Identifying the rider who will get a lot of punctures is just as valuable a skill as anticipating a crash

A sixth sense for avoiding crashes is useful, observes CW's columnist, but so is an intuition for spotting spongers and puncture-prone clubmates

Dowsett stands in ruins of a home
(Image credit: Alamy/Future edits)

Former World-Tour pro Alex Dowsett recently uploaded a video to his Instagram feed, from his ride in the Portsdown Classic road race. As the first race of the season, the event is a valuable chance to test your legs, and get an early crash in. And so it was. 

With a GoPro front and rear, Alex filmed the full panoramic experience as a good dozen or so riders went down. What was interesting was that Alex didn’t. He was left standing upright in the middle of the melee, with riders on the deck in front and behind and on both sides. It was like watching Buster Keaton standing deadpan in the window-opening as the collapsing house gable fell around him.

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Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine. 

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