Video: Mountain Biker Jumps Over Chris Froome In Yellow

It was almost exactly 10 years ago when Dave Watson surprised tour spectators by launching himself off a road gap over riders in the Tour de France. Less than ideal circumstances and a rough landing led to Dave not quite sticking the landing, but it was forever stamped in mountain biking history as the Tour de France gap jump.

Fast forward to the present, and 10 years later Romain Marandet and the crew from Encho Rage helped Kevin Demolis, Alexis Bosson, Killian Bron, and Emeric Caron celebrate the occasion with another jump over the Tour. This time, right over the yellow jersey, and they stomped the landing.

Check out the making of the jump, after the break!



Bill - 07/21/13 - 7:00pm

what stage was this and was there anything that showed up on the tv coverage?

matthew - 07/21/13 - 7:16pm


Johnveloblake - 07/21/13 - 7:32pm

How do you figure its fake? Photo lab under the bridge?

Clump4Life - 07/21/13 - 7:35pm

This is sadness on every level.

greg - 07/21/13 - 8:06pm

fake? you can see the bike approaching through the trees. the dude on the side of the road with a bandana on his head looks at the bike as it sails across. seems legit to me.

Brattercakes - 07/21/13 - 8:48pm

Holy crap guys, it happened and it was cool. Move on.

Mud Cycles - 07/21/13 - 9:32pm

It’s cool but the vid was overly longwinded.
didn’t really need 20 different shots of the guy practice jumping 2-3 would be fine thanks.

Samuel J. Greear - 07/21/13 - 10:25pm

We’re applauding these guys? Really? No harm no foul I guess, but had something gone wrong a cyclist or spectator could have been easily killed.

FlyingBear - 07/21/13 - 10:48pm

I can’t believe they didn’t have a single POV camera on the rider! That would have been even more AWSOMERer.

Gillis - 07/21/13 - 11:23pm

That Watson didn’t stick the landing isn’t a major point for me. He put his name on the road and went for it. His jump was bigger and better. This is just a me-too effort.

matt - 07/21/13 - 11:24pm

That by far was the most exciting thing that happened in this years TdF.

Dabe - 07/21/13 - 11:45pm

The most exciting thing I’ve seen about Froome’s TDF.

Sabatian - 07/22/13 - 12:03am

If your a scared ….. Go to church. I’ll go to the road gap. Lol

Seriously guys this is awesome and if you want to whine about any part of it your not a true cyclist. Remember that pulling that first wheelie and skid stopping when you were a kid is what started us all down the cyclist path. Rodie does a wheelie ver the finish its getting rad. So is this, no different.

Topmounter - 07/22/13 - 12:19am

Someone might have been killed… yeah… LOL… wtf-ever… rock on nanny-staters.

KJR - 07/22/13 - 12:45am

Watson’s gap was 100% better. The fact that when he went to scope the landing, and there was a bunch of people and Gendarmes there, meant he hit that blind is so much more bad ass.

satisFACTORYrider - 07/22/13 - 1:22am

Coulda been killed? Seriously? We’re gonna need your man card back.

deanopatoni - 07/22/13 - 2:29am

Not fake – here’s the whole story

dartingd - 07/22/13 - 8:54am

Coulda been killed….Oh you roadies; so considerate…

Ryan - 07/22/13 - 9:25am

Nice tribute. Hell yes.

duder - 07/22/13 - 9:31am

I’m trying to think about how the roadies can get back with a stunt of their own.

Maybe setup a trainer with a TT bike next to a WC DH course and shoot up some EPO as the riders go by?

Some Guy - 07/22/13 - 9:56am

Peter Sagan can do that without a bike change.

Pointless - 07/22/13 - 9:57am

How about a scenario where we don’t cut down a tree for a one time stunt.

Some Guy - 07/22/13 - 9:58am

Peter Sagan could do that without a bike change.

wheelguy - 07/22/13 - 10:30am

Awesome stunt. I ride road and mountain (XC and some DH) in equal amounts. Stop hating on each other. Anything on two wheels is way cool.

NotAMachinist - 07/22/13 - 11:06am


Nah, even better. Ride UP a hill. Downhiller’s. Mind. Blown.

Attention Whore - 07/22/13 - 11:07am

The reason why this wasn’t cool is that the rider (tried) to steal Froome’s spotlight.

If this did this without the TDF who’d have cared? Would anyone look on YouTube at someone jumping over a road?

I have much more respect for a guy jumping off a building & filming it…at least its HIS event. This stunt is about as cool as streaking a golf match..


Btw, his timing sucked, he was 2 seconds late.

SmooveP - 07/22/13 - 11:41am

Hmm. I’m thinking that the TdF organizers paid for this stunt in an effort to make road racing interesting.

DB4L - 07/22/13 - 11:51am

@duder: lmao!

Steve M - 07/22/13 - 11:58am

I guess we should be proud that this stunt required cutting down several trees,making some ramps, clearing some landing areas, and generally giving the mountain bike community a black mark for being selfish.


Matt - 07/22/13 - 12:31pm

@Steve: Lighten up Francis.

butch - 07/22/13 - 12:45pm

Stop hating. They are riding bikes, just like the riders in TDF. At the end of the day, how much does this shit matter? You’re all a bunch of pricks. @Samuel Greeur- You should probably stop riding a bike, driving a car, getting out of bed- you could die at any time.

satisFACTORYrider - 07/22/13 - 4:24pm

@attention whore – you missed the point by about 2 seconds.

Psi Squared - 07/22/13 - 10:10pm

I’m with Steve M: it was pretty lame to cut down trees and make a trail all for this stunt.

BF - 07/23/13 - 6:38pm

Awesome…..Some real fun in the TDF…LOL

haywood - 07/25/13 - 3:48pm

this was awesome. And some of these negative comments are the reason roadies are oh soooo lame. Waaa! Time to loosen up that spandex, have some fun, turn off the power meter, have a good time.

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