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Examples of peloton in a Sentence
He broke away from the peloton and sprinted into the lead.
Recent Examples of peloton from the Web
On this day the polka dots were his reward for spending nearly 200 kilometers of a flat stage in a four-man breakaway that was subsumed by the boiling peloton a half-mile from the finish.
Then when the peloton split, Aru was on the bad side of the split and lost 30 seconds.
But the sport has moved on, too, no more weighed down by his negativity and rancor that overshadowed the peloton’s amazing athletic performances.
Froome was near the front of the peloton when a Katusha rider ahead of him lost control coming around a sharp turn with about 30 20 miles to go.
After opening with stages in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, the peloton will climb the Vosges and Jura Ranges in eastern France.
In response, Vélez said, its riders who make it into race breakaways are sometimes chased down by the rest of the peloton to deny them stage wins.
With the hard-charging peloton chasing them down, Huffman, a former multi-sport athlete at Elk Grove High School, sprinted clear of the five-man break and threw his arms up at the finish line, winning the fourth stage in dramatic fashion Wednesday.
The 17 teams will regroup after the leaders laid waste to the peloton, hoping to find a way back into the race Thursday on the grueling uphill finish at Mount Baldy and Friday during a difficult time trial at Big Bear Lake.
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Did You Know?
If you've ever watched the Tour de France on television, you've seen the peloton, the brightly colored pack of riders making up the central group. You may have also gained some inadvertent insight into the word itself, which as you may have guessed is French in origin. In French, "peloton" literally means "ball," but it is most often used with the meaning "group." It's frequently used in the bicycling context, just as in English, but it can also refer to a group in a marathon or other sporting event. French peloton can also mean "squad" or "platoon," and since we’ve told you that you probably won’t be too surprised to learn that it is also the source of our word platoon.
PELOTON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peloton for English Language Learners
: the main group of riders in a bicycle race
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