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Joe Biden gifts Boris Johnson a Union Jack roadster...but not everyone's impressed; "This sort of infrastructure is a game changer": Riders pleasantly surprised by CS4; Get the Prince of Wheels an Allen key; BBC news report by bike + more on the live blog

Happy Friday folks! Dan Alexander is here to take you through to the weekend with the final live blog of the week...
11 June 2021, 15:38
Rui Costa takes controversial Tour de Suisse win before being relegated to second as Andreas Kron is awarded the stage

Rui Costa thought he won Tour de Suisse stage six, however the former world champion has been relegated for deviating off his line during the sprint. Costa forced Andreas Kron towards the barriers and ended any chance the young Dane had of rounding his more experienced rival in the final metres.

Kron has been awarded the stage win after the fact which means it was two from two for Lotto-Soudal this afternoon after Caleb Ewan's win in Belgium. The GC riders rolled in, so no change there. The weekend stages continue the mountain theme, starting with a TT tomorrow which will see riders climb then descend the Oberalppass climb. Sunday is another big climbing stage and will decide the GC.

11 June 2021, 15:23
"This is due to excellent cycle aware training - a model for other bus companies"
11 June 2021, 14:36
Caleb Ewan wins uphill sprint at Baloise Belgium Tour

Caleb Ewan is warming up nicely for one of the most sprint-heavy routes of the Tour de France in years. The Aussie was too good for everyone on stage three, gapping all the other sprinters as only Pascal Ackermann was able to stay in his wheel. Mark Cavendish was separated from his lead out and sat up in the final hundred metres. Good signs for Lotto-Soudal who are preparing a team to back their fast man's chances in France. Remco Evenepoel keeps the leader's jersey ahead of the final two stages this weekend.

At Tour de Suisse, Mathieu van der Poel did not start this morning as the race headed for the high mountains. The peloton has already climbed the 2,100m Gotthard Pass and 1,900m Lukmanierpass and are heading to the summit finish at Disentis-Sedrun. It is looking like the breakaway might survive. David de la Cruz currently leads the stage and has a minute back to a group with former world champion Rui Costa and young British prospect Fred Wright.

11 June 2021, 14:15
Israel Start-Up Nation sports director says team are not contractually obliged to take Chris Froome to the Tour de France...but probably will
Chris Froome Israel Start-Up Nation (screenshot Chris Froome YouTube)

Israel Start-Up Nation directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe has been talking about Chris Froome's Tour de France chances again. Not too long ago he was quoted saying Froome's place on his team's squad for the Tour was not guaranteed. Today, in a similar vein, Verbrugghe told DH Sports that Froome does not have a clause in his contract which means he must go to the Tour.

"Contrary to what I have read or heard, we are not contractually obliged to have Chris in the team for the main event in July, but it could help him to take another essential step in his physical evolution. And also give him a mental boost," Verbrugghe said.

So it does sounds as though the four-time winner will be on the startline in Brittany at the end of the month. In what role remains to be seen, although Verbrugghe confirmed that Canadian Michael Woods would lead the team's GC challenge, while Dan Martin will have the freedom to go for stage wins.

"Chris’ fighting spirit is impressive," the team's directeur sportif continued. "We are well aware that he is not at a level that would allow him to fight for the general classification of the Tour de France or even for a stage victory, but this race could be an important stepping-stone for the next Vuelta. Our selection will be built around Michael Woods, who will go for GC, and Dan Martin who will aim for stages.

"Behind them, we’ll lack a bit of depth in the mountains because we’ll be without [Alessandro] De Marchi, [Daryl] Impey and [Carl Fredrik] Hagen. Krists Neilands fractured his collarbone only a short time ago but we still hope he can recover in time for the Grand Départ in Brest."

11 June 2021, 13:31
West Midlands Cycle Hire carrying England fans to day two of the second Test at Edgbaston

Following on from the love for CS4 this morning, we've got some great footage of Birmingham's cycle lanes helping an England fan nip down to Edgbaston for the second Test. Nothing better than cruising past rows of gridlocked cars...any chance of another wicket?

