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Cyclists try to stop dog attacking injured deer in Richmond Park; 'Un-beale-ievable': EastEnders' Adam Woodyatt calls out dodgy driver; Council should be 'deeply embarrassed' by Kensington High Street; Fabian Cancellara vs Mo Farah + more on the live blog

It's Monday and Dan Alexander is on the live blog to get you through the start of the week...
18 January 2021, 19:46
Richmond Park dog attack on deer: owner says he is "genuinely shocked and sorry"

After Royal Parks Police shared the footage this morning - in which cyclists attempted to stop the "relentless" attack - it has emerged that the dog's owner reported the incident to the police himself at the time, and has released a statement. 

44-year-old Franck Hiribarne said: "I was genuinely shocked and sorry for what had happened and since then I have refrained completely from letting Alfie off the leash in any park.

"I have also taken a special dog trainer specialised in gundogs to control more accurately any of his hunting instincts. He has made great progress."

The deer was put down by a gamekeeper following the attack in October.


18 January 2021, 16:43
More long lens photos of cyclists appearing in newspapers

This was a problem first raised back in the spring when photos of cyclists exercising were published in The Times. Taken with a long lens it looked like the cyclists were crowded together or riding as a group...

18 January 2021, 16:18
Europe's cycling revolution — BBC World Service report

18 January 2021, 15:54
The plot thickens...
18 January 2021, 15:45
Wout van Aert laying down some watts on his new Jumbo-Visma Cervélo S5
Wout van Aert power data (WVA Strava)

Wout van Aert enjoyed a new bike day at Jumbo-Visma's training camp in Spain, finally getting his hands on his new Cervélo S5 with Shimano Dura-Ace C60 wheels...We're very jealous Wout. The Belgian described the new rig as a "monster" and he wasted no time putting out some quite frankly ridiculous numbers, with a sprint session, as you can see from the power data he shared with his Strava followers...

18 January 2021, 12:26
'Un-beale-ievable': EastEnders' Adam Woodyatt calls out dangerous driver

EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, called out a motorist for dangerous driving over the weekend. Woodyatt posted a series of messages on his Instagram on Saturday, calling out the driver for overtaking him on a narrow lane. The soap actor says he called the driver a wanker after the incident and that the motorist then turned round and followed him.

Woodyatt wrote: "If the car driver I gestured at and called a wanker when he overtook on a narrow lane who then turned round and caught up with me further up the road so he could tell me how wrong I was to be out cycling in the road … in case you now coming looking for me on social media, please read rules 162, 163 and 167 of the Highway Code.

"162. Before overtaking you should make sure … The road is sufficiently clear ahead. There is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake.163. Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should … Signal … Give way to oncoming vehicles … Give cyclists at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (rules 211 - 215). 167. DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users."

Hopefully Woodyatt/Ian Beale's current on-screen wife had nothing to do with the preparation of his post-ride meal... 

18 January 2021, 14:15
Yellow Jersey defence and Vuelta a España on the cards for Tadej Pogačar in 2021
2020 Tour de France Pogacar Hill Climb

Tadej Pogačar will ride two Grand Tours in one season for the first time in his short career in 2021. The defence of his Yellow Jersey in France in July is the number one goal but the 22-year-old also plans to ride the Vuelta a month later. UAE Team Emirates confirmed that Pogačar will be joined at the Tour by new signing Marc Hirschi and Alexander Kristoff. 

"I'm going to defend the Tour and then the Vuelta. It gives me confirmation in the team that they trust me and I trust them. This year my program is really quite extensive. We'll see how it all turns out," Pogačar said.

Jumbo-Visma have also mapped out their initial Tour team with Primož Roglič, Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk and Wout van Aert all to start in Brittany, according to Wielerflits. Sepp Kuss, Tony Martin, Robert Gesink and Mike Teunissen are expected to be the other four riders. 

18 January 2021, 13:51
Sunday bike rides in Brighton

 Last week, we shared a story on the blog reporting that 67% of respondents to a survey by a local newspaper said they wanted Brighton city centre to go car-free. The survey followed a propsal by the city's first Climate Assembly. These were the scenes on the seafront yesterday...

