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Ingenico Group , the global leader in seamless payments, today reveals that within 18 months of going live, its Russian Payments Solution has outperformed all expectations with impressive payment volumes and customer adoption. It is now one of the fastest growing payments offerings from Ingenico ePayments, providing unique local acquiring and payment capabilities for international businesses selling online to Russian consumers in digital goods, retail, travel and more.

The success of the solution is credited to Ingenico’s deep understanding of the Russian financial system and partnerships it has built within the Russian banking ecosystem. Through these partnerships Ingenico developed a unique solution with local access to the Russian financial system and payment landscape providing local acquiring, local payment methods and multi-currency processing capabilities.

Ingenico has rapidly grown its new solution – up to a billion in USD flow in its first 18 months – and is seeing impressively high payment approval rates. By working with leading acquiring banks such as Sberbank and Alfa Bank, Ingenico has seen impressive approval rate increases of up to 20% for customers. A high approval rate is crucial for online businesses as it leads to more online sales, lower shopping cart abandonment and returning customers.

The Russian Payments Solution offers Mir (Russia’s domestic card scheme) and Russian e-wallets Qiwi and Yandex.Money. It supports domestic payments in multiple currencies in addition to the Rouble, including EUR and USD reducing the risk for Russian issuers. It is fully compliant with MirAccept, Russia’s equivalent of the 3D Secure authentication mechanism. Ingenico is also regularly adding new capabilities including a BSP feature for airlines with local acquiring, single report and single remittance.

The solution’s capabilities and outstanding performance have allowed Ingenico to successfully process 100 million payments from Russian consumers buying products overseas. Its success was further driven by an extraordinary performance during China’s Singles Day 2019, reporting record breaking transaction volumes and payment authorization rates. Already, the company has onboarded 10% of its overall merchant customer base, helping companies like All Nippon Airways, SHEIN, inCruises, Air China and Joom accept payments from Russia with ease.

Ingenico launched the Russian solution in 2018 as part of a strategic approach to help businesses target high growth markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China. Apart from growing fast, these countries have significant barriers to entry. Their unique domestic ecommerce ecosystems demand specific solutions tailored to local preferences. Ingenico is delivering solutions for these markets expeditiously as it sees massive opportunity.

Daria Nikolaeva, PR Manager for Europe at Joom, the fastest-growing shopping application in Europe, who were recently onboarded onto Ingenico’s solution, said: “Russia has historically been a tough ecommerce market to crack. With Ingenico’s unique and tailored solution we’re operating in this fast-growing market with ease.”

Mike Goodenough, General Manager, EMEA at Ingenico ePayments, said: “The first 18 months have been exceptional for our Russian Payments Solution as it is unlike any other available on the market. It’s a remarkable example of how we connect sellers and buyers. While Russian ecommerce is rapidly growing, we can support you to grow and scale further.”

To learn more about Ingenico’s offer for Russia visit: https://bit.ly/2TgKBgm.

More insights on Russian ecommerce: Cracking the Russian markethttps://blog.ingenico.com/posts/2018/12/cracking-the-russian-market.html

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Primož Roglič beats Tadej Pogačar to Slovenian national road race title
Primož Roglič beats Tadej Pogačar to Slovenian national road race title
Primož Roglič (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

The Jumbo-Visma rider becomes national champion for the first time in his career

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Al Salam Bank sponsors the Bahrain Institute of Islamic Finance’s Islamic Finance Handbook

Manama: Al Salam Bank-Bahrain announced the sponsorship of the Islamic Finance Handbook for practitioners, produced locally by the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), to further bolster Islamic Finance training, reinforcing the Kingdom’s position as a hub of the Islamic Finance Industry in the region.

The Islamic Finance Handbook will cover all major Islamic financial products and services covering ongoing developments including the expected growth in FinTech and Takaful Insurance. The Handbook will also document Bahrain’s contribution to the global Islamic finance industry by showcasing products and transactions that originated from Bahrain. The book will incorporate case-studies from Al Salam Bank Bahrain as well as interviews and thoughts from the Bank’s senior management on various aspects of Islamic Finance.

