BBC executives have taken a last-minute decision to completely change the direction of the next series of Top Gear. The show, which was recently plunged into further controversy after a stunt driver was seen drifting by the Cenotaph, will no longer feature cars at all – but will instead focus on bikes and cycling.
On his Radio 2 Breakfast show, lead presenter Chris Evans announced the about-turn:
“We realised we were going nowhere talking about cars, I mean it’s 2016. Come on – we really should be talking about more sustainable forms of transport. Yeah sure, this series is going to be more Pinarello than Pagani, but it’s time we all moved on and grew up.”
Shortly after Evans made the announcement, fellow host and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc tweeted that Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen were to join the team of presenters.
The next series is reported to include a feature in which the presenters attempt to take part in the Tour de France with minimal training, and an epic adventure across Canada on nothing more than Boris Bikes.
The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive with several keen cyclists delighted about the high-profile programme finally showing cyclists off in a positive light.
Unconfirmed reports have also suggested that the Stig has been replaced with a mysterious Lycra-clad character, identified by only two thin sideburns plastered to the side of his helmet.