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Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Remco Evenepoel looks back on the day he became Time Trial World Champion

Evenepoel’s Team Soudal Quick-Step posted this:

“The race against the clock in Scotland was one of my biggest goals of the entire season, so to win it on a route that wasn’t really tailored to me, but was more in the advantage of the heavier guys in the peloton, was fantastic. I can easily say it was one of the finest moments of my career, and thinking about it, I can say the most important thing was that I felt incredibly good the entire day, and that’s what made the difference in the end.

Remco Evenepoel on his way to winning a rainbow jersey. Sirotti photo

I felt perfect the whole race and even managed to ride faster than I had planned at the start. By the time I reached the second split I knew I was the fastest out there, and with the up-and-down part of the course that suited me still to come, I had the confidence I could take the victory, especially as the legs felt great. I remember the final hill being a tough one, but I paced myself well there on those hard slopes, and maintained my advantage over the others all the way to the finish.

The way I rode made me very proud, because it showed the progress that I had made in the discipline under the guidance of the Soudal Quick-Step staff, and at the same time, because I fulfilled a dream of mine, which I had since before turning pro. I am happy that the beautiful rainbow jersey will sit on my shoulders until September next year, it’s a great feeling to have it, and hopefully, I will get a win while wearing it next season.”

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Israel-Premier Tech riders to be issued with blank training kit due to safety concerns after Israel-Hamas war

Cycling Weekly posted this:

Israel-Premier Tech, the team of four time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, is set to introduce new safety measures in light of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, which includes a blank training kit for riders.

As first reported by Wielerflits, riders and staff on the team recently made clear to team management that they did not feel comfortable driving cars with Israel painted on them or riding in training kit with the country's name printed on it, given current circumstances.

In response to the growing safety concerns, the team will issue a blank training kit to riders for the 2024 season which they can wear when training alone if required.

“The 2024 season will be our tenth season in the pro peloton and we will continue to proudly race as Israel-Premier Tech,” a statement from the team shared with Cycling Weekly read.

“The safety and security of our team members is of the utmost importance and as such, the team has implemented some measures for the 2024 season.

“This includes the use of a training kit, which our riders can opt to wear when outside of the race bubble and training alone, if they deem it necessary.”

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Bill would require all NY state shops selling e-bikes to have fire suppression equipment

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News posted this:

State Sen. Iwen Chu recently introduced four bills to address the growing threat of lithium-ion battery fires that have plagued New York City, including one that would require all e-bike and e-scooter shops in the state to have fire suppression measures in place.

Dealers in the state who sell or repair e-bikes and e-scooters or who store lithium-ion batteries would be required to have, but not limited to, "Class B extinguishers, battery cases, and automatic monitoring and detection." The secretary of state would be authorized to issue "necessary rules and regulations, impose a fine of wilful failure to comply with such provisions."

Another bill introduced by Chu would require e-bike and e-scooter batteries to be tested and approved by UL. Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed and Mayor Eric Adams signed into law a lithium-ion battery safety package that included requiring all e-bikes (UL 2849) and lithium-ion batteries (UL 2272) sold in the city to meet those standards or another recognized certification standard. UL 2849 certifies the entire electrical system, including battery pack, motor, and controller.

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