Rafik Nayed CEO of Al Salam Bank-Bahrain
Group CEO of Al Salam Bank-Bahrain Mr. Rafik Nayed

On this occasion, the Group CEO of Al Salam Bank-Bahrain Mr. Rafik Nayed said, “As the home of some of the most innovative financial institutions in the global Sharia-compliant landscape, Bahrain is at the forefront of the international Islamic financial services industry. Al Salam Bank-Bahrain is proud to play a role in supporting the continued growth of the industry and increase awareness on the ongoing developments within the sector.”

Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh BIBF Director
Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh – BIBF Director

The BIBF Director, Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh said, “We’re pleased to see Bahrain again playing its part to foster the Islamic finance industry on a local and global scale, and we are grateful to Al Salam Bank-Bahrain – as one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the region – for its continuous support to the industry.”

The BIBF’s Head of Islamic Finance Centre, Mr. Mujtaba Khalid, stated, “Currently, there are many academic and theoretical text books pertaining to Islamic finance around the world but there are very few – if any – practical handbooks for professionals with knowledge that can be applied in the workplace. Domestically, this will be the first practical handbook of its kind, which will facilitate applied knowledge for the industry.”

The BIBF Centre for Islamic Finance was established in 1997 to help promote the growth of both Islamic finance and banking. Today, the BIBF offers degrees and certifications, and conducts training in more than 27 countries worldwide.

About Al Salam Bank-Bahrain

​​​Al Salam Bank-Bahrain B.S.C (ASBB) is an Islamic bank headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain. ASBB was established on 19 January 2006 in the Kingdom of Bahrain with paid-up capital of BD 120 million (US$ 318 million) and commenced commercial operations on 17 April 2006. The Bank was listed on Bahrain Bourse on 27 April 2006 and subsequently on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on 26 March 2008.

ASBB completed its merger with the Bahraini Saudi Bank (BSB) on 22 December 2011. On 2 February 2014, Al Salam Bank-Bahrain and BMI Bank B.S.C. (c) confirmed the conclusion of a business combination between the two institutions after obtaining the approval of their shareholders at their respective extraordinary general assembly meetings, and of 30 March 2014 BMI Bank became a wholly owned subsidiary of ASBB.

ASBB offers its customers a comprehensive range of innovative and unique Shari’a-compliant financial products and services through an extended network of branches and ATMs, utilizing the state-of-art technologies to meet various banking requirements. In addition to its retail banking services, the Bank also offers Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Treasury services. The Bank’s high-calibre management team is comprised of highly qualified and internationally experienced professionals with proven expertise in key areas of banking, finance, and related fields.

ABOUT BIBF

The BIBF is the leading training and education provider in the region, and is affiliated to the Central Bank of Bahrain. The Institute plays a vital role in the development of human capital in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Gulf region, the wider Middle East, Africa and beyond.

The BIBF’s commitment to excellence has strengthened its position as the leading educational provider across all major business disciplines. The BIBF serves as a partner to numerous world-class institutions; delivering Thought Leadership, Assessment and Training in the areas of:

  • Banking,
  • Islamic Finance,
  • Executive Development,
  • Accounting & Finance,
  • Academic Studies,
  • Leadership & Management,
  • Supply Chain Management,
  • Insurance
  • Digital Transformation & Project Management;

Resulting in a Complete Business Solution.

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Meet Tekkerz: Britain’s coolest team
Meet Tekkerz: Britain’s coolest team
Elinor Barker and Alec Briggs (Tekkerz, Daniel Gould)

Tekkerz are the new kids on the block – they are unconventional, stylish and do things very much their own way

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<div>Patrick Lefevere nearly sold stake in Quick-Step to Israel Start-Up Nation's Sylvan Adams</div>
<div>Patrick Lefevere nearly sold stake in Quick-Step to Israel Start-Up Nation's Sylvan Adams</div>
Sylvan Adams and Patrick Lefevere (Getty)

Before Lefevere brought Deceuninck on board a deal was all but agreed with the billionaire

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  • Receipt Bank acquires Xavier to power accountants with “better advice from better data”

  • Xavier adds data quality horsepower to Receipt Bank’s leading data accuracy

  • Product package increases value for 150,000 Receipt Bank clients using Xero

  • First acquisition part of strategy to provide advisory tools to accountants, as Xavier launches in Australia

Leading digital accounting platform Receipt Bank has acquired data quality specialists Xavier, boosting the range of advisory tools offered to accountants and bookkeepers.

