TdF Amateur Hour – How to do a bike change…or not

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:



Bike Change Disaster For Jonas Vingegaard | Stage 5 Tour de France 2022




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2 thoughts on “TdF Amateur Hour – How to do a bike change…or not

  1. the first Bike change was 2 minute before the Video started, they changed the bike because no Team Car was available but the Bike was to big for the rider who used the bike, so in the video is the back change of the bike

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