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'Obstacle course for cyclists' bike lane; Rider precariously carries sofa; Commuting through flash floods; No Olympics for Sagan; Tour de France wheelie contest won with 174m record; MAAP opens Harrods store; Stage 16; Cav poll + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday, we've all had some sleep and Dan Alexander is back to take you through the start of the final week of the Tour de France and much more on the live blog...
13 July 2021, 16:07
Blimey...The Austin bike lane that could be the worst we've ever seen

Who designed this? Pennywise? This has got to be up there with the worst bike lanes we've had the displeasure of sharing. The kerb, the slope, the drain, the token markings, no's just all dreadful. All we can hope is that smooth slither of tarmac to the right is going to get a proper cycle lane...we won't be holding our breath though... 

13 July 2021, 16:13
On the forum: knighthood for Cav?
Is Mark Cavendish due a knighthood?

Even more yes
Yes, but it should be a different honour
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You know it makes sense... this was suggested on our forum so we thought it's only right we do a poll too. If your answer is a straight no, do explain yourself in the comments!

13 July 2021, 16:00
Patrick Konrad reaction: Loyal teammate finaly gets his day in the sun

Patrick Konrad is more often seen helping his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates with their ambitions but today won stage 16 of the Tour de France. The Austrian has never won a pro race other than the Austrian national championships but soloed to victory today.

"This victory is also for the people who support me," he explained after the finish. "I've already been in the breakaway three times during the Tour, each time I waited too long to attack and it was the wrong decision. I told myself, 'Ok, next time I'm in this situation I will be the guy attacking early.'"

13 July 2021, 14:59
Patrick Konrad? David Gaudu? Or Sonny Colbrelli? Stage 16 finish close

The breakaway is over the final mountain of the day. Bora-Hansgrohe's Patrick Konrad led the way and has around 30 seconds on David Gaudu and Sonny Colbrelli, who is having another spectacular day on the climbs. A long descent, one Category 4 climb and an uphill rise to the line is all that's left...26km to go.

13 July 2021, 13:36
One-man removal company carrying sofa by bike goes viral with 3 million TikTok views


One man moving company

♬ original sound - Albert Molina

'You can't take that by bike'...We can't say we're massive TikTokers here at, but we might have to be if videos like this keep popping up. Albert Molina's clip has gone viral and has been watched more than 3.1 million times...that's almost the entire population of Mongolia (thanks Google).

In the video a man is seen balancing a sofa precariously over his right shoulder while pedalling along. When asked if he wants any help, the well-balanced bicyclist explains he's been doing it for six years...Doing what? Riding around with sofas on his back? Helping people move house by bike? So many questions...

It reminded us of this photo from Bristol of a rider pushing a sofa up Park Street's seven per cent incline. Admirable, although I'm sure the people at Pedal Me would argue there's a much easier way to do it...

13 July 2021, 12:57
Tour de France stage 16: Trio take a small gap following hectic start including wet descents

Deceuninck-Quick-Step pair Kasper Asgreen and Mattia Cattaneo have jumped clear with Michal Kwiatkowski. They're onto a very wet descent now, but the peloton is closing all the time... 

13 July 2021, 11:41
Injury round-up: Peter Sagan and Jack Haig out of Olympics with Tour de France injuries

The Slovakian Olympic committee has broken the news that Peter Sagan will not be taking part in the Olympics after undergoing surgery on his knee injury that forced him to abandon the Tour de France before stage 12. Aussie Jack Haig is also out after doctors suggested his collarbone fracture will take longer to heal than first thought.

Haig abandoned on stage three but had hoped he could recover in time for the mountainous road race route in Tokyo, which takes in 4,800m+ of climbing. Remco Evenepoel is one rider who will be on the start line in Japan...the Belgian has been out in Italy training specifically for the race by replicating the big climb with ascents of the infamous Mortirolo...

In a quick bit of any other Olympic business...Vincenzo Nibali did not start today's Tour stage. There's no need to worry though, the Shark of Messina was always planning to leave the race on the second rest day to fine tune his form ahead of the Games.

13 July 2021, 10:52
Bike Club subscription service expands to adults bikes from £15 per month
The Bike Club

The Bike Club, the UK's first monthly kids bike subscription service, has today announced it is launching a similar service for adult hybrid and road bikes. Members to the service can order bikes, have them delivered to their homes, with prices from £15 per month. Initially, the available models are the Forme Winster 1, Winster 2 and Forme Longcliffe road bike, but the Bike Club says it hopes to expand to more models in the future.

