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Not Near Miss of the Day; That's not Mathieu van der Poel; Steve Bray berates Sajid Javid...but look at the driver; All the new Tour kits; Tour de Cheese; Crime of the century; Startlist confirmed ahead of team presentation + more on the live blog

It's Wednesday and Dan Alexander is here to take you through the middle of the week on the live blog...
29 June 2022, 14:03
Watch the Tour de France team presentation from 5:30pm BST
29 June 2022, 16:14
"Sad times": Your thoughts on Shimano 105 going 12-speed, Di2 and disc brake only
Shimano 105 R7100 hero June 2022

A few early thoughts...

On Twitter, a reader told us: "This is disgusting. Shimano 105 groupsets were between €500 and €750 depending on certain factors, up to 2 years ago. This new one is ~€1800"

Jimmy Ray Will said: "Now, this is not exactly bringing electric gears to the masses is it? More like forcing the masses into premium price purchases via a lack of alternative. Sad times."

To which Rendel Harris replied: "Apart from Tiagra rim brake groupsets which are less than half the price (if you exclude wheels from the 105) and with a negligible weight difference. I have Tiagra on my commuter and honestly, if I was forced to swap the Ultegra Di2 groupset on my road bike for it I wouldn't be that bothered, the quality is that good. Good alternatives are available as long as you don't care about the name/number on the parts."

Almost exactly the same final sentence as editor Jack told me a few minutes earlier...

29 June 2022, 16:12
New Shimano 105 Di2 - Mechanical is DEAD
29 June 2022, 15:54
"Hi mate, you got a 2004 Saeco bottle?"
29 June 2022, 15:31
Not Near Miss of the Day

Our Near Miss of the Day series has attracted more eyeballs than usual recently due to a string of high-profile episodes, some of which were picked up by the national press...

> Near Miss of the Day 783: aggressive close pass driver offered speed awareness course ends up with £2,460 fine and 6 points after losing two appeals

One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on, hopefully hitting its aim of holding the authorities to account when they fail to protect vulnerable road users...(see Near Miss of the Day 763)...or at least receiving questionable police explanations...

We thought we'd mix it up this afternoon, with Not Near Miss of the Day (probably) for one day only...

As discussed in the comments under this..."You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less."

29 June 2022, 15:24
When will it end?

At least it's one of the better ones...

29 June 2022, 14:40
"We’re sleeping like babies and working like horses": Bahrain Victorious respond to raids

Bahrain Victorious performance manager Vladimir Miholjević has hit back at the police raids on the team's riders ahead of their departure for the Tour de France.

Bahrain Victorious team bus (licenced CC BY-SA 4.0 by Marianne Casamanceon on Wikimedia Commons))

"The searches passed well. Everything was said in our press release and we're here more confident than ever. It's really difficult to say what to expect. We'd like to know why they are doing this," he told VeloNews.

Before dropping one of the mic drop line..."We’re sleeping like babies and working like horses." That gave me the shivers...

"We’re showing everything through our results and we are 100 percent transparent," Miholjević expanded. "Someone who is interested to see how we are working can join our team for a period of time and maybe these people will understand the effort that staff and riders are putting in their jobs to achieve their results."

29 June 2022, 14:06
Scott Foil RC Pro First Ride Review 🤯

29 June 2022, 13:37
Right on cue

That little blue sleeve touch is very Bahrain McLaren/Victorious 2020/2021...but what are those helmets?!

Apparently it's the unique green-blue colour of newly-announced sponsor Dstny, who will become a title sponsor in 2023... great for commentators and sports directors looking at a packed peloton, not so great for my eyes...

29 June 2022, 13:29
Four new team kits for the Tour... which is best?

1. Israel - Premier Tech 

2. EF Education-EasyPost

3. Bora-hansgrohe

4. Jumbo Visma

Tell me I'm wrong...

Oh, and those are just the ones we know about. Lotto Soudal are teasing something...and we all know Alpecin-Fenix will have something eye-catching to mark the end of their Alpecin-Fenix era...

