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Jeremy Vine shares shocking close pass by 4x4 in the snow; Anti-lockdown protesters block police by setting fire to bikes; Richard Freeman "lied at every stage"; Just as well pop-up lane removed; Everyone's favourite folder is back + more on the live blog

It's the start of a new week and Dan Alexander will be rounding up all the best bits from the cycling world to take you Monday...
25 January 2021, 19:26
While summing up the General Medical Council's case, Simon Jackson QC says Richard Freeman has "lied at every stage"
Dr Richard Freeman (picture credit Team Sky)

Simon Jackson QC said former Team Sky and Team GB doctor Richard Freeman has "lied at every stage" and "tried to cover up his "web of deceit" by setting up former head coach Shane Sutton. The Guardian reports that in summation of the General Medical Council's case, Jackson claimed Freeman looked at what riders wanted and didn't focus on World Anti-Doping Agency Code. 

"He was prepared to sign up with an incoming doctor with his unknown magic and he, on this occasion and other occasions, crossed the rubicon by ignoring medical convention to do what he thought would provide an answer," Jackson said.

"I underline that Team Sky and British Cycling were not aware of this but there were sleepers, there were dopers in the past who were within these organisations, when Dr Freeman was acquiring the Testogel. They had doped before. And so these aren’t bold allegations in the sense they are unsubstantiated. The GMC has been able to pull all these strands together. The only reasonable conclusions are they weren’t clinically indicated but they were used to dope a rider.”

On Saturday, Jackson accused Freeman of being a liar who was prepared to put others at risk with his prescribing actions. Freeman has admitted 18 of the 22 charges brought against him, including ordering the banned substance Testogel. However, he denies that he did so “knowing or believing” that they were intended for use by an athlete.

25 January 2021, 16:26
Jeremy Vine shares shocking close pass by 4x4 in the snow

Even on the nicest summer's day this would be a ridiculous close pass to make...But with snow and ice on the ground...Jeremy Vine's no stranger to sharing these sorts of videos although this one must surely be one of the worst we've seen. Perhaps predictably Vine casually rolls past the driver when they stop at a red light. Just as well they got ahead...

Before Christmas, Vine shared this video of a motorist driving down Hyde Park's segregated cycle lane...

25 January 2021, 15:17
Projected road markings in Finland
25 January 2021, 13:50
Protesters angry at new COVID restrictions used bicycles as barricades against police during riots in Eindhoven

Protesters angry at the new 9pm curfew in the Netherlands clashed with police in Eindhoven, with some demonstrators building barricades out of bicycles before setting them on fire. More than 100 people were arrested as police used a water cannon to disperse the crowds. The curfew was enforced on Saturday as a measure to tackle the covid pandemic alongside €95 (£84) fines for those caught breaking it. As well as using bicycles to impede the response, some protesters threw fireworks and golf balls at riot police.

This bizarre video appears to show the moment a protester apologetically put one of the bikes back after its owner shouts at him from their balcony...

25 January 2021, 14:28
Marcel Kittel voices support for Tom Dumoulin
marcel kittel endura 2020

Tom Dumoulin announced he's taking an indefinite break from the sport on Saturday while he considers his future in cycling. One of Dumoulin's former teammates, Marcel Kittel, did something very similar in May 2019 before retiring a few months later. The German voiced his support for the 2017 Giro d'Italia winner's decision. On Instagram, Kittel wrote: "I've always admired Tom Dumoulin for his strength. On the bike when were teammates and won Tour de France stages together. And off the bike for his clear opinion and honest critic.

"Of course it's sad to see him taking a timeout from cycling now, but he also stays true to himself to take the time he needs and figure out what who he is and what he wants. I know from personal experience how it feels and how difficult it can be when youre doubting what you do and you want to look beyond your current life and identity. Only time will give you the answers and I hope for Tom that he'll find them soon.

"Until then I wish him the same strength that he's got on the bike also for this part of his career and everyone else who is in the same situation and trying to learn more about his or her own identity. I know that it's a big journey with uncertain destination but also a very important life lesson once you find that inner compass again, recalibrate and head into your future direction."

