Have you heard the one about why Australian track riders dye their hair blonde? Ineos Grenadiers’ Luke Plapp reveals all as he seeks world track and road glory

When Ineos Grenadiers’ Luke Plapp was forced to ride the time trial stage of last week’s UAE Tour on his road bike, it prompted intrigue and headlines across the cycling sphere.

But it’s a pan-flat, 9km course, people questioned, until hearing that, actually, the problem was that a pre-stage crash had rendered his bike unfixable before he took to the startline.

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