OK, I understand just the basics about racing, but not much more. I read an article about the race today and the breakaway by Voeckler (who now has the yellow jersey) and several other riders. USPS tried to stay with the break with Hincappie but the T-mobile team kept reeling him back in.
1) What do they mean by "reeling" him back in? If Hincappie took off after the break, how can T-mobile slow him down?
2) What was the purpose of Hincappie going with the break while the rest of USPS remained with the peloton?
Thanks for any explanation.