25 January 2021, 11:58
Everyone's favourite folder is back

New Wheel Day for everybody’s favorite bike from r/Bikeporn

This whacky folder first came to our attention last year with its Stages power meter (now a Quarq), SRAM eTap and 55t chainring...Now it's back and better than ever with some new wheels...Sharing on the Bikeporn thread on Reddit, it's owner and creator e_pilot said: "Just built up these 40mm wheels on Mavic hubs with Sapim strong single butted spokes. Still China rims unfortunately as 451 rims are an odd duck. Had shallow 25mm generic China wheels/spokes/hubs before this.

"They're a little bit heavier, but 451 wheels are so small they're only about as heavy as a the Mavic 700c 64mm carbon wheelset I have on my real bike. Aero gains will be marginal, especially on a wheel this small, but you can't put a price on deep rim clout/aesthetics."

25 January 2021, 11:42
Jumbo-Visma practise their bike handling skills

No this isn't Jumbo-Visma trying to pass their Cycling Proficiency Test before the new season...Skills sessions like these aren't something we hear too much about. We assume pro riders just go on seven hour training rides with hard intervals to prepare for racing, not ride around some cones in a car park. But if I stop being facetious for a second it does make sense. How many times has a rider lost out due to positioning, a silly crash or poor descending? Probably enough to warrant occasionaly practising bike handling skills...This session was taken by Spanish downhill mountain biker Oscar Saiz, who has helped several pro riders improve their descending in the past, including FDJ's David Gaudu and the Giant Shimano squad.  

25 January 2021, 11:17
Snow day cycling

The snowy weather across many parts of the country didn't stop some hardy souls getting out on the bike. These were the scenes in London yesterday...

25 January 2021, 10:51
Beryl adds e-Scooters to their fleet of transport schemes in Bournemouth and Poole
Beryl e-Scooter

Beryl will add 50 e-Scooters to their fleet of electric transport in Bournemouth and Poole. Hired through their app, the scooters are "another form of safe, sustainable and affordable transport" with their launch fast tracked in response to the pandemic. Beryl already has a bike share scheme in the Dorset towns but will add scooters to help promote socially distanced travel.

The e-Scooters will be available from access bays, including at Bournemouth and Poole's hospitals as well as both train stations. More e-Scooters will be added as lockdown is eased and the trial is part of a 12 month Department for Transport pilot. To use the scheme you must have a valid UK driving licence. Scooters can be accessed as a pay-as-you-go user for a £1.50 unlock fee + 10p per minute or through bundles priced at 5p per minute when buying 100-300 minutes.

25 January 2021, 09:57
Even better, there's a video...

Here's the full video for your enjoyment. Superb. 

25 January 2021, 09:51
Happy Monday!
25 January 2021, 09:26
The pop-up cycle lanes were removed due to congestion....
Brighton seafront (Twitter)

A bit of further digging and here's what Brighton and Hove City Council said when the cycle lane was removed: "We recognised the serious concerns raised by public transport users and providers that congestion in a small section of the additional temporary A259 cycle lane had caused unavoidable delays to public transport in the city. We therefore agreed to suspend this short stretch of the lane."

The temporary lane was ripped out in August with Brighton and Hove Buses pleased by the decision after they reported delays due to the new road layout, something which the council's lead member for transport called "unacceptable".

25 January 2021, 08:46
Five empty lanes...but cyclists and pedestrians are crammed into one

This is the opposite side of the story to when councillors or motorists complain about pop-up cycle lanes being unnecessary. In Brighton on Saturday plenty of people were getting outside in the sunshine on foot and by bike. Of the six lanes available, including one bike lane, five of them were empty except for a few cars.

Steve Moses shared these pictures and expressed his concern at the lack of opportunity for the cyclists and pedestrians to abide by social distancing measures, pointing out the "unfair" and "unsafe" road layout. The angle of the photo may make the crowding look worse than it is but that doesn't change the fact that there is plenty empty room which some of those people could be using with appropriate infrastructure. A couple of replies to the photos mention the fact that there was briefly an additional lane for cycling back in the summer but that it was quickly pulled out...

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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