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Why do motorists hate cyclists?; Shocking cycling crash; First major race in the UK for over a year; Roglič's coach gives honest race review; Santander Cycles' 100 millionth hire; RoboCop polices Belgian race; New pop-up lane + more on the live blog

It's the start of a new week and Dan Alexander will be rounding up all the best bits from the cycling world to take you Monday...
15 March 2021, 16:50
Fantastic scenes in the Israel Start-Up Nation team car
15 March 2021, 16:10
Why do motorists hate cyclists?
Why do motorists hate cyclists forum comments

One of our forums got lots of attention over the weekend so we're bringing the topic here to get some more input from you lot...If you've cycled for any period of time you've probably had a negative experience with a driver: something shouted at you, a punishment pass, or worse...Whatever it may be there's an underlying question to be asked. Why do motorists hate cyclists? But why are road rage incidents so common? And why is it that one of the times when we feel the most hostility in our lives is probably when we're out on our bikes? 

Of the replies we've had so far, here's a couple of popular suggestions for starters: road rage drivers are angry about everything on the road (traffic jams, traffic lights, other drivers etc.) so cyclists are just another victim of their rage. Secondly, motorists incorrectly perceive cyclists to be holding them up...Anyone got any more suggestions?

15 March 2021, 15:02
Mads Würtz Schmidt wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico

The breakaway survived on stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico with Mads Würtz Schmidt of Israel Start-Up Nation winning the five-up sprint. As well as being the Dane's first WorldTour win, it is the first win for a female directeur sportif at a men's WorldTour race. Schmidt beat young Belgian rider Brent Van Moer, Simone Velasco, Jan Bakelants and Nelson Oliveira in the kick to the line. Behind, Mathieu van der Poel's teammate Tim Merlier won the sprint for seventh, 30 seconds after the final man from the breakaway, Emils Liepiņš, crossed the line. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Davide Ballerini, Cofidis' Elia Viviani and Max Kanter of Team DSM rounded out the top ten.

No changes on GC means that Tadej Pogačar will take a 1:15 advantage on Wout van Aert into tomorrow's individual time trial, the final stage of the race.

15 March 2021, 14:28
Simon Carr crashes at Tirreno-Adriatico

Ouch, ouch and more ouch for EF Education-Nippo's Simon Carr. Shades of Cav's crash at Milan-San Remo a few years back...The young Brit has impressed already at Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing eighth on Saturday's summit finish. He's now proved he's hard as nails too...No fuss, roll the stretcher away, puts his shoe back on and away he goes.

15 March 2021, 14:17
Velocio's #RideToTheStart Challenge
Velocio Ride to the Start

Velocio is running a virtual challenge from March 12-21 to share routes, favourite climbs and lesser known roads to make the best of a start to a season still disrupted by lockdowns and cancellations. They are asking riders to upload rides to komoot and tag Velocio to share their rides and be in with a chance of winning prizes from Wahoo, ENVE, Velocio and komoot. With no group rides, sportives or races allowed just yet, hopefully the challenge will mean we'll all have some new roads and climbs to explore in the meantime...

15 March 2021, 13:48
First major race in the UK for over a year announced

The North East's biggest cycling festival has been given the green light to spearhead the return of racing in the UK. The Cyclone Festival of Cycling is now preparing to host the first major road races to be held in the UK for over a year. The Curlew Cup (women's race) and Beaumont Trophy (men's race) will mark the end of a three day festival of cycling on Sunday 4 July. Both races, are part of British Cycling's HSBC National Road Series.

In addition to the pro races, there will be a family event along the River Tyne on the Friday and four challenge rides ranging from 34 miles to 108 miles around Northumberland National Park on Saturday 3 July.

Last month British Cycling cancelled several National Road Series events including the Tour of the Resevoir, Alexandra Tour of the Resevoir and the Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix. The Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix scheduled for May 9 has also been postponed.

