There were at least 2 stages in last year's Tour when this happened (1. stage when Alaph won and 3. stage when MvdP won and got yellow).
- Yeah, those kind of stuff kind of happened in TdF last year, in 2021 Strade, in Tirreno 2021. But I'm thinking more of the cobbles stage this year that 20 k's from the front an elite group would form with just those 4-5 guys. Could potentially be the best cycling television ever made.
- it's not because it happened before, that I can't hope it happens again in the future. Mano a mano fights between those guys is what makes cycling absolutely thrilling. It's kind of unfair to the real sprinters en climbers in the peleton, but I find one day races or stages where sprinters, punchers, climbers and classic riders meet each other on a relative equal foot the most interesting races of all.