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A slightly smaller EuroTrash today, well there was only two Tour stages since Mondays Trash bag. We catch up with all the news from France and the last stage of the Tour of Poland. Peter Sagan is the ”Top Story” and we have the facts of the Frдnk Schleck case. To finish Paul Sherwen has a slight indiscretion. Coffee time for EuroTrash Thursday.

“Top Story”

A Porsche for Peter!
I was going to open with the Frank Schleck positive (see below), but thought it would be better to start with some good news about one of the “new school” of young, interesting and entertaining riders in the peloton; Peter Sagan. It’s looking fairly certain that the young Slovakian fast-man will be collecting a new car from his Liquigas-Cannondale big boss; Paolo Zani after a promise of new wheels if Sagan takes the green jersey to Paris on his shoulders and wins two stages. Sagan has already won three stages and is leading the point’s competition by 102 points from the big German sprinter; Andrй Greipel of Lotto Belisol with only two sprint stages left. Sagan does have his sights on the last stage finish on the famous Avenue des Champs Elysйes cobbles on Sunday, as he told the Spanish press agency EFE and printed in Marca; “in the time trial I will hold back some energy for the sprint on the final day.” He added that the only thing that will stop him driving his new Porsche would be the Pyrenees, “if I can get through the mountains OK, I can reach Paris in the green jersey.” Nice position to be in!

Peter is no boob:

Tour de France 2012
Stage 15 had a lot of excitement right after the start as there were many attacks from riders wanting to be in the day’s break. The Sky team wanted to slow things down as it suited them to contain the action, eventually the break took shape with Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp), Pierrick Fйdrigo (FDJ-BigMat), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) and Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) out front. Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) tried to cross from the bunch, but just couldn’t do it, so his team started to chase behind annoying the other team to the point of the break slowing to allow Sorensen to catch up and allowing the bunch to go back to sleep. Fast forward to the finish and Fйdrigo and Vande Velde broke away to be chased by Voeckler and Sorensen with Devenyns and Dumoulin split behind and that’s the order they finished in. Andrй Greipel (Lotto Belisol) won the bunch sprint. Not the best stage on the Tour, but there has to be some boring stages. All the jersey’s stayed the same going into the rest day.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider, Dries Devenyns was in the successful break, he had this to say: “That’s the Tour de France,” Devenyns said. “Everybody wants to be in the breakaway that they think is going to the finish line. It’s war, you can call it a little war. I really wanted it today. At least two, maybe three times we tried to go in a breakaway. If you’re a rider like me, that’s why I am here. My task is to try and jump in the breakaway. Then we had good collaboration, everybody did a good job. (Samuel) Dumoulin, was saving some of his energy as he is a sprinter, so that is normal. Then in the final it was a gamble. Fedrigo was strong but he took the right opportunity. On the roundabout he took the other side of the road and afterwards we were watching each other. Basically, if you consider it, everybody can make a little sprint to go to the wheel but if we stopped watching each other and you lose 100 meters as a result, it is finished in the Tour — especially against a guy like Fedrigo. It was a flat stage. In the end I’ve taken several breakaways at the Tour. If my legs are good and I recover, I will try again. It’s a matter of being strong and having the right mentality. You have to be willing to suffer.”

Tour de France Stage 15 Result:
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 3:40:15
2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
3. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar at 0:12
4. Nicki Sцrensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
5. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:21
6. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis at 1:08
7. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol at 11:50
8. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
9. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
10. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 15:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 68:33:21
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 2:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2:23
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 3:19
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 4:48
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan at 6:15
7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 6:57
8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 7:30
9. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar at 8:31
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 8:51.

Stage 15 wrap-up from NBC Sports.

