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One of Geraint Thomas's answers in an hour-long interview caused a stir on social media, Robert Gesink breaks some ribs and the Izagirre brothers are on the move
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Cycling Central

28 Aug 2018 - 12:14 PM  UPDATED 28 Aug 2018 - 3:41 PM

G causes a stir 

The 2018 Tour de France champion said in an interview with the UK's The Sunday Times he would make helmets compulsory.

“I’ve never ridden a bike in London, apart from in a race,” Thomas said. “I’ve watched from a taxi and it does seem a bit crazy.

”I would certainly make helmets compulsory. I always wear a helmet, I’ve put on a helmet more times than I’ve buckled a seatbelt. Helmets have come on a lot well ventilated, not too hot, you don’t look stupid, no reason not to.”

He was asked the question about proposed UK mandatory helmet laws in a long feature published on the weekend. But his answer soon caused quite the stir on social media 

Some of the more polite reactions:

G's reaction?

Robert Gesink breaks two ribs and a collarbone

The LottoNL Jumbo rider broke two ribs and his right collarbone while out training in Colorado in the run-up to the WorldTour races in Quebec and Montreal. 

The Izagirre brothers are on the move to Astana 

Ion and Gorka Izagirre are leaving Bahrain-Merida at the end of 2018 for a two year deal with Astana.  

"Ion and Gorka are very strong riders and their results a well-known," Astana's general manager Alexandr Vinokourov said in a team statement. "This year Gorka became the Spanish road race Champion, while Ion showed some high performances in stage races and at the Tour de France.

"In Astana we are ready to help the brothers to do another step ahead in their career and to lead them to new, higher results. I believe that their potential has not yet been fully disclosed and we are ready to do everything necessary for them to be fully realized in Astana Pro Team, - said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Ion Izagirre (29) notable results 2018: third overall Itzulia Basque Country; fourth overall Paris-Nice. Other notable results: second overall, Tour de Suisse (2016); overall victory, Tour of Poland (2015); stage at the Tour de France (2016); stage at the Giro d’Italia (2012);  ITT (2016) and road race (2014) titles of the Spanish National Championships

Gorka Izagirre (30) notable results 2018: Spanish national road race champion and silver in the ITT; third overall Tour of Oman, third overall Paris-Nice. Other notable results: stage at the Tour de France (2017)