Near Miss of the Day 276: Thames Valley Police launch operation targeting close passing drivers - but took no action against on this shocking example

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Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Buckinghamshire

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Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers

Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...

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Funkier Prima Pro Ladies Short Sleeve Jersey

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Brilliant – no race fit, but quality and performance for a fraction of many others 9/10

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First Look: Pinarello Grevil

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Pinarello dips its toe into the world of gravel bikes

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Roglic the Giro man to bet after dominant TT stage win

Roglic the Giro man to bet after dominant TT stage win

Primoz Roglic emerged as the overwhelming favourite for the Giro d’Italia title after winning the ninth stage 34.8km individual time trial from Riccione.

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Roglic the Giro man to beat after dominant TT stage win

Roglic the Giro man to beat after dominant TT stage win

Primoz Roglic emerged as the overwhelming favourite for the Giro d’Italia title after winning the ninth stage 34.8km individual time trial from Riccione.

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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Mollema moves up Giro d'Italia hierarchy after strong time trial

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

As the rain teemed down the hotel in San Marino where riders changed after the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial, interest in Bauke Mollema 's unexpected third place in the time trial was such that the Trek-Segafredo racer staged an impromptu press conference. Wrapped in warm weather gear from head to foot, capped with a team issue beanie, Mollema plonked himself behind a hotel desk and patiently fielded a lengthy series of interviews from media, including Cyclingnews. Mollema has produced some solid results in the past in Italy's Grand Tour, with seventh in the Giro in 2017, his last appearance in the race, and ninth in this year's opening time trial in Bologna But if Dutch media interest had swerved somewhat towards Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the Giro's early days, it was another top Dutch racer who was fielding the questions after the San Marino chrono. "I ...

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Roglic: The Giro d'Italia isn't over until the finish line in Verona

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

As expected, he came, he saw, and he conquered. Before the Giro d'Italia had even reached San Marino, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had been all but crowned as the winner of the stage 9 time trial on the Giro d'Italia. "Primoz will kill them," European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts said of his former teammate on the eve of the stage. From the camps of men like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the most optimistic talk revolved around limiting their losses to anything under a minute. In the event, Campenaerts came closest to denying Roglic the honours, and were it not for an untimely mechanical problem and slow bike change near the finish, the Belgian would surely have won the stage rather than settling for second place at 10 seconds. "I feel sorry for him. We were all competing for the win. We all went full gas, but you ...

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British cyclist dies while riding on Mallorca - full details unclear for now

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Identitty of victim and reasons for death as yet unknown, but it is believed to be due to natural causes

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Campenaerts rues botched bike change at Giro d'Italia time trial

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was the class of the field in Sunday afternoon in San Marino, putting at least a minute between himself and every other rider in the Giro d'Italia field. Every rider, that is, aside from Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts ( Lotto Soudal ). The Belgian finished the day in second place, a mere 11 seconds down on Roglič's commanding performance. But before the Slovenian stormed through the rain to take his second time trial victory of the Giro, Campenaerts spent over two hours in the hot seat, waiting for another rider to challenge his time. "Beforehand, I said that this time trial did not suit me perfectly, and that winning wasn't possible," said Campenaerts in a team press release. "But as a time trialist, you are obliged to optimally prepare for a test against the clock and to go full gas. "During the second Giro time trial ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 9 highlights - Video

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won his second stage of the race in San Marino

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made the pre-race predictions come true on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia , crushing all his opponents in the 34.8km time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian overhauled Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) the only other rider to come one minute or less from the winning margin. Campenaerts might have sealed the win were it not for a botched bike change, while the last riders suffered through an intense rain storm on the climb. Despite the challenges, the Italian race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held his lead in the overall by 1:50 on Roglic, with Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) taking over as best young rider in third place overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Nibali: Too early to say Giro d'Italia is a duel with Roglic

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) outside his team bus

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) craned his neck for one look at the stalactites of rain outside before ducking back into the mixed zone to ride out the storm. "I'm not going anywhere with this rain," Nibali laughed, taking his seat once again amid a scrum of reporters. "We've had enough of it these last few days." Seasoned Shark watchers don't always need to listen to his post-race comments to understand how his day has gone; the body language often says everything. "Those who know me know that when I'm tranquillo, I'll happily speak with anybody," Nibali explained. "And when I'm a bit nervous, sometimes I don't want to talk." On Sunday afternoon in San Marino, Nibali was happy to talk, after a 4th-place finish in the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial that saw him limit his losses on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to 1:04. If that was broadly ...

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'No explanation' for Yates time trial defeat in Giro d'Italia, says White

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White says he is at a loss to explain why Simon Yates fell off the pace so badly in the longest time trial of the Giro d'Italia on stage 9. Yates was in good shape in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial in Bologna, which, like Sunday's stage to San Marino, also began with a flat section then concluded with a tough climb. But unlike in Bologna, the British rider shipped a considerable amount of time on stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on Sunday, and as White told Cyclingnews , there was no clear reason why. "I'm not sure, I've not got an explanation for you," White said. "He went out hard and then didn't have a good climb." White brushed aside the idea that Yates' crash and minor injuries to his left side on stage 4 could have had an effect. "Mate, we're not ...

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Vincenzo Nibali shows ready for another grand tour win

Vincenzo Nibali shows ready for another grand tour win

With four grand tour wins already under his belt, Nibali 'looking to fight' to take a fifth. Read the full article at Vincenzo Nibali shows ready for another grand tour win on VeloNews.com .

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Couple who wed at Etape Caledonia celebrate anniversary by riding it again … along with Four Weddings star

Giro d'Italia 2019 Stage 9 start (picture credit RCS Sport, LaPresse)

Actor John Hannah joins 5,500 other riders for 13th edition of Highland Perthshire sportive

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Giro d'Italia time trial 'a bit of a stinker' for Simon Yates

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates ' chances of winning the Giro d'Italia took a serious blow on Sunday when the Mitchelton-Scott rider suffered a considerably larger than expected time loss on leading favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). Mitchelton-Scott management had estimated that Yates' time loss could be between 30 and 40 seconds on Roglič on the demanding 34-kilometre time trial to San Marino, with the expectation he would be at a disadvantage on the flatter first section then limit the gaps on the second category climb to the finish. Instead, the opposite occurred, with Yates ceding just 48 seconds on the flatter segment to the Slovenian, but then shipping serious amounts of time on the climb. He was 51st fastest up the 12-kilometre climb, shedding 2:23 to Roglič. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), who came second, had predicted "more than a minute" between most of the favourites and Roglič. But Yates lost 3:11 on Roglič, ...

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Roglic piles the pressure on Giro rivals

Roglic piles the pressure on Giro rivals

With another time trial still to come after the Giro's mountains, Roglic's rivals have to both erase their current deficit and then put even more time into the Slovenian. Read the full article at Roglic piles the pressure on Giro rivals on VeloNews.com .

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Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses

Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses

With Yates now 3:46 down on Roglic, Mitchelton-Scott need to go back to the drawing board and sketch out a new plan for the mountains to come. Read the full article at Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses on VeloNews.com .

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