5 photos brilliantly capture how Cigala lunge won Ballivor GP

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

Matteo Cigala lunges in Ballivor; his final push edging him past Javan Nulty as these John Coleman photos brilliantly capture.

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

Matteo Cigala lunged for the finish line at the Ballivor GP in Co Meath on Saturday night. And it was that final throw of his bike that saw him pip Javan Nulty (North Down CC) for the win.

As the five-photo sprint sequence by John Coleman – below – reveals, Nulty was ahead of Cigala all the way up the finishing straight.

And it was not until the Italian threw his bike at the very last moment that he got past road and track international Nulty.

Cigala told stickybottle he’s won several races in Ireland and Italy in this way; being marginally behind only for his lunge to get him over the line in 1st place.

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

Matteo Cigala, centre, winning an Italian race a few years ago; again with the lunge or bike-throw.

 

Now working as a coach at the head of his Cigala Cycling coaching and training camp agency, he said he has trained at his lunge, or bike throw.

And considering that many Irish races come down to a sprint, from a bunch or breakaway, he says it’s vital for all riders to work on their lunge.

“Riders push their arms forward and stretch their back out,” Cigala (Aqua Blue Academy) says of how it’s done.

“The riders are moving their bikes as far forward as possible, pushing to the finish line before the others.

“You can start to train this at low speed first; extending your arms completely straight, extending your shoulders, back and having your butt behind the saddle.

“As you get more comfortable doing it, you can practice at higher speeds. You’ll see you can gain few meters on an effective bike throw.

“It’s important to hold your handlebar tight. If you don’t have a good grip, you could accidentally let go of your bar and crash.

“Timing your bike throw is also essential and that timing has to be trained.

“If you do it correctly, your stomach will almost be on the saddle. In fact, the Italian for bike throw is ‘colpo di reni’, which translates as ‘kidney punch’.”

 

John Coleman’s excellent shots

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

Matteo Cigala on how to bike throw or lunge while sprinting

 

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