Xavier automates complex checking of financial data with an easily understandable health score. It detects errors and anomalies in complex business data within accounting software, reducing the frequency and the cost of fixing them for accountants and bookkeepers.

The move, which follows Receipt Bank’s successful $73m January Series C raise, is part of the company’s strategy to provide products that power accountants to deliver advice to make business more successful.

Receipt Bank CEO Adrian Blair commented: “This is a leap forward in our growth plans for 2020 and beyond. With Xavier, Receipt Bank gives accountants the tools to offer better business advice based on better quality data at every step.”

Rich Nicolson, Xavier CEO, added: “Our mission has always been to create accurate data for effective accounting; being part of Receipt Bank allows us to fulfil that mission, at scale, with tens of thousands of accountants globally.”

Xavier now becomes part of the Receipt Bank product portfolio. The move consolidates two of the highest rated services in the Xero ecosystem.

Receipt Bank plans to expand the joint offer internationally in 2020, with Xavier springboarding into Australia this Autumn, following the launch business insights tool ‘Resilience’.

Receipt Bank saves and sorts data in one place, powering accountants with the tools to help businesses financially plan for the future. Xavier avoids costly data errors, giving accountants assurance and value for small businesses that their finances are in good hands.

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Lachlan Morton breaks Everesting record a week after failed attempt
Lachlan Morton breaks Everesting record a week after failed attempt
Lachlan Morton at the 2019 Tour of Utah 2019 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It was second time Lachy for the Australian pro

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Sunday trading: 40% off a seriously rapid 3T Strada plus massive discounts off Shimano groupsets
Sunday trading: 40% off a seriously rapid 3T Strada plus massive discounts off Shimano groupsets

This week we’ve found a 40% discount on a 3T aero bike as well as whopping discounts on top end Shimano Dura-ace and workshop quality tools. With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the […]

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Hastee Card disrupts the conventional payroll cycle to give workers the ability to access and spend their earnings in real-time, as they earn

Hasteehttps://www.hastee.com/, the Earnings on Demand company, today announces the launch of the world’s first Earnings on Demand contactless debit card, powered by Visa. Hastee Card enables users to access and spend their accrued earnings in real-time, as they earn it, anywhere in the world, with the card’s balance dynamically increasing as earnings accrue.

Hastee launched the UK’s first Earnings on Demand solution via an app in August 2017; working with employers, its technology gives workers the ability to withdraw up to fifty per cent of their daily salary to their nominated bank account, on the day they earn it. Hastee Card builds upon and enhances the user experience by reducing friction and offering immediate spending power as well as a path to greater benefits such as cashback and rewards in the future.

James Herbert, Founder and CEO at Hastee, said: “Now more than ever, workers in every sector need fast and flexible access to the money they earn. The effects of COVID-19 have emphasised that current payroll systems leave many struggling for the liquidity they need at pivotal points in the month. Hastee Card is the natural evolution of the work we have been doing to help support workers and employers in the UK, and we’re excited to be spearheading a solution that revolutionises an outdated process and brings greater financial wellbeing to those who need it the most.”

The card offers the first use of ‘Buffer’ technology from end-to-end banking and payments solution provider Contis. The technology allows Hastee to dynamically assess a user’s accrued earnings from their employer when they use the card to make a payment and, provided they have sufficient earnings available, immediately delivers the spending power needed to complete the transaction. Buffer technology assesses both accounts, runs an almost instant approval process, and completes the transaction with funds from the second account, providing a seamless customer experience.

