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Cyclist "made the mistake of ordering bike components from the EU"... left with £50 of customs charges; Jumbo-Visma Twitter account hacked — crypto adverts galore; Einer Rubio wins Giro mountain stage shortened due to bad weather + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander remains in the live blog jersey for Friday — will he be able to keep hold of it during a monstrous third week?


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19 May 2023, 10:57
"A total joke compared to pre-Brexit"

We got in touch with Stan who told us his total order was £210, including four tyres, a chain, a cassette, some inner tubes and a KMC missing link. 

"They ship without VAT so not bothered about paying the VAT but they should really include Parcel Force's clearance fee in their shipping costs and make it clear that there are extra custom fees... a total joke compared to pre-Brexit."

19 May 2023, 09:21
Cyclist "made the mistake of ordering bike components from the EU"... left with £50 of customs charges

Anyone experienced similar over the past couple of years?

Customs charges (@geckobike)

"Made the mistake of ordering bike components from the EU," Stan wrote on Twitter. "This government needs to be placed in the stocks and pelted with s*** with what they've done to EU trade," his conclusion...

He ordered from a German-based bicycle components website and was left with the not so charming cocktail of Customs Duty, Import VAT AND a Clearance Fee...

> Dutch bike part dealer shipping to every country in the world except UK because of Brexit VAT change

"People may be thinking 'don't order from the EU' but there are two points A) this used to be easy," he added. "B) these rules apply to ANYTHING you transport across the border. Technically you [could] be charged duty for putting your bikes on your car and travelling to France and back if customs decided you couldn't prove you already owned the bike."

> Cycling club arrives in Spain for charity ride... hit with £7,000 bike customs charge

19 May 2023, 15:32
How to be a Grand Tourist – enjoying a few days at cycling's biggest races
19 May 2023, 15:39
Einer Rubio wins Giro mountain stage shortened due to bad weather

Why can't we (Thibaut Pinot) have nice things (Grand Tour stage wins)? Yes, I know he won loads back in the 2010s but it's been a barren few years since 2019 and now, in the final year of his career, the fan club would like one more day in the sun. Is that too much to ask? Right, tears dried, back to the stage...

Thibaut Pinot Giro 2023 (GCN/Eurosport)

Einer Rubio won the day with this impressive sprint...

In the GC group, Hugh Carthy took six seconds back on the rest, while Andreas Leknessund lost seven. The tight battle for the maglia rosa continues... 

19 May 2023, 13:58
"Send your criticism to me, not the riders. The riders are the heroes of this sport": Adam Hansen comes out firing again

CPA riders union president Adam Hansen needs to respect the Giro's microphones a bit more... stop dropping 'em...

Here's his statement on events which led to stage 13 being shortened...

To provide clarity from the riders' perspective, the weather conditions experienced during this year's Giro have been among the most intense. In response, the riders held a vote last night to invoke the extreme weather protocol. According to the regulations, which outline freezing rain as point 1 and extreme temperatures as point 4 during certain parts of today's route, the riders agreed to vote.

If the majority surpassed 80 per cent, the remaining riders would follow and respect the majority decision, which implementing the extreme weather protocol and executing point 3: "change of route." The voting process was conducted anonymously, with over 90 per cent of the riders in favour. I and the CPA support their decision.

If anyone disagrees with their choice, I will wear the cost. So send your criticism to me, not the riders. The riders are the heroes of this sport, and I believe they should focus solely on their racing rather than being subjected to negative remarks.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the Giro organisation for recognising the need for change and understanding the riders' perspective. The extreme weather conditions experienced this year are beyond anyone's control, and the riders are grateful for the support of the RCS, volunteers, and fans. They will do their best to put on a show for the world to watch!

The stage is now underway, Thibaut Pinot part of a five-man breakaway. Could it be that illusive Grand Tour win that's avoided him since 2019 for the Frenchman at his final Giro? 

19 May 2023, 13:42 contributor Matt Page to take on Mark Beaumont's NC500 record

You might recognise Matt Page from reviewing here at, from videos or from his numerous long-distance achievements documented on the site, not least the world record for most castles visited in one week by bike (stick that in your pipe Froomey, you can keep your yellow jerseys)...

Matt Page london edinburgh london LEL pics Humber Bridge

In short, he's a bloody strong cyclist and has a new challenge in his sights... Mark Beaumont's NC500 record of 28 hours 35 minutes. Matt will be taking it on Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd May 2023, weather depending, and will be aiming to better Mark's average speed of 18.2mph (29.2kph) for the 516-mile (~830km) circular route, which includes a brutal 32,000ft (9,754m) of climbing. Told you he's bloody strong...

> Video: "One hell of a rollercoaster" – Matt Page on his 1,525km London-Edinburgh-London ride

We'll keep you updated here on the live blog and you can follow Matt's progress on the live tracker...

19 May 2023, 13:16
Eolo-Kometa mourns loss of Arturo Grávalos

Racing is back underway at the Giro d'Italia, Eolo-Kometa part of the action. This morning the Italian-registered, Spanish-based Continental outfit run by Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador announced the tragic news that one of their riders Arturo Grávalos had passed away.

