heavily marked that he eventually just climbed off
Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.
You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs (or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
15:08 Oct 31, 2002
English to French translations [Non-PRO] / Cyclisme
English term or phrase:heavily marked that he eventually just climbed off
C'est toute cette portion de phrase qui me pose problème : "heavily marked that he eventually just climbed off"
Sometimes a totally obscure figure wins. The late Rudy Dhaenens, winner in Japan in 1990, was a strong domestique who never did justice to the rainbow jersey. Most obscure of all, however, was Harm Ottenbros of Holland, world champion in 1969 on the Zolder motor-racing circuit in Belgium. Eddy Merckx was the favourite, but he was so heavily marked that he eventually just climbed off. Ottenbros escaped with Merckx’s team-mate Julien Stevens, who was generally expected to take the sprint in front of the 150,000- strong Belgian crowd, who began celebrating well before the pair came into the finish straight. But Stevens was tired, having tried to help Merckx earlier in the race, and Ottenbros won the sprint by 15 cm (6 in). Stevens burst into tears, and Ottenbros, from the nation the Belgians love to hate, had to be escorted to the podium by police.
Explanation: Il était marqué comme cible (par des cyclistes d'équipes voués à la tâche de ralentir les meneurs). On peut ralentir un cycliste en se tenant très près de sa roue arrière, tout comme on peut aider un cycliste en se tenant juste devant.
Pour "climbing off", probablement "abandonner la course".