It takes the support of many different people for the riders of a team to make it successfully through a Grand Tour. Today we received the news that Patrick's BORA - ARGON 18 team mate Shane Archbold was forced to quit the Tour following a crash during the stage today. Despite fracturing his pelvis 'The Flying Mullet' continued until the end of the stage, not even finishing last man on the road.
Today Patrick was joined on the Tour by his girlfriend. She will accompany him each day now until the final stage in Paris. Good luck to Patrick and the rest of the guys - we hope they all stay out of trouble and get safely to the Champs Elysee.
Laura Fletcher takes a quick look at some of the latest cycling titles to hit the bookshop shelves including books by Ned Boulting, Max Leonard, James Hibbard, Jeremy Wilson, Dan Martin. You can also check out Matthew Bailey's review of Jeremy Wilson's biography of Beryl Burton in Conquista Issue 28.
It feels to us like Liverpool is a city at a crossroads. The worst pedestrian and cyclist road safety track record in the country. Deprived neighbourhoods with chronic health issues and low car ownership. Offered millions of pounds of central government funding for local transport development, the city has elected to remove an important active travel corridor prior to the publication of a review into its effectiveness. The actions of a local councillor, praised by the City Mayor, could lead to a huge reduction in local transport funding that will set the city back years. We look back at the last two years, the impact of Covid, and ask is this the end of the road for a co-ordinated active travel plan for Liverpool?