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Nice piece of Pinarello-tossing action as mech costs Team Sky man his chance in Giro del Trentino

It's happened to us all at some point... you've spotted the last available bike parking place, and as you're heading towards it, you notice someone else is likely to get there first. Fret no more and learn from a master as Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins shows you exactly how to do it - although we wouldn't recommend trying it with a top of the range Pinarello until you've mastered the technique.

Joking apart, Wiggins was venting his frustration after a mechanical cost him the chance of fighting for the win in today's final stage of the Giro del Trentino.

Overnight leader Maxime Bouet of AG2R had already been dropped when the Team Sky rider hit a problem, and it was Astana's Vincenzo Nibali who took advantage to take the stage and the overall win.

Vini Fantini-Selle Italia's Mauro Santamborgio took second both on the stage and on GC, with Bouet minimising his losses enough to get the third podium place. Wiggins finished ninth on the stage, dropping to fifth overall.

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.

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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 2 years ago
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Was that a funny shaped chainring related mechanical?

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Goldfever4 [213 posts] 2 years ago
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It wasn't, he was using a regular chainring.

He seemed to be stuck in too high a gear - Eurosport reckoned it was a problem with his electronic mech - seemed about right to me...

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Alb [124 posts] 2 years ago
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cat1commuter wrote:

Was that a funny shaped chainring related mechanical?

I'll put money on it!  16

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Poor Nibali - no one cares that he won the race because Bradley goes and does this- which, to be honest, is much cooler and will be remembered much longer than actually winning.

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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I can tell he doesn't buy his own bikes.

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nevman [18 posts] 2 years ago
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Looked like his battery expired and it went into limp home mode-or would that be me?

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litespeed_di2 [8 posts] 2 years ago
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Perfect landing by the bike though! He almost went to slam it, thought better of it and rolled it across the road.

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kitkat [313 posts] 2 years ago
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Love it, i hadn't heard much about Wiggins recently. I thought he was marooned in Tenerife but it turns out he has been practicing that.

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jamesfifield [106 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm pretty sure Millar did a spectacular bike hurl over the crash barriers a while back too  4

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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Right, let's stick to good old cable gears and rim brakes please.

Oh, I admit it, I just don't like having an out of date machine lol.

Great parking Brad but I wouldn't want to try it with my bike.

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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Nothing compared to Millar windmilling his bike over the barriers. Also, it kinda takes the sting out of Bradley's rage.....

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theincrediblebike [40 posts] 2 years ago
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http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=mIW1MAvyPD4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmI...

David Millar buffing his bike.

Now Brad do it properly next time.

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mrmo [2018 posts] 2 years ago
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giff77 [1191 posts] 2 years ago
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Sir Brad has been practicing it would appear  39http://youtu.be/dVBoPY6wfrc

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antonio [1103 posts] 2 years ago
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If Nibali gets a mechanical in the Giro, expect a bit of payback!

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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what a twat

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beej.a [40 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm a wiggo fan, don't get me wrong... but this is about the most impressive thing I've seen him do since the Olympics

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Decster [246 posts] 2 years ago
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Nothing cool about a professional having a tantrum.

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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I like to think the bike was showing him up by taking the force out of his actions by gliding smoothly over to the wall.

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Strathlubnaig [113 posts] 2 years ago
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bit of a twat really, and then he rode off past the buses at the top and got in a car and went home in the cream puff avoiding everyone.

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sm [369 posts] 2 years ago
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Strathlubnaig wrote:

bit of a twat really

So showing a bit of a anger and disappointment is being a twat is it? These guys dedicate their life to bike racing. To winning. Why not get upset when it all falls apart during a race due to the bike?

They go through some pretty unpleasant training and they meet some pretty unpleasant people too who think they have a right to judge them because they earn money riding a bike.

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:
Strathlubnaig wrote:

bit of a twat really

So showing a bit of a anger and disappointment is being a twat is it? These guys dedicate their life to bike racing. To winning. Why not get upset when it all falls apart during a race due to the bike?

They go through some pretty unpleasant training and they meet some pretty unpleasant people too who think they have a right to judge them because they earn money riding a bike.

Well said  41

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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:
Strathlubnaig wrote:

bit of a twat really

So showing a bit of a anger and disappointment is being a twat is it? These guys dedicate their life to bike racing. To winning. Why not get upset when it all falls apart during a race due to the bike?

They go through some pretty unpleasant training and they meet some pretty unpleasant people too who think they have a right to judge them because they earn money riding a bike.

Exactly. And if they don't show emotion they're accused of being racing robots who ride looking at their SRM displays.