Tour de France 2020 | Stage 11 (Châtelaillon-Plage - Poitiers, 167.5 km)

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DQS should switch to putting an anchor / passenger in every group that goes after this one.
They will go full for the sprint and the green jersey today. I don't know if it's a good thing to not let a break go, though, because the intermediate sprint, with a hill just before that, looks better for Sagan. If I would be DQS, I would let a group go for the intermediate and try to pull everything back for the finish.
 
They will go full for the sprint and the green jersey today. I don't know if it's a good thing to not let a break go, though, because the intermediate sprint, with a hill just before that, looks better for Sagan. If I would be DQS, I would let a group go for the intermediate and try to pull everything back for the finish.
yes but if Bora and other teams are planning to soften them up so they can’t control the finale by making them chase strong attacks all day, their best way of dealing with that is to put an anchor in the attack sitting on all day
 
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Well yeah but I still don't really know why they're here i.e. what they're trying to do. Probably the least relevant team in the race so far. I think Neilands and Hermans have been in a couple of breaks without much success and that's about it.

NTT had a decent chance at a stage win before Nizzolo pulled out, B&B can say they're riding for Coquard (not sure why Rolland hasn't been after mountain points yet though), Direct Energie have at least had Cousin out there trying to do something.
Rolland was well placed on GC for a bit, though he's lost 17 minutes over the past two stages so he should be on the offensive in the coming days.
 
We are talking 3-4% gradients here. It's nearly false flat.

Ewan and Bennett are the two best uphill sprinters in the world. They will properly prefer something harder than this final. It's impossible to drop them on an easy stage like this. What tend to put them in trouble are multiple hills/medium mountains.
The way the teams ride the stage, it is clear everyone believes in a bunch sprint.

So it was just hopeful thinking on my part, clearly :D
 
Question for the more knowledgeable sprinting types... So, it's pretty clear Ewan's tactic is to always sit on Bennett's wheel, follow his sprint and them spring out from behind him.. He's done it in every head to head so far and will likely do it again today... Can't DQS do anything to combat this? Like leaving a team mate on Bennet's wheel to make it more difficult fir ewan to follow?
 
Question for the more knowledgeable sprinting types... So, it's pretty clear Ewan's tactic is to always sit on Bennett's wheel, follow his sprint and them spring out from behind him.. He's done it in every head to head so far and will likely do it again today... Can't DQS do anything to combat this? Like leaving a team mate on Bennet's wheel to make it more difficult fir ewan to follow?
when DQS have a dominant sprint train they can get quite creative in preventing passengers, putting someone on their sprinters wheel or even having the sprinter sit up to let the lead out continue with a surprise gap. A couple of years ago the Giro sprints were basically a freelancing Bennett versus Viviani and train and they spent a lot of effort trying to keep Bennett off Viviani’s wheel. They don’t seem to have that kind of train dominance this time though and haven’t been trying to mess with Ewan
 

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