I've been saying that for months. Philipsen is very good at positioning and getting into the right spots at the right time. But he's still lacking in pure speed. Look at his year so far. He won a stage in TDU, because Ewan got relegated. Otherwise, he would probably be leading the competition of most top 10 finishes without a win. He's had dozens of top 10 finishes, but he's never able to finish it off. In Calicornia, he had 4 top 10 finishes i believe. Once he lost to Jakobsen by a noselength. While Jakobsen didn't manage to get into another top 10 all week.Philipsen is riding smarter than Halvorsen and Hodeg. Both sprints so far, Bennett has fought for Groenewegen’s wheel and Hodeg and Halvorsen have fought for Bennett’s wheel. The problem being that they have no chance of coming around Bennett (or Groenewegen if he holds Bennett off). Bennett has to go too early for that to work and he’s not going to do that when he’s on the back of the Jumbo train. Philipsen gave himself the chance to win today by getting the jump on the favourites.
How do they define contested? Because Bennett came 6th in a UAE sprint. I suppose Scheldeprijs could be discounted for Ackermann as he got boxed in.An interesting stat from twitter: Ackermann and Bennett are the only sprinters who have never been outside the top 5 in any sprint they’ve contested this year.
Regarding Modolo during Adriatica Ionica or Tour de Pologne I've heard from the commentators that he was hampered in the last two seasons by some "infective mushrooms" (I don't have any idea about what could be but it's what they said) in the stomach and the team doctors weren't able to detect what was the problem until after the Giro this year so probably he isn't in good shape yet. Anyway he has lost some speed when he started to focus more on durability for the classics in 2016-2017 and I think he's supposed to lead out Hofland.What's up with EF's sprinters. They took their 3 fastest men and not even a top10 in any of the stages.
EDIT: Just two of them, didn't realise McLay is not there, I think he was on provisional startlist.
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