Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 19, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dennis takes stage win, Pinot leads at Tour of the Alps; Modolo sprints to win at Tour of Croatia opener; Gilbert out of Giro d’Italia; Greg Van Avermaet felt ‘let down by the team’ at Amstel Gold Race; 2018 UCI Road World Championship course could be toughest in history; Western Australia to push for new laws for cyclist safety; Appeal denied for driver who made gun gesture at cyclist, BBC presenter; Community rallies to replace bike stolen from elderly woman; Video: Riders ride through roundabout at Tour of Croatia; Video: Canyon/SRAM ready for La Fléche Wallonne; Video: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; Video: Don’t Forget Fun with Team Wooly Mammoth.

Appeal denied for driver who made gun gesture at cyclist, BBC presenter

by CyclingTips

A driver who was found guilty of threatening BC presenter Jeremy Vine as he was cycling in London tried to appeal her conviction. However, the court has ruled against her, upholding her conviction.

This happened on Friday. I hate to overload our hard-working London police with footage from my commute, but I feel the person you see on the tape will at some point hurt someone very badly – either with her car or in a direct personal assault. See what you think.

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Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, threatened Vine and made a gun gesture in a confrontation in August of 2016. The incident was captured on video from Vine’s helmet camera. Pearson was convicted on February 1 of driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Defence lawyer James O’Keeffe argued that Vine posted the footage online as a way of “promoting himself” and also suggested he racially stereotyped Pearson “as a black person with a gun.”

In his ruling Judge Phillip Matthews said, “We make a finding as fact she got out of her car angered and annoyed for his failure to get out the way and, by her own admission, used threatening words which were without justification as far as his conduct was concerned.

“We find there is not a shred of evidence to support the unfortunate assertion that Mr Vine’s actions were in any way racially motivated.”

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