Ah, one last Jeremy Vine video this week wouldn’t hurt, would it? Come on, let me off with this one, it’s Friday…
@JonnyBadcockPag new Jeremy video dropped 🔥
— Lee Eaton (@lee_eaton10) March 9, 2023
Anyway, the latest snazzily-annotated commuting clip from the meme merchant and Mad Max impersonator (sorry, presenter-broadcaster) highlights how some people just can’t resist a dig at cyclists – even when drivers are putting them in danger.
How people see cyclists, part 41. pic.twitter.com/O2GUmmvoO4
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) March 9, 2023
In the video, titled ‘How people see cyclists, part 41’ (I swear he’s getting his ideas from the live blog), Jeremy stops at a zebra crossing before waving at two pedestrians to cross.
So, how does one of the pedestrians react?
Well, he turns to Vine, waves back, and remarks, “Unusual for a cyclist”… before making his way around the motorist abruptly stopped bang in the middle of the zebra crossing.
He says while the van sets off 🤦🏻
— NeilV74 (@Neil_A_V74) March 9, 2023
Normalized behaviour for the motor vehicle.
— Julian Mason (@julesmason27) March 9, 2023
Actually, what he's REALLY saving is that it's par for the course that cars drive onto the zebra crossing when peds are about to cross or crossing, and that's why he didn't bother to comment on it ...
— ExitStrata (@ExitStrata) March 9, 2023
I think what is most scary is that he thinks it’s normal for a car to not stop correctly at the crossing. Just goes to prove how many drivers don’t use them properly.
— Kerensa (@Kerensa_74) March 10, 2023
“He is completely blind to the danger posed by the metal lump beside me,” Vine wrote in his video.
“That’s how it works on Planet Petrol.”
Cycling broadcaster Jezza Vine’s latest clip from his London commute has certainly fired up everyone in the comments section. Here’s a selection of what some of you were saying, from ingrained anti-cycling attitudes to zebra crossing etiquette:
Rendel Harris: “Those sort of passive aggressive ‘compliments’ are extremely tiresome. I had a recent example in The Mall when I stopped at the red light halfway down because I wasn’t sure whether the road had been reopened to traffic or not after the Horse Guards had ridden through.
“A policeman on the corner said, ‘Go on, you can ride through’. I thanked him and then he said, ‘Cyclists usually ignore red lights, why stop now?’ – indicative of an almost psychopathic desire to get an insult in somewhere, oh, you haven't done anything wrong I can have a go at you about, I'll have a go at cyclists in general instead then.”
Quite the irony. Couldn't illustrate it better if you were to design the situation... https://t.co/rj1UQG2rR7
— Uppsala Cyclist (@UppsalaCyclist) March 10, 2023
Cycle92: “It might just be me, but I wouldn’t have bothered filtering here as he’s turning left and the space and view are limited. Too much of tight squeeze looking at Jeremy wobble through.
“Waving the pedestrians on is a big no for me as well. They need to make the decision to cross, not the people already on the highway. They weren’t on the crossing when the vehicle moved off. It’s in the Highway Code. Poor awareness from both the driver and Jeremy.”
HoarseMann: “The ‘wave of death’ perfectly executed by Jeremy there. I make a point of almost never waving pedestrians across the road.
“Whilst the Highway Code rule H2 now says you ‘should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross’, it’s not illegal to continue over the crossing.
“I think there’s a danger here that you can take rule H2 too literally. I think those pedestrians were actually holding back for Jeremy and the van to get over the crossing. The new rules don’t mean pedestrians are no longer allowed to be courteous and let a cyclist/vehicle cross when they technically could have just continued walking.
“I haven’t done much cycling in London, but here I would have stayed behind the van. If I were to filter in this situation, I would have just kept going and got out of the way of the van (it would have been safer for the pedestrians rather than encouraging them to cross).”
Car Delenda Est: “Don’t wave someone across, it implies they’re wasting everyone’s precious time and can hurry them into an unsafe situation.
“Just acknowledge them with a nod and if you’re feeling impatient just walk through the crossing.”
SteveK: “Yep, agree with all that. But the point about attitudes – comments on the cyclist, ignores the terrible driving – still stands.”
