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Want to see what it's like when you're inside a crash in a pro race peloton?

Jérémy Roy of the FDJ.fr team used bike-mounted video cameras through the five-day Tour international Poitou-Charentes, which finished on Friday.

In this video, the best of 'On the road with Jérémy Roy', he provides a glimpse of what's it's like to ride a relatively minor stage race (it's a UCI 2.1 and was won by IAM's Sylvain Chavanel) along the narrow roads of western France.

Spills and bumps are pretty frequent, a feed zone is organised chaos and plenty of London couriers would be proud of the riders' skills at weaving through team car traffic to regain the peloton.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Ginsterdrz [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant!

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wrevilo [105 posts] 2 years ago
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Somehow the sport needs to get live pictures from these cameras into coverage.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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Agreed camera shots like these would really add to thespectical, the storming through gaps make you wince a bit  13

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edster99 [336 posts] 2 years ago
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this is the best thing that could happen to cycling : to incorporate some of this into the live feed. its soooo good !

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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"Ok, I'm about to run out of road here, what's my best option....Yep, that's it, over the grass and then fire off the front."

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cavasta [216 posts] 2 years ago
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Insane! And all the better for it.

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backflipbedlem [1198 posts] 2 years ago
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That is madness, gives u glimpse how fine the line is with being wiped out!
Amazing bike handling skills!

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James Warrener [1083 posts] 2 years ago
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Fantastic stuff.

Keep it coming  1

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Leviathan [2139 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on fellas this is a race not a sportive.