Video: Park your bike like a pro... Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins shows you how

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

by Simon_MacMichael   April 19, 2013  

Wiggins parking his bike (Eurosport screenshot)

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.

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Was that a funny shaped chainring related mechanical?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1372 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:03

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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...

Asolare

posted by Goldfever4 [170 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:16

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cat1commuter wrote:
Was that a funny shaped chainring related mechanical?

I'll put money on it! Cool

posted by Alb [89 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:25

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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.

posted by Some Fella [817 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:31

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I can tell he doesn't buy his own bikes.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [272 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:39

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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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posted by nevman [17 posts]
19th April 2013 - 15:43

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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.

posted by litespeed_di2 [6 posts]
19th April 2013 - 16:18

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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.

posted by kitkat [221 posts]
19th April 2013 - 16:49

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I'm pretty sure Millar did a spectacular bike hurl over the crash barriers a while back too Big Grin

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posted by jamesfifield [94 posts]
19th April 2013 - 17:57

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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.

posted by Super Domestique [1641 posts]
19th April 2013 - 18:42

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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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posted by Cooks [491 posts]
19th April 2013 - 19:05

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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.

posted by theincrediblebike [41 posts]
19th April 2013 - 20:16

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posted by mrmo [1313 posts]
19th April 2013 - 20:48

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Sir Brad has been practicing it would appear Thinking
http://youtu.be/dVBoPY6wfrc

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posted by giff77 [1064 posts]
19th April 2013 - 21:47

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If Nibali gets a mechanical in the Giro, expect a bit of payback!

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posted by antonio [993 posts]
20th April 2013 - 7:20

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what a twat

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
20th April 2013 - 8:44

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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

posted by beej.a [40 posts]
20th April 2013 - 10:21

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Nothing cool about a professional having a tantrum.

posted by Decster [246 posts]
20th April 2013 - 10:38

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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.

posted by Cycle_Jim [282 posts]
20th April 2013 - 17:57

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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.

Je vie dans l'espoir constant

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posted by Strathlubnaig [115 posts]
21st April 2013 - 4:24

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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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posted by sm [355 posts]
21st April 2013 - 5:19

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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 Applause

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2826 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 9:18

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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.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1372 posts]
29th April 2013 - 13:37

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