💚 Green jersey 🇮🇲🇬🇧 @MarkCavendish has arrived within the time-limit in the gruppetto.
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 14, 2021
One more big mountain stage tomorrow, a flat (ish) stage that could be a sprint or a breakaway day and a TT are all that stands between Mark Cavendish and Paris. The green jersey came home with his Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammates, Michal Kwiatkowski and Greg van Avermaet in the grupetto.
Tomorrow the peloton takes on the legendary Pyrenean double: Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden...
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) July 14, 2021
I bet sneaky Richie Carapaz is a good poker player...and to think Jonas Vingegaard only got his place on Jumbo-Visma's Tour de France team when Tom Dumoulin stepped away from the sport...read all about stage 17 in our stage report.
how many 4 letter words did Vingegaard mutter to himself in the last 500m ?
— Jo Burt (@VecchioJo) July 14, 2021
. @ScotRail ‘s new Highland Explorer Carriages mean that as of NEXT WEEK families, adaptive bike users, bikepackers and day trippers alike can all escape Glasgow and explore our incredible west coast in a sustainable and healthy way. #LetsDoNetZero https://t.co/G23gCbVSSX pic.twitter.com/gzkvgsCWkh
— lee craigie (@leecraigie_) July 14, 2021
These new carriages have space for 20 bikes and are available for riders to book. They also have seating areas adjacent plus Wi-Fi and power sockets.
— ScotRail (@ScotRail) July 14, 2021
— ITV Cycling (@itvcycling) July 14, 2021
Anthony Perez and Dorian Godon are waving the French flag on Bastille Day. They've got three minutes advantage as we start the final climb. Will it be enough? UAE Team Emirates are chasing hard to set up Tadej Pogačar for a famous stage win...13km to go.
I'm old enough to remember the halcyon days of the BR guard's van. Loads of room for our tandem. It did have to lean against a sack-cloth covered coffin on a trip from London to Devon though.
I don't think that joint cycle/human facilities are the answer, whatever orientation.
— David (@Jockunstrapped) July 14, 2021
Some of your comments about today's big live blog story...
eburtthebike wrote: "Just like transport itself, designing for bicycles has a multitude of people with no knowledge, experience or qualifications coming up with genius ideas which fall at the first hurdle. All the comments on that Proteus cycle parking are accurate, and the design has so many drawbacks that it would instantly be discarded in any country where cycling is mainstream."
OnYerBike added: "There's a lot of advice out there on what makes good bike parking. Bike spaces on a train should follow the exact same principals - just inside a carriage rather than inside (or outside) a building. I guess this goes without saying, but another major obstacle to taking a bike on a train is the booking process. Every different operator has their own system, and (as far as I can tell) none of those systems are at all good."
Over on Facebook, Peter Burgess commented: "Not much good if your bike has mudguards (as my commuter bike does). Really time that train companies put two and two together and encouraged journeys by bike and train. It's more or less possible to get anywhere in the UK quite easily if a combination of the two is used."
This mysteriously unnamed Bora-Hansgrohe rider's core body temperature data has been sent to us and shows they spent almost three hours in the range 38-38.5ºC, the level normally associated with fever. We're assuming it's Patrick Konrad as he won the stage but are awaiting confirmation. According to Core Body Temp, high-intensity sports like cycling are healthier as the core body temperature increase triggers the body's defence mechanism where the heat wards of bacteria.
The graph shows how the rider's core body temperature plummeted at the top of each of the mountain passes as the exertion eased off, combined with cooling effect of descending and altitude. However, Core Body Temp notes that the decline was managed carefully through the rider being given extra layers for the descents and shows Bora-Hansgrohe nailed their support.
💚 Intermediate sprint - peloton
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 14, 2021
Michael Matthews took back one point on green jersey Mark Cavendish at today's intermediate sprint. Led out by teammate Luka Mezgec, Matthews got the kick on Cav and held on to the line. With tomorrow's intermediate points coming after a Category 4 climb and Friday's at the top of an unclassified climb, Deceuninck-Quick-Step might start looking nervously over their shoulder at their Aussie rival. With 20 points available at both of those, the fight for the green jersey looks likely to be decided in Paris...
Have @Rossobus warned drivers to look out for lanky blokes with camera signs on their bikes? I moaned about a #ClosePass last week and they promised to do something… Look at this from this morning. Waited behind until it was safe to pass. Driver got a big thumbs up and a wave pic.twitter.com/XmLYEwVi2X
— PassPixi (@PassPixi) July 14, 2021
Italian clothing brand La Passione has raised €7 million from a group of investors, to be funded over four years. "We have climbed many positions in the market in terms of sales, becoming a relevant brand in the industry. Now we want to increase our brand awareness, exploring new territories where online and offline marketing are integrated. The round will grant the development of these new projects," said company co-founder and CEO Giuliano Ragazzi.
Former pro rider Andrea Tonti is one of the investors in the brand, which expects revenues exceeding €10 million in 2021 with 35 per cent of custom coming from the US and UK.