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Wednesday’s Stage 18 was the stage that would make or break any rider who has (or had) overall aspirations. Cadel Evans (BMC) was a broken man going to Bagnйres de Louchon; he cracked and dropped from fourth to seventh place. The hero of the day was stage winner and new KOM leader; Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), he got in the early big break of 38 riders looking to take mountain points from Astana’s Fredrik Kessiakoff. Of the overall contenders; Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) made three good attacks on the Peyresourde, but Chris Froome was there with his Sky team leader Bradley Wiggins on his wheel. Sky protected the yellow jersey for another day, Voeckler took the King of the Mountains jersey and the others stayed the same.

The yellow jersey wearing Sky rider; Bradley Wiggins told his team web-site: “The team were brilliant from the off and we knew what we had to do. It was just a case of doing what we’ve been doing since the start of this race which is riding together as a team. It was another tough one, and obviously there weren’t many bodies left at the end. It’s good to get that one out of the way.”

“This is what we’ve trained for and that’s what we’ve prepared for. We’ve trained for the demands of this race and for the demands of what this race consisted of in the third week. I think that’s what makes us the best riders in this race. All year it’s been about this and training in this kind of heat and for these climbs. The fitness and the recovery has been a team effort. The backroom staff – with the hydration when the stages finish and those little things all add up over the three weeks.”

“(Vincenzo) Nibali was really concentrating on his podium spot today and I think he really wanted to distance Cadel (Evans) before the final time trial which he did. It was tough but it’s another day we can tick off.”

“On paper tomorrow’s stage doesn’t look as hard as it was today. It’s certainly a lot shorter and there will be a lot of tired bodies out there after today. It’s a case of people recovering and who recovers best at this stage. The one thing I keep saying is that no one has it easy out there. We’re all in the same boat and we all have to do the same course and tomorrow is another day.”

Chris Anker Sorensen of Saxo bank-Tinkoff bank was second after a fantastic effort in the mountains, his thoughts after the stage were; “I’m immensely proud of the result. Not least of the way I achieved the result fills me with a sense of satisfaction. I dropped some big names out there and there were quite a few GC riders who lost time even though Nibali, Froome and Wiggins were gaining on me in the finale. Now, I’m 14th overall and that means I might be a threat for some GC riders who might not let me get another gap tomorrow if I try to go again.” Sorensen ended, “but for now, I’m letting the legs decide what to do. They might be tired tomorrow.”

BMC had a bad day with Cadel Evans, but a good day with Tejay van Garderen, the young rider said; “I’m thrilled with how I’m riding and hopefully I can keep it going for one more day and then the time trial,” van Garderen said. “I’m doing better than I could have ever imagined. It’s just a pity that Cadel has fallen back a bit.”

Evans acknowledged he did not feel well before the start. “I didn’t think it would affect me in the race but obviously that’s not my normal level and it’s pretty much Tour de France over for me,” the defending champion said. When asked how he would approach Thursday’s 143.5 km stage that features five categorized climbs and a mountain-top finish, Evans said taking back time would be difficult. “I don’t know that I’m far enough back to be allowed the freedom to go in a breakaway,” he said. “You have to be optimistic but you also have to be realistic. Obviously this year things haven’t been coming together. The year’s not over but certainly the retirement present I wanted to give to George Hincapie this year. The hope and wish for that is gone.”

The three star riders from Astana had this to say soon after the stage, Alexandr Vinokurov said: “I gave everything to get a win and defend Kessiakoff’s polka dot jersey, but unfortunately Voeckler was unstoppable today.”

Jani Brajkovič added: “Today’s stage was really hard – the hardest so far in this Tour. I started to suffer when Basso went to the front to set the pace, but I held on tight and managed to defend my position in the general classification.”

“Today was five and a half hours of suffering,” said Fredrik Kessiakoff. “I was aiming to get maximum points in the first two climbs – the Col d’Aubisque and the Tourmalet – and instead I came second and fourth, with Voeckler managing to get all the points available for the stage. I hope he will be a bit more tired than me after today. Tomorrow I will come out fighting to win back the jersey!”