That’s it for this week’s live blog – I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend!
It just goes to show, you can wear a helmet and brightly-coloured clothing, and even be one of your country’s finest pro bike racers, standing in one spot, conducting an interview with journalists in the finish area of a top-tier international race, and distracted motorists will still find a way of hitting you…
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) March 9, 2023
Trek-Segafredo’s three-time Giro d’Italia stage winner and former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Giulio Ciccone, who was speaking to the press after moving into the top ten on GC at Tirreno-Adriatico yesterday, had a few choice words (in Italian) for the race official who shunted him and his bike.
And so did the rest of the internet:
It's only a pro bike rider.. what is up with our sport!...idiots!!! https://t.co/2QVHhwXxed
— Brian Smith 𝕆𝕃𝕐 (@BriSmithy) March 9, 2023
Car brain is not switched off.
— CyclingVsDepression🇺🇦 (@CyclingDepri) March 10, 2023
Wasn't wearing hi viz or have any lights on,own fault.....
— ian2wheels (@Ian2Wheels) March 10, 2023
Fortunately Giulio is fine ! But the driver ???😡😡😡what was he looking at ?
— Damiano Cunego (@DCunego) March 9, 2023
However, while former Giro winner Damiano Cunego remarked that Ciccone was “fine”, Bici.PRO reported this morning that the collision caused the Italian climber’s handlebars to hit his knee, causing pain and reported swelling.
The 28-year-old, however, is expected to take to the start of today’s crucial Tirreno stage in Morro d’Oro.
Giulio Ciccone’s collision with a distracted race official proved a fitting end to an ignominious day for rider safety at two of the biggest week-long stage races on the planet.
Earlier at Tirreno-Adriatico, as we noted on yesterday’s live blog, the peloton was forced to negotiate a junction seemingly straight out of a particularly gruelling Mario Kart course…
— Katy M (@writebikerepeat) March 9, 2023
And later that afternoon at Paris-Nice, as the riders entered the final kilometre in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, a spot of (admittedly very brief) segregated cycling infrastructure at the exit of a roundabout added a rather unnecessary layer of sketchiness and terror to the usual drama of a bunch sprint.
900 meters from the finish line.
Cycling is one of the worst sports bad for the safety of riders and spectators. 😡 https://t.co/gwhQhmqmZF
— Florian Senechal-Staelens (@flosenech) March 9, 2023
As Astana’s Joe Dombrowski and several others noted on Twitter, Paris-Nice’s perilous roundabout proved a telling indicator of the disparity between the increasing range of road safety measures being put in place for everyday cyclists and the safety needs of the pro peloton.
Is safe cycling infra making road racing more dangerous?
You’re absolutely right Brian, but bearing in mind the traffic calming measures and bike lanes that all French towns and cities are putting the only realistic way to avoid situations would be to finish in the countryside
— Peter Cossins (@petercossins) March 9, 2023
Ironically all the infrastructure to make cycling safer in cities, makes it more dangerous for us ..
— Joe Dombrowski (@JoeDombro) March 9, 2023
Nevertheless, the pitiful lack of warning given by the race organisers during yesterday’s finale did at least emphasise one common ground shared by commuters and pros alike: that paint is not protection:
But it has paint.
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) March 9, 2023
Everything under control, it’s even coloured in pink, we’re used to this!! Right @cpacycling ?
— Alessandro De Marchi (@ADM_RossodiBuja) March 9, 2023
Following this morning’s blog story on the pro rider-led backlash after the Paris-Nice peloton was forced to negotiate a roundabout which included a potentially hazardous piece of cycling infra, road.cc reader readingbiker had some interesting observations on the relationship between everyday cycling and pro racing safety:
The point that I think *needs* to be stressed is that it’s not the infra itself that should be the issue, it’s how the races are planned and signalled to riders. Feels like there should have been clear barriers and marshals for the Paris-Nice route to block off the bit of infra that is highlighted.
As for Tirreno, ditto with clear marshalling and potentially barriering off that route or taking them the long way round the roundabout and barriering off the dangerous short way round.
