It's Wednesday, and that means videos of the week. Sit back and check out the best from the last week in cycling, plus a look back at Ian Stannard's great Omloop Het Nieuwsblad win last year to get us all excited for the cobbles this weekend
As always, we’ve plunged the depths of the cycling internet to find the best videos from the last week. The season is now well underway with Chris Froome taking a summit finish victory to set-up the overall win at the Ruta del Sol. On top of that, this weekend sees the start of the cobbled races with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
As always, cycling isn’t all about racing and one industrious man in Boston tunnelled his way to work through a snow drift. Scroll down to watch the selected video gems.
Cyclist collides with a lorry on busy London junction
It’s important to note here that, according to the video’s closing frame, the cyclist was unhurt and the lorry driver stuck around to exchange details. As can be seen from the video, the cyclist’s light changes to green which presumably means the lorry’s light was already on red. A couple of seconds difference and this could be a video of a cyclist going under a lorry, so thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.
What was your first bike? MTN-Qhubeka hears from its riders
Starting with new signing Steve Cummings talking about his pink Peugeot, some MTN-Qhubeka team riders share their memories of their first bikes. Jacques Janse van Rensburg had to sacrifice his go kart to pay for a bike, a trade-off he seems pretty pleased with now.
This man really wants to get to work
For many of us, particularly in Britain, the slightest smattering of snow spells the apocalypse and the thought of catching a slightly delayed bus to work is simply out of the question. Well that’s far from the case for Ari Goldberger, who tunnelled his way through a snow drift so that he could still cycle to work.
Chapter 1 in 2015’s (likely) defining rivalry
The previous day’s stage had seen Alberto Contado attack and give himself a cushion of 27 seconds over Chris Froome with two stages remaining in the Ruta del Sol. All he had to do was follow Froome to the line on stage four, finish in the bunch on stage five and the title would be his. Easy really.
Froome, however, had other ideas and as you’ll see in this video his stinging attack was too much for Contador, and he moved into the GC lead by just two seconds.
A look back at Ian Stannard’s hardy Het Nieuwsblad win
This weekend marks the start of arguably the best period of the entire cycling season: the Classics. Admittedly, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne are only semi-classics but there are cobbles, it will probably rain, and these races are great to watch.
Here we look back at Ian Stannard‘s stand-out performance to take the victory in the 2014 Omloop to get us even more excited for this year’s edition on Saturday.