Video: The chaos off the back of Tour de Yorkshire peloton

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019
If you’re nervous riding in the cars while the rain is belting down and the speed is on, off the back of the Tour de Yorkshire peloton was not where you wanted to be on stage 1.

We get to see the front of pro racing and sometimes the big names going off the back when they’re picked out by the TV cameras.

But rarely do we see the battle at the back; riders who suffer mechanicals fighting hard to get back on and other groups trying to do the same.

When it’s raining, the roads are flooded, the crowds are deep on the sides of the roads and the cavalcade cars are packed tight in dodgy conditions it’s even more dramatic.

Irishman Sean McNicholl recorded some of that action yesterday on a sodden stage 1 into Selby at the Tour de Yorkshire.

He’s working as one of the directeurs, under Matt Cronshaw, with Ribble Pro Cycling, one of the UK Continental teams in the British race.

Ribble had line-ups in both Kerry Group Rás Mumhan and the Tour of the North in Ireland over the Easter weekend. Indeed, the riders featured in the clips below were riding those races.

In the first video Zeb Kyffin and Jacob Tipper are fighting to get back on, and they make it.

Tipper had just punctured before a climb, with Kyffin giving him his wheel and then getting a bike change himself before they battled to regain contact.

Tipper won the opening stage in the Tour of the North and Kyffin won the stage 2 TT.

In the second video below Scott Auld is getting back on after he and a load of other riders, including Chris Froome, stopped for a nature break.

The team had a rider in the breakaway, Dan Bigham, while all this action was going on off the back.

Bigham was 2nd on stage 2 of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan at Easter and won the climbers’ jersey.

While he was caught on the finishing straight yesterday, just getting swamped by the front of the peloton, he took 14th and the most aggressive rider jersey

Zeb Kyffin and Jack Tipper – who rode the Tour of the North the weekend before last – get back on after a mechanical.

Scott Auld makes his way back to the Tour de Yorkshire peloton; a lot of riders coming and going at the back.