Is this going to become an annual stunt?
Yesterday a mountain biker executed what is now probably going to become an annual stunt: jumping over the peloton at the Tour de France.
19 year old Valentin Anouilh hucked the huck during Stage 10 of Le Tour somewhere around St Flour and Albi.
This isn’t the first time a mountain biker has jumped over the Tour de France peloton…
Last year a mountain biker jumped over the peloton of the Tour de France as they were racing up the Montee du Plateau des Glieres on Stage 10. The rider in question was Alexis Bosson. The stunt was captured and broadcast live during the TV coverage of le Tour.
The original TdF huckster
The original TdF jumper was legendary freerider Dave Watson who attempted a frankly bonkers cliff jump over the peloton back in 2002.
Whilst Dave Watson did not stick the landing, and he did actually end up being arrested by the police for his stunt, his place in cycling folklore is assured.
But Valentin Anouilh is only the fourth rider to hurl themselves over the Tour de France.
If you think you’ve seen a third rider jump over the top of le Tour then you’re probably mistaking that for the time that Szymon Godziek backflipped over the Tour de Pologne (on a road bike no less!). Which we’ve shown the clip above anyway, just because.
There was a third person who jumped over the Tour de France bunch back in 2013. That person was Romain Marandet. Marandet had a team of helpers, one of which was… Alexis Bosson.