THE SPRINT 200 METRES
MARK CAVENDISH: People think sprinting is going from 150 metres or whatever. But 150m is short. It’s more like 200m or 250m and that’s when you have already been in the red for five minutes previous. Anybody can put out high wattage. It’s about how hard you can sprint when you’re in the red.
ANDRÉ GREIPEL: There’s always a bit of power you can get out of the legs. Sometimes, before you start your sprint you’re dead – really dead – but you still have some peak power. Sometimes you surprise yourself about what you can squeeze out. It’s finish line fever.
MARCEL KITTEL: The finish line is my red line. If I’m in good condition and I pass the finish line and I won, I won’t remember how deep I went in the last 5km.
SAM BENNETT: It’s hard to break into that bubble of the top sprinters because nobody wants you there to be sprinting for the win.