11 June 2021, 13:08
Where the EU imports its bikes from

Infographic: Where The EU Imports Its Bicycles From | Statista Here's an interesting piece of research by Statista who broke down where the EU imports its bikes from...Last year, EU member states imported nearly 5 million bikes with a total value of €930 million. Any surprises here?

11 June 2021, 11:15
Joe Biden gifts Boris Johnson a Union Jack roadster...but not everyone's impressed

Joe Biden gifted Boris Johnson a Union Jack bicycle made by an award-winning bike maker from Philadelphia to mark their first meeting. Stephen Bilenky explained that he was contacted by the US Department of State about making the custom bike in a red, white and blue colour scheme. "It is a very modern version of an upright British roadster with a custom paint scheme with the Union Jack flag and a matching helmet," the bike maker said.

The PM will have no shortage of gears if he gets back to cycling around the capital...that rear cog's like a dinner plate...The gift has got a mixed reception on social media with some saying it is completely impractical and a bike to be presented, not ridden.

Others were left wondering if there was some gentle trolling going on...'Here's your bike, Boris. We got you some gears that even you'll be able to turn.'

After the questions about why the PM caught a flight to Cornwall for the G7 summit...anyone up for seeing him ride this back to Downing Street? 

11 June 2021, 10:44
BBC reporter takes a cycling tour of Cornwall during the G7 summit

No flying in here...just a BBC reporter going for a tour of what it is like on the ground in one corner of Cornwall while the G7 summit is on. I'd say Cornwall could be the toughest gig for a pedalling reporter having to tackle all those savage ramps...

11 June 2021, 09:56
Great Britain win four gold medals and one silver on opening day of 2021 UCI Para-cycling Road World Champiobships
Dame Sarah Storey (Image credit: SWpix)

Team GB added to Dame Sarah Storey's gold and Crystal Lane-Wright's silver in the women's C5 time trial, winning three more golds during the first day of competition in Cascais. Storey's rainbow jersey, her 24th, was a sign of things to come as tandem pairing Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby won the next gold shortly after.

George Peasgood then won the men's C4 time trial, his first para-cycling world title after crossing over from triathlon. "I feel pretty overwhelmed," he said. "I came here without any expectations, I just came out to have a good ride and thankfully I did. I was always going to be happy no matter what, as long as I got everything out that I could on the day, and I did. I couldn’t have ridden it any better so I’m chuffed with that." 

Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall won the final GB gold medal of the day in the women's B time trial. Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl finished in fourth on their world championship debut as well. Alex Brooke-Turner and Luke Jones are in action today in the hand bike events.

Dame Sarah Storey (Image credit: SWpix)
11 June 2021, 09:43
Get the Prince of Wheels an Allen key...
11 June 2021, 08:58
Visitors make egg-celent use of rider’s helmet
Bike helmet nest

We've been sent this from Becky who unfortunately got knocked off her cargo e-bike on the way to work six weeks ago, so hasn't cycled since. Fair to say she got a shock when she went to fetch her bike helmet out the shed... 

11 June 2021, 07:48
"This sort of infrastructure is a game changer": Riders pleasantly surprised by CS4 cycle lane

What better way to start Friday than with a clip of a rider loving CS4's new segregated route along Tooley Street near London Bridge. Dirty Wknd spins seamlessly down past the stream of fellow riders travelling in the opposite direction and was so impressed they described it as a "game changer" compared to how dangerous it used to be.

Another rider who has been using the route for years was shocked by the improvement too...

Elsewhere on the capital's growing network of cycle routes, Transport for London has asked for public feedback on trial changes to CS8 between Chelsea Bridge and Wandsworth Town Centre. Earlier this week we shared pictures of the new cycle lane on the southbound side of the bridge on the live blog, which is one of the trial changes. a hat-trick of CS news to start your Friday...the CS3 counter at Embankment is close to recording 1 million cyclists this year.

Dan joined as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 exploring the south of England.

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