Incorrect signage means driver speeding before killing cyclist in head-on collision cannot be prosecuted

Lack of 30mph repeater signs means no prosecution for driver, inquest hears

A motorist who killed a cyclist in a head-on collision after being caught driving over the speed limit moments before cannot be prosecuted for speeding due to incorrect signage, an inquest has heard.

The Eastern Daily Press reports that Craig Hawkes refused to comment on evidence that he had been driving at around 45mph in the 30mph speed limit on Newmarket Road, Norwich shortly before colliding head-on with cyclist Cyril Harrison, who suffered serious spinal and chest injuries and died three months later in hospital.

>>> Donations flood in for paralysed motorcyclist who chose to steer into ditch rather than hitting group of cyclists

Forensic collision investigator, PC Paul McKay, said that a number of issues needed to be rectified with the road, which is one-way for motor vehicles, but includes a contraflow cycle lane in the opposite direction that Mr Harrison did not appear to be using at the time of the crash.

“The contraflow system precludes any vehicle from travelling in the cycle lane, but with there being no enforcement for parking – any vehicle that did would force other vehicles into the cycle lane,” PC McKay said.

“By saying it is a mandatory cycle lane we are forcing people to do something they should not be doing.

“A speed repeater sign was missing which presents issues in terms of any prosecution for speed. If the signage is incorrect it is a legal defence to the offence of speeding.

>>> New Highway Code rules to make cyclists safer could also cut delays for motorists by a quarter

“Had Mr Hawkes been travelling at 30 when he began to react it is possible the injuries would not have been so severe or the collision might have been avoided. Had Mr Harrison remained in the cycle lane it is likely the collision would not have occurred.”

PC McKay said that a number of the issues with the road were due to be rectified as part of Norwich City Council’s Cycle City Ambition scheme, while coroner Yvonne Blake said the road posed “a significant risk” to cyclists and that she would also be writing to the council about the issue.

Go to Source

Philippe Gilbert commits future to Quick-Step Floors with two-year contract extension

Tour of Flanders champion to stay at Belgian team until 2019

Philippe Gilbert will ride for Quick-Step Floors until at least 2019 after agreeing a two-year contract extension with the Belgian team.

The winner of the 2017 Tour of Flanders had been one of a number of big-name riders linked with a move away from the team as it struggled to secure major sponsors for the 2018 season.

However the two-time national champion has now signed an extension to his current one-year contract, committing his future to the team until the end of 2019.

“It was my dream to extend the contract and I knew that after winning De Ronde and Amstel this would be possible,” Gilbert said.

“I am sure I can still win some big races and that I will get my chances. It would be a dream come true to win races like Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo with this team. That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to sign for two more years, to build up and increase my chances.”

The news of the contract extension had been expected after team manager Patrick Lefevere told Belgian press that Gilbert had already signed a new deal at the Tour de France.

Lefevere also said that if Gilbert would sign, then he expected Marcel Kittel to renew his contract too, despite strong rumours linking the German sprinter with a move to Katusha-Alpecin to fill the sprinter’s berth vacated by Alexander Kristoff.

After abandoning the Tour de France, both riders will return to action at the BinckBank Tour on Monday.

Go to Source

Claudia Cretti returns to hometown after Giro Rosa horror crash

The Vaclar-PBM rider was left in a critical condition following her 90kph crash at this year’s Giro Rosa

Claudia Cretti has returned to her hometown of Brescia to continue her recovery following her horror crash at this year’s Giro Rosa.

After nearly a month in hospital in Benevento, the Vaclar-PBM rider was driven to a new rehabilitation clinic where her doctor explained that “today is day zero”, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.

Cretti took an eight hour ambulance journey with two doctors back to the Lombardy town with her mother Laura Bianchi heralding her return as a “new adventure.”

The Italian had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering severe injuries to her head in a 90kph crash. Her injuries were so bad that she was placed into a medically-induced coma as fears of permanent brain damage began to mount.

Things could’ve turned out much differently according to her father, Joseph Cretti, who spoke with doctors who were first on the scene. “[They] confided in me that if they had arrived 10 minutes later there would be nothing to do” he explained.

Cretti showed determination in her recovery after waking from her coma in the latter part of July and was interacting with her family and doctors. As she slowly begins to get better, Cretti looks to regain the full use of her voice and mental comprehension.

There is no word whether Cretti will return to racing once she has recovered.

Go to Source

Lizzie Deignan to Return to Track Cycling at Revolution

British National Champion to race all three Cycling Champions League Rounds in Manchester, London and Glasgow

After an absence of two years and with a rainbow jersey, as well as countless other race wins, to her name in the intervening period, Lizzie Deignan will make her Revolution return this winter.

