And a relatively easy and controlled race is exactly what Sagan wants. Just look at E3 and then Gent this year. First one blew up early and Sagan was nowhere and second one was controlled and Sagan won.DFA123 said:I guess the difference is that a WC can be a really easy or a fairly controlled race (at least for something that is 250km), whereas a monument can't be. Even MSR gets very chaotic and unpredictable at the finish.Screecher said:It's not easier to win a WC in general, but it does seem easier for Sagan in particular. For whatever reason he's not getting marked as much in those races. He can just hide in the peloton and do 1 strong attack/sprint, which is the perfect situation for him.DFA123 said:It's the lack of podiums which surprised me most. We all know he's only won one monument. But only three podiums in the other 23 attempts is really poor for someone with such a fast finish.Screecher said:Easier said than done. He has a world class punch/sprint, but lacks a good engine. His team is never there when he actually needs them (bora tactics ). He's also one of a few who can win by both attacking and sprinting so it can be difficult to decide how he´s going to approach it.DFA123 said:One win and three podiums in 24 attempts at monuments now for Sagan. Surely he is better than that?
I guess we should probably re-assess how prestigious a WC win is nowdays as well. Because it certainly appears a lot easier to win than a monument - which never used to be the case.
I suppose when valuing WC wins you really have to dig a bit deeper and look at the course as well. Whereas monuments are much more static in their value.