As aways, we’ve brought together the best videos from the last week in the world of cycling.
For starters we’ve got Lizzie Armitstead’s dominant display at the National Road Race to earn her third career stripy jersey and seventh Nationals podium. This isn’t the only video from the weekend in Lincoln: yet again a spectator drew attention to themselves for all the wrong reasons.
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There’s also a look at the top ten bikes of the impending Tour de France, and a video to help banish back pain – essential for those long rides and sportives.
Lizzie Armitstead conquers the cobbles
Looking better than anything we saw from the men’s WorldTour in the spring’s cobbled Classics, Lizzie Armitstead once again showed that she’s a cut above the rest with a blistering attack on the steep cobbled ascent of Michaelgate.
At first the camera angle makes it look like Laura Trott is equal to the attack, but once the view pans out it’s clear that this is the decisive move of the race.
Strava tells us that “the rituals of cycling have no borders, no race, no gender, no age”, and have made a video to prove it.
Prevent lower back pain
Our health and fitness deputy editor Rob Hicks enlists the services of Cannondale-Garmin‘s chiropractor Matt Rabin to learn three basic exercises that can help cyclists of all levels to banish lower back pain.
House knocked off by spectator
An increasingly common occurrence, one spectator got far too close for comfort at the British National Road Championships in Lincoln over the weekend. Thankfully the gradient of the climb meant that Kristian House wasn’t going particularly fast when he collided with the fan, and was able to jump off his bike and stay on his feet.
This follows on from when a spectator’s hand caught a rider’s handlebar in a sprint finish, and the infamous Ghent-Wevelgem photographer who laid in the path of the oncoming peloton.
Top ten Tour bikes
It can not have escaped any cycling fan’s notice that the Tour de France begins this weekend, with a Grand Départ in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
In advance of the world’s biggest sporting event making its way from the Netherlands, into Belgium and then around France, we had a look at the bikes that Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and others will be hoping to ride to victory in Paris.