The on-bike video footage we posted earlier this week from John Degenkolb and Jens Voigt at the Amgen Tour of California proved to be popular, given the insider’s view of the racing they provided, so here’s a couple more to wrap it up.
First, we’re following Degenkolb again as the Giant-Shimano sprinter tries to win the concluding stage of the race in Pasadena.
As in the video of the opening stage, he’s beaten to the line by Mark Cavendish, but this video gives a better view of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider’s win than the earlier one did.
It’s mainly shot from Koen de Kort’s bike – you can see how Degenkolb loses his team mate’s wheel ahead of the final run-in, as he is unable to find a way past two former world champions, Cavendish and Thor Hushovd.
The point-of-view switches to the Shimano Sport Camera mounted on Degenkolb’s bike for the final 150-metre charge to the line.
Also from Stage 8 is this video of the descent of Westlake Boulevard, taken from the bike of another Giant-Shimano rider, the 22-year-old American, Lawson Craddock – he finished third overall and won the young rider’s classification – with the speed hitting 88kph on the way down.
The UCI, whose president Brian Cookson has pledged to modernise TV coverage of cycling including potentially putting cameras on bikes and in team cars, authorised a trial of video at the race. We’re keeping our fingers crossed we’ll see more.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.