (sic)

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David9694 replied to Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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Re: Man who slashed 42 bicycle tyres during "reckless" spree sentenced

But what about the horses that might colic in the night, and all the other urgent nocturnal journeys street parking SUV drivers need to undertake? 

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Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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Fun one on my way back to work just now. 

"There's a cycle lane back there mate!" yelled from the window of (what else) a giant SUV by (who else) a bald middle aged fat man. 

The cycle lane in question? A pavement with a bike painted onto it that was, at that time, home to two mums who each had three children under 5, one each in a pram and four running about at full speed. 

A polite middle finger in response seemed to shock him but encouraging me to put toddler's lives at risk was reasonable?

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Patrick9-32 replied to Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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p.s. I have nothing against those who are overweight or losing their hair but there does seem to be a pattern to those who yell at cyclists. 

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chrisonabike replied to Patrick9-32 | 10 months ago
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There certainly seems to be a correlation, if not causation!

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Hirsute | 10 months ago
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Lucky escape lunchtime.
Going just under 35 in a 60 downhill, taking the lane.
Just ahead as the uphill starts, bus is at a stop with 4 or 5 vehicles in a queue. Bloke behind decides it's a great time to overtake with the oncoming traffic.
I think the combo of the driver the other way putting their lights on full and me sticking my arm out in a stop gesture got them to abandon.
I don't have a rear camera but that driver needs immediate retraining or a ban.

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Hirsute | 10 months ago
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Yes to ULEZ.
Although no scope in leafy Essex where everyone is polite and considerate.
There must be a scooter/moped meet in the area judging by the number coming the other way. But the fumes were absolutely disgusting.
Are they mot exempt or something?

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Secret_squirrel replied to Hirsute | 10 months ago
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They'll mostly be 2 strokes, literally burning oil (well oil/petrol mix). 

Now banned as new but still allowed on the road.

I used to love the smell of fully synthetic 2-stroke oil in the morning from mine.

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Gimpl replied to Secret_squirrel | 10 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

They'll mostly be 2 strokes, literally burning oil (well oil/petrol mix). 

Now banned as new but still allowed on the road.

I used to love the smell of fully synthetic 2-stroke oil in the morning from mine.

How I miss that smell! 

Bring back the FS1E and Elsie!

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OldRidgeback replied to Gimpl | 10 months ago
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I don't ride my GT200 very often but I do enjoy it when I do. It's of note that two strokes are nowhere near as bad for human health as diesels. This is because two strokes don't emit the microparticles that cause heart and lung diseases. While two strokes do emit visible smoke, the particles are larger and do not remain airborne for very long. No they aren't clean, but they're not as dirty as you might expect in other words.

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Gimpl replied to OldRidgeback | 10 months ago
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GT200 - very nice! Similiar to the older RD200/250.

For me it's the noise as well as the smell!

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mitsky | 10 months ago
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Anyone else notice the irony (hipocrisy?) of Mullins' comments about cyclists (/cycle lanes) slowing down his employees/vehicles?
Him, standing next to that behemoth of a car, and all the others driving oversized vehicles are a far bigger contributor to the traffic gridlock in London.

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marmotte27 replied to mitsky | 10 months ago
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Yeah but that's logic, i.e. inaccessible to 95% of the human population and 100% of rightwingers.

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Benji326 | 10 months ago
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Charlie makes me chuckle. If more people who could replace a car with a bike and used bike lanes, there would be less cars on the road and it would be easier for his vans to get to jobs. He should be encouraging it really.

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eburtthebike replied to Benji326 | 10 months ago
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Benji326 wrote:

Charlie makes me chuckle. If more people who could replace a car with a bike and used bike lanes, there would be less fewer cars on the road

FTFY

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Hirsute replied to eburtthebike | 10 months ago
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Are the number of cars on the road countable? I doubt it.

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belugabob replied to Benji326 | 10 months ago
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Benji326 wrote:

Charlie makes me chuckle. If more people who could replace a car with a bike and used bike lanes, there would be less cars on the road and it would be easier for his vans to get to jobs. He should be encouraging it really.

Not to mention tweeting less and googling more...

https://youtu.be/6JBR5gFMJM4?si=pVPBdQPx9qucoJoJ

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Matthew Acton-Varian | 10 months ago
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People complaining over the price of the new 105 amuse me.

The 11 speed disc brake version used to RRP at £899, so about £100 less than the new version. Take into account inflation since 2018 (when R7000 was introduced) that's not that wide of the mark. And as for the #savetherimbrake it makes no sense why they would even attempt to do so. Rim brakes were completely phased out of new complete bikes at mid-range halfway during the last iteration. They are only available as high end custom framesets (which you would put the best of the best components on - Dura Ace and Ultegra are both available aftermarket as rim brake options - components only) or on entry level bikes which are still currently cheaper to produce. Yes, upgrades on older frames are nice and all, but a lot of standards have evolved in that time too.

Also we have yet to see what Shimano does with the remaining road groupset tiers. The simultaneous release of GRX 820 and 610 12 speed (no news on what's happening to rx400) might hold a clue, as neither Campagnolo nor SRAM offer dedicated groupsets at 11 speed or below anymore (spares are still available) it stands to reason that Tiagra and below could be replaced by a road version of the CUES system, which there are meant to be road-going additions to the range announced next year. There are rim brake options in the current CUES system for hybrid bikes but these are only available at the cheapest options.

It looks like Shimano are splitting their road and MTB groupsets into performance and affordable catergories instead of trying to blur the lines in the mid-tier. Despite having by far the largest market share its current business model is not sustainable with the threat of budget componentry from China and the performance competition from SRAM. The mid range market has shrunk because if you want an entry point, Tiagra equipped bikes are too expensive, so Sora or Claris are better options. If you are an enthusiast who wants performance, you want 105 at a minimum and you don't want a groupset that lags behind. After the release of 12sp road equipment, 11sp  105 began to look very dated in comparison. Making the budget groupsets more robust and less performance orientated makes sense.

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GMBasix | 10 months ago
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"I went too far" - the unusually understated Charlie Mullins OBEFN

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the little onion | 10 months ago
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"Sepp Kuss keeps hydrated by chugging A LOT of champagne"

Technically, and legally, not a champagne. A sparkling wine, most likely a cava. But not Champagne made to Champagne methods using grapes from Champagne. 

This kind of distinction keeps lawyers happy, but it is also a fantastic way of winding up the french. 

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to the little onion | 10 months ago
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the little onion wrote:

"Sepp Kuss keeps hydrated by chugging A LOT of champagne"

Technically, and legally, not a champagne. A sparkling wine, most likely a cava. But not Champagne made to Champagne methods using grapes from Champagne. 

This kind of distinction keeps lawyers happy, but it is also a fantastic way of winding up the french. 

Not to mention that actually a lot of french wines have their origin in the Americas, and that it was the English who actually ensured (through the design of a glass bottle strong enough to contain champagne) that we still have Champagne today. 

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Steve K | 10 months ago
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I know it won't happen, but it would be quite funny if, after the whole "who is the leader, Primoz or Jonas" thing, Kuss won the GC.

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