12 great excuses for getting dropped on a group ride

No matter how good a cyclist you are, you'll get dropped from a group at one time or another. For some of us it's a pretty regular occurrence

Caleb Ewan is dropped on stage nine of the 2015 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Watson)

If you're a veteran at being left behind you'll likely know every excuse under the sun, but if you're a relative novice, keep some of these lines in your jersey pocket in case you have that awkward conversation with your ride companions who've been waiting for 20 minutes for you to catch up.

I thought we turned left back there

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.