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Video: Omega Pharma’s Tour de France

Funny behind-the-scenes footage from the Belgian team

This is a really entertaining little video comprising out-takes from Omega Pharma-Quick-Step’s coverage of the Tour de France.

Like many teams, OPQS shoot a lot of footage, put it together and stick it up on their official website, their Facebook page, and so on. This video is made up of stuff that didn’t make it through the initial edits.

We all know that when sports teams try to be funny, they usually aren’t. Sorry, but let’s face facts. Witness Orica-GreenEdge’s recent AC/DC tribute, which seems to have mysteriously gone missing from YouTube. For comedy value, we much preferred their coach-based work on Corsica. 

OPQS’s video is different in that it is actually funny… largely because it’s just people goofing around in front of the camera and stuff that they didn’t expect you to see. You can’t go wrong with people falling into water and spilling trays of drinks. It’s classic comedy. Anyway, see what you think…

Oh, by the way, the guy looking like Catweazle is Sports Director Brian Holm. And check out Cav’s headphones; they’re pretty cool.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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