I am new to bicycling in general and to the Tour de France in particular. I am absolutely fascinated by the race, the racers, and the strategy. That’s where my problem comes. I have seen each stage four times, and am beginning to pick up on some things, but is there an online primer for newbies?
I know there are lots of “races” within THE race – but why do some riders with no chance at anything go out on breakaways? Also, is there ever a stage when no one breaks out? AND, if the lead is say 2 minutes, why should they be reeled in?
This has to be the greatest sporting event ever. So glad I got into it and cycling.