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Motorcycle thieves using angle grinder foiled by passing cyclist; Peter Sagan leaving Bora; Wattbike CEO appeals to PM; Jeremy Vine hits back at taxi page demanding reg plates on bikes; Olympic underdog; LEJOG record updates + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander will be keeping you up-to-date with the live blog while trying to dry out from last night's biblical commute...
29 July 2021, 15:59
Tour of Britain route includes time trial

Jumbo-Visma's Merijn Zeeman knows what's up...His team must have done something incredible to get the Tour of Britain organisers on side, either that or someone on the Dutch squad planned the route. You may as well hand Wout van Aert his jersey now.

Jumbo have, as of yet only, provisionally anounced three riders for the race: Wout van Aert, Dutch national TT champs bronze medallist Koen Bouwman and third on the opening TT of the Giro, Tobias Foss. Forget the other unnamed three, that might be enough...

Way to make the domestic conti teams feel welcome...

29 July 2021, 14:35
Thread: Why isn't that cyclist getting out of my way?

Chances are if you're reading this then you know the answer already...

29 July 2021, 14:11
Tour de France breakthrough rider Jonas Vingegaard rewarded with three-year deal at Jumbo-Visma
Pogacar, Vingegaard and Carapaz on 2021 Tour de France Stage 17 (picture credit A.S.O./Pauline Ballet)

Jonas the Dane will be a key part of Jumbo-Visma's plans to Vinge-guard Primoz Roglic at Grand Tours next year...24-year-old Vingegaard won a stage of UAE Tour earlier this year and earned a Tour de France call up when Tom Dumoulin took his break from the sport. The prospect took the chance with both hands, finishing second on GC at his debut Tour...

"I am very happy to extend my contract with the team," he said. "So far our cooperation has been successful and hopefully we will continue to achieve good successes in the future. I feel good here. That made it an easy and natural choice to stay longer with the team."

29 July 2021, 13:44
Peter Sagan to leave Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of the season
Peter Sagan's Paris-Roubaix-winning Specialized s-Works Roubaix (picture credit Specialized and Brakethrough Media)

The rumours had been circling for a while, Peter Sagan will leave Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of the season, it has today been confirmed. During his time with the German team, Sagan won the last of his three world titles, Paris-Roubaix (pictured above), two green jerseys and five stages of the Tour de France.

However, by his elite standards, the 31-year-old has struggled for form in the last couple of years, winning just a Giro d'Italia points jersey, two stages of the Giro d'Italia and one stage of Volta a Catalunya in the past 24 months. That's still more than most win in a career, but hey, that's what happens when you set the bar as high as Sagan has...

In a statement on his own website, Sagan thanked Bora-Hansgrohe and team boss Ralph Denk. "We have achieved so many things and even in difficult times, we stuck together. I think that we weren’t just teammates, we were part of a big family," Sagan said.

"However, after a long and thorough discussion with my own management and under a mutual agreement with Bora-Hansgrohe, we came to the decision that it would be best if my cycle in the team came to a close and that a new chapter opened in my career. Change is part of life and growth. I’m sure Bora-Hansgrohe will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best in the coming seasons."

After Patrick Lefevere emphatically squashed premature talk of Sagan signing for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, the word on the street has been the Slovakian star will be off to Team TotalEnergies for 2022. We'll see...

29 July 2021, 12:28
London cyclist confronts motorbike thieves using angle grinder to steal bike

MailOnline have this footage from a semi-pro cyclist called James Richards who spotted the thieves cutting through locks using an angle grinder. He said all four suspects fled the scene, although one left a white Nike trainer behind. Police are investigating the incident which saw the attempted theft of a £13,000 Honda Africa Twin motorcycle from an east London street.

The cycling cameraman and a bystander apparently foiled the getaway by pushing the thief over as he left with the bike, causing him to flee empty-handed. Richards was walking home from training when he saw the group near Spitalfields.

"I was walking back from training and came across a white van and two mopeds parked in the road outside Tracey Emin's old house," he told MailOnline. "I automatically began filming. There was a man angle grinding the chain off a large sport bike. I wanted to film their faces so I went towards the two mopeds, I then approached the man with the angle grinder at which point he came at me with it.

"I wasn't really afraid, they're just idiot kids. I think they didn't want the hassle. Their plan was to load the bike into the white van, however the van and one of the mopeds drove away as it became clear I was calling the police and filming, leaving two men and a single moped on their own."

