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Danish rider apologises to Team GB's Charlie Tanfield for team pursuit confrontation; TotalEnergies sign Sagan; 1980s Volvo bike; Italy's stunning WR; Transconti champ's 280-mile detour; Paris scenes; Cav's cat; Motorway madness + 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...
04 August 2021, 16:07
Britain's youngest Olympic medallist was around to see Mark Cavendish's first Tour de France stage win...just

Unless you've been living under a rock today, you've probably heard about 13-year-old Sky Brown - Britain's youngest ever Olympian becoming Britain's youngest ever Olympic medallist. For context, she was born on 7 July 2008. 2008! That's just two days before Cav won his first stage of the Tour de France in Châteauroux...Way to make us all feel old.

04 August 2021, 09:07
Danish team pursuit rider apologises for confronting Team GB's Charlie Tanfield after dramatic crash
Tokyo Olympics Denmark team pursuit crash into Team GB's Charlie Tanfield (Eurosport)

Frederik Madsen has apologised for his angry confrontation with Team GB's Charlie Tanfield after yesterday's dramatic semi-final crash. Madsen rode into the back of Tanfield and was quickly up, shouting at the Brit as he lay on the track and could be heard shouting "f*** them" as he stormed off.

Having cooled off, Madsen addressed the unsavoury scenes: "I just had so many emotions running through me and I just hope he is okay. I was not saying things at Charlie. I was basically shouting because I was frustrated, not at Charlie but at the situation.

"I'm not at the Olympics to run into someone and crash. And I hope all the best for Charlie. I don't wanna be on the ground. I was just frustrated at the situation, not at him. Because he was doing his job and I was doing my job."

The Dane also addressed the comments of British Cycling's performance director Stephen Park who said their rivals should be kicked out the Games for their use of medical tape for an aero advantage. The tape mysteriously disappeared ahead of the semi-finals and has not been seen since...

"We don't have anything to do with our equipment, clothes and the rest out of the sport. We just go on the bikes and we just ride our race. That's the only job that we have," Madsen explained. "We do what our team tells us to do. Ask a Formula 1 driver if he knows everything about the car - he does not. So we don't know anything about our equipment. Ask our team, not us."

Danish Tokyo Olympic crash (Alex Broadway/


04 August 2021, 15:16
"Have you any kidneys or family members left?" An actual Ultegra cassette in an actual bike shop!

NorthRoad Cycles have struck gold... well actually, an Ultegra cassette is probably more valuable than gold at the moment. 

For those not so familiar with the recent component shortage woes, see here

04 August 2021, 13:56
TotalEnergies quickly delete vid welcoming "three-time" green jersey winner Peter Sagan to the team

Welcoming star signing Peter Sagan to the team by forgetting four of his Tour de France green jerseys isn't the best start. At least they chose their best font for the job...

Also, if we take Pro Cycling Stats as gospel, then perhaps that 117 victories should actually be 118, but I doubt even Sagan picked up on that.  

Sagan has joined the newly-rebranded Team TotalEnergies for two seasons as they hope to eventually gain a spot on the WorldTour and build on their four wins at the level since 2017. The three-time world champion is bringing Specialized on board as bike sponsor too to aid the transition and the brand will provide all the team's shoes, helmets, while Sportful will design the kits.

"This new adventure is very exciting. Jean-René is a manager who wants to change the lines in the world of cycling, I hope to be able to help this team to achieve it, and to win many races under these new colours," Sagan said. "For now, of course, I remain focused on the end of season goals with my current team, and I will join my new formation with a winning spirit this winter."

04 August 2021, 13:50
Mark Cavendish pays tribute to Ed Clancy following track star's retirement

Ever the keen eye for the important things, I think the biggest takeaway from this is that Cav's cat is named after Ed... 

04 August 2021, 13:26
When car companies design bikes...Volvo plastic touring bicycle up for 60 quid

The list of things I'd rather spend 60 quid on is almost never-ending...Volvo's Itera bicycle model from the 1980s isn't a looker, nor does it strike me as a performance machine...

Soon-to-be up for auction with The Sale Room, the bidding will start at £60, but the auctioneer reckons they could get as much as £150 for it. Not from us you won't. The Itera comes with a step through frame and aluminium bars and seat at least try and cancel out the flimsy plastic frame.

Three-speed gears, plastic eight-spoked wheels and fitted dynamo and lamps are as good as the finishing kit gets here...and to top it off the lucky highest bidder will also have to pay 33% extra in auction fees...Tempted?

Car companies have done this bicycle making thing before. Admittedly Audi went a bit more upmarket, releasing a €17,500 limited edition carbon race bike in 2015.

04 August 2021, 12:41
Irish cyclist removed from lovely wide hard shoulder on Kilkenny's M9

Obviously it's still not the best place to go for a spin, but that M9 hard shoulder is better than most cycle lanes...

04 August 2021, 11:50
Pro cycling medals table
04 August 2021, 10:44
Packed Paris bike lanes are just the beginning

By the end of next year the centre of Paris will be one huge low traffic neighbourhood as through traffic is banned. A further 50km of pop-up bike lanes are also to be made permanent in a move by Mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the French capital "100 per cent bike-friendly" by 2024 and delivering on her re-election promise of a bike lane on every street.

And, what's more, six in ten users of the new pop-up lanes are new to cycling, according to the city's government. The lanes were first introduced during a public transport strike in the winter of 2020 but have been expanded in response to the pandemic.

04 August 2021, 09:48
Reaction to Italy's dramatic team pursuit world record

We loved it. Everyone else loved it. I hope you got to watch it...

04 August 2021, 09:37
Filippo Ganna powers Italy to stunning comeback win and team pursuit world record in Olympic final against Denmark

How good was that? The Danes looked to have the team pursuit gold in the bag...and then Ganna got on the front. The individual pursuit world record holder laid down some thermonuclear wattages, single-handedly dragging Denmark back and setting another world record in the process.

04 August 2021, 07:48
Transcontinental Race champion Fiona Kolbinger takes 280-mile "detour" across France
Fiona Kolbinger Strava detour

To most, a detour would be a slight inconvenience, a short diversion on your commute perhaps? For reigning Transcontinental Race champion Fiona Kolbinger however, a detour is a 280-mile raid across northern France at 27km/h...

Fiona Kolbinger Strava detour

It is more or less what we've come to expect from the endurance specialist...In June, Kolbinger stunned her followers with a 428km ride averaging 30.5km/h, while a month ago she uploaded her Strava file from a 778km epic across four countries, ending in the mountains of Italy.

Starting just after 4am in Kortrijk in Belgium, Kolbinger and her riding partner quickly passed over the border into France and powered across the north of the country, reaching Rouen before midnight. And they would have got further if they hadn't circled back to stay in the capital of the Normandy region...perhaps that was the detour...

To make things even more impressive, the ride wasn't a one-off. The day before Kolbinger rode the 217 miles from Bonn in Germany to their start point. She'll probably be in Spain by the time tomorrow's live blog's up...

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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