If you want to defend them that is fine, but I am surprised that you are asking this question TBH. Almost every coach in interviews and podcast keep repeating the same thing. "Be at the front". Statistically, I have no clue. But why they "ALL" tell you the same thing, must be for something.Is there any evidence that being next to the front lowers the risk of crashing in sprint stages (or any other kind of stage really)?
Sivakov crashed while he was in the first 30 positions of the bunch.
Sivakov keeps crashing and crashing.