Chris Horner, the Vuelta a España winner from 2013, moved effortlessly into the pantheon of ‘best bike throws’ by spectacularly losing his rag at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday.
The 44-year-old, riding for Lupus Racing Team, suffered a slipped chain on the climb of Lemon Hill and then attempted to remedy it himself.
But when he got the chain back on and looked up the road to see the peloton speeding off into the distance he picked up his Merckx bike and hurls it into the road, sending it crashing into a motorbike that had stopped alongside him.
His frustration didn’t end there, though, with the veteran American then aiming a slightly dodgy kick at his water bottle as it rolled towards him. With that technique he won’t be getting a call up to the US soccer team any time soon.
The positives for his components manufacturers is that the frame and wheels looked to remain in tact despite the violent way they were slammed into the ground. Horner finished the race in 45th place, 1-18 behind winner Eduard Prades (Caja Rural)