29 June 2022, 13:12
Number of people killed on London’s roads in 2021 fell by 22 per cent to the lowest level on record — BUT serious injuries to people cycling increased by 54 per cent + vulnerable road users make up 81 per cent of deaths and serious injuries
London cycle lane (Image: Transport for London press release)

Transport for London (TfL) has published casualty statistics for 2021, which show the number of people killed while cycling was down by 40 per cent on the 2005-09 baseline, from 17 to 10 people. However, serious injuries to people cycling increased by 54 per cent, something TfL says may be explained by a near doubling in the share of road journeys by bike.

The total number of people killed on London's roads in 2021 fell by 22 per cent to the lowest level on record, although vulnerable road users — pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists — continue to be most at risk, making up 81 per cent of all people killed or seriously injured.

TfL stressed "continued action is needed to achieve the Mayor’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury from the transport network."

Cars continued to be the main vehicle type involved in collisions in 2021, involved in 64 per cent of all collisions resulting in death or injury.

"Although last year saw the lowest number of road deaths in London on record, the latest casualty stats show that it is more important than ever to double down on our Vision Zero goal of eliminating deaths and serious injury from London’s roads," Stuart Reid, Head of Insights and Direction for TfL, said.

29 June 2022, 11:56
Official Danish Tour de France magazine prints wrong Van der Poel (+ Stefan Küng's looking awfully like Dylan van Baarle)

BREAKING NEWS: Alpecin-Fenix have swapped out Mathieu van der Poel for his brother David...oh, sorry, I've been reading too much of my Danish official Tour de France guide...

Stefan Küng's changed...maybe he feels his best shot at winning the Roubaix stage is to impersonate this year's winner to slip up the road unnoticed by Ineos Grenadiers? Genius...

Danish Tour de France guide

You should see what they've done to Cav's profile too. They seem to have spelt him name F-l-o-r-i-a-n S-é-n-é-c-h-a-l...

Kudos to Frederik Bohé for spotting the snaps, and doing the honourable thing...spreading them all over Twitter so we can live blog them...

29 June 2022, 11:09
The startlist is complete

Better late than never...Jonathan Vaughters said the team was waiting for the result of Covid tests before announcing the team, we suspect waiting until after their new kit dropped might be the real reason...

Eight riders from eight nationalities, including an unexpected call up for Owain Doull, who was forced out of the Giro ill but is back for his Tour de France debut, making it eight British riders (one more round of Covid tests dependent) rolling down the start ramp on Friday. 

29 June 2022, 10:17
Annemiek van Vleuten to retire at the end of 2023

On the eve of the Giro Donne, Annemiek van Vleuten has announced she is extending her contract with Movistar until the end of 2023, at which point she will retire from racing.

"I didn't feel like stopping right now — I'm still super motivated, while also aware that there will be a moment when I’ll have to stop. And it suits me better to stop when I'm still at my highest level, playing the game at the front in the biggest events. I just want to finish on a high, and doing it with this wonderful group of people feels like the right thing to do. 

"I'm sure I'll stop with a little tear in my eye, because I love this sport so much, but I'd like to leave cycling, the 'professional athlete' part of it, at the top."

29 June 2022, 10:08
Hot or not? Rapha + Palace are back!

We asked, you told us...

LIve blog poll result 29/06/22

You didn't hold back...

29 June 2022, 10:01
Tour de Cheese

The Cheese Wanker (their name, not mine) has created a cheese lover's guide to the Tour, detailing a local artisanal cheese suggestion for each stage...

Get your Havarti in for Friday's TT, Mimolette for the Roubaix stage, Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage in Huez, Tomme de Chèvre des Pyrénées for Hautacam and Brie de Meaux for stage 21...

29 June 2022, 09:52
Tour de France fans must "stick to their place" to avoid crashes
Tour de France spectator with placard

Tour de France general director Christian Prudhomme has urged spectators to keep their distance and "stick to their place" to avoid a crash like last year's stage one disaster.

Dubbed 'Allez Opi-Omi' due to the message on the spectator's sign, the crash marred the opening stage of last year's race, and saw the woman responsible fined €1,200. Four riders retired injured due to their injuries, and Prudhomme has asked the "very enthusiastic" roadside following to give the riders space.

"Of course [the race] is 3,500 kilometres long and what we really need is for the media to pass on the message and keep on reminding the public to be careful," he told Insidethegames.

