This edition of cycling videos of the week once again contains footage from the Tour de France. As the world’s biggest sporting event enters its final week, one descent in particular gave some great footage, but for different reasons.
Away from the Tour, there are two different aspects of cycling in London. The problems shown in one video are likely to be seen anywhere in the country, and the glimpse of something better in the other video could also be rolled out in other cities.
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Back to the Tour, we’ve got our own exclusive video giving a preview to the Alps, which look set to decide the podium of this year’s race.
Peter Sagan’s amazing descent to take second, again
We all know that Peter Sagan is a brilliant bike handler, and also a very consistent finisher. But just look at him go down the Col de Manse.
Chasing an elusive stage victory, Sagan went all out on the run into Gap only to come second again.
Geraint Thomas hits telegraph pole, finishes stage
After being forced off the road and into a telegraph pole, it looked like this crash may have ended a very promising Tour. However, the rider in question is Geraint Thomas and he doesn’t stay down easily. With the help of some spectators he was soon back on his bike and only lost 38 seconds on his nearest rivals to stay in sixth overall.
Everyday problems on Elephant and Castle
Unfortunately the footage in this video of London’s infamous Elephant and Castle roundabout is not out of the norm if you cycle in London.
Away from this singular incident, a look at the road design demonstrates how it is made for conflict and overwhelmingly favours fast moving, heavy vehicles. Thankfully some work is being done to improve the double-roundabout, but how well that works out won’t become clear until after it’s finished.
Segregated roundabout in London gives glimmer of hope
On a brighter note for everyday bicycle users, this roundabout re-design elsewhere in London points to how much better things can be. A design that could be rolled out anywhere in Britain, hopefully ‘build and they will come’ applies here and a further growth in the use of bikes as transport will result.
It’s not flawless though. The sweeping design of the car lane seen at 14 seconds may encourage motorists to left hook the cycle lane, when the curb could have continued further to slow the vehicle exit. The abrupt end to the cycle lane into the back of a parked car at 29 seconds is also fairly undesirable, but on the whole this seems like a more user-friendly junction system.
Your guide to the Tour de France in the Alps
The Tour de France has geographically already entered the Alps, but as far as GC shake-ups go it’s not until Wednesday’s stage 17 that the race really hots up.