A requiem for the supertuck
It was always going to be too good to last.
The ‘supertuck’ – a manoeuvre that first rocketed to public attention midway through last decade – has now officially been banned by the UCI.
The new rule, first announced in early February as part of a package of safety reforms aimed at curbing “dangerous conduct”, was introduced with a grace period for “rider education”. However, as of today, the ban has kicked in, and will be enforceable with “systematic sanctions (which could go as far as exclusion from competition)”.
Dwars door Vlaanderen, held yesterday on March 31, represented the final opportunity for a legal supertuck – a fact that was enthusiastically seized upon by many in the peloton.
The origins of the ‘supertuck’ are somewhat hazy, but Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious) is among the riders credited with introducing the move. Mohoric pulled it out on his way to victory at the U23 World Championships in 2013, later teaching it to then-teammate Cameron Wurf, who deployed it at the 2014 Presidential Tour of Turkey.
The supertuck truly crossed over to the mainstream, however, on stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France.
On the stage-ending descent of the Col de Peyresourde, Chris Froome (Sky) dropped like a stone to a stage win and eventual Tour de France victory, his long legs spinning awkward circles as he sat on the top tube. [Excuse the soundtrack; there is not a “good song in the background”, despite the video creator’s claims to the contrary.]
Minds were blown, and the supertuck became part of cycling history, as opposed to a weird thing that a couple of kooky characters of the peloton busted out every so often. With its aerodynamic benefits and race-winning potential firmly established, it became a regular feature of most races.
Now that the supertuck has crossed over from “here and now” into “there and then”, we thought it was time for a tuck down memory lane.
Tucks from the archive
Bonus: the last recorded supertucks
What, you want more supertucks? OK, fine.
We scoured the internet for the final legal supertucks, and from Dwars door Vlaanderen, here’s what we unearthed.