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Nibali’s Lombardia; Bakelants breaks seven ribs: CT Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

October 9, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.

Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia

by Neal Rogers

For the second time in three years, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won Il Lombardia on Saturday after soloing away from the rest of the field in the closing kilometres.

Nibali rode away from a small group of contenders inside the final 20 kilometres, catching Frenchman Thibault Pinot (FDJ) on the penultimate climb, the Civiglio, and then dropping him on the descent.

Nibali then soloed up and over the final climb in San Fermo della Battaglia, crossing the finish 28 seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).

“The team supported me greatly, giving me great conditions in which to conclude this season,” said Nibali. “Finally, I bagged a great victory, I couldn’t ask for more. It wasn’t easy to reproduce what I did two years ago. It was even more difficult this time around because everyone identified me as the favourite.”

Italy’s Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) won the bunch sprint for third ahead of Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2r La Mondiale). Pinot, who launched the decisive move and rode solo for much of the final 20km, finished fifth.

1. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
2. fr
Quick-Step Floors
3. it
Team Sky
4. fr
PINOT Thibaut
5. it
AG2R La Mondiale
6. it
ARU Fabio
Astana Pro Team
7. es
Team Sky
8. co
Movistar Team
9. ru
Astana Pro Team
10. nl
Team Sunweb

Follow the link to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Jan Bakelants’ bike after the Belgian crashed into a ravine during Saturday’s Il Lombardia.

  • DaveRides

    Going on the feature image, oBike should block Jan Bakelants from their app.

    • velocite

      Funny, sort of. It is an arresting pic though.

      • Avuncular

        Il Lombardia …the race of the falling bikes. Terrible injuries, hopefully all make a full recovery without lingering issues.

        • Neuron1

          Italy, a country so steeped in cycling tradition that bikes grow on trees.
          On a more serious notey, get well soon to all of the injured riders.

  • Winky

    Drops is such a stupid name for a cycling team.

    • DaveRides

      Damn that company for investing their money (though the model is actually closer to donating, for a lower tier women’s team) in our sport. Be gone!

      • Winky

        Doesn’t make the name any less stupid. I looked at the website and they seem to offer very cool products. I’d go to them if I was in the market for something like that. Good on them for trying something different. I still think it is a really stupid name for a cycling team, and is a fairly stupid name for the sponsoring company itself.

        • DaveRides

          Perhaps you’d like to replace them, all hail Winky Pro Cycling.

          But surely EF Education First – Drapac powered by Cannondale is a higher priority for dealing with if stupid names are to be banned?

          • Winky

            Yeah that EF – word salad is pretty bad. I’d never sponsor a pro-cycling team as I think riders should have actual jobs and not be paid to ride their bikes.

            • Nick Clark

              So just ditch pro sports then?

              • Winky

                Wouldn’t be the end of the world if the people racing also had jobs, but I get it that the ability to earn a living and be supported makes it possible for those coming from less-advantaged backgrounds to succeed.

                • Nick Clark

                  I’d love to hear your argument for what constitutes an ‘actual job’…

                  • Winky

                    Generally speaking a “actual job” is a job that people do mainly because they are paid to do it. Stuff like accounting, working in a factory, serving tables in a restaurant, truck driver, miner etc. It’s not 100% black and white, but bicycle racing isn’t a “actual job” because 99.99% of the people who do it, do so for reasons other than being paid. In fact, the vast majority of us pay to do it, not the other way ’round. There aren’t a bunch of people out there waiting tables for fun, as an unpaid hobby, that actually costs them money. That’s what I mean. I’m not saying that it is not hard to be a pro cyclist. It’s very hard indeed, and requires immense dedication, but that’s not the measure here.

                    Do you think that being a racing cyclist is the equivalent to say, being a lawyer? No. It’s a different game. The rewards are different. Cycling is not defined by the tiny fraction of a percent of people that can eke out of living doing it. There is no great social outcome that is achieved by paying professional cyclists more money.

                    • Nick Clark

                      That’s a pretty confused argument…

                      – Plenty of people (including me) do jobs they enjoy and find deeply satisfying. Only doing it because you’re paid does not define a job.

                      – I wasn’t aware that being equivalent to a lawyer was a requirement for a job.

