Actually that would be sprinting on the tops.... Might be saving that one for tomorrow.
What do you think of Pedersen? I am beginning to rate him quite highly. Today, he might have been able to challenge Bennett if Démare hadn't shut the door on him.Looking at that sprint again, there was actually a very impressive display of sustained power from Demare. I’ve no idea what he thought he was doing putting his face in the wind that far out on an uphill finish, but he opened up his sprint long, long before Ackermann opened up his, kept sprinting while Ackermann sprinted and then kept going after the German ran out of gas and died. Really bad sprinting in terms of positioning and timing, but he must have been holding serious watts for a very long time.
Ackermann by contrast was not impressive in any way. I believe in the guy, he will show that he’s a top sprinter again, but that really wasn’t great. In UAE he looked like he was getting his timing wrong, today he just didn’t look good enough. It may partly be that he’s just less competitive against a Bennett or Demare on an uphill finish than he is in a true flat sprint.
I‘m very impressed with him as a sprinter. With the current crop of freak all rounders (MVDP, WVA, Pidcock..,) it’s easy to overlook just how unusually versatile Pedersen is. He’s a top classics specialist, has ITT wins as a pro and having decided to take up sprinting he’s almost immediately able to compete with top professional sprinters.What do you think of Pedersen? I am beginning to rate him quite highly. Today, he might have been able to challenge Bennett if Démare hadn't shut the door on him.