For this edition of videos of the week, we have once again gone heavy on the racing videos – but that’s where we found the best footage.
Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia was probably the moment when Alberto Contador’s overall victory – barring disaster – was fully sealed. Just five minutes of the stage’s footage is enough to show that he’s well and truly in control of the GC.
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The road riding is broken up slightly by the inclusion of a motorcyclist’s headcam video that caught a red light jumping cyclist plough into the side of a bus, and a very speedy DH descent of some steps in China.
Was this when the Giro was won?
Alberto Contador punctured and as such was distanced when the leaders hit the lower slopes of the Mortirolo, but the 50 second deficit was was soon irrelevant as the pink jersey wearer powered his way past other riders to rejoin his main rivals, the Astana pairing of Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa.
Watch the from about 14 minutes to approximately 19 minutes and you’ll see just why Contador is leading the Giro and how Aru’s challenge is all but over.
Watch out for that bus!
Most cyclists obey road rules and always stop at red lights, but it’s the ones that don’t who stick in the memory of motorists. Here a cyclist – who claimed to have brake trouble – gets a lot closer to an emerging bus than he would have liked.
That’s one way to get away from all the tourists
Canadian downhill mountain biker Garett Buehler won the race to reach the bottom of all 999 steps in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China in the fastest time. He flew down in just 29.940 seconds – much quicker than the tourists who normally amble up and down the famous mountain steps.
Keep watching for a dramatic looking crash from another competitor, who looked to be ok once he’d been picked up off the steps.
A different view of stage 16 of the Giro
Members of Velon, the professional cycling organisation, have been equipped with on-bike cameras for each stage of the Giro d’Italia. For stage 16 it was Etixx – Quick-Step’s turn to upload the video, but footage comes from a range of teams.
As can be seen, the weather wasn’t the most inviting for the riders as they started the day, but despite the wet there was still fireworks on the climb of the Mortirolo.
The best of the World Ports Classic
The Giro wasn’t the only race going on last weekend, with the World Ports Classic winding its way around the south of the Netherlands and northern Belgium.
This race was most notable for the return of Marcel Kittel after illness and an ill-fated tilt at the Tour de Yorkshire. He’s still not back to his best, but fingers crossed we’ll see him on top form by the time the Tour de France kicks off in Utrecht in July.
The first stage finished in Antwerp (Anvers), which will host the started of the third stage of the Tour de France.
Late crashes meant that the overall victory was contested from a reduced group on stage two, and Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) was the overall victor.