Video: Supreme handling skills, fitness... and bravery. Sam Bennett shows all three in ToB

His bike may be made of carbon but his balls are made of steel

by David Arthur   September 23, 2013  

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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.

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Gasps of the crowd as he slides. Gasps of me. Cooooool.

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posted by aslongasicycle [302 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 12:50

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Quality.

posted by Dashik [7 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 12:51

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My immediate reaction was: 'Oh, nice!'

I stand by my reaction!

posted by Not KOM [79 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 12:57

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hummm I could see that coming a mile off, well held but could have maybe snuck up the inside and not had to brake?

posted by titusrider [26 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 15:41

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brilliant - team mates would only have slowed down his return to the peloton!

In fact, to spice things up a bit, why don't they start races with the team cars up the road and have the first intermediate sprint after 10K.

posted by Metjas [288 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 19:57

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On most mornings you see this kind of stuff being undertaken by commuters!!!
Pro handling skills ???!!!

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posted by chadders [74 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 20:06

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Perhaps a series of short videos on the dodging of traffic arterial routes of Manchester? ... or monkey tennis

posted by GREGJONES [117 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 20:29

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That's not good handling, that's locking the back wheel up in panic and nearly stacking it.

I've done that and I'm crap!

Run an article on Vincenzo Nibali descending if you want to highlight handing skills. Or Cancellara (apart from the olympics last year!)

Chiggety check yourself before you wreck yourself

posted by therealsmallboy [87 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 22:25

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At least if he hadn't avoided it it was the doctors car

posted by mrkeith119 [86 posts]
23rd September 2013 - 23:07

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In other circumstances ie commuting. It would be looked on as riding without due care and attention.

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posted by velocibob [6 posts]
24th September 2013 - 7:04

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Love all the 'experienced' advice from the Road.CC Snug bar.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
24th September 2013 - 19:11

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therealsmallboy wrote:
That's not good handling, that's locking the back wheel up in panic and nearly stacking it.

I've done that and I'm crap!

At 40+ mph? On a bend? I think he held it brilliantly.

posted by garysan [4 posts]
24th September 2013 - 19:17

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titusrider wrote:
hummm I could see that coming a mile off, well held but could have maybe snuck up the inside and not had to brake?

There was no room for him up the inside and it was a blind corner (he couldn't see round it for the crowd).

posted by garysan [4 posts]
24th September 2013 - 19:18

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garysan wrote:
therealsmallboy wrote:
That's not good handling, that's locking the back wheel up in panic and nearly stacking it.

I've done that and I'm crap!

At 40+ mph? On a bend? I think he held it brilliantly.

garysan - you are clearly very new to cycling and don't know that the pros are merely doing adverts on behalf of all the actual good riders who are doing recovery days on the internet.

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posted by koko56 [322 posts]
24th September 2013 - 21:59

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If that had been me, I would have just bunny hopped the car, and kept going at 60mph. Thats how I roll.

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posted by tommyketchup [80 posts]
25th September 2013 - 9:26

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he's got to get back to the peloton, so that's the kind of handling they're paid for .....

posted by Karbon Kev [677 posts]
25th September 2013 - 12:11

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Yeh, of course we all do it on the commute on the way to work... but about 15kph slower.

For the newer people here, also see Cancellara's descent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxXqQqAc2pA from a few years back. As pointed out, other pros may descend a little bit faster but not always caught so well on camera.

posted by TchmilFan [17 posts]
25th September 2013 - 13:35

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