WHAT IS A BAROUDEUR?
In general, there are 3 types of riders in the peleton:
Baroudeurs or Breakaway Specialists are capable of riding in front of the peleton for hours.
Knowing they can’t compete with the sprinters and climbers, they focus on long endeavors. These endeavors often result in no more than getting the sympathy of the spectators or the Combativity Award.
But every once in a while, the adventurer is rewarded for his commitment. And when a Baroudeur wins, the victory is striking and epic.
When it comes to epic victories, there’s only one man: Thomas De Gendt.