18 January 2021, 13:39
Glasgow hits air pollution target for first time
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Largely thanks to lockdown, Glasgow hit its air pollution targets for the first time ever in 2020. The drop in traffic meant air quality improved, with Friends of the Earth saying nitrogen dioxide levels fell from 55.7 microgrammes per cubic metre in 2019 to 35.9 in 2020. As a result the city achieved its legal air quality standards for the first time since they came into force in 2010

However, Glasgow Live reports that despite initial success, the numbers returned to pre-pandemic levels after restrictions were eased. Friends of the Earth campaigner Gavin Thomson said: "It’s a huge pity that it took a deadly pandemic to bring our air quality within legal limits. Glasgow’s car dominated transport system was brought to a halt in spring, and this is why our annual averages of pollution are much lower than previous years. Any improvements in air quality in Glasgow have been short-lived with traffic quickly returning to pre-pandemic levels."

18 January 2021, 11:45
Fabian Cancellara vs Mo Farah

There's another pursuit-style race on Zwift coming soon as part of the Solidarity Challenge for World Cancer Day on February 4. Mo Farah, Robert Pires, Lawrence Dallaglio and Paula Radcliffe are a few of the famous names from the world of sport taking on Fabian Cancellara on Zwift. The field will set off one-by-one at staggered time intervals before the seven-time Monument winner leaves the starting blocks last to try and chase down the field. All money raised will go to the Union for International Cancer Control.

There will also be community rides for the wider public to get involved including with Cancellara himself and the Bahrain Victorious team.

18 January 2021, 11:08
Thibaut Pinot to miss Tour de France in 2021, according to French media reports
Thibaut Pinot wins Stage 20 of the 2017 Giro d'Italia (LaPresse - D'Alberto, Ferrari, Paolone, Spada).jpg

Thibaut Pinot will skip the Tour de France this year to race the Giro d'Italia, according to reports coming out of France. The 2014 podium remains Pinot's best result at La Grande Boucle with the 30-year-old suffering consistently bad luck at the race in recent years. BFM RMC Sport claims that the Giro is Pinot's primary goal for the upcoming season and that he will skip the Tour because of its less mountainous route. In 2017, Pinot won a stage (pictured above) and finished fourth overall at the Italian Grand Tour.

The French website suggests that French sprinter Arnaud Démare could lead FDJ at the Tour de France instead. Démare won four stages and the points jersey at the Giro last autumn, while the Tour route also offers more opportunities the sprinters in 2021 more than in previous years.

18 January 2021, 10:11
Cyclists try to stop dog from attacking injured deer in Richmond Park

A dog walker has been convicted after his Red Setter attacked a deer in Richmond Park back in October. Several cyclists stopped to try and chase the dog away and formed a human barrier to protect the injured animal. The attack was captured on a passing cyclists' camera and Franck Hiribane, the dog's owner, was fined £602 at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court. 

The Evening Standard reports that an eyewitness described the dog called Alfie as "relentless". A gamekeeper found the deer collapsed in ferns and the animal had to be put down due to its injuries. The deer suffered a broken leg having been hit by a car while being chased and also had an open wound to its rear.

18 January 2021, 09:44
Something to look forward to tomorrow...
18 January 2021, 08:47
From bike lane to 4x4 parking...Chris Boardman says council should be 'deeply embarrassed' by Kensington High Street situation

When the Kensington High Street cycle lane was ripped out Tory MPs Tony Devenish and Felicity Buchan, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and even Nigel Havers claimed that the cycle lane was causing congestion. They argued that it should be taken away to allow cars into both lanes to improve traffic flow...

Six weeks on from then and this is the scene on the High Street. At least three 4x4s parked where the cycle lane used to be and one free lane for traffic to pass...

On Twitter, Chris Boardman replied to a photo of the scene: "Tend not to get involved in things like this but four cars parking prioritised over 4000 people using the safe cycle lane every day. And the decision to undo this can’t even be reviewed until mid-March. How can you not be deeply embarrassed by this Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea how?"

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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