Cycling Weekly looks back at some of the most memorable bike throws of all time

There’s nothing more frustrating than your bike breaking right in the thick of the action. And what’s more, when there’s no-one around to help you fix it or give you a new one, you can see your chances of winning fly right out of the window.

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So there’s no better way of showing your frustration than giving your formerly trusted steed a good sling into the nearby bushes.

Here we’ve rounded up the ever evolving list of the best bike throws from recent times.

1. Jack Bauer, 2015

The Cannondale-Garmin rider had already been battling gale force winds and expending a lot of energy just to stay in touch with the splintered peloton at Ghent-Wevelgem back in 2016, and the feed zone must have been a bit of welcome relief from the stress of the race.

Well, until another rider’s discarded jacket got wrapped around his gears and forced him to come to an abrupt, sliding halt.

Ironically, the offending jacket becomes dislodged pretty easily as the bike is making its way to the ditch.

Distance: 8/10
Style: 6/10
Aggression: 9/10
Total: 23/30

2. Jeremy Santucci, 2016

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Track-bike-in-a-crit rider Jeremy Santucci turned the aggression up to 11 with this outburst. His bike had already been damaged in a crash at the Red Hook Criterium in Milan when he made sure it wouldn’t race again.

Understandably annoyed about crashing out of a race he’d work hard to be competitive in, Santucci threw his bike to the ground with such force that the frame was left in two very separate pieces.

By virtue of it being a track bike, there weren’t any brake of gear cables to keep the now severed parts at all connected.

If it hadn’t been for the distance Jack Bauer managed to launch his bike, Santucci’s effort would have gone straight in at number one.

Distance: 4/10
Style: 7/10
Aggression: 11/10
Total: 22/30

3. Bradley Wiggins, 2013

No such list would be complete without the famous ‘bike park’ trick Bradley Wiggins pulled out of his sleeve at the 2013 Giro del Trentino.  He couldn’t have done that if he tried.

Distance: 6/10
Style: 10/10
Aggression: 6/10
Total: 22/30

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4. Bjarne Riis, 1997

Defending champion Bjarne Riis unleashed all his fury on his malfunctioning bike at the final time trial of the 1997 Tour de France.

Now we know the performance enhancing drugs worked on his throwing abilities, too.

Distance: 9/10
Style: 4/10
Aggression: 8/10
Total: 21/30

5. Marcel Kittel, 2014

Giant-Shimano’s sprinter slams his, er, Giant bicycle down on the ground like the Incredible Hulk. Clearly not quite sure what to do with himself, he then goes for a lie down.

Distance: 3/10
Style: 7/10
Aggression: 10/10
Total: 20/30

Kittel later took to Twitter to apologise…

6. David Millar, 2008

There was no hanging about here. Denied an all but certain win on stage five of the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the then British champion David Millar knew exactly what to do.

Distance: 6/10
Style: 7/10
Aggression: 7/10
Total: 20/30

7. Peter Sagan, 2014

You can almost see Peter Sagan‘s thought processes at work here at the Dubai Tour. The Slovak also demonstrates an integral part of a good bike throw; slinking around like a moody teenager for several seconds before going to pick it up.

Distance: 4/10
Style: 3/10
Aggression: 5/10
Total: 12/30

Honourable mentions

Mario Cipollini, 2003

Ok, so it’s not technically a bike. But who can forget Cipo chucking his toys out of the pram at the 2003 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem?

Bernard Hinault, 1984

How does Bernard Hinault put an end to unwanted industrial action at the 1984 Paris-Nice?  Ride into them at full pelt before throwing out the knuckle sandwiches, that’s how.

The original version of this story by Richard Abraham first appeared online in March 2014

  • David Bassett

    What does this do for our sport. Sponsors put good money into it. How do you think the guy going to bike manufactures asking for millions of pounds are going to get on, if this sort of thing is allowed . I think if all these comments are serious then we are getting supporters usually linked to other sports and not ours. I can understand the frustration of the riders but not Cycling condoning it and putting it on their web site. SHAME ON CYCLING AND IF SERIOUS SHAME ON WHO POSTED THE COMMENTS.

  • Tim Phillips

    Deserved new No 1 – love the way he goes to get it afterwards .. wasn’t even the bike’s fault!