A couple years ago on this forum I asked the following question about drafting and now I am having some doubts about the answers I got.
When two riders (or more) are drafting each other, it is acknowleged that those who draft behind a front rider have cycling advantage. We all know that.
However, how does drafting affect the rider in front?
The answer I got was that the rider in front can also go faster if there are others drafting behind him/her.
Yet I hear expressions like, "I was in front pulling the others." It was as though the person in front was not getting any benefit from those behind. He/she did all the work.
I realize that in a paceline each rider should take his/her turn at the front (that's not the issue here). But if a rider stays in front, does he/she get any advantage over riding solo? Why?