Jump into a cycling breakaway at the right moment

 

 

Written transcription:

Hello and welcome on my blog Cycling Tactics & Strategies!

I am Sylvain Jeuland a French non-professional cycling racer.

In this video, I want to show you how to choose the best moment to jump to the breakaway.

At this moment, two riders have broken away. There are dozens of meters in front.

As usual, I place myself between the 12th and the 15th position.

I can see the new attacks and I follow them.

We still have two riders in front and I am still well placed in the field.

One more rider gets the breakaway. We have three riders now.

We can see on the right of the road that a orange and black rider sprints to catch the three riders quickly. This is a perfectly timed attack.

An attack to go into the breakaway

Here another rider follows him. For me these two racers perfectly jump to the breakaway.

I know that the field is quite tired after the recent accelerations. So I take my chance because there are 4 or 5 riders in front. Noone follows me.

Look at my left turn trajectory.

Left turn to catch the breakaway

This turn was not a good thing for me. I have lost my extra speed compared to the breakaway speed.

So I need some time to come back on them. I attacked a bit late.

Finally I get it!

When you come back on a breakaway, have a rest. Never relay too early. It is important to get some energy back.

I tell them: "I have just come back. I need a rest".

You have seen how to attack to get into the breakaway.

When several individual racers attack, they may regroup in front and it may be the right breakaway.

When they are 4 or 5 in front, I have to react because 6 is a very good number for a breakaway.

The more you wait to come back, the harder is the effort to fill the gap.

So be well placed in the field, be careful and break away smartly.

Now it’s ok. I enter the paceline to relay with the others. This is my turn to relay.

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See you in another video on Cycling Tactics & Strategies!

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