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Michal Kwiatkowski clashes with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas after Stage 7; Lucky cyclist dodges terrifying collision; 50 Cent's two cents on Tour crash; Britain's best routes; Brompton bling; The Cav effect + more on the live blog

Happy Friday everyone, Dan Alexander will be taking you through the final live blog of the week before we all knock off for a cold one
02 July 2021, 15:38
Michal Kwiatkowski clashes with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas after Stage 7

There's plenty to unpack here. Whatever happened away from the cameras left two of Movistar's leaders visibly agitated, with Enric Mas in particular taking issue with the former world champion. Michal Kwiatkowski, Alejandro Valverde and Mas, all crossed the finish in the main bunch, 5:15 behind stage winner Matej Mohoric. Kwiatkowski's leader, Richard Carapaz, formerly of Movistar had made a late attack before being chased down by his former teammates.

Kwiatkowski and Valverde were then seen having words as they rolled away from the finish before Mas, who crashed earlier in the stage, went after the Ineos rider to remonstrate about something, grabbing his arm before they continued their 'discussion' riding out of shot.

What caused it? Who knows. Hopefully we'll get some answers soon. One thing we do know is that the third season of Movistar's Netflix documentary can't come soon enough...

02 July 2021, 14:42
Brompton bling
02 July 2021, 14:29
It was a llama after all...Al-pack-up my things and see myself out
Llama comment

Miller has done great work in the comments showing up my shoddy mammal identification. It was a llama.

Also some great shouts for 50 Cent headlines have left me kicking myself. Credit to all involved, we should let you write the headlines more often.

02 July 2021, 14:08
Where are Britain's best cycling routes?
Flax Bourton Greenway (picture credit Sustrans)

The people over at have seen searches for cycling gear increase by 3,890 per cent in the past year and were inspired to find Britain's best routes. So they analysed all the routes on letsride, looking at the average ratings to come up with the following list...

West Sussex came out on top with an average rating of 6.7 out of 10, closely followed by Cardiff in second with 6.6. East Sussex was third on 6, while Renfrewshire represented Scotland in fourth. Durham, Bristol, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Tyne and Wear and Suffolk rounded out the top ten in that order.

Interestingly, West Sussex's routes averaged 7.9 miles and had an elevation of just 87 metres, making them highly rated while also being family and commute friendly. Neighbouring East Sussex's average routes were by contrast far longer at 29.75 miles with 563.5 metres of climbing.

Did your favourite place to ride make the list? Are there some glaring omissions? 

02 July 2021, 13:55
The Cav effect
02 July 2021, 13:24
Bring your alpaca to work day at the Tour de France (or is it a llama?)

Much more civilised than the Giro's chainsaw-wielding maniacs chasing Egan Bernal up Passo Giau... 

Maybe we have a camelid mammal expert in our midst who can give us help with the ID? Anyway, I'm banking on alpaca...

02 July 2021, 11:54
Won't somebody please think of the Wiggle customers
Haribo Gold Bears (via YouTube).jpg

Wiggle customers may be an unexpected victim as German confectionery giant Haribo says it is struggling to deliver its sugary goods to shops in the UK because of a shortage of lorry drivers. The BBC reports the problem is affecting deliveries of all the company's sweets. We'll get in touch with Wiggle to see if you should expect fewer bags of Haribo goodness in your orders...

The haulage industry has blamed the pandemic and Brexit for thousands of unfilled HGV driver jobs. It is estimated that around 30,000 HGV driver tests did not take place last year due to the pandemic which means the industry is working at an estimated shortfall of 60,000 drivers.

02 July 2021, 11:12
50 Cent weighs in on Tour de France crash, really

Twitter is a weird place at the best of times; a place where anyone can voice their opinion on anything. Even if you're 50 Cent and the topic is the Tour de France...

The rapper weighed in on the debate surrounding the spectator who caused the crash on the opening stage, telling his 12.6M followers essentially the same message as G and Luke Rowe said yesterday...great minds.

"they should jus give her a fine, this was not done with malice. it was just a mistake she wasn’t even looking. They gonna give her 10 years in the FED’s for fu**ing up the bike race. LOL," he tweeted with hashtags advertising his Cognac business...

Wait until 50 hears that Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert have launched a 200km breakaway on stage seven...

02 July 2021, 10:46
Fuelling like a pro

Something tells us Cav's escape in the stacked morning breakaway might have been planned, based on these loaded pockets...eating copious amounts of scran is the bit of pro cycling we'd be more than happy signing up for... although admittedly it might be problematic stopping for a slice of cake from the cafe mid-stage.

02 July 2021, 10:13
Panic stations for UAE Team Emirates...and there is still 200km to go

Yellow jersey Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Vincenzo Nibali, Kasper Asgreen, Mark Cavendish, Philippe Gilbert, Matej Mohoric and Simon Yates are just a select few of the 24 riders who have made an incredible bid for freedom at the Tour this morning. UAE are panicking and have sent the whole team to the front, but the gap is still going out. It's over one minute now...193km to go...

02 July 2021, 09:57
Katie Archibald and Co talk track bikes with the Olympics one month away

Team GB track riders Katie Archibald, Ethan Vernon and Jack Carlin have spoken about their new bikes ahead of the Olympics next month. Aero gains are obviously key for Lotus' speed machine which is designed so the forks are in line with riders' knees and has wider seat stays for better air flow. Lotus will be hoping to be part of another chapter of GB track success having designed the Type 108 which Chris Boardman powered to Olympic gold in Barcelona in 1992, Britain's first Olympic cycling medal for 72 years.

Hosted at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo, the track cycling medals will be decided during competition in the first week of August (2nd-8th).

02 July 2021, 09:28
TV bike the ITV peloton
02 July 2021, 08:39
Cav's win broken down by the man who knows him best

Want to geek out on Cav's latest sprint triumph? If the answer's yes, Mark Renshaw has just the vid for you. The legendary lead-out has all the analysis you could need of how Deceuninck-Quick-Step delivered their man for his 32nd Tour stage win...

Win number 33 today? Unlikely. Stage seven looks a real tough test for the riders. At 248km it is the longest Tour stage for 20 years and has 3,000m of climbing largely packed into the back end of the day. In our stage-by-stage preview, news editor Simon MacMichael highlighted the penultimate climb as the key point, with the riders tackling a 1.5km climb averaging 11.5 per cent with ramps of 18 per cent...and there are bonus seconds on offer at the top. Tasty.

02 July 2021, 07:51
CCTV footage captures the moment one lucky cyclist dodges out of control driver who smashed into zebra crossing

Here's an absolute shocker to start Friday. This CCTV footage from outside Gola, an Italian restaurant on Fulham Road caught the moment a lucky cyclist and pedestrian somehow managed to avoid being hit by an out of control driver. The vehicle can be seen drifting across the wrong side of the road before the driver pulls away from the pavement at the last minute, smashing into the zebra crossing instead.

Not too many details on this yet, but both the pedestrian and cyclist appear to have got away unscathed...the latter can be seen stood further up the road as people rush to the driver.

Plenty of speculation in the replies, along with several facetious questions of could this all have been avoided if the zebra crossing was wearing hi-vis and paid 'road tax'? 

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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