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Riders take shelter to gain the best position for a late attack during Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia in Naples last week. Photo: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Riders take shelter to gain the best position for a late attack during Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia in Naples last week. Photo: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

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Riders take shelter to gain the best position for a late attack during Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia in Naples last week. Photo: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Knowing how to use the wind to your advantage while riding in a group can help conserve your energy for when it’s needed most, whether that’s for an all-out attack towards the end of a race or simply to enable you to get to the end of a long group ride.

In a headwind, drafting directly behind another rider can save up to 40 per cent of the power needed to ride at the same speed into the wind.


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