I’ve been doing a little video work on some sprinting footage ahead of the Tour de France. I’ve looked through the Cavendish crash more times than I care to remember, but I still cannot get over the break Juan Antonio Flecha catches as the race just dissolves in front of him.
Here’s a quick video analysis to brighten up your Friday:
thoughts on “The Luckiest Man in the Peloton”
Nice catch! I had completely missed that.
Good call, Cosmo!
Looking a bit closer, doesn’t it seem like Cav’s front wheel snaps just before coming down? I mean, it’s likely that is what provoked the crash. Of course everything is broken after the crash, so it might have gone unnoticed to many.
Clearly I’m out of the loop, because I thought Flecha was still with Rabobank. That’s why I kept my eyes on the Rabobank rider (far right of the screen at 0:38, far left in the bird’s-eye at 0:42) who also earned some admiration. He may not have been lucky enough to get around the crash, but it’s pretty fun watching him lock up the rear wheel while body-englishing away from bodies and bikes on the left side of the road. Any idea who that was?
The generous helping hands of the cycling Gods… Doubtful
Seasoned skills of a talented professional cyclist…. May be
Keeping you’re head up and not being next to Cav…Helpful
Off season Ninja Skills and Bear Wrestling classes….Definatly without a doubt!
First Rabobank man was Óscar Freire.
Is it just me, or that finish crazy narrow for a field sprint? What is this, the Giro?!
That did brighten my Friday. Thanks.
I’ve never seen an arrow fly like that.
Check out this picture:
it clearly appears that Haussler’s wheel impacts and puts the taco to Cav’s front wheel. Smackdown city.
I hadn’t caught that, either, but come to think of it, I’m sure that if Flecha was still sporting the Rabo colors, he’d be somewhere on the bottom of the pile-up. After switching teams, he suddenly has the breaks going his way. Finally.
Flecha was the only thing I watched when this video first did the rounds. It’s still hard to believe.
Looking forward to seeing Jaffa at TDF ! Hope his luck continues to hold up.
Luck had noting to do with it, if you rely on luck, you’ll go down every time. It sure looked liked chaos and string theory unravelling behind when Flecha looked back , but mostly it was intuitive skill unknown to the conscious mind, exhibited randomly to create one’s own skin saving moment.
Luck is what happened to Boonan, he had enough luck to run over the Cavendouche, and he must savour the brief pleasure of squashing ones nemesis whilst he misses out on the three weeks of the biggest event of the year watching the dirt mouth blow off stage after stage.
Haussler had bad luck, noting intuitive could save him there, he just has to live with the disappointment of not smashing The douche and listen to him reiterate that he’s the fastest sprinter on the planet and no one should challenge him cos they’ll go down.
“Hate the Douche”
“Cavendouche”, nice one. I don’t like him, either. Even to British standards, he’s pretty arrogant. And I do think he caused all the mayhem.
As per Don, I thought Freire did an awesome job of staying upright.
Nice interpretation. That crash screwed Haussler up big time. See how hard his head hit the bitumen!?
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definitely the luckiest man in the peloton