"We will have on the Tour de France 29,000 police and fireman. It is difficult to have one policeman behind each person so we also have security guards to give information to the public that they should not cross and hold their children's hand and stay on one side of the road. The public can move their hands, but they have to stick to their place."

We shall be sticking to our place too...not leaving the sofa for the entire three weeks...

29 June 2022, 09:04
Crime of the century
29 June 2022, 07:57
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray berates Sajid Javid... whose driver ignores cyclists' advanced stop line

Perhaps Steve Bray will have to start shouting: "Stop Brexit (and ministers' drivers ignoring cyclists' advanced stop lines)" from now on...

The prominent anti-Brexit activist, ever-present outside the Houses of Parliament, had an eventful day yesterday, so we'll forgive him for not giving the driver both barrels too. Bray's amplifiers were seized by police officers, who told him of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, which came into effect on Tuesday, restricting where he can protest noisily.

All very interesting, important and newsworthy, but not very cycling-related...that was until this happened...

This Range Rover, apparently transporting health minister Sajid Javid to the Commons, took a verbal bashing from Bray...but look where it's stopped...

As per Rule 178 of the Highway Code, informed by Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD Schedule 14 part 1...

Advanced stop lines. Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cyclists to be positioned ahead of other traffic. Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked. If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you should stop as soon as possible and MUST stop at the second white line. Allow cyclists, including any moving or waiting alongside you, enough time and space to move off when the green signal shows.

Drivers of large vehicles should stop sufficiently far behind the first white line so that they can see the whole area where cyclists may be waiting, allowing for any blind spot in front of the 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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ktache | 1 year ago
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I realise that we are past the solstice and Friday is the month of July (you are missed Paul) but yesterday I got the hint that summer was truly here, as I rode down the canal towpath, on not a particularly warm morning I got a whiff of the tree that smells if jizz. On two separate occasions. Stronger today, but not the cloyingness that the heat brings, yet.

Noticed something a couple of weeks back, when it was proper hot, riding over heathland, thought it was stones pinging out from under my tyres, but it would seem to have been seed pods on the gorse bushes popping.

chrisonatrike replied to ktache | 1 year ago
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Know what you mean.  Out round the paths this evening, people moved thickly, cats didn't trot aside and even the birds seemed lazy.

quiff | 1 year ago

Came here crossing my fingers for news of further Covid 19 retirements in the Quickstep TdF team*. Disappointed.

* Not actually wishing anyone harm. 

mdavidford | 1 year ago

I think you're being rather generous to the Jumbo Visma 'found it trodden in the mud near the Glastonbury loos' kit there.

IanMSpencer replied to mdavidford | 1 year ago

Last time I went, I was so glad I camped uphill from the toilets. Sunday was interesting if you were downhill.

Hirsute | 1 year ago


"RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a Road Safety Investigation Branch (RSIB), to investigate and provide insight into collisions on England’s roads."

chrisonatrike replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago

This is definitely news (govt. press release here).  It should be very good news (it would be if this was part of an actual sustainable-safety-type framework).  The key points which will show if this is useful?
Will the staff aim beyond "the status quo as we see it but with a few rule tweaks to make driving a bit safer, plus self-driving cars"?
How will they deal with the fragmented responsibilities around roads, driving and vehicles?  The existing bodies - MAIB / RAIB / AAIB - also have to deal with that situation and it seems to "work" fairly well.  However much of where we are with transport is much bigger and concerns "development" in general (zoning restrictions, building codes, where we encourage workplaces, schools, shops ...).
Finally will any more challenging recommendations be met with "but cars" or "but expensive" or "not us guv, the government didn't give us the wherewithal"?

They've also been tasked with looking at self-driving car stuff too.  So they may initially be busy with that.

Hirsute | 1 year ago

Interesting thread and claim on close passes

"Got an reply to my complain to the Thames Valley Police standards commission. Result: dashcam reports of close passes should be resulting in a driver education course. Only in exceptional circumstances should a warning letter be send instead.

