Not really, once the gap is there it's incredibly difficult to follow and close. Maybe they thought he'd blow and they'd get him at the line. Maybe they saw the gap and realised there was no chance they'd get his wheel and decided to wait for the minor placings rather than dragging others and losing a podium. Lots of reasons for what happened.hesitating and not being able to follow are two different things.
That's right. VDP is making a habit of winning like this.Just watched the highlights. Clearly he's just putting out a lot more power than everyone else in the finale. This is pretty typical of what we've seen him do in various disciplines.
How he's doing that is open to speculation, but I don't think one can put it down to tactics or timing. When he went, guys were struggling to close down the 3 guys out front, going really hard. He simply blew by everyone. He's just way, way stronger. We've been seeing it all year.
Well, you almost make him sound like a one-trick-pony, but i agree with the jist of it. It's what makes him great at CX, at MTB, and as a classics style rider. I think he's best compared with Sagan 2012-2015 or abouts.And yet in flat sprints he struggles to win against guys like Trentin and Bol. The special thing is that the watts he puts out in a flat sprint, he can also do in an uphill sprint, which is what makes him totally overpowered in short uphill bursts.
But the fact he doesn't win the TT (by far), and not all flat sprints shows he too has all his limits. He's just an exceptional uphill sprinter with a good recovery inbetween efforts. Which makes a very powerful combination in winning road race stages..
Not that different from Sagan, Gilbert, you name them...
uhh what? Do other sprinters put out more absolute watts on flat roads than uphill ones?The special thing is that the watts he puts out in a flat sprint, he can also do in an uphill sprint, which is what makes him totally overpowered in short uphill bursts.
That is one helluva drop!It is far more likely, that young talent has an easier way pushing through, because the rest of the peloton is a lot cleaner, instead of assuming these young guys are doped out of their eyeballs. As if along with them, came a new breed of dope that the old guys don't have access to.
Looking at this graph, it makes you wonder what happened between 2007 and 2008, concerning average race speed: