The Alps behind him, Froome has one hand on Tour win No. 4

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2017 9:23 a.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2017 9:10 a.m.

    Article: “…Romain Bardet and his AG2R team again put pedal to the metal…”

    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.