TdF Amateur Hour
Today’s TdF Stage was fun to watch although perhaps less fun to ride as the riders tackled several Roubaix-like cobbled sections. Rather them than me.
With those conditions underfoot, punctures are likely and as is the real chance of a mechanical or electronic breakdown. And that’s what happened to Jumbo Visma today.
The image above must surely be a classic. Bikes down, 4 riders going nowhere, one rider crossing the road, a team car full of bikes, a team mechanic carrying a spare bike on tip-toes. What possibly could have gone wrong to cause this? (Answer in the video below).
TL;DR: A possible gearing failure required a bike change by Jonas Vingegaard. the first bike change was for a bike of the wrong size and so was the second. Luckily the car stopped.
It’s easy to lightheartedly criticise and yes I have taken 15 minutes to change a puncture.
UK readers of a certain age will appreciate the humour of the soundtrack to this video of the incident on Twitter:
— Ingmar Bos (@IngmarBoss) July 6, 2022
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