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Thousands take part in London to Brighton bike ride

The start of the ride on Clapham Common Credit: ITV London

Thousands of cyclists have crossed the start line for the 40th anniversary London to Brighton bike ride in support of the British Heart Foundation.

More than 28,000 people are thought to be taking part in the 54-mile cycle ride, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Today's ride began on Clapham Common and will take participants from city roads on to narrow country lanes. Hills along the route include Ditchling Beacon at mile 46. The summit gives participants 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside before they descend to finish by the sea.

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Jack Wilshere fined and given a severe warning for Tottenham abuse

Jack Wilshere at Arsenal's bus parade. Credit: PA

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been a given a severe warning from the FA and fined £40,000 for shouting expletives about Tottenham at his club's bus parade.

The midfielder, who scored two goals for England against Slovenia at the weekend, got into hot water after taking the microphone at Arsenal's end-of-season parade in May. He lead the supporters in an abusive chant about their North London rivals which included swearwords.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been fined £40,000 and severely warned as to his future conduct after admitting to a charge of misconduct. Wilshere was found guilty of making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour after their FA Cup Final victory, with his conduct deemed to be improper and bringing the game into disrepute.

– FA statement

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