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Jeremy Vine nearly taken out by London cab driver on his morning commute; Pidcock deletes tweet questioning photo finish; Genius shipping trick reduces bike damage; Cav is back; Hi-vis bike thief; Gravel stories; Bike lane petition + more on the live blog

Happy Monday! It's the start of another week with Dan Alexander on the live blog...
19 April 2021, 16:01
No love for Moscon and questions asked about dangerous finish in Innsbruck

Just two of the many similar replies to Ineos Grenadiers' tweet congratulating Gianni Moscon on his win at the Tour of the Alps. It is not really a surprise that a rider with a racist abuse suspension on his palmares is not very popular...

 Elsewhere, Dan Martin had questions for the UCI about the safety of the finish, saying it was one of the scariest he has done for a while.

19 April 2021, 15:50
Monday...
19 April 2021, 15:31
The results are in: Cav's going to win another Grand Tour stage...
Poll results

We wanted to know if Cav will win another Grand Tour stage...We're impatient, you see. Last week has got us dreaming of the Manx Missile back to his best. However, unfortunately there's no road.cc crystal ball to take a peek into to find out what happens next. So we did the next best thing...Ask you lot, of course.

And...79 per cent of you think there is a 49th Grand Tour stage win coming soon...Let's hope you're right.

19 April 2021, 15:10
Tom Pidcock deletes tweet questioning Amstel Gold Race photo finish

Tom Pidcock was outspoken about the photo finish at Amstel Gold Race yesterday before quickly deleting his Tweet. Pidcock wrote: "There's been a lot of speculation on Twitter. A photo finish is used to verify a result. However yesterday's photo seems to have created more questions than have been answered. This isn't correct, photo finishes should be 100% accurate and should be in the future."

Some have speculated that Pidcock beat Wout van Aert by sharing different stills from the finish line, many of which were not the actual angle used by the comissaires for the photo finish. There was a long delay and some confusion in the moments after the finale before it was judged Van Aert had beaten the Ineos rider by 0.004 seconds. I wish I could be upset about losing to Wout by 0.004 seconds...

19 April 2021, 14:23
Bike porn

We don't even need to see the rest of the bike, just a glimpse at the paint job is enough.  

19 April 2021, 13:32
Gianni Moscon wins stage one of the Tour of the Alps

Gianni Moscon has probably just made himself the least popular winner of a bike race all year...The Ineos Grenadiers rider attacked on the final uncategorised climb before being joined by 21-year-old Uno-X rider Idar Andersen. Moscon beat the Norwegian in the sprint with the bunch, led by Alexandr Riabushenko, just behind.

A quick look in the archives will tell you why the Italian's victory hasn't been well received...Last week Kévin Reza called on the UCI to implement proper punishments for riders found guilty of racism. In 2017, Moscon was suspended for six weeks for racially abusing the Frenchman at the Tour de Romandie. He was also disqualified from Kuurne-Brusells-Kuurne last year after throwing his bike at another rider...

19 April 2021, 13:24
Cycle lanes as Muppets thread

Because I'm sure this is exactly what you need in your life... 

19 April 2021, 11:55
Gravel & Gratitude
Salsa Gravel & Gratitude

Gravel riding is fun. Whether you've got a gravel bike or, like me, just enjoy stretching the limits of 25mm tyres whenever you see an appealing looking track heading off into the hills. It's more adventurous than just sticking to the road, where everything links up and you know where you are. Plus, there aren't any cars.

To celebrate the spirit of getting off the beaten track, Salsa has released a four-part storyside focused on gravel riding and the way it makes people feel. Gravel & Gratitude shares the stories of three riders:  Krystal Salvent, Leonardo Brasil, and Brooke Goudy and has some cool photography to enjoy too. 

19 April 2021, 11:03
Protected cycle lane proposals

Coventry South's Labour MP Zarah Sultana encouraged her constituents to sign the online petition to show support for the proposed Binley Cycleway, a 6km (3.75 miles) segregated cycle lane to connect the city centre to University Hospital. The petition says that until recently, Coventry did not have any high-quality cycle lanes and that 60 per cent of journeys between one and two miles are still made by car.

Connecting the City Centre to Binley Business Park and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, the route is described as "a real missing link for cycling" due to flooding in the winter and shared paths with pedestrians and dog walkers.

Anthony Webb offered some feedback to Sultana's message: "Very important thing that's always forgotten with these - rights of way at turnings etc often make it more dangerous to use the cycle lane than not to."

Nigel Depledge said: "Cycleways like this are brilliant, but with a few provisos. First, they have to go somewhere that people want to go (as opposed to some that just end when you get to a really busy main road). Second, there needs to be an actual physical demarcation between the bit that is allocated to bikes and the bit that's allocated to pedestrians. This drawing looks like it has a small kerb, but I don't think that's going to achieve anything. Some cycleways I've seen in the past were utterly useless because they were always covered in pedestrians."

Thoughts?

19 April 2021, 10:48
Hi-vis bike thief caught on camera
19 April 2021, 10:15
What's next for Mark Cavendish?
 
Will Cav win another Grand Tour stage?

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He's back. Four stage wins in eight days has got us dreaming of a return to the dizzy heights of 2011. Okay, maybe winning five stages at the Tour is too much to ask but what can we realistically expect from Cav this year? The last we heard was that he will not be going to the Giro d'Italia or the Tour de France. The Vuelta a España is a punishing race for any sprinter but may be Cav's only shot at a Grand Tour this year. With 48 Grand Tour stage wins already, we're asking will he get a 49th? Go on, vote yes, you know you want to...  

19 April 2021, 09:48
Cav on top of the world

Let's face it, none of us saw this coming. From the sounds of his Instagram post, not even Cav thought he would come away from the Tour of Turkey with four stage wins. The return of Fabio Jakobsen to the peloton was great to see too...

19 April 2021, 08:33
Shipping bikes in TV boxes reduces damage by 80%
bike box

Here's an interesting story from 99 per cent invisible who detailed the simple yet innovative idea from Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof for getting its deliveries to customers in one piece. By shipping bikes in boxes with large, expensive TVs printed on the side, they cut damaged orders by 70-80 per cent overnight and experienced far more success than with tougher boxes, better packaging or changing couriers. Genius. Apparently companies beyond the cycling industry have taken note too. Desk manufacturer Uplift now ship products in boxes with electronics to camouflage orders and get better treatment from shipping companies.

19 April 2021, 07:56
Jeremy Vine nearly taken out by London cab driver on his morning commute

Happy Monday, Jeremy... the pedalling presenter's commute through Piccadilly this morning included this sketchy moment with a cab driver, who appeared to miss the oncoming cyclist completely. As Vine points out, it was silly of him to forget that road markings aren't operational and are presumably just there for a bit of decoration...

Jeremy's London cycling adventures, now captured in glorious 360, have acquainted him with many a dodgy driver, including this one spotted mounting the pavement and driving down the Hyde Park segregated cycle lane... 

And this all too familiar tale: impatient driver blasts the horn as they pass...only to get stopped at the next set of traffic lights...

Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels. 

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