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London motorist deliberately drives at cargo bike rider with toddler; Moto rider causes Viviani Giro crash; Dygert’s monster scar after Worlds TT crash; "Well-known local goose" keeps up with cyclists; US cyclist attacked for wearing Lycra + more on the l

Welcome to Wednesday's live blog, with Liam Cahill and Jack Sexty providing your updates throughout the day...
14 October 2020, 19:51
Rider's handlebars snapped in Scheldeprijs crash

The handlebars of Bahrain-McLaren rider Ivan Cortina's Merida bike were well and truly snapped in that late crash at the Scheldeprijs today ... let's hope he fared better.

14 October 2020, 19:36
London motorist deliberately drives into cargo bike rider - and his 2 year old child

Shocking. And the police didn't seem too concerned.

14 October 2020, 19:02
Moto rider knocks Viviani off bike at Giro

Some talking points regarding rider safety today, what with Pascal Ackermann getting relegated for causing that late crash at Scheldeprijs - and, a couple of hours earlier, a moto rider at the Giro d'Italia knocking Elia Viviani off his bike.

The Cofidis rider got back on and finished the stage with a top 10 finish in the sprint in Rimini ... the moto rider will be packing his bags after being kicked off the race and handed a 500 Swiss Franc fine to boot.

14 October 2020, 15:16
Cavendish 'lets the rest ride' as Caleb Ewan wins Scheldeprijs

It looks like Cav didn't contest the sprint (or was dropped, we're not 100% certain right now), with Lotto Soudal's Ewan winning with relative ease. We understand that Pascal Ackermann, who crossed the line in second, has been disqualified for moving across the line of August Jensen. 

14 October 2020, 14:53
Chloé Dygert left with monster scar after horrific Worlds time trial crash

The 23-year-old, who was left with a gaping hole in her left leg after a horrendous crash during the World Championship time trial three weeks ago, has had her stitches out. Yesterday the 2019 TT world champ posted another photo of her 'Frankenleg' before removal, and now has an impressive scar to show for it. 

Dygert told the Indy Star that this latest setback hasn't affected her mental health in the same way a crash in 2018 did, which left her concussed and with an altered personality. 

“There was never a time I felt bad for myself" said Dygert. “There’s obviously bad days. But I’m positive. I’m not stressed. I’m not worried. I’m not mad. I’m not resentful.

“I’m ready to do everything I can. Because I want to win the Olympics. I want to win that time trial. I want to be the best. I want to do everything to be the best. I’m not taking shortcuts.”

14 October 2020, 14:22
Somebody just assumed Limmy isn't an experienced cyclist, and he isn't happy...

If you're not familiar with the Scottish comedian, his sense of humour is nuanced to say the least. 

14 October 2020, 14:07
Kids' bike on treadmill skillz

One for the 'don't try this at home' file...

14 October 2020, 13:22
Goose likes flying beside cyclists

Goostov is apparently very well know around Pepper Pike, Ohio. He flys alongside cyclists and he must be an absolute nightmare to drop!

We're not really sure why he does this but if we know the body language of geese, and we don't, it looks like he enjoys it.

14 October 2020, 12:03
Cavendish still wants to race in 2021
Mark Cavendish after 2020 Gent-Wevelgem.PNG

We saw his emotional interview at the end of Gent-Wevelgem, but after thinking that Sunday's race could have been his last, Cavendish has started today's Scheldeprijs. 

He has spoken at the start line and we'll have his full interview very shortly. Thankfully for fans of the Manx Missile, it sounds like he has every intention of racing next year. 

14 October 2020, 11:03
Premium pothole content... plus bonus sock comp!

You know a pothole is bad when it sends you into orbit...

And seeing as it's a rather quiet Wednesday, let's have a sock comp. Best (worst) mechanical caused by a pothole wins a piar of socks. Bonus points for entertaining us with pictures of said mechanical and/or offending pothole.

You can get them at too.

14 October 2020, 10:32
Amazon Prime Day - Cycling Edition
Amazon Prime Day 2021 Cycling

Along with the usual tat, there's some good stuff here like up to 50% off Gore.

But will you be avoiding Amazon after the recent news about its tax situation?

14 October 2020, 08:57
Dowsett reckons the Giro could do with a cafe stop

This is a potential addition to all races that we could get behind. Who doesn't love a mid-ride coffee and a slice of cake?

That'll be espressos for *checks notes* 144 riders.

14 October 2020, 08:38
Not the best way to make friends, Jakob

Fuglsang lost a key teammate in the Giro's opening time trial after Miguel Angle Lopez crashed out having hit a sunken drain cover. That has left the Danish GC rider a little isolated at important moments but is he right to have a pop at his teammates?

Things must be rather tense around the breakfast table...

14 October 2020, 08:24
Nose flows after bozo goes to throws over clothes he supposed were pantyhose
Cyclists in USA attacked for wearing lycra

That title isn't our work, a hat tip to Reddit user manamal. Exceptional work.

A small group of cyclists were attacked at a cafe in Amanda Park, Washington, seemingly just because they were dressed in "pantyhose" as their attacker put it.

Reddit user, and one of the cyclists in the video, elzibet, gave some context under the video:

Me, my brother, and two other guys did a four-day 400-mile ride from Seattle, WA to Astoria, OR. All in all it was a great trip, except for this one incident.

We were stopped in a small community (Amanda Park, WA) along our route to get some lunch. We went inside while one of the guys, Andrejs, waited outside with our bikes. A few seconds later he comes running in saying someone hit him. This someone comes rushing in behind him and starts taking swings at all of us. Joel and I do our best to diffuse the situation. The guy runs out of the restaurant after he makes it clear that we aren’t supposed to wear pantyhose. He tries to come back in and swing at me, but I’m able to block his punch with the door. The restaurant staff seem to know who he is and they tell him to leave. After he leaves, we find out that the guy had waited until Andrejs had laid down on a bench to rest and then sucker punched him in the nose.

Luckily my wife was running sag that day, and took Andrejs to the hospital to get stitched up and he's doing better. The video in this post shows the confrontation after the punch (wife was quick on the camera draw).

The guy was arrested shortly after this video.

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