which pretty much means Greg Lemond and a selected few others are the only American who can say whether a race is hard.
As most of us know, there's a difference between being strong enough to be in the pack at the end, and being strong enough to be at the front of the pack in a position to strike at the end. And that's precisely what I'm referring to. And that's hard. It doesn't matter if you're a 5 or a 1. And you can't say it isn't hard unless you have an uninterrupted string of top 5s from every race you've ever done. It's hard to put out the power to get into that position and maintain it. That takes fitness and that takes racing smart so you're not wasting that fitness.