Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

CAVENDISH: Be­fore, you’d just have one guy to pi­lot fish you. That’s where the lead-out train comes from. In 2007, 2008, I was win­ning nine out of ev­ery 10 sprints I did. I just thought, if I get a lead-out I can win 10 out of 10 sprints. We just did it and it guar­an­teed the wins.

KIT­TEL: The days of the big lead-out ended in 2013-14. When I think about the Tour in those years my team al­ways had a bat­tle with Lotto Soudal, and more sprint­ers were com­ing with strong teams.

BEN­NETT: If there are not so many of the top guys at the race, you’re go­ing to have to do more of a lead-out, be­cause oth­er­wise you’ll just get swamped. So many peo­ple want trains. I al­most think there are too many and you have to go it alone.

VI­VIANI: The best po­si­tion is al­ways when your lead-out goes with 1km to go and you have two guys and you know they will bring you to 200m to go. If you are not with the lead-out boys, the main po­si­tion is to be on the wheel of the sprinter who has a lead-out. You need to un­der­stand who is or­gan­ised.

GREIPEL: It’s not like there’s a full lead-out any more. A road only has a cer­tain amount of space. It comes down to the last two riders in the front of the sprinter do­ing the cor­rect thing. Now, a lot of teams try to make a per­fect lead-out so it’s like drag­ster rac­ing. To win you must be fly­ing but it’s dif­fi­cult be­cause a lot of other teams are putting a lot of em­pha­sis and at­ten­tion on a lead-out.

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