What is a GC rider in the Tour de France?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The general classification (or the GC) in road bicycle racing is the category that tracks overall times for riders in multi-stage races. Each stage will have a stage winner, but the overall winner in the GC is the rider who has the fastest cumulative time across all stages.
What makes a good GC rider?
A great GC rider must have good strategy and support. It is not necessary to become exhausted by trying to WIN any stages, just be very aware of overall time and contenters. Of course the GC riders MUST be very strong, and not too dumb….
Why can’t sprinters climb?
Climbing takes more stamina (a sprinter would kick butt on a short hill) and is all about power to body weight ratio whereas sprinting is more about pure power with the power per pound/kilo is less of a factor. It’s a combination of training and physiology.
How do you know if you’re a sprinter or climber?
To look at them, they’re as different as flat and jumps racehorses. The sprinters are packed full of muscle while the grimpeurs (climbers) are lithe, almost skeletal figures. But the Alps and the Pyrenees look pretty mean, and often require 30-40 minutes of solid climbing.
What do the initials GC stand for in the Tour de France?
Yellow – overall leader. Also known as the maillot jaune, the yellow jersey is worn by the rider who is the General Classification (GC) leader, riding the race in the least amount of time. Green – points leader.
Do Tour de France riders poop?
So What Do They Do Now? Today, elite athletes will just poop their pants and continue on.
What is a Chase 1 in cycling?
Chase Group – This is a small group of cyclists who are out ahead of the peloton attempting to catch those in the breakaway. … They are the unsung heroes of the peloton.
What is a peloton in cycling?
Peloton. You’ll hear this word used a lot in cycling commentary, whether it’s the Tour de France or an Olympic road race. Quite simply, it’s a large group of riders bunched together on the race route. Peloton is the French word for a small ball.