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Inside Cycling with John Wilcockson: Why 2011 was the year of the underdog


7. KNOWLEDGE

2011 Tour of Flanders, Nick Nuyens wins
Nuyens came around Cancellara to win at Flanders. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com


One factor that is also playing an increasingly important role in the outcome of major races is riders’ self-knowledge, along with their increased knowledge of courses (from detailed reconnaissance rides) and tactics (from video analysis, pre-race team meetings and constant advice from team directors by radio). Those three aspects of knowing what to do certainly played a part in the classic wins this year by Vansummeren, Nuyens, Goss and Zaugg.

So at the end of this year of the underdog it’s likely that we can look ahead to even more shocks and surprises in 2012.

Editor’s Note: Former editor-at-large John Wilcockson is no longer a staff member at VeloNews, but he will be writing for this website as a guest columnist.