1/ Today's Tour de France stage is a mountain-top finish at Col de Portet. At 2215 metres it's 100 metres higher than nearby Col du Tourmalet. This it's 2nd Tour appearance. It was paved for its 2018 Tour debut. It was gravel when I visited. #TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/SYfLaSPLVG
— cyclingchallenge (@cyclingalps) July 14, 2021
The road may now be paved but it's still an epic climb to finish stage 17. Chris Froome is one rider who will have bad memories of Col du Portet. This was the climb where, in 2018, he dropped 48 seconds to teammate Geraint Thomas, fell to third on GC and pledged his support to G. Nairo Quintana was the winner that day, while Dan Martin took second.
Today's stage got underway half an hour ago...Lukas Pöstlberger, Anthony Perez, Danny van Poppel and Dorian Godon are at the head of the race. As it's Bastille Day and with the words of their sports directors probably still ringing in their ears, Anthony Turgis, Maxime Chevalier and Julien Bernard are giving chase behind.
Over on our forum there was a fair bit of debate about Mark Cavendish and whether the Manxman deserves a knighthood? We brought it to you guys, the good people of the live blog, for a classic bit of democracy...79 per cent agree Cav's done enough for an honour, while nine per cent agreed but think it should be something other than a knighthood. Only 12 per cent thought he shouldn't...
That's as scientific as it gets...go on Queen 'Liz, make it Sir Cav.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 11, 2021
Virgin Galactic has admitted Richard Branson's pre-flight spin to the space flight launch site, which was shown in a widely-shared video on the company's stream of the event, didn't happen. The video showed Branson riding a bike to the Spaceport America launch site, taking off his helmet on arrival before greeting crewmates.
Virgin Galactic yesterday admitted to Reuters that the video was actually filmed on Monday 5 July and that Branson did not ride his bike to the launch. "The footage of Sir Richard Branson shown during the event on Sunday was prerecorded and misidentified in the broadcast. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused," a Virgin Galactic official confirmed to Reuters.
Trek Bicycles claimed Branson rode one of its custom-made bikes on launch day, but it turns out the clip, which Branson shared to Twitter and was published by Virgin with the line 'earlier today', was actually from a week earlier. After the flight, Branson said, "It's so awesome to arrive on a bicycle, across this beautiful New Mexico countryside."
The next two stages are the final days of this year's Tour de France in the mountains and the race organisers might just have saved the best until last. Stage 17 takes the peloton from Muret to the Hors Catégorie Col du Portet via two 1st Category mountains - the Peyresourde and Col de Val Louron-Azet.
The first 110km are flat and easy as the riders ease their way towards the high mountains. Kilometre 113 is going to be key as the intermediate sprint comes before the main climbs in Bagnères-de-Luchon, so Cav should not be dropped and will hope to re-establish his lead in the green jersey competition which has been cut in recent days. Michael Matthews' superior climbing has allowed the Aussie to rack up the points while Cav has been in the grupetto, reducing the deficit to 38 points.
After the sprint it's time for the Peyresourde, a stalwart of the Tour de France route. A short descent leads to Col de Val Louron-Azet, before another short descent takes the peloton to the foot of the final climb - Col du Portet.
At 2,200m, it is huge by the Pyrenees' usually shorter, steeper standards. It's an Alpine-sized climb with Pyrenean roughness and averages 8.7 per cent for 16km, rarely dropping below 10 per cent for the first six...Can anyone crack Tadej Pogačar?
This is bad. This is always bad. If ever you see this, remember that it is bad. https://t.co/FaH0PLixYW
— Gareth Dennis (@GarethDennis) July 13, 2021
The government is currently investing £9 million in projects to improve rail journeys by running a competition where winning designs receive funding to continue to develop their plans. One such winner is PriestmanGoode whose 'Proteus' scheme provides a flexible seating layout that can be rearranged quickly to react to demand. That is how we come to this bike storage 'solution', which is one part of the design...
Unsurprisingly the reaction has been coming thick and fast...
No accommodation for full length guards or panniers.
Having to move the bike in the aisle BEFORE you can move the one near the window will be fun.
2 seats taken up by every bike to hack off the non-cyclists too, so everyone's a winner...
— Jon Vernon (@OnlyInDevon) July 13, 2021
Now try it with a proper bike with mud guards, lights, and panniers. Try it with a trike. Try it with more than two bikes. Try it with passengers standing all around because there are no seats and the previous train was cancelled at no notice. Try it when there's a pram there.
— Oscar Do Gooder Franklin (@OscarNMFranklin) July 12, 2021
Lockdown Cyclist said: "Who wants to lift up my dirty single speed bike and have it drip filth all over the seat for the next person to sit on? And imagine how pleased the next person will be who sits on a filthy seat. What happens when a passenger wants a seat and there’s a bike in the way. Garbage."
I don't understand why it needs to be made more complex than something like this: https://t.co/RdgcwOmsFN
— Sam Clifford (@samclifford) July 12, 2021
Speaking about the winning projects, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: "These winners will hopefully play a role in putting passengers at the centre of our railways as we build back better from COVID-19. The competition always throws up surprises and the ideas shown today could transform how we travel in future." Right, Grant...You might want to listen to some of the reaction first...
Back in 2019, Cycling UK slammed the "awful" cycle storage on GWR's high-speed trains...And we've had our own terrible train experiences too...road.cc editor Jack took to the live blog to detail exactly what it's like trying to take a very expensive bike across the country by train. Spoiler alert: it's not fun...
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.