The 25-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2021, undergoing surgery a few weeks later. Despite "very positive" progress, Grávalos went through several further surgeries, his team explaining how he "never gave up".

"That was his nature," the team said this morning. "Arturo wanted to leave his mark in the sport he loved so much and in which he generated so much affection.

 "Life put many obstacles in front of him in recent times and he always, always, reacted with the best of his face, overcoming them with the greatest of positivism.

"He kept his sorrow or regret to himself, refusing it to give it continuity. Armed with his huge smile, his closeness and his frankness, he was all about building, supporting, praising and thanking. We will never forget you, Arturo. Rest in peace."

19 May 2023, 11:44
Surrey Police says warning letters "most appropriate course of action" for majority of driving offences, and calls on cyclists who submit multiple near miss clips to "engage with us further" to improve road safety
19 May 2023, 11:12
Geraint Thomas: "I think it is a good decision, it's still going to be a super hard stage"
Geraint Thomas 2023 Giro d'Italia ( Williams)

G spoke to the TV cameras before the start of today's stage. Well, before the riders rode out of the neutral zone (to fulfil the host town's duties), jumping in the buses shortly after to transfer to the new start...

"There was a big chat last night with the CPA [riders union] and all the teams voted on what they wanted to do," the maglia rosa explained. "To be honest, I think it is a good decision, it's still going to be a super hard stage, it just means we aren't in this cold wet weather for even longer.

"We've seen so many guys going home with sickness and a few injuries obviously, but mainly just sick so if we want to get to Rome with at least 50 guys it's a good decision I think. It's still going to be hard racing, it's a decent compromise."

The rumours from Jens Voigt on the ground with GCN are that the Arkéa–Samsic bus left without some of the team's riders. Siri, what's French for 'are you 100% sure we've got everything?'


19 May 2023, 08:59
Our new stage profile
19 May 2023, 08:39
Giro mountain stage shortened due to weather

The whispers were building, but now it seems pretty certain the Giro stage later today, the first major mountain day (Gran Sasso's headwind fest has been erased from my memory), will be shortened to less than 80km and have a climb removed due to the weather... it's another grim day to be riding a bicycle in Italy... especially over 1,800m...

So what's the new plan? 

It's all about perspective, if the original stage was the current route the cycling world would be screaming its head off about 'could this be the most exciting Grand Tour stage ever?' à la Tour de France 2018 stage 17. Bjarne Riis' stage nine win at the '96 Tour on a snow-shortened 46km stage wasn't bad either... I'm reliably informed by Ryan... a bit before my time...

19 May 2023, 08:20
We have a suspect...
Jumbo-Visma Twitter hacked

Suspicious. Very Suspicious... 

19 May 2023, 07:36
Jumbo-Visma Twitter account hacked — Giro updates turn to crypto adverts

If you were having an aimless scroll of social media last night, like me, you might have found your Twitter timeline full of Elon Musk retweets and cryptocurrency adverts. And while in these days of the blue bird app my first assumption was that it's just another glitch under a certain Tesla-owning billionaire's rule, my attention was then caught by the username — @JumboVismaRoad...

Jumbo-Visma Twitter hacked

Just hours after the team had updated fans on Sepp Kuss' breakaway day on stage 12 of the Giro, Primož Roglič taking it easy ahead of the first major mountain day today, the 'team' was now sharing adverts for stuff like this...

Jumbo-Visma Twitter hacked

And retweeting stuff like this...

Jumbo-Visma Twitter hacked

Team press officer Thijs Roelen took to his personal account, appealing: "Please, dear cycling fans, report to Twitter that our account has been hacked so you can get the cycling content you want. And also, don't buy crypto."

The reports have seemingly done the trick, even if the posts are still on the timeline, the account back belonging to... 'Dutch World Tour cycling team'. There's a happy ending... (immense stress for team staff during the Giro aside).

19 May 2023, 08:12
Wahoo eliminates all debt following "significant" support from investors

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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Jimmy Ray Will | 6 months ago

Ha, in relation to the customs fees, the chap in question actually got stung for £19 in fees, the VAT will have always been owed. 

I would say a £12 handling fee from Parcelforce is an absolute joke though, and yes I'd encourage the customer to feedback to the webstore that their chosen courier is rinsing its customers. Other, potentially cheaper couriers are available.

Rich_cb replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 6 months ago


Vat changes were brought in across the EU at the same time as Brexit so would have happened regardless of Brexit.

It really depends how much admin time dealing with this takes as to whether £12 is reasonable.

bikeman01 replied to Rich_cb | 6 months ago

It probably is reasonable in as much that import forms are probably extensive and in triplicate.

Best option is to buy from a UK company and avoid all this nonsense.

stomec replied to bikeman01 | 6 months ago

bikeman01 wrote:

It probably is reasonable in as much that import forms are probably extensive and in triplicate.

Best option is to buy from a UK company and avoid all this nonsense.

best option of course was to remain part of the EU and then this wasn't an issue  

but hey at least we took back control of our borders, delivered a massive economic boost to the country and sorted the NHS. 

jobs a good un!


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