There have been an AWFUL lot of crashes in the mere couple of weeks since racing resumed – Kruijkswijk out of the Tour, Roglic out of the Dauphine, Jakobsen pole axed in a Polska finale, Remco over a bridge – and we could go on. When we saw this piece on the website of our amigo, ex-World Junior Team Time Trial Champion, Nikolai Razouvaev aka ‘The Russian Crank’ we thought he made some interesting points.
But before you read what Nikolai says…
I bought a book the other day; from The Yellow Jersey Press, ‘The Secret Cyclist – real life in the professional peloton’ by an anonymous professional rider.
His view of Richie Porte’s 2017 Tour stack;
“Porte can be as fast uphill as they want, but if they can’t handle tricky little roads, fast descents, and difficult surfaces like gravel or cobbles, you don’t deserve to win a Grand Tour.
“We’re not racing on Strava, or on exercise bikes in the gym.
“Cycling is supposed to be hardcore.”
And whilst I’m a huge Remco and Deceuninck fan, everyone else in that lead group DID get round that bend in Lombardy…
Over to you, Nikolai:
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Bike crashes hurt.
To paraphrase ‘Fight Club’s’ Tyler Durden, on a long enough timeline, the crash-free rate drops to zero.
It’s the law.
Philippe Gilbert, quoted by VeloNews, said as much:
“I have already ridden more than 1,000 races in my career and there was perhaps only one without a crash.”
Philippe knows what he’s talking about.