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New accessory from London start-up may revolutionize cycling safety

A London start-up is aiming to revolutionize cycling safety with a new accessory that aims to increase visibility of cyclists at road crossings. CYCL, currently rolling up on Kickstarter, is starting pre-sales of their innovative new WingLights on November 18th.

WingLights, turn signal like blinkers that mount on a bike’s handlebars, are intended to supplement hand signals from cyclists, helping drivers to see them from 10 meters away and greatly increasing visibility.

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In the UK, 75% of the bicycle accidents a year occur at intersections and in 57% of those incidents, drivers say that they did not see the cyclist.

CYCL co-founder Luca Amaduzzi commented: “Our aim is to make the world’s roads safer for cyclists. We believe WingLights will reinforce bike presence on our roads and prevent the chance of accidents.”

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In addition to providing bike safety, the CYCL lights also easily detach from the bike and transform into a key ring, greatly reducing the risk of losing them.

For more information about WingLights and CYCL, visit their website at http://www.cycl.bike/ks

Bradley Wiggins bests Tony Martin for first road Worlds title

Briton Bradley Wiggins added a time trial gold to his impressive set of cycling medals when he caused an upset by beating German powerhouse Tony Martin at the world championships on Wednesday.

The 2012 Tour de France champion, who also beat Martin to claim the time trial Olympic title in London that year, clocked 56 minutes 25.52 seconds on the 47.1-km rolling course in Spain.

Martin, who had won the three previous editions of the event, finished 26.23 seconds behind Wiggins, who finished second to the German in 2011 and 2013 but eventually clinched his maiden world gold medal.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin finished third 40.64 seconds off the pace.

Four-time champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland skipped the event in order to focus on Sunday’s elite race.

Wiggins, who will concentrate on track cycling next year as he eyes other Olympic medals at Rio 2016 and will also try to break the hour record, already had six world titles, but all came from the track between 2003-08.

Martin got off to a strong start and was leading Wiggins by about four seconds at the first check point.

The Briton, however, was two seconds ahead at the second check point and he continued to gain ground, riding in his elegant yet efficient style while Martin seemed for once to be struggling.

Wiggins fell on his back on the ground in exhaustion, eventually raising his thumb in celebration when Martin crossed the line and victory was confirmed.

Top Ten Results:

  1. Bradley Wiggins (Britain) 56:25.52″
  2. Tony Martin (Germany) +26.23″
  3. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) +40.64″
  4. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) +47.92″
  5. Rohan Dennis (Australia) +57.74″
  6. Adriano Malori (Italy) +1:11.62″
  7. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) +1:21.63″
  8. Anton Vorobev (Russia) +1:29.66″
  9. Jan Barta (Czech Republic) +1:43.41″
  10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) +1:44.20″
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Marcel Kittel caps Tour of Britain with stage 8b win

Marcel Kittel has sprinted to his second victory of the Tour of Britain on the final stage of the race in London.

Tom Veelers got a deserved birthday present after dropping Marcel off in the final few hundred metres for him to launch his final effort to the line. Having won the opening stage, Marcel did not disappoint once again in front of a welcoming crowd in the centre of the British capital.

The final stage was a perfect sprint opportunity around ten laps of the flat 8.8km circuit in central London and the team went into the stage motivated and with a concise plan of what to do.

After two laps full gas the race finally settled into a rhythm behind five breakaway riders. These five became four when a touch of wheels saw a rider come down before returning to the peloton where Tom Stamsnijder was pulling hard on the front to monitor the gap to those out front.

The gap reached a maximum of 40 seconds but as the laps ticked by, their advantage also started to fall and coming into the last lap the remaining riders out front only had a handful of seconds left over the chasing bunch.

Into the final lap the race was all back together and the sprint formations started to appear at the front of the race. Albert Timmer was the first to pull the team up to the front with Bert De Backer, Tom Veelers and Marcel in his wheel. He brought them up near the front on the right hand side as planned before Bert pulled through to bring them to the front.

Tom V then took his turn into the first of two final corners before the finish straight where he dropped Marcel off into the front wheel from which point he was able to pull out and hold his sprint all the way to the finish to edge past Cavendish and take the win. It was close on the line but on looking back at the photos it was definitely a win for Marcel, and a great reward for a well executed plan.

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After the stage coach Marc Reef said: “We came here for the sprint opportunities and also for the breakaways and with today’s win that completes a successful week with two wins and a second for Albert. We knew that it would be hard with three guys who were coming back from sickness or injury so for these guys it was also a case of building up again but in the end we won both sprint stages with great teamwork and Marcel finishing it off.

“Albert coming second was really close and that was too bad. But if you look to the whole week it was a hard race, and it will prepare the guys well for the coming weeks.”

Marcel added: “The lead-out was great today. To start and finish the race with a win is great. It has been a good week, hard racing but as a team we have raced well and it should set us up well for the races to come still at the end of the season.

“It worked out really well for us at the end today. We waited late to move up to the front and then Tom took me round the top corner before dropping me off in a perfect position. It was a hard sprint but I had enough to come back at the end and hold on. It’s a nice way to end the week here.”

Dylan Van Baarle clinches overall Friends Life Tour of Britain victory

Garmin Sharp’s Dylan Van Baarle clinched overall victory at the Friends Life Tour of Britain, as Marcel Kittel book ended the race with a stage victory in central London.