Course design has come in for a lot of criticism, particularly when it comes to the finishing 5km where the speeds really get up, and clearly organisers have got a long way to go. Pinch points are and should continue to be a part of what makes racing exciting as riders jockey for position, but surely there are ways to make sure that’s safe too!
What do you think? Have race organisers and governing bodies been slow to adapt to the changing character of towns and cities in recent years?
— Cycling_Eve (@CyclingEve) March 10, 2023
If we’ve learnt anything in pro cycling over the last six years or so, it’s to never write off Primož Roglič.
On the final, truncated climb of stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico to Sarnano Sassotetto this afternoon, the Slovenian lurked near the back of the slowly dwindling front group, sheltering from the strong winds that had buffeted the bunch all day and forced the organisers to move the finish 2.5km down the mountain.
Roglič aint looking too fabulous*
*This will come back to bite me in 30 seconds...#TirrenoAdriatico
— Will Newton (@InsidePeloton96) March 10, 2023
In fact, hiding was the modus operandi for most of the peloton on the headwind-affected climb, with only Bahrain-Victorious’ Giro podium placing veteran Damiano Caruso daring to venture off the front with just under five kilometres left.
(Hmmm… Roglič and Jumbo-Visma haven’t reacted. Maybe he’s suffering? It is his first race back after all.)
For a long time, it looked like the waiting game (thanks, Sean) played by the GC contenders was destined to work in the Italian’s favour – but a late surge by Enric Mas and Giulio Ciccone (who showed no ill effects from his bizarre collision with a distracted car-driving race official after yesterday’s stage) ultimately snuffed out Caruso’s chances in the final kilometre.
(And still, everyone’s favourite former ski jumper is nowhere to be seen.)
Meanwhile, as Tom Pidcock dropped off the back as the attacks started to fly, EF’s Hugh Carthy looked sprightly, before another Brit, the Ineos Grenadiers’ Giro winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, launched the sprint from a still sizeable front group.
(Nope, still can’t see him.)
The Londoner was forced to settle for third, however, after being passed first by the strong Ciccone, before finally, finally, finally, Roglič – whose newly shaven legs had barely felt the considerably wind all day – once again proved that his timing is immaculate, making it two-from-two at Tirreno and inheriting Lennard Kämna’s blue leader’s jersey in the process.
— NotiCiclismo ➡ 🇮🇹 #TirrenoAdriatico (@Noticiclismo1) March 10, 2023
— Will Newton (@InsidePeloton96) March 10, 2023
Now pay attention kids – that’s how you race when it’s windy.
They weren’t lying when they said it was a tad gusty near the finish of today’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage to Sassotetto, as poor Rémy Rochas of Cofidis can attest:
— Eemeli (@LosBrolin) March 10, 2023
That’s genuinely my worst nightmare on a bike. Give me rain, hills, terrible road surfaces – anything but strong winds. Awful stuff…
Can't believe they're having a rest day during the Paris to Nice Race In The Sun. It's only a week long!! Can't imagine the tough riders from the old days like Sir Wiggins and Sir Froome needing a day off in such a short race!!
— UK Cycling Expert (@ukcyclingexpert) March 10, 2023
Trees have been blown over at the Paris-Nice, apparently. Surely the cyclers could put on their windproofed onesies and hop over the tree trunks like Art Won Nowt and Tom Peacock do in the outdoor cross-country cycling?
— UK Cycling Expert (@ukcyclingexpert) March 10, 2023
Oh, UK Cycling Expert, how we’ve missed you…
🚨 RACE C A.NCelled 🚨
— Human Powered Health Cycling (@hphcycling) March 10, 2023
It seems that no matter where you are in Europe, today is just not a day for bike racing…
Around the same time as ASO were pulling the plug on stage six of Paris-Nice, up in the Netherlands the organisers of the Drentse Acht van Westerveld decided, rather wisely, that enough was enough after two very snowy laps of the short finishing circuit around Dwingeloo.