Riding for her trade team Boels-Dolmans, Deignan will race all three rounds of the Revolution Series Elite Women’s Championship and cannot wait to get back to the boards.

A world champion on the track eight years ago in the team pursuit, Deignan is no stranger to the Revolution Series having come through the Future Stars programme to ride as a senior.

And she praised the event in what it has done for the development of young cyclists in Britain.

“I think Revolution is really important to the progress of young track athletes,” said the 28-year-old.

“Particularly for me, it’s where I started and it’s the place where you’re thrown into the deep end, there’s pressure, there’s expectation, there’s a massive crowd and if you want to be an elite track cyclist then it’s a great place to start your career.”

After a stellar season in 2016, backing up her world road race win with a sparkling spring in which she won almost every race she entered, Deignan has – to the uninitiated – had a less fruitful 2017.

But a start to the season disrupted by illness, three second places in a standout Ardennes Classics week in April and a National Championships win in June mean she goes into September’s road World Championships with another realistic shot at the rainbow bands.

And however her assault on the world title goes in Bergen, Norway, Deignan has already got her winter mapped out.

“For me, this year is a really good time to come back to the track,” she added. “It means that it breaks up my winter training and I felt last year that I definitely missed some motivation during the winter months.

“Revolution will give me that.”

A return to Revolution action also gives Deignan the chance to experience a new track, with the former World Championship omnium silver medallist never having ridden the Lee Valley VeloPark boards before.

“I’ve been to watch Revolutions there and I’ve been to watch the Olympics there, so my memories there are special – but I’ve never ridden there,” she added.

“The memories are of watching Joanna Rowsell Shand becoming Olympic champion and of being part of that amazing London 2012 crowd.”

The British Champion will face tough opposition on the boards with details of several of the other women’s team already announced including defending champions, Storey Racing and Team WNT, featuring Olympic Champion Katie Archibald.

See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series. Tickets on sale at

Revolution 2017/18 season

Champions League Round 1
Lee Valley VeloPark, London
Saturday 25th November 2017

Champions League Round 2
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Saturday 2nd December 2017

Champions League Round 3
National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Saturday 6th January 2018

Go to Source

Ballot for 2018 RideLondon-Surrey 100 now open: how to guarantee your place

Entry details for those already looking forward to 2018

With RideLondon over for another year, many will already be thinking about the 2018 edition, and when they need to get their entries in for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46 sportives.

Well, the answer is that it is already open here, with the ballot for the RideLondon-Surrey 100 opening on Monday August 7. It will then close on either Friday January 5, 2018, or when 80,000 applications are received.

The cost to enter will be £69, with organisers pledging to keep the price the same from the 2017 event. Riders will then be informed in February 2018 if their entry has been accepted.

>>> Alexander Kristoff wins RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Details about the ballot for the shorter RideLondon-Surrey 46 will be available shortly, with entry opening in 2018.

The other option, which will make sure you have a place on the start line next year, is to enter with a charity place, with charities having a number of guaranteed places for riders who sign up to raise a certain amount of money.

The 2018 RideLondon festival will take place from Friday July 27 to Sunday July 29, with the sportives taking place on the Sunday.

Go to Source

‘A great collector’s item or daily driver’: your chance to buy Bradley Wiggins’s luxury motorhome

Multiple Olympic champion selling unique camper

If you want to get your hands on a unique piece of cycling history or just want a camper van emblazoned in Union Flags, then Bradley Wiggins has put his personalised motorhome up for sale.

The Mercedes camper was bought by the multiple Olympic champion in 2014 and, according to the Daily Star, is now up for sale for £50,000, only half what Wiggins originally paid for it.

The van (which you can see much more of here) is fully decked out in a patriotic colour scheme, with red, white, and blue leather seats and a tasteful Union Flag wrap on the dashboard.

Of course there’s also plenty of space in the back for bikes and kit, plus a bed, shower, and small cooking area for when you mess up the pre-race hotel booking.

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any means to attach boats to the roof, so maybe Wiggins is upgrading to more suitable transportation for his shot at rowing glory.

Go to Source

Tech of the week: 2018 bike ranges from Cervélo, Cannondale and Trek, motors and a new Wahoo

This week, we’ve guided you through three major bike ranges, including every Cervélo, and had a run-down of some exciting new products from Spesh and Wahoo

New Lapierre Aircode and the Cannondale SuperSix range explained

We’ve reported on our first ride of the new Lapierre Aircode this week, with improved aerodynamics and handling over the previous model. The Aircode is ridden by the FDJ pro team, and to victory in Stage Four of the Tour de France by Arnaud Démare in the stage that took out Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan.

