Video: Cyclist tries to descend like Froome but all goes badly wrong

Chris Froome made it look easy when he sprang from the pack and descended to victory on stage 8 of this year’s Tour de France. But when the amateur cyclist in the clip below tried to copy the Team Sky leader’s ‘pedalling while aero-tucked’ trick, he wasn’t long coming unstuck.

If you look closely you’ll see the moment he tries to pedal – as Froome was able to – it all went wrong. He immediately lost control descending what looks like a highway with plenty of other traffic around. He crashed to the tarmac as his bike flew off in the other direction. And most worrying is the sight of a truck in the other lane slamming on the brakes – smoke coming from its wheels – as the rider bounces into the middle of the road.