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Could you ride 100 miles out the saddle?; Tao looking forward to "unpredictable" Tokyo road race; Bike lane bust-up; LTN ignorance; Group ride with all the gear drafted by keen commuter; Cav for SPOTY; Emotional Fabio reacts to win + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander is in the hot seat for all your live blog needs...
22 July 2021, 16:02
The 'we're not really doing cycling infrastructure' sign...
22 July 2021, 14:03
Tao Geoghegan Hart looking forward to "unpredictable" Olympic Games road race

Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of the four GB riders who will compete in the men's road race during the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time). The Ineos Grenadiers' rider is alongside trade teammates Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates, as well as Adam's twin brother Simon. 

"It's going to be a very unpredictable race," Geoghegn Hart told Sky Sports News. "You could easily write down 15 or 20 names that could win the gold medal, if not more. Obviously it's small teams as well, the fact that we've got four guys that could realistically have cards to play in the final, or even anticipating that final is a really positive outlook for us.

"I think all four of our Team GB representatives could on their day stand on the top step of the podium. It's just about playing those cards that we have, going in confident and working with each other, we all know each other very well, three of us are team-mates and have raced together all year."

Slovenia will start as the heavy favourites with their two-pronged attack of Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič. Meanwhile, defending champion Greg Van Avermaet will likely be supporting the all-conquering Wout van Aert on the mountainous course around Mount Fuji. Oh, and the Belgians have Remco Evenepoel too if they need any more options.

22 July 2021, 13:43
Peterborough Cycle Forum hits out at county's metro mayor over "misuse" of funding for new cycling infrastructure
oxon travel cycle lane picture 2 - via twitter.PNG

Peterborough Cycle Forum has penned a letter to its metro mayor and the government saying funds for cycling infrastructure are being misused. The group hit out at the city council for ignoring calls to use funding to continue the Crescent Bridge pop-up cycle lane. The Peterborough Telegraph reports the council has instead opted to use Department for Transport funding to create a segregated lane elsewhere. 

For now the pop-up lane in Crescent Bridge has been removed and the forum claims the new lane connecting Longthorpe to the Thorpe Wood Business Park and South Bretton will be part of an upgrade funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. This has been disputed by the council.

Council leader Wayne Fitzgerald has claimed the pop-up lane is not being used and has led to a rise in traffic...The cycle forum disputes this and said in a letter: "We feel this decision is a misuse of the DfT’s funding and as such has very serious implications for the combined authority, especially with regards to accessing future funding for walking and cycling, and road schemes.

"We have significant concerns that the DfT will not allow Peterborough City Council to use their Tranche 2 of the Active Travel Fund on the Junction 15 (A1260 Nene Parkway/A47 Soke Parkway) scheme. It is already a multi-million pound road scheme, being built to create more capacity for motor vehicles."

The forum described the now-removed Crescent Bridge pop-up lane as "an important, strategic corridor" and argued using the current funding to improve it would "ensure pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and motor vehicles are all safe, and separated."

22 July 2021, 12:39
Mark Cavendish joint-favourite for Sports Personality of the Year 2021
Cavendish wins Tour de France Stage 13

Mark Cavendish is a joint-favourite alongside Team GB sprinter Dina Asher-Smith to take home the Sports Personality of the Year crown for 2021. Cav won in 2011 off the back of five Tour de France stage wins, the green jersey and winning the World Championships in Copenhagen. This year, only the second time he's won the Tour's points jersey, the Manxman is back in the picture for the BBC award.

According to Oddschecker, the 36-year-old's closest competition is Tokyo-bound Asher-Smith, who has a strong chance of repeating her silver and gold in the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in 2019. Beyond GB's top sprinter, the bookies have Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones, Adam Peaty and track cycling star Laura Kenny as potential winners.

22 July 2021, 12:28
Good driver, bad driver
22 July 2021, 09:37
Could you ride 100 miles out the saddle? US Cat 2 rider completes stand up century
Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle Strava

Chad Tavernia (yes, that 'us' in his Strava name is where he's from) completed a century with a difference yesterday in New York State...100 miles (obviously), all out of the saddle...

Ridiculously he held an average of 33.2km/h during the ride that took in more than 1,400m of climbing - so not pan flat either. Why? On Strava, Chad said it had always been a dream to complete a century out the saddle. Each to their own, I guess. He rode the 100 miles without any stops and says he only had one bottle and no food...

Starting just outside the small Franklin County town of Malone, Chad climbed to a maximum elevation of 620m near the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, before finishing back where he started about 10 miles south of the border with Canada.

A dip into the archives for some more silly centuries found this gem from 2019...Rich Flanagan, also from the US, attempted to ride a 100-mile wheelie...but was foiled by a gust of wind at the 50-mile mark. Still, he added 24 miles to the previous Guinness World Record. 

Chad Tavernia 100-mile out the saddle Strava


22 July 2021, 10:52
Fabio Jakobsen reacts to emotional first win back

Nobody would begrudge Fabio Jakobsen his win yesterday - his first in 19 months and also the first since returning to the sport. It's not been a bad month for Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinters making comebacks...

After the win the Dutchman had plenty of people to thank: "I need to thank a lot of people: my girlfriend, my family, the doctors and the team – without them it wouldn’t have been possible. This is also their victory. I am so happy I am in this team and will be part of it in the future. Together we worked on my comeback and it panned out well.

"It’s been quite a long comeback and to stand here today after that crash is an emotional moment for me, especially as my family is also here and they could see me do what I love so much and take the victory. These last couple of months have been a process where I made step after step, faced some setbacks at times, but continued fighting and believing in myself. I had already won several times before today, but being able to sprint and get the win is a big relief for me."

22 July 2021, 10:34
LTN ignorance?
22 July 2021, 08:58
Tour de Tietema returns to feed Chris Froome pizza in Paris

Stick the subtitles on for Tour de Tietema's final episode from the Tour de France, including all the footage from when they found out ASO were blocking their vids. The team did their traditional Paris finale...feeding hungry pro riders pizza. Chris Froome, Sepp Kuss, Mads Pedersen and Matej Mohorič were four of the riders ecstatic to see something other than pasta or rice on the menu...

22 July 2021, 08:28
Matej Mohorič denies knowing that his 'zipped lips' Tour de France stage win celebration was a gesture infamously used by Lance Armstrong

Double stage winner at this year's Tour de France, Matej Mohorič, has denied knowing the history of the celebration he showed the world while crossing the line as the winner on stage 19. Mohorič put his finger to his lips like Jamie Vardy goading a baying stand of away fans before zipping his lips, à la Lance Armstrong.

Mohorič replied to a tweet questioning his choice of celebration: "I didn't know. If I knew, I wouldn't have done it. I think a public apology would fall on deaf ears. Those who are hostile by nature won't change their opinion anyway. Those who know me don't need an explanation about this."

Many questioned the Slovenian's defiance, especially given the context that Bahrain Victorious' team bus and hotel had been raided by French police just 48 hours earlier.

22 July 2021, 07:53
South African group ride with all the gear drafted by keen commuter

It's not about the bike! This guy spinning happily on his no-frills steed is able to keep up with this all the gear group ride in Johannesburg, with the help of a little bit of drafting. In fairness, his ride probably weighs the same as two of the racers' top-of-the-range models...

The clip from the Cyclists With Cameras Reddit thread got everyone talking about times they've kept up with pro-looking riders despite their equipment handicap and reminded us of the time EF Education-Nippo pro Rigoberto Urán was drafted by a backpack-wearing local at 45km/h.

When have you been outgunned but held the wheel on legs alone?

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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