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Can cyclists and pedestrians co-exist on towpaths?; Primoz Roglic wins thrilling summit finish at La Vuelta; Movistar rider shares crazy picture of veiny legs; Driver crashes £260k Ferrari - narrowly missing cyclist + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander will be taking you through the middle of the week on Wednesday's live blog...
28 October 2020, 16:37
More on the towpath debate
28 October 2020, 16:24
Primoz Roglic wins stage eight but Richard Carapaz keeps race lead

Primoz Roglic won a thrilling summit finish on stage eight of La Vuelta a Espana, beating race leader Richard Carapaz by 13 seconds with Irishman Dan Martin in third, 19 seconds back.

On the steep slopes of the final climb, Roglic and Carapaz exchanged attacks having caught lone attacker Alexandr Vlasov within the final two kilometres.

Carapaz kept the red jersey but has seen his advantage to Roglic slashed to just 13 seconds.

28 October 2020, 16:08
Carthy and Kuss lead with 3km to go
28 October 2020, 15:49
Can cyclists and pedestrians co-exist on towpaths?
River Cam towpath (CC licensed by Paul Oldham via Flickr)

The news that Henley Town Council have reversed the ban on cyclists riding the towpath through Mill and Marsh Meadows in the Oxfordshire town has reignited debate over whether cyclists and pedestrians can safely co-exist on such narrow routes.

The town council introduced a ban on cyclists during the summer but have decided to allow bikes access again, with warnings that those doing so should ride responsibly and give pedestrians right of way.

Councillor Laurence Plant said: “I’m a really keen cyclist and I think the two groups can co-exist apart from a few who are ill-mannered and lacking respect for others."

"There’s the odd issue but most of the time things flow seamlessly. We don’t want to explicitly encourage people to come and cycle here but we should encourage good behaviour in those who do.”

It is understood the ban on cycling was introduced following an altercation between a cyclist and member of the parks services team.

What do you think? Can cyclists and pedestrians co-exist safely on towpaths?

28 October 2020, 15:09
Another day, another laptop

British Cycling have introduced a fifth laptop to proceedings at Dr Richard Freeman's medical hearing in Manchester.

As per Sean Ingle, the fifth laptop has "uploaded material from the server" and has been brought forward for Freeman to look at.

The whereabouts and condition of laptops has become a running theme of the hearing with Freeman claiming he had one stolen in Greece and destroyed a second device over fears about hackers accessing data.

Freeman also claimed he could not get data off a third laptop, while the fourth device brought into proceedings was not charged.

Yesterday Freeman was accused of attempting to have another doctor removed from Team Sky following a dispute over whether the team should change its policy on intravenous recovery methods. 

Freeman insisted his issue with Dr David Hulse in fact stemmed from his care of Txema Gonzalez, the Team Sky staff member who died at the Vuelta a Espana in 2010 following a bacterial infection.

28 October 2020, 14:49
Wales and Northern Ireland top the pile for search data research into interest in cycling
Leisure Lake data

Research by Leisure Lakes Bikes into search data suggested that Wales was the area of the UK where cycling is most popular.

"Across the UK we've seen huge increases in bike sales as people seek out outdoor activities to support their mental health through lockdown.  The search data for the various terms has highlighted that Welsh people really enjoy cycling," Ben Mercer of Leisure Lakes Bikes explained.

Northern Ireland was close behind in second for total searches per 100 thousand people, with Scotland third.

In England the south east and east of the country had the highest proportion of searches - however London had the poorest number of searches per 100 thousand people

28 October 2020, 12:07
Department for Transport reject calls for road closures, ‘school streets’ and new cycle lanes to be scrapped

The Department for Transport has rejected calls to reverse temporary traffic measures, such as road closures and new bike lanes, brought in during lockdown to reduce crowding.

The petition claims: "Although well intentioned, the experiment has failed. Government guidance supporting such measures, and funds for them, should be withdrawn immediately."

Thankfully the Department for Transport's reply was strong in its support for these schemes and offered a comprehensive explanation for why such measures should remain.

It said: "Evidence also shows that investment in cycling and walking is supported by the majority of people in local communities. Although some schemes have attracted negative attention, this is still only a small minority of the people living in those areas."

