In professional cycling, the ultimate cheat is to be pulled along by a team car through a tough moment in the race in order to catch your competition or recover from a calamity—a crash, a flat tire, or even an unexpectedly long response to a call from nature. Each rider is expected to compete with his own power and use that power to overcome the calamities.
Yesterday, in one of the first major one-day races of the cycling season, known as Milan-San Remo, following a somewhat unexpected win by a somewhat unexpected winner, Arnaud Démare, other cyclists complained. Démare had been involved in a crash before a major climb. He was, with others, far behind the front of the race. … Read More