Videos: On board with Giant-Shimano at the final Tour of California stage - more great footage

Watch the last 3km as Degenkolb goes for the sprint, and descend at 88kph with Lawson Craddock

by Simon_MacMichael   May 21, 2014  

Cavendish, Degenkolb and Hushovd, ATOC 2014 Shimano YouTube still

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.

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I love the final 3km video. I just wish there was a simple way for that to go live at the time on multi screen so we could switch between riders.

I like the way he hands off one Jelly Belly rider and they shouts another from coming up his inside.

Then gets chopped off by Cav and Thor.

We need more of this, every team.

Not fussed about the descending video if I'm honest. I can do things like that with my own bike and camera. It is the things that normal people won't experience I want to be watching. So mainly Team Time Trials and sprints.

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posted by Gkam84 [8934 posts]
21st May 2014 - 20:34

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that last 3km footage is great. More of this please!

posted by anarchy [59 posts]
21st May 2014 - 21:07

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Brilliant coverage. Hope this gets further development and into teams for 2015. Sure we'll have more snippets during this year though

posted by Roberj4 [197 posts]
21st May 2014 - 21:14

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This will be awesome when/if it goes on TV as live footage, but even then it's great to see the insider view of the sprint.

My brain takes on routes my lungs & legs can't deliver.

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posted by matheson [21 posts]
21st May 2014 - 21:54

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Loving the 3km to go video, the organised chaos of the bunch sprint. Brilliant.

Not bothered about it being live but that footage, from various angles / various riders would be brilliant on the highlights programme after each stage.

posted by crazy-legs [535 posts]
21st May 2014 - 22:01

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crazy-legs wrote:
Loving the 3km to go video, the organised chaos of the bunch sprint. Brilliant.

Not bothered about it being live but that footage, from various angles / various riders would be brilliant on the highlights programme after each stage.

From what I gather, it was on the highlights programmes in America.

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posted by Gkam84 [8934 posts]
21st May 2014 - 22:07

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Up with this sort of thing!

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posted by neildmoss [198 posts]
21st May 2014 - 22:22

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Meh....it's okay!

/goes and watches for the 10th time!!!!
Awesome stuff

posted by mrchrispy [306 posts]
21st May 2014 - 23:09

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Definitely want to see some TTT footage, that'd be pretty cool

Gotta love a bike made of metal

posted by RobD [146 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 7:35

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ooooohhhhhh mummy ... squeaky bum times ... Smile

Absolutely fab !!!!

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [725 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 7:43

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The first video of the last 3km is amazing! I have never seen that POV before and could almost feel the chaos and excitement. This is how to get people excited about road cycling. I love that you can hear them as well. Should have this for every event, live or not.

posted by Jacob [38 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 12:02

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Great footage - maybe they could show the speeds of the riders in the final sprint.

posted by sturdmaster [7 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 12:20

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Wow that's the closest I'll ever get to riding in a GT.

posted by leaway2 [1 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 13:00

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New racers please note Degenkolb's firm but coolly gentle push of another rider he needed to move out of the way.

So different to an experience I had in a recent low-category race. A rider, presumably new to the game and doubtless loaded with adrenalin and possibly taking his cue from the telly, in the middle of the bunch, palming off other riders as if he was in a rugby match. Some of us remonstrated with him, explaining to him as calmly as the circumstances permitted that he was likely to bring us all down if he carried on like that. Needless to say we were met with a wall of abuse.

This is great TV, but can all new racers remember to bear in mind, there are several biking skills (not least of all the banishment of abject terror through experience) being deployed here, very few of which can be acquired from a few Sunday rides and a daily commute.

posted by Daddylonglegs [13 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 15:41

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