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

After Marcel Kittel‘s hissy fit near the end of the second stage of 2014’s Tirreno-Adriatico, we thought there was no better time to look back on some of the most memorable bike throws to have taken place in cycling. Now, with the 2015 season well underway, we’ve chosen a new number 1.

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, 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 halt.

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

2. 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

3. Bjarne Riis, 1997

Defending champion Bjarne Riis unleashed all his fury on his malfunctioning time trial 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

4. 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…

5. 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

Honourable mentions

Peter Sagan, 2014

You can almost see 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

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.

  • 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!