Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tour Stage Five: A Strange Cobbler

Team mechanics are called upon to preform difficult repairs at the drop of a hat under rather strange circumstances, like hanging half way out of a car window at 25 miles per hour.  Please notice that Sagan has his foot behind him at about saddle height while the mechanic holds is foot and with the other hand tightens the cleat with an allen key.  I'm sorry, this is ridiculous!  And as you can see from the photo moto, I am not the only one that was struck with the absurdity (and dangerousness) of this move.  The TV moto is following this silliness too.  Now, if Sagan had a loose cleat it would explain why he veered off of his line in the intermediate sprint.  If you consider the amount of force a sprinter will be torqueing, if there was a sudden release on one side of the bike, it would certainly cause a radical shift in direction.  After all, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that could be yours by visiting my artist website.  Just follow the direct link at the end of this post to get your piece of the 100th Tour de France.