The peloton (from French, originally meaning 'platoon') is the main group or pack of riders in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) near (particularly behind) other riders. The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group it can be as much as 40%. The term is also used to refer to professional cyclists in general. The peloton travels as an integrated unit (similar in some respects to birds flying in formation) with each rider making slight adjustments in response to their adjacent riders (particularly the one in front of each). When developed, riders at the front are exposed to higher loads, and will tend to slip off the front in order to rejoin the pack farther back. With sufficient room to maneuver, this may develop into a fluid situation where the center of the peloton appears to be pushing through its own leading edge.
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