A curiosity. Yesterday’s sprint between eight riders saw Andreas Klöden get the better of Samuel Sanchez. Some were surprised to see Klöden win, he is famous for being slow in a sprint finish. But he had a good lead out from a Tony Martin keen to boost his GC chances and Radioshack team mate Janez Brajkovic. Plus Sanchez tried a jump with 900m to go but was thwarted by Xavier Tondo crossing in front of him, forcing him to cut his effort but wasting valuable energy.
But look closely and he sprints for the line with one finger on the front brake. You can see the full picture on Steephill.tv. This is curious to say the least. I can’t offer an explanation but am amused to a rider famous for his “no brakes” descending skills using the front brake whilst he sprints to the line. It’s not like he usually sprints for the line by holding the brakes, see the first few seconds of the video below.
Feel free to leave your conspiracy theory in the comments below.