Great bike handling skills, fast reaction times and a large dose of bravery are just some of the skills a professional cyclist needs to possess to survive in the peloton.
An Post’s San Bennett shows what it takes to chase back onto the peloton in this video, jumping from one team car to another, using their slipstream to tow himself along. Chasing back on like this is a regular occurence for many riders, either from suffering a puncture or mechanical requiring assistance from the team car. The peloton doesn't stop and wait for anyone, so it's a case of chasing back on.
On the packed roads of Devon on stage 6 of the race, there’s little space for the large entourage of motor vehicles and huge crowd bulging on the pavements, so when the medical vehicle slows dramatically on a tight bend, Bennett calls on all his skills to avoid landing in the back seat of the car.
Sam Bennet won stage 5 of the Tour of Britain, he finished 43rd overall and 4th in the points classification.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.