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DAY 16 - The expert descenders!

One of the skills that make a top road cyclist is not only the ability to climb mountains, but also the ability to descend them. Today’s stage in the Tour de France has the longest descents of all the stages, where riders will reach speeds in excess of 70mph, as they lean into the bends trying to find the most efficient route down. Unlike climbing, one of the biggest issues with descending is that it’s virtually impossible to practice the big descents prior to the races, so the riders tend to be racing blind. On recces of the stages in the lead up weeks to the tour the riders will check out the mountain stages so as to know what...

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