These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Tour de France
Attack! Attack! Attack!: The way most French riders and teams act. Justified by the fact that they don't have any serious GC contender, and haven't had for years (though maybe Pinot or Rolland could become that), and no sprinter who can race with the best in the bunch sprints (Démare, Bouhanni and Couqard look like future contenders in that discipline). Other riders also have this driving tyle.
Thomas Voeckler came close to winning the race this way in 2011, with a well-timed attack, being a complete Determinator, even by pro cycling standards, and having a loyal team. He eventually lost through Cadel Evans' time trialling skills as well as pulling a complete Honor Before Reason during the stage to Alpe d'Huez by trying to keep up with the A.Schleck-Contador attack, rather than falling back to the main group.
Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro actually won the race through a breakaway where he gained half an hour on the pack. That is to say, the pack was outside the time limit, and was only allowed to stay in the race because over 20% of the remaining riders were in the pack.
Gilberto Simoni has won two Giros and has five other podium places in the same race. He would always have high expectations alog with him, coming to France, but the best he's ever done is a 17th place in the GC.
Misplaced Nationalism: French teams get at least three of the four wild cards, if not all of them, despite the fact that non-French pro continental teams might be stronger. Best example was in 2011, where Saur-Sojasun was given a wild card ahead of Geox-TMCnote which had riders like Sastre and Menchov, which this French team did nothing with.
Take That: The Danish national anthem playing when Contador won in 2009. Not a take that directed at Contador, but rather directed against ASO, UCI, Danish Cycling Union and Rabobank.
Not just every winning rider, but every top rider in the 90's and 00's could reasonably be expected to have been doping. Things appear to be getting better, with most doping cases discussed currently are the ones of the past.