After the finish, Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Gorka Izagirre said about the first Pyrenees stage, “It was spectacular. I want to thank the fans, friends, everyone, the orange tide is special about the race. The team is completing a great race. Jorge and Egoi were away today, other days its been Rubйn or Pablo… We are a great group and this is reflected on the road,” stated the Gipuzkoan. On the development of the stage, Gorka admitted that; “when Voeckler has his day, it is almost impossible to follow. I felt good, with good feelings, but he was super. We are in the third week and the forces are scarce, so I say I’m happy. Getting to this stage of Tour and to be ahead on the Queen stage, I think I should be happy. Who gives everything you cannot ask for more,” summed up the eldest of the Izagirre brothers.

Tour de France Stage 16 Result:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar in 5:35:02
2. Chris Anker Sцrensen (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at 1:40
3. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 3:22
4. Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
5. Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 3:58
6. Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan at 4:18
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 6:08
8. Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-ISD
9. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha
10. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank at 6:11.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 16:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 74:15:32
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 2:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2:23
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 5:46
5. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan at 7:13
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC at 7:55
7. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 8:06
8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 9:09
9. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar at 10:10
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 11:43.

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Tour News:

Frдnk Schleck Positive
As seems to be the habit of this sort of thing on the Tour, it was announced on the second rest day that Frдnk Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) had been found positive (or as it’s called now; “Adverse Analytical Finding”) from a urine sample on the 14th of July, Tour stage 13, for a slimming pill called Xipamide. Under UCI rules Schleck does not have to leave the Tour, but the UCI were expecting his team to do the correct thing and withdraw the rider from the race, which they have done (see RadioShack team statement below). Xipamide is a diuretic, much like hydrochlorothiazide which Alexandr Kolobnev tested positive for in last year’s Tour. Xipamide would help with weight control, but it has been suggested that it has been used as a masking agent in the past, but that is hard to prove. Frдnk was previously embroiled in the “Operation Puerto” case because it came to light that he had made payments to Dr. Fuentes, the charges were dropped by the Luxembourg anti-doping agency and neither WADA nor the UCI took the case any further.

RadioShack-Nissan: Frдnk Schleck Statement
Our team attaches great value to transparency. Because of this, we can announce the following as a response to the adverse analytical finding of xipamide in Frдnk Schleck’s urine sample of July 14 during the Tour de France.

After being informed by the UCI about the presence of xipamide in the urine sample of Frдnk Schleck on July 14, the team has decided to immediately withdraw Frдnk Schleck from the Tour de France.

Even though an abnormal A sample does not require these measures, Mr. Schleck and the team believe this is the right thing to do, to ensure the Tour de France can go on in calm and that Frдnk Schleck can prepare his defence in accordance with the legal timing to do so.

On the subject of xipamide the team can declare the following: it is not a product that is present in any of the medicine that the team uses and the reason for the presence of xipamide in the urine sample of Mr. Schleck is unclear to the team. Therefore, the team is not able to explain the adverse findings at this point.

However, the team is fully determined to collaborate with the anti-doping agencies in order to resolve the matter.

Frдnk Schleck’s Response:
Frдnk Schleck has released a communiquй in French which states that he was told that he had been told of his positive result and that he denies taking any banned substance and that “Si
Cette analyse devait confirmer le premier rйsultat, plainte sera depose contre inconnu pour empoisonnement.” Which basically means; “if this analysis confirms the first result, a complaint will be filed against unknown (persons) for poisoning.”

Report from IBTimesUK:

Astana set Final Week Targets
Team aiming for polka dot jersey, general classification and team classification.

Press Release: The second rest day at the Tour de France has afforded the perfect chance to reflect on the 15 stages already completed and to look ahead to last five still to be negotiated.

Among the questions to be answered over the remaining five stages are the final position of Jani Brajkovič, who currently lies eighth in the GC, whether Kessiakoff can retain the polka dot jersey all the way to Paris, and whether Astana can improve on fourth place to get on the podium in the team classification.

