This may seem an odd question, but let me explain. I went for a ride today. A punishing 30-miler through the Peak with a wee respite on the Cheshire Plain. As I was recovering from my first climb, I ran up behind another weekend warrior: carbon bike, team Lycra - the usual deal. I decided to hang off his wheel for a moment before making the effort to pass him, and this is where I noticed it. Man, this guy was stinking. In fact, he was smelling so bad, I had to call him on it and ask if this was the beginning or the end of his ride. It turned out he had put in about 40 climber miles in before I met his wasted body crawling along the leafy lane. I quickly passed him and made a joke about a sweat wake. And yes, I am fully aware that 20 miles later, I probably smelled just the same. My jersey was rank when I took it off back at home. While I was riding along afterwards, it occurred to me. If that one dude on his own could be nasally discerned from a range of 5 metres, with pong levels reaching nauseating at one bike length, then what the actual heck must the pro peloton smell like when it's four abreast and slaving away up a sunny alpine pass? Has anyone here got close enough to cop a sniff?