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05 Feb 2013 08:49

Been looking for this one for some time, photo credits go to Purito, Oscar Periero doing the stunt, another from 2009 while training at Liege:

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05 Feb 2013 08:56

I am sure a lot DS's would be horrified to see there riders doing stunts like those, imagine if a rider crashed doing something like that.
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05 Feb 2013 09:47

Pretty sure this one was pre liquigas...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ItBV9CVJEoo&feature=related

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05 Feb 2013 11:08

Mad Elephant Man wrote:I am sure a lot DS's would be horrified to see there riders doing stunts like those, imagine if a rider crashed doing something like that.


he wouldn't crash too badly in that position
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05 Feb 2013 11:25

Sagen easily the best, but Kessiakoff is not bad either. Cancallera used to be top notch, but perhaps a little fear has crept into the man's mind.
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05 Feb 2013 13:15

the best is definitely Sagan
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05 Feb 2013 13:28

Ryo Hazuki wrote:he wouldn't crash too badly in that position


Sometimes it does not take a lot to break a bone, just the right angle and it is gone.
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05 Feb 2013 14:16

Sagan is good at BMX style tricks yes but I reckon Thor Hushovd on fast descents beats that. Cancellara clearly also top notch when its fast.
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06 Feb 2013 07:40

Mad Elephant Man wrote:I am sure a lot DS's would be horrified to see there riders doing stunts like those, imagine if a rider crashed doing something like that.


Well how about this more current rider, what would his DS say?

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Even off the bike they seem to be doing a lot of nonsense :D

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07 Feb 2013 16:04

heinrich haussler is a very **** handler. thats why he crashes so often.
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07 Feb 2013 23:12

William H wrote:I nominate Cavendish in both categories.


That's accurate. At HTC he used to get bagged by team mates (behind is back) for being a crap bike handler, but then he shows flashes of brilliance in sprints.
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07 Feb 2013 23:54

always there wrote:heinrich haussler is a very **** handler. thats why he crashes so often.

He looked very good in his stage win at the Tour in all those rainy descents. And he has featured in Roubaix and Flanders so he can't be that bad.
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08 Feb 2013 15:41

trevim wrote:He looked very good in his stage win at the Tour in all those rainy descents. And he has featured in Roubaix and Flanders so he can't be that bad.

rainy descent in a small group. look at how many crashes he has had. one good result, 2nd in flanders. oh, and nothing in any big race since 2009.
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08 Feb 2013 16:09

always there wrote:heinrich haussler is a very **** handler. thats why he crashes so often.


haussler is great bike handler. ogrady crashes all the time as well and he's also a great bike handler and downhiller :rolleyes:
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08 Feb 2013 16:12

M Sport wrote:That's accurate. At HTC he used to get bagged by team mates (behind is back) for being a crap bike handler, but then he shows flashes of brilliance in sprints.

A two-time World Madison Champ a crap bike handler?
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08 Feb 2013 16:24

Ryo Hazuki wrote:haussler is great bike handler. ogrady crashes all the time as well and he's also a great bike handler and downhiller :rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR8XH3R95xE
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08 Feb 2013 16:31

oldcrank wrote:A two-time World Madison Champ a crap bike handler?


and see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijICtnzyF9s

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09 Feb 2013 23:15

No one here has mentioned Marianne Vos yet. She is one of the best bike handlers I've ever seen, from either gender. Fantastic descender, and the way she handles her cross bike, it's out of this world.
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11 Feb 2013 02:25

TheEnoculator wrote:No one here has mentioned Marianne Vos yet. She is one of the best bike handlers I've ever seen, from either gender. Fantastic descender, and the way she handles her cross bike, it's out of this world.

Very true, one of many reasons for her total dominance.
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11 Feb 2013 02:29

Richard Virenque was another superb bike handler on the descents. His crazy breaks often stuck because he was usually so much faster than the GC guys downhill.
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