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Does anyone have links to articles explaining (roughly) how among the top pros there is less than, say, a five percent difference between winning and losing (in terms of physical ability)? Thanks.
 

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rcnute said:
Does anyone have links to articles explaining (roughly) how among the top pros there is less than, say, a five percent difference between winning and losing (in terms of physical ability)? Thanks.
A 5% difference in what measure of physical ability?
 

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Does anyone have links to articles explaining (roughly) how among the top pros there is less than, say, a five percent difference between winning and losing (in terms of physical ability)? Thanks.
That the difference in the majority is less than 5%. The Pro Peloton is a very small percentage of the overall cycling population so theoretically the differences should be miniscule for probably 70-80% of the Pro riders.
 

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Just compare the time of the last rider vs the winner in the grand tours. Based on total overall time there is not much % difference even with guys battling to be the last guy sometimes.
 

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terzo rene said:
Just compare the time of the last rider vs the winner in the grand tours. Based on total overall time there is not much % difference even with guys battling to be the last guy sometimes.
Except every cyclist doesn't ride the tour to win it, so that comparison is largely meaningless. The thing that makes cycling at interesting sport is that the "strongest" guy doesn't always win (ultimately) because of drafting. If they did, cycling would have all the entertainment value of a marathon, which isn't much.

Maybe comparing differences in TT times would provide some measures but it would surely inflate the difference as many of the guys at the bottom would not be riding flat out and many of the guys at the top may have taken advantage of stuff like wind tunnels that would create improved times but not because of physical ability differences.
 
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