As Andy Schleck found out during Le Tour, you can lose a fair amount of time to another rider if you don’t have the correct descent position.
The image below gives you the perfect aerodynamic descent position, as designed by top scientists at ‘L’Institut Aerodynamique’ in Rotherham.
Riders on Le Tour can reach speeds of up to 263kph and have been known to go back in time during a long descent.
In 2008, Andreas Patacakey actually transported himself back 36 years on the descent of Col de la Bonnette. He is still trying to make up the time that he lost.
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