Friday Flick: Spartacus scales the Porte del Comte

Kate Smart Columnist

By Kate Smart, Kate Smart is a Roar Expert

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    Thanks for tuning in to today’s Friday Flick. Over the last few weeks we have taken some wonderful trips down memory lane, reliving cycling from days gone by.

    For today’s flick we only have to cast our minds back a few short years to the Tour de France 2009.

    I had actually forgotten about this remarkable performance until a few months ago when I stumbled upon this clip and I can’t tell you how excited I was to see it again.

    I distinctly recall sitting up watching this feat of lunacy, bravery and outstanding riding skills. I recall watching it through fingers covering my face, with my heart in my mouth, as Spartacus rides ever so close to the cars, especially the medics.

    What makes this clip so special is the man himself. Fabian Cancellara is so aptly named Spartacus and for those who are not familiar with why he has this nickname, you will be by the end of this clip.

    He knows no fear as he races through the Pyrenees to rejoin a peloton that is speeding away from him.

    I know that many of you are familiar with this piece of footage and I hope over the next seven and a half minutes you enjoy reliving the spectacle of Spartacus hurtling down the Porte del Comte.

    If this doesn’t get your weekend off to a heart starting, pumping thrill of cycling porn, then I suspect we need to call a medic and check if you are still alive.

    Enjoy and take care out there this weekend.

    PS – this comes with a warning that He Who Cannot be Named may be spotted at the 3.18-3.27 minute mark and then again at 6.04-6.13.

    Avert your eyes if you must, but I will not let him or anyone else stop me from enjoying watching one of my favourite riders and you shouldn’t either.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • Columnist

      February 22nd 2013 @ 3:55pm
      Lee Rodgers said | February 22nd 2013 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

      Grrrreat video, love this descent! Charge of the Yellow Brigade!

    • Columnist

      February 22nd 2013 @ 6:37pm
      Kate Smart said | February 22nd 2013 @ 6:37pm | ! Report

      I’m not sure what I love more, the beginning where he’s talking on the radio, the bits when he’s looking around taking in the scenery or when he nearly loses it halfway down.

      I hope everyone enjoyed this is as much as me!

    • February 22nd 2013 @ 11:10pm
      Aaron said | February 22nd 2013 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

      awesome riding. thanks for the cues, i skipped You Know Who

    • Columnist

      February 23rd 2013 @ 2:19am
      Sean Lee said | February 23rd 2013 @ 2:19am | ! Report

      That is just scary. I remember watching it at the time and ringing my Dad to make sure he was watching as well. The way he threw his bike into those corners…phew. Thrilling stuff.

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