                      – I wasn’t aware that achieving a great social outcome was a requirement for a job. Actually, I’d argue a significant number of ‘actual jobs’ achieve pretty shitty social outcomes…

                    • Winky

                      Would you do your job for free? If your employer told you that you were no longer to be paid, would you still go in? I find great satisfaction from my job, too, but I wouldn’t do it for free. But I ride/race my bike for free. So do all cyclists except for a vanishingly small percentage who are paid. While there lawyers do some pro-bono work, nearly all lawyers only practice law because they are paid to do so. It’s true of nearly all vocations. That’s all I mean. Lawyer was just an off-the-cuff example of a very different type of job to that of pro-cyclist. Substitute just about any job. Nearly all jobs are nothing like professional sporting jobs.

                      You’re right that great social outcomes do not result from all jobs and that it is not a requirement; professional cycling is simply one of those that also does not achieve great things, other than entertainment. It does not reduce suffering, provide food and shelter nor achieve anything much at all.

    • Bex

      you never ride the in the drops then, most people race in the drop… thought it’s actually quite a suitable name for a cycling team.

      • Will

        Most people race on the hoods and only get in the drops for short periods

      • Winky

        It’s just a poor word. Kind of dull and ugly. It has no sonic allure. Say it a few times, it is boring. It is also confusing. It has two main meanings in cycling as in; “She was riding in the drops when she crashed” and “The saturday morning group usually drops her on the first hill.” You could add “She uses drops to help her conjunctivitis”.

        It is also confusing. Consider the title of the article..


        My initial thought was that they were saying Kathrin had completed 2018 and then dropped the roster and so had perhaps retired. KATHRIN HAMMES COMPLETES 2018, DROPS CYCLING ROSTER

  • velocite

    That headline about the number of pedestrians ‘killed or seriously injured’ by cyclists in the UK doubling looks to me like the usual let’s demonize cyclists pap. Doubled in 10 years? Based on a sizeable increase in cyclist numbers is that a surprising? We’re talking about accidents here, not violent crime. And to conflate deaths with undefined ‘serious injuries’ is sensationalizing. In Victoria a pedestrian is killed by a cyclist every few years I think, with the last one that I recall being of an 85 year old chap walking his dog crossing a bike lane. I could not find a stat for this, but I suspect the average per year would be closer to 0 than 1. This is in the context of a five year average for pedestrian deaths in Victoria of 31. Silly journalism.

    • Winky

      I thought the same thing. Put that statistic into some context. And show it alongside the slaughter caused by motorists.

      • DaveRides

        The statistics are placed into their appropriate context in the article, simply not in the headline.

        • Winky

          Not really. It does not quantitatively place them in the context of the motorists’ slaughter, but admittedly does show a true worsening in cyclists’ outcomes.

          But it also reproduces this demonstrably outrageous statement: “A Government spokesperson said: “We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished.” Drivers don’t get significantly punished even for killing people, and they get no censure whatsoever for putting cyclists’ lives at risk.

          • DaveRides

            It’s referred to twice, once in the second paragraph and once in the quote further down. To deny that is just whatabouttery.

            In the 2006-2013 period (i.e. 7 years of the ten considered in the cycling article, and the first stats on a UK government website I could find) total road fatalities in the UK dropped by 46%, with the combined pedestrian/cyclist numbers dropping by 38%.

            I think that the UK government is big enough to keep on working on reducing motoring-related fatalities and also investigating why cycling-pedestrian collisions are bucking the general trend both in absolute numbers and in proportion.

            • Winky

              What I meant was that the less-than-100 serious injuries per year caused by cyclists is not compared to the 24,000 serious injuries per year caused by motorists. The fewer-than-2 or 3 fatalities due to cyclists is not compared to the 1,800 people killed by motorists every year in the UK.

              There’s no whattaboutery in the observation that neither motorists nor cyclist are held to account for the deaths and injuries they cause. The reason is cultural, and is not addressed by legislation directly in either case. We generally accept fatal “oopsies” as a reasonable cost of our right to operate private vehicles.

              The reason that the occupants of motor vehicles are dying less often is down to increasingly great engineering of vehicles and roads. While we’ve traded much of the improvement in fundamental safety for increased speed, the overall effect of better engineering is positive. We are no better at driving. DUI is replaced with DWT.

              Yes the UK government does many things, but a look at the objective statistics indicates that pursuing new laws to punish reckless cyclists is unlikely to shift the road fatality/injury needle by much at all.

    • DaveRides

      I thought the story was pretty fair. It does acknowledge that it’s addressing a fairly small proportion of pedestrian injuries, and quantifies the increase in relation to the increased numbers of cyclists rather than just the absolute numbers.

