The Official Denis Menchov Blooper Reel

Poor Denis Menchov just can’t seem to stay on his bike — maybe it’s his tires, maybe it’s his handling skills, or maybe he just loves the salty grit of pavement. Although the international cycling press lacks the cobbles to ask him which one it truly is, I suspect it’s the last one. After all, why would you lose your concentration and hit the deck during an important Stage 4 team time trial — one in which you’re fighting to keep time against powerhouse teams like Astana and Saxo Bank — unless you absolutely love the taste of French asphalt?

And think back to a month and a half ago, as Menchov was finishing up his final TT through the streets of Rome, enroute to his first Giro d’Italia win:

Sure, it was a little rainy and Menchov was on his TT bike, but have you ever had authentic Italian road?

[the rest of the highlights and bonus hilarity after the jump]

Of course, 2009 isn’t the first year Menchov got into road diving. Here’s a marvelous excerpt from the 2008 Tour de France, where the allure of Prato Nevoso asphalt proved to be too much to resist:

To be fair, the Russian killer wasn’t the only one having trouble on the technical Stage 4 TTT today; Alessandro Ballan of Lampre ate it in the same corner, and Silence-Lotto rider Jurgen Vandenbroeck went down in another stretch of road, along with Cadel Evans’ GC hopes. But the Stage 4 blooper reel wouldn’t be complete without the wacky antics of Bbox Bougyues Telecom, which lost no less than four riders around a tight corner!

If only someone could sync that video to “Wacky Sax“…

[Astana Steamrolls Team Time Trial – VeloNews]


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