It was a scene that many an amateur has experienced – a steep descent, a wet surface and a complete lack of control round the corners.
FDJ’s Alexander Geniez led the peloton down the crazy descent from Crosara and missed a couple of corners in the process. Sliding and weaving across the road, Geniez was forced to unclip several times as he struggled to keep his balance.
First he tried to get in an exaggerated descending position – knee out and bike slanting into the corner – before realising this was a terrible idea. He clipped out of his inside pedal and nearly careered off the side of the road.
Then he was forced to unclip he other foot on the next corner as he skirted along the grassy banking at the side of the road.
Another misjudgement, a slip of his rear wheel and Geniez nearly crashed into a family of spectators – one little girl dropped the food she was enjoying by the looks of it.
While the slipping and sliding raised a chuckle and a few cheers it’s impressive that the Frenchman even managed to stay upright. Many others, Simon Gerrans and Stef Clement included, weren’t so lucky.