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Julian Alaphilippe's stunning new rainbow stripe Tarmac SL7; Sadiq Khan responds to our bunny hop claim using VAR; A63 cycling protester; Prince Louis rides Frog balance bike on third birthday; Simon Yates wins Tour of the Alps + more on the live blog

Take a dive down the live blog with Dan Alexander on this lovely sunny Friday
23 April 2021, 15:36
Anna Van Der Breggen gets a tasty rainbow stripes SL7 as well
23 April 2021, 15:10
Lizard Skin releases Earth Tone DSP tape
Lizard Skin Earth Tone bar tape

Lizard Skin has released these new Earth Tone DSP tapes to add some subtle colour to your ride. These certainly look the business if your riding takes you off-road and down some muddy trails. The earthy tones take Lizard Skin's colour choices to 15, so they believe there is something for everyone. The Earth Tone DSP comes with all the durability and grippy feel of the other DSP colours and is the tape of choice for WorldTour teams Lotto-Soudal and Movistar. Although, to be fair, I doubt they go for chocolate brown or olive green... 

23 April 2021, 14:41
LGBTQ+ cycling group PRiDE OUT responds to British Cycling trans participation consultation

PRiDE OUT, the largest network of LGBTQ+ cyclists in the UK, believes British Cycling's trans policy needs to better "recognise there are human experiences behind the scenes of any consultation." The group emphasised it is vital that trans people are treated with the same dignity and respect as other riders and should be engaged with.

From the feedback it has received so far, PRiDE OUT says there is an overwhelming demand to see more inclusion in cycling. Additionaly, the group called on British Cycling to align with the UCI's guidelines requiring events below National Championship level to "have less stringent eligibility requirements" for any trans person wishing to compete.

"When I came out as trans 6 months ago, I felt an immense weight being lifted off my shoulders," Emily Bridges, a former GB senior academy cyclist, said. "I got so much support and love, but I also got the expected hate, too. This vitriol is currently the norm for every trans person, every day of their life. Anti-trans groups aim to legislate us out of existence, drag us over social media, and spread lies about who we are and what we stand for. They try to ban us from sports based on flawed science and lies."

23 April 2021, 14:26
🚨30 minute warning🚨: Drink at Your Desk Live! with Alex Dowsett

Here's your 30 minute warning to get yourselves over to our YouTube channel or Facebook page at 4pm to catch Drink at Your Desk Live! with Israel Start-Up Nation rider Alex Dowsett. Leave your questions in the chat and, of course, get yourself a nice cold beverage to kick-start the weekend...

23 April 2021, 13:57
Take a look at Julian Alaphilippe's stunning new rainbow stripe Tarmac SL7

What a beauty. Definitely one of the top perks of being world champion...Fresh off his Flèche Wallonne win on Wednesday, Julian Alaphilippe has got his hands on his brand new Specialized Tarmac SL7 with rainbow stipes. Is it the best bike in the peloton?

Julian will debut it at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday where it could give him the extra edge to claim his first La Doyenne crown. This really is all about that fresh paint job, but for a closer look at his full set up, check out our Bike at Bedtime last month where we went for a deep dive into the world champ's bike...

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23 April 2021, 13:28
Next up for Prince Louis...Because which three-year-old couldn't do with an extra 100 watts to chase those Strava KOMs
23 April 2021, 13:19
Felix Großschartner wins final Tour of the Alps stage as Simon Yates secures overall victory

Bora-hansgrohe's Felix Großschartner attacked solo on the final climb to win stage five of the Tour of the Alps. Nicolas Roche and Alessandro De Marchi also survived from the breakaway until the end to secure second and third.

Team BikeExchange Brit Simon Yates finished comfortably in the pack, securing his overall victory and putting down a statement win ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia. Yates took control of the race with his stage victory on Tuesday and wins the leader's jersey by 58 seconds from yesterday's stage winner Pello Bilbao. Yates' Giro rival, Astana climber Aleksandr Vlasov was third, 1:06 behind.

