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"I'll be back... with a shovel"
Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it. I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go. pic.twitter.com/aslhkUShvT
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 11, 2023
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.
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...
"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..."
@Bryant10TV the tarminator.
— Ross Caruso (@RossCarusoTV) April 11, 2023
Meanwhile, over here...
In England there’s a guy spray painting pictures of penises around the potholes because that way the councils deal with them quicker 😂
— Zahirah (@ZahirahEvitt) April 11, 2023
— De Brabantse Pijl (@DeBrabantsePijl) April 12, 2023
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...
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.
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".
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...
— De Brabantse Pijl (@DeBrabantsePijl) April 12, 2023
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.
It's not just Arnie...
You never guessed it. From floating plastic ducks in water filled potholes to birthday cakes, fishing rods and model submarines - my latest potty venture is with @potnoodle! pic.twitter.com/iQ6rj0JYkt
— Mr Pothole (@mrpotholeuk) March 28, 2023
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.
"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."
A terrible and painful loss for the Hero's relatives and for the entire Ukrainian sports community.
Kostya Deneka, a cyclist, died defending Bakhmut.
Rest in peace, champion 😔 pic.twitter.com/MBB3Hqcl6P
— Vladyslav Heraskevych OLY (@heraskevych) April 8, 2023
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."
£40 a day?!?! https://t.co/aiZHT7lcZU
— Josh Soane (@JoshuaSoane) April 11, 2023
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."
£40 a DAY?! Yeah, best of luck with that then......
— Neil Tweets Stuff (@TheBroonster) April 12, 2023
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.
Seriously? I just paid that per day in Mallorca for a £22k Renault Captur. It should be well under a tenner for an £800 bike!
— 🇺🇦 Ben Digedig 🏴🇬🇷 (@Ben_Digedig) April 11, 2023
40 pound a day lol keep them buy your own
— chris numnuts (@robbertbucket) April 11, 2023
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...
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) April 11, 2023
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.
I mean… this is pretty funny.
— chris (@cvtwo) April 11, 2023
I have heard of sore losers. Sore winners is a first though.
— Tom (@CardboardBillb1) April 11, 2023
They already won why the need to be this petty? I'm sure Wout hates being in this photo anyway so might have done him a favour ...
— Mikkelline (@catsandcycling) April 11, 2023
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 road.cc 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 road.cc, 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.