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Who's sprint king come July

Mark Cavendish
135
88%
Andre Greipel
9
6%
Peter Sagan
6
4%
Other
3
2%
 
Total votes : 153

09 Feb 2013 10:53

greenedge wrote:Goss, Degenkolb, Sagan, Greipel and Cav my top 5 in the green jersey with Cav the winner but the others all have a shot.


Sagan *will* win the green jersey with top 5 placings on flat sprints, points on intermediate sprints (even on mountain stages) and victories on uphill finishes.

I take sprint king to mean most bunch sprint wins and that will not be sagan.

Do you think cavendish will use the opqs train (looks inferior to lotto belisol at this point) or make his own way through the bunch, preferably on greipel's wheel?
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09 Feb 2013 13:09

Cav still the king, but there is going to be some awesome sprinting contests this year. Best in years.
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09 Feb 2013 16:22

Cav will only need his opqs mates to the 500m to go point. From there, he's such a canny racer that he doesn't need a train.

His main problem last year was in the 3k to 500m to go range when he had no protection from the bumping and barging that always happens. In the last two flat stages in the Tour, when Wiggo and Eddy BH led him out, he didn't have any real problems, though he did find himself out front a tad too early in the final stage when Eddy BH ran out of gas.

Do opts have anyone in the Renshaw mode to do a proper lead out if required. The guys on duty in Qatar all looked big and strong, good for hours toiling into the wind etc. but they didn't seem quite fast enough to escort Cav to the optimum point to launch his sprint. What he needs is a proven warrior, preferably a former world champ, with a tidy though no longer world class final sprint...
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09 Feb 2013 17:04

Wallace and Gromit wrote:Cav will only need his opqs mates to the 500m to go point. From there, he's such a canny racer that he doesn't need a train.

His main problem last year was in the 3k to 500m to go range when he had no protection from the bumping and barging that always happens. In the last two flat stages in the Tour, when Wiggo and Eddy BH led him out, he didn't have any real problems, though he did find himself out front a tad too early in the final stage when Eddy BH ran out of gas.

Do opts have anyone in the Renshaw mode to do a proper lead out if required. The guys on duty in Qatar all looked big and strong, good for hours toiling into the wind etc. but they didn't seem quite fast enough to escort Cav to the optimum point to launch his sprint. What he needs is a proven warrior, preferably a former world champ, with a tidy though no longer world class final sprint...


Tom Boonen
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09 Feb 2013 17:46

MatParker117 wrote:Tom Boonen


The very man I had in mind. Having Boonen in the lead out man role would make opqs nigh on invincible one would think. Will Boonen be up for that, though? I'm a great believer in riders doing what's best for the team, but Boonen has surely earnt the right not to serve his paymasters in such a way if he doesn't fancy it.
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09 Feb 2013 18:42

Absolutely true, but on the other hand - what better things has he got do in july?
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09 Feb 2013 20:15

spalco wrote:Absolutely true, but on the other hand - what better things has he got do in july?


Or the rest of the year? Maybe Paris-Tours but that's about it.

He mentioned somewhere he'll do the Tour and Vuelta if the Worlds are too hard, he'd better keep his promises this year then.
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10 Feb 2013 01:47

Wallace and Gromit wrote:The very man I had in mind. Having Boonen in the lead out man role would make opqs nigh on invincible one would think. Will Boonen be up for that, though? I'm a great believer in riders doing what's best for the team, but Boonen has surely earnt the right not to serve his paymasters in such a way if he doesn't fancy it.


A quality lead out man makes the world of difference and Boonen would make Cav untouchable. Had Greg Henderson still been at Sky last year I doubt Cav would be at OPQS now.
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10 Feb 2013 14:25

the key comparison between Cav and AG from the 2012 tour was in Paris. After Cav won stage 18 the Lotto guys were all saying they were saving themselves for Paris. When it came to it their train was blown away by Wiggins and AG was completely lost. Cav with a dedicated train for the first time that tour won. AG TdUwins looked good but i suspect he always goes all out while Cav in smaller races seems to do enough to win.
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10 Feb 2013 15:21

I can't believe Cavendish has 88%. He's not that good. :o
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11 Feb 2013 13:36

bicifan wrote:I can't believe Cavendish has 88%. He's not that good. :o


And how good did Kittel look today? There's some real talent there.
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11 Feb 2013 13:39

Bexon30 wrote:And how good did Kittel look today? There's some real talent there.
Exactly, the OP missed on listing few more sprinters.
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11 Feb 2013 13:54

spalco wrote:Absolutely true, but on the other hand - what better things has he got do in july?


taking a rest and preparing for the fall races
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11 Feb 2013 13:55

MatParker117 wrote:A quality lead out man makes the world of difference and Boonen would make Cav untouchable. Had Greg Henderson still been at Sky last year I doubt Cav would be at OPQS now.


to some sprinters yes that don't have an extreme kick and or can't place themselves, cav isn't either of them so doesn't gain much by a good train. remember his first year in htc where he won 18 sprints or so without a train.
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11 Feb 2013 14:28

Bexon30 wrote:And how good did Kittel look today? There's some real talent there.


Hardly a wealth of talent in opposition though. How'd he do it the TdU?
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