Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

BEN­NETT: Sprints feel more cut-throat. There are so many good sprint­ers now and there’s not re­ally one guy that stands out. Ev­ery­body is beat­able. I think that’s what make it more chaotic: ev­ery­one knows they can win.

CAVENDISH: [At Highroad] other teams would try to get in on us, like Liquigas and Lotto, but they couldn’t. Even in 2011, it was ones and twos com­ing around – Greipel, Tyler Far­rar – but we’d pick it up and were still pretty dom­i­nant.

GREIPEL: Sprint speeds and the chaos are as high as they’ve ever been, I think. It’s bike rac­ing. Ev­ery­body can de­cide how much risk they’re go­ing to take.

VI­VIANI: The main chaotic mo­ment is from 2km to 1km. At that mo­ment you un­der­stand if you are in a good po­si­tion to win or not - that is the chaotic mo­ment be­cause ev­ery­one wants to be in the po­si­tion to win.

TOM STEELS: For guys like Vi­viani who come from the track, chaos is se­cond na­ture. It’s kind of a nat­u­ral ap­proach to the sprint. You can be as strong as a horse, but if you don’t have the feel­ing to find po­si­tion then you can’t be fast – and in this pe­riod, it de­pends a lot on ex­pe­ri­ence.

KIT­TEL: At the end of the day there will al­ways be one team that’s dom­i­nant and will come out of the chaos and do a lead­out. This year it was Quick-Step. It’s down to ex­pe­ri­ence and power and it can change from race to race.

The clos­ing stages are chaotic in any sprint in­ish

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