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Video: Local Mountain Biker Jumps Over the Tour de France Peloton For A Second Time

Jul 10, 2024
by Sarah Moore  

When Valentin Anouilh found out that today's 211km Tour de France stage from Évaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran was passing through his hometown, he went and scouted out a cliff so that he'd be able to jump over the peloton.

This was actually Anouilh's second time jumping over the Tour de France peloton, after first doing it in 2019. This time, he says that the drop was his biggest ever, at 12m high and 8m long. He started building it one week ago and just finished it last night, the evening before Stage 11 passed under it.

The first rider recorded doing the peloton huck was Dave Watson, who crashed on the landing in 2002. Valentin Anouilh says he was inspired by Dave Watson's jump, which he watched as a kid. Since then, Alexis Bosson, Roman Marandet and Dan Leclercq have also given it a go.

As far as we know, no rider has attempted the feat twice.

In the video below, Anouilh says that his team secured the rocks on the take off so that they wouldn't fall on the riders below and that he specifically chose a climbing portion of the stage so that he wouldn't put the riders safety at risk while they were focused on descending.




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83 Comments
  • 198 10
 The winner of the 2024 Tour de France.
  • 35 0
 that was massive
  • 14 2
 Legend.
  • 73 51
 This will be a hugely unpopular opinion on here, but… that stunt was funny 20 years ago. Locals doing it every year now only means that one day someone will crash into the field trying, or at least irritate riders enough to swerve and possibly alter the outcome of the race if they crash. Imagine roadies considering it funny to ride across a DH run during finals…
  • 101 18
 @FuzzyL: Jesus. Stop being such a German.
  • 44 1
 @goroncy: Ah, come on, it’s not always a bad thing to keep some kind of national identity ;-)

You being on here at 8am German time, probably because you’ve already been up for more than two hours, is another typical trait after all.
  • 30 3
 @FuzzyL:

Crashes caused by road side zombie fans / dogs / excessive testosterone levels / rider error / gravel : 1,000 (latest estimate)
Crashes caused by a road gapping hoodlum : big fat zero.

Statistics and hips don't lie baby! Apology accepted.
  • 2 0
 @goroncy: ihr macht mich feddisch Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @FuzzyL: Frühstückszeit!
  • 4 1
 @daweil: Brot. Wurst. Käse.

PS : Elsass ist frei.
  • 5 3
 @BenPea: just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
  • 7 4
 @Kevindhansen: Proper mindset to couch advisor, or insurance worker !
  • 3 0
 @FuzzyL: He did;t even jump OVER the peleton, but ahead of it.
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: +1 on the use of "hoodlum"
  • 2 0
 @FuzzyL: to be fair, with his momentum he was gonna clear the road even upside down or sideways etc etc
  • 1 3
 @FuzzyL: I'm with you, I think it's a dumb-arse thing to do.
  • 1 0
 @goroncy: Jesus was from Bethlehem though and I don’t think has ever been eaten a strudel or shown any interest
  • 87 5
 This is my favourite part of the TDF every year.
  • 1 9
flag Fukit-Just-Hukit (Jul 10, 2024 at 14:13) (Below Threshold)
 You mean both of them…
  • 49 2
 Give him the "king of the Mountain " jersey.
  • 42 2
 IG video format is the most annoying way to watch anything ever
  • 4 11
flag suspended-flesh FL (Jul 10, 2024 at 14:46) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah but you saw it.
  • 10 1
 I don't get how it's popular, always the worst lagging videos.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh:Only thing I saw was the thumbnail
  • 1 0
 @astrofusion: OK but I suspect a lot of the DVers also see ads in PB linked YT videos..... it's 2024 - the tech works....it's not hard.
  • 34 0
 Sick. And even before the riders were under him, so pretty minimal risk except for him.
  • 10 46
flag EdSawyer (Jul 10, 2024 at 14:16) (Below Threshold)
 Not showing the landing and runout means he probably crashed and couldn’t hold it together.
  • 16 5
 @EdSawyer: I'm sure you could do better.
  • 22 0
 @EdSawyer: right, that’s why his white shirt, and rest of body, were so clean when shaking the locals hands after the jump
  • 8 21
flag JFfullsendsonly FL (Jul 10, 2024 at 16:51) (Below Threshold)
 @SpecSRAM: Not the point
  • 36 10
 Would've been a spectacular Fail Friday if he'd take out the whole peloton!
  • 18 0
 Bystanders reported hearing, "I'm coming for you, Pogacar." before the crash.
  • 9 0
 To be honest that looked more like the Grupetto[1] than the main peloton. He probably didn't want to do that too close to the Gendarmerie motorbikers that escort the main peloton.

