KNOW YOUR RIVALS
BENNETT: I just watch sprints. I don’t think it’s even homework; it’s enjoyment I suppose. Everyone has their own sprinting style and personality in the last metres and you have to keep on top of that, but without being too obsessed about it. You have to focus on yourself – but it’s just about knowing your opponents.
VIVIANI: When we go to a race, we analyse who is there: which other sprinters; what teams are organised like us; who can do the last part or can compete with us. It’s just to understand who our rivals are in that moment. We plan the first few sprints the best way for us. If some really dangerous contenders [emerge], like in the Giro with Bennett, we try to understand how he beat us. For example, we lost in Praia a Mare and we understood that if he’s in my wheel on the last 50m he jumped me, so we need to change something. When Kittel is in the race we know he probably is stronger than me. It’s difficult for me to jump him because he has 300 watts more.
CAVENDISH: You look at what riders are there from other teams. Where they usually position. And you know when they can go from, how far they can go or if they’re nervous of being intimidated.
KITTEL: I really only concentrate on myself and my team and our plan – that’s always been the most important thing and it always will be in the future.