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Sprinting has really died in the ass. Used be competitive
People forget that there was an extended period not very long ago when Tyler Farrar was the number 2 sprinter in the world. And that during the Cav-Kittel-Greipel period just after that the field under the big three was generally dire.

2020 sprint competition is weaker than 2018-2019 because one top six or seven guy put another one into the barriers and another got Covid. It’s still strong by historical standards. The Giro field is poor aside from Demare, but that’s largely because a couple of guys who would have been serious contenders in recent years are barely capable of contesting. it’s not as if Giro sprints have ever been reliably competitive anyway.
 
Sprinting has really died in the ass. Used be competitive
How will you compare it to 2012 Vuelta when Degenkolb regularly beat aging sprinters, leadout men, Valverde, and some random climbing domestic to the top 10 of bunch sprints? I can't really remember who's his closest competition back then, Liquigas Viviani? Bouhanni? But his dominance - he's not even thought as top 4 or 5 sprinters at that time - and the order of stages in that Vuelta made sprint stages such real weird distractions I recall.
 
How will you compare it to 2012 Vuelta when Degenkolb regularly beat aging sprinters, leadout men, Valverde, and some random climbing domestic to the top 10 of bunch sprints? I can't really remember who's his closest competition back then, Liquigas Viviani? Bouhanni? But his dominance - he's not even thought as top 4 or 5 sprinters at that time - and the order of stages in that Vuelta made sprint stages such real weird distractions I recall.
Or 2017 when Trentin won every single bunch sprint in the race. I mean, he’s a good racer and all, and he was riding for Quickstep at the time. But every single bunch sprint in the race? Trentin?
 
What I've noticed with Demare is that he needs an entire team dedicated to him. Every race this season he's been surrounded by the same guys - Guarnieri Sinkeldam, Scotson etc. Works great for the sprints, but when Demare's involved you can guarantee FDJ will be invisible in any non sprint stage.
 
What I've noticed with Demare is that he needs an entire team dedicated to him. Every race this season he's been surrounded by the same guys - Guarnieri Sinkeldam, Scotson etc. Works great for the sprints, but when Demare's involved you can guarantee FDJ will be invisible in any non sprint stage.
I think that's more of a team choice than an actual necessity. Remember Groupama told him he wasn't going to the Tour, which was obviously disappointing for him, so he'd get full support at the Giro. I believe just Demare plus Guarnieri and Konovalovas, and perhaps Sinkeldam, would still be more than enough for Demare to clean up at a race with a sprint field like this Giro. The reality is Groupama doesn't have a lot of star riders, and with Pinot and Gaudu injured after the Tour, and Küng, Madouas and Molard riding the classics, I think it was an obvious choice to send a fully dedicated sprint team. The only outlier is perhaps Frankiny who got some freedom to go into the breakaways.
 

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