New research shows just how much motorbikes affect races

For the first time an experiment shows exactly what the advantage is when a motorbike drives in front of a rider

Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2016 (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

After a rider has attacked off the front or is closing in on the finish line after a long breakaway effort, it's not uncommon for the motorbike camera to stay in front of them to capture the emotions the rider is going through as they sail towards potential victory.

This often draws complaints that motorbikes can unfairly influence races but until now this has only been an accusation, with no real science behind it.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.