When you hit the steepest part of any hill in the Grand Depart of this year’s Tour de France, and you’re 10 minutes or so down on the men fighting for the stage win, what do you do? Well, if you’re Giant Shimano’s John Degenkolb and Matteo Trentin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, you pull a crowd-pleasing wheelie.
That’s what the pair did on Sunday afternoon as they headed up the one in three gradient of the Côte du Jenkin Road in Sheffield shortly before the end of Stage 2 – and luckily, one fan caught it on video.
Mike Cooper, who shot the video, said: “To have not only the physical strength and skill to do this, but the willingness to entertain the crowd in this situation, says as much about the riders themselves as it does about the tremendous support of the crowds across Yorkshire over this amazing weekend.”
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.