      What is disappointing is the lack of investigation into the cause of collisions increasing out of proportion – which I believe would likely be that many cycle lanes in the UK are created using space stolen from the footpath rather than space taken from the road. Crap designs lead to crap outcomes.

      Thankfully we don’t tend to do that here, councils aware enough to install bike lanes are generally also aware enough that compromising walkability to do it makes for a net negative.

      • velocite

        The story wasn’t incorrect, the problem was that it was a story at all. It’s true that it says the number of pedestrians killed by cyclists is a “small proportion of the total number of serious injuries sustained by pedestrians annually” it doesn’t say how small. I couldn’t find any figures relating to ‘serious injuries’ sustained by pedestrians in collisions with cyclists in Victoria, but for deaths the figure would be closer to 0% than 1%. This article with its headline and reporting of a government enquiry may not be inaccurate but I think it falls into the same category as the standard crime wave article. Cyclists are not in the same league as the alleged Apex gang in Melbourne but they are targeted on a similar tribal basis.

      • Will

        Rather than wasting effort looking into a tiny proportion of the population being injured by bikes, they could look into the deaths caused through air pollution, or any of the other serious issues facing the UK population.

        10,000 people die a year in London alone due to poor air quality, predominantly children and the elderly as they’re more at risk. Focusing on something as small as injuries and deaths caused by cyclists is a complete waste of time when compared with something like this.

        • DaveRides

          The UK and EU are already working on reducing emissions, with heavily restrictive regulations and a date set for a complete ban on new internal combustion engines

          Their government has an absolutely massive Department for Transport and numerous regional transport bodies, they have enough resources to be looking at the other things and this issue at the same time. If the cause turns out to be their shithouse bike infrastructure, identifying the issue and solving it by adopting best practice will have massive benefits for cyclists, pedestrians and all of society – including benefits by way of reducing air pollution.

          • Will

            You seem fixated on bike lanes in a negative way, despite the fact that you say you don’t live in the UK. How do you know what the cycling infrastructure is like, considering you get very different infrastructure depending on which LA is in charge? I don’t see how reducing the number of casualities to below 100 a year, again an infinitesimal number, would have any perceptible change on the UK society or air pollution.

            Again, the numbers we’re dealing with are so small. Consider that in a given year, 1 in 6 people will eventually die from causes of death which are considered avoidable in light of medical treatment or through public health interventions. The number of people that die or are injured through collision with cyclists is 1 in 650,000.

            More people drown in the bath than die from cyclists. Five people fell of a cliff in 2011 and died, was there a call for new legislation around cliffs? No, this is a new effort from the anti-bike brigade who would rather do anything than introduce effective legislation against dangerous motorists.

            Uninsured drivers causing accidents is on the rise, up 10% to 12,000, a much more serious threat to the UK population than cyclists. Why is there no proposed legislation to deal with this?

      • Will

        The only relevant part of the article comes from Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, when he says: “The rise in the numbers of pedestrians killed or injured by cyclists is concerning but the fact remains that vehicles are responsible for 99 per cent of road user fatalities.”

    • mass1ve

      the story immediately attributes the increase to be entirely the fault of cyclists. Could it not be other factors, such as the rise of mobile phones and people not watching where they are walking?

  • Winky

    Booo-hooo-haaaahneee gives me yet another reason to put him in my “villains” list, alongside Moscon and Lizzie Whereabouts.

  • Nitro

    Obikes do seem to have become the wrong sort of social media sensation here in Melbourne. Seems to have become some sort of “What’s the strangest place you can put an Obike / what’s the most damage you can do to one?” challenge.

    Yesterday afternoons mosey with the eldest child turned into a “How may OBikes” can we stand back upright challenge.
    Unfortunately, several just smashed to pieces – taking things too far…

    • jules

      it’s not just O-bikes. I regularly see bikes chained to railings outside train stations with their wheels crushed too.

      let’s face it, we are a nation of convicts and the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree ;)

      • Drew Hastewell

        Interested how they go in Sydney, been there about a month along with Reddy Go bike share and as of last week most seem to be still in good condition. It did take Melbournians a couple of months to really ramp up the destruction.
        Sad reflection on Melbourne really.

  • Toon

    Anyone know what happened to the SBS livestream of Paris-Tours? I jumped on at the start time (23:30 QLD) and it said the broadcast had finished. Wonder if it was a timezone issue, or did nobody get it?

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