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BBC change headline claiming ambulance was "blocked" by cycle lane; Sweary cyclist claims he was nearly knocked off; Driver who 'overtook' cyclist + two kids had tooth knocked out; Pro cycling face masks; Contador breaks rib + more on the live blog

Welcome to Wednesday's live blog, with Jack Sexty in charge and Simon MacMichael adding some contributions later this evening...
22 July 2020, 15:59
BBC amend article that claimed ambulance was "blocked" by new cycle lane after complaint

The article originally said that "an ambulance's path was blocked by a new cycle lane in Sheffield", with the accompanying tweet from July 8th (above) still remaining on BBC Yorkshire's account. At the time the BBC received an angry backlash from numerous people who argued that the ambulance was actually using the cycle lane to proceed because the other lane was blocked by motor traffic; there was the issue of removing the bollards, with some noting that this arguably took less time than trying to negotiate two congested lanes filled with cars. 

A reader subsequently contacted the BBC's complaints team, who responded: "After reviewing the article in light of your concerns we have since amended the headline, the text within the video and the summary text, to better reflect what this footage showed."

The headline is now "New Sheffield cycle lane slows ambulance's journey", and a clarification was also added to the bottom of the article, plus a response from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. 

After receiving the response this afternoon, the reader told "The headline and the article are still unacceptable as far as I'm concerned, so I'll be appealing to the BBC's complaints management."

22 July 2020, 15:58
Things an electric cargo bike can carry

A slight fail from the person who asked the question there...

22 July 2020, 15:35
Fizik adds its 3D printed technology to more saddle models, bringing the price down
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Fizik has extended its 'Adaptive' range of 3D printed saddles, adding the technology to the Antares Versus Evo R1 and R3. The price has come down too, with the R1 costing a cool £299.99 while the R3 is priced at £249.99.

We first saw the 3D printed tech on the Antares Versus Evo 00 which cost a whopping £370 when it launched earlier this year.

Fizik has partnered with a US company called Carbon to create the saddles. Its Carbon Digital Light Synthesis process, used to create the Antares saddle, uses a “digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.”

The two new models don't feature the faded green colour of the Evo 00. These come in a more classic all black design. The new saddles are available now.

22 July 2020, 13:53
Georg Preilder given 12 month suspended sentence for his part in Operation Aderlass blood doping scandal
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Former Groupama-FDJ rider Preidler has avoided jail after admitting to being part of a blood doping ring, uncovered last year as part of Operation Aderlass when athletes across various sports confessed to receiving blood transfusions from German physician Mark Schmidt. 

30-year-old Preidler was found guilty of serious commercial sports fraud at Innsbruck district court, receiving a 12-month suspended sentence and a 2,880 euro fine according to Zeit Online

Other cyclists implicated in the scandal were Stefan Denifl, who confessed, and the retired Alessandro Petacchi, who denied the accusations. Dr Schmidt's trial will take place in Munich from September. 

22 July 2020, 13:39
Man donating race bike for free to "any willing London cyclists"

Buena Patria is making the generous gesture because he is returning to Indonesia where the "road infrastructure isn't like London". He adds that the new owner must take very good care of the Cervelo S1 alloy aero racer with Zipp wheels, and also needs to "share all his/her cycling exploits" with him. 

Know anyone who could benefit in the London area?

22 July 2020, 13:16
That name change has proved popular then...

Plus some gold from UK Cycling Expert in amongst the moans. Read our full story on the Team Ineos renaming here

22 July 2020, 11:37
More pop-up cycle lanes imminent for Leicestershire

The county has been one of the big beneficiaries of pop-up cycle lanes during the pandemic, and more are on the way. From Wednesday 22nd July, new lanes on the A6 in Birstall and the A47 at Leicester Forest East will be installed, existing cycle lanes on Kettering Road in Market Harborough will be widened and there will be new 'Park and Pedal' sites with secure bike parking at Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse park and ride sites. All will be completed over an eight-week period, funded by the county's successful bid for a £300,00 slice of the government's £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund. Leicestershire County Councl are also making a bid for a further £1.2m to roll out more schemes.

22 July 2020, 11:23
Team Ineos to become Ineos Grenadiers - it's official
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A press release just in from the team has confirmed the news, which says: 

Team INEOS has today confirmed they will switch to become the INEOS Grenadiers, effective from the start of the Tour de France on August 29th 2020.

The change will align the team with the Grenadier, a no-nonsense 4x4 vehicle designed, engineered and manufactured by INEOS Automotive. 