15 March 2021, 13:05
"We fucked this up ourselves, nobody else to blame": Primož Roglič's coach gives honest assessment of Sunday's Paris-Nice disaster

No excuses from Jumbo-Visma coach Grischa Niermann about yesterday's disaster for his team at Paris-Nice. Primož Roglič confirmed after the stage that he suffered a disclocated shoulder in the first of his two crashes on stage eight. The Slovenian led Max Schachmann by 52 seconds going into the final stage but found himself detatched from the peloton without teammates and suffered a long, lonely ride to the finish.

Roglič haemorrhaged three minutes by the end, enough to see him drop to 15th in the general classification as Bora-hansgrohe's Schachmann defended his Paris-Nice title in unusual circumstances. 

"It's not the stage we were hoping for," Roglič said. "I did some mistakes today. With the first one I dislocated the left shoulder and then one more time. I just gave it all but unfortunately couldn't catch the first guys anymore. It's a little pity but we'll go on."

15 March 2021, 12:29
New pop-up bike lane opens today in Cardiff city centre

A new pop-up cycleway connecting Cardiff city centre opens today. The cycle lane will initially run from Cathedral Road to Castle Street and Dumfries Place with plans in place for more lanes soon. Work is also underway to extend the cycle route to Wellington Street, Newport Road and Adamsdown. The other planned routes currently being installed or consulted on include one in the south of the city centre.

Councillor Caro Wild, cabinet member for strategic planning and transport believes "there is a real desire for better cycling infrastructure so we are bringing forward our plans to develop cycleways to help people move around the city as the restrictions are eased.

"In the main, the new routes will be separated from other traffic on the road, making cycling safer, easier and a far better experience. We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK."

15 March 2021, 11:48
RoboCop polices Belgian race: E3 Saxo Bank Classic to use robot to count spectators
15 March 2021, 11:08
Santander Cycles hit 100 million hires
santander cycles pr pic 2 - june 2020

It was a milestone weekend for Santander Cycles with the 100 millionth journey made using the scheme on Saturday. The number equates to more than ten rides for every Londoner during its ten-year history and follows a record-breaking month in February. Saturday 27 February was the scheme's busiest ever winter day with 52,000 hires followed by 31,000 hires on the Sunday.

The scheme's free cycle hire for NHS staff and key workers has also now been redeemed more than 100,000 times by more than 18,000 people. TfL's Head of Cycle Hire, David Eddington, said the milestone shows that demand for cycling in London continues to rise.

15 March 2021, 10:16
Shocking cycling crash caught on dash cam

This shocking crash in Petersham, Sydney, was caught on a motorist's dash cam. The cyclist crosses the road, filtering through the first lane of stationary traffic, but doesn't see the oncoming vehicles in the next lane. After colliding with the car the rider is sent flying but thankfully can be seen getting to their feet. The video was shared in Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook group where the cyclist has been blamed for the incident.

However, Helen Angell came to the cyclist's defence, with some local knowledge. "What you can’t see in this footage is that there is a pedestrian island in the middle of the road that is very unsafe," she explained. "It’s actually not wide enough for people or bikes to wait safety and has not been upgraded despite many complaints and safety concerns raised about it."

The clip has also started a debate about helmets...Martin Zazvonil commented: "That 370Z owner would be fuming. This is a great example of why you may as well not even bother with a helmet if you don’t strap it up." The Australian Daily Mail even picked up on the video, sharing it under the headline 'Why you should always check your helmet'. 

15 March 2021, 08:54
89-year-old cycles to Covid vaccination

 An 89-year-old from Zoetermeer in the Netherlands has made headlines in her home country by cycling to her vaccine appointment. We'd have thought that was standard practice over there, but maybe not at 89-years-old. Omroep West followed Mrs Webster on her five-mile route and she told them she's looking forward to being able to ride to The Hague, ten miles away via segregated cycle lanes of course, in the near future...

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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