DIVE BOMBERS 1KM 5KM

Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

CAVENDISH: Con­trary to be­lief, I might put my­self at risk some­times but I won’t put an­other rider at risk in­ten­tion­ally. It’s one thing putting your­self at risk; it’s an­other putting other riders at risk, [but] that’s be­come a bit of a prob­lem now.

BEN­NETT: When you do enough sprints you start to see pat­terns, like who fol­lows who. That’s why I don’t wear shades with a frame un­der­neath, be­cause I like to look un­der­neath my arms. The last 5km… is when I have to be aware of what’s hap­pen­ing and be on the ra­dio or scream­ing to the first guy to block the road. If you feel you’re on one side and you can feel a surge com­ing on the left and you have the front…we’d al­ready be tak­ing the whole pelo­ton to the other side of the road. It’s not chop­ping them or ag­gres­sive, but we have con­trol of the front and we can go where we like.

VI­VIANI: Ev­ery [dive bomber] move in­side the last 2-3km is be­cause the speed of the group is not su­per high and some­one tries to do that move. But if a proper lead-out is in front it’s not easy to do a move.

KIT­TEL: I con­sider [dive-bomb­ing] part of the game and I don’t think peo­ple do it in­ten­tion­ally. They’re maybe ner­vous, they want to come to the front and maybe they do a crazy move some­times. But there’s re­spect be­tween the sprint­ers.

You start to see pat­terns, like who fol­lows who. That’s why I don’t wear shades with a frame un­der­neath, be­cause I like to look un­der my arms

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