Thanks! Do you think Auer’s win should count? It sounds like it’s pretty borderline?Démare won two bunch sprints in Valencia, actually. Latours win was a MTF so obviously doesn't count. Moreover, Belgrade-Banjaluka was also 2.1 and should count if Rwanda does: the first stage ended with a successful solo attack, then Patryk Stosz won a full bunch sprint, Daniel Auer won the 'queen' stage from a 35-man peloton and Mihkel Raïm took the final stage in yet another bunch sprint.
Does Bennett get extra points for winning on the hoods when everyone else is in the drops?
As of 7 May
Rider Wins (WT)
Van Aert 1(1)
De Kleijn 1(0)
So we reach the end of the early part of the season. The Spring classics are over, the Giro warm up races are done. The first GT starts tomorrow. And how have our fast men fared?
Well Deceuninck Quickstep have dominated proceedings so far. 14 sprint wins already. Bennett is the reigning king of the discipline. Cavendish has got his comeback wins. Ballerini had an early season to remember.
The overachievers have been Alpecin Fenix. The clear number 2 team, with each of their two sprinters, Merlier and Philipsen, contributing 3 wins. Not bad for a PCT team that more or less exists to hold MVDP’s beer for him.
Nobody else will be ecstatic with their return. Ewan, the chief rival to Bennett has just one win but his whole season this year is about GTs so he won’t be too worried. Demare had a rough start and isn’t amassing the kind of bulk wins he took last year, but he’s up to three wins now. Sagan may have taken his two wins against very limited fields but he’s back in the business of winning sprints. Viviani likewise, a win is a win.
As for poor Ackermann...
Yeah, DQS win numbers are just absurd. Top 3 sprinters of the year so far by raw numbers. Bennett is currently batting .70. 7 wins out of 10 bunch sprints. Nobody has won that reliably in years.These numbers! If you don't look at the quality of the wins Cavendish is the second best sprinter this year!
I saw a stat on twitter that only three riders have WT sprint wins in all of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Two of the three are obvious: Bennett has 19 WT wins in those 2 and 1/3 seasons. Ewan has 13. The third is less obvious...
Van Aert. It was not that hard given only Bennett, Ewan, Van Aert, Merlier (who didn't race WT until this year) and today Sagan have won WT sprints this year