Set to become a big feature of professional racing 2015, on-board cameras have played a key part in the start of the season, with Jeremy Roy (FDJ) showcasing life inside the peloton with a series of fascinating videos.
Offering a new perspective into the speed, skill and danger of riding among pro cycling’s elite, the videos also showed the frightening aspects of racing, too, with Roy in the wrong place at the right time to capture two high-speed crashes on stage four and stage six.
Though still in their relative infancy, the footage captured showed what can be achieved if it is to be integrated with TV coverage – a perfect shot of the moment Marcel Kittel’s stage six hopes were obliterated would have meant no need for guessing and frantic number-checking for commentators and armchair fans, for example.
It is also a chance for riders to market themselves, with more than 1,000 people now subscribed to Roy’s Youtube page and his eye-catching bike-handling skills on show for all to see as he somehow skirted around the carnage of the crash on stage four.
Already a great new perspective into life in the bunch, the more on-board footage we get to see the better, in our opinion.