THE BUILD UP 5KM 80KM

Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

CAVENDISH: The Tour is f*ck­ing chaos. You don’t want to have to go out of the top 30 in the last 50km.

BEN­NETT: From what I’ve seen the Tour de France fi­nale starts 50km or 80km out. In smaller races you can start 10km, 5km out. At the Giro d’Italia it’s maybe 15km to 20km to go. When we say we want to be to­gether at a cer­tain point then we have to be to­gether.

GREIPEL: In the Tour, in the last hour it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to move up. If you want to have the whole sup­port of the team, you have to be in the top 30.

STEELS: You al­ways look at the start – the dan­ger­ous points, a chance where the break­away could go. Then you look in real de­tail at the last 50km – if there is a risk of an ech­e­lon, if there is an op­por­tu­nity of an ech­e­lon, you can see it both ways. Then you re­ally go into the last 10km, and then re­ally in de­tail at the last 5km.We try to limit [the in­for­ma­tion over the ra­dio to the riders], but depend­ing on the course or the car in front you do give some ex­tra. You have to be able to give the info to riders who have a heart­beat of 170.

Vi­viani al­ways takes note of who his ri­vals are

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