Welcome to Flanders, Belgium.
They’ve been hosting the Tour of Flanders cycling race for over 100 years.
Spoiler alert. We won the 2019 race.
Here’s Alberto. He’s our leader in this race.
You remember from CHAPTER ONE that our leader has “protectors”.
Well, the real name for the protector is domestique.
In another race, Sep might be the leader, but in this race he is domestique.
Sep makes a move to the front.
Sep‘s strategy disrupts the chase!
You’ll remember from CHAPTER ONE that drafting allows the rider at the back of the line to save energy by blocking the wind.
He makes his move!
As Alberto heads for the last climb…
He slows down the group at the foot of the hill.
This strategy breaks everyone’s momentum!
Alberto continues to gain time…
Alberto won the race, but it was a team win.
Their job as domestiques was to protect Alberto, help him save energy, and tire out the other team riders.