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Fundraiser for Ironman competitor whose cycling crash led to insurance nightmare; Nibali announces retirement date; Giro's new head pisstaker; Tour Series crash; Eurovision does cycling; Bike ink; Giro Whoop data; New infra + more on the live blog

It's Wednesday and Dan Alexander will be bringing you exciting news of a James May interview, a possible Cav stage win, and everything else from the cycling world on our live blog...
11 May 2022, 15:54
"Fucking shit bike. I can't say anything because I'll get told off": Fernando Gaviria fumes at his Colnago

Taking a leaf out of our book here, Fernando? We always blame our bike when things go wrong be fair it did appear the Colombian sprinter was left high and dry by his UAE Team Emirates team-issue Colnago, which seemed to be stuck in far too easy a gear for the downhill sprint.

Cyclingnews reports the sprinter was caught on camera calling his poor Colnago a "fucking shit bike" before saying "I can't say anything because I'll get told off".

"It's something I can't say in the interview. I felt really good today and I was looked after so well for the whole stage. I had problems with my derailleur in the end and I couldn’t get in the gear I needed. It was a hectic final and I think someones wheel may have touched me from behind. It’s really frustrating and I could not hide it on the line but these are things that can happen in races."

If the Tour de France champ's bike is "fucking shit", I'd hate to hear what he thinks of mine...

11 May 2022, 15:47
Giro d'Italia stage five highlights
11 May 2022, 13:29
Lesson of the day: check your insurance

Here's some reaction to the main story (down at the bottom) of our live blog today...

TriTaxMan shared the travel insurance section of British Triathlon's website:

If you have an existing policy it is worth checking the details as you may not have cover for your bike or for training or racing abroad.

 "I do think it is pretty common that travel Insurance by and large always has an exclusion for any form of racing, and a lot will specifically exclude training as well," they said. "As a triathlete who has taken part in triathlon training camps in Mallorca I was specifically told by the training camp to make sure my travel insurance included cover for triathlon training otherwise any hospital treatment may not be covered.

"Given this was an official Ironman 70.3 event I would have expected either the general entry fee to include some medical insurance cover or alternatively their entry pack would tell them that they needed specialist race insurance if they are racing overseas.

"Unfortunately there are too many people who don't read the fine print, or don't think to check before they do something (I mean the whole passport issues that have been in the press virtually every week for the last 3 months for example), and then when it goes wrong they go to the media. So my sympathy is limited to the injuries they suffered not the costs that they now have to stump up.

"That may seem harsh to some but life is harsh."

Others shared advice from their years of dealing with insurance companies for events, holidays, racing and everyday riding.

"Insurance. Best to speak to a human, and detail all you want to get covered. Discuss openly and in full. Keep a recording or notes. Even the direct insurers, like Admiral, have "Live Chat" or similar," Aberdeencyclist suggested.

HoarseMann said: "I have adequate insurance, but need to fundraise for a Mallorcan cycling holiday. Seriously though, you really do need to check the small print on insurance. I do have some sympathy, as generally road cycling is covered under standard premiums, but anything that involves racing or off-road mountain biking usually requires an enhanced level of cover at extra cost."

11 May 2022, 14:43
Vincenzo Nibali confirms intention to retire at the end of 2022
Vincenzo Nibali after winning 2016 Giro d'Italia (PHOTO CREDIT ANSA - PERI - DI MEO - ZENNARO).jpg

After stage five, and in his hometown of Messina, Vincenzo Nibali outlined his intention to retire from professional bike racing at the end of the season. Speaking to RAI, he said: "I was waiting for this stage for a while, for years, it's where I started to ride and train, so I wanted to confirm that this is my last Giro and my last season.

The Shark of Messina was visibly emotional as he told the broadcaster: "It's time to call it a day. I’ve done so much for so long but it's the right time."

Nibali will be looking for one final stage win at the Grand Tour he has won twice, in 2013 and 2016, and won seven stages over 11 participations. The 37-year-old is also, provisionally at least, in Astana's Tour de France team.

11 May 2022, 14:24
Another classic for the weird bike rack genre...
11 May 2022, 14:05
Arnaud Démare wins stage five of the Giro d'Italia after Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan are dropped on earlier climb

Of the three big-name sprinters to be dropped over the second-category Portella Mandrazzi, only Arnaud Démare made it back on, following some sterling work from his Groupama–FDJ teammates who then set him up perfectly for the sprint. Coming off a downhill ramp, but into a headwind, it needed impeccable timing; something the Frenchman delivered...

Second-placed Fernando Gaviria was left to slam his front wheel into the ground in frustration (over and over again), while Giacomo Nizzolo was third. Biniam Girmay could only take fifth, largely due to being boxed in, and followed Cavendish-deputising Davide Ballerini across the line.

An early finish today as the riders are off to the mainland tonight. Tomorrow skirts the coast, and should give the fast men another shot at glory.

11 May 2022, 13:26
They're doing the thing again...

You know, it's almost like yesterday didn't happen... 

11 May 2022, 12:08
Team time trial to get Cav back in touch

A high pace on the one major climb of the day has seen Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan and Arnaud Démare dropped from the peloton. Démare is best-placed at 30 seconds, Cav at one minute 20 seconds. Ewan looks out of it at more than four minutes back. Cav's got a few teammates back to help. Can he make it?

11 May 2022, 11:34
Good news! We've got James May on very soon...
James May builds a bike (YouTube)

Here at we've got a dream list of interviewees, a pantheon of guests who we'd love to talk to more than anyone else. Think: Cav, Jeremy Vine, Sir Brad...the two-wheeled greats...

Well, we've ticked one off the list, and will be bringing you a special Drink at your desk Friday at the end of the week, featuring...*drum roll*... James May (admittedly the drum roll doesn't work so well when you've already read who it is)...

This one will be dropping on our YouTube at 4pm on Friday, but we'll be bringing you some sneak peeks on the site over the coming days to whet the appetite...

11 May 2022, 11:22
With great power comes great responsibility: Giro's new head pisstaker

The Giro has a new pisstaking king — all hail Juan Pedro López...

It's one of the perks of leading a Grand Tour; you are bestowed the great honour of choosing when everybody takes a other words, chief pisstaker...

Just don't ask Tom Dumoulin what happens if you need a number two...apparently even a maglia rosa doesn't hold that power... 

Funny how no matter how many races you win (Giro d'Italia, World Championship, three Tour de France stages, four Giro stages, Olympic silver etc...) everybody still remembers that time you had to drop one in a field... 

11 May 2022, 10:52
Eat your veggies and ride a bike: Eurovision does cycling

Disclaimer: new live blog favourite Ryan is fully to blame for Eurovision content appearing on your feed. I will take zero responsibility for any angry comments that follow, and would like to put it on record that I have never, and will never, watch it...

With the legal stuff out the way, we can move on to the meat (or lack of it) of the matter: Latvia apparently made a bit of a splash at *insert whatever the proper name for last night's 'event' was* with some out-there lyrics about dietary advice.

"Instead of meat, I eat veggies and..."

Their entry was censored by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) due to the problematic lyric...

Less problematic was the first verse: "I ride my bicycle to work instead of a car".

Apparently, the Italians gave cycling a shout-out too. Their entry won the San Remo festival while riding BMXs (though Ryan informs me he's not sure if they're repeating that at Eurovision).

11 May 2022, 10:24
Transport for London addresses series of serious injuries and fatality with new segregated cycle route
Transport for London Aldgate cycle lane

Transport for London has announced the completion of a new protected cycle lane on Mansell Street in Aldgate, London, an area which saw four serious injuries in collisions, and one fatality in the three years up to July 2020. The new route will link Cycleway 2 and Cycleway 3 to "enable thousands of safer cycling journeys across London each week".

Elsewhere in the English capital, a consultation has also launched, looking into the first phase of upgrades to the CS8 route between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, changes that have been in place on the route since summer 2020.

Transport for London Aldgate cycle lane

"We've seen a huge rise in walking and cycling over the past two years as more and more Londoners enjoy using sustainable ways to get around the capital," Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said. "To maintain this success, we are continuing to make our roads safer. I’m delighted that this new protected cycle route is now open, making a much-needed connection between two major Cycleways in east London."

11 May 2022, 10:09
11 May 2022, 09:25
How hard is riding a Mount Etna summit finish for the pros? Giro d'Italia Whoop data
Hugh Carthy Whoop data S4 Giro

Whoop are sending us rider data from the Giro d'Italia, showing how hard the day's racing was and how much recovery riders got (and need)...

Hugh Carthy was right up there in the GC group on yesterday's summit finish up Etna, efficiently finishing in last place in the group containing Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz and basically anyone else with a hope of winning the maglia rosa...

He burned 3,379 calories, according to his strap, and had an average heart rate of 137bpm throughout the stage. That's a lot of pasta to recover..

Interestingly, Whoop are also sharing his sleep data, and suggest he is 81 per cent recovered this morning having got a touch under seven hours of kip last night. That's almost four hours less than Whoop estimates he needed...not helped by nine disturbances during the night...I wonder if Whoop can work out which EF Education EasyPost rider's snoring was keeping him up?

Stefano Oldani spent the day in the break...

Stefano Oldani Whoop data S4 Giro
11 May 2022, 09:01
Images that precede unfortunate cycling events
11 May 2022, 08:52
Cycling tattoos

Anyone got any bike-related ink?

Like Tim, this is the closest we've got...

Perhaps someone somewhere has got the slightly obnoxiously named '4th cat tat' permanently inked on their calf? Niche...

11 May 2022, 07:58
Fundraiser for Ironman competitor whose cycling crash led to insurance nightmare

A cautionary tale to double and triple check your insurance...

Ironman crash fundraiser (GoFundMe)

Daniel was racing in the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on Saturday when he was involved in a "very nasty accident" which has left him in hospital, recovering from four hours of surgery to treat multiple injuries. He has no memory of what happened, just that he flipped over the handlebars.

The cost of the surgery is estimated to be roughly £15,000, which sympathetic donators are contributing to on GoFundMe after Daniel found out all three of his insurance providers will not be paying for the treatment...(Oh, not to mention he's also getting married on June 4...)

Daniel has since discovered his Velosure bike insurance only covers loss of a limb or death, while his Admiral personal travel insurance won't cover the costs either as they say he was racing. British Triathlon, which fundraiser starter Sam Tomkins said Daniel had the highest level of cover with, "don't pay medical expenses. But have offered around £250 for his broken bones".

"I know insurance companies are historically tough to get to pay out, but all three saying no makes my blood boil," Sam said.
"I want to try and get some money together to help him pay for his medical costs. Please give whatever you can. If he does manage to reclaim the money, I will just get GoFundMe to return the money."

Link to the GoFundMe page here...

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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