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Road race question, why do teams have an advantage
May 6, 2002 7:03 AM
Can somebody explain the strategy ect of road races.

Like in the TDF, USPS wins right, not just Lance??? Why do you have the advantage at the end if you have teammates??? (do they block out the other guys or something to that effect? What other strategies are there in racing. In a recent race lance said he was happy with his finish since the other team had numbers.. ??? why. In the lead pack do the guys share the point? It seems that it would be an advantage to go slower and just draft. Thanks for the education!
I'm sure one of the racer guys could answer this better.Spoke Wrench
May 6, 2002 10:08 AM
Basically, a good part of bicycle raceing is avoiding wind resistance. It's much easier to ride in a pack or behind another rider than it is to ride by yourself. There are lots of situations that require riders to use different tactics to make their competitors ride more difficult.

A simple example would be two teammates and one other rider in a breakaway. In this situation, the two teammates might take turns attacking with the other drafting the outsider until the outsider is no longer able to respond to one of the attacks.
I'm sure one of the racer guys could answer this better.Ted
May 6, 2002 10:44 AM
Exacally. When you have a large, strong, well experenced team you can acually control the race. Always having someone fresh to attack so the others never get a chance to rest. As well you can make sure you always have fresh legs in the attack. It is much more than simply avoiding "wind resistance" Attacking and counter attacking the entire race can be a little demoralizing for the other teams. In a race you do not nessassarly race for your self. As long as a team member wins you win as well.

Hope this helps a little.

re: Road race question, why do teams have an advantage in....Ray Sachs
May 6, 2002 11:02 AM
Being protected from the wind over the course of a long day is part of it, what happens in a breakaway is also critically important. The 2001 Paris-Roubaix was the clearest example of this I've ever seen. Domo had a lot of guys near the front, Postal had Hincapie, Lampre had Dierksens (sp?). One of the Domo guys (Peters) got a good gap. Hincapie and Dierksens had to work their butts off chasing, while the other two Domo guys (Musseuw and Knaven) just sat on their wheels and had an easy time following them back to the front. When they finally caught Peters, Knaven and Musseuw took turns attacking. Hincapie had to cover each break. Finally, he couldn't and had to let Knaven go and he ultimately won the race. Hincapie was arguably the strongest single guy in that break but he never had a chance of winning the race.

Just an example.