“I am gutted that we have not won a stage so far, having played a major role in all of them,” said Giuseppe Martinelli. “Anyone following the race on television probably does not see the unwavering commitment of our riders to try and get in the right break and win a stage, but I can assure you that it is the truth. We have still got a few chances to grab that victory and we will give everything in the next stages to make it happen.”

“I feel pretty good,” added Alexandr Vinokurov. “Aside from the attack three days ago in the finish at Le Cap d’Agde, I have also tried to get in a few breaks. Now I have got three goals for the coming stages: to try and win one, and to help Brajkovič and Kessiakoff. In Kiserlovski we have lost an important guy for the team classification, so it will be even more important for me to manage to get in a good breakaway, as well as helping out Kessiakoff in his defence of the polka dot jersey. If I don’t get the chances, I will be working for Brajkovič.”

Speaking about his Tour so far and what might happen next, Astana’s GC rider Jani Brajkovič said: “I am having a good Tour; I was a bit unlucky in the Metz stage, where I lost more than two minutes due to the crashes, but it could have been worse. There are still three stages to go that are crucial for the general classification: the two in the Pyrenees and Saturday’s time trial – all of which will be really tough. I will be looking to stay with the leaders and then, depending on how I feel, I will see what I can do. I hope to gain a couple of positions but anyway I will be happy if I can manage to defend eighth place.”

Fredrik Kessiakoff remains the leading climber at the Tour and he gave us his views as he perused the profiles of the next two stages: “I am so happy with how it has gone so far, but the real battle for the King of the Mountains competition will happen tomorrow (Wednesday) and on Thursday. Tomorrow’s stage from Pau to Bagnиres-de-Luchon will be the more important of the two. In the early part of the stage we will climb the Col d’Aubisque and the Tourmalet –¬ two Hors Categorie climbs where there will be lots of points up for grabs. If I can manage to get up both of them in first place I will giving myself every chance to win the jersey. I do have a plan B for Thursday’s stage, but I hope I can get a good result tomorrow.

“There are three fearsome opponents – Rolland, Sorensen and Voeckler – chasing me for the jersey,” Kessiakoff continued. “That said, Rolland is doing well in the GC and I think that if he tries a long-distance escape it will be closed down by the other teams. In my opinion, Voeckler will be the main challenger I will face to win the classification.”

Second Rest Day in Pau for Euskaltel-Euskadi
The cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi has enjoyed the second rest day of the Tour de France in the town of Pau with a quiet day and a visit from Miguel Madariaga, the general manager of the team. The ‘orange’ had breakfast at 9:30 am, and then rode for an hour and a half before lunch at 13:30 pm. After lunch, a nap and then massage in order to recover the maximum possible energy ahead of the crucial last days of the Grand Tour, which looks very attractive with two days in the Pyrenees and a time trial of 53 kilometres in Chartres that will define the podium in Paris. True to form, Euskaltel-Euskadi will keep fighting and will try to win a stage. Egoi, Reubйn, Pablo, Jorge and Gorka are showing a great fighting spirit and all the way to the Champs Elysees, their attitude will be the same.

Lotto Belisol Riders Take a Cold Bath!
Recuperation, that’s what it’s all about in a three week race. Filling up the carbs tank as soon as possible after the stage and making sure the muscles and the body can recover as soon as possible.

One of the methods that are applied at Lotto Belisol is the “ice baths”. A rider will submerge his lower body in water that has a temperature of ten to maximum fifteen degrees for eight minutes. To make this possible the team moves two inflatable baths each day from hotel to hotel.

Doctor Jan Mathieu explains: “The principle is fairly simple. By taking an ice bath, the blood vessels are narrowed. By coming out of the bath afterwards and warming up, those same blood vessels are opened up maximally. Because of that the blood circulation improves considerably and therefore that fastens the recuperation and the recovery. The waste materials are removed that way.”

