Under-23 rider defies laws of physics as he grabs onto back of rival's bike to avoid crash

After swerving to avoid a dog, Ag2r U23 rider Valentin Retailleau instinctively grabbed onto the rider in front of him, with both somehow managing to stay upright

Trofeo Sportivi Sestesi
(Image credit: CiclismoLive)

There are many things in cycling that are seemingly unexplainable, but the way one Under-23 rider has managed to avoid crashing may have taken the top spot in all-time baffling two-wheeled phenomenon.

During an Italian U23 race at the weekend called Trofeo Sportivi Sestesi, there were three riders off the front in a breakaway move, two from Ag2r Citroën's U23 team and another from Italian Continental squad Team Beltrami.

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