Hastee’s mission is to provide workers with the financial freedom they need to meet today’s challenges, as well as to help build a better and more productive UK economy for all. Research has shown that a lack of access to financial liquidity leads to stress and poor financial decisions. Hastee’s 2019 Workplace Wellbeing Studyhttps://www.hasteepay.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HP-workplace-wellbeing-study-2019web-FINAL.pdf showed that up to 74 per cent of the 2,000 employees surveyed across the UK had suffered personal finance-related stress. Further, up to 82 per cent of UK workers rely upon high-cost credit between paydays to make ends meet, despite 38 per cent knowing they will struggle to keep up with repayments.

Hastee is available at zero cost to employers and can integrate with payroll systems within minutes. The card is in its final trial phase and is fully compliant with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The initial roll out will commence in June 2020.

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UK cycling figures reveal their dream bikes
UK cycling figures reveal their dream bikes
Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Olympic Games (Photo by Christophe Ena – IOPP Pool Getty Images)

Simon Richardson waxes lyrical about the UKSI bike, and asks other industry figures about their own dream machines

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Italian paracyclist Alex Zanardi seriously injured in bike crash
Italian paracyclist Alex Zanardi seriously injured in bike crash
Alex Zanardi at Ironman Italy 2019 (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

The former Formula 1 driver entered intensive care and has undergone surgery for severe head injuries

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New platform enables SMEs to simplify how they build a trusted value chain, conduct secure payments, manage cash flows and simplify back office functions.

Today, Mastercard and Octet Europe announce the launch of a new trade solution across the European Economic Area (EEA). The Mastercard Trade Solution powered by Octet Europe helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow their business by managing any business transaction in a safe, real time and more efficient way. Powered by Octet, the Mastercard Trade Solution facilitates domestic and cross border trade by enabling a trusted value chain, secure payments, management of cash flows and simplifying back office functions thereby supporting economies globally by powering the vital SME sector.

SMEs are an indispensable part of our economy, accounting for two thirds of jobs in most countries and driving greater economic inclusiveness. Expanding international or “cross border” trade is a key driver of many SMEs’ performance and competitiveness. Despite their critical role in the economy, however, small businesses are underrepresented in international trade: only a quarter of European SMEs export. To help these small businesses integrate into the global economy and fulfill their potential, Mastercard and Octet Europe have teamed up to provide a tailored solution.

The Mastercard Trade Solution is directly accessible and encompasses Octet Europe’s state-of-the-art, cloud based B2B trade platform, which thoroughly reviews each company in its network. Specifically, all members transacting on the Octet platform are extensively verified via industry-leading Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC), Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF) and Economic Trade Sanctions (ETS) processes to reduce the risk for all parties in the network. This provides peace of mind for SMEs who want to find new business partners abroad and access foreign markets.

One additional challenge for small businesses’ is access to finance. To overcome this, the new trade solution enables SMEs to use their Mastercard cards as powerful tools to manage their cashflows and pay any suppliers to grow their business, while enjoying their valuable card benefits and reward points. Mastercard Trade Solution and Octet Europe are able to leverage Mastercard for payment services. The platform provides greater flexibility on the preferred payment method for businesses. In practical terms, this means that buyers have the choice to pay by card even if the supplier doesn’t process card payments; meanwhile sellers can accept payments to their bank accounts regardless of how the buyer chooses to pay. This flexibility empowers companies to transact in their preferred way, be it by card or another payment method, thus enabling them to manage their finances more effectively and conveniently.

The tool also helps small business owners manage and simplifying multiple tasks by enabling them to track, validate and authorise every step of a business transaction and settle B2B purchases using cards (debit or credit) with full visibility of all supporting trade documentation.

Milan Gauder, Executive Vice President of Product and Innovation at Mastercard Europe noted: “Small business owners can incur a lot of expenses by running detailed background checks on their supply chain, especially if it involves cross-border suppliers. This in turn can limit their willingness and ability to grow their business internationally. The Mastercard Trade Solution powered by Octet will help the vital SME sector thrive in the global economy by unlocking their potential with flexibility, confidence and peace of mind. At Mastercard, we are committed to remaining the partner of choice for businesses of all sizes and to powering economies.”

