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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
The Tour will spend three more days in northeastern Brittany, where fans waved black-and-white striped Breton flag on the roadside as the peloton rolled through the country villages.
Froome, who fell into a ditch near the end of Saturday’s opening stage, arrived safely with most of the peloton.
During the final laps of the 2017 Dutch National Road Championships, in Montferland, the peloton surged through a fine June rain.
Only a few individual riders break away — they can be chased down later — as the peloton maintains a conservative pace.
The 2013 Tour of California was his first major stage-race victory, and one that propelled him into the upper echelon of the European peloton.
The rest of the riders allowed him to break from the peloton and ride a few moments by himself as the fans applauded.
There’s a reason 90% of the peloton steers clear of the final sprint.
On flat roads, Sky’s Luke Rowe and Christian Knees drive the peloton and monitor early breakaways.
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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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