"The more people that cycle and walk, the more road space is freed up for those who really need to drive. Encouraging more cycling and walking is a key part of the Government's efforts to reduce harmful emissions from transport, as well as to help make people healthier."

28 October 2020, 14:10
Former world champion in the break at La Vuelta

Rui Costa is up the road on stage eight of La Vuelta. He's accompanied by six other riders including Remi Cavagna and stage winner in last year's edition Angel Madrazo.

28 October 2020, 12:58
Giro d'Italia street art

It's often said the Giro d'Italia is the most beautiful of the Grand Tours and Italian electricity provider e-distribuzione have continued that legacy with these sub-stations decorated to celebrate the race route.

28 October 2020, 12:51
Obstruction in the bike lane...
28 October 2020, 10:47
Jose Joaquin Rojas' legs

We all know how hard professional cycling is but Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas has provided another reminder with this Instagram post.

The picture was taken after stage seven of the Vuelta on the day Rojas' teammate Alejando Valverde finished third on the stage and moved back into the top ten of the overall classification.

After Pawel Poljanski posted a similar picture at the 2016 Tour de France we did some digging to answer the question of why pro cyclist's legs are so veiny?

28 October 2020, 11:40
Richard Freeman latest
Dr Richard Freeman (picture credit Team Sky)

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing for former Team GB and Team Sky doctor continues in Manchester this week.

Yesterday Freeman was accused of attempting to have another doctor removed from Team Sky following a dispute over whether the team should change its policy on intravenous recovery methods. 

Freeman insisted his issue with Dr David Hulse in fact stemmed from his care of Txema Gonzalez, the Team Sky staff member who died at the Vuelta a Espana in 2010 following a bacterial infection.

28 October 2020, 11:23
Driving on the Big Screen
Jardine infographic

Jardine Motors have crunched the numbers to find out just how bad the driving in our favourite films is.

And it turns out 007's greatest villain could well be the humble speed camera.

James Bond would have lost his licence four times in just a two minute sequence in Skyfall had his driving been performed on the open road.

28 October 2020, 10:22
Tom Dumoulin abandons La Vuelta
28 October 2020, 10:07
Driver crashes £260,000 Ferrari into London bridge - narrowly missing cyclist

This shocking footage shows the moment a driver crashed the £260,000 supercar into Lambeth Bridge.

The driver can be seen accelerating sharply before losing control of the Ferrari as it ploughed into the wall on the side of the bridge.

A cyclist rides past the driver just seconds before the car veers to the right on the 20mph stretch of road.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

28 October 2020, 09:54
Worst cycling kits ever made
hairy nude cycling jersey front - via.PNG


Primoz Roglic has got us thinking... we've had a trawl through the archives and found three other woeful cycling kits for your amusement.

First up, the Hairy Nude kit which comes with the promise to "get motorists looking twice".

How about this Pirate Juice number...

Pirate Juice 4

Finally, this bizarre Giro Toscana kit which was described by one Twitter user as: “Worst designed garment of clothing in the history of the human race.”

Worst women's cycling kit ever

Let us know, what's the worst cycling kit you've seen?

28 October 2020, 09:35
More Roglic laughs

It seems Twitter isn't finished with the Slovenian national champion just yet.

28 October 2020, 08:13
Twitter in meltdown over Roglic's multicoloured kit

Poor Primoz Roglic isn't having much luck with clothing at La Vuelta.

First it was losing time on stage six because he couldn't put his rain jacket on and now he has united Twitter in horror at his stage seven green and yellow monstrosity. 

The Slovenian's green points jersey matched with yellow Jumbo-Visma kit has left fans, pundits and team managers shocked at it's, well, brightness...

Even manager of the EF Pro Cycling, Jonathan Vaughters, got involved suggesting humorously that the UCI should take action.

EF Pro Cycling were fined by the UCI during the Giro d'Italia for failing to clear in advance their striking Rapha and Palace kit.

28 October 2020, 08:46
You're on camera

This great idea from cyclegaz lets all road users know in no uncertain terms that they're being recorded.

28 October 2020, 08:38
Brutal summit finish on stage eight
Vuelta stage 8

Stage 8 sees the peloton take on another summit finish, with this looking the hardest of the race so far.

The final climb of Alto de Moncalvillo is officially 11.3km @ 7.6%, but most of the final 7km is above 9%.

A big day for the GC guys.

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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