The Giant Shimano rider outsprinted Mark Cavendish on Whitehall in the sprint battle that British spectators had been waiting all week to see, with Kittel just edging Cavendish, ahead of Italian Nicola Ruffoni.

Behind Van Baarle crossed the line in 29th position to seal overall victory by ten seconds over Michal Kwiatkowski, who also took the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, with Sir Bradley Wiggins taking third overall, 22 seconds down, having won the morning’s 8.8-kilometre individual time trial.

Wiggins had taken victory in the time trial ahead of Sylvain Chavanel and Steve Cummings, clocking a 9:50:71 around the London circuit. Meanwhile Van Baarle finished eleventh, 25 seconds back, ceding just nine seconds to sixth placed Kwiatkowski.

With a lead of ten seconds in the Friends Life General Classification, only disaster or a freak result in the sprint finish would prevent the Dutchman keeping hold of the Friends Life Yellow Jersey, and that’s how it proved.

“I didn’t really win the race today, – won it in Brighton yesterday,” said Dylan Van Baarle afterwards. “It was tough to defend my jersey in a time trial against Kwiatkowski but I did it and I’m very happy, I will remember this day for my whole life.

“I like these kind of stage races very much – not too long – but at the start of the week when I saw the list of riders, guys like Wiggins and Kwiatkowski I knew it was going to be very hard. I was hoping for perhaps top ten.

“It’s been a very hard race, the roads are heavy, lots of little steep climbs but also the six man teams is a factor. It makes it really exciting as we saw in the stage of Alex Dowsett on Friday when the peloton were pulling and pulling and could not catch the break. That ride inspired me a little bit for our break on Saturday.

“In the future I would like to develop into a Classics rider – Roubaix and Flanders – and also races like this. I am probably too heavy to be a Grand Tour rider!”

Come the final sprint and the Giant Shimano team reeled in the final attempts at another breakaway victory, keeping the pace high along Victoria Embankment and setting things up perfectly for Kittel. With Cavendish’s Omega Pharma Quick-Step teammates also at the fore, the Manxman was perfectly positioned on Kittel’s wheel, but could only get alongside the German on the dash up Whitehall, as the first three riders crossed the line spread across the full width of the road.

Despite an early attack on lap one, Alex Dowsett couldn’t stay away in his bid to take the points at the single YodelDirect Sprint on lap fiveand overall erstwhile leader Sebastian Lander, with the Dane’s BMC Racing teammate Steve Cummings taking the YodelDirect Sprint from the break, to prevent him losing the jersey.

An Post Chain Reaction’s Mark McNally finished safely in the pack to confirm his hold on the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey.

Two of the week’s most prominent riders also made an appearance on the London podium, with double-stage winner Matthias Brandle joining his IAM Cycling team colleagues as winners of the Friends Life Team Classification, and Alex Dowsett taking the overall Rouleur Combativity Award for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain.

Chris Latham was the final daily Rouleur Combativity Award winner, take the cheese for the London stage presented by Transport for London.

Marcel Kittel wins opening stage of Tour of Britain

Marcel Kittel has sprinted to an emphatic opening stage victory at the Tour of Britain making a successful return to racing in England after his two stage victories there at the Tour de France this summer.

With the stage win Marcel also takes the first leaders jersey of the race into tomorrow’s second stage from Knowsley to Llandudno.

The opening stage was based on a near-flat circuit around the northern city of Liverpool and a bunch sprint was always expected but this didn’t stop the expected early attacks from coming. Four riders formed the day’s breakaway to fight out the intermediate sprints and king of the mountains points on offer.

Team Giant-Shimano set out their objectives from early in the stage as Brian Bulgac started to help control the pace at the head of the peloton. Tom Stamsnijder joined the chase midway through the relatively short 104.8km stage and this helped to keep a check on their advantage.

With 10km to go the break had just over 30″ advantage, and with 3.5km to go it was all back together as the sprint formations started to hit the front. The team bided their time and waited until the right moment to come through on the right hand side by the barriers with Tom Veelers launching Marcel for his finishing sprint. Marcel held on to take an impressive win and with it he takes the first yellow jersey of the race.

The stage also saw a welcome return to racing for Bert De Backer after a few months out after his heavy fall at Ster ZLM Tour. Bert rode a strong race playing a key role in the chasing and also in setting up the sprint at the finish.

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Marcel gave his reaction straight after the stage, saying: “It was really messy at the finish – it’s always difficult when you have a downhill section in the final kilometre as it becomes really fast and harder to hold position.

“The team were strong today, controlling the race then we had to come really late for the lead-out. We found a way through on the right and this worked well.

“It’s good to win the first stage. It’s really nice to see the reaction of the spectators here – a lot of people came out to the race today.

“It’s a long way until London but it is nice to be the leader here and we will see what we can do tomorrow on stage two. I hope that as a team we will have more opportunities to challenge for stage victories here.”

“It was a hard stage to control with just six riders here, and also we were the only team that wanted to control it,” said Team Giant-Shimano coach Marc Reef after the stage. ”We kept it at 1’30″ to 1’45″ with Brian [Bulgac] and Tom [Stamsnijder] and then later other teams came to help later on.

“In the lead-out it was quite hectic and we got lucky with an opening on the right hand side. The guys stayed calm and went when it  opened up and Tom [Veelers] was able to do a perfect lead-out.

“For tomorrow it looks like it could be quite tough but we will study the stage and see what we can do and if Marcel can hold on over the hills.”