We’re now used to seeing footage filmed by riders inside the peloton, with small cameras mounted on handlebars and under saddles. Usually, the riders with cameras strapped to their bikes are not ones vying for a stage win – so the latest on-board bike footage from Giant-Alpecin sprinter Luka Mezgec from Wednesday’s Giro d’Italia stage 17 is something a bit different.
Mezgec placed third on the stage just behind winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing).
The Slovenian’s position in the final sprint is perfect for showing the finishing effort put in by Modolo, with a Lampre team-mate leading out Modolo and then peeling off before the crucial final few hundred metres.
On-bike footage captured by riders during the 2015 Giro is a result of a deal struck between WorldTour team organisation Velon and Giro organiser RCS Sport. Velon is committed to providing more on-board footage from major races.
Wednesday’s stage was the penultimate chance for the fastmen to grab a stage win. Just four stages remain in the 2015 Giro, three of which feature mountainous terrain.
The final stage to Milan, though, typically provides a last hurrah for the sprinters to grab a victory and brings the curtain down on the Italian Grand Tour.