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Police close pass campaign met with the usual 'but cyclists' complaints; Cycling dictator back on the bike; Don't text while cycling; Is this the coolest jersey money can buy?; Fabio Jakobsen is back; Vote for Jumbo-Visma Tour kit + more on the live blog

It's Thursday and Dan Alexander is in the hot seat for all your live blog needs...
08 April 2021, 07:53
*Pinned post* Cumbria Police close pass campaign met with the usual 'but cyclists' complaints

A quick scan of Cumbria Police's tweets will tell you nothing gets the angry comments flooding in quite like asking motorists to give cyclists 1.5m space when overtaking...Once again, they got complaints from motorists about cyclists: two abreast, riding too fast, riding too slowly, red light jumping. Not the full set but most of the big ones...

In fairness, Cumbria Police also received lots of praise for being proactive about educating motorists. However, the majority were from people like 'Dashcam man' who chucked in his two cents...

Even more surreal was the reaction to the accompanying pictures of a close pass used to demonstrate the problem... 

Surely nobody could take issue with being asked not to drive like this...Or not...

08 April 2021, 15:36
Ion Izagirre pips Pello Bilbao to Itzulia Basque Country stage win

Ion Izagirre nabbed a stage win from under Pello Bilbao's nose on day four of Itzulia Basque Country. The two Basque riders came away with first and second from a six-man breakaway that formed over the final climb of the day. Brandon McNulty was third, Jonas Vingegaard fourth, Emanuel Buchmann fifth and Esteban Chaves sixth.

The 49 seconds the group took on the rest of the favourites puts McNulty into the leader's jersey for stage five tomorrow.

Any excuse to get this back on the live blog...That sprint was the best Izagirre/Bilbao link-up since this banger dropped...

08 April 2021, 09:14
Cycling dictator back on the bike

 President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov loves bikes...In 2013, he decreed a month of cycling and ordered the entire country to buy a bicycle...Although, as pointed out by John Stevenson in the original road.cc story, it helps when you're a totalitarian ruler backed up by a one-party state and 97 per cent of the electorate...

Berdimuhamedov is back with another of his 'low-key' bike rides this morning taking the applause of hundreds of 'adoring spectators'...

The UCI World Track Cycling Championships are to take place in the nation's capital, Ashgabat, later this year. Something that has been widely condemned by human rights groups who say Turkmenistan has one of the world's most repressive regimes.

Last June, the UCI defended its decision to honour the dictator with the UCI Order, the governing body's highest distinction, saying President Berdimuhamedov had shown "a particular commitment to cycling"...

08 April 2021, 15:23
Cue the memes...
08 April 2021, 14:07
Shimano poetry is back...now in print
Shimano 100th anniversary book

Shimano's 100-year anniversary book has landed in the road.cc offices today...Now, we'd rather have an update on the new Dura-Ace too, but this'll have to do...

It features a history lesson on the brand and just about everything else you could ever want to know about Shimano...

Shimano 100th anniversary book

It even has the infamous Shimano poetry in print...Because who doesn't want to read component-inspired lyricism?

Shimano 100th anniversary book

 

08 April 2021, 13:41
Child taken to hospital following collision with cyclist in Richmond Park

 MyLondon reports a 12-year-old child was taken to hospital following a collision with a cyclist just before 3pm on Wednesday April 7 at the Roehampton Gate area of Richmond Park. Paramedics treated the cyclist and the child at the scene before the child was taken to a West London hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening or life-changing. 

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 1.18pm today (7 April) to reports of a collision involving a cyclist and a pedestrian in Richmond Park. We sent two ambulance crews. They treated a child and a man at the scene, and one was taken to a hospital."

A Met Police spokesperson confirmed it was the child who was taken to hospital.

08 April 2021, 11:05
Don't text while cycling...

10/10. Solid impact, sticks the landing, takes the laughs from those watching...

On a more serious note, a few people in the comments talking about everyone's favourite topic – insurance...

08 April 2021, 11:54
Your unpopular cycling opinions

Roll up, roll up...Give us your most unpopular cycling opinions. Whether you think rim brakes are better than discs or the Tour de France is rubbish, let us know...

I'll get you started: Paris-Roubaix is overrated. There I said it. Too heavily influenced by the luck of crashes and mechanicals and not a proper climb in sight. Give me the Tour of Flanders over it any day of the year... 

08 April 2021, 10:44
Southampton crowned UK's lockdown cycling capital
MyProtein lockdown research

Myprotein has taken a look at people's lockdown exercise habits to put the increase in cycling during the past year into context. In a survey of 2,000 people they found that cycling was the fourth most popular form of lockdown exercise with almost 16 per cent of Brits using the bike to stay fit.

In the breakdown of UK cities, Southampton came out on top with 23 per cent saying they'd rode a bike during lockdown to keep fit. Second was Glasgow with 21 per cent, ahead of Bristol and Sheffield both on 20 per cent. Leeds was fifth at 18 per cent, London and Belfast had 17 per cent and Brighton, Birmingham and Norwich rounded out the top-10 with 16 and 15 per cent.

08 April 2021, 10:07
Vote for Jumbo-Visma's Tour de France jersey

You have the power to choose what jersey Primož Roglič and the rest of the Jumbo-Visma squad will be wearing at the Tour de France this summer. Well, the power to vote for one of three very similar dark-coloured kits would probably be more accurate...

All three designs came from fans and if you choose to pick up the winning effort then you'll get your name on the team's jersey this July. Currently, the grey design is beating the grey and black design with the black design in last. Yeah, there's not too much choice here...

Vote here if you've got a favourite...

08 April 2021, 09:58
Fabio Jakobsen will return to racing at next week's Tour of Turkey

I'm sure cycling fans everywhere will be glad to see Fabio Jakobsen back in the peloton next week at the Tour of Turkey. He'll be making his long return from the serious injuries he sustained on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland. Now more than nine months on, Jakobsen will be joined by a strong Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprint line-up including Mark Cavendish and Alvaro Hodeg as well as lead out men Shane Archbold, Iljo Keisse and Stijn Steels...

"We are happy and excited to have Fabio back with the team. Of course, he was with us at the winter training camp, but now it’s different and we are glad to see that the progress he has made over the past months has brought him here, at the start of his first race since last August. It goes without saying that the most important thing for him will be to take it day by day, find his rhythm again and ease back into racing after the long break he had," said team sports director Rik Van Slycke.

08 April 2021, 08:50
Is this the coolest jersey money can buy?
Bicycles Change Lives jersey

Feast your eyes on this beauty...What a kit. The Qhubeka Assos Bicycles Change Lives limited-edition jersey features artwork from a contest winner and is available for pre-order or from Assos' London store from 3 May. All you need now is a reason to justify dropping €150 (£130) on it...So very tempting.  For every five jerseys sold, one bicycle will be donated to the Qhubeka Charity and €60 of every purchase will go directly to the Qhubeka Charity, supporting their aim of changing lives with bicycles.

The striking design was the idea of competition winner Gianluca Tirassa who says, "the patterns and colours of the African fabrics have inspired the design of the jersey, with the hand serving as the icon of the Qhubeka Charity." 

"I can imagine riders going on training rides and smiling when they see another person in the same jersey knowing that they are connected by a common purpose to mobilise people on bicycles in South Africa. By owning one of these you are truly changing lives with bicycles," said Qhubeka Assos team principal, Doug Ryder.

Dan joined road.cc as live blog editor last year. He has previously written 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 a keen cyclist ever since and spends his weekends exploring the south of England on two wheels. 

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