American cyclist Sepp Kuss managed to pull off a bold bike repair in the midst of the Giro D’Italia race while flying downhill at 25 miles per hour. As Cycling News reports , Kuss was already on his spare bike and not looking to waste anymore time when he realized the battery was dead on his rear electronic derailleur.
Rather than stop and fall farther behind, Kuss maintained legal contact with the saddle while reaching down to pull out the dead battery and replace it with one taken from the front of his bike. Camera crews caught the entire stunt, with Kuss stretching himself to pull off the high-octane swap: The announcers were shocked, at first wincing as his fingers got dangerously close to the bike’s rotating spokes. Once he managed the swap without crashing, one called it "the most impressive thing I’ve seen all day."
Although he successfully swapped the batteries, the effort was ultimately for naught. Kuss still had problems with his rear derailleur and had now popped the battery out of his front one. He had to stop for mechanical assistance after all.
Still, the move was an impressive one, with many on social media offering praise while warning on lookers not to try this at home.
Speaking to Velo News ahead of the event, Kuss called it "a unique opportunity to do a super cool race, and a super hard race, and one where we have big ambition. And after three years of always doing the Tour and […]
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