23 April 2021, 11:07
Voxwomen Big Day Out

The Voxwomen Big Day Out in partnership with dhb aims to enable women to enjoy the sports they love by bringing like-minded people together for one big day of celebrating cycling. Taking place on Sunday 13 June and based at the New Park Manor Hotel, the event includes a Q&A session, a group ride in the New Forest at a social cafe ride pace and some breakout group chats afterwards. What's more, there are 30 free places for lucky winners of the ballot. dhb has also designed a jersey from their Moda collection that attendees will get along with plenty of other products and goodies.

23 April 2021, 10:44
A63 cycling protester campaigns for newt sanctuary
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The Hull Daily Mail reports this man has been campaigning to save a newt sanctuary by riding up and down the A63. According to a Facebook group raising awareness of the issue, a group of landlords hope to develop an area that will mean "any sign of the existence of the great crested newt will be obliterated."

A passerby said the man was "causing vehicles to slow down and pull out causing congestion" and had "been seen around Hull over the past few days." Another report claims the man's sign was knocked off by a bus driver in a crash.

"It broke off his sign and he stood in front of our bus near Hull Royal holding up all the traffic," a person on the bus at the time said. "He even called himself an ambulance - wasting vital NHS time. We were sat on the bus a good 40 minutes before a police officer and bus operator arrived and moved him out the way. Charges should be pressed against him and his reckless actions."

23 April 2021, 09:58
Mayor of London hits back at our claim he Khan't bunny hop...and he's got VAR proof

That's us told...Was there a clear and obvious error? The Mayor of London thought so, and he roped in the help of the VAR at Stockley Park for proof. After all, you can't argue with the lines...

The referee has been called over to the monitor. He is going to take another look. "Yep, just rewind that bit there for me." What is he going to give? He is running back onto the pitch, blows his whistle, makes the VAR sign and points to the spot. He has given it, it is a bunny hop after all...

Tony's not convinced...

23 April 2021, 09:13
Prince Louis pictured riding Frog bike to nursery

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have celebrated Louis' third birthday by releasing a photo of him riding a Frog Tadpole Balance Bike to his first day of nursery. William and Kate were said to be "delighted" to share the photo, as must be Frog Bikes too...

Frog's co-owner last week claimed Brexit had cost them £250,000 in the first two months of 2021. Perhaps some royal publicity will help bump up sales...

Now we wait for the 'why isn't he wearing a helmet?' reaction...

23 April 2021, 08:47
Chris Froome "slowly improving" and content with making the Tour of the Alps breakaway on stage four

Chris Froome in a breakaway is a rare sight for cycling fans. For all the hours we have seen him sat patiently at the end of a Sky train in the mountains, we have rarely seen him up the road. After yesterday's stage, Froome said he was happy with how his condition is improving ahead of his main goal, the Tour de France, in July.

"I think this was the first time I have been in a breakaway since the Giro d’Italia of 2018," he said. "I really enjoyed being up there today, testing the legs a bit. Especially as the break went away on a quite hard section after a bunch of attacks.

"It was a shame that we never got much of a gap, but it was still a good experience to be up there again. I can feel that the condition is slowly improving and I’m pretty happy with how the legs are feeling."

Simon Yates, who Froome took the maglia rosa from after that long-range attack at the 2018 Giro, has one more day and a 58 second advantage to defend his race lead in the Alps. Stage five takes in five mountains before another downhill finish.

23 April 2021, 07:49
Sadiq Khan't bunny hop reporter's bike

Don't mind me starting the petition to add a bunny hopping challenge to all future election campaigns. Sadiq Khan did not want to be undone by his Tory rival Shaun Bailey, who took Evening Standard reporter Ross Lydall's bike for a spin earlier in the day...Did Khan get off the ground? I am sure someone will leave a comment telling us we should probably give him the benefit of the doubt considering the respective campaigns of the two London mayoral favourites...

Despite yesterday claiming to be a keen cyclist, Bailey has pledged to rip out unwanted cycle lanes and LTNs within the first 100 days of his administration and he even suggested compensating taxi drivers over the High Court Streetspace ruling... 

His Labour rival has backed building more cycling infrastructure and rocked up to his vaccination appointment in a Rapha tee. On the cycling front, that looks like it is 1-0 Khan.

Dan joined 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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