Margrith Lutschg-Emmenegger, CEO and Co-Founder Octet Europe noted: “We are excited and delighted to be partnering with Mastercard and see tremendous potential in making our unique product offering available to SMEs across Europe via their powerful partner network. It is an exceptional opportunity to create more usage of corporate cards for procurement and trade, which will greatly support SME’s and their role in sustaining global supply chains.”

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20-year-old breaks UK Everesting record
20-year-old breaks UK Everesting record
Tom Stephenson during his Everesting attempt (Mike Stephenson)

The Cumbrian brings the national record closer to the nine-hour barrier

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Fast-Growing Regtech Recognized for Potential to Impact the Compliance Industry and Fight Against Financial Crime.

  • World Economic Forum announced its selection of the world’s 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020
  • CEO Charles Delingpole to participate in the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to help define the global agenda on risk intelligence and other key issues
  • ComplyAdvantage was chosen for its innovative contributions within the compliance industry and the fight against financial crime
  • ComplyAdvantage joins previous Technology Pioneers including Google and Palantir Technologies

ComplyAdvantage, a global technology company transforming how institutions manage their financial crime risk and compliance, has today been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

Founded in 2014, ComplyAdvantage has rapidly made its mark on the compliance industry globally in combating money laundering and terrorism financing. The company applies proprietary algorithms and ontology to data sets using data science and machine learning in the development of the first global, connected database to tackle financial crime.

The World Economic Forum’s annual list is a selection of companies involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovation, and that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Previous recipients include Airbnb, Google, Palantir Technologies, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia. ComplyAdvantage is one of only two regtech firms awarded this year.

“We’re honoured to be acknowledged as a Pioneer by the World Economic Forum,” said ComplyAdvantage Founder and CEO Charles Delingpole. “There is an estimated $2 trillion laundered globally every year. With criminals always being one step ahead, it is this money that facilitates activities like human trafficking and terrorism. Recognition from the Forum this year is confirmation our advanced technology is helping financial institutions put a stop to this financial crime.”

“The strategic focus of the Forum is promoting innovation as a way of tackling some of the most critical issues facing society as well as being a driving force for future economic growth. We look forward to contributing to the Forum dialogues on the financial crime challenge,” said Delingpole.

“We’re excited to welcome ComplyAdvantage to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “ComplyAdvantage and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”

Following the company’s selection, CEO Charles Delingpole will participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. ComplyAdvantage will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.

The full list of Technology Pioneers 2020 can be found here.

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90 per cent drop in out-of-competition doping tests during coronavirus pandemic
90 per cent drop in out-of-competition doping tests during coronavirus pandemic
Doping control (Pascal Guyot/AFP via Getty Images)

The Cycling Anti-Doping Federation was forced to drastically reduce testing during the crisis

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<div>UCI to implement 'bubble' protocol at races in measure against coronavirus</div>
<div>UCI to implement 'bubble' protocol at races in measure against coronavirus</div>
Paris-Nice 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Cycling’s governing body outline how it will attempt to mitigate any positive cases during races

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Button’s technology powers the commerce program of Spain’s biggest mobile neobank, Bnext.

Button, the leading mobile commerce technology company, today announced its partnership with Bnext, the biggest mobile-first neobank of Spain. Starting today, Bnext users can seamlessly shop and save money with the largest brands including AliExpress, Groupon, and Black Limba, powered by Button’s technology. Through this partnership with Button, Bnext achieves a higher engagement with its users by giving them an added incentive to open the app every day to find savings on daily spend—fueling the company’s rapid growth in Spain and Mexico, the country through which they have begun their expansion in Latin America.

With Button’s technology integrated into Bnext’s app, users can now access Bnext’s rewards feature to shop and save money on everyday purchases during this time of crisis from established retail partners working with Button in just a few taps. In addition, Bnext users will be able to enjoy a personalized shopping experience—they will receive more cash back in exchange for more purchases as well as upgrade to a premium account to access more lucrative offers.