“The ideal temperature and duration of the ice bath is illustrated in scientific studies. In that area we work closely together with Professor Romain Meeusen of the Free University of Brussels. Last year we had brought an ice machine, but the system we use now is more professional. The moment the riders arrive in the hotel, the baths are the first things they see and it is possible for the riders who want to make use of it can do immediately. The sooner after the stage they go in the bath, the better. Not everyone uses it. A rider is of course free to decide that himself.”

In top sport it’s all about details, so every way to win a percentage or a fraction of it, the team must use. Of course that’s something which is less relevant in one day races, because most of the time riders can recuperate for a few days. In the Tour there lies only 18 hours between the arrival of a stage and the beginning of the next one.”

The Lampre-ISD Earthquake Auction
Press Release: The early bids for the charity acution for the Italian zones that were struck by the earthquake. This is the website: www.all1sport.com.

The auction, that is linked to the participation of Team Lampre-ISD in Tour de France, will give you the chance to make your own bid in order to try to purchase some objects that blue-fuchsia cyclists are using in Grande Boucle 2012 and, at the same time, to contribute to the earthquake victims, the auction proceeds will be given to charity for these people.

The catalogue of the objects that could be purchased was joined by a new entry; the Italian Champion jersey of Franco Pellizotti.

Tour de Pologne 2012
The final Stage 7 in to Krakow was won by John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) from two Sky men; Mathew Hayman and Ben Swift in a bunch gallop. Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) had a 5 second lead on Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) going into the final stage, so it suited him to keep the race together. There was a sizeable early break which managed a lead of 3 minutes, but the peloton pulled it back for the sprinters and Moser’s overall win was safe.

Race winner Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) said of his victory: “I came here in good shape but I certainly wasn’t expecting to win,” says the winner of the Tour de Pologne Moreno Moser. “My first victory at Karpacz gave me confidence. Then Kwiatkowski got the jersey off me and I knew that in those two mountain stages I could try and get it back and I did. Today I started off with a 5 second advantage and they weren’t enough to feel relaxed. I counted down kilometre after kilometre; I couldn’t wait for the stage to finish and fortunately everything went well. I’m super happy. I will always remember Poland; this is my first year as a pro and here I clinched the first major success in my career. I hope there will be others but I will always have a fond memory of the Tour de Pologne.”

Second placed Michal Kwiatkowski told the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step web-site: “Today wasn’t so easy, especially in the final when it started raining,” Kwiatkowski said. “I really couldn’t see the rider in front of me because of the rain, it was unbelievable. But today I’m happy, even If I finished second in the GC. I really gave all in this race and there’s nothing I can regret. I couldn’t do more than this. It’s my best result so far, it’s a big step in my career and I have to thank my teammates for their help. It was nice to ride in my country. The Polish public here was amazing, they gave me extra motivation. I didn’t expect so many people cheering for me. It was an unforgettable moment. Now I will focus on the Olympic road race and then I will take part to the Eneco Tour. I really would like to maintain this condition until the end of the Eneco Tour.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 7 Result:
1. John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano in 2:50:32
2. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky
3. Ben Swift (GB) Sky
4. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
6. Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank
7. Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge
8. Filippo Fortin (Ita) Team Type 1-Sanofi
9. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
10. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale.

Tour de Pologne Final Overall Result:
1. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale in 30:15:49
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:05
3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky at 0:16
4. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:25
5. Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan at 0:28
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:29
7. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
9. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano
10. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky.

Link to video of stage 6 (we missed on Monday) and the final stage 7.

Other News:

Tom Boonen Injury Update
Press Release: Tom Boonen had new medical checks in the Herentals Clinic in Belgium on Monday.

The checks underlined a fracture of the 6th rib on the right side of his chest. Boonen will observe three days of rest, and on Thursday, he will try to train again. At the end of training Boonen, together with the team medical staff will decide if he will participate in Tour de la Region Wallone prior to the Olympics.

