They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Idioms haven’t caught up with the modern social media appetite for short videos, but the sentiment still stands: in a short Instagram reel Chris Froome bemoans disc brakes as a key contributor to his misfortunes in the Tour of Rwanda , where a puncture and a sluggish wheel change put paid to any chances of victory despite being in the break for 75km.
Froome’s relationship with disc brakes has been tumultuous. In early 2021 he was unhappy to be using disc brakes , before being won over by them in October of the same year.
Come April of 2022 he yet again derided disc brakes , slamming pad rub and alignment issues. It seems that, come Spring, you can count on snowdrops, daffodils, changeable weather, cobbles, and Froome flying the flag for old-school tech. A post shared by Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on The video, with the brilliantly unambiguous caption "Rim Brakes>Disc brakes", followed by some melting face emojis shows the four-time Tour de France winner riding solo on an aerial shot, then rain dripping of his face, before cutting to a shot of him slowly having a Roval front wheel fitted from neutral service, and again to a final shot of him receiving a second replacement wheel from his own team car with a marauding peloton closing in fast and eventually engulfing him as he stands helpless by the roadside.
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