Tour de France 2020: On-bike footage shows moment AG2R rider crashes and has to borrow Julian Alaphilippe’s bike

Another great insight from inside the peloton during the Tour 

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On-bike footage has given an inside look at the moment an AG2R rider crashed at the Tour de France and finished the stage on Julian Alaphilippe’s spare bike. 

Stage nine of the 2020 Tour was an absolute classic day of racing, which saw Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) take the stage despite a heroic solo effort from Marc Hirsc and hi (Sunweb). 

But there were plenty of moments from inside the peloton that you may have missed, including an unusual crash in the final 3km of the stage to Laruns.

The crash involving Mikaël Cherel (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

AG2R La Mondiale rider Mikaël Cherel was involved in a crash with Deceuninck - Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels in the final moments of the stage, leaving him stranded with a damaged bike just short of the finish line. 

But luckily for the Frenchman, the Deceuninck car was on hand and after getting Bob Jungels back on the bike, team staff then kindly assisted Cherel.

Cherel on Julian Alaphilippe's bike (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Thanks to on-bike video footage recorded by race technology company Velon, we can see the moment from Jungels’s on-bike camera. 

In compilation of video clips from inside the peloton from stage nine, you can see the moment Jungels and Cherel were involved in a crash with a Movistar rider.

Cherel said after the stage: “Good legs to conclude the first week of the Tour de France.

“Thanks to Deceuninck - Quick-Step who allowed me to reach the finish on Julian Alaphilippe’s spare bike following an unfortunate fall less than 3km from the finish.” 

The video also shows some nifty bike-handling skills from Matteo Trentin (CCC Team) as he hopped a curb to get in front of the bunch and launch an attack and some new angles of the sprint finish as Pogacar took the win.  

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Velon aims to offer interesting data and behind-the-scenes videos from professional cycling teams. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.