As part of the service, bikes are delivered just needing pedals attached before being ready to ride. In 2020, 15,000 new members signed up to the Bike Club, which was founded in 2016 by wife and husband team Alexandra Rico-Lloyd and James Symes, who believed in an alternative to bike ownership.

"This is an exciting step for everyone at the Bike Club, we’re thrilled to be the first in the UK to offer multi-discipline adult bikes on subscription," Alexandra Rico-Lloyd said.

‘’Based on the extraordinary growth we’ve seen over the past few years, expanding our offer to include adult bikes is a natural step. It’s clear that increasing numbers of people are looking for an alternative to the traditional model of bike ownership, and are looking for subscription services which are more sustainable, flexible, and affordable. 

‘’This is an incredible time for cycling, and we can’t wait to see new members of the Bike Club out on their bikes in the weeks and months ahead.’’

13 July 2021, 10:30
Need some flash new kit? Visit Harrods...where MAAP has a new store
MAAP Harrods store (Image credit: Lou Melchior)

Australian cycling clothing brand MAAP has opened a store in world-famous Knightsbridge luxury department store Harrods. The 'menswear boutique', which we assume also stocks the brand's female clothing too, has been designed by retail design consultants Brinkworth to offer shoppers a "crisp industrial feel"...

MAAP co-founder Jarrad Smith said: "When Ollie (Oliver Cousins, MAAP Co-Founder) and I first started MAAP in 2014, like any business, we set some future goals and having our brand in Harrods was one of them. To see that finally come to life is a really proud moment for us."

13 July 2021, 09:40
Cyclist caught out in London flash flooding takes the plunge

Yesterday when the heavens opened I'll admit I was absolutely ecstatic to be working from home and not facing a commute closer to watersports than cycling. This lad wasn't so lucky. I'd say at least he won't have to clean his bike, but we all know that's not true...

Parts of London received a month's worth of rain in a day...47.8mm fell in Kew as residents were evacuated. The London Fire Brigade said it had received more than 1,000 phone calls.

Last week on the live blog we shared the video of a Uber Eats rider in Edinburgh who was spotted wading through knee-high water to make a delivery.

13 July 2021, 10:10
Lachlan's Alt Tour in numbers...327km average and 12 hours per day

We wonder if anyone could beat Lachlan if the Tour peloton (no ultra-endurance riders allowed) were the race to cover the route in this format? Obviously if you opened it up to the specialists then Fiona Kolbinger would have them all panicking...

13 July 2021, 08:51
Tour de France stage 16: A good day for the breakaway as the race returns to France

The rest day excursion to Andorra is almost over and stage 16 is just hours away. It's another great day to be up the road, even with the steady headwind, and looks as though it could be the fifth stage out of the last six to be taken from the break. Expect the fight for the move to be as fierce as ever with relatively 'fresh' legs after the rest day and a long, fast downhill start.

Category 2 Col de Port is first up, before the hardest climb of the day Col de la Core comes midway through the stage. The short but steep Col de Portet d'Aspet is followed by a long descent to Category 4 Côte d'Aspret-Sarrat 8km before the uphill finish in Saint-Gaudens. I'll go for a small group coming to the finish together and Omar Fraile taking the win. Get your pre-stage predictions in the comments for a chance at a small slice of glory come half-four...

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13 July 2021, 08:18
Lachlan Morton completes epic Alt Tour before the pro peloton has even started third week

These were the scenes at 5:30 this morning when Lachlan Morton finished the Alt Tour in Paris, five days before the peloton...Riding the full route self-supported, including transfers, Lachlan wrapped up the 5,510km challenge with 65,500m of elevation in just 18 days or 220 hours of riding...  

13 July 2021, 07:51
Max Walscheid wins Tour de France wheelie contest with 174m record on stage 15 in Andorra

Team Qhubeka NextHash may not have come close to winning a Tour de France stage so far this year, but they will take home the prestigious wheelie contest thanks to Max Walscheid's monster effort on stage 15. Set up by the guys from the Tour de Tietma YouTube channel, the wheelie contest was held on the final climb of the day - Col de Beixalis.

Riders were invited to take on defending champion Oliver Naesen and cheered on by the expectant crowds. Davide Formolo, Naesen, Mads Pedersen and Toms Skujins all impressed early on, before Walscheid put the contest to bed...

The German would eventually finish the stage in 140th place, 33:20 behind stage winner Sepp Kuss...but perhaps he was just saving his energy for the main event of the day. He easily balanced his way past Naesen's previous record and the finish line before continuing around the hairpin and off into the distance, forcing the cameraman to put in a huge effort just to keep up...

Here's the full video, including Wout van Aert's laboured turns out there is something he can't do after all...

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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