Talking Tactics: Tempo is everything

If you watch the one-day Classics, you’ll notice that the gap between the breakaway and the peloton rarely follows a smooth pattern. The tempo in the peloton varies and the gap concertinas: at times it tumbles rapidly, while at others it may even increase. One minute the break appears doomed, then five minutes later they suddenly have the upper hand. Why does this variation occur, why is it important, and how does it add to the excitement? Continue reading