Remember Shimano’s on-bike videos at the Amgen Tour of California that gave an unprecedented view of the action after the UCI authorised a trial? Well, the experiment is being repeated at the Tour of Switzerland, with the cameras this time supplied by InCycle, and the footage is riveting.
Here’s the finish of Stage 5, which had been criticised by riders and team management because of the danger posed by its twists and turns. The peloton is clearly nervous as it approaches the flamme rouge – there is a lot of shouting going on.
You get a brief glimpse of Mark Cavendish in the British national champion’s jersey before he drops back to try and stay out of trouble but instead ended up in a spectacular crash, somersaulting over his handlebars but luckily emerging relatively unscathed.
The stage was won by Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo.
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.