“Baroudeurs aren’t always liked. ‘Again!’ the peloton says to itself when they attack. It is the Baroudeur who hand out the leg ache. Deadly accelerations are their standard.
There is no set format for a Baroudeur. Neither a true sprinter, nor a true climber, nor exactly a rouleur, the Baroudeur is all those at once. He is capable of all of it, but in his own time. He knows that he will not beat the sprinters at the finish and so he has to set off beforehand. He knows that he will not beat the climbers in the high mountains; he make his kingdom the medium mountains. He knows that he will not drop everyone on the first push so he puts in a second.”