Yorkshire bridge collapse threatens world road cycling championships route

A Yorkshire road, which featured in the Grand Dpart of the 2014 Tour de France, is impassable after Grinton Moor Bridge collapsed because of floodwaters Organisers of the Road World Championships in Yorkshire seem certain to be forced to change the route of the mens elite race after a bridge was Grand Dpart in 2014, and the route of the elite mens road race was designed to echo that. Starting in Leeds, the route takes in both the Buttertubs climb near Hawes and Grinton Moor before looping back south to the finishing circuit in Harrogate. The elite mens road race, Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks.

The Incredible Tech Behind This Year’s Tour de France Bikes

A bike is a bike, right? Wrong. Especially if you’re a professional bike team. With margins for the winner of a stage of the Tour de France often down to less than a hundredth of a second (a tire width), and with the overall winning divide being under two minutes on last year's Tour de France across the entire 3,351 kilometers, every marginal gain the teams can eke out of their riders and bikes is absolutely essential. Design innovation and material science in bike design is on a par with sports such as F1, and Grand Tour bikes are built with pure performance in mind. But a bike that excels at "climbing" on steep mountain stages will lose valuable time …

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked

As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility. Many cities are taking note, building infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate the bicycle as an everyday mode of transportation while improving urban livability. Some more so than others. To track the pro-cycling efforts and initiatives taken by cities around the world, we present the Copenhagenize Index, a comprehensive and holistic ranking of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities. For this fifth edition of the Index, …

Lance Armstrong should keep his mouth shut if he is serious about redemption | Richard Williams

Sport often welcomes back a bad boy turned good but some offences lie so far beyond the pale a return is almost impossible despite protestations Steve Smith and David Warner were were sent home from Cape Town in March 2018, it was far from being the only time international cricketers have improperly messed around with the state of the ball. A lasting stain was added to the career of an England captain, Mike Atherton, by the dirt-in-the-pocket incident at Lords in 1994. We know Imran Khan and others got up to similar tricks but the episode involving the three Australians seemed to expose something deeper and nastier. As Gideon Haigh observed in Crossing the Line, his book about the episode, …