Andy Murray did so well at Wimbledon. Lewis Hamilton won another British GP. All good stuff, but the sporting achievement of the weekend has to be Chris Froome seizing the Maillot Jaune on Saturday.
The stage was a downhill finish, coming off the summit of Peyresourde. A group of the leading contenders reached the summit. Froome then took his chance and leapt to the front and descended in a death-defying fashion. He adopted an ultra low aerodynamic posture, as cyclists have done for years, but he adapted the position to pedal as well. Normally cyclist pedal to accelerate then adopt the position.
At times exceeding 80kph. I watched it live with my heart in my mouth as he took the bends, using every centimetre that he could. He’s brave. Watch the clip from 23 minutes to see how it unfolded.
We’d already had a warning of what could happen on an earlier clime when another cyclist crashes when his tyre detached from the rim.
As another example of what can happen, this accident that befell Joseba Beloki to all intents ended his career. The post-race explanation was that in braking the rim of his rear wheel got so hot that the tyre exploded. I believe he fractured his pelvis and though he rode again, he was not the same.