THE SPRINT 200 ME­TRES

Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

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.

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