Modern cycling revolves around teams working for their protected rider. The protected rider’s objective can vary – they might be a sprinter, a Classics specialist or a GC contender in a stage race. Whatever the end goal, the plan is to have the other members of their team working to deliver them to the finish line as quickly/as rested as possible.
There is a romantic notion of the selfless domestique sacrificing their own chance at glory for a stronger teammate. But as some famous examples show – perhaps at least one featuring below – this relationship of helper and leader doesn’t always run as smoothly as a team’s directeur sportif would like.
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For this week’s cycling quiz, we’ve had a look back through some recent WorldTour races to select some of the men who have ridden in the service others.
Concentrating on the modern era, and without getting too obscure, see how many of these teammates you can identify.
All photographs by Graham Watson