The season really is underway now: Paris-Nice has started, and Tirreno–Adriatico is about to kick off. Illness and the weather have made Tirreno slightly less exciting than we thought it would be about a week ago, but with Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana all taking the start there should still be fireworks.
In the world of non-professional cycling, a rider in Scotland found a junction that would benefit from more insightful cycling infrastructure planning and a motorist who decided the only viable action was to boot a cyclist’s bike.
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Here’s the latest and greatest cycling videos from around the world wide web.
Boonen’s Classics campaign comes crashing down
Former world champion, Classics master and Belgian hardman Tom Boonen‘s season took an abrupt turn for the worse in stage one of Paris-Nice. Whatever the cause – changing line, a drop in concentration, an errant crosswind – Boonen touched wheels with the rider in front, and despite unclipping his pedal, he was moving too fast to stay upright. He landed heavily and we have since learnt that he would need to have surgery to repair a dislocation, and a cast for a fracture.
When kicking a bike feels like the only solution
(Warning: explicit language)
This cyclist stays admirably and unbelievably calm throughout the whole exchange, as an irate motorist cuts him up and then boots his bike to really show he’s the big man. He was signalling, after all.
Stybar’s Strade Bianche victory
Maybe the cyclo-cross background meant the white roads had less of a toll on Zdenek Stybar, but he certainly looked the strongest at the sharp end of Strade Bianche on Saturday. Take a look back at the final 1km of this year’s race, where the attack on the 16% ramp of the final climb proved decisive.
On-bike video shows the difficulties of a busy junction in Edinburgh
This video from a cyclist in Edinburgh is aiming to highlight the need for better cycle infrastructure on Scottish roads. The video gives a long introductory view of the junction as the rider approaches, and then shows another cyclist trying to turn right across the vehicle flow whilst fast moving cars go past her on both sides.
Shimano takes a poetic look at prologue warm-ups
Paris-Nice motorcycle almost crashes
On his way to 12th place, Sir Bradley Wiggins is still giving it full gas as he comes in the closing stages of the Paris-Nice prologue. The motorcycle following him appears to miscalculate the line as he clips the barrier, but manages to right the machine and keep going.
Jeremy Roy’s kitchen time lapse
We normally see footage of Jeremy Roy dodging pile-ups in the bunch, but here he puts his camera to use by recording the FDJ team‘s chef preparing the team’s meals. One-and-a-half hours of hard work is compressed into a rapid 24 seconds.