Video: Caleb Ewan’s back wheel looks like it cost him Tour win

Posted on: July 12th, 2019

Caleb Ewan back wheel video: The Australian was only barely beaten by Dylan Groenewegen for victory on stage 7 of the Tour de France today, above. And but for his back wheel being all over the road – or should be say, only skimming the road – he would have won.


Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) would surely have won today’s stage 7 at the Tour de France but for his rear wheel skimming over the tarmac just before the line.

The Australian takes a very acute forward position when he sprints; hanging over the front of the bars in a position that is low and fast.

Today because the finish was slightly uphill right at the line, he wasn’t quite as far forward. But he was still more forward than anyone else in the sprint.

The first video below shows perhaps the price Ewan pays for that; the lack of weight on his back wheel resulting in it losing contact with the tarmac and causing him to lose speed.

Not only does the back of his bike appear to skim across the top of the tarmac as he throws the bike side-to-side in the sprint, but the rear wheel also leaves the ground.

The slow motion video underlines what appears to be a serious lack of weight or force at the back of his bike to keep pinned to the road.

On the line in Chalon-sur-Saône today after 230km Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) only beat Ewan by a few centimetres.

The young Australian would definitely have lost that distance – and more – due to his back wheel jumping around because he’s so far forward on the bike.


Caleb Ewan back wheel video


Ewan’s wheel seemed to be skimming over the surface of the road as it went from side to side, as well as leaving the road a couple of times when he hit some bumps. Is this a result of his sprinting position being so far forward?
In this clip it’s clear to see his cadence is all over the place because his rear wheel’s contact with the road is so poor; precisely what you don’t want going for a Tour de France stage victory
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