He said riders have always considered Armstrong two years ahead of the peloton when it came to doping.
He never could get past a climb among the 50 to 80 best in the peloton.
a small military group; platoon
French 'small pellet'
1706, "small body of soldiers, platoon," from French peleton, derivative of pelote "ball, heap, platoon" (11c.); see platoon.