I wrote to the police and crime commissioner (PCC) first, who told me he wasn't responsible for the policies of the police and told me I could complain with the standards commission. Which I did."

mdavidford replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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hirsute wrote:

I wrote to the police and crime commissioner (PCC) first, who told me he wasn't responsible for the policies of the police

But I'm not the final arbiter, that cannot be denied
And I can't be held responsible for what I don't decide

IanMK replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago

My last two submissions to TVP have apparently resulted in notice of intended prosecution. We're still in the 28day 'let us know who was driving' stage so no idea of the real outcome but it was a step up from 'we sent them a letter'.

wtjs replied to IanMK | 1 year ago

My last two submissions to TVP have apparently resulted in notice of intended prosecution

In many forces, including Lancashire previously, NIPs were just a dodge. Since they then wouldn't tell you what happened it was obvious they did nothing or next to nothing. Lancashire now doesn't respond to reports to OpSnapLancs at all, so it's just an automatic route to the bin.

pockstone | 1 year ago

I wonder how this particular guardian of the public and upholder of the Road Traffic Act would treat an ASL:

BalladOfStruth replied to pockstone | 1 year ago


Court documents state there was no totting disqualification and mitigating circumstances were given – Jelani is a carer for his elderly and ill father and will suffer if he cannot drive to appointments; he requires his car to spend time with his child and needs his licence for work as he’s a police officer - working in road traffic patrol – and it would affect his career.



HoarseMann replied to BalladOfStruth | 1 year ago

Ridiculous isn't it!

120mph! That's class-A speeding, I should hope this effects his job. Surely be struck off for gross-misconduct and bringing the police force into disrepute.

BalladOfStruth replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago

At the very least, he's arguably established a bias that makes him incapable of effectively/fairly doing his job. If he's happy to commit these offences himself, he must be happy for others to do the same? Can he be trusted to take action when needed?

IanMSpencer replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago
HoarseMann wrote:

Ridiculous isn't it!

120mph! That's class-A speeding, I should hope this effects his job. Surely be struck off for gross-misconduct and bringing the police force into disrepute.

Getting points on his licence will result in a disciplinary hearing - he has to report these to his supervisor - and given the nature of the offences could actually result in demotion or the sack.

brooksby replied to BalladOfStruth | 1 year ago


A POLICE officer has been fined after speeding at 120mph on the M606 in Bradford - and pleaded that being banned would affect his career.


Jelani was fined £484, ordered to pay a £48 victim surcharge and costs of £110.

His driving record was also endorsed with six points.

No.  Just no.  We need to draw line in the sand, here. 

A f-ing road traffic police officer is speeding that far over the limit and gets off with a fine and six points???  Un-f-ing-believable.


I notice that there's a link to another article:


BRADFORD'S MPs feel more needs to be done around road safety after figures showed a huge 30 per cent increase in casualities in the city.

Provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggest there were 1,457 road casualties in Bradford in 2021 – a rise from 924 the year before, and more than the 1,117 in 2019.

More people were killed on the district's roads last year – 12 people died, while eight lost their lives in 2020.

Meanwhile, 313 serious injuries were recorded – an increase from the year before, when 215 people were badly hurt.

Given the story about Jelani, does that count as irony in a non-Morrissette way?

eburtthebike replied to BalladOfStruth | 1 year ago

BalladOfStruth wrote:

he requires his car to spend time with his child and needs his licence for work as he’s a police officer - working in road traffic patrol – and it would affect his career.

Maybe they could transfer him to some job where he doesn't need a driving licence, like walking the beat.

vthejk | 1 year ago

The ASLs in Coventry/North Warks are usually ignored, tbh. If a vehicle is occupying all or part of the space, I usually pull up in front of them at angle, dependent on how close I am to the front of the space. The further forward they are, the more of an angle I'm at and the more they can see my expression of sheer annoyance!

EDIT: This latter approach has never proven to be of any real impact.

jpj84 | 1 year ago

I find it slightly strange that the ASL thing is noteworthy - around here (Greater Manchester/Lancs), they are routinely ignored. It is noteworthy if a vehicle doesn't drive into them 🤷‍♂️

BalladOfStruth replied to jpj84 | 1 year ago

I suppose it depends on the Police force. I know from CycleGaz videos that the MET will issue FPNs for crossing into the ASL. But for me living in Gloucestershire, where plod have a policy of only taking action if the cyclist is actually knocked off their bike (and I'm assuming only then to do the cyclist for a public order offence if they swear in pain/fright), ASLs might as well not exist - I don't think I've ever seen one without a van in it.

