Behold, £12.6k of custom, carbon, gravel loveliness

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Irish carbon specialists FiftyOne has just released a run of 10 rather expensive, limited edition gravel bikes made in collaboration with ENVE.

Named after Alphonse Steinès — the assistant to the director of the Tour de France in the early days of the race and a pioneer of the sport who truly brought the event to the mountains — the Steinés has been created to mark his achievements.

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The top tube displays the legendary telegram sent by Steinès to the organisers of the Tour shortly after regaining consciousness after a fairly unpleasant crash while recceing the Tourmalet that read “Crossed Tourmalet. Very good road. Perfectly feasible”.

ENVE supplied much of the build

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Drama in the Alps – Podcast

The latest Cyclingnews podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – was recorded following a dramatic stage 11 of the Tour de France from Albertville to La Rosiere.

In it we hear from stage winner and new yellow jersey Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), and UAE Team Emirates’ Dan Martin. Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson and Sadhbh O’Shea talk about the shake-up in the general classification and ask whether or not Team Sky can all but wrap up the GC in Thursday’s Alpe d’Huez.

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We also hear from Heinrich Haussler with his latest podcast blog from the Tour de France.

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Uran quits Tour de France due to Roubaix crash injuries

A crash on the Roubaix cobbles has put an end to Rigoberto Uran’s Tour de France, with the EF-Education First-Drapac team confirming that the Colombian will not start Thursday’s stage 12 to L’Alpe d’Huez.

The Colombian crashed heavily on the ninth stage, “resulting in pain his left leg and arm and compromising his ability to pedal.”

Uran finished Wednesday’s mountain stage to La Rosiere over 26 minutes down on stage winner and new race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).

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In a press release issued Thursday morning, Uran said: “Today I have to share some bad news. I didn’t recover after the crash. Yesterday in the first real climb, all day, there was pain in my body.”

“The most important thing is the rider’s health,” said head sport director Charly Wegelius.

“Rigo hasn’t recovered from his crash on the cobbled stage, and his position on the bike is compromised and could create further issues down the line. We along with Rigo felt it best to pull out of the Tour this morning so he can recover and look toward the remainder of the season. “

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