THE BUILD UP 5KM 80KM
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