I don't think they were in total control at the end. They would have followed the Brits and not been overtaken by the French if they could've.Danes and GB did the bulk of the work. France was daring to attack. Belgium played all or nothing in the end.
It has been a crash-ridden, tactical race. No teams taking a lap, never more than one team was allowed to attack, so very hard to take a lap.
The Danes rode it tactically perfect: in the end they didn't have to follow Belgium, they controlled and while they let team GB go, they would have made sure they didn't take a lap.
Definitely one of those races we are likely to never see again at this level.I thought GB had made the mistake of relying on the the palmares rather than performances with Kenny. I would say that he was extremely lucky to win gold but a fantastic swansong for him.
Look at their budget. Much much bigger than the rest. They should win medals.True on all counts. It says a lot about British success in recent years that this feels like a significant step down, despite already getting results that many other countries would be delighted with.
Its because they keep forgetting to go to their right and go up and around the riders coming down for their change. They go between them. The women don't have the madison experience that the men have.Some observations regarding the women's madison:
There is a lot of improvement to be made during the changes:
All in all, a very tricky race.
- they are generally slow and not efficient (in terms of transfer of speed) in most teams. Team GB is doing the best job.
- because they are not very efficient, other riders don't wait for changes, they just overtake. It creates a lot of unnecessary double / triple files and more chance for crashes
- because they are slow, it's hard to time them right, and they take a lot of time and space. It creates dangerous situations, because other riders come in between those who are changing.
And I feel, in the end, it will be a very difficult race to know where is the peloton...! But that's why I love Madison