Tour de France: Chapatte’s Law and the art of the breakaway
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Tour de France: Chapatte’s Law and the art of the breakaway

“The winner from the break is the rider who won’t bargain for anything less. Even with himself.” Matt Seaton goes up the road in search of victory Getting in a break is a triumph of hope over experience. Most of the time, it’s a doomed venture. You ride hard and burn all your matches, only to be swallowed up in the final miles by a bunch in which about three-quarters of the riders have hardly had to turn a pedal in the chase. There’s something about attacking off the front that always feels like a Hail Mary. And then, once you’ve settled into the group, but you’re hurting from the effort, a sense of something like buyer’s remorse soon sets in: what was I thinking? There’s almost never a sweet spot in a break: if it feels too easy, it almost certainly means it’s going too slowly. If it’s going fast enough to have a chance of sticking, then you’re going to be well outside your comfort zone. And for what? You might have a chance of getting on the podium. But you might just work like stink so that someone else does. Read: The Miracle of Marseille – […]

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