“As the world faces unforeseen challenges, business models that are predicated on conversions and driving value for all parties—brands, publishers, and most importantly users—will be the models that prevail,” said Michael Jaconi, Co-Founder and CEO at Button. “Having driven over $3 billion in mobile spending to date, Button is excited to continue partnering with cutting-edge fintech apps around the world like Bnext to help them open up a new way to make revenue. By launching a commerce strategy for Bnext, Button is enabling Bnext to deliver a more valuable banking experience, drive greater engagement from its users, and tap into a durable revenue stream.”

“Bnext is setting a whole new standard of an alternative to traditional banking—by being direct and transparent, we are offering each user a personalized experience that’s tailored to their needs and interests,” Juan Antonio Rullán, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Bnext. “Through building a commerce program with Button, we are furthering that personalization-centered mission by not only offering our users greater utility in our app, but by also empowering them to save money.”

“AliExpress is committed to being a lifestyle platform for consumers worldwide, and partnering with Button and Bnext takes us one step closer towards securing our footprint in Europe,” said Wang Mingqiang, General Manager of AliExpress. “By enabling more consumers in the region to be able to discover AliExpress in the Bnext app powered by Button’s technology, we’re giving them a frictionless journey towards purchasing the products that they love.”

“Button has been a valuable addition to Groupon’s mobile growth strategy,” said Maciej Zbroszczyk, Head of Affiliate Marketing EMEA & Asia-Pacific, Groupon. “Through this Button and Bnext integration, we’re able to tap into a new pool of financially-savvy consumers and convert them into loyal customers, fulfilling our mission of helping more people find and discover experiences.”

For more information, reach out to Button at usebutton.com/contact.

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Richmond Park eases cycling restrictions mid-week
Richmond Park eases cycling restrictions mid-week
Richmond Park in west London (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Richmond Park have announced the cycling restrictions will be further relaxed during the mid-week period.

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<div>Giro d'Italia gets green light with crowds allowed at Sicilian start</div>
<div>Giro d'Italia gets green light with crowds allowed at Sicilian start</div>
Richard Carapaz at the 2019 Giro d’Italia (Photo by Fabio Averna/NurPhoto)

Social distancing measures will be implemented for spectators

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<div>Tweets of the Week: Peter Sagan's wonderful wheelies, Orla Walsh with a rollers crash and more</div>
<div>Tweets of the Week: Peter Sagan's wonderful wheelies, Orla Walsh with a rollers crash and more</div>
The best tweets from the last week (Picture: Twitter/@PetoSagan)

It’s no secret social media can be a dark and depressing place, but every so often you see a post that brightens your day just a little bit.

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Sunday Times ‘sorry for offence’ after columnist says it’s ‘tempting’ to injure cyclists with wire traps
Sunday Times ‘sorry for offence’ after columnist says it’s ‘tempting’ to injure cyclists with wire traps
Columnist Rod Liddle (Picture: Corbis via Getty Images)

The Sunday Times newspaper has apologised after a columnist said it was “tempting” to injure cyclists with wire traps.

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Laurens De Plus set to join Ineos as Jumbo-Visma highlight replacement
Laurens De Plus set to join Ineos as Jumbo-Visma highlight replacement
Laurens De Plus at the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

The arms race between two of the strongest WorldTour squads continues

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Cyclists should avoid drafting to reduce risk of coronavirus infection, according to new study
Cyclists should avoid drafting to reduce risk of coronavirus infection, according to new study
The peloton of Paris-Nice 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Researchers are recommending that cyclists stay 20 metres apart when riding fast to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.

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UCI publishes coronavirus protocol for when racing resumes
UCI publishes coronavirus protocol for when racing resumes
Paris-Nice 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Cycling’s governing body outline how it will attempt to mitigate any positive cases during races

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The Strava dilemma: Is it money well spent?
The Strava dilemma: Is it money well spent?

Now that Strava is charging £4 per month for full access to leaderboards, Hannah Reynolds assesses whether, in terms of motivation and training benefits, it’s money well spent