For the non-cycling fans out... in fact, even for some cycling fans, the Lanterne Rouge is the name given to a cyclist that is in last position. Most commonly associated with the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern" and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a train—a railway train. I’m not overly sure why the person that came up with the phrase chose to represent the last person in a race as a lantern that hangs on the back of a train, though.
It was, at one point, a hard fought over position in the Tour de France. It came with some value and prestige, and believe it or not, was not the easiest thing to win. You still had to finish the race, and the tour de France has cut off times. If you finish too long after the winner, you're ejected from the race. So you couldn't just take the longest time, you had to take the longest time without being too late to get c. And it makes sense. If you finish last, you’re a lot more likely to remembered than the person that finished second to last. There was even an appearance fee paid to the lantern rouge at the post TdF criteriums.
I am going to also look upon this position as a positive. When I return to the road, I will become the lantern rouge. Not really by choice, but because I will no doubt we a lot weaker than everyone else. Especially the squad I ride with the most.
There are advantages. You get to look out for everyone. If someone is in trouble, I’ll be there to help out. I can change a tyre pretty quickly.
Even after I build up my strength, which I’m working on furiously though Zwifting (indoor training) and clinical pilates, I will not be in any rush to get to the bottom of a mountain. Therefore I’ll more than likely be the lantern rouge there. This opens up the safety man spot. If anyone has any trouble on the way down, I’ll be coming up the rear at a safe and gentle pace. I’ll be the good samaritan looking out for everyone. Rather than the lunatic I used to be, sprinting off the front into corners at 75km/h.