Read a full race by looking at where the rider is on the card.
When you read a race card as part of a training ride, the rider is at the end of a long climb (like the C.S.U.R., Tour of Flanders) or a short descent (like the Giro or Tour of Flanders), so you have to follow the rider closely. But this isn’t the same as looking at the card and noticing a change in speed, as you do when you read a road book.
For instance, when you read a GC, race, or time in a road book, you typically see a drop, a climb, or a descent before the time marker. So it might have been a descent for the last seven kilometers before the GC and then a climb, etc. when you read a card.
In this case, it would be easier to read it if the rider was getting close to the finish. A slower rider is easier to follow for a time trial or stage. However, in this case too, the finish isn’t critical in a GC, but this is one of those things all riders need to know.
What Does a Time Trial Mean?
A time trial does more than just determine the winner. It’s one of the most important events during a stage race, and there are quite a few variations. Some race organisers include a time trial or two in their stage race. Some give a separate stage (usually longer than 3.2 km in length), and others use a bunch sprint only. As you might guess, different things depend on the route and the stage.
A Classic Time Trial is a stage race where the course is longer than 2.2 km. Some races include longer time trials along with their stage races, but these events are typically smaller and generally have a slightly different course than what’s seen in a big Tour. For instance, two different WorldTour events are typically held in two separate stages.
A one-day race can be considered classic because it’s not a stage race but it’s often included as a part of a longer race. If it’s the finale of a larger race that includes many top climbers, then it’s more likely it’ll have time trials.
Who’s In the Lead?
During a race, things are usually more chaotic than usual. While riders are trying to win a stage, they’re also trying to win the leader’s jersey. The winner of the race can be