WATCH: Paris-Roubaix 2021 Cyclist Pulls Off Daringly Genius Move After Brakes Fail

Published 10/06/2021, 12:40 AM EDT
Cycling – Paris-Roubaix – Roubaix, France October 3, 2021 Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Vincent Kalut


Paris-Roubaix is one of the oldest professional road cycling races. It is a one-day race in Northern France, starting from North of Paris and finishing in Roubaix. Notably, the race is famous for its challenges, and the adversities cyclists face through its rough terrain and cobblestones or pave.

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The race is also known as the ‘Hell of the North,’ or ‘a Sunday in Hell,’ or  ‘the Queen of the Classics,‘ or sometimes ‘la Pascale: the Easter race.’ The 118 edition of the race was held on Sunday, October 3, 2021, and notably, was graced with rain for the first time in 19 years.

However, among the drastic events of the challenging race, one that stood out was a daring stunt. A video surfaced on Twitter where a cyclist can be seen pulling off a daredevil move after his brakes failed.

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Netizens hail daring move from cyclist

The video captures a cyclist from the race whose breaks gave up mid-race. However, the cyclist tackled the situation quite bravely. He tried putting more force on the tires to increase friction, using his legs, which helped him slow down, eventually.

Although the cyclist seems to have handled the situation boldly, it was indeed dangerous. The comments under the video express the netizens’ both concern and astonishment towards the situation.

They also talked about the trick he used to replace the role of the brakes.

“An old-style technique which hasn’t been forgotten,” commented a netizen.

“Good reason to stick with good old rim breaks. At least, you can see the state of your blocks and do something about it before you get into that situation.” commented another.

However, some were confused if he did that to remove the mud from his tires.

“Is he removing mud? We do the same with our gloves after gravel sections”

“Unlikely, as he’s just coming off the tarmac onto the cobbles, not the other way around. The @Eurosport_UK commentators definitely thought it was his breaks,” responded a netizen to the earlier comment.

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“It was chaos from one section”- Wout van Aert on Paris Roubaix

Wout van Aert, the Belgian champion, accepts that he was mispositioned when Mathieu van der Poel made his key attack. He described the “chaos” that was in the 2021 Paris-Roubaix, where he blames poor positioning, vision, and legs for not being able to follow Mathieu van der Poel’s attack.

Cycling – Paris-Roubaix – Roubaix, France October 3, 2021 Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Vincent Kalut

“It was a hard day,” Van Aert said. “I had calculated that a big group would leave beforehand. We had a few powerful guys in front, so our situation was fine.”

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“It was chaos from section one, so you had to stay in front and be extra focused to avoid problems,” he added.

Undoubtedly, the race lived up to expectations of anguish and glory and will surely be remembered as all hell broke loose and rain came pouring down.

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Read more: Italian Cyclist Crashes While Leading Race During Paris-Roubaix 2021

 

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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