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In a peloton, the cyclist experiences considerably less air resistance than expected

“At the very back, the air resistance is very low, but there is less opportunity to react to attacks and falls happen more often. So for classification riders or sprinters, I think the best position is in row 6, 7 or 8: then you are sufficiently shielded by other riders and you’re near enough to the front.”

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