Really great post from PezCycling going through the tactics and strategy behind winning on the pavement. The article(s) are a little long, but definitely worth the read if you want a better understanding of what goes into a road race.

From PezCycling:

Tactics and strategy in bike racing comes down to predicting how a particular race event might play out, and then deploying the best plan to achieve your team’s objectives. Some riders will go through years of racing without ever truly understanding the anatomy of a bike race, so let’s use our magic divining rod and read some tea leaves to understand the black art of deciphering bike races.

Bike Race Anatomy I »
Bike Race Anatomy II »