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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…

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Dutch Bike Company Puts TV on Packaging, Reduces Shipping Damage 80%

When Dutch bike company Vanmoof started shipping orders, they soon found upwards of 25% of their products were being damaged during delivery. For a startup company selling a $3,000 electrified bike, the unexpected costs were threatening to cripple the young upstart. That’s when the company’s founders came up with an ingenious solution: put a photo of a TV on the packaging and hope the couriers would treat the packages more delicately. According to the company, it worked! And damages due to shipping have plummeted 80% ever since (even after being…

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Chris Froome cleared by UCI in anti-doping investigation

Cyclings world governing body, the UCI, has announced that it has closed its case against Chris Froome Cyclings world governing body, the UCI, has announced that it has closed its case against Chris Froome. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accepted that Team Sky rider Froomes sample results from the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa which showed a high level of salbutamol did not constitute an adverse analytical finding, the UCI said in its statement. The announcement comes just one day after French media reports that Tour de France organisers by the…

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Bored Commuters Can Ride This Bike and Knit a Scarf With 5 Minutes of Cycling

Cyclo Knitter is a project by design student George Barratt-Jones. The goal? To make waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable by making a human-powered machine that creates scarfs in 5 minutes. George adds: “Imagine Its the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give…

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So, BMW Wants to Build Networks of Elevated Cycling Paths

In its first century as a company, BMW has made industrial engines, motorcycles, Steve Urkel’s Isetta, and a whole lot of cars. Now, it wants to build something altogether new: an elevated bike path. This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technologies, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level. It’s called the E3 Way—that's for elevated, electric, and efficient—and BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by…

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Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

The luminous blue cycling strip, which can be found near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o. It’s made from a synthetic material that can give out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by the sun throughout the day. Although the concept was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane in the Netherlands, the technology is quite different as the Dutch version uses LEDs whereas this one is entirely dependent upon solar power. It’s…

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Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

Kieran Pender joins the Orica-Scott cycling team as they battle their way through the gruelling stage 17 of the Tour de France Since its establishment in 2011, Orica-Scott has become one of the leading teams in the World Tour peloton. The only Australian outfit competing at the highest level of road cycling, Orica-Scott has won stages at each Grand Tour and numerous prestigious one-day races. In 2017, the team travelled at Tour de France start city Dsseldorf with a different goal in mind: Orica-Scott has come of age, and stage…

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Richie Porte’s horror crash prompts questions of Tour de France organisers | Kieran Pender

Rather than settling for a typical summit finale, ASO opted for the stages fourth technical descent and a finish in Chambry On Sunday morning European time, Gemma Porte tweeted: Day of travel for me so only informative [Tour de France] messages/updates wanted. Nothing to spark the wifey nerves please! She may have tempted fate. Several hours later, her husband Richie Porte ended his told Guardian Australia six months later. 2017 was set to be Portes year. The climber had been in ominous early season form, winning the Tour Down Under…

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