Seven thoughts that go through the head of a breakaway rider

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

We've not all been there, but we've all endured it through empathy: the heroic day when one rider decides to take their chances and back themselves against the might of the peloton.

Without breakaways, racing could get boring pretty quickly (though, frankly there was no saving stages 10 and 11 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia), and solo riders chipping off the front account for some of the greatest wins in history.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.