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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #270 on: August 04, 2017, 13:03 »
Even ignoring the fact that they didn't get the stage win, I still don't think they got it quite right.
It's easy to criticise, this is one of the hardest dilemmas a DS can face, and I didn't see the stage.
But I agree with you.

First of all, if you have someone in a breakaway that's almost certain to make it, you don't tell him to stop working.
A bunch sprint is the absolute hardest scenario to get right in cycling - there's no limit to the number of miniscule things that can go wrong, throwing your whole gameplan out of the window. So unless the peloton is down to nothing more than 30 riders, your guy is the only real sprinter left, and he's well-protected by all available teammates, put your weight behind the breakaway.

If you mess up your lead-out in a normal mass sprint, your sprinter finishes 15th.
If your guy in the break can't sprint for toffee, he'll still finish better than that - and he could try anticipating the sprint with a late attack.
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