Rendel Harris replied to BalladOfStruth | 1 year ago

BalladOfStruth wrote:

I suppose it depends on the Police force. I know from CycleGaz videos that the MET will issue FPNs for crossing into the ASL. 

That's partly true but I recently found out from the Met (after enquiring as to why several completely obvious cycle box offences hadn't been FPNd, even though they filled all the criteria of quite clearly showing the driver proceeding into them on red (rather than being caught in them by a light change)) that they have a somewhat lenient policy, which is they only FPN if the driver is right up to the stop line on a single-lane carriageway,  i.e., completely filling the box. If it's a two-lane carriageway and they are only occupying one side of the box, or a single-lane carriageway but they are only halfway forward into the box they'll get a warning letter at best or most likely NFA. My enquiry in reply as to whether I wouldn't be arrested for stealing if I just pinched half a loaf of bread and left the other half behind has gone unanswered.

BalladOfStruth replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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I'm curious to see if these internal "policies" that each police force has for deciding whether to deal with road offences extend to any other categories of offences? Would my local force have a higher threshold for, say and assault or a burgluary to meet before they persued, compared to, say, the MET?

wtjs replied to BalladOfStruth | 1 year ago
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I suppose it depends on the Police force. I know from CycleGaz videos that the MET will issue FPNs for crossing into the ASL

It certainly does. In Lancashire, where they don't even bother about crossing lights at red and continuing right across the junction, it would be unjust to criticise people for stopping in the cyclist box or across the stop line. No response or action by LC over this of course, where Golf T90 RWT crossed the lights at red but then halted beyond the stop line

brooksby replied to jpj84 | 1 year ago
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ASLs in Bristol usually have half a car and a couple of food delivery motorbikes in them (as an average).

And you often find yourself following, or being followed by, a food delivery motorbike when using cycle lanes.

eburtthebike replied to brooksby | 1 year ago

brooksby wrote:

ASLs in Bristol usually have half a car and a couple of food delivery motorbikes in them (as an average).

And you often find yourself following, or being followed by, a food delivery motorbike when using cycle lanes.

I had many "discussions" with motorcyclists who felt entitled to use the ASLs and cycle lanes when I lived in Bristol, usually along the lines of responses like this:

"Eff off, you useless pr*ck, you ain't the effing police."

Along with occasional threats of violence.

open_roads | 1 year ago
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This may have something to do with close protection security.

For defensive driving it's likely they will occupy the stop box to ensure that obstructions in front wouldn't prevent an emergency getaway. Pulling up behind the box potentially means that with cyclists in front the car / occupants are then "boxed" in and can't move if the need arises.

I used to regularly see the same when the royal motorcade would come from Northolt airfield through the busy streets of West London. When the motorcade was going to do ick ups (en-route to the airfield - so with no royalty inside) they would stop before the ASL.

On a related point, Steve Bray is a prize willing bellend - his megaphone ranting has been going on for years and is very intimidating for pedestrians / other road users.

lio replied to open_roads | 1 year ago

Maybe but it stinks of more "one rule for you and rule for us" bullshit.

chrisonatrike replied to lio | 1 year ago

Agree but for people at this level that's how it is now and it's naive to think otherwise.  You - and your life if it came to it - are not as important as these people.  I'm probably worth about 1/20th of a corgi for example or 30 seconds at a Downing Street partywork event.

OnYerBike replied to open_roads | 1 year ago

I can see why it might be preferable from a security point of view, but AFAIK that doesn't actually change anything legally (there are various legal exemptions to certain traffic laws for emergency vehicles etc. but none that I can find apply here).

On the other hand, with my "Mr Loophole" hat on we didn't actually see how the vehicle got into that position. As the excerpt from the Highway Code states, if the vehicle had already crossed (or was unable to stop safely before) the first white line when the lights changed, but the vehicle was able to safely stop before the second white line, then the driver MUST do so and will therefore perfectly legally end up occupying the box.


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