Sprinters will do all that they can to survive mountain stages for the chance for sprint stage glory. So what did it take for Marcel Kittel to win or lose sprints at Le Tour?
For sprinters in Grand Tours, it’s a polarized world to the extreme. Suffer and survive the mountains in the hopes of sprint stage glory. What does it take for a world-class sprinter to tackle the Tour de France?
Last week, we wrote about switching up strength training now that cycling season is in full swing and outdoor exercise restrictions are easing. I thought it would be a fine time to lay out one of my favourite on-bike strength and agility workouts.
TOOLBOX: With the 106th le Tour de France starting on July 6, much of the focus will be on climbers and general classification riders, but with half a dozen flat stages, the Tour is an excellent opportunity for the sprinters to shine too. This unique discipline requires a certain type of rider - with only a few possessing the physiology and mentality to bang shoulders and wheels at 50+ mph.