A French mountain biker’s jump over riders in the world’s biggest cycling race is believed to have established ‘le leap’ as a thing from now on.
Alexis Bosson ensured the sight of soaring cyclists over the peloton will be commonplace in every big race from this day forward by landing his huge suicide no-hander aboard a Nukeproof Pulse.
The jump, which saw Alexis sail above the heads of riders climbing the Montée du Plateau des Glières on Stage 10 of the race, is thought to be the third leap over the French race’s competitors.
You can see a video of the same jump from his Go-Pro below:
Watched live on television by millions around the world and caught on camera by hundreds of spectators, the sight of Alexis’ airborne afternoon is now an internet sensation.
However, the publicity attracted by the stunt means we’ll now see similar attempts every year from now on, rendering the whole exercise in danger and subversion an annual borefest.
The first mid-air Tour traverse was made in 2003 by US rider Dave Watson. His more ambitious attempt took place during the Alp d’Huez stage and involved a much bigger drop. Although he fluffed the landing, Dave’s effort ensured ‘Le leap’ entered the consciousness of daring cyclists everywhere.
Ten years later, French freeride mountain biker Romain Marandet jumped a group that included eventual winner Chris Froome of Team Sky.
With Alexis landing a third mid-race leap, the Tour’s competitors can now look forward to a wearisome future of BMX and MTB wheels almost clipping their helmets and potentially ruining years of preparations as they pedal through myriad French valleys.
‘Le leap’ isn’t restricted to the French race, however, with jumpers leaving the ground for an aerial view of the racing elite at road cycling events throughout Europe.
In 2017, rider Szymon Godziek completed an admittedly impressive backflip over the peloton at the Tour de Pologne.
So like it or not, it’s now officially a thing.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to more big air acrobatics at future races, or do you think they should stick to the trails? Maybe we should get roadies to plough zip between riders at Enduro downhill?