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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 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.
The peloton caught breakaway rider Alessandro de Marchi near the end of the stage as the course went through the southern city of Sevilla.
The Orica-Scott team likes to joke that the peloton smells them from a mile away because their chef adds a dose of healthy garlic to everything.
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.
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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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