.. then this video from the 1966 Tour de France will be an eye opener. It was a tough race for this year, but imagine riding le tour in 1966 – this video gives a pretty good idea of what it would have been like.
These guys were really really tough – check out the bloke about 13 mins in with claret all over his head getting cleaned up by the team doctor (still on his bike riding of course!), and the bloke at 16 mins who hits the wall in a big way, veering all over the road, and then just crashes to the side of the road. Brilliant.