The peloton has its jargon. Here are some of the expressions used by the Tour de France riders before they landed in Switzerland.
What if, hands in pots, we decoded? As is the case with many sports, where you have your own language, cycling also has its words or expressions when it comes to ‘putting one’ and expressing yourself in the peloton. Who will “fly” in Lausanne or “smoke” a pipe “in an armchair” near Aigle? You who will find yourself by the side of the road this weekend, during the stages of the Tour de France in Romandie, here is a little glossary that may be useful for you to shine with your friends by the side of the road, while with the heat wave the runners will also “chase the can” to cool off.
Have an exit voucher
In general, this is aimed at a second knife whose place in the general classification is not likely to jeopardize those of the leaders of the Tour. A regional stage will, in principle, an exit voucher. This will perhaps allow him to put his name on the list. This authorization will have the benevolence of the yellow jersey which will inform its team members. Tadej Pogacar, who flew to the general, will he grant this exit voucher this Saturday to Marc Hirschi, who dreams of winning a good one in Lausanne?
Turn on the headlights
This expression is used for a runner who has surely used subterfuge. His look at the time of departure does not deceive. He also salted the soup. It is also said that he made himself a dart, that he blew up the boiler or jumped the pot increasing the dose as the effects diminished until the body could no longer take them . The cheater is then often lost for the competition and risks sequelae in his post-sports life. At the 3rd dope, it is often too late. It seems that this is no longer topical in the peloton, even if no one is fooled.
Have people on the roof
Is said after a fall where many runners are lying on the ground, compared to a damaged car that ends up on its roof. It happened in Denmark, we hope it won’t be the case this weekend on Swiss roads.
Count the cobblestones
When you ride very slowly, not out of desire, but constrained and forced, for lack of form. The runner gives the impression, so weak is his pace, of counting the cobblestones. The formula applies regardless of the terrain. There is a good risk of having some riders “stuck to the tarmac” on the climb to Pontaise. Or, if you prefer, “stay crisp” or physically crack. He will then be in the “pampa” very retarded and will soon give up.
Meet the Hammer Man
Or another way of talking about such a failure that one has the impression of having been knocked out. It is so sudden that the runner who is the victim remains without strength, and unable to resume the race, without a recovery time. Leaving the event, we can add that he put the arrow without waiting for the sweeper car.
Run as a rat
It is a way of running without taking part in the action; to take advantage, often in a breakaway, of the efforts of others when his attitude suggests that he too could share his work. This practice is not much appreciated by other competitors. The “Ratagasse” is the one who systematically applies this way of riding.
To do the laundry
Attack constantly to eliminate as many opponents as possible before the end of the race. Several successive attacks will force the most vindictive to let go.
To be online
It’s being well placed on your bike. ride straight at the same pace, without rocking the body, and give a regular movement to his pedaling. Like Tadej Pogacar in the final ascent of the Planche des belles filles this Friday where he “flew”? We can also say that he has the “light sock” or that he “makes the thirteen teeth blush”. That he has adopted the greatest development and that he has kept it by pedaling at high speed without stopping, demanding the maximum from the muscles and from the machine.
Do not climb a railway bridge
When a roller or a descender has no quality as a climber. He then finds himself isolated as soon as the road goes up a little. Dropped, they will then do the little train, as is also likely to be the case this Saturday afternoon in the climb to Pontaise.
Tickle the pedals
It means being in good physical condition and having no trouble pedaling, not feeling the effort provided by the legs: pedaling easily without having to press very hard on the pedals. By taking the “bracasse”, namely a very important development using a large chainring and the smallest possible sprocket (56 x 12). For this, you need a lot of power in the thighs and in the kidneys.
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