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For most of the past 40 years the Tour has ended with what is essentially a parade along the Champs Elysees (1989 being a big exception!) The modern tour is largely determined by climbing/time trials and with the final day being largely flat there simply isn't a good opportunity for a 2nd place rider to take back enough time. This is especially true in the ...


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You have some very good bicycle answers. This is more unwritten rules in other sports. Many sports have unwritten rules and I would argue they are good for the sport. Typically it is about sportsmanship and you let the players address it rather than than try and address it in the rules. These unwritten rules rarely rise to the level of a tradition ...


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There is no rule saying you must wait. But that behavior comes from understanding the sport's first principle. The UCI regulations say Section 2: bicycles Preamble ... The principle asserts the primacy of man over machine. ... So cyclists are meant to be competing against each other, not each other's bikes. It's a fine line. If you want ...


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This compilation of articles on the subject goes into a lot of depth and sources some examples and opinions of some very notable cyclists themselves. http://bfc.sfsu.edu/cgi-bin/unwritten.pl?Dont_attack_when_your_rival_suffers_bad_luck_-_Cycling "I don't know when it evolved," said Phil Liggett ... "It's been a gradual thing, this so-called unwritten ...


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You answered your own question: it's not sporting behavior. It's also considered to be deeply unprofessional. You might gain an advantage that one time but after that everyone would be gunning for you. Also every rider has bad luck at some point. The professional courtesy you extend to a rider will one day be returned to you.


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The correct title in English speaking nations is Selector. The Selectors use their knowledge of the capabilities and nature of the riders to select those that represent their region or nation. Results are important but if look up any selection criteria you will quickly see behaviour standing out as one of if not the key decider on who gets to represent their ...


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Unsure of what you're asking; from my limited knowledge of racing, teams, and the Olympics, I thought there were many privately sponsored teams, and if individuals want to become a part of the Olympic TeamUSA cycling team, they have to qualify based on their stats (e.g.: in cat 1 races) It doesn't seem like there would be a stand-alone position for a person ...


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I cannot answer the physiological aspect in any detail, however my understanding is that, given a recovery day with little activity, your muscles will begin the first phase of healing [inflamation etc], this is also coupled with your legs being heavy with toxins from the previous days racing. To avoid this, the healing part can be improved via active ...


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Official record? No. It's simply not something the UCI has tracked nor has there really been an accurate way to track this. This is the first year where the entire peloton will have their data tracked during the Tour. Cycling isn't like Formula 1 where nearly every datapoint is meticulously tracked. The upside of the UCI weight limit on bikes is that most ...


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The highest speeds on bike similar to road bikes is the 200m track sprint, where the record is 9.347 seconds, for an average of 77kph.


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Not a complete answer really, but I've had a scan through this TdF data Twitter account and Greipel's winning speeds from his two wins this year are an average of 59.58 km/h over the last km and a peak speed of 67.03 km/h. Pretty quick. Edit: more stats for nerds here.


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They are GPS trackers with a wireless data connection, GSM or EDGE would be enough for the data rate, but it might be something faster. The company supplying them is Dimension Data you can sign up for a free data report at the end of each stage here.


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This is a special device that gathers the following data, according to this article: the stage winner’s top speed, average speed and time per kilometer the fastest riders up key climbs the speed of the winner at the finish line the top speed achieved by a rider on the day average speed across all riders


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The answer is probably the combination of standing up and high cadence. I assume that when you say acceleration you mean hard and short burst of effort. The maximum power in that short period of time will be produced by the fast twitch muscle fibres type, (i.e. when you stand up, low cadence). This type of fibres work anaerobically so you can only sustain ...


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Get a power meter and see what output you are getting at various rpm / loads. There is a big difference of 120rpm at 200w or 600w. This relationship will most likely not be linear. 150 rpm seems much too high, but everyone is different. I personally find great power at 105-120. Timing yourself or using HR can be a measure as well, but power is the only ...


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Through personal experience, I have found that the higher cadence method will always get me ahead of the group of commuters at the lights. I sometimes see the standing grinders but by the first downstroke of their crank arm, I am already gaining much more acceleration. The grinders are also wobbling all over the place because their centre of mass is much ...



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