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Best wheelie in the pro peloton — has Sagan met his match?

Perhaps it is time to crown a new king of the wheelie. Niccolo Bonifazio may have just out-done Peter Sagan when it comes to one-wheel stunts.

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Even a casual cycling fan knows that Peter Sagan is the king of wheelies (on a road bike, at least), from his victory salute at Gent-Wevelgem 2013, to his many exploits in the grupetto on the Tour de France’s mountain stages.

But perhaps it is time to crown a new king of the wheelie. On Tuesday, World Cup downhill pro Wyn Masters (who must know a thing or two about wheelies) posted this incredible Instagram video of Trek – Segafredo’s Niccolo Bonifazio riding effortless wheelies and nose wheelies.

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Of course, Sagan’s wheelies earn points — both style and difficulty — for the one-handed and sometimes no-handed flourishes. However, Bonifazio’s stunts are downright jaw-dropping when you consider that he’s balancing on one wheel, feathering rim brakes on his aero race bike. Now, we at VeloNews have tested Trek’s Madone, and give it credit for having good brakes overall, but these calipers don’t come close to the modulation a disc brake would afford.

That doesn’t seem to stop the Italian. And though he can’t match Sagan’s palmares (few can!), we bow down to Bonifazio as the peloton’s new king of wheelies.