And let’s also stipulate that I know that sports writing is a special case
of journalism with a high tolerance for clichÉs. But still—come up
with some fresher metaphors, guys.Oh, and still wishing Cav and
Sagan were still in the tour.
Romain Bardet and his AG2R team again put pedal to the
”First off, I fully understand the difference
between figurative and literal. Is anyone else troubled by this automotive
figure of speech being applied to cycling? It makes perfect sense in
automobiles (and the trucking world where it originated), where the accelerator
pedal makes a linear path to the metal floorboard and the pedal touching the
floorboard represents maximum acceleration. In cycling, the pedal travels in a
circular path and never touches anything, metal or otherwise. In fact, if the
pedal does touch something, such as the ground when banking a turn, the rider
goes down catastrophically. “Pedal to the metal” in cycling is
failure, not advancement.