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Losing doesn't only hurt, it sucks. This video is brutally honest but beautiful - sport, hey? Wouldn't have it any other way.
By
Rachel de Bear

Source:
Wiggle High5 Pro
16 Mar 2016 - 7:43 PM  UPDATED 16 Mar 2016 - 8:27 PM

This video lulls you into a false sense of security, starting out nice and light, showing clips of the action.

But it ends brutally but beautifully as the riders and coaches analyse what went wrong in the race. 

Sport, hey? Wouldn't have it any other way.

Explainer:

Australian Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore owns a women's pro cycling team, Wiggle High5. No, it's not sponsored by Australian children's music performers, High 5 or the Wiggles! The team's major sponsors are a successful online cycling product retailer Wiggle, and sports nutrition products High5.

The team competes in the Women's World Tour (WWT) and has a roster of high calibre riders from all around the world, including Australia's Chloe Hosking. 

While individuals win or place, cycling is a team sport with everyone working together to get their best rider over the line.

At the first race, Strade Bianche in Tuscany, Italy, Wiggle High5's Emma Johansson (Sweden) came third. The team was expected to do well at the second race on the WWT calendar, Ronde van Drenthe (Tour of Drenthe) in the Netherlands.

They didn't. They missed an attack they shouldn't have before the group (or peloton) of riders hit a section of cobbles. They couldn't follow the attack and spent the remainder of the race trying to reach the break away while effectively towing an unwilling peloton of riders whose team-mates were in the break. Wiggle High5 got to within 15 seconds before calling off the chase in the closing moments.

It was over.