“There’s nothing more to do than wait and see how the situation will evolve,” commented Boonen. “I’m sad because my condition is good and I really don’t want to lose the chance to participate in the Olympics. On Thursday I will have the answer that I’m waiting for.”

First training ride for Sanchez after his fall in the Tour
Samuel Sanchez has completed his first training ride on Tuesday morning, a three-hour ride, showing that his physical condition is good. The current Olympic champion still has the strong pedal stroke he acquired in training prior to the Tour and in the first week of the race. After resting a few days and sessions on the home trainer, the Euskaltel-Euskadi team leader went out on the road and covered 80 kilometers at a good pace, retaining his enthusiasm to be able to defend the won Olympic gold he won in Beijing. Depending on how well the lesions on his right and left scapula heal will determine whether Samuel will compete in the Olympics in London. When the decision becomes final, the Euskaltel Euskadi team will make the announcement officially.

Two Positive of EPO Cases
This week two cases of “Adverse Analytical Finding” for EPO were announced by the UCI. Ivailo Gabrovksi won a stage and the overall of the Tour of Turkey in April this year, but failed the doping control as EPO was found in his urine sample. The Bulgarian was riding for the Turkish Continental Konya Torku Seker Spor team this year, but he has had previous anti-doping problems, in 2003 his hemocrit level was too high to allow him to start the Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen and then the same story again at the 2005 World road race championships in Madrid.

The second case is of Lithuanian rider; Rasa Leleivyte who also gave a positive sample for EPO in an out of competition control on the 12th of June. She was picked to ride the London Olympic road race on the 29th of July, but is now suspended by the Lithuanian cycling federation pending their decision on her case.

MPs Support Justice Review for Those Hurt on the Road
Press Release: Julian Huppert MP, the co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and avid cyclist has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on MPs to support British Cycling’s comprehensive justice review.

MPs across the three main parties are lining up to sign it in support including Sir Peter Bottomley, Rosie Cooper, John Leech, Don Foster, Michael Gapes and Clive Betts. Others will continue to add their names in support. Following on from the news that Paralympic hand cyclist Rachel Morris was injured whilst training on the road last week, members of the House of Lords, who cannot sign an Early Day Motion, have also contacted British Cycling to offer their support.

The Early Day Motion reads:
That this House notes that many victims of road accidents do not feel that the criminal justice system adequately protects or supports them in the aftermath of their case; further notes that it is important that those who have suffered traumatic incidents are given effective and sympathetic support as they attempt to rebuild their lives; welcomes the work of British Cycling and other groups including CTC, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, The Times, Cycling Weekly, RoadPeace and Brake to raise the profile of the issue and calls upon the Department for Justice to review carefully the evidence they have submitted and undertake a comprehensive review of each part of the criminal justice system from crash investigation standards through to sentencing guidelines to ensure it is fairer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads.

Martin Gibbs, Policy and Legal Affairs Director at British Cycling, says “The way the justice system operates when someone is hurt on the road badly needs reviewing. The current process often gives out the wrong message about how we as a society value life and the right of people to travel safely. This is an issue for all road users and one the Lord Chancellor should take seriously.”

We will be calling on our members and readers of Cycling Weekly to write to their MPs to support the motion in a few weeks. We will provide you with everything you need to contact your MP on our website.

In the meantime, keep sending us your experiences of cycling on the roads and stories of any collisions or near misses. The more evidence we have the more the government has to pay attention.

A Slip of the Lips Paul?
My good friend and ex-boss Paul Sherwen commentates for NBC Sports in the US and ITV4 in the UK, his knowledge of the sport runs deep, he has been a rider, a team manager, a team press officer and of cousre a TV cycling pundit for many years, but even Paul can slip up occasionally. *WARNING* There is a swear word in the video!

Sorry Paul I had to do it.

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