💗 Giro d'Italia 2022 - Stage 1️⃣ | Tappa 1️⃣
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 6, 2022
Mathieu van der Poel will be the first wearer of the pink leader's jersey at this year's Giro d'Italia having outkicked Biniam Girmay on the uphill finish to stage one. Caleb Ewan was in contention when he touched his front wheel into the Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert wheel in front, throwing him to the floor and opening the door for Pello Bilbao to complete the podium.
It was shades of stage three at last year's Tour de France for Ewan who landed heavily from a fall in the finale, but this time was able to limp across the line. We'll wait for the Lotto-Soudal doctor's word before saying for certain if he'll be riding tomorrow's TT.
What is certain is that Van der Poel and Girmay will be...and in nice sparkly new jerseys. The Dutchman resplendent in pink, Girmay glorious in white.
🚴🇮🇹 | Daar staat Van der Poel! Na geel nu roze! 💛💗 #Giro
📺 Koers kijk je op discovery+ pic.twitter.com/J1Iyt1FzkX
— Eurosport Nederland (@Eurosport_NL) May 6, 2022
If you're a fan of the more classical bicycle silhouette and good old fashioned materials - perhaps a bit like our chief nostalgia correspondent Steve Thomas - you're probably feeling like you've been trolled pretty hard by triathletes this week.
First there was the prototype from BMC and Red Bull that they're calling the “world’s fastest race bike”, Felt officially launched this thing and now Cadex have perhaps trumped the lot with a very radical new monocoque frame and fork.
There's no top tube, and the massive down tube has compartments for storage integrated into it. There's also those wide fork blades, reminiscent of the Hope/Lotus bikes used by the GB track team - for that bike Hope told us the idea is to put the fork in line with the rider's legs to manage airflow around them, and we can only assume the same logic has been applied here.
If you're wondering why lots of tri bikes are popping up this week, that's because the Ironman World Championships is happening tomorrow in St George, Utah, away from its traditional Hawaiian home for the first time. The current Olympic triathlon champion Kristian Blummenfelt will ride the Cadex prototype and is a hot favourite; so even though it's been likened to a Dutch bike and called "the ugliest thing I've ever seen" on his YouTube account so far, we're guessing Blummenfelt won't take it to heart if he wins tomorrow...
Here's Ed's effort in full glorious 24-minute-long HD for all you Strava stalkers out there...
Garmin's fitness sales for the first quarter of 2022 were down $87 million compared to the same time last year, at $221 million compared with $308 million. However, despite this 28 per cent decrease, Garmin Ltd. reported a record first-quarter revenue, according to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
President and CEO of the company, Cliff Pemble, said the reduction in sales was due to a "normalisation of demand for cycling products from the pandemic-driven levels in the prior year."
"We delivered another quarter of growth and record revenue in an increasingly complex and challenging business environment," he said. "High freight cost and component supply challenges persist while new headwinds emerge such as the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and the uncertainty created by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In this dynamic environment, we remain focused on creating highly differentiated products that excite our customers and lead to success."
So after my Tattoo of @MarkCavendish and his FaceTime to me I have received some items off him and I wasn’t even expecting it, a bag appeared at work and it completely caught me out 🤣🤣. Thanks to @petatodd who helped make this happen.
Now Marks time to smash the Giro 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/GBMDPMS9RN
— Paul James 🇯🇪 (@JerseyPaul90) May 6, 2022
That tat is starting to look like a decent investment now...how much race-worn green kit would you need to get the Manx Missile inked?
We asked, you delivered...
Not sure which one is more useless, but this is also ugly 😁 pic.twitter.com/QLUj05VHZS
— Gerhard Weiss (@Gerhard_Weiss) May 6, 2022
Inspired by this morning's toast rack, you've been sending in your worst bike racks. Brace yourselves for the cutting-edge forefront of human design...
