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Energy usage when attacking and closing attacks?

In Stage 11 of the 2022 Tour de France, Vingegaard and Roglic used a double-attacking strategy against Pogacar. For example, Vingegaard attacks, Pogacar closes the attack, and Roglic drafts on Pogacar....
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What is the box cyclists wear in their back?

I just saw Romain Bardet in the live stream of the Tour de France stage. In the image, I can see there is a box-like form in his back. What is it? Is it maybe a transmitter for the radio to ...
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Has a team in a multi-stage cycling races ever had to drop out because they no longer met a minimum racer count requirement?

In the ongoing Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates only has 4 cyclists remaining: their lead racer Pogacar and 3 of his team mates. I'm wondering: is there a minimum racer count requirement for ...
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What is the purpose of the colored lines in track cycling?

Watching track cycling at the olympics, I noticed three lines on the track. From inner to outer, they are colored in black, red and blue. What is the meaning of these lines?
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Why are the canadian uniforms for cycling blue?

I always wondered. Most uniforms in the olympics for canada are, well, red, white, or a combination of the two. Except for cycling, where, since I can remember watching the olympics, the uniforms are ...
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Why did the yellow jersey and challengers (in the peleton) wait so far back during stage 19 of the 2021 Tour de France?

Can someone explain this strategy? In stage 19 of the 2021 Tour de France, Pogačar (Yellow Jersey) and anyone else in the top 10 of the general classification remained in the peloton and as such ...
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What are the tactics that teams and leaders use to beat cyclists from a weak team 'just' following the leader of the strong one?

On the 2020 Tour de France there was a leader for most of the weeks: Primož Roglič. His team, Jumbo, was in control of the race most of the stages and blocked many attacks from main opponents. However,...
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What does it mean to "bring back a rider" in bike racing?

I was watching the "30 for 30" episode on Greg Lemond on ESPN. The video (Slaying the Badger) had interviews with previous teammates of Lemond. One of them was Andy Hampsten and in his ...
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Who gets the yellow trikot at a time draw - Tour de France

Yesterday was the team time trial at the Tour de France. Team Jumbo - Visma, the team with the yellow jersey, won and the yellow stayed in their team. But it got me thinking: What would have happened ...
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Can the body be trained to perform best at unusual times of day?

It's known that athletes perform best at certain times of day - most studies suggest that late afternoon / early evening seems to be the best time for peak performance. See this link for an article ...
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Where do fractional points in UCI ranking come from?

If you look at various UCI rankings, you often see riders that have non-integers as their rankings. For example, if you look at the current UCI World Ranking and this year's UCI World Tour rankings, ...
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Are multiple gears allowed on track cycling bicycles?

It seems to me that most track bikes I see have only one gear ratio. For some events I can imagine that having multiple gears would simply be added weight and drag, but on other events, like the short ...
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Does shaving your legs really matter in swimming/cycling?

For many many years, elite swimmers (well, actually any swimmer with a big meet) will shave almost everything from their bodies, and serious cyclists will do the same. The claim is that shaving ...
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What are "holding numbers" in cycle races?

I just read a tweet where K3 says it is "Holding numbers for pro teams in races around the world." what does that mean can someone help please?
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Tour de France general classification is identical across stages, but results are not. Why?

The general classification after Stage 5 in the Tour de France 2017 was Christopher Froome (GBR) Team Sky 18:38:59 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky +0:00:12 Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana Pro Team +0:...
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Why is the last stage of Le Tour de France "friendly"?

It hasn't always be like this, but these last years, the last stage is not decisive for the victory. The general rankings stay basically the same as the day before. While officially racing in Paris, ...
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Which year Tour de France had riders from most countries?

The riders that competed in the 2016 Tour de France represented 35 different countries. And the riders that are competing in the 2017 Tour de France are from 32 different countries.Wikipedia But my ...
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Worst placing in the climber competition for the overall winner

It is clear that the Tour de France is won in the mountains. (On a flat stage there usually are mass finishes, with the winner not able to make up much time.) Hence the overall winner should also be a ...
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Does triathlon biking passing-penalty rule apply if the rider ahead accelerates?

According to USA Triathlon 5.10, there is no drafting (a.) (being in a 7m x 2m zone behind the rider in front of you) except in the case you are passing (h.1.), in which case you have 15s to pass (g.) ...
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Rules and punishments for causing crashes in track cycling (omnium, points race)

After yesterday's (August 15th, 2016) omnium in the Olympics and the crash caused by Mark Cavendish in the points race, lots of people, ranging from cycling specific media to seemingly half of twitter,...
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Why does not Vuelta have young rider jersey?

While both Tour de France and Giro d'Italia have young rider classification, Vuelta a España does not have a competition for young riders. Is it known for what reasons decision not to have young ...
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Has any cyclist won all of the individual, points and climbing jerseys in the same Tour de France?

Has it ever happened that a cyclist has won all three of the main jerseys (yellow, green and polka dot) in the same Tour de France?
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Climber or Points rankings leader not finishing Tour de France

Has it ever happened that the cyclist who has collected the most points in one of these two rankings (climber or points) has not finished the Tour, leaving the victory of the "jersey" to another rider?...
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Climber rankings at Tour de France - must the winner finish the tour?

What if a few (2/3) stages to the end of the Tour de France a cyclist retires when he had a number of points that would make it mathematically unreachable by other cyclists in the climber ranking? ...
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How are race numbers in cycling races assigned?