Thibaut Pinot Lapierre

Thibaut Pinot’s Lapierre Aircode 2 – we didn’t ride this one (Photo Sunada)

If you don’t know your S from your R – not to mention your P and C – you’ll be pleased that we’ve demystified Cervélo’s bike ranges for you in an extensive post. We’ve even covered the T-series.

Another popular bike range getting the CW magnifying glass run over it is the Cannondale SuperSix Evo – all the way from the £8200 Black Inc to the £1800 105-equipped bike.

The Cannondale SuperSix range uncovered

And we’ve also had a look at the 2018 Trek Emonda range, which Trek says is the lightest it’s ever produced. It also boasts improved tyre clearance, so you can now fit 28mm tyres.

Finally, check out our guides to value road bikes, starting at just £260, and to sub-£1000 bikes.

Motors all round

Brompton has announced its first electric bike this week. With a front hub motor, it’s designed with a separate, bagged battery pack to make it easier to carry. Of course, it still folds.

Brompton goes electric

Or, as a 53 year old Italian amateur was this week alleged to have done, you could hide a motor in your frame. He left the scene hastily when officials tried to investigate – because, he said, he had to attend a wedding.

A hidden motor might also help you if you’ve signed up to Cyclflix. Stop pedalling and your Netflix stops working.

New products from Shimano, Specialized and Wahoo

We’ve had a run-down of the new Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical and R8050 Di2 groupsets this week. Inheriting its tech from Dura-Ace R9100, we’ve told you how it differs from its predecessor.

Shimano Ultegra R8000

The run-down on the new Ultegra groupset

And already Shimano has started to trickle down the updated shifting to its next level 105 groupset, with the release of a new 105 front mech which uses the same design as the Dura-Ace R9100 and Ultegra R8000 groupsets.

If you’re after a new pair of shoes, Specialized has redesigned its Torch line for men and women. Priced from £80 to £200, it uses Specialized’s Body Geometry features for a performance fit. Staying with Spesh, we’ve had a look at Peter Sagan’s S-Works Venge Vias too.

Specialized Torch range gets Body Geometry fit features

And Wahoo has introduced the Elemnt Mini computer. Priced at £79.99, it weighs just 31 grams, but still incorporates many of the features of Wahoo’s larger, more expensive options.

Elemnt Mini packs Wahoo functionality into a smaller format

Don’t forget to watch our Tech of the Month video for August, with a super-light Cannondale frameset, the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc, the Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS computer and Bont Riot+ shoes.

Finally, there’s been the usual crop of deals too this week, including Sunday Trading bargains, helmets  and our pick from Wiggle.

Go to Source

Viviani: 'Kristoff was the man to beat and he beat me'

Elia Viviani gesticulated his protest against Alexander Kristoff‘s sprinting tactics in perfect Italian style at the UEC Road European Championship elite men’s race, using his hand to ask if the Norwegian’s tactics were correct and then wagging his finger to show his disapproval.

However, after the race officials watch several replays of the sprint and declared Kristoff the winner, Viviani could only climb on the podium, sportingly accept defeat and collect the silver medal for second place.

“I’m really disappointed to lose the European championship by less than the width of a tubular,” Viviani said, praising his Italian teammates for the hard work they did to set him up and regretting his decision to stay along the barriers so close to Kristoff.

“The guys did a perfect job, they did as we planned,” he said. “Two or three guys closed the gap (after the split) in one lap and a half, we stayed together and we had really good legs today.”

“The sprint was fast, and [Fabio] Sabatini did be a good job to give me the space on the right. When I saw they came around, I went for it. Initially, I thought there was enough space to go on the right, and I couldn’t change my choice. I touched (Kristoff) with 50 metres to go but it was too late. It was really close…”

Viviani has taken a number of second places this season but was the designated team leader for Italy for the European Championships. Team Sky opted not to select him for the Giro d’Italia and so Viviani used some summer Six Days on the track in Italy and the Tour of Austria to find his form.

“This race was a big goal for my second part of the season and I saw last week at RideLondon that Kristoff was in good condition and looking strong. Kristoff was the man to beat and he beat me,” Viviani admitted.

“We were really close (to victory) and I’m sorry to all my team as they did a really good job.”

Viviani was reported close to leaving Team Sky for UAE Team Emirates following his Giro d’Italia snub. However, he told Cyclingnews last week that he has agreed to stay with the British Super team.

“I’m happy at Team Sky. Absolutely, I was disappointed to miss the Grand Tours and the Giro, we all know that, but I really hope to do those races next season,” he told Cyclingnews.

