MORGAN HILL, CALIFORNIA - MAY 14: Arrival / Celebration / ß of France and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 3 a 208km stage from Stockton to Morgan Hill / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 14, 2019 in Morgan Hill, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Rémi Cavagna’s Sketchy Descent on way to Tour of California Solo Win

Descending is no joke, but this is just scary bad. Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Rémi Cavagna proved that you don’t have to be the most talented bike handler in the world to win at the professional level. Just watch this:

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was just gassed from riding alone off the front all day. But damn, scary stuff.

The Frenchman unleashed a mammoth 67km solo attack on stage three of the  Tour of California, riding away from his breakaway companion Alex Hoehn (United States) and  finishing with seven minutes to spare over the peloton.

While descending the slopes of Mt. Hamilton with around 60km to race and later San Jose around 20km from the line, Cavagna looked shaky on the tight hairpin bends. He missed the apex multiple times and even unclipped to avoid leaving the road at one point.

Watching him and others, it makes me wonder why teams don’t spend a little more time and money on skills. Work on the fundamentals like where the apex of a corner is and you can keep riders safe and not lose time on technical descents.

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