— Mathew Mitchell (@MatMitchell30) March 10, 2023
While I’m sure most of the peloton were just happy to get near a radiator, EF Education’s winter wunderkind Zoe Bäckstedt may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
— CERATIZIT - WNT Pro Cycling (@ceratizit_wnt) March 10, 2023
Then again, looking at those images, maybe not…
— Intermarché-Circus-Wanty (@IntermarcheCW) March 10, 2023
It’s a case of Mistral Stopped Play at Paris-Nice today as, despite the organisers’ attempts to shorten the stage and move it away from the windiest parts of the course, stage six of the Race to the Sun to La Colle-sur-Loup has been cancelled thanks to the adverse weather conditions in the Alpes-Maritimes.
The cancellation, made as the riders headed to a new hastily arranged start 120km down the road, comes as no surprise, with rumours of fallen trees and worried police on the finishing circuit making the decision to call the stage off on safety grounds a no-brainer.
Well, at least it won’t take you too long to digest this evening’s highlights package before Gogglebox starts:
Exclusive highlights of Paris-Nice stage 6 - one for the ages. pic.twitter.com/GYtakKVP8P
— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) March 10, 2023
— Adam Deedman (@ADeedman) March 8, 2023
Today’s crashy edition of ‘Why don’t cyclists use the cycle lanes?’, brought to you from Birmingham, raises an important, if extremely simple, question: Would the broken car have been dealt with quicker if it was strewn across any of the other lanes?
The good people of Twitter seem to think so:
Small car. Four blokes. Bump it into the road. It’ll soon be removed.
— StevieG (@StephenGibert) March 9, 2023
But it's not on the road where it might inconvenience drivers of course
— Proprietor of Cycles for Cake (@girlonabrompton) March 9, 2023
30 minutes max.
— Macc Active Traveller (@lkchdschh) March 9, 2023
Get a couple of lads to move that into the road and the police will soon deal with it I'm sure.
— Abraham LinkedIn 🎩 (@ukgaragefan) March 9, 2023
They'd probably push it back into the bike lane.
— Peter Brommer (@pbro48) March 9, 2023
Thankfully, locals have reported that the car has now been removed and temporary cycleway lights installed to replace the broken ones.
Just in time, I reckon, because if the car had spent any longer in the cycle lane, the Daily Mail would certainly now be shouting at it to wear some PPE…
Put some hi-viz and a helmet on it please.
— Rich K (@earskirby) March 9, 2023
As always in these situations, all sorts of rumours pinging between teams & riders at Paris-Nice - including of fallen trees blocking the road on the finishing circuit & the police not wanting race to pass. For now, though, stage is shortened not cancelled.
— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) March 10, 2023
Despite the ominous rumours, the riders are now all in their team buses on the way to the modified start in La Fontaine d’Aragon – we’ll keep you informed if there are any more changes to what is currently the ‘Race From The Wind’…
— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) March 10, 2023
After yesterday’s safety debacle, the organisers of both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico have been forced to shorten today’s stages due to the threat of high winds.
At Tirreno, that means that the potentially race-defining summit finish at Sarnano-Sassotetto will be cut by 2.5km due to the windy conditions at the Apennine ski station – reducing the final climb’s length from 13.2km to 10.7km as a result (though, with the mountain’s harshest gradients coming at the halfway mark, the reduction shouldn’t have a major outcome on the result).
— Katy M (@writebikerepeat) March 10, 2023
“Due to the weather conditions of strong wind on the top of the mountain, RCS Sport, the race organisation, has decided to anticipate the finish line compared to the previously planned one, in order to ensure the greatest safety of the race and all its actors,” Tirreno’s organisers announced this morning.
Meanwhile, at Paris-Nice the Race to the Sun will briefly become the race to the bus, with the wind causing today’s hilly stage to La Colle-sur-Loup to be reduced by 118km to just 80km.
According to reports, the bunch will do a lap for the fans around the scheduled start town of Tourves before jumping in their team vehicles to head to La Fontaine d’Aragon, where ASO hopes the more sheltered landscape and the forecast for less imposing gusts will allow the race to carry on.
Fingers crossed we get to see some racing today. Though I suppose it could be worse…
Paris-Nice 1956 pic.twitter.com/JeJyfLxkS3
— Perdants magnifiques (@TousPoulidor) March 10, 2023
Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.