[1] a group of various size that forms during climb stages where riders with lower climbing abilities just try to conserve energy while riding fast enough to reach the finish within the time limit.
  • 5 0
 @opignonlibre: It was pretty strung out at this point in the stage but I can pick out Kwiato and Marc Soler in the bunch there which makes this a few minutes behind the GC riders but he’s doing it over the proper bulk of the peloton. There were maybe 40 riders ahead of this jump and 100 riders behind it.
  • 18 2
 I applaud this. Sure there are risks involved but when you are racing it is so invigorating to hear crowds cheer and if someone flew over me on a bike while climbing uphill I’m sure I would take great pleasure in that! Would love to hear what any of those race bikers had to say about this stunt.
  • 16 1
 I am changing my title to "race biker". Sounds so much better. Thank you!
  • 13 0
 you know the riders loved it.
  • 12 2
 The roadies were like, "dang, that looks like a lot more fun that what we're doing."
  • 13 2
 That drop still looked a lot safer than riding a bike on the road.
  • 9 0
 Well it wasn't mathieu van der poel
  • 9 0
 That was massive.
  • 7 0
 Not that it matters but did he manage to stay on the bike? Looks pretty unscathed so I assume so
  • 5 0
 Hey is this on the YouTube? I don't have Insta & can't watch.
  • 50 0
 Nvm, you can just re-load this article and lets you watch. Sorry, turning into my dad - can't figure out how the internet works and just sitting here having a conversation with myself.
  • 13 0
 @rocky-x: I still call the TV remote control a "clicker".
  • 6 0
 @rocky-x: Well at least at this point in time, the apps are literally making it as hard as possible to use from the web and unlogged in. It's actively user-hostile to get you to use the app the phone.
  • 3 1
 @AndrewFleming: why would you call it a clicker when it's already got a perfectly good name, "gizmo".
  • 2 0
 @st-alfie: Regional differences.
  • 1 0
 @st-alfie: If I learned anything from Spiderman, its that they're all called 'goobers'
  • 4 0
 That’s a legit send. Good promo for intend (as if we weren’t all already sold)
  • 5 1
 This is so grin inducing, what a fuckin sport mountain biking is, so sick!!
  • 4 0
 I'm going to jump a box truck over next year's Les Gets downhill when Amaury is riding by.
  • 1 0
 Hmm,

Not to be a downer, I mean nice stunt and all, but did he have permission to build a ramp and tear out the undergrowth on the landing side? Looks to me like with some good rains, the road will be damage as the dirt gets washed away on the lower slope. All for some fame...
  • 4 0
 Nope. I was wrong... that never gets old
  • 3 0
 I would love to hear the Tour riders reaction. A couple definitely were watching but seemed like they didn’t even notice
  • 4 0
 ummm wowza
  • 3 0
 Gonna be interesting when someone bails one day right on top of them.
  • 6 0
 "Straight to jail!"
  • 3 0
 heavy
  • 2 0
 "This is how we dooooo iit"
  • 2 0
 On an Orange nonetheless!
  • 2 1
 he's wearing less protection than I do for hitting 15 ft. tables. surprised he didn't do it in a half shell
  • 1 0
 So is anyone gonna talk about how there is no footage of the actual landing?
  • 1 0
 Actually... his spotman did bad job - rider's time is waaaaay off. But anyways it's a good tradition.
  • 2 0
 Absolute MAD LAD
  • 2 0
 Good lad.
  • 1 0
 Tonight! A Frenchman Flies a Filing Cabinet!
  • 1 0
 Tour de Fark-urn Hard line....
  • 2 1
 Badass Dude Doing Spectacular Thing.
  • 1 0
 Tour de Gnarr canceled, luckily we still have Tour de France sends
  • 1 0
 BRO.. BRI.. BRAH.. BRO.. BROO.. BRI.. BRAHHH
  • 1 0
 Nice Orange. Guess they are going to be cooll to all the haters last week.
  • 1 1
 Dave Watson is still the man, all others are just Trittbrettfahrer. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I 100% support this
  • 1 1
 Jerk.
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