5 Devious Cycling Tricks Of Tour de France Riders | Pro Cyclist Racing Secrets


– There are many devious
tricks you can use to deceive your competitors when cycling. – And these devious
tricks have been deployed throughout the entire history
of the Tour de France. Not the most devious trick in the book, but a good tool to have at
your disposal nonetheless. I’m talking about sheltering. (French accordion waltz music) – It is extremely unlikely that you’ll see a cyclist getting this
wrong at the Tour de France. But, if you are riding with someone that is a little less
experienced than you, it is the perfect
opportunity to expose them. Always sit on when riding into a headwind. And then when you do come through to do a turn on the front with a tailwind, make sure you ever so
slightly increase the tempo. As the potential for
drafting is greatly reduced and this is true even when riding uphill. – Sitting in the wheels during a headwind is far easier than
sitting during a tailwind. When you’re sitting during a tailwind, the effort is far more comparable. So make sure you sit in the
wheels during a headwind. – Most famously used by Lance Armstrong on the 2001 stage in the Tour de France on the way to Alpe
d’Huez, where he went on to drop Jan Ullrich and everyone else. Having bluffed his way
through the entire stage at the back of the bunch, there is simply nothing more devious than pulling the bluff. To deploy this devious trick you need to be fully under control, even if you’re on the
limit, it is important to maintain your composure. No facial expression is to change at any point, I mean, never. No glimpse of effort or
ease should ever appear from behind the glasses. You may need to choose very carefully when you decide the moment has come to show your real self. Go too early and you will
have blown it completely. But, go too late, and you may well find you weren’t actually the
only one playing the bluff. Experience is a vital tool when it comes to deciding when to go. – Chris, are you going to come through? You’ve been sat on the back all day. – Oh, I’m just not feeling it today. – What, I’ve done 100 K on the front! – You’re doing a great
job, just let me know when it’s the final climb. – Mate, we’re into the last 10 K. – The last 10 K, you say?
– Yeah, this last, Chris! You said you were feeling bad! – That was amazing! You absolutely annihilated everyone. – To be honest, felt terrible. – But you, you cruised it, you
barely even broke a sweat! – The other guys just couldn’t keep up, I didn’t feel great,
legs weren’t that great but I kind of just sat up last five K, they just didn’t have the legs, I think. – You must’ve felt good, you
won by five minutes, solo. – Yeah, just, walk in the park. Even though I felt bad, those guys just couldn’t keep up. – The ultimate way to get
under the skin of your rivals has to be trash talking in the press. Never let on how you really felt and always make it sound
like you could have given that little bit more,
or that your competitors didn’t provide you with a real test. – I’m going to ride to the hotel, mate! – Yeah, or be like that guy, and make a big deal
out of riding the 30 Ks back to the hotel for punishment. – So you’re on one of
those really hard days, and your mate is just
pounding on the pedals. If you just grab hold of his pockets, oh, might give you a
little bit of respite. – I think my brakes on! – And trust me, you’ll thank me after it. – This guy. And if you do momentarily want
to distract your competitor, you can simply have a little
fondle in their back pocket. For whatever reason, you can pretend that something is about to fall out, or that maybe their number
needs to be pinned back on. You can catch a rather
brief but rather effective and enjoyable little tow. – So you want to get a free
ride all day, here’s one for ya. Attack at the bottom of the climb. Go out of sight, run behind a bush, hide. Wait ’til the peloton goes past then jump on the back of the group. – This has to be my all
time favorite devious trick in the world of cycling. It’s one where a strong rider can get up the road,
either in a group or solo. Before discretely pulling
over to the side of the road, and hiding, waiting for the
entire bunch to pass them. They then rejoin the
race quietly at the back whilst chases like a
mad person on the front. Now this tactic is
becoming increasingly rare, we’re in a world of good live TV coverage and race radios, of course. It’s now more the reserve
for a top level amateur event and it is perfectly
suited to a strong person that can get up the
road ahead of the bunch. – What? Oh! – He’s never going to
see me in here, perfect. Shh, he’s never going to know I’m here. – Where have you been? I haven’t seen you all day! Been chasing you! – I’ve been here all day, mate. Just chilling, just chilling. – You’re on one of those really good days, and you’ve made the morning breakaway. You’ve got two options, sit in and relax, or go hard and do big turns. My advice to you would be sit on. Tell your mates you can’t come through, you feel too bad. Sorry, Chris, I feel awful, I
can’t go through, I’m sorry! Now wait ’til the last
five K, attack, attack! And solo to victory! (crowd cheering) Have you ever pulled a fast
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