Chris Froome's descending position slower than Peter Sagan's or Marco Pantani's, study finds

Belgian researchers spend ten months comparing different descending positions

Chris Froome hit the headlines at the Tour de France with an unexpected attack on the descent of the Col de Peyresourde, employing an unusual descending style to win by 13 seconds, but a study has found that he could have won by more if he'd used a different technique.

Researchers in Belgium looked at a number of different descending styles, including those of Froome, Peter Sagan, and Marco Pantani, concluding that Froome's position was only the fourth fastest of the six styles tested, with Sagan's technique of sitting towards the back of the top tube proving the fastest.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.