KNOW YOUR RI­VALS

Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

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.

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