Like some of his rivals in the European Road Race Championships, Viviani is due to ride the BinckBank Tour that starts in the Netherlands on Monday. He missed the official team presentation on Sunday evening but is expected to line up in Breda for the opening stage to Venray. He has some serious goals for the final part of the 2017 season.

“I have four wins so far this year, and I want to finish on 10. I know that’s a big goal, but there’s a good chance with the races I have on my programme,” he told Cyclingnews.

“We’re going to try and keep this group together with Doull, Dibben and the rest. They’re a good bunch of guys to lead me out. I want to end my season like I did in 2015. I had five wins there in the last month, and I’d like the same this year.”

Go to Source

Sunday trading: £300 off Mavic Wheels and big discounts on Exposure lights and Castelli kit

Revamp your wardrobe and give your bike some love with some of these wicked deals from the likes of Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans Cycles and many more

Are you missing major WorldTour racing yet? We are, but rejoice, because the Vuelta is only just around the corner!

In the mean time, here are some mega deals for you to distract yourself with. Enjoy!

Mavic Kysrium Pro Exalith Haute Route wheelset £975 £682

As the Haute Route name suggests, these are wheels designed for going uphill. But they’ve also been designed to be super stiff and fast rolling, meaning you’ll definitely be the fastest on your Sunday loop with a pair of these.

Buy now: Mavic Kysrium Pro Exalith Haute Route wheels at Chain Reaction Cycles for £682

POC DO Blade sunglasses £220 £120

Read more: POC DO Blade review

Big lenses mean big fields of view and these POC glasses provide just that. The frames are probably suited to folk with a slightly wider face, but the lens quality is superb regardless.

Buy now: POC DO Blade sunglasses at ProBikeKit for £120

Exposure Joystick Mk11 light £157 £111

It’s probably time to start getting serious about lights (sigh) and this Exposure model is about as serious as they come. It can unleash 850 lumens, making it bright enough to get you seen by cars and light your way. Plus, it’s tough and can take the knocks you’d expect from winter riding or from being dropped on the floor.

Buy now: Exposure Joystick Mk11 light at Evans Cycles for £111

Castelli Free Aero Race bib shorts £140 £111

Some of Castelli’s longest running (and best selling) shorts, the Free Aeros have had a bit of a face lift. They’re still aero and lightweight but they now get Castelli’s top end Progetto  X2 Air Pad, which means they’ll last as long as you in the saddle.

Buy now: Castelli Free Aero Race bib shorts at Evans Cycles for £111

More tidy deals:

Shimano 105 pedals – £109£66

Giro Empire ACC road shoe – £249£124

Bell Stratus helmet – £99 – £49

dhb ASV Race bib-shorts £80 – £60

Garmin Forerunner 235 £299 – £221

Sportul Gruppetto Pro bib-shorts £80 – £55.99

Garmin Edge 20 £109 – £84

Quarq DFour Power Meter £872 – £766.99

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 crankset £499 – £334

Giro Peloton cycling cap £24.99 – £19.99

Specialized women’s Pro SL bib short £139.99 – £111.99

Specialized Elasticised shoe cover £29.99 – £9.90

Shimano Ultegra 6800 compact chain set £249.99 £179.99

Look keo grip cleats – £20.99 – £9.99

Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon wheelset – £875 – £787.50

Castelli Imprevisto Nano water-repellant jersey – £80 – £47.99

Specialized SL Expert bib-short – £99.99 – £79.99

Louis Garneau knee warmers – £19.99 – £15.99

That’s all for this week folks, check back next week for more mega deals!

Go to Source

Amador injured in crash with car while training

Movistar’s Andrey Amador was injured in a crash with a vehicle while training in Barcelona this week. The Costa Rican posted a photo of himself with his ankle in plaster on Twitter on Friday detailing his incident.

Amador was hit from the side by a driver who failed to yield at a stop, and suffered a sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder in the resulting crash. He will be forced to rest for several weeks.

The 30-year-old raced both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in support of Nairo Quintana, but was one of several riders to crash in the opening time trial of the Tour in Düsseldorf, sustaining injuries to his elbow and knee. He was not as severely injured as his teammate Alejandro Valverde, who broke his kneecap in a similar crash that stage.

The Movistar team will welcome the return of Portuguese rider Nuno Bico, who returns this week at the BinckBank Tour after having iliac artery surgery.

The 23-year-old has been out of competition since the Vuelta a Castilla y León in late May. He will line up with Jasha Sütterlin, Imanol Erviti, Rory Sutherland, Winner Anacona, Dayer Quintana, Alex Dowsett and Gorka Izagirre.

Go to Source