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 11:37hrs following reports of a group of males attempting to steal a motorcycle. A member of the public intervened and the males then fled prior to police arrival. There have been no arrests; enquiries continue."

29 July 2021, 11:31
Fred Wright back racing at Herne Hill Velodrome after first Tour de France with Bahrain Victorious
29 July 2021, 10:32
Wattbike urges Boris Johnson to do more for UK businesses as surging costs for shipping and materials hike Atom prices up by £100
Wattbike Atom (press release)

Wattbike CEO, Rich Baker has called for the PM's help as British manufacturers are "bearing the brunt" of surging shipping costs. Customers will bear the brunt too, however, as the brand announces its flagship home trainer, the Wattbike Atom, is set for a five per cent price rise from £1,899 to £1,999 from Monday. Baker warned that prices across its range will have to rise to address spiralling costs within international shipping and parts.

"We’re calling on the Prime Minister to intervene," Baker said. "During the pandemic the message to everyone was keep exercising, stay fit and invest in your health. We’re now calling on the government to make sure that Wattbike can continue to offer our products at competitive prices and help keep the nation fit.

"We’re seeing shipping container charges 850% higher than normal and, whilst we’re not the only industry affected, this simply can’t go on. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to intervene on the ongoing international shipping chaos on behalf of manufacturers, consumers and businesses up and down the country who are bearing the brunt.

"At this rate, it’s inevitable that prices will rise across all imported goods and we’ve tried everything to avoid putting our prices up, with little help coming from Westminster. So we really want to see Boris get on his bike on this issue, for the good of all British consumers. We’ll even reserve him a Wattbike to build his fitness for the challenges ahead."

Ahead of the Euro 2020 final, Wattbike made the live blog after sending out a press release celebrating its, slightly tenuous, role in England's success...If only Marcus Rashford had thrashed out a few more intervals...

29 July 2021, 10:05
Christina Mackenzie update: Past the halfway point in LEJOG record attempt

Hats off to Mr Broadwith for these graphics. Christina Mackenzie is ahead of schedule and almost into Scotland. Not a bad day's riding. As you can see from the profile, the next stretch is the toughest with the big climbs north of the border still to come. At this rate we'll have the result for you at some point tomorrow...

29 July 2021, 09:35
Ineos Grenadiers pro Laurens De Plus to take a break from competition after viral illness diagnosis

Laurens De Plus is to take a break from cycling while he recovers from a viral illness. Ineos Grenadiers announced the news in a brief statement, saying they worked hard to diagnose the problem and the rider has their full support.

The Belgian has hopped across a few of the biggest teams in the sport, starting his career with Quick-Step, before a couple of years across the Dutch border with Jumbo-Visma. The 25-year-old joined Ineos Grenadiers at the start of the season on a three-year deal and had been touted by some as the possible long-term replacement for Dylan van Baarle in the Ineos Tour de France mountain train.

"The first job for me is to rest, then get back to physical activity step by step. The team will help me with regular meetings and medical checks to monitor how I am getting on over the next few months. Thankful for the incredible support by Ineos Grenadiers," De Plus wrote on Twitter. 

29 July 2021, 09:17
Syrian cyclist Ahmad Wais on representing the Refugee Team at Tokyo 2020

This is what the Olympics is all about...Syrian cyclist Ahmad Wais took on the big boys in the time trial yesterday, finishing 38th, 13 minutes off Primoz Roglic's time, but still with a strong average speed of 38.6km/h for the rolling 44.2km course. The 30-year-old rides for the Kuwait Pro Cycling Team and prepped for the Games with the Tour of Estonia. Forget the result, anyone with an Olympics on their CV gets kudos from me...

29 July 2021, 07:47
Jeremy Vine hits back at London taxi news site calling for registration plates on bikes

Taxi Leaks, 'London's no1 Taxi news website/blog', tagged Jeremy Vine in this video from the weekend of a crowd of people riding through the capital in a ride-out, thought to be linked to an anti-knife crime campaign. "Time for registration plates on all bikes", Taxi Leaks wrote, tagging Vine, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport Heidi Alexander and the Mayor of London himself, Sadiq Khan.

Vine got back to Taxi Leaks, replying: "They're kids on bikes. I wouldn't do it, but they aren't a danger to anyone else and probably not even to themselves. Stop, let them go, and be happy that they are not all racing Subaru Imprezas at 50mph. The only dangerous thing in this film is the motor vehicle."

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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