The Madman Downhill Attack

Every so often, I’ll post video of daring and seemingly impossibly attacks from the world of pro cycling. Attack videos are cataloged HERE.

Do you remember this race? The 2006 edition of the Giro di Lombardia (the final of the 5 monuments) saw Paolo Bettini line up at the start just a few days after his brother passed away. The 2x World Champion (in back-to-back years no less) was well suited to the parcours but had a big target on his back. He attacked on the final climb and pulled away on this descent like a madman. Take a look at how close he gets to the guardrails and stone walls. Unbelievable. The moto has a difficult time keeping up! All the emotion of a win dedicated to his recently departed brother came pouring out as he crossed the line. Beautiful.

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2 responses

  1. I remember watching this on Versus that day. That descent was poetry in motion and the way he crossed the finish line can only be describe as truly inspirational. Thanks for the post.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    • The Art of the Group Ride

      Hi Lee, I watched it as well and remember thinking that he’s riding for his bro as he was taking all those risks! What a race!

      April 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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