HK govt ran a design competition for these “something something flower something something nature” pic.twitter.com/ye6iBAEESY
— Transit 💉 💉 Jam (@Transit_Jam) May 6, 2022
Lidl in Dublin, Ireland favoured this design for a while. I know this particular one pictured has been changed to a non-insane design, but I think one Lidl bike parking facility in my area still uses the design.https://t.co/fcvS8LtbJa
— Dermot Ryan (@dermotryanie) May 6, 2022
Flush up against a wall? pic.twitter.com/1skLRy2lue
— crash-in-dirt-later (@ajft) May 6, 2022
You can almost hear the discussion between the people in charge, who have clearly never locked up a bike before, when their new project fell flat on its face...
"Why's nobody using our shiny new bike rack?"
"I know, we even gave it a nice lollipop sign with a bicycle so people know what it is..."
"Maybe it's not hi-vis, so nobody can see it?"
I wonder why this bike rack is not getting much use 🤔 pic.twitter.com/0yFE8APHuq
— Henry Lee (@HenryLangLee) May 5, 2022
The good people of Twitter didn't disappoint, saying it must have been provided to the community to keep their toast upright during barbecue season... (can you have toast at a barbecue?)
Because it’s a toast rack
— Bob From Accounts 🚲 (@BobFromAccounts) May 5, 2022
Hey when you really have to put your toast somewhere safe pic.twitter.com/rhf6UbdU6f
— Bikeview.ca (@bikeviewca) May 5, 2022
A local rider offered some insight on the problem...
This is what I sent to my rep. These racks are built to meet the parking requirements for Grindhouse, not the office. But they are too far from the Grindhouse entrance. Brookhaven code says the bike racks should as close to the entrance as the closest non-handicap parking space. pic.twitter.com/1qpLdmM6AI
— Adam Treaster (@adamtreaster) May 5, 2022
So I tried my best. The office building's blueprints state about 11K sqft, split between retail and office. For some reason Dekalb county says its a 18K building.
Turns out they only need 5 bike parking spaces outside, so no clue why they put like 15. pic.twitter.com/HYh6lkQHLf
— Adam Treaster (@adamtreaster) May 5, 2022
Cue the obligatory crap cycle rack pile in...
this triggers a flight or fight response in me
— vincent (@vincent_trivett) May 5, 2022
Here’s a lovely bike park in Macclesfield, Cheshire. If you could get your bike in here, you’d bend your wheel quite easily. pic.twitter.com/miGpDve1Rb
— Peter Hall (@Carlislehall) May 6, 2022
— Siobhán McHugh (@Siobhan_McHugh_) May 6, 2022
Seven masked assailants in two vehicles stole £30,000 worth of bikes and other items from bike maintenance and repair firm The Bicycle Doc Ltd just after 6pm on April 23. The crime happened at their unit in Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, and saw the group's neighbour at The Window Blind Centre threatened and locked in his unit, before the group smashed their way in, stealing seven customer bikes and other items.
"At about 6.10pm about seven people turned up in a gold BMW X5 and a black Fiat Ducato Van. Some of them were wearing masks," Chris Franklin of The Bicycle Doc told Yahoo.
"Our neighbour notified us of the break in and the group took what they could in the five or so minutes before the police arrived. They decimated the entrance to our unit and ransacked the shop floor.
"Thanks to the incredible bravery and courage shown by our neighbour in what must have been a very scary scenario, it was highly likely the burglars had to shoot off earlier than they planned thanks to him calling the police.
"Thirteen of our loyal customers' bikes were taken, along with cash registers and a bike helmet, to the total value of around £30,000."
🎞️ "Win The Crowd. At my signal, unleash hell" 🔥
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 6, 2022
They're rolling out of Budapest. Moments away from the flag being dropped on the 105th Giro d'Italia...
It's a long way to Verona on your own...
Sit back, relax, clear your mind of any worries, stresses, anxieties, negative thoughts, opposition to the Giro d'Italia starting in a country with anti-LGBTQ+ laws...
Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orbán, as recently as yesterday was quoted saying his nation could not support EU sanctions against Russia. While, in the past year the country has passed laws that banned dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender changes.
But, here we are...day one of the Giro, rolling out of Budapest...
"I think that I would like to go out and not to take into consideration politics," CEO of RCS, Paolo Bellino, told reporters.
"I have no barrier and I think that our intention is to create an incredible event, in an Italian style, with the best riders in the world competing and giving the opportunity of a great party. I’m not entering in any political or different situation.
"I’m a sports organiser, I think that sport is the only moment in our lives as a society where everybody is free to demonstrate their capabilities, and their passion. There are no barriers. I would like for the Giro d’Italia in Budapest to do the same thing."
Is it possible to separate sport from the regime hosting an event? Or is the only thing that matters: who's writing the cheque?
We'll have something more in depth about yesterday's elections, and what they mean for LTNs, up on the site later today. Simon will have all the results, analysis and knowledge, but in the meantime let me offer my personal expertise on the subject...the memes and shithousery...
Anti-LTNers standing for election: Haha fuck yeah!!! Yes!!
Anti-LTNers seeing election results: Well this fucking sucks. What the fuck.
— m̶a̶i̶d̶s̶t̶o̶n̶e̶onbike (@maidstoneonbike) May 6, 2022
LTN opponents took one hell of a beating.
— Brian Whelan (@brianwhelanhack) May 6, 2022
Ladies and gentlemen, we made it...
IT'S GIRO D'ITALIA DAY
— Nairo Quintana Fanclub (@NairoInGreen) May 6, 2022
GCN+'s coverage of the Giro d'Italia gets underway at 11, so hopefully you're working from home. If not, better get that sly tab open and keep a keen eye for your boss' fun-stifling gaze. That is, of course, assuming you aren't the boss yourself, nipping away from the action to check on the peloton's progress. Or maybe you've taken the day off?
— Neil Gray (@mrneil80) May 6, 2022
The Grande Partenza in Budapest will see the riders ease out for a fairly simple day of racing, backended with 10 minutes of fireworks at the summit finish in Visegrád. It'll be a slow burner with tension and expectation building throughout the stage before...BANG!
#Giro 🇮🇹 - 📏 195 km - 1390 altitude meters
Grande Partenza in Budapest for the 105th edition of the @giroditalia. Today the riders will finish on a hilltop in Visegrád (5.5km; 4.2%). The build up to the final 5k is quite flat, so we’ll see a crazy final 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/vGEJxmKTsN
— Domestique (@Domestique___) May 6, 2022
Is that the sound of Mathieu van der Poel detonating 1,000w on the five per cent slopes? Is that the elder statesman Alejandro Valverde dancing to a maglia rosa in his final Giro? Is that Caleb Ewan's redemption for Milan-San Remo disappointment? Or how about breakthrough star of the classics Biniam Girmay getting another sport-changing win? Get your predictions in down below...
Europe's largest motoring association has sent a clear message to its members, get on yer bike...or just drive slow.
Obviously we prefer the first suggestion: tip number three of the ADAC's top tips on reducing fuel consumption to reduce dependence on Russian energy imports. In an open letter published on ADAC's website, Christian Reinicke said:
The war in Ukraine and the incomprehensible suffering of the population fill us in the ADAC Presidium with horror and deep sympathy like everyone else. Watching helplessly is hard to bear.
In recent weeks, our country's dependence on Russian energy imports has become very clear. It is all the more important to reduce these quickly. Each individual can contribute to this.
You, dear ADAC members, can use many options to reduce fuel consumption when driving a car. Speed plays a major role in this. However, anticipatory and steady driving is also important. On our homepage you will find many tips on how to reduce fuel consumption. All in all, you can reduce consumption by up to 20 percent just by driving.
At the same time, we ask you to check whether and which car journeys you can possibly do without. If you have good access to public transport, you should make more use of it. Some routes can also be covered by bike or on foot. With this in mind, let us remain mobile and exploit the potential together.
Dear members, we can already see how you are getting more information and how willing many of you are to save energy. If more than 21 million members behave more consciously and more fuel-efficiently, the effect will be clearly visible. And a strong sign is set. In the spirit of personal responsibility and voluntariness: "Save fuel. Help. Stay mobile."
So, there you have it...just drive slow (or ride a bike). We know which one we'd rather do...
Dan joined road.cc 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 road.cc, 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.