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"It's been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks": Arnold Schwarzenegger — bodybuilder, actor, politician... public-spirited pothole repairer?; Alpecin-Deceuninck vs Wout: Instagram edition; Would you hire a bike from Decathlon? + more on the live blog

After an extended bank holiday weekend Dan Alexander is back on live blog duty today, trying desperately to remember how to do one of these


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12 April 2023, 07:54
"It's been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks": Arnold Schwarzenegger — bodybuilder, actor, politician... public-spirited pothole repairer?

"I'll be back... with a shovel"

So California gets Arnie, while we're left with Mr Pothole and a cup of pot noodle? Seems fair.

Of course we missed out the most important part of the bio of the bodybuilding actor who later went into politics — the cyclist part, of course.

> Cycling celebrities — famous folk who love to ride their bikes

He loves life on two wheels, saying in 2018 he "wants to bicycle all over the world", acting on his quote when riding in Edinburgh (we'll ignore the part where he was seen on the wrong side of the road, heading into live traffic)...

In 2017, Peter Sagan joined Schwarzenegger in urging people to swap their car for a bike for their everyday journeys. The video coincided with the Terminator star, founder of R20 – Regions of Climate Action, joining Hidalgo in publicising research conducted by C40 Cities highlighting the benefits of an active commute, something we'll need well-maintained roads and cycle paths for... 

Arnold Schwarzenegger pothole repairing (Twitter/Arnold Schwarzenegger)

"You're welcome," he can be heard telling a neighbour. "You have to do it yourself, this is crazy. Three weeks I've been waiting for this hole to be closed..."

Meanwhile, over here...

> Pothole penis painter pisses off council 

12 April 2023, 15:53
Dorian Godon outsprints Ben Healy to Brabantse Pijl victory

So close for Ireland's Ben Healy, not quite enough to round Dorian Godon in the hilltop sprint. Behind, Benoît Cosnefroy made it a one-three for AG2R Citroën. Regardless, the EF Education-EasyPost talent is apparently heading to the Giro d'Italia, so hopefully the big win will come there instead...

12 April 2023, 15:08
Tadej Pogačar in court... to see thieves who stole €300,000 watch jailed for four years
2023 Paris-Nice Tadej Pogacar © ASO-Aurelien Vialatte - 3.jpeg

Tadej Pogačar won the final stage of Paris-Nice, securing the GC, without his Richard Mille watch on his wrist. The watch, worth €165,000 when gifted to the Slovenian by "my boss" after the Olympic Games, and now worth an estimated €300,000, was stolen from his hotel room as he received a post-stage massage elsewhere.

"It was special for me. It was offered to me by my boss after the Olympic Games. It was worth 165,000 euros. It is estimated today at 300,000 euros. It is very curious that they sold it so quickly, without the box, without the documents," Pogačar explained.

Nice Matin reports 32-year-old Jonathan Napolitano and 37-year-old Haikel Jerbi gained access to the room by manipulating a trainee waitress, reportedly telling her it was their room.

"I had a debt of 100,000 euros at Les Moulins. I was in danger. It is not excusable, but I had no other choice," Jerbi said. "Haikel is a childhood friend. He called me for help. I joined him," Napolitano added.

The pair were each jailed for four years.

In February, two men were jailed for the armed robbery at the Essex home of Mark Cavendish in November 2021. During the raid valuables, including Richard Mille watches of a similar value to Pogačar's, were taken.

12 April 2023, 14:12
Gloucestershire Police say delivery cyclist spotted on M5 "dealt with appropriately"
M5 cyclist (Gloucestershire Police)

Officers from Gloucestershire Police spent part of their bank holiday Monday responding to a cyclist riding on the hard shoulder of the M5. "Up there with things not to do on the motorway, especially on a busy bank holiday," the force said.

Detailing their action, the force's Twitter account reported the rider had been "dealt with appropriately".

12 April 2023, 13:39
Silvia Persico wins Brabantse Pijl

It's the official cobbled classics x Ardennes classics handover today. Brabantse Pijl, the one-day race over some of the same roads as the 2021 World Championships, has cobbles but also an Ardennes-y feel, the women's race won by Silvia Persico ahead of Demi Vollering and Liane Lippert...

12 April 2023, 11:55
"We're hungry": Tadej Pogačar to make spring reappearance at Amstel Gold Race
Tour of Flanders 2023 podium Tadej Pogacar Mathieu van der Poel Mads Pedersen (Zac Williams/

[Zac Williams/]

10 days on from the incredible drama above we now know where Tadej Pogačar will next be gracing us with his racing talent... Sunday's Amstel Gold Race.

"The spring has already been a big success for us but we're hungry to come to the Ardennes classics and take home a big result, starting with Amstel," he said. "It's a race I've only done once but I know it's a long, hard parcours with lots of climbing so we need to be ready for a tough race."

Beyond this weekend the Slovenian will be at the startline for all three of the major Ardennes races next week, looking for a fifth Monument and second title at Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Good luck to anyone planning on stopping him.

12 April 2023, 11:48
When people get fed up with the state of the roads...

It's not just Arnie... 