In 2017, INEOS Chairman, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a car enthusiast and experienced adventurer, identified a gap in the market for a stripped back, utilitarian, hard-working 4x4 vehicle, built on purpose. The Grenadier’s design was unveiled in July 2020 and will go into production in late 2021. 

The Team’s new name and brand will officially launch in the week leading up to the Tour de France in Nice.

Full story to follow. 

22 July 2020, 10:50
Team Ineos to become Ineos Grenadier for the Tour de France?

As well as trying to win the race, the French press are reporting that Team Ineos riders will also become car salesmen at this year's Tour de France by promoting the new Ineos Grenadier 4x4 on revamped blue jerseys. Full story to follow... 

22 July 2020, 10:35
Alberto Contador breaks rib after suffering accident at home

Contador doesn't really give anything away about how he managed to break his rib other than it didn't happen on the bike, saying it was "a hard hit at home and crack". Despite retiring from competitive racing in 2017, the Spaniard has clearly kept super fit as he smashed the everesting record earlier this month. Contador completed the feat in 7 hours and 27 minutes, taking over two minutes of Lachlan Morton's record set just a couple of weeks earlier. 

22 July 2020, 10:27
Pointless 'cyclists dismount' sign isn't very helpful

A 'cyclist dismount' sign "should only be used in relatively rare situations where it would be unsafe or impracticable for a cyclist to continue riding", according to Department for Transport guidelines on cycling infrastructure design - and as the above scenario demonstrates, they're often neither helpful or practical. 

22 July 2020, 10:13
Police appeal for information over assault, after driver who 'overtook' cyclist and two children had tooth knocked out
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Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses after a 78-year-old man was assaulted by a cyclist on London Road, Kessingland. 

According to the police appeal, the driver overtook a man and two children on bikes, after which the man made hand gestures and shouted at the driver. The driver pulled over to speak to him, then the suspect is then said to have leaned into the window of the car and punched the driver in the face, causing his tooth to fall out. 

The incident happened on Friday 3rd July at around 4.15pm, and the suspect is described as white, in his late 30's with long ginger hair. Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Neighbourhood Response Team at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference: 37273/20.

22 July 2020, 10:03
Cyclist 'abused for wearing mask' (watch until the end)
22 July 2020, 09:51
You can now buy a facemask featuring your fave pro cyclist
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We've spotted these for sale on Cycling Souvenirs, so you can "become your favourite cycling legend" while doing your bit during the pandemic. 

22 July 2020, 09:44
£11k's worth of McLaren S-Works Venge for £5,000, anyone?

Launched back in 2011, the McLaren S-Works Venge was ridden by the likes of Mark Cavendish plus a few very wealthy cycling fans who bought one before it was discontinued. One of those has found its way into the Cycle Division store in Staffordshire, who are selling a full build for £5,000 featuring a Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, Zipp wheels and Rotor Q Rings. Faanncy... 

22 July 2020, 08:22
*WARNING: VERY STRONG LANGUAGE* Cyclist who launched into tirade against driver says he and his wife were nearly knocked off their bikes

In the video posted to Facebook last week, which has since gone viral, a woman can be heard saying to the cyclist "you was driving in the middle of the f**king road", before she wrongly states: "If you actually look in the Highway Code you can see that it's not allowed two abreast."  

The cyclist replies: "You can actually go double file on a 30mph road, you stupid c**t."

The person who posted it to Facebook claimed the driver was "pregnant and very distressed now because of this man" in an appeal for information, claiming the cyclist left "multiple scratches and dents along the boot and side" of the car. 

That cyclist has now been identified as 53-year-old Dave Parker, who told The Sun: "I don't want to talk about it. I am getting too much stick - it is unbelievable.

"All I can say is that they said I was screaming at a pregnant woman.

"Well, I wasn't. Initially, she nearly knocked me and my wife off our bikes. But it does not show all that. But I am the bad guy aren't I?"

Responses on Facebook were mixed, with a number disapproving of Mr Parker's reactions but noting that his riding would have been perfectly legal. 

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22 July 2020, 08:00
The #TourdeMyGarden: a miniature Tour de France replacement

To make up for the distinct lack of Tour de France, cycling fan Peter Martin has been recreating stages using 1,200 miniature figurines he has collected during his 22 years of visiting Le Tour. 

He told the BBC that the response to Tour de My Back Garden has been "phenomenal", and that he was  "inconsolable" about the Tour de France being postponed. From his all-star peloton, it was Mark Cavendish who took the victory ahead of Eddy Merckx and Robbie McEwen on stage 21...

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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