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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.

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.

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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 2 years ago
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Gasps of the crowd as he slides. Gasps of me. Cooooool.

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Dashik [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Quality.

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Not KOM [79 posts] 2 years ago
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My immediate reaction was: 'Oh, nice!'

I stand by my reaction!

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titusrider [25 posts] 2 years ago
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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?

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Metjas [362 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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chadders [85 posts] 2 years ago
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On most mornings you see this kind of stuff being undertaken by commuters!!!
Pro handling skills ???!!!

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GREGJONES [280 posts] 2 years ago
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Perhaps a series of short videos on the dodging of traffic arterial routes of Manchester? ... or monkey tennis

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therealsmallboy [167 posts] 2 years ago
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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!)

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mrkeith119 [87 posts] 2 years ago
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At least if he hadn't avoided it it was the doctors car

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velocibob [11 posts] 2 years ago
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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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WolfieSmith [1323 posts] 2 years ago
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Love all the 'experienced' advice from the Road.CC Snug bar.

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garysan [4 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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garysan [4 posts] 2 years ago
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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).

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koko56 [330 posts] 2 years ago
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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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tommyketchup [86 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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he's got to get back to the peloton, so that's the kind of handling they're paid for .....

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TchmilFan [19 posts] 2 years ago
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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.