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Top Five Cycling Tantrums | GCN

Top Five Cycling Tantrums | GCN

Cycling, the
sport of gentlemanly conduct, etiquette, and unwritten
rules that everyone abides by, most of the time. Of course, it’s also fiercely competitive. And while a little tension is natural, there have been times when
things have spilled over into a full-on tantrum, as
these next five examples prove. We absolutely love the Red
Hook Crit series here at GCN. High octane street circuit racing. Not to mention, no brakes. All the competitors must
ride fixed-gear bikes, which is both exciting, and
terrifying in equal measure. Back in 2016, the
disappointment of crashing out at the Milano Crit got the
better of Jeremy Santucci, Who took his frustrations out on his bike. Well, we say, “His bike.” It turned out he’d actually
borrowed it from a friend. I can imagine a few more
things might have been thrown after his cycling buddy watched this clip. The cycling fraternity are
a fairly sporting bunch. The rider that’s beaten into
second in a tight bunch sprint will often be the first to offer a handshake of
congratulation to the winner after crossing the finish line. Unfortunately, ONE Pro
Cycling’s Hayden McCormick offered a slightly different gesture to Melton CiCLE Classic
winner Dan Fleeman. We understand that the
New Zealander was annoyed that the 34 year old Brit
sprinted for the line in the last 300 metres. Now I’m not sure about you, but I heard that sprinting for the finish is a pretty standard tactic
to try and win bike races. We do see a fair few
squabbles in the Pro Peloton, but rarely do pro cyclists
engage in an actual fist fight. It looks embarrassing,
ungainly, and just not cool. You need proof? Just look at these shots of
Rui Costa and Carlos Barreda at the 2010 Tour de France. The two crossed handlebars
in the closing kilometres of stage six that year, and Barreda went absolutely
ballistic at the finish. After their skirmish, we can confidently say that
they both ended up losers. Jump ahead four years, and this punch-up couldn’t
even wait until the finish. Gianluca Brambilla and
Ivan Rovny had got into a large breakaway on the 16th stage of the 2014 Vuelta Espana, and a debate about taking
a turn on the front quickly escalated into
an exchanging of punches, insults, and a hell of
a lot of arm waving, leading ultimately to
both riders being ejected from the race for bringing
it into disrepute, insane! Stage three of the 2017
Dubai Tour and Marcel Kittel was defending his leader’s blue jersey as the race veered into a sandstorm, forcing the riders to form echelons to shelter from the wind. Due to the stormy conditions, we actually lost the race
feed for a little bit. But when coverage resumed, Kittel had a nasty looking
cut above his left eye. We had a fair idea about what went on, but it wasn’t until after the stage that all the details emerged. Astana’s Andriy Grivko
was the main offender. He took a swing at Kittel as they fought for
position in the crosswinds. Unsurprisingly, the Ukrainian
rider was disqualified, and comparisons were once again drawn between Kittel and Ivan Drago from Rocky. Seen the tantrum that we’ve missed here? Let us know in the comment
section down below. If it’s more controversy you’re after, check out our top five
cycling rivalries right here. And for the latest GCN show, click here.

100 thoughts on “Top Five Cycling Tantrums | GCN

  1. I do believe there's quite a photograph of Hinault from the 1984 Paris-Nice (although I think he's about to punch a protester, not another rider)

  2. already bored enough to post videos of offtopic stuff like tantrums?  World championships coming, new bikes for 2018… other stuff better than this TMZ level garbage

  3. World Champs 2016 Degencolb squirting his bottle at Jens Debusschere because he wouldn't let the German(s) get back group 1.

  4. Certainly, ungentlemanly behaviour such as offensive gestures or punch-ups in the peloton, must be handled with strong measures. However, what happens in the sandstorm stays in the sandstorm…

  5. I don't know if it's coincidence or not, but I'm glad you posted this video today. Last night at the weekly cross race I had my rear brake seize up and in frustration I threw bike to the ground. Stupid I know, but one of the organizers reminded me there are bike mechanics everywhere and got me back in the race. I'll be calmer next time lest I end up on one of these lists!!

  6. actually the kiwi as you say had broken away and the guy who won the race had just sat on him and let him do all the work and sprinted him at the end even though he said he wouldn't sprint which I can relate to his emotion but don't don't agree that he needed to make that gesture

  7. Not sure if this would be considered a tantrum but Michael Kwiatkowski pulling on the side of the ride and later dropping out in the 2015 TDF

  8. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we don't ride carbon fiber fixed gear bikes in fixed gear races. Way too damn fragile for the speed and impact that can (and regularly) occur. Santucci's bike had already broke during a qualifying crash thus the tantrum only leaving to future shattering of the frame. In the last year there has been a big shift back to steel frames with carbon fiber forks or aluminum frames with carbon forks. I'm not sure if anyone is even riding carbon frames anymore during RHC.

    I crashed this year pretty hard during a fixed crit and the only thing broken was my ego (steel frame and fork).

  9. Remember seeing this in the mid 90's on ESPN. ESPN said after the Banesto? fella spun around, " Ah Ha! That was the spin move we were looking for!"

  10. Bjarne Riis throwing his machine at the scenery during the '97 TdF, a year after he won it in '96. I think his teammate Jan Ullrich went on to win that edition after Riis was demoted to the role of domestique. Sore loser.

  11. What about Joaquin Rodriguez punching Philip Deignan?
    Purity was lucky Deignan didn't retaliate as he used to be an amateur boxer

  12. When a domestique has a clear shot at winning a stage had to back off to save the leader. I'm still surprised that Mikel Landa didn't come to blows, not against Chris Froome, but the team directors.

  13. Cycling known as friendly sport.. its only the time when there are sand storms and cameras cant see.. when ppl all come out from the cover of natures wings brused up with blue eyes.. but still smileing and respecting each other :DD

  14. For the full story and why Jeremy Santucci did not break his friends bike there:

  15. What about the TdF when a labour demonstration blocked the race route and Hinault and Anderson got off their bikes and started throwing punches… epic!

  16. I know someone who actually shakes other rider's handlebar during the races. therefore he sometimes gets paid back, like stage 4 of TDF 2017.

  17. Santucci probably broke the borrowed frame in the crash into the wall… but he paid his friend for the bike, didn't hurt anyone but himself and created some publicity for Red Hook. So probably not as bad as some of these other examples

  18. you should see my tantrums when I am trying to get my rear wheel back in defiantly need there own top 5 top 10 in fact

  19. Some one is going to eat a wheel 💪🏼 Who have desing the Cobalt wheels? It is imposible to fit properly a schwalve tubeless tire on it.

  20. How could any cycling video on tantrums not include Richard Virenque??? Who cried like a "little girl" according to Ferrari.

  21. Cycling fights are always pitiful. Most of the time you only call it a fight because they are cyclists it's the best they can do.

  22. How about these two Spanish riders from the same team duking it out?

  23. I remember seeing Bob Roll slam his bike when it malfunctioned, maybe a pedal, right before the finish line. His mechanics had left the race a couple of days early to go to Hawaii or some other tropical island for the next race. I have tried to find it but no luck so far.

  24. You forgot the most high level controversy of em all !! TDF 17 Mark Cavendish VS Peter Sagan episode of pushing while sprinting

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