> Mr Pot Noodle Hole 

Southampton cycle path The Avenue (Google Maps)

> "Accident waiting to happen" gravel cycle path maintained by good-willed resident with a shovel

Pothole penis graffiti (source Wanksy Facebook page)

> Penis paintings prompt pothole patch-up

Pothole penis graffiti (Wendy McMahon)

> Penis paintings around potholes 'less offensive than council failing to do repairs'

12 April 2023, 11:26
2023 Tour of Cambridgeshire to be final edition
Tour of Cambridgeshire (Copyright © 2023 Golazo Cycling Ltd)

This year's Tour of Cambridgeshire will be the event's final edition, the organiser Golazo Cycling has decided. Running since 2015, the final event will be the seventh edition after two years were lost to the pandemic and is the only British qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Malcolm Smith of Golazo Cycling said "much has changed" since 2015 and each edition has "thrown up considerable challenges for us to overcome".

"Our aim, when we established the Tour of Cambridgeshire was to bring the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to Britain and this year we have the honour of hosting that event as part of 2023 Cycling World Championships in Glasgow & Scotland," he said.

Tour of Cambridgeshire (Copyright © 2023 Golazo Cycling Ltd)

"With our primary goal accomplished we feel now is the right time to close the door on the Tour of Cambridgeshire. In the years since we began the event thousands of riders have enjoyed taking to the closed roads of the county, with many of them qualifying for and subsequently competing at the Gran Fondo Worlds where the Tour of Cambridgeshire has consistently provided the largest travelling participation.

"It has given us a huge sense of satisfaction to know that we had a hand in opening up this opportunity for amateur and age group racing cyclists from Britain.

"Since we are at the end of this journey and having been part of bringing the Worlds to Britain, we would like to send heartfelt thanks everyone who has come and ridden the Tour of Cambridgeshire and embraced what we have delivered. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Peterborough for one last time in June and then seeing those who qualify at the 'big one' in Scotland this August."

Event information and entries can be found here...

12 April 2023, 11:16
"A terrible and painful loss for the hero's relatives and for the entire Ukrainian sports community": Professional cyclist killed by bombing while fighting Russian invasion

 Ukrainian cyclist Kostya Deneka has been killed while fighting the war against Russia. Inside the Games reports the 28-year-old was killed following a bombing in the eastern city of Bakhmut on April 1. Deneka had given up cycling to fight the Russian invasion, with his funeral held on Sunday.

Czech member of the European Parliament, Tomáš Zdechovský, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Deneka... "Kostya was killed in the fighting at Bakhmut, and he will no longer watch the Olympics in Paris. But the Olympics will be watched by [Russian] athletes who will make propaganda for the terrorist regime. Hopefully some Czech athletes will realise this."

12 April 2023, 10:49
Sing when you're spinning: Strava announces "first of its kind" in-app integration with Spotify
12 April 2023, 10:27
MAVIC are making an e-bike motor! | First ride: Mavic X-Tend
12 April 2023, 08:59
"£40 a DAY?! Yeah, best of luck with that": Would you hire a bike from Decathlon?

> Decathlon launches bike rentals in all stores across the UK from £40 a day 

Some reaction:

fenix: "I've definitely hired brand new cars for less than that per day. Maybe not in the last few years mind. Seems a tad expensive but maybe I'm missing something."

mattw: "Those prices are at least two times higher than they need to be, especially for a place getting the service from existing staff. eg Prices from Derwent Cycle Hire on Ladybower in the Peak District are 19 for a full day for an adult bike, or 12 for educational groups."

Another reader pointed out they managed to hire a Brompton for £5 per day, someone else a bike from a bike shop at a Dutch train station for €7.50 per day.

12 April 2023, 08:33
Some very niche, very modern cycling social media controversy... Alpecin-Deceuninck branded "sore winners" for covering Wout van Aert in sponsor's tags in Instagram post

You know what? If your first reaction to that headline is 'so what?' feel free to skip to the next post, we can't say we'd blame you. However, if you're here for the Instagram-based pro cycling social media storms then come on in...

I must have missed 'Alpecin Cycling Deceuninck Group Canyon Go Zwift' finishing third at Roubaix on Sunday, what a ride by the lad...

Some might say the team's social media team had nowhere else to tag its sponsors... (don't remember that lyric from the Oasis song)... others have chucked "sore winner" accusations around. 

Does it matter? Is this a case of the internet getting offended on someone else's behalf? (Notably someone, in Wout's case, who probably couldn't care less)...

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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IanMK | 7 months ago

I don't know anything about ebikes but not surprised that the fires they cause are all because of, checks notes, the ULEZ.

No mention of trading standards, rogue traders and a generally unregulated market place.

Matthew Acton-Varian | 7 months ago

Hasta La Vista, Pothole!

Rendel Harris replied to Matthew Acton-Varian | 7 months ago

Matthew Acton-Varian wrote:

Hasta La Vista, Pothole!

"Where did you get the supplies to fill the potholes Mr S?"

"Home Depot. Aisle B, back."


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