‘The blue door’ of the peloton at the Tour de France 2017
Posted On July 26, 2021
Racing’s marquee prize is back in the spotlight for the first time in a decade after two crashes at the 2016 Tour de Paris and the 2017 Vuelta a Espana put a damper on hopes of a repeat of last year’s success.
Peloton’s three-man breakaway for the Tour will be joined by the blue door of the team behind the Tour who are also aiming for the pink jersey at this year’s Tour.
Cyclingnews sat down with four of the four riders on the peloton breakaway to find out what it is like to race on the road of a major event and what makes the pelvis different from a normal bicycle.
It’s a tough job to be a rider in the pelodeon.
We’re always looking for something new and exciting, but it’s hard to find something we’re not used to.
I’m always very confident and excited to try something new.
This is a new adventure for me.
I’m used to the pressure, the pressure of the Tour, but this is different.
Every year, we’ve done this race before, but I’ve never ridden it in the same style.
It’s more difficult for me to handle and ride the bike in the best way, and I don’t like it.
The peloton is a bit different than in the past.
The peloton has to be aware of the weather, the conditions, the riders, and they need to be calm and focused.
We have to work together to be successful.
There’s nothing better than riding the Tour.
I think that’s the most important thing.
You can’t just ride the Tour in the normal way.
You have to try to take advantage of the opportunities.
I just enjoy riding it.
We want to do it well and we can do it together.
If we’re able to do this well, we’ll do it in 2017.
We know that.
I hope that’s true, so we’ll try to ride it well.
I’ll ride it on my bike, it’s just about doing it.
It’ll be fun.
A year ago, the pelodromes of France were full of talent but none had the legs to compete with the best in the world.
We’re going to ride well, but we’ll see.
I know that we have to fight hard and keep working.
With the exception of the big riders like Daniel Martin and Tom Boonen, everyone who has been riding the bike for a while in the Tour can still compete.
It takes a lot of energy and focus to be in the position that we are now.
But I can’t say that the riders who have been on the bike since the Tour of Flanders in 2011 are still doing it, because the pelodytes are so much bigger now.
We’re not there yet.
As I said, the team has a big goal, and we’re going through a lot together.
We’ll see how it all turns out.
In the last four years, it has been one of the most exciting times for cycling, and to be able to race in front of a million people on the streets of Paris, that’s incredible.
I feel very lucky.