In cycling races all riders wear race numbers for easier identification. Are there som rules or traditions which decide which team gets which set of numbers? By looking on some races, it looks that ...
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Why meldonium "almost" only in East Europe?

Meldonium has been considered a drug used for doping since Jan 1, 2016 and many athletes that used this drug in the past and did not stop have tested positive for it and have been disqualified or ...
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How essential is a purpose built Triathalon bike?

I am a experienced marathon runner who is looking to get into Triathlons (long course and half -- ~50 mile bike), hoping to work up to an Ironman. I have an older, but working, road bike that gets ...
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Safety comparison, downhill mountain bike vs. downhill ski

My twelve-year-old recently tried downhill mountain biking when we were in Lake Placid. He found it thrilling and would like to continue with this new sport now that we are back home. I am hesitant ...
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Which riders in the 2015 Tour de France have proven doping history?

How many, and who, of the 198 riders to start the Tour de France in 2015 have a proven history of doping? I.e. they have been charged and found guilty by WADA/UCI at some point in the past, or have ...
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How is the maximum time to finish determined for a cycling stage?

In Giro d'Italia and other stage races such as the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, there is a maximum time to arrive at the end of the stage after which racers are disqualified. How this maximum ...
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What happens with a team time trial when a team does not have enough riders?

In the 2015 Tour the France, the Orica-GreenEDGE team lost three riders in the first few stages. The team time trial only starts on the second Sunday, and as far as I know, the time of the fifth rider ...
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What is used as tie-breaker in mountain classification?

If Mikel Landa finished 2nd in the yesterday's (30 May 2015) stage of Giro d'Italia, both him and Giovanni Visconti would have 125 points in mountains classification. The last stage is flat, no points ...
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What is used as tie-breaker for cyclists with the same time in GC?

If several riders finish a cycling race with the same total time, what is used as a secondary criterion in general classification? For example, in this years Paris-Nice Michal Kwiatkowski, Rui Costa ...
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Am I hyperventilating during racing? Extreme feeling of being tired/out of breath during mountain bike races

I race mountain bikes and I have had a number of races where I have been completely out of breath and unable to go faster because I feel like I am at my limit. I am experienced and I am a good bike ...
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Tete de la course, why are they at front?

What is tete de la course? And why are they at the front of the pack leading the peleton by quite a high time margin? And who decides the riders to be at tete de la course? And I think everybody at ...
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Why does the Vuelta a España have a combination classification?

Stage races in cycling are interesting because they typically have multiple competitions inside one race. You have the general classification (usually seen as the most important one), and then there ...
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What's to stop a guy staying at the back of a peleton?

In Tour De France, when the riders are in a pack, one rides at the front while the others take advantage of the reduced wind resistance, and then one from the back (or is it the guy directly behind ...
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Do teammates have to let someone else win if their team tells them to do so?

Right now, Nibali leads the Tour De France with his teammate 2 seconds behind. If, on the final day of the tour, they both have the same time, will the team tell Nibalis teammate to let him win, or do ...
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What these symbols on profile of a cycling stage mean?

I have looked on profile of today's stage of Tour de Suisse: (The picture is taken from http://www.procyclingstats.com/races/profilesmaps/2014-06/Tour-de-Suisse-Stage-6-1403118873.png.) There are ...
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What is fair play prize at Giro d'Italia?

I've read that at Giro there is a Fair play prize. It is one of the minor classifications. It is mentioned, for example, in the Wikipedia article on this year's Giro. However, not much details are ...
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Helmets in alpine skiing vs cycling

I am wondering why the helmets used in different sports disciplines are so different, especially considering professional athletes. Alpine skiing (source) Cycling (source) Of course I understand ...
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Which rider's time determines result in team time trial?

I have read in an article about this year's UCI World Championships: There are six riders per team, meaning a smaller size when compared to, say, nine for last July’s team time trial in Nice for ...
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Color of the sprint jersey in Tour de Suisse?

Tour de Suisse has two separate jerseys for sprints competition (based only on points from intermediate sprints) and points competition (where the points obtained from placement in stages are included;...
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How can quality of a domestique be rated?

Various criteria, such as number of wins, UCI points, are good for comparing GC contenders and sprinters. Climbing times and wattage can say a lot about quality of a climber. But quality of ...
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Becoming a pro cyclist late

I've been racing for two seasons now - road, cyclocross and some mtb. I've had some wins and this is how I'd like to make a living, specifically road racing or cyclocross. But I just turned 22 and ...
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What kind of shoes are suitable for a Novice/Sprint triathlon?

Next year in summer I want to take part in my first triathlon. The distances will be 400m-750m swimming / 20km cycling / 2-5km running. Are there shoes that work for cycling (with click system) and ...
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How can the US cyclist federation take Lance Armstrong French Titles?

According to the news, the US Cyclist federation, had withdrawn all titles from Lance Armstrong. How can a US organization take French Titles? Or I am missing something?
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Does the chance of serious injury when road biking decrease with speed? [closed]

When riding a road bike at high speed, for instance in the Tour de France, I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to be decreased as speed increases, as this allows the cyclist to "roll", and ...
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Performance-enhancing drugs in cycling

Why does everyone say elite cyclists are doping but none of them get caught even though they are regularly tested? A perfect example is Lance Armstrong with the recent allegations.
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Incomplete stage in Tour de France

If a cyclist fails to complete a stage of Tour de France because of injury or something else, but is ready again for the next stage, is he allowed to continue? If yes, does he receive some sort of ...
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