COM­MIT­TING TO THE CAUSE

Procycling - - SPRINT TACTICS -

STEELS: When we leave the bus, we have about an 80 per cent plan how we’ll ap­proach the fi­nal. If we have a sprinter on board, we al­ways con­trol the race and that gives a psy­cho­log­i­cal ad­van­tage to the guys. It’s good for this gen­er­a­tion – they re­ally want us to con­trol the race – so it’s not ex­tra pres­sure. They just say, okay let’s go for it.

CAVENDISH: [At Highroad] it was more than a job. It was a group of guys. We didn’t train to­gether, we never trained the lead-out, but we com­mit­ted to each other. Ev­ery­one felt part of the win. And you didn’t have any­body try­ing to get into the top 20 and sav­ing them­selves. This year in this team, 2019, our team is picked for per­son­al­ity as well as tal­ent.

GREIPEL: The team al­ways helped me with a per­fect lead-out and that’s why I was quite suc­cess­ful. Af­ter­wards, we an­a­lysed the race if some­thing went wrong. As a lead-out train we tried to adapt to­gether be­cause we win and lose to­gether.

BEN­NETT: The more im­por­tant thing is to keep the same guys in the races in front of you. My last guy learns what I need and I al­ready know what he’s think­ing – but he also needs that same re­la­tion­ship with the guy in front of him. These are split-se­cond de­ci­sions and you have to know each other re­ally well.

VI­VIANI: When you start the sea­son, you want to have the two last guys in the lead­out stay the same, be­cause the feel­ing in that mo­ment of the race re­ally makes the dif­fer­ence. They need to know ev­ery­thing about the sprinter and the more races they do with you is al­ways bet­ter.

Hav­ing a strong team bond makes a di fer­ence when it comes to lead- outs

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