Today's stage of the Tour Down Under ended in a pile-up as FDJ rider Lorrenzo Manzin fell near the finish.
His teammate Jérémy Roy was not far behind but amazingly managed to avoid the carnage. "Don't ask me how I did it!" he said when he later tweeted the footage.
Perhaps even more impressive than his bike-handling, crash-dodging skills is the fact that Roy finished in 11th place.
Maarten Tjallingii of LottoNLJumbo was caught up in the crash. His team posted this shot of the damage:
— LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) January 23, 2015
And he later posted this Vine clip from SBS TV:
Crashed in the sprint... hope all is ok. I think I'm opting for a spot on a gymnastics team.. https://t.co/R7EWbSUQlz thanks for the footage
— Maarten Tjallingii (@mtjallingii) January 23, 2015
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.