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Climbing 30% hill goes wrong...rider falls back to the start; Declercq misses Tour with Covid...but it's not Cav replacing him; Pidcock makes Ineos team; Scottish MP criticised for not wearing a helmet; Tour trims + more on the live blog

It's Tuesday and Dan Alexander is in the saddle for another day on the live blog...
28 June 2022, 16:21
Poll time...


28 June 2022, 14:13
Jonathan Vaughters stirs the pot

Only EF Education-EasyPost remain to announce their Tour de France squad. The dreamers amongst us have been wondering if an enabling contract clause could be found, an instant transfer negotiated, and Cav announced in pink in time for Friday...of course, there's about as much chance of Patrick Lefevere writing a vanilla newspaper column than that happening...but hey, it's nice to dream sometimes...

Boooo...but there could be an eye-catching announcement elsewhere...

28 June 2022, 13:49
Want more storage for your next bikepacking adventure? Look no further than this innovative solution

28 June 2022, 13:14
Cargo Bikes for Ukraine podcast episode

Steve Roe, who has set up the Facebook Group called Cargo Bikes for Ukraine, whose page we mentioned on the live blog a few weeks back, has recorded a podcast with the Family Cycling Podcast. During the episode Steve speaks with Alex, a bicycle mechanic in Kiev who has found himself operating a small fleet of cargo bikes delivering humanitarian aid. It's well worth a listen if you need an afternoon distraction from work...

28 June 2022, 13:10
The scene is set
28 June 2022, 11:35
Alberto Contador: Tadej Pogačar is a real cycling prodigy
Pogacar Tirreno (Image credit: LaPresse)

Tadej Pogačar is very good at cycling. We knew that already, but if there's anyone to confirm the obvious, I guess Alberto Contador's a decent source...

"He's a real cycling prodigy, able to handle the heat of being the Tour de France leader day after day. And that pressure, believe me, can be a real challenge," Contador told Cyclingnews.

So what does it take to win the Tour?

"There are always moments in the Tour when your legs are just about to explode, you really can't handle the pain. And you have to go on, you have to stay focussed, you have to keep your morale high.

"But in the last time trial, above all if you're wearing the yellow jersey, that's when it gets really hard.

"If you're second overall, of course you want to go flat out to get the win and the lead. But when you are defending the lead on that stage, you know there's one day to go to Paris and you can lose the jersey in one afternoon, mentally that takes its toll. That really takes its toll."

28 June 2022, 11:26
Comment of the day
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28 June 2022, 11:14
Anyone seen Dan's bike?

At least the helpful online customer service desk was on hand... 

> Triathlete’s bike and gear lost in Heathrow airport 

28 June 2022, 10:48
Here we go again... Scottish MP criticised by setting a "bad example" for not wearing a helmet

 The Scottish Sun reported an 'exclusive' that SNP shadow chancellor Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, had been "slammed" and "blasted" for not wearing a helmet while cycling.

The newspaper heard from a policy and research director at IAM Roadsmart who said it was setting a "bad example".

"It is common sense to wear a cycle helmet to avoid unnecessary brain injuries," Neil Greig said. "MPs should always be aware of this when setting an example to others.The new Highway Code says 'you should wear a cycle helmet' and that 'evidence suggests that a correctly fitted helmet will reduce your risk of sustaining a head injury'.

“At least by continuing not to wear helmets high-profile politicians are keeping the issue in the news, but for all the wrong reasons."

Peter McCabe of brain injury charity Headway added: "It is always concerning to see an MP undermining such an important safety message. We'd encourage Alison Thewliss to think not only her own safety but also the message she's sending to other cyclists, particularly children."

Last year, Green Party politician Patrick Harvie received similar criticism for riding without a helmet.

28 June 2022, 09:55
Tour trims

0 all over for the extra weight-saving gains and aero benefits...obviously...

28 June 2022, 09:46
EVERYBODY STAY CALM!!! Tim Declercq tests positive for Covid, out of Tour de France...BUT Quick-Step go with Sénéchal over Cav

Relevant now more than ever...

28 June 2022, 09:06
Tour teams: Ineos select four Brits, Bora's dark horse, Van der Poel and Sagan's support confirmed

Not long to go now...EF Education-EasyPost are the only team yet to announce their team...last-minute enquiries about a certain sprinter from the Isle of Man's availability? (Wishful thinking, I know)

Ineos Grenadiers have upped the Brit count to seven, announcing Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas, Tom Pidcock and Luke Rowe for the race. Dani Martínez, Filippo Ganna, Jonathan Castroviejo and Roubaix winner Dylan van Baarle complete the line-up.


Bora have decided against selecting out of form Sam Bennett. Instead, dark horse Aleksandr Vlasov gets plenty of support...

Bora - hansgrohe: Aleksandr Vlasov, Lennard Kämna, Max Schachmann, Nils Politt, Felix Grosschartner, Patrick Konrad, Marco Haller, Danny van Poppel

Cofidis: Guillaume Martin, Ion Izagirre, Bryan Coquard, Simon Geschke, Victor Lafay, Anthony Perez, Benjamin Thomas, Max Walscheid

Alpecin-Fenix: Mathieu van der Poel, Silvan Dillier, Michael Gogl, Alexander Krieger, Jasper Philipsen, Edward Planckaert, Kristian Sbaragli, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux: Alexander Kristoff, Kobe Goossens, Louis Meintjes, Andrea Pasqualon, Adrien Petit, Taco van der Hoorn, Georg Zimmermann, Sven Erik Bystrøm

TotalEnergies: Peter Sagan, Anthony Turgis, Alexis Vuillermoz, Pierre Latour, Daniel Oss, Cristián Rodríguez, Mathieu Burgaudeau, Maciej Bodnar

28 June 2022, 07:55
Climbing 30% hill goes wrong...rider falls back to the start

There's no margin for mechanical mishaps when climbing walls like this one. A slipped chain can be all she wrote for your hopes of getting up there in one go. Put your foot down and there's no way you're riding to the top unless you fancy going back to the start (which you almost certainly don't)...

This monster berg appears to be in Brazil, possibly Belo Horizonte, and looks at least 30 per cent. When they look steep on camera you know you've got a serious climb...

Not the same hill, not the same gradient (probably), but here's the visual on how much better pro cyclists are than the rest of us...

Pretty similar really... 

EDIT: A bit more digging confirmed it is indeed the Morro do Tunicão in Belo Horizonte and yeah...we might have undersold it at 30 per cent...

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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