"Because Spinter-X lost out on a huge mountain" is a time-honoured way to win the green jersey. It's how Kelly won 4 of them, how Hushovd beat Cavendish, how Bling beat Kittel in the one year Sagan has missed, and how Sagan has won 7 of them.Not a very noble way to win what is essentially a sprinters jersey. I wouldnt like to see Bennett take green because Sagan lost out on a huge mountain
(It's also how the Vuelta version has ended up in the hands of some GC rider more often than not while even a 4-stage winning sprinter like Trentin in 2017 can lose out.)
Ackermann is 4 years younger than Sagan, where Bennett is practically the same age. He can have patience on his side. Unless Bora suddenly decide Buchmann or whoever is worth all their resources for a GC run, then there maybe is room for Sagan and Ackermann in the same Tour team.probably true but it’s noteworthy that Ackermann is in quite a similar situation. unlike the other guys in this race he is an actual peer of Ewan and Bennett, he’s been one of the top sprinters this year and last. And like Bennett last year he’s not even getting the Giro as compensation for the a Tour this year.
it will be interesting to see how Bora handle him. He’s more valuable in sponsorship terms to them than Bennett was as he’s arguably the best German rider. And Sagan doesn’t look like quite his old self in recent times. But Sagan at the Tour is what brings them a huge part of their exposure for the year.