Understanding Tour de France Strategy

We are joined by Cannondale-Drapac pro rider Toms Skujins to discuss the intricacies of racing strategy.

Tour de France Strategy
ASO / Charly Lopez

Have you ever turned on a Tour de France stage and found yourself wondering what the heck is going on? Why are these riders off the front? Shouldn’t that team be chasing? In this special Fast Talk episode, we are joined by Cannondale-Drapac pro rider Toms Skujins to discuss the intricacies of racing strategy. Plus, we’ll give you a few ways you can translate Tour de France tactics into your local races.

Primary Guest Dr. John Hawley 

Secondary Guests Toms Skujins & Joey Rosskopf


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