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Regent's Park driver speeds into cyclists following altercation with another motorist; Pozzato snaps seat post avoiding truck; New bike lane too narrow to use; Velomobile stopped by police; Cafe stops back on the menu; Time Matters + more on the live blog

It's the start of a new week and Dan Alexander will be getting you through Monday on the live blog...
12 April 2021, 15:55
Fabio Jakobsen: "It's special to be back and to see Mark win here"

Fabio Jakobsen made his return to the peloton on yesterday's opening stage of the Tour or Turkey and was delighted to see his teammate, Mark Cavendish, back winning again on stage two today. In a finish line interview Jakobsen told Wielerflits "it's special to be back and to see Mark win here".

"Mark has fought for this for a long time and he is very motivated," Jakobsen continued. "I couldn't help much myself in the sprint preparation, but I did as much as I could. Mark deserves this and is a great champion. I try to come back step by step. I want to finish a race first and build up my form. 

"I think the top form from before my fall is still there, but that takes time. In the meantime, I can help guys like Cav and other teammates, and that motivates me too. It is good to be a cyclist again. Another stage win would be nice. It doesn't matter which of the team wins. But for me it is important to finish this race."

12 April 2021, 15:32
Local cyclist takes a tape measure to narrow Manchester cycle lane

Some strong detective work from Rick this afternoon to go out and measure the width of the Barlow Moore cycle lane we featured earlier in today's live blog. He found it ranged from 80 to 90cm and was just wide enough to fit his road bike...

12 April 2021, 14:49
Pros congratulate Cav on his win

Some day for Mark Cavendish taking that vintage sprint win at the Tour of Turkey... 

12 April 2021, 10:02
Regent's Park driver speeds into cyclists following altercation with another motorist

This shocking video shows the moment a group of cyclists were driven at by a motorist following an altercation in Regent's Park yesterday morning. One of the riders was particularly lucky to avoid serious injury and carried his wrecked bike off the road. The person filming the group ride turned around after hearing an altercation behind, apparently between two drivers. One of the motorists then sped off, mounting the pavement, hitting the cyclist and driving off through a red light...

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Yesterday's incident has understandably led to increased calls for traffic to be restricted from the park. However, unlike Richmond Park, the roads in Regent's Park are not the responsibility of The Royal Parks, so the Crown Estate Paving Commission is a better destination for any complaints. In a 2019 article on this site, Laura Laker described the group as "an unelected and effectively unaccountable Georgian quango."

12 April 2021, 14:04
Northern Ireland tops the UK's thrill-seeking charts
The Lagan and Lough route at Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland - the last maps to complete the UK series. Credit Robert Ashby. Sustrans

The good people at Leisure Lakes Bikes were keen to find out which part of the UK is the most adventurous and collated more than 8,500 Google searches to reach a verdict. Their data suggests that of the 'adventure sports', mountain biking is number one in the UK, with around 1,500 average searches per month. Interestingly, 'e-bike off road' was also one of the fastest-growing adventure sport searches and was up 235 per cent compared to in 2016.

In the regional breakdown Northern Ireland took the title for the UK's keenest adventurers with 9,209 adventure sport searches per 100,000 people, while Wales and the South West of England rounded out the podium.

12 April 2021, 13:21
Time Matters: an award-winning film from Kinesis about ultra-cyclist Richard Curtis's life-changing brain injury

Kinesis UK has shared this award-winning film project about the life-changing brain injury suffered by ultra-cyclist Richard Curtis in 2018. At the time he was in the shape of his life having represented Great Britain at the Gran Fondo World Championships. The film covers Richard's experience and "serves as a sombre reminder that life is precious, and simple pleasures like riding your bike should not be taken for granted." Time Matters won an Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts film festival and has been nominated for several others.

12 April 2021, 12:51
Reaction to Cav's first win in three years

Mark Cavendish beat Andre Greipel in a sprint this morning and it was just like being taken back to 2015 all over again...Plenty of love for Cav about this lunchtime, here's the best of the reaction to his win, including some nice words from Greipel's teammate Alex Dowsett, and the full story if you want to read more...

12 April 2021, 11:56
Velomobile rider stopped by police

CyclingMikey saw this one coming...As if by magic, one day after Mikey said it was guaranteed to happen KarlOnSea was stopped by an officer who claimed to be "concerned for your safety" and worried about the visibility of the orange velomobile...

12 April 2021, 11:02
Former pro Filippo Pozzato snaps seat post avoiding truck

Fortunately, ex-pro Filipppo Pozzato came away from a crash in Venice with just cuts and bruises. The 2006 Milan San-Remo winner says he had to veer off the road to avoid a collision with a truck and that while he was largely unscathed, his bike wasn't so lucky.

Writing on Instagram, Pozzato said: "Unfortunately today while I was on my bike in the Venetian streets, to avoid a truck that invaded my lane during the descent, I went off the road and fell to the ground. Fortunately, I don't have any serious injuries except a few bumps and scratches. I thank everyone who wrote to me and worried about me.

"However, I would like to renew to everyone the invitation to be more attentive and concentrated while driving because it really is a moment to endanger your own life and that of others."

12 April 2021, 10:58
A timely thought considering this morning's blog posts
12 April 2021, 09:03
Cafe stops back on the menu

With the re-opening of hospitality you can now officially 'stop' at the cafe for your mid-ride fuel...Hopefully the weather where you are is more like the scenes at Stage One Cycles than the snowy conditions over here and you'll actually be able to make use of your new freedom for a coffee and some cake in the sunshine...

Let us know where you'll be heading for your first non-takeaway cafe fix over on the forum and it could get a visit from one of the team for our new YouTube show Recommends...

12 April 2021, 07:50
New bike lane too narrow to use

As Sean pointed out, it's never a good start when you can't fit the bike symbol in the cycle lane...

These new lines painted on the Barlow Moor Road in Manchester don't leave much room for cycling, especially if you're riding a cargo bike...Lots of disappointed local riders took to Twitter, with Rob Rocklad asking why they even bothered to paint the lines?

It's not the first time cycle lanes in the city have got attention for all the wrong reasons. Remember when the council used a segregated cycle lane on the Stretford Road as somewhere to collect fallen leaves? Unbe-leaf-able...

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 a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels. 

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