OT...Bicycle races

Could somebody, preferably in plain english, explain the strategy in the Tour-de-Pew. Or maybe even post a link to something that can explain it. I'm
kinda following it a bit, it'd be nice for Armstrong to win again before he retires but I'm lost to why the team has to stay together all the time. It was a big risky move to send ole George out to try to win that hillclimb when he might be needed to lead ole Lance up the hill. WTF?? Why does Lance need to be lead up the climb? Does George get ahead of him and throw a tow strap back and drag his ass up?? Does the team stay together so somebody can't crash into Lance and take him out?? If the teams stays so close together, why is Lance in the lead and the rest of them are so far back it'll take them an extra day to hit the finish line?? Does those mega-dollar bikes have heated leather seats?? Enquiring minds want to know..
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Yep. Because George might have a particular strength, such as climbing hills.

Pretty damn close. If Lance is drafting someone, the climb is less of a drag, thus he is less tired while making his way to the top. Because he is less tired, if any one challenges after the climb, Lance can meet the challenge and likely beat them to the finish line.

That may be part of the strategy, yes. Generally, if the team stays together, they can determine the pace at which the group (learned recently its the "peloton") rides, and keep the riders with explosive break away ability rested in the draft. That way when someone challenges, or tries to break away, riders from the team are "rested" and can take advantage of the breakway to draft that rider and wait till he is tired, then pass him.

Not sure on this one, except to say that the sprints to the finish may have gained Lance enough time over the course of a few days that it seems like the team is way behind.

No.
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Some of those climbs look damned steep and the bikes don't look like they're going much over a walking pace. Does drafting realy make any difference at that slow speed??
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